Communion With the Triune God
^Does it make a difference that the God Christians claim to worship has revealed himself as triune-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Does this fundamental truth of biblical authority have an effect on a believer's personal fellowship with God? ^Puritan...
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^Does it make a difference that the God Christians claim to worship has revealed himself as triune-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Does this fundamental truth of biblical authority have an effect on a believer's personal fellowship with God? ^Puritan theologian John Owen recognized the great need for every believer to understand the triune God. Communion with the Triune God revisits the truth presented by John Owen and challenges all believers to truly recognize and appreciate the ministry that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have in their lives. This work of John Owen encourages Christians to enjoy true communion with each person of the triune God.
The family breakdown we are witnessing today is the result of decades of destructive cultural trends and family choices. What began as seemingly minor erosion has reached huge proportions.Who is going to stop it, and when and how? It's going to stop when Christian parents take a courageous stand and say like Joshua, "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15). Let's consider what it takes to make the same courageous commitment today. We Must Be Committed to Instill Godly Traits in Our ChildrenSince God is the ultimate builder of true character that passes the tests of time and temptation, we need to consult His Word to know what traits and values go into forming godly character in our children. There are six areas that we believe are crucial to instill in your children. Instill Confidence in Your ChildrenAs parents we want our children to be secure in who they are in our family, and especially who they are in Jesus Christ. The best statement of this confidence is Paul's declaration, "I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). This was not a boast but a testimony of confidence in God.When our children were growing up, I would sometimes drop them off at school or some function and tell them, "Remember who you are and whose you are." They were members of the Graham family, and they were members of God's family, too. Deb and I never wanted our kids to doubt that they were secure in our love and in Christ's love.One key to raising confident children is to express your confidence in them to do the right thing and make good choices. The incredibly low level of expectation society has for our young people, particularly in the area of sex, communicates a complete lack of confidence in their ability to exercise self-control. Instill Conviction in Your ChildrenThe old saying "People who don't believe anything will fall for everything" could be written across the forehead of this generation. One result is that we are producing people determined not to take a firm stand for anything for fear of being labeled intolerant. But truth by its nature is intolerant-not of people, but of that which is false. Help your children understand that God has given us the truth in the person of Jesus Christ: "Truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).Truth always demands a decision on our part, and one of the best things you can do for your children is to help them know what they believe and why they believe it, and to encourage them to stand on their convictions no matter what.Remember that children form their basic attitudes and beliefs at a very young age. Those truths need to be instilled into our kids until they become settled convictions. And truth instilled becomes truth lived out. We wanted our children to grow up with firm convictions that were grounded in the Word of God, not simply with opinions or preferences. We wanted them to be filled with convictional truth that comes from God. Instill Character in Your ChildrenOne product of deep-seated convictions is solid character. Truth transforms character, so much so that there is no character without conviction. We parents really need to come to grips with the fact that if all we do is give our kids rules without building convictions in them, what we get is outward conformity with no inward character, which lasts only as long as the kids are under our authority.Instilling character in our children doesn't mean they won't ever venture off the path or try things they shouldn't. But having well-rooted character gives children and young adults an inner sense of conviction to which the Holy Spirit can appeal in drawing them toward the right. When your children not only know the difference between right and wrong but have the courage to stand for the righ
Kelly M. Kapic (Ph.D., (Systematic and Historical Theology), King's College, University of London, London, UK) is Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
He is the author of The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics (IVP: Downers Grove, 2004, and IVP: UK, Nottingham) edited with Randall Gleason; Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006) edited with Justin Taylor; Communion with God: The Divine and the Human in John Owen's Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007); Communion with the Triune God: A Classic work by John Owen (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007); God So Loved He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010) with Justin Borger.
Forthcoming publications include with M. Kapic and Bruce McCormack, ed., Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic History of Recent Theological Reflection (Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2011); with Randal Rauser, Everyday Saints: Voices From the Past: 100-1500 AD (Grand Rapids, Zondervan); Everyday Saints: Voices From the Past: 1500-Today (Grand Rapids, Zondervan).
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John Owen (1616-1683) was an early Puritan advocate of Congregationalism and Reformed theology. Educated at Queen's College, Oxford, he served under the Puritan government of Oliver Cromwell as personal chaplain to Cromwell and later as vice-chancellor of Oxford. A contemporary of John Bunyan, Owen's extensive body of work includes twenty-eight books on theological and devotional themes. His later years were spent in pastoral ministry where he served as the leading spokesman for the Protestant Nonconformists. His best known writings have been compiled in the encyclopaedic The Complete Works of John Owen (16 volumes) and The Book of Hebrews (7 volumes).-Editorial Review.
Taylor is the Director of Theological Resources & Education at Desiring God Ministries.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1990-1998 was senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He has written Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (Cambridge University Press), Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Zondervan), The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press), The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker).
His most recent publications are First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Intervarsity Press), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. (Cambridge University Press) and Jeremiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).
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