What Drives My Life? A Study in Law and Gospel

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John G Strelan


1. The Word of God

A textbook?
A life-style manual?
Static or dynamic?

2. The dual action of the Word of God

Demands from us (=the law)
Gives to us (=the gospel)

3. The law-driven life (slavery)

Guilt and shame

4. The theological & pastoral problems involved here

5. The gospel-driven life (freedom)

re-creation in Christ: baptism
a new relationship with God: faith/trust
a new attitude to the neighbour : love

6. Biblical examples

Paul’s letters
Specific texts
Doing what is ‘fitting’ or ‘proper’

John G Strelan
St Louis
January 2007

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