Difficult Theological Questions
Session One – Bible: Fact, Fiction, or Fantasy?!
The attack against God’s Word goes all the way back to Genesis 3. Satan has longed for humanity to question, deny, and disobey God’s Word. While the nuances of his attacks may vary, his modus operandi has not. This morning we will examine five common arguments leveled against the Bible.
Session Two – God: Old Man in the Sky, Dictator, or Distant Father?!
The sovereignty of God has been defined as “God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and painting the properties with which he created them; (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do; and (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes” (Grudem, Systematic Theology, 315). Such a definition raises several questions. Three particular questions we will address in this study pertain to humanity’s freewill, the existence of evil, and God’s providence. Philosophers and theologians have sought to explain this tension between these three categories by redefining God, freedom, and/or responsibility.
Session Three – Man: Good, Bad, or Transgender?!
Genesis 1:27 claims that humans were created in the “image of God”. One scholar wisely notes, that “our understanding of God profoundly affects how we view humans, ourselves, and our participation in God’s purposes. Thus careful attentiveness to God’s own self-revelation is vital” (Dearborn, 415). This morning we will explore what does it mean that humans were created in God’s image. In so doing, we will address briefly the implications this important theological topic plays on the distinction between humans and animals, male and female roles, and gender issues.
Session Four: Jesus of Nazareth: God, Political Radical, Advocate for Social Justice, or a Prophet of Mystic Wisdom??!
Few individuals challenge the humanity of Jesus. The Scriptures speak of Jesus possessing a human body (e.g., Matt 4:2; John 19:28), and human mind (Lk 2:52), and soul and spirit (e.g., Matt 9:36; John 4:6). However, what is questioned by many individuals is the deity of Jesus of Nazareth. Is this Jesus truly God, or was this an early distortion by the Church to elevate their leader to the Godhead? The answer to these questions are eternally important. As noted by one theologian, “The doctrine of the person of Christ is crucial to the Christian faith. It is basic to soteriology [study of salvation], for if our Lord was not that He claimed to be, then His atonement was a deficient, not sufficient, payment for sin” (Ryrie, Basic Theology, 273).
Session Five: Salvation: Faith, Works, or Both?!
Recently, two prominent Christian leaders shocked the Christian world by denying their faith. While their decisions result in a whole host of questions, the bottom line is, “How can anyone who claims the name of Jesus turn around and deny Him?” Furthermore, what implications does their abandonment of the faith have upon our own understanding of the Gospel? This morning we will address four common questions that pertain to the issue of faith and salvation. While certainly much could, and has, been written on this subject, our desire is to glean some practical biblical principles that can govern our own walk with the Lord and those we serve.
Featured Bible Teacher: Dr. David Hoffeditz
David has a doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He has also studied at the University of Tübingen in Germany, and the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem.
Currently an adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and Indiana Wesleyan University, he has taught over 6,000 students since 2000. He has taught such courses as New Testament Introduction, Biblical Archaeology, Jesus and the Gospels, New Testament Greek, and Bible Study Methods. He also serves as co-founder and co-director of Ancient Tours–a ministry providing first-hand travel to biblical lands.
His numerous publications include articles in Bulletin for Biblical Research and Israel Numismatic, a book on singleness entitled “They Were Single, Too”, and iVocab Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew products. He is also co-founder and director of Ancient Tours, a company which specializes in tours to biblical lands.
David and his family are members at College Park Church, where David teaches an Adult Bible Fellowship class. David is married to Dr. Lori Hoffeditz, a licensed mental health counselor at Counseling Center at the Crossing. Together, they have two children, Jenna and Josiah.
Hope Series | June 14 | 7:00-8:00pm
This is a free Online Livestream series entitled “Hope: Living with Confidence in the Midst of Life’s Difficulties.”
Men’s Bible Study | June 18 | 7:00-7:50am
In light of the quarantine, our Men’s Bible Study will meet online for a time of fellowship and encouragement.
Bible Studies | This Fall
This Fall our intention is to launch a Women’s Bible Study on Monday nights and resume our Men’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings.