Theology & the Christian Life
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Russell Duke
October 1, 2002

I.   Intertestamental period
A.   Individual Israelites accept covenant
B.   Question: who and how?
II.   New Testament
A.   The Parables
1.   Lk 15.11-32: The Prodigal Son
2.   Lk 8.11-15: The Sower
3.   Mt. 18:21-35: The Unforgiving Servant
4.   Lk 15.15-24: The Great Banquet
5.   Lk 18:9-14: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
6.   Lk 7.36-50: The Two Debtors
7.   Lk 10.25-37: The Samaritan
B.   The Prayers of Jesus
1.   Mt 6:12 - Forgiveness of Others
2.   Jn 17:8 - Jesus gives eternal life
C.   The Sermons and Conversations of Jesus
1.   Mk 1:15 - Repent and believe the good news
2.   Mt 16.24-26
a.   Faith is loyalty and identification with Jesus
b.   Faith is not perfection
3.   Mt 18:3-4 - Faith should be simple, sincere, and spontaneous
4.   Baptism - Not a requirement of faith
5.   Jn 3:16 - The salvation of Christ is unlimited
6.   Jn 6:27, 44, 15:16
a.   This makes it unclear as to whether God selects only some individuals to eternal life
b.   "God is the initiator and effective agent in salvation"
c.   To sum up: "It is clear that believing in Jesus, in the sense of placing firm reliance on or trust in him as the Messiah and the Savior who comes from God, is the way that we enter into God's saving benefit and eternal life."
III.   Acts and the Epistles
A.   Acts: Repentance, Faith, Baptism:
1.   The preaching about Jesus placed emphasis on his death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. This was followed by an individual response of repentance and faith most often expressed in baptism
IV.   Process of Salvation
A.   Justification from Past
B.   Adopted into Kingdom
C.   Sanctified with the Holy Spirit
D.   Resurrected at Death