Join us for dinner, fellowship & discussion of the designated topic below. All are welcome.
Main Dish & Beverage will be provided.
Please Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.
Tonight’s Location: The Furlong Home, Bellflower (near Artesia Blvd & Palo Verde)
For Directions Contact: Judy 562.544.8343; William 562.544.8343
Tonight’s Discussion Topic: Man’s Three-fold Nature – Body, Soul, & Spirit
Below are notes from a message Pastor Ed gave last May at the LB Rescue Mission to stimulate thought and discussion.A well-known theologian from the past wrote that true and solid wisdom consists in the knowledge of God and ourselves. Many ask the question, what is man?Is man only a more developed animal, having only a physical and material nature, that when he dies he ceases to exist? Sadly, because many have only been taught the theory of evolution, this is what they believe.Scripture presents man as having both a physical and non-material nature, a body and a soul. There is further evidence that man’s immaterial nature is soul and spirit(I Thess.5:23; Heb.4:12). Here’s how theologians distinguish man’s three-part nature:1. Body (Grk. soma) = This wonderful machine is composed of 11 elements found in the Earth and is 60% water. The body needs water, food, oxygen, and sleep to survive. The body is designed for habitation on the earth. Many people in our culture concern themselves entirely with the care of their bodies as if they were only a material being.2. Soul (Grk. psyche) = The immaterial part of man that gives life to the body; the principle of life that animates the body. The Creator is the source of our physical life – Gen.2:7; Job 33:4The soul is also the seat of consciousness, intellect, emotions, and will, the essence of what it means to be human. There is growing scientific evidence that the mind and brain are separate. The brain cannot adequately explain our experience of remembering, learning, thinking, feeling, that is, man’s consciousness. The mind is not confined to the brain. The mind is not the product of brain activity.The soul has psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs, that is, to be loved and appreciated, companionship and friendship, meaning and purpose.3. Spirit (Grk. pneuma) = Some regard the spirit of man as essentially the same as the soul. Others see the spirit as a second element of man’s immaterial and inward nature, a higher aspect of his being. The spirit is that which distinguishes man from the animal kingdom. The spirit is that faculty of the soul by which we relate most directly to God and is the seat of our spiritual life and point of contact with God (J.P. Moreland). Our spirit gives us the capacity to have an intimate relationship to God. Because of the impact of sin on our nature, our spirit must be made alive by the Spirit (John 3:6). The work of regeneration primarily addresses the damage done to our spirits by sin! Resurrection will restore the damage to our bodies! Thus, our whole person is saved by the work of Christ and the Spirit!