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Many Christians approach reading the Bible without first considering what story the Bible is trying to tell. This is similar to trying to put a puzzle together without knowing what picture you are trying to create. If we do not understand the big narrative (meta-narrative), then we will probably be confused as to what all the little narratives mean and how they fit together.

Biblical Theology helps us improve our understanding of Scripture because it helps us understand what story the Bible is trying to tell. Our goal in studying an Old Testament Biblical Theology is that we would be better equipped to interpret, understand, and apply the Old Testament in a way that honors Christ and informs our understanding of the gospel.

Helpful Resources:

Dempster, Stephen. Dominion and Dynasty. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003. | Amazon

Lawrence, Michael. Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. | Amazon

Schreiner, Thomas. The King in His Beauty. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013. | Amazon

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True Christianity – Sermon Series

In our society many groups call themselves “Christian.” Often these groups hold beliefs or practice in ways that looks nothing like biblical Christianity. Obviously, not everyone who bears the name Christian has experienced the forgiveness of sin that comes by grace through repentant faith. This begs the question: how do we test an individual’s or group’s profession of faith? Better yet, how do we know that our profession is genuine?

In I John, the apostle writes to believers and he wants his readers “to know that they have eternal life” (5:13). In this little epistle John provides three tests or marks of genuine Christianity. We demonstrate the sincerity of our profession by our obedience, love, and adherence to sound doctrine.

Pray with us that the Holy Spirit would produce in Northwest Bible Church people who demonstrate their new life in Christ by walking in mutual love, heart obedience, and sound doctrine.

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Trinity & Unity

The doctrine of the Trinity is difficult to describe. And although the Trinity is difficult to describe and virtually impossible for our finite minds to fully comprehend, it is one of the essential building blocks of orthodoxy. So, while we may never fully understand it, we must believe it.

One of the clearest articulations of the doctrine of the Trinity is in the Athanasion Creed which has been used by churches since the sixth century, and it states:

…we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.

There is a line in the creed that we should catch: “Trinity in Unity.” We believe that God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons of the divine being. They are the one eternal God, coequal in glory and majesty, uncreated and coeternal. Inside this Trinity there is perfect unity. The Trinity is the perfect demonstration of perfect fellowship. From eternity past to eternity future the Godhead is infinitely satisfied with the fellowship He enjoys with Himself.

You see, God lacks nothing. God did not create man because he needed fellowship. He created man so that man could glorify God by entering into and enjoying the fellowship that God already enjoys. It is this fellowship that was lost at the fall of Adam. It is the loss of this fellowship that is the source of our alienation from and enmity with God. In reconciling us to God, this is the fellowship that Jesus restores. As a community of redeemed and reconciled saints, this is the fellowship that we have with one another.

So, come and enjoy the fellowship that we have together with the God who desires to have perfect fellowship with us. Come and rejoice in the redemption that has been accomplished as together we wait for the future reconciliation of all things. The doorway to this type of fellowship is the Gospel. Jared Wilson says it well,
The companionship of our God is cause for great exultation. He welcomes us into God-shaped community through the God-shaped [Trinitarian] gospel.[1]

Pastor Aaron

[1] Jared Wilson, Gospel Deeps, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012), 77.