How do you view the Holy Spirit's role in contemporary Christianity?
Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit would convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment according to John 16.8. As a believer in my opinion I view the Holy Spirits as playing a role to allow us to see first our state of sin then convict us of wrong. The Holy Spirit role reminds us that if he refuses to receive the Savior we will face certain judgment and condemnation.
2. Many biblical parables, although symbolic, have relevance in modern times. What symbolism from the Bible comes to mind on a fairly regular basis?
Fishing Net! The parable of the fishing net can be found in the Book of Matthew (Chapter 13). A fishing net is being dragged through the water, grabbing every fish that happens to be in its path. Fishermen drag the fish net back up to the boat. Just as the fishermen do not choose or select what they catch in the net as it goes through the water, a church should not choose or select who decides to come to God. God’s kingdom is freely offered to anyone who will believe and have faith.
3. Comment on Jesus' role as the Outer Word of God, in revelation. ( Note: revelation with a small "r" refers to revelation in general and not the Book of Revelation)
God has spoken to us through human nature, creation, and in person of Jesus Christ. The Scripture presents God’s revelation to us and it is a source of knowledge about the will of God. Jesus’ role in the Outer Word of God was to show us who we are and about who God is.