Todd’s Theses revisited

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Theses Part OneWay back in March 2006, I started a blog-series titled “Todd’s Theses.” I essentially listed the church- and theology-thoughts running through my head at the time. I went back to review those posts and thought it might be interesting to repost them here unedited and unfiltered. Do I still feel the same? Am I embarrassed of what I believed so long ago? Let’s find out.

1. God and His ways are bigger than human comprehension. (Ecclesiastes 8:16-18)

2. The Bible doesn’t provide the entire picture of who God is. (John 21:25)

3. The Bible is a living, breathing document that needs to be read, reread, interpreted and reinterpreted. Its truths are everlasting, but the way we understand and apply them will change. (Matt. 16:19)

4. To be a Christian requires all of our selves. There is no such thing as a “Sunday” Christian. (Luke 9:23)

5. Eternity is now. When we are baptized, we aren’t changed, cleaned and reconciled for tomorrow; we’re changed, cleaned and reconciled for the right now. We need to do everything in our power to bring heaven to earth for today, not earth to heaven for tomorrow.

6. Christ is bigger than politics. Conservative and liberal, republican and democrat, libertarian and socialist all find common ground in Christ. (John 14:6)

7. Worship is not about what I get it out of it.

8. Worship is not incorporated. Worship is life. There should be no such thing as a “worship service.”

9. The way we observe communion today is not the way it was observed in the Bible. (Acts 2:41-43)

10. God’s grace covers our mistakes, ignorance and stubbornness. (2 Cor. 12:8-10)

11. Salvation doesn’t follow obedience. Obedience follows salvation. (Eph. 4:1)

12. You cannot be a Christian and ignore the fatherless and the widowed, the hungry and the naked, the lost and the ignored. (Matt. 25:35-45)

13. Seeing people based on negative attributes is not the way God sees us. Our identity is not in our failures; our identity is in Christ. (Eph. 4:10)

14. The question of “who will be saved?” is of little importance in the life of a Christian. The question should be “How can I show Christ in my life to everyone around me?”

15. The Christian faith is not an institution; it is a movement. We should spend less time, money and energy on maintaining the institution and more on carrying out Jesus’ vision for his disciples. (Matt. 28:19)

16. For too long the great commission has been the method rather than the vision. We are to make disciples, baptize and teach others to obey. We must be creative and relevant to carry out that vision. (Acts 17:22-34)

This list is interesting in light of a current discussion I’m having with several friends about the person and divinity of Jesus.

So, what do you think? Where am I way off base?

Part two coming tomorrow…
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  1. January 4, 2008 at 10:21 am — Reply

    Todd,
    Good thinking. No arguments, just a couple of questions. I’d like to hear your thoughts on “how” the early disciples celebrated communion and how does one become “saved” if obedience is not part of the process. I totally agree that obedience is necessary after salvation but I also think it is imperative before. If no obedience is necessary before salvation, it seems to me we enter some real “sticky” theological waters, which is where many of our “denominational” friends swim (without water) when they believe they are saved (have salvation) because they pray some non-biblical “saving prayer of faith.” Confession, repentance and baptism are obedience items.

  2. January 4, 2008 at 5:17 pm — Reply

    Scott, thanks for the questions.

    First, I believe the early Christians celebrated communion as part of a meal, much in the way Jesus instituted it. However, even if the communion wasn’t a part of a meal, I believe that the time spent breaking bread was significant, not just a quick part of their time together.

    Second, I sure hope that salvation isn’t contingent upon my obedience! I believe that salvation comes not from my obedience but from my seeking it and committing my life to the one who offers it. My life doesn’t have to be right in order for God to extend His grace and mercy, but my heart does. That’s all I’m saying with this point. I’m not making commentary on baptism or lack thereof. My implication for this point had more to do with evangelism than doctrine.

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Todd’s Theses revisited