The Church And Its Impact On The Evangelical Church

1073 WordsJan 16, 20165 Pages
Living in a post Christian world presents a number of challenges or, depending on one’s perspective, opportunities, for the evangelical church. Many Christian terms, once considered common vernacular, have become abstruse or even obsolete to the ordinary person. Christians, especially those holding positions of leadership in churches, now find themselves in need of answers to theological questions that forego the use of theological language. Few theological concepts rival, in difficulty of understanding, that of a Triune God. Concerning the Trinity, J.I. Packer insists that it is “perhaps the most difficult thought that the human mind has ever been asked to handle.” Understanding then, who the individual members of the Trinity are is a complicated task. Furthermore, explaining that truth to a new believer in today’s context can seem daunting. Father and Son are concepts that most individuals can relate to on some level. However, in today’s culture, Spirit can mean a myriad of things. The goal of this paper is to answer the question of how the Church and its leaders should explain the second member of the Trinity to an inquiring new believer. It is the assumption of this paper that conversations about the Holy Spirt will most likely come up during formal or informal catechesis. While engaging new believers on this topic, it would be wise to have guidelines for a doctrine that can be very confusing. In an attempt to organize what should be conveyed concerning the Holy
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