Posted: October 6, 2008 in Tim's Sermons



It might be prudent to mention that I was speaking theologically, not politically, when I mentioned the unhelpful split between Christian conservatives and Christian liberals.  That is, I was speaking out of what I’ve studied and noticed in terms of Christian theologians and pastors.  On the whole, those Christians who are more theological liberal do tend to emphasize social morality and action, while neglecting theological orthodoxy.  On the other end of the pendulum are the theological conservatives who would rarely mention social morality, and instead emphasize personal morality and doctrinal orthodoxy.

Cannon, in my experience, bucks this trend in many ways, which I’m thrilled about.  I especially see biblical both/and Christianity in my associate pastor, Robert Aycoth, who is about as theologically conservative as you can be (some might even call him – cover your ears ye faint of heart – a fundamentalist – gasp!), and yet his compassionate heart for the widow and the orphan consistently move me to tears.  This is how it should be: firm faith and tender compassion combined.

My 9 points (see handout for full details)

  1. Glorification is the final step in the application of our salvation.
  2. Glorification is the resurrection of our bodies to eternal glory.
    • The intermediate state is better, but the new creation will be best
  3. Glorification will happen when Christ returns.
  4. All the saints of all the ages will be glorified together at Christ’s return.
  5. Our bodies will be like Christ’s resurrection body.
    • Glorified bodies will be physical.
    • Glorified bodies will be “spiritual” 1 Cor 15:44 – meaning controlled by the Spirit, rather than non-physical.
  6. We will have the same bodies, but they will be transformed.
  7. When our bodies are raised, death will be totally defeated.
  8. Glorification is tied up with the renewal of all creation.
  9. All the dead will be raised, but only those whose names are found in the Lambs’ book of Life will be glorified.
  1. Shawn Yoder says:

    Excellent sermon by Rich Nathan you have linked. Nathan and Vineyard Columbus are a great example of what it looks like to have both/and lifestyle.

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