Crazy Week and Developing Thesis
This week is crazy full. Along with the normal day to day activities, I am working on the final paper for my class at Fuller. The paper is due Friday, but I need to finish it by tonight (Wednesday) so I have time for edits and such.
As I have been working through the various passages of scripture and thinking about my topic, my thesis has developed a bit. Out of the three options I posted earlier, I basically went for the second one, with a slightly different approach.
Here is the current way I have it worded at this time. (This is the latest update after the great feedback that I have received up to this point.
My thesis is that we cannot separate personal from social salvation because scripture declares that there is both a King and a Kingdom, which means that as kingdom citizens we have been born into an alternative community under the rule of the King, where we are called to embody an economy of love, practice justice, and share our resources with one another. Embodying the ministry of reconciliation demonstrates that we have become a part of God’s new creation.
Of course this claim is what I am setting out to argue. I am sure that I will be adjusting this thesis here and there as the day goes on, but this is where I am at currently. I am supposed to use 2-3 passages from each testament. My current chosen texts in order are: Mark 1:1-15, Luke 4: 14-21, Lev. 25, II Cor. 5:11-21 I will probably be adding one more OT text, even though Luke 4 refers back to Is. 61. Any thoughts? Is the claim clear to you? Any input would be appreciated. Of course, for it to be helpful I would need it by this afternoon – Wednesday, June 6th.