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Elmer Colyer: Relying on Christ for Repentance

Dr. Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Relying on Christ for Repentance

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer discusses repentance with us and why we don't repent well on our own.

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Elmer Colyer

Dr. Elmer Colyer is professor of historical theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and pastor of a Methodist congregation. He is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T. F. Torrance and Evangelical Theology in Transition: Theologians in Dialogue with Donald Bloesch. He is author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian and Scientific Theology and The Nature of Doctrine in T. F. Torrance’s Theology.

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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.

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1. Whatever we do in and of ourselves apart from grace was described as the “weak link” in the salvation chain. Why?

2. Our salvation is bound up in the “100% divine agency of Jesus Christ.” Please comment.

3. Share your views on, “God’s grace frees us from our human agency, it doesn’t undermine it.”

4. How does “doing our part” mess up our Christian freedom when it becomes an obsession?

5. “In Christ’s vicarious humanity, he believed, repented, and obeyed in our place.” Please share your thoughts.

6. Why does the concordance method not work? Why do you have to look at the “entire fabric” of scripture to get it?

7. Why is it crucial for preventing pastor burnout to know that Christ is the High Priest?

8.  Why is it futile to place the burden of making disciples on our own shoulders?

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.

Introduction: You’re Included is a unique interview series devoted to practical implications of a Christ-centered Trinitarian theology. Today’s guest is Reverend Dr. Elmer Colyer. Dr. Colyer is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and an ordained United Methodist pastor and elder. Dr. Colyer is editor of The Promise of Trinitarian Theology: Theologians in Dialogue with T.F. Torrance, and he is the author of How to Read T.F. Torrance: Understanding his Trinitarian and Scientific Theology.

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Repentance

Mike Feazell

Repentance

"I thought I had repented,” he told me, “but I did it again. No matter how sincere I think my repentance is, it never seems to be enough," he said. What does the gospel mean when it speaks of “repentance toward God”?

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Mike Feazell

J. Michael Feazell served for many years as Vice-President of Grace Communion International, Executive Editor of Christian Odyssey magazine, and host of the You're Included video series. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University and has written Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God.

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I once counseled a young man who was deeply afraid that God had rejected him because of his repeated sins.

“I thought I had repented,” he told me, “but I did it again.” “I don’t even know if I really have faith,” he said, “because I’m afraid God might not forgive me again. No matter how sincere I think my repentance is, it never seems to be enough,” he said.

What does the gospel mean when it speaks of “repentance toward God”?

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Getting a Grip on Repentance

"A horrible dread." That was how the young man described his deep fear that God had rejected him because of his repeated sins. "I thought I had repented, but I did it again," he explained. "I don’t even know if I really have faith, because I’m afraid God might not forgive me again. No matter how sincere I think my repentance is, it never seems to be enough."

Let’s talk about what the gospel means by repentance toward God.

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Another Look at Repentance

Joseph Tkach

Another Look at Repentance

Repentance is simply not about a new and improved you and me. It’s a change in how we think about God and about ourselves.

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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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Repentance is a cornerstone of Christian life, yet when it is misunderstood – as it often is – it can cause Christians to live with needless fear and doubt about their relationship with God.

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Gary Deddo: What Is Repentance?

Gary Deddo

Gary Deddo: What Is Repentance?

Gary Deddo and Mike Feazell discuss “Who is God?” and the real meaning of repentance.

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Gary Deddo

Dr. Gary Deddo works for Grace Communion International and is president of Grace Communion Seminary. He earned his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland under Professor James Torrance. He is Founding President of the T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, and author of numerous articles and books, including Karl Barth’s Theology of Relations and George McDonald: The Devotional Guide to His Writing. Click here for articles by Gary Deddo.

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J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology in today’s complex world. Our guest today is Gary Deddo, Senior Editor at InterVarsity Press and Founding President of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Society. Dr. Deddo is author of Karl Barth’s Theology of Relations. Thanks for joining us again.

Gary Deddo: It’s a privilege to be here.

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