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Soteriology

The Gospel

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Perhaps one of the most important words Christians need to be clear about is the the word “Gospel.”

What is the “Gospel?”

This English word translates the Greek New Testament word εὐαγγέλιον (euangélion, “evangel” or “good news”). Although we can generally refer to the entire Bible as Gospel or call Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, “the Gospels,” within the context of the New Testament, the word “Gospel” specifically refers to the good news message of God in Christ.

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Theology

Theology and Christian Theology

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves,

Theology…What comes to mind when you hear this word? Some people consider it to be an academic pursuit, limited to those with a higher education. Others view it with suspicion, believing it to be a source of divisiveness and perhaps even, unbiblical ideas. Some would say it’s just plain boring, irrelevant or theoretical. Perhaps though, you’re one of those who consider “theology” to be an opportunity to grow deeper in God’s word and thereby, enrich your confession of faith. All of these views are held by people, but what is theology really?

Of course, the word “theology,” like many words, can mean different things to different people, but its root meaning (Greek theologia – θεολογία) is words (logos – λόγος) about God (theos – Θεός). Theology is simply how people put into words their understanding of who God is, what God is about and what that means for life.

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Cosmology Eschatology

What is heaven?

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

You don’t have to be a Christian to be intrigued by the topic of heaven. Most of the world’s religions envision a place where deities live and where people under certain conditions can ascend to after death. Perhaps this is why the topic is popular among people today with Amazon listing 50,000 results for books with the word “heaven” in the title and Google currently recording 1.090 billion search hits (“hell” has 849 million). What exactly is “heaven” though?

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Old Testament Soteriology

You are Chosen

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:

Whenever picking teams, someone must first be chosen to be captain. It is the captain who then picks the team.

To be chosen for a team or for an award is to be designated as special. Although some of us may not enjoy the “fame” that goes along with being chosen in these cases, very few of us would reject the opportunities that go along with being selected.

Even so, people find ways to turn this whole process around. “I wasn’t chosen. I decided to play for them or work for them.” Sounds kind of silly, but people do find ways to put the emphasis on the wrong syl-LABLE.