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“Soteriological Essentials and the ‘Significance of Silence’: Arminianism, Calvinism, Lutheranism and the EFCA”

Panel Discussion with D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Tom McCall, Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Director, Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, David Luy, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and David Dockery, President, Trinity International University. Greg Strand, Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing for the EFCA, Moderator.

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EFCA One: Forum on Expository Preaching


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)


“Preach Not Ourselves, But Preach As Ourselves.”


Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:5 that though we do not preach ourselves, we preach Christ, and we preach Christ as ourselves, with our own unique God-given gifts and voice.


We are encouraged to have Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College and David Dockery, President of Trinity International University serve as our speakers at our Forum on Expository Preaching. Both of our speakers have served faithfully as pastors of local churches and now as presidents in Christian education settings. Both are extremely gifted as preachers of the Word of God. With their unique gifts, and as they preach Christ, not themselves though as themselves, one approaches preaching as more of a preacher-teacher while the other approaches it more as a teacher-preacher. These differences are represented well in the Free Church. There will be much to learn from these godly and gifted expositors.

Goal of the Forum on Expository Preaching

The goal of the Forum on Expository Preaching is to encourage and equip expository preachers in the EFCA who are God-centered, Christ-focused and Spirit-empowered, who are biblically faithful, theologically informed and pastorally sensitive, and who have a passion to proclaim God’s Word to God’s people with the goal of glorifying God, nurturing God’s people and building up the church of Jesus Christ.


9:00 – 9:20 Greg Strand – Welcome and Introductions; Worship and Prayer

9:20-9:40 Greg Scharf – “Expository Preaching: A Few Reminders”

9:40-10:00 Discussion in Triplets and Feedback on Challenges Participants are Facing in Their Preaching

10:00 -11:00 Phil Ryken – Preaching: “Crucifixion and Resurrection in the Ministry of the Gospel” (Philippians 3:10-11)

11:00–11:30 Q and A

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 2:00 David Dockery – Preaching: “Our Glorious Salvation” (Titus 3:3-8)

2:00 to 2:30 Q and A

2:30 –3:00 Panel – David, Phil and Greg (moderated by Greg Strand)

Please plan to join us for this excellent Forum on Expository Preaching!

New Nature and Old Nature

Greg Strand – March 18, 2015 Leave a comment

There is much discussion about what the old man-new man, old self-new self, old nature-new nature language means. These terms are Pauline expressions that refer to the contrast between life without Christ and life in union with Christ (Rom. 6:6; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10; cf. a summary of this truth in 1 Cor. 15:45-49). These terms are rich in meaning! But they are also rife for debate and difference of opinion.

David Dockery, “New Nature and Old Nature,” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship, ed. Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, Daniel G. Reid (Downers Grove: InterVarsity,1993), has written one of the most helpful articulations of what this expression means.

I include an excerpt regarding terminology, and a concluding statement regarding the theological significance of the expression. I commend the whole article to you.

Here is an excerpt from the section on “1. Terminology”:

Numerous popular explanations of Paul’s doctrine of the Christian life argue, or assume, that the apostle distinguishes with these phrases between two parts or natures of a person. Following this misguided thinking is the debate as to whether the “old nature” is replaced by the “new nature” at conversion, or whether the “new nature” is added to the old (see Psychology).

The interpretation that ho palaios anthrōpos and ho kainos anthrōpos refer to parts, or natures, of a person is wrong and misleading. These terms rather designate the complete person viewed in relation to the corporate whole to which he or she belongs. Thus these terms are better translated as “old person” and “new person.” The translation “old self” and “new self” (NIV, NRSV) is too individualistic, since the idea certainly means the individual Christian (Rom 6:6), but is much more than merely individual. “Old person” and “new person” are not, then, ontological but relational in orientation. They speak not of a change in nature, but of a change in relationship.

The “old person” is not the sin* nature which is judged at the cross* and to which is added a “new person.” The “old person” is what believers were “in Adam” (in the old era). The “old” points to everything connected with the fall of humanity and with the subjection to the distress and death of a transitory life, separated from God (see Life and Death). Within the context of Paul’s theology, this concept carries with it deep undertones of God’s wrath* and the wages of sin. The “new person” is what believers are “in Christ” (in the new era). Paul directs us to the completely new, to the salvation* and healing that believers receive when they are crucified* with Christ and raised with him (cf. Rom 6:3-6; see Dying and Rising with Christ).

The conclusion, “4. Theological Significance,” addresses how life is now to be lived.

Life in the new age for the “new person” is to be lived out between the polarities of what has been redemptively accomplished by the historical achievement of the death of Christ and what is yet to be fully realized in the consummation of God’s redemptive program. Believers live in this temporal tension between the “already” and the “not yet,” and between the indicative (what they are) and the imperative (what they should become). Believers live in this “not yet” age, but their life pattern and standard of conduct are not to be those of this age, which are essentially human-centered and prideful, but of the age to come. Yet the struggle continues. While living as a “new person” in the new age, the basis for new life should be remembered. It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that the Spirit applies the benefits of the “new” life to the lives of believers. Life for the “new humanity” is living out, by the Spirit’s empowerment, what believers are because of Christ.

Justin Taylor interviewed David Dockery, President of Trinity International University, about Christian higher education. Dockery has been in this realm for most of his years of ministry, either as a professor or a president. The interview is about 20 minutes long and it is worthwhile to hear Dockery’s assessment of Christian higher education, his explanation of the importance of the Christian Intellectual Tradition and the series he edits, and his counsel to leaders. Taylor included a breakdown of the interview:

  • 00:18 – How long have you been involved with Christian higher education?
  • 01:56 – How have you seen Christian higher education change over the years?
  • 05:01 – What is the current state of Christian higher education?
  • 09:51 – What is the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series?
  • 12:07 – How do you envision the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series being used?
  • 14:46 – What advice would you give to potential leaders?

If anyone is interested to hear what Trinity International University is about these days, listen to this interview.


David Dockery, our Trinity International University president, preached this past Sunday at The Orchard, one of our local EFC churches. He preached from Titus 1:5-9 with the title “A Prayer for Convictional, Compassionate and Collaborative Leaders

Brief synopsis: In this careful exposition of the text, Dr. Dockery makes a case for how we can counter rampant “flexidoxy” (as opposed to orthodoxy). Churches need leaders who are above reproach in the home, in character, and in conduct (vv. 6-8). Churches supremely need leaders who are doctrinally orthodox  and who can both gather the sheep and drive away the wolves (v. 9). Trinity plays a crucial role in equipping a new generation of such leaders in partnership with vital local churches.

I encourage you to listen to this sermon. There are numerous encouragements . . .

  • You will be encouraged and challenged by the text of Scripture.
  • You will be encouraged to know that our TIU president upholds the inerrancy, authority and sufficiency of God’s Word.
  • You will be encouraged by his commitment to and modelling of the pastor-theologian from the pulpit.
  • You will be encouraged to hear of his commitment to the local church.
  • You will be encouraged to hear of his desire for TIU to equip this generation to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in the local church grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dockery will be one of our preacher-teachers at next year’s Forum on Expository Preaching held in conjunction with EFCA One. He will be joined by Phil Ryken, another pastor-teacher. Our theme focuses on the role of pastor-teacher: “Preach Not Ourselves, But Preach As Ourselves.”