On Sunday, January 24th, 2016, I began a Core Seminar on Redemptive History & Biblical Theology at my church, Lake Drive Baptist Church. During the course of this series I’ll be sending out emails recapping lessons and directing recipients to resources for further study.
Rather than just share these recaps with my church family, I’ve decided to share them here on the blog for anyone else who might be interested. I will be posting them occasionally over the next couple of months on a weekly basis or so.
In this week’s recap we will cover three sections: (a) Pentecost and the church; (b) the return of Christ and the consummation of the new-creational kingdom; and (c) some final conclusions to our study.
We begin by reviewing the role of Pentecost and the church in redemptive history.
Overview of Biblical material
Acts; the NT epistles
God’s new people, the Church, is begun.
The Gospel spreads throughout the world.
The Church wrestles over emerging theological issues (e.g., the inclusion of Gentiles and the question of circumcision).
The apostles instruct these young emerging churches (cf. epistles).
Role within redemptive history
Summary: God’s people is transformed into a community of Jews and Gentiles who experience the beginning realities of this new-creational kingdom by faith. God increases his new-creational kingdom through this people—the Church—as they proclaim the Gospel and live out its entailment or implications.