Grapho : Concordia Seminary Student Journal

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grapho, noble's argument, sanctifier, redeemer, self-discovery, psalmist, creeds

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In his book, You Are Not Your Own, author and professor Alan Noble argues that the fundamental lie of modernity is the one which says we belong to ourselves.1 He is concerned with our society's increased emphasis on individualism, and he asserts that it requires serious and intentional effort to remember how we belong to Christ. This truth, Noble says, is not just a doctrine to which we must subscribe but a reality which touches every part of our lives.2 It runs contrary to the narratives of self-discovery and self-ownership that we are surrounded by today, and it is the means by which the Church asserts herself as a community which is set apart from the rest of the world.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 1:3; Colossians 1:16–17; Psalm 95:5–6; Luke 19:10; Colossians 1:13–14; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Romans 3:25; Romans 8:15–17; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:22–24;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars