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Elmer Colyer: Dealing With Sin Among Christians

Elmer Colyer

Elmer Colyer: Dealing With Sin Among Christians

Rev. Dr. Elmer Colyer examines the relationship between judgment and grace.

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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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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. Why must we not separate God’s judgment from his grace?

2. Please comment on, “The line between good and evil runs through the heart of each of us.”

3. Why do you think people believe there is “a dark, inscrutable God behind the back of Christ”?

4. Why is it important to present both God’s holiness and his love and acceptance to the hurting?

5. Dr. Colyer emphasized the need to take everything to the cross and leave it there. Why?

6. What is your view on the Christian tendency to think that there are limits to God’s love for us?

7. Why is there often more acceptance, love, and openness in 12-step groups than in the church?

8. How do you understand the statement, “Christianity isn’t difficult—it’s impossible”?

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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Douglas Campbell: Sin and Its Seriousness

Douglas Campbell

Douglas Campbell: Sin and Its Seriousness

Dr. Campbell encourages us to look at the gospel of grace in a new way. He speaks about how the gospel addresses and informs our understanding of sin and ethics in a way that challenges the model of a conditional or contractual grace.

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Douglas Campbell

Dr. Douglas Campbell is Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of The Quest for Paul's Gospel and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. For a PDF of all four 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. In reference to the gospel, why is it inappropriate to say, “Grace, but…”?

2. Why do people worry about sin, justice, and judgment when Christ made provision for them?

3. What do you think accounts for our “conditional mentality” mentioned by Dr. Campbell?

4. It was said that true liberty and real freedom involve “freedom of response.” Please comment.

5. What do you think of the concept, “We have to resonate with what God is doing in our lives”?

6. Give us your thoughts on the statement, “We are released from sin as well as forgiven of sin.”

7. Why is it critical to realize that it is Christ’s faith imparted to us and not our faith in him?

8. How do you view Jesus Christ as being “our perfect response to God for us”?

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: Grace Communion International presents You’re Included, the good news of Jesus Christ. Our host is Dr. J. Michael Feazell. Welcome to this unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Douglas A. Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Campbell is author of The Deliverance of God and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being with us.

Douglas Campbell: You’re welcome.

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What Is Sin?

People sometimes ask us to explain what the Bible means when it speaks of sin. When they ask about the nature of sin and God's purpose with us, they are asking about a truly cosmic subject. In this short paper we'll discuss the biblical teaching of sin as well as what is called the atonement and spiritual regeneration, because all three are part of the story of God's purpose for us.

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