Jesus’ important question to his first disciples in Luke 9:20 — “Who do you say I am?” — is addressed also to us. Just as his early followers tried to answer this question in the context of their times, we try to give as adequate an answer as possible in the context of our times.
How should we regard Jesus in the globalised twentieth-first century, particularly in Asia?
As God incarnate?
As the fullest revelation of God among all world religions?
As the epitome of what humanity aspires to become?
The person and work of Jesus Christ stands at the centre of Christian faith. For this reason, no Christian thought or faith would be stable without careful reflection on Jesus Christ.
Nothing is more important for mature Christian discipleship than a fresh, clear, true vision of the authentic Jesus.
— John Stott (The Radical Disciple 2010) —
As Christianity spread from Jerusalem throughout the Roman Empire and into the Mediterranean world, many questions were raised concerning the identity of Jesus Christ. This talk examines the emergence of several major heresies, leading to the formulation of the Nicene Creed (325), affirming the deity of Jesus Christ and the Triune God. The talk also provides examples of how some of these ancient heresies “rear their ugly heads” in our present-day theology and practice.
The person and deity of Christ sit at the pinnacle of controversy and belief concerning the Christian faith. The deity of Christ has tremendous value to the believer concerning the knowledge of God, new life, personal relationship with God, and the ability to worship Christ for who he is. This talk examines the biblical data on the deity of Christ, and how this truth is articulated in Christian doctrine (e.g., the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds), particularly from contemporary Asian (i.e., Indian, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Singaporean) perspectives.
One of the most important debates in the history of Christian doctrine is whether we should establish the deity of Christ prior to talking about his work or vice-versa. Traditionally, the work of Jesus Christ has been divided in terms of his prophetic, redeeming, and kingly offices. But what does it mean that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son?” This talk focuses on the love of God and the intent of the atonement.
One of the most important questions for people living in Asia today is not merely whether God exists, but which god is the one true God. This talk focuses on the challenge of religious diversity and pluralism to Christian faith. How can Christians respond to the typical objection that Christianity is too exclusivist, and that all religions lead to the same god? Can all religions be true? How can we determine that Christianity is the one true faith?
The reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity. With it, everything that the Bible talks about regarding Jesus Christ is true and he is vindicated. Without it, there is no Christian faith. This talk introduces the key evidences that point to the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and implications of this important truth to Christian faith and witness.