The Nasty Now and Now

I had the privilege of spending this past weekend with the Surge Network listening and talking with Carl Ellis about bringing the gospel to bare in our culture.

The weekend was very beneficial in regards to contextualizing the gospel in such a way that speaks people’s language and meets them where they are at.

Here are some notes I took from one of Prof. Ellis’ lectures entitled “Doing Theology In the ‘Nasty Now and Now'” (some parts adapted):

Theology – “The application of God’s Word by persons in every area of life.” – Frame

Basic principles in doing theology –

  • Know the author.
  • The meaning of the Bible is it’s application to our life situations.
  • Not only does God reveal himself in the words of the Bible, but also in the basic patterns of the biblical situations.
  • There is no situation we go through in life whose basic pattern is not already revealed in the Bible.

5 steps

  1. Prayerfully look for the basic life patterns in biblical stories and situations.
  2. Prayerfully look for the basic patterns in: a) your life situation b) the life situations in your Living Room.
  3. Prayerfully match them up when they are alike.
  4. Prayerfully look into the Scriptures for how God was in control, speaking, and present.
  5. Then you will have a good framework for understanding how God is: in control of your life situation now, speaking in your life situation now, and present in your life situation now.

Nick

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