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Trumpets: A Festival Fulfilled in Christ

September is a busy month! In addition to back-to-school activities, there are celebrations of all sorts of things. In the U.S., September 15 is National Cheese Pizza Day and the first Monday of the month is Labor Day, which celebrates the achievements of workers and marks the unofficial end of summer. In Australia, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Queen’s birthday is celebrated with a holiday in September.

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Jesus—The Complete Salvation Package

Near the end of his Gospel, the apostle John made these intriguing comments: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book…. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 20:30; 21:25). Given these comments, and noting differences among the four Gospels, we conclude that these accounts were not written to be exhaustive records of Jesus’ life.

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Joseph Tkach
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Believing Thomas—God’s Reality vs. Our Reality

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Believing Thomas—God’s Reality vs. Our Reality

Thomas plays a unique and critical role in helping us understand the reality of Jesus' resurrection and what it really means for us.

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Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers earned his PhD in historical theology from Union Institute and University. He is now retired, after serving many years as the Director of Church Administration & Development in Grace Communion International.

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I don’t know how you deal with disappointment, but I have a method I’ve used since I was a child. I imagine a worst-case scenario, so if it happens, I won’t be disappointed, it’s just what I expected. If things don’t go wrong, I should be pleased. The problem is I’m not, and my negativity makes me and everyone around me miserable.

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The Empty Tomb—What’s in It for You?

We don’t know precisely when. We are not sure exactly where. But early one morning nearly 2000 years ago, something happened in Jerusalem that affects the life of every human being who has ever lived.

Jesus, a carpenter from Nazareth, had been arrested, condemned and crucified. As he died, he entrusted himself to his heavenly Father and his Holy Spirit. Then, his battered corpse had lain in a tomb carved out of solid rock, sealed by a heavy stone rolled across the entrance.

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John Halford and Joseph Tkach
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Robert Walker: The Implications of Jesus' Resurrection

Robert Walker

Robert Walker: The Implications of Jesus' Resurrection

Jesus' resurrection frees us from death and sin, and it is the beginning of the reconstitution of everything in Christ.

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Robert T. Walker

Robert T. Walker is nephew of the late Thomas F. Torrance. Walker edited Torrance's lecture notes into two books describing Torrance's teachings about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The first is Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ (InterVarsity, 2008); the second is Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ (InterVarsity, 2009). For a PDF of all three interviews, click here.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Dr. Walker emphasized the resurrection over the cross. Please share your thoughts on this.

2. Please expand on the concept, “It’s the resurrection that makes us righteous.”

3. The resurrection was linked to forgiveness and the undoing of sin and death. Please comment.

4. “The resurrection is the beginning of a new creation—the beginning of the renewal of all of space and time. How do you understand this?

5. The discussion revealed that our faith cannot be a “work.” How did this impact you?

6. It was stated that theology helps us to know God with our minds, not just our hearts. How?

7. What do you think of the idea that there is no separation between the secular and the spiritual?

8. New creation life was described as looking outward—living for and with others. Why is this important?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: As you were working on the project of editing Incarnation and Atonement, what were some of the memorable moments during the process?

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Resurrection

Joseph Tkach

Resurrection

Most of the facts we know have little, if anything, to do with who we are and how we live. The resurrection of Jesus is different.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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The resurrection of Jesus stands at the heart of Christian faith. We believe in Jesus because he did something no other human being has ever done: he rose from the dead.

It’s funny how we sometimes believe things that don’t make sense or that have no supporting evidence whatever. The tabloids carry a multimillion-dollar business by tantalizing believing readers with a steady diet of the sensational, if not the ridiculous. You’ve seen the headlines: Elvis is still alive. JFK was abducted by aliens. Miners discover an opening to hell.

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The Empty Tomb: Reasons to Believe

Jesus Christ’s resurrection from a rock sepulcher galvanized the faith of early Christians. The empty tomb and the appearances of the risen Lord were the crowning proof that the Master they loved and served was not just another moral teacher. He was, as he claimed to be, God in the flesh.

This conviction energized the early church. “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard,” the apostle Peter testified to the Jewish religious authorities, who could not quench the faith of those early believers (Acts 4:20).

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Neil Earle
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Christ's Resurrection: Our Hope of Salvation

“If Christ has not been raised,” the apostle Paul taught, “your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is of momentous importance for every Christian, indeed for everyone on this planet. Because Jesus Christ conquered death, we, too, will live again — and so will our friends and relatives who have already died. That is why the most exhilarating message human ears have yet heard was the one announced to some astonished women outside a rock tomb in first-century Jerusalem: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?

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Neil Earle
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Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

On a Sunday morning long ago, when the disciples of Jesus first encountered their risen Lord, they “came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him” (Matthew 28:9). Since that time, Christians have set aside time each year to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. This observance has been known in other languages as the (Christian) Passover. English-speaking peoples refer to it as Easter.

By the middle of the second century, different dates had emerged in different Christian communities for the annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

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Don Mears
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