I. Doctrine and Theology
* Antichrist- the earthly leader of the Great Tribulation; Christ’s archenemy; referred to the “man of lawlessness” in 2 Thess. 2:3-9 and the Beast in Rev. 13; the Battle of Armageddon, the last conflict of the nations, which will be instigated by Antichrist, will culminate in the triumph of our Lord and the delivery of the Antichrist and his allies to the lake of fire; different than the spirit of antichrist * Apocryphal books- includes 15 books, all but one of which are Jewish in origin and found in the Septuagint; influenced by the Jewish canon of the OT, the custom arose of making the Apocrypha a separate section in the Protestant Bible, or sometimes even of omitting them entirely * Apostles- primary group of apostles were the Twelve, which had a ministry in the initial establishing of the Church and will sit on twelve thrones during Millennium; name translates to “ambassadors, sent with a mission”; apostolic ministry had three distinct features: 1) commissioned by the risen Lord Jesus/first hand witnesses to the teachings and resurrection of Jesus 2) unique role of establishing the Church and producing Scripture 3) signs/wonders; function is similar to the task of the pioneer missionary today (church planting) * Attributes of God- omnipotence (the quality of being all-powerful); omnipresent (present everywhere, not limited by space); omniscient (infinite, universal, complete knowledge and insight); goodness (looks out for welfare of creation); holy (separated from sin); righteous (can be depended on to act with justice) * Autographs-original manuscripts- inerrant word received from the Holy Spirit; the first and original documents; “word of God infallibly inscripturated by supernatural inspiration” “the original handwritten manuscripts produced by the human authors of scripture. These were probably circulated and copied so many times that they wore out. None of them are now known to exist. However, copies from close to the time they were written do exist.”(AG definition in italics) * Bible versions- today the Church has several different modern versions of the Bible based on the many extant Hebrew and Greek manuscripts; these versions carefully compare the ancient manuscripts and early versions of the Bible; provide the reader with the Scriptures in an up-to-date vocabulary and style while retaining the accuracy of meaning; these versions have been translated into hundreds of languages * Calvinism- T: Total Depravity (humans can’t do anything to help themselves) U: Unconditional election (God has chosen certain people to be saved) L: Limited atonement (Christ only died for those who God chose to save) I: Irresistible grace P: Perseverance of the saints (once saved, always saved) * Canon of Scripture- “rule, a standard, measuring rod”; a book that has met certain criteria: 1) Apostolicity 2) Universality 3) Contents 4) Inspiration; 66 books * Christology- doctrine that concerns Jesus Christ; the person of Christ (fully human/fully divine); Christ ministers to us before time and after it; salvation is based upon the work of Christ alone * Classification of spiritual gifts- estatic, teaching, wonderworking, administrative;
1) Teaching 2) Ministry 3) Worship
* Deacon- elected official in the early church; “a servant of various duties”; “an established group of workers elected by the local congregation”; serve as helpers to the elders; sometimes ministry is of a more secular nature, but were expected to measure up to a high set of spiritual and moral qualifications; Acts 6:1-6; Philippians 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-13; an office in the local church, both men and women served as deacons * Discipleship- Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present...