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Adoption and Prayer in the Trinity

Fred Sanders

Adoption and Prayer in the Trinity

Dr. Sanders discusses the nature of our inclusion and prayer life within the Trinity.

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Michael Morrison: Fred, thank you for joining us again today. We’d like to continue the discussion about the Trinity that we had earlier. I wanted to explore a little further with you about something you wrote in your book Deep Things of God—that God being a Trinity is inviting us into the life of the Trinity. Could you explain that in a little more detail as to how we are invited into his life?

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How The Trinity Changes Everything

Dr. Fred Sanders

How The Trinity Changes Everything

Dr. Sanders discusses his book "The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything"

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Fred Sanders

Dr. Fred Sanders is a systematic theologian who studies and teaches across the entire range of classic Christian doctrine, but with a special focus on the doctrine of the Trinity. He has taught at Biola's Torrey Honors Institute since 1999. Among his books are The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, The Triune God, and Wesley on the Christian Life.

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Dr. Fred SandersNarrator: On this episode of You’re Included, Dr. Fred Sanders, Professor of Theology at Biola University, discusses his book, The Deep Things of God. Our host is Dr. Michael Morrison.

MM: Fred, thanks for being with us today. We’re glad to have you on the program.

FS: Glad to be here.

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Who is Jesus?

Dan Rogers

Who is Jesus?

The gospel of John helps answer the question of who is Jesus and who is the God revealed in Jesus?

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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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For Christians, there are two very important questions: “Who is Jesus?” and “Who is the God revealed in Jesus?” To help us get at those two questions, I’d like for us to consider some answers given by Jesus in the Gospel of John.

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Don't Just Accept the Trinity

About 15 years ago, when my denomination was correcting certain longstanding doctrinal errors, I was asked to supervise our churches in Britain. Since we had decided to once again publish the denominational magazine, we applied to take a display stand at the Christian Resources Exhibition. The prestigious CRE is open to all legitimate churches, charities and manufacturers and distributors of religious products. On the first morning of the conference, a tall, thin, rather severe-looking clergyman made a beeline for us.

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Daniel Thimell: The Trinity, United With Humanity

Dan Thimell

Daniel Thimell: The Trinity, United With Humanity

Dr. Daniel Thimell and Mike Feazell discuss the Trinity; it is the foundation for both the doctrine of God’s love and the knowledge of God. They also examine how we are called to participate in the life of Christ.

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Daniel Thimell

Daniel Thimell received his doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is associate professor of theological-historical studies at Oral Roberts University. He is the author of God, Grace, and the Gospel, and co-editor of Christ in Our Place: The Humanity of God in Christ for the Reconciliation of the World. For an edited transcript of all four of his interviews with us, 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. How does the Trinity help us to see Jesus, not as an emissary, but as God himself?

2. In what ways does the Trinity doctrine enhance our understanding that God is love?

3. Please share with us how an awareness of the Trinity has made God more personal to you.

4. “We’re already included; repentance and faith are gifts of grace.” Please comment.

5. How do you understand, “We’re already reconciled but called to believe”?

6. What is your impression--is repentance a condition of grace, or a response to grace?

7. Do you agree that, “When bad things happen, God is working for our good?” Why?

8. Dr. Thimell said, “God is closer to us than the air we breathe.” Please share your thoughts.

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: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. We’re talking today with Dr. Daniel Thimell, Associate Professor of Theological and Historical Studies at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Thimell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in 1993. He has 30 years of pastoral experience and he has taught at Trinity College in Bristol, England, and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

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Is Jesus Really God?

A Look at the Arian Controversy

Few Christians are aware that two of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith – the divinity of Jesus Christ and the Trinity – were not finally decided until 300 years after the death of Jesus. Both doctrines were forged in the fourth century out of the religious and political firestorm sparked by Arius, a popular presbyter of the church in Alexandria, Egypt.

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J. Michael Feazell
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Living the Trinitarian Life

Mike Morrison

Living the Trinitarian Life

Love is God's most basic characteristic. The life that he wants to share with us is not just a biochemical existence – he wants us to have a life that is characterized by love – a life of joy and kindness and appreciation.

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Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is Dean of Faculty and Instructor in New Testament for Grace Communion Seminary. He is the author of Sabbath, Circumcision and Tithing and Who Needs a New Covenant? The Rhetorical Function of the Covenant Motif in the Argument of Hebrews.

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I’ve got a problem.

Actually, I’ve got two problems.

They are kind of personal problems, so I hope you don’t mind me mentioning them.

But you are probably already familiar with them, because you have the same two problems.

The first problem is sin, and the second is death.

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One in Three and Three in One

Chapter 5 of God Is...

The Bible never compromises the fact that God is one. Yet, Jesus’ incarnation and work give us a greater depth of understanding of the way in which God is one. The New Testament testifies that Jesus Christ is God and that the Father is God. There is more than one Person in the one God.

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The Doctrine of the Trinity - Does It Make Any Difference?

Mike Feazell

The Doctrine of the Trinity - Does It Make Any Difference?

Does the doctrine of the Trinity make any practical difference in our lives?

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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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Ask ten average Christians in ten average churches to explain the doctrine of the Trinity, and you’ll probably get ten different explanations. Most Christians “accept” the Trinity as orthodox Christian doctrine. But they would be at a loss to explain why the doctrine matters, or how it affects their Christian lives.

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The Trinity: Just a Doctrine?

Ask ten average Christians in ten average churches to explain the doctrine of the Trinity, and you’ll probably get ten different explanations. Most Christians “accept” the Trinity as orthodox Christian doctrine. But they would be at a loss to explain why the doctrine matters, or how it affects their Christian lives.

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J. Michael Feazell
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