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  1. What is the Character of Biblical Authority? Grounding Students in the Gospel of Hope

  2. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

  3. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

  4. What is the character of biblical authority? The shorthand phrase “the authority of scripture,” when unpacked, offers a picture of God’s sovereign and saving plan for the entire cosmos, dramatically inaugurated by Jesus himself, and now to be implemented through the Spirit-led life of the church precisely as the scripture-reading community.” N. T. Wright

  5. What is the character of biblical authority? On this overarching story is based a worldview that, like all worldviews and metanarratives, claims to explain the way things are, how they have come to be so, and what they will ultimately be. … It is a story that … [is] a rendering of reality – an account of the universe we inhabit and of the new creation we are destined for. We live in a storied universe. Christopher Wright

  6. What is the character of biblical authority? It is the purpose of such figures or images to direct one’s mind to an idea and, more to my point, to a story – not any kind of story, but one that tells of origins and envisions a future, a story that constructs ideals, prescribes rules of conduct, provides a source of authority, and, above all, gives a sense of continuity and purpose. A god, in the sense I am using the word, is the name of a great narrative, one that has sufficient credibility, complexity, and symbolic power to enable one to organize one’s life around it. Neil Postman

  7. Grounding students in the gospel of hope It has seemed puzzling to me how greatly attached to the Bible you seem to be and yet how much like pagans you handle it. The great challenge to those of us who wish to take the Bible seriously is to let it teach us its own essential categories; and then for us to think with them, instead of just think about them. Rabbi Abraham Heschel (1907-1972)

  8. Grounding students in the gospel of hope Human persons are intentional creatures whose fundamental way of “intending” the world is love or desire. This love or desire – which is unconscious or noncognitive – is always aimed at some vision of the good life, some particular articulation of the kingdom. What primes us to be so oriented – and act accordingly – is a set of habits or dispositions that are formed in us through affective, bodily means, especially bodily practices, routines, or rituals that grab hold of our hearts through our imagination, which is closely linked to our bodily senses. James Smith

  9. Grounding students in the gospel of hope • Read and understand the Bible as a single story, a unified account, a great vision for life

  10. Gospel Holy Spirit Enthronement Ascension Resurrection Death Life 21st century Birth Creation Israel Jesus Christ Church New Creation LORD Fall 1 Samuel 17

  11. The Drop-out technique • Diminish and distort texts • By-pass the gospel events • Individualise our responses/applications • Move to legalism/duty • Eliminate or misunderstand the Holy Spirit • Live out of another grounding story

  12. Grounding students in the gospel of hope • Read and understand the Bible as a single story, a unified account, a great vision for life • Read and understand the Bible as many diverse, complex, at times troubling and surprising stories • Develop a deep appreciation of and commitment to relationships shaped by faith, love and hope

  13. Grounding students in the gospel of hope • Understand the content of hope • Develop the disposition of hope • Begin to make deep connections between the gospel of hope and all things

  14. Grounding students in the gospel of hope The act of reading Scripture [is] an instance of the fundamental pattern of all Christian existence, which is dying and rising with Jesus Christ through the purging and quickening power of the Holy Spirit. Reading Scripture is thus best understood as an aspect of mortification and vivification: to read Scripture is to be slain and made alive. And because of this, the rectitude of the will, its conformity to the matter of the gospel, is crucial, so that reading can only occur as a kind of brokenness, a relinquishment of willed mastery of the text … John Webster