As Brethren articulate who they are, they are prone to communicating the behaviors of their particular witness, often omitting the distinctives of Brethren thought. Brethren believe particular things that shape our peculiar witness. This series will highlight the beauty and challenge of “The Centennial Statement.”
“Scripture reveals the first person of the trinity as the Father. The created world testifies to Him in both the external order of nature and the internal working of conscience. As the Father of Old Testament Israel, He led the nation with parental love and care, with warnings, chastenings, and promise of inheritance. He sent His beloved Son into the world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. All who confess Him as Lord, the Father makes a new creation and adopts as His children.”
- Read John 8:42. What does it mean for God to be our Father? How does that inform our theology? Why is it important that the first person of the Trinity is referred to by a parental title?
- Wrestle with the following line: “All who confess him as Lord, the Father makes a new creation and adopts as His children.” How is God both Lord and Father? What does it mean for you to confess God as Father? Describe the “new creation” to which we are made. Think of what adoption looks like in our society and discuss what it means to be adopted by God.
- What feelings/thoughts are evoked when you think of the role of “father?” How do your earthly models of this role shape your view of God the Father? Discuss the positive and negative implications of such views.
- If God is the ultimate parent, then how does this shape how you respond to your neighbor? Your enemy? Recall, if it applies, sibling relationships in your own life. How would it be different if we treated others in the world, not just our familial relationships, as siblings?
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