“Deep Things of God: The mystery of the Trinity and the Christian Life” (February 24, 2018)
Keizer Church of Christ (5405 Ridge Dr. NE, Keizer 97303)
This seminar will explore the doctrine of the Trinity and how it impacts our lives as Christians.
Our speaker this year is Dr. Mark Powell, professor of theology at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, TN. Mark is a widely-respected theologian in the churches of Christ who has wrestled deeply with the doctrine of the Trinity and how it impacts our walk with Christ and our spiritual formation. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University (BA), Emory University (MDiv) and Southern Methodist University (Phd) and the author of Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality (ACU Press, 2014). He has also written Papal Infallibility: A Protestant Evaluation of an Ecumenical Issue (Eerdmans, 2009), contributed to Canonical Theism: A Proposal for Theology and the Church (Eerdmans, 2008), and published a number of articles and reviews. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children and live in Memphis, just down the street from Elvis Presley’s first house.
Saturday, February 24
Session One (1-2pm): The Doctrine of the Trinity in a Nutshell
In the early church, the Trinity was foundational for Christian identity, unity, and spirituality. This session explores the central issues underlying the emergence of Trinitarian doctrine in the New Testament and the early church.
Session Two (2:15-3:15pm): The Restoration Movement and the Trinity
Many early Restoration leaders broadly affirmed the Trinity, some denied the Trinity, and nearly all thought Trinitarian doctrine was divisive. This session explores the Trinitarian views of early Restoration leaders, the impact of their views, and how Trinitarian belief can promote Restoration concerns today.
Session Three (3:30-4:30pm): The Trinity and God’s Mission
The Trinity reminds us that the church does not have a mission, but rather participates in God’s mission. This session explores how the Trinity is foundational for the church’s identity and mission in the world.
Session Four (4:45-5:45pm): The Trinity and Christian Living
We were created to know and worship the Trinity, and to live in light of the nature and working of God. This session explores the significance of the Trinity for Christian living in areas such as conversion, growth in holiness, and suffering.
Sunday, February 25
Dr. Powell will teach a class at the Keizer Church of Christ on Sunday, February 25.
9:30-10:30am: Encountering God in Worship
Dr. Mark Powell’s books