• Fighting Heresies with the Definition of Chalcedon

    Fighting Heresies with the Definition of Chalcedon

    Over the centuries, the church has fought off heresies by calling councils and writing creeds. In 451 A.D., one of the best creeds was written: The Definition of Chalcedon.

  • The Heresies — Eutychianism

    The Heresies — Eutychianism

    Named after Eutyches of Constantinople, this heresy states that Christ has separate divine and human natures that united and blended into a new combined nature. Pastor Nate Harlan and the Family Study work through the particulars.

  • The Heresies — Apollinarianism

    The Heresies — Apollinarianism

    In today’s family study, we look at the fourth century heresy called Apollonarianism, which taught Jesus was merely inhabiting a human body rather than being fully human and fully God. 

  • The Heresies — Arius vs. Athanasius

    The Heresies — Arius vs. Athanasius

    Pastor Nate Harlan introduces an unusual but important word: homoousian, meaning consubstantial when describing the relationship between Jesus and God the Father. The class at Trinity discusses the ramifications of the Arianism controversy.

  • The Heresies — Arianism

    The Heresies — Arianism

    In this family study, Pastor Nate Harlan and the members of Trinity discuss that most famous of heresies, Arianism, which says that Christ is in some way less than God.

  • Christological Heresies: Docetism

    Christological Heresies: Docetism

    Heresies have in one way helped the Church by helping us refine our theology so we have a better understanding who and what Jesus is. In today’s class, Pastor Nate Harlan leads us through a short study on Docetism.

  • The Heresies: Ebionism

    The Heresies: Ebionism

    As we begin a series on the study of Christ — who is Jesus? and what is Jesus? — we begin by comparing the orthodox view of Christ to the heresy called Ebionism.

  • The “Gospel” of Thomas

    The “Gospel” of Thomas

    Believers in the authentic Gospels in the New Testament have nothing to fear in the so-called “Gospel” of Thomas. Pastor Nate Harlan and the class at Trinity discuss this Gnostic book’s bad attempts at being sophisticated.

  • The sources of Gnosticism

    The sources of Gnosticism

    What exactly is gnosticism and why was it such a threat to the early church? Pastor Nate Harlan and the family study class work through the history of the movement and some of its modern-day echoes.

  • The Church Fathers and the Gnostics

    The Church Fathers and the Gnostics

    The family study discussion on the church fathers, including Irenaeus, takes a detour into correcting our assumptions about God and His relationship to His creation.