Resources for theological renewal

GCI provides many resources to help its members and others understand GCI's incarnational Trinitarian theological vision. Here are a few: The booklet The God Revealed in Jesus Christ, which overviews the key concepts of GCI's theology. The article "The Nicene Creed's Incarnational Trinitarian Roots," which examines a key aspect of the historic roots of GCI's theology. The study guide 40 Days of Discipleship, which sets out a reading program that includes various GCI articles on theological and doctrinal topics. Videos of two lectures from Gary Deddo: 1) reading and interpreting Scripture, and 2) teaching GCI doctrine: On YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKReP7aB2RgZyc967YlLN7Nz2EjZXHWq4. On... Read the article

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Sermon for May 21, 2017

Sermon for May 21 (Sixth Sunday of Easter) Scripture readings: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Pet. 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABANDONED (John 14:15-21) By Martin Manuel Introduction On the night before Jesus died, some 40 days before ascending to heaven, our Lord's apostles were confronted with a troubling question: What would they do after Jesus was gone? [caption id="attachment_3758" align="aligncenter" width="568"] Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet by Danedi (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] That night in the Upper Room, Jesus shared what was for his followers very distressing news---perhaps the worst of their lives. Jesus, their hero, leader and inspiration---their teacher, Messiah and... Read the article

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Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 1

Here is part 1 of an essay titled Clarifying Our Theological Vision by Gary Deddo, with an introduction from Joseph Tkach. The essay is being published serially here in Equipper. To read each part, click on a link: introduction, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. To read the full essay in one article, click here. For the related essay, Covenant, Law and God's Faithfulness, click here. Clarifying two key terms: "All are included" & "union with Christ" By Dr. Gary Deddo [caption id="attachment_3743" align="alignright" width="178"] Gary Deddo[/caption] The goal of this ongoing series of articles is to clarify some of the key terms we use in communicating the wonderful truths of our incarnational Trinitarian faith. As Dr. Tkach mentions in... Read the article

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Clarifying Our Theological Vision, introduction

This is the introduction to Clarifying Our Theological Vision, an essay by Gary Deddo, with the introduction from Joseph Tkach. It is being published serially here in Equipper. To read each part, click a link: introduction, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. To read the full essay in one article, click here. For the related essay, Covenant, Law and God's Faithfulness, click here. Our journey of theological renewal By Dr. Joseph Tkach [caption id="attachment_3520" align="alignright" width="189"] Joseph Tkach[/caption] The theme for Equipper in 2017 is GCI's theological renewal---a continuation of the amazing journey God has led us on for several years. Those of us who have been members since the early 90s (or longer) have lived the journey, which... Read the article

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Sermon for May 14, 2017

Sermon for May 14, 2017 (fifth Sunday of Easter) Scripture readings: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Pet. 2:2-10; John 14:1-14 SHARING IN GOD'S COMMUNITY (1 Peter 1:22-2:10) (a sermon about church unity and participation) By Ted Johnston Introduction The Christians to whom Peter wrote were facing the likelihood of increased persecution from the Romans. Knowing this, Peter urged them to “hang in”—to hold on to the true source of their unity, namely their sharing together in God’s divine nature. From all eternity, God—Father, Son and Spirit—is a tri-personal (triune) communion of love. In Jesus, who is the union of God and humankind in one person, all humanity has been reconciled to God---accepted by God,... Read the article

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Renewing our theology

Theological renewal is the theme for the April Equipper--you'll find the articles and sermons linked below. Note also two new features in the upper right-hand corner: for past issues of Equipper, click on archive; to receive Equipper by email, click on subscribe. Easter blessings to you all! --Ted Johnston, Editor From Greg: Renewed in Christ Recounting one of his personal devotions, Greg Williams rejoices in the gospel truth that, in Christ, God has reconciled all humanity to himself. [caption id="attachment_3620" align="aligncenter" width="358"] "The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road" by Tissot(public domain via Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] Clarifying Our Theological Vision, introduction Joseph Tkach introduces a series of... Read the article

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From Greg: Renewed in Christ

Dear pastors and ministry leaders: [caption id="attachment_21" align="alignright" width="150"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] When it comes to renewal (the GCI-USA theme for 2017), knowledge of God (theology) is both our point of beginning and guiding light on the journey. This is true whether the topic is the renewal of our leadership (the theme for the February Equipper), or the renewal of our theological vision---the theme for this issue, featuring articles from Joseph Tkach and Gary Deddo launching a new series of articles titled Clarifying Our Theological Vision. In this series, we'll be clarifying (and refining) some of the key terms and concepts we use to communicate the incarnational Trinitarian theology that has been... Read the article

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Kid’s Korner: object lessons for Easter

Children's Ministry magazine recently published a helpful article with seven child-oriented practical object lessons to use in the Easter season. To read the article, click here. There are a couple of statements in the article that sound like separation theology, so be sure to adapt them to our incarnational Trinitarian perspective (in that regard, be sure to read Gary Deddo's article on our theology in this issue of Equipper). Read the article

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Sermon for May 7, 2017

Sermon for May 7, 2017 (fourth Sunday of Easter) Scripture readings: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 Pet. 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 THE GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:1-10) By Martin Manuel Introduction On YouTube at http://youtu.be/Coq_grSFlNs Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter, traditionally referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Its theme is Jesus the Shepherd of God’s flock and the blessings of being his sheep. Our passage today in John 10 uses the metaphors of sheep, shepherds and sheep-raising to teach us about Jesus and his relationship with his followers. Here we find Jesus’ description of the only legitimate pastoral ministry of humans---one centered on and totally immersed in him, and extended by him to his followers. ... Read the article

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Sermon for April 30, 2017

Sermon for April 30, 2017 (third Sunday of Easter) Scripture readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Pet. 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 COMING TO FAITH IN JESUS (Luke 24:13-35) By Linda Rex Today, the third Sunday of the Easter season, let's look at encountering Jesus. In our reading in Luke's Gospel, two disciples of Jesus, walking the road to Emmaus, don't know who was walking with them. It can be like that for us---walking the road of life not aware that our ever-present companion is none other than the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ. [caption id="attachment_3620" align="aligncenter" width="469"] The Pilgrims of Emmaus on the Road by Tissot public domain via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The two disciples on the road... Read the article

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