In this important study Hays argues against the mainstream that any attempt to account for the nature and method of Paul's theological language must first reckon with the centrality of narrative elements in his thought. Through an in-depth investigation of Galatians 3:1-4:11, Hays shows that the framework of Paul's thought is neither a system of doctrines nor his personal religious experience but the "sacred story" of Jesus Christ.
Release on 2009 | by Michael F. Bird,Preston M. Sprinkle
Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies
Author: Michael F. Bird,Preston M. Sprinkle
Pubpsher: Paternoster Publishing
The Faith of Jesus Christ represents an attempt to grapple with one of the most perplexing problems in Pauline studies, namely that of the phrase pistis christou. Issues of considerable theological import hinge on how we interpret it (does it mean --faith in Christ-- or --the faithfulness of Christ--?). The topic is now well rehearsed in contemporary scholarship and this volume sheds new light on the question by presenting rigorous exegetical studies from both sides of the debate. It also brings creative new proposals to bear on the problem, and orients the discussion in the wider spectrum of historical, biblical, and systematic theology. The Faith of Jesus Christ represents the most penetrating and comprehensive attempt to date to grapple with the significance of Jesus' faithfulness and obedience for Christian salvation and the extent to which it is represented in key biblical texts.
We are used to the idea of people believing in Christ, but did the early church consider that Jesus also had faith in God? This book evaluates the evidence, starting with a survey of the meaning of faith in Judaism and Graeco-Roman literature and proceeding to a detailed exegesis of the relevant New Testament material from the Synoptic Gospels, the Pauline and deutero-Pauline epistles, Hebrews and Revelation. Two trajectories of interest in Jesus' faith are identified: the paradigmatic, concerned with matters of discipleship, and the theological, relating Christ to God's gift of salvation. The examination is then broadened to trace the progress of these trajectories through the literature of the first four Christian centuries and concludes by identifying the Arian controversy as the christological development which rendered reference to Jesus' faith untenable within the emergent orthodoxy.
Dr. John S.O. Famodimu's life is synonymous to that of the Apostle Paul in the Holy Bible, who was a very religious Jew until he met Jesus Christ. Dr. Famodimu grew up in a Pentecostal church where their system of worship was Judaic and Animistic in nature. When Jesus Christ called him to be a minister, he began his lifelong fight of faith against Satan and the false ministers in Satan's grasp throughout the world.The author is the founder of the Christian Youths for the Better World International Ministry, Inc. He is also the founder and president of the Absolute Faith In Jesus Christ Ministries, Inc., a ministry that has spread the Word of God worldwide. On July 19, 2009, he was ordained to the office of Bishop by his denomination.Dr. John Famodimu's ministries and messages have helped thousands of lives to obtain salvation as well as physical and spiritual freedom. He was educated in Nigeria, West Africa, and in the United States of America. While he was born in Nigeria, he now lives with his wife and children in New York, USA.
Release on 2010-01-01 | by Michael F. Bird,Preston M. Sprinkle
Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies
Author: Michael F. Bird,Preston M. Sprinkle
Pubpsher: Baker Academic
The Faith of Jesus Christ represents an attempt to grapple with one of the most perplexing problems in Pauline studies, namely that of the phrase pistis christou. Issues of considerable theological import hinge on how we interpret it (does it mean "faith in Christ" or "the faithfulness of Christ"?). The topic is now well rehearsed in contemporary scholarship and this volume sheds new light on the question by presenting rigorous exegetical studies from both sides of the debate. It also brings creative new proposals to bear on the problem, and orients the discussion in the wider spectrum of historical, biblical, and systematic theology. The Faith of Jesus Christ represents the most penetrating and comprehensive attempt to date to grapple with the significance of Jesus' faithfulness and obedience for Christian salvation and the extent to which it is represented in key biblical texts. CONTRIBUTORS University of Durham luminary James D. G. Dunn authors an erudite foreword and editor Michael F. Bird introduces the problems and prospects for a New Testament conversation on the topic. Debbie Hunn, Stanley E. Porter, and Andrew W. Pitts contribute essays about the background of the pistis christou discussion. Douglas A. Campbell, R. Barry Matlock, Paul Foster, and Richard Bell clarify Pauline texts in contention. Mark A. Seifrid, Francis Watson, Preston M. Sprinkle, and Ardel B. Caneday explore Pauline exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology. The witness of the wider New Testament is covered by Peter G. Bolt, Willis H. Salier, Bruce A. Lowe, and David deSilva. Finally, Mark W. Elliott and Benjamin Myers offer historical and theological reflections from the church fathers, Karl Barth, and others.
I have prayed for others and seen instant healing miracles and received supernatural words of knowledge about them. I have also received miracles through prayer and others praying for me. I believe in a living God who has shown me through personal experience that He is real. The Bible clearly reveals God's will for every believer to walk in the miraculous. If you're tired of a Christian walk that has no evidence of God's manifested power, all it takes is to replace some wrong beliefs so that unbelief can be cast out. This is what I believe the Holy Spirit wants to do through this book "Messiah's Miracles-The Power of Having Faith in Jesus Christ".Under the New Covenant of Grace, every blessing is received by faith. If you have been trying to earn your miracles by showing your devotion to God by your works, it's no wonder you don't see any miracles. Faith comes by hearing about Jesus and this book is all about Jesus and designed to impart faith to the reader. During Jesus' ministry on earth, He didn't work any miracles by His own authority as God. He relied completely on faith in His Father and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit purposefully chose 37 of Jesus' miracles to be recorded in the four gospels. This is no coincidence. Each miracle reveals something powerful about our Lord Jesus.I believe that as you read about the 37 miracles of Jesus in the four gospels, faith will arise in your heart to receive miracles in your own life. As you behold Jesus in His love, goodness and grace, you will see transformation in yourself and in your circumstances. No self-help book can do that. Only the preached Gospel has God's power to save in all ways. As you set aside time to read about Jesus in all His majesty and beauty, I'm trusting that God will honor your faith and command a chain of long-awaited breakthroughs in your life.
Explore the Depth of Our Faith In Jesus Christ and Pass It on to the Next Generation
Author: Werner Sonderegger
This unique book captures God's plan for the Feasts of Israel; with their Biblical history, rich traditions and triumphant fulfillment in Christ. It will open your eyes to see how relevant these Feasts are to your everyday Christian life and will serve as a powerful tool to pass your faith in Jesus Christ to the next generation. Interwoven throughout this book you find testimonies, songs, christian theology, topics of discipleship, and suggestions of a Christ centered celebration of these Feasts in your own family. The richness and personal nature of these Feasts is waiting to be unfolded in the story of Jesus Christ throughout the Bible. Be ready to discover God's great plan for you, your family, and this world as it is portrayed in this second expanded edition of Celebrating the Feasts of Israel.
Faith. Our whole Christian experience hinges on this one word. In writing to the church of Ephesus, Paul encouraged them that, by grace, we are saved through faith. Yet, many Christians struggle with “having” faith or believing the promises of God. Have the Faith of Jesus examines the Savior’s faith in all aspects of His life, from offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice when Adam and Eve chose to disobey to overcoming the temptations that Satan hurled at Him throughout His life. By faith Jesus lived a life of complete submission to His heavenly Father, preaching to the people He was directed to, healing those whom the Father brought to Him, discipling the men God gave Him, and eventually submitting Himself to die on the cross for the sins of the world. As followers of the one true King, may we learn all we can of our Master and emulate His perfect faith so that we may stand firm in the coming trials and be ready for His soon return. “Many authors write, and many ministers preach, about faith. With a balanced grasp of Scripture and Spirit of Prophecy, Thiele gives confidence to the reader in that when one recognizes how Jesus exercises faith we can exercise faith in the same way. Hope is increased with the assurance that we have the faith of Jesus when we imitate Him.” John Witcombe, Pastor, Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists