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Michael Horton's Pilgrim Theology: 4 Coordinates of Key Doctrines, Part 1 [Infographic]

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We're excited to share this new infographic - Michael Horton's Pilgrim Theology: 4 Coordinates of Key Doctrines, Part 1.

The infographic displays some groundbreaking work from Michael Horton's new theology book, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples.

In part one of the infographic you will view nine key Christian teachings as seen through four "coordinates" --  Drama, Doctrine, Doxology, and Discipleship. The teachings in part one include God's Communicable and Incommunicable Attributes, Creation, the Person and Works of Christ, and more. Download part one today, and come back this Thursday for part two!



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Why four coordinates?

9780310330646What's gained when we explore theology through the "coordinates" of Drama, Doctrine, Doxology, and Discipleship? Horton reveals his thinking behind his coordinates and compass metaphors in this excerpt from Pilgrim Theology

compass orients us. It helps us on our journey by helping us to grasp that the
Bible is not chiefly about me and my personal experience or morality. Rather,
it is the revelation of God and God's history with us. Its relevance lies not
in helping the pious individual to attain spiritual well-being, but in the way
it actually introduces us to reality...

the directions on a compass, there are four coordinates that guide us in our
journey to know God:

  • Drama
  • Doctrine
  • Doxology
  • Discipleship 

of our faith and practice arise out of the drama
of Scripture, the "big story" that traces the plot of
from creation to consummation, with Christ as its Alpha and Omega,
beginning and end. And out of the throbbing verbs of this unfolding drama God
reveals stable nouns — doctrines.
From what God does in history we are taught certain things about who he is and what
it means to be created in his image, fallen, and redeemed, renewed, and glorified
in union with Christ.
As the Father creates his church, in his Son and by his
Spirit, we come to realize what this covenant community is and what it means to
belong to it; what kind of future is promised to us in Christ, and how we are
to live here and now in the light of it all. The drama and the doctrine provoke
us to praise and worship — doxology
and together these three coordinates give us a new way of living in the world
as disciples.

the directions on a common compass, all of these coordinates are engaged
simultaneously... In Scripture and in the best of church history, doctrinal
reflection has maintained a deeply integrated connection with the biblical
narrative, the desire of the heart, and the engagement of the will and the body
in worship and life.

Learn more about Michael Horton's Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples


Part two is now live!

Download the second part of the infographic. You will understand these teachings anew:

  • Justification, Sanctification and Glorification
  • Baptism and The Lord's Supper
  • The Visible and Invisible Church
  • Last Things and Everlasting Life


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