Theology As 'Faith Seeking Understanding' (Anselm of Canterbury)

 Current/On-Going Dialogue: Secularisation & Spiritual/Faith Formation

Emphasizing Scripure
In Christan Education

 Writing on "Practicing Christian Education with Scripture," Maddix & Estep (2017:100) state that:

'The formative role of Scripture affirms that just as the Holy Spirit was active in inspiring the authors of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21), the Spirit illuminates the person who reads and interprets the text (1 Cor. 2:14; John 14:26; 16:13)…'

'This cooperative process between the reader and the Spirit helps us discover potential meaning about God and God's ongoing work of salvation. Given that the Bible functions in formative ways, practicing Christian education calls us to consistently read and engage the Scriptures. And when we do, we move from viewing the Bible primarily as a means of information to experiencing the formative power of Scripture that transforms our lives' (Maddix & Estep 2017:101).  

'The shift from viewing Scripture as information to formation can be a difficult transition.' 'One of the primary roles of Christian educators is to help believers understand the difference between these two approaches. It's a challenge because many of us have it ingrained in us to approach Scripture reading as informational, to uncover certain biblical ideas or truths, a purely cognitive pursuit. We have been taught to read Scripture so as to master the text instead of having the text master us or viewing Scripture as a means of formation. Christian educators need to help believers reorient how they approach and encounter Scripture. They must also help believers develop formative practices in their faith journeys and within the life of the church community. The goal is that through reading and interpreting Scripture, we are being formed and transformed into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ' (Maddix & Estep 2017:102).  

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The Era Of Divine Authority Is Here…  

But Is Your Faith Working Through Love (Gal 5:6) As Biblically Required In The Evil Day (Eph 5:16, 6:13)?  

All six chapters of the Book of Ephesians are, in a nutshell, about divine authority in the evil day -    

(1) Chapters 1 & 2: Divine authority as invested in the individual Believer. Next time you read this chapter, you should be prayerfully meditating and using that authority more instantly and regularly in the evil day.   

2) Chapters 3 & 4: Divine authority invested in the Church/ community of faith. Next time you read this chapter, you should be prayerfully meditating and using that authority for your local church and the Body of Christ more instantly and regularly in the evil day.   The next two chapters end the Book of Ephesians and provide the biblical pattern for building that authority for the Church and the Believer. That is on the foundation of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as follows:  

(3) Chapter 5: The Holy Spirit Through Love. Next time you read this chapter, you should be prayerfully meditating on using that authority (found in chapters 1-4) in your day-to-day circumstances and spiritual warfare based on the Holy Spirit through love. Chapter 5 is about the Holy Spirit and the love He sheds in the heart of the Believer.  

(4) Chapter 6: The Word of God Through Faith. Next time you read this chapter, you should be prayerfully meditating on how to use that authority (found in chapters 1-4) in your day-to-day circumstances and spiritual warfare based on the Word of God through faith. Chapter 6 is about the Word of God and the faith it generates in you when you believe, without which prayer is weak.  

Hence, the faith that will truly overcome the ongoing evil day… that is, ‘the victory that overcometh the world’ (1 Jn 5:4) is that which combines the spiritual weapons of (3) & (4) above: the ‘faith that worketh by love’ (Gal 5:6).  


 
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