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How to Personally Interact

With Nicene Theology

and the NHI Statement of Faith

 

 

Preliminaries

 

In many ways, the Nicene Creed is the source from which all Christian theological reflection has flowed.  Here is an article which explains it well.  You've read why NHI goes back to theology at the time of the Nicene Creed.  You agree with the Nicene Creed (325 AD) along with all Trinitarian Christians and understand how it came about

 

Option 1: Full Participation

 

You're comfortable with expressing the gospel in these terms and living out Jesusí mission this way.

Option 2: Dynamic Participation

 

You'd like to do ministry out of this paradigm, and also understand your churchís tradition and how it might still be shaped by Nicene theology.

Option 3: Appreciative Participation

 

You understand your own churchís tradition as a subset of Nicene theology.  You prefer to express things that way.

For many Protestants, Jesus died as a penal substitute rather than an ontological/medical substitute, as the early Christians expressed it.  Or the two exist together.

 

For some, Godís sovereignty means that human beings donít have free will, that God caused the fall, that God predestines some for salvation and others for damnation; etc.

When non-Christians ask you for answers to questions about human free will, the fall, Godís character, evil, suffering, and hell, you offer them both positions:  (1) your own position and (2) the Nicene position.  Thatís because non-Christians might find the answers given by earlier Christian theology more appealing or understandable.  So, rather than provide them answers from only your subset of the church, you also open the door to the broadest common Christian tradition.  Then you leave it up to them.  If the person comes to Jesus, then we all rejoice with the angels in heaven.

 

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