Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Saturday, January 30, 2010
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
From Justin Taylor over at Gospel Coalition
I’m not sure exactly why now, but there’s been a spate of new reviews of The Shack of late.
Here are three new blog posts:
Tim Keller, “The Shack—Impressions“
Albert Mohler, “The Shack—The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment“
Fred Sanders, “Making the Most of The Shack“
And here are three recent reviews:
Timothy Beal, “Theology for Everyone,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 15, 2010), pp. B16-17. [subscription required]
Katherine Jeffrey, “‘I Am Not Who You Think I Am’—Situating The Shack in a Christian Literary Landscape,” Books & Culture (January/February 2010), pp. 33-34.
James B. DeYoung, “Book Review: The Shack by William Paul Young” (PDF)
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Gospel Coalition posted a good article by Tim Keller on Young's The Shack.
Click here to read.
Below is a portion of what Keller writes:
"...In the prophets the reader will find a God who is constantly condemning and vowing judgment on his enemies, while the Persons of the Triune-God of The Shack repeatedly deny that sin is any offense to them. The reader of Psalm 119 is filled with delight at God’s statutes, decrees, and laws, yet the God of The Shack insists that he doesn’t give us any rules or even have any expectations of human beings. All he wants is relationship. The reader of the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and Isaiah will learn that the holiness of God makes his immediate presence dangerous or fatal to us...."
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Monday, January 18, 2010
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Eric Johnson, over at Desiring God, has a great post about how to continue thinking about being pro-life to the core of who we are (see yesterday morning's message at WBC here).
Click here to go directly to his post.
Below are suggestions he gives on how to love our neighbors near and far:
1. If you're able, go. Go to Haiti and serve.
2. Donate to churches and ministries that are working in Haiti.
3. Volunteer in your city. Help immigrants learn English. Babysit a neighbor's kids. Buy a Coke at a local market and get to know the clerk.
4. Be ready to give an account for the hope that you have. As you serve, look for chances to talk about the good news of the Gospel. Ultimately, if we truly love our neighbors, we will care not only for their immediate physical needs, but their spiritual needs as well.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Live with Haiti in Your Heart by Chris Tomlinson - Click here.
Haiti Disaster Relief through Sovereign Grace Ministries - Click here.
Children's Hunger Fund - Click here.
Food for the Hungry and Desiring God International Outreach - Click here.
I also read here that American Airlines are flying doctors and nurses for free to Haiti.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The initial Southern Baptist disaster relief effort will be led by Florida Baptists, who have had ministry relationships in Haiti for more than 20 years and currently have six staff members who live and work in the country, said Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist relief and development organization. The International Mission Board does not have long-term personnel stationed in the country.
Initial funding for the relief effort will be provided by the IMB’s disaster relief fund. You can contribute to the disaster response effort at gobgr.org.
An assessment team is being organized by Baptist Global Response, IMB, NAMB and state convention disaster relief directors to enter the country as soon as possible, Brown said. They will work with Haitian Baptists to identify immediate needs that must be addressed and will draft mid- and long-term plans for an ongoing relief effort.
The 7.0 magnitude tremor hit 10 miles from the center of Port-au-Prince, a city of 3 million people, at around 5 p.m. Jan. 12, according to news reports. One source said the quake could be felt more than 200 miles away. The earthquake triggered a tsunami watch for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Multiple strong aftershocks continued to rock the country after the initial tremor, said David Brown, who with his wife, Jo, directs BGR work in the Americas. Reports from inside the country indicate infrastructure and many buildings suffered catastrophic damage. The main airport is closed; power and communications are down and security is a serious concern. Specialized search and rescue teams and military units from several countries are being rushed into Haiti to help secure the situation and begin relief efforts.
Apart from donating to the disaster relief effort via gobgr.org, you can help greatly by joining in focused prayer for Haiti’s 9 million people, more than 80 percent of whom live below the poverty line, said David Brown.
“Please pray for us as we assess and monitor the situation in Haiti after the 7.0 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks this evening,” Brown said. “The initial information indicates 2 million people in Port-au-Prince are directly affected. Please pray for victims and their families. Pray for wisdom as responses are initiated.”
The situation in Haiti is very fluid and additional information will continue to flow in on a daily basis, Brown said. Updates will be released as new information becomes available.
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Don’t let that first sentence pass through your mind too quickly. Let it sit there for a few minutes. If you do, I think you’ll find that God’s adoptive love is both scary and assuring.
When God sent His Son to redeem us so that we might receive adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-6), He did not send him as an outside-in observer. He sent him as an outside-in rescuer. God the Son became one of us. He not only clothed himself with our humanity, he also clothed himself with our need.
God the Son became poor. He did not merely observe our poverty. He wore it. Our poverty became his own.
Jesus became poor so that we might become rich. He entered into our need so that we might enjoy his abundance. In other words, Jesus became an orphan so that we might become children.
I don’t know what this truth about Jesus does to you, but it lays me low, really low. It levels me. I really don’t even begin to care for orphans like Jesus cared for me. For the most part, I care for them from a distance, as an outside observer. I don’t imitate God’s incarnate love very well at all.
When I consider what God’s adoptive love did to meet my need and give me a home, I’m convicted to the core. If I’m honest, I actually find God’s adoptive love to be very scary. It forces me to realize that I’m a whole lot less like Jesus than I think I am. My adoptive love is not nearly incarnate enough.
But the truth about God’s adoptive love does not just level and scare me. It also assures me. It lifts me up.
When Jesus became poor so that I might become rich, he didn’t come because he knew I’d finally get my act together by 2010 (or 2050 for that matter). He came knowing that I would never get my act together. He came knowing that I needed saving in every second of my brief life. Jesus did not just live and die for me at my worst. He lived and died for me at my best. Jesus wore both the “best” and worst of my poverty.
God accepts me not because I care for orphans like I should, or ever will care for them as I should. He does not accept me because my life finally looks like Jesus’. God accepts me solely because of what Jesus has done for me and in my place.
The good news that Jesus become poor so that I might become rich both humbles and encourages me at the same time. The gospel both levels me and lifts me up simultaneously. It levels me by reminding me of how far short I still fall and lifts me up by reminding me that God has already accepted me.
Therefore, only as I look to Jesus will I learn to better incarnate God’s adoptive love. Only as I see that God has already accepted me because of Jesus can I really face my failure to follow Jesus’ example and actually do something about it. I’m thankful that God’s adoptive love is both scary and assuring.
Posted by Bro. Matt at 2:14 PM
From an e-mail I just received from Dr. Emil Turner (Executive Director for the AR Baptist State Convention):
Your state convention is actively engaged in a response effort to assist the people of Haiti who experienced the horrific 7.3 earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. You may want this information to share with your people tonight in prayer meeting.
· We are in contact with the Florida Baptist Convention which is leading the SBC's response to the tremendous needs of the people.
· We are communicating with Disaster Relief Units throughout the U.S. in the planning and staging of a Disaster Relief response.
· We have placed radio operators on standby to assist with the early communication problems.
Presently these are some vital ways that your church may assist in the disaster response to Haiti:
· Pray for the victims and the early assessment teams as they arrive and develop the ground response.
· Due the fluidity of the crisis, donations get needed materials to the affected area much faster.
§ One hundred percent of the money given through the Arkansas Baptist State Convention will go to the relief effort.
§ Credit card gifts can be given by:
· Calling the Missions Ministries Team of the Convention at 1-800-838-2272
· Going online at absc.org after 2:00pm tomorrow
§ Checks designated to Haiti relief can be sent to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204.
· The Missions Ministry team will have more information in the coming days concerning how volunteers can assist in the relief effort.
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This quote is from J.C. Ryle on being zealous for Christ:
“I have but one request to make, and that is that you will persevere. I implore you to maintain your zeal and never let it go. I urge you never to stop doing the things you did at first, never to leave your first love, never let it be said of you that the things that you did in the first part of your Christian life were better than the things you did in your latter years. Beware of cooling down. All you have to do is to be lazy, and to sit still, and you will soon lose all your zeal. You will soon become another person from what you are now. Oh, don’t think that this is a needless exhortation!”
This quote is from David Powlison on why we need to remember God (from Zach Nielson):
“We are simple people. You can’t remember ten things at once. Invariably, if you could remember just ONE true thing in the moment of trial, you’d be different. Bible ‘verses’ aren’t magic. But God’s words are revelations of God from God for our redemption. When you actually remember God, you do not sin. The only way we ever sin is by suppressing God, by forgetting, by tuning out his voice, switching channels, and listening to other voices. When you actually remember, you actually change. In fact, remembering is the first change.”
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Yesterday I finished up the four-part series on "Becoming a Word-Driven Community."
The messages were mostly all practical suggestions on how to have a personal Bible study (am sermon) and how to use what we learn to "teach and admonish" one another (pm sermon).
The aim was to obey Colossians 3:16 as closely as possible.
You can view or listen to the messages here when they are posted later in the day. You can also download the outlines that were used for yesterday's messages here.
Personal/Discussion Questions from AM Sermon:
1. What is my current plan to spend time in the Word during 2010?
2. Have I memorized the concepts behind Psalm 119:18, 112 and Luke 24:45 in order to pray them as I approach the Lord from His Word?
3. When is the best time for me to do this?
4. Where is the best place for me to do this?
5. Why am I pursuing to do this? In order to check off a list of Bible reading? Or to meet with God, hear from God, see God, and do what He says do?
Personal/Discussion Questions from PM Sermon:
1. Who can you seek after to hold you accountable?
2. Who can you seek after to disciple?
3. Who can you begin to pour into to begin leading him/her to Christ?
4. If you are already doing one or all of the above, what is your plan to 'release' them to being disciple-makers themselves?
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Friday, January 8, 2010
Dan Cruver, over at Together for Adoption, posts a great article by Steve Burchett on the nature of adoption and how it truly is basic Christianity.
Here is a blurb:
"Does this mean that every Christian should adopt? Definitely not. The church is one body made up of members with a variety of gifts and callings. However, the “body life” language of the New Testament reveals that though you may not adopt personally, you will eagerly uphold those who do with your prayers, listening ears, and resources (cf. 1 Cor. 12:14-27). The entire church will have a part in caring for these children and giving them what they need most: The good news of Jesus Christ.
On a trip to the Philippines, I was privileged to visit an orphanage. As I was walking away from one of the living areas, I heard a little girl crying out, “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!” I said to the director of the orphanage, “What’s she doing?” She responded, “She thinks you’re her daddy.” Some would tell the church that story and ask, “Do you hear the children calling?” That’s the wrong question. The better question, upon a consideration of James 1:27, is, “Do you hear God calling?”
Read the whole article here.
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- Pray about?
- Thank Him for?
- Communicate to someone?"
What is true about this, or what truth does it exemplify?
What is honorable about this?
What is right about this?
What is pure about this, or how does it exemplify purity?
What is lovely about this?
What is admirable, commendable, or reputation-strengthening about this?
What is excellent about this?
What is praiseworthy about this?
1. *What is it you are meditating on (define/describe what it is)?
2. What are its divisions or parts?
3. What causes it?
4. What does it cause, that is, what are its fruits and effects?
5. What is its place, location, or use?
6. What are its qualities and attachments?
7. What is contrary to, contradictory of, or different from it?
8. What compares to it?
9. What are its titles or names?
10. What are the testimonies or examples of Scripture about it?
*The most important question to answer is the first one.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
In an effort to learn how we can best encourage missionaries, I emailed some and asked how they would most like to be served and encouraged. This list is drawn from their responses, including many direct quotes.
1. Pray for them and let them know that you are doing so frequently.
“One of the most encouraging/inspiring things we receive from people is a quick note via email to say that they are ‘thinking’ of us.”
2. Send “real mail.”
“Send a small care package. Some little fun food items that we can’t get where we serve is a good idea.”
“Send us a birthday card. This doesn’t have to be some long handwritten note, just a little card – maybe even printed at home.”
“Real mail is always special. Really, the thing with real mail is more than just getting some nice stuff from home (which is nice), but it seems a more tangible reminder that the people I love and miss love and miss me too and are thinking of me.”
“This can be an amazing thing to have a person or group of people actively supporting the work that we are doing overseas – becoming an advocate for our city/work. It really encourages us to know that there are people going to bat for us and raising more prayer support for the work.”
5. Go visit them with the purpose of serving and encouraging them in their work.
8. Continue to be a Christian friend and continue to minister to them.
“Don’t stop being the church to us when we leave. Whenever security allows, spiritual conversations are good for our hearts. Missionaries struggle with the same sinful attitudes that plague Christians everywhere. Leaving home to live among unreached peoples, may be a step of faith in the process of sanctification, but it is not a step that roots out all sin. It is likely to lead to and expose all kinds of previously unnoticed and unexpected sin. Having friends that know me, are patient with me, and expect me to be the same struggling sinner I was when I left helps me stay humble when tempted toward arrogance, and hopeful when tempted toward despair.”
“Even for us with strong member care, it is helpful to receive pastoral care from the stateside church’s pastor who many times will know the missionary personally and have the history with them to be able to invest and mentor them and their family and marriage.”
“Ask us those hard questions. Do a little pastoral counseling with us.”
“Please don’t elevate us onto some false pedestal. We are normal people too who have been forgiven much and for some reason God called to live and minister overseas.”
“Finding out if we have any specific needs and meeting those needs is great.”
“Let us talk to you and your congregations, and small groups. We want to share what God has been doing and would love the opportunity to talk about it, raise awareness and hopefully gain more prayer support.”
“Invite us out to lunch or dinner. Nothing fancy is needed. Remember we’ve just been in places where we may not have been able to even enjoy a little Mexican food.”
No missionary mentioned this to me in emails, but I know it is a blessing when someone shares their summer home or cabin for a missionary family to get away and relax for a few days.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
2. Changing Presidential Leadership – The significance of Southern Baptist entity heads is often under-appreciated. The decisions that these men make impact massive amounts of people for good or for ill. Southern Baptists are at a critical point in time with three key presidencies opening up. The Executive Committee, NAMB, and IMB presidencies are all open or opening soon. B21 is praying and asking you to pray for the men who will fill these positions. Placing the right men at the head of these entities will do much to advance the Great Commission.
3. Dr. Danny Akin’s GCR Sermon – Whether you’re talking about Dr. Danny Akin’s passion, his preaching, or, simply, his love for the Great Commission, it would be misguided not to mention his work in 2009 as one of the most significant stories. Standing behind the pulpit in SEBTS’s chapel, Akin delivered what would become a great rallying point (and point of controversy) in his GCR Axiom sermon. Clearly coming from a heart for nations, Akin set in motion a movement (or gave it a BIG push) that would change 2009 and, by God’s grace, the way SBC approaches the Great Commission.
4. Increased SBC Unity – By almost all accounts, there seems to be a growing unity in the SBC. That is, we are more unified today than we have been in past years. What this means or implies is up for some debate. Yet, B21 thinks that there is a growing unity around the Great Commission. For instance, at the B21 event at the SBC, the panelists came from all kinds of theological and methodological stripes. Yet, these men were unified around the Great Commission and the BF&M. Still more, the lunch for the 600 attendees was provided personally by SBC President, Johnny Hunt (a man that has embodied unity around the Great Commission as much, if not more, than anyone). Hunt, as many know, would disagree in many ways with the panelists. Yet, because of its Great Commission purposes, he supported the B21 panel. In fact, B21 believes that the unity that Southern Baptists presently enjoy, in large part, is due to the excellent leadership of Johnny Hunt. With men like Hunt leading the way, Southern Baptists have a lot to hope for in the coming days.
5. Union University’s “Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism” – Dr. David Dockery has, amongst other things, turned Union University into one of the leading think tanks for Baptist life. Like in his past conferences, Dockery put together a line up that included the most significant and helpful voices in Baptist life. And they didn’t disappoint. Southern Baptists owe a debt of gratitude to David Dockery for putting this conference together, the effects of which we are still enjoying.
6. Higher Attendance at SBC Louisville – Okay, so it didn’t hurt that the SBC was in a town filled with young people and in the heart of the church-saturated part of the country. But, we’d argue, it is still quite an achievement to get that many people in this kind of economy to attend the SBC. Even if the economy wasn’t in the shape that it was (and is), it’s still hard to get people to spend their time at a convention. Come on, there are Southern Baptist associational meetings that know how difficult it is to get people to participate. The numbers at the 2009 SBC pointed to great life and health. It pointed, perhaps, to a resurgence in Great Commission engagement in the SBC. It will be interesting to see how many show up in Orlando.
7. Cancer Classroom – Several prominent Southern Baptists found out that they had cancer this year. This, of course, is terrible news. But, by God’s grace, these men who have taught the church so excellently in their preaching ministries are now teaching the church in a different way. They’re showing the church how godly men suffer. Johnny Hunt and Matt Chandler, to name a couple, continue to battle cancer. They continue to teach us of Christ. Pray for these men and that their cancer will provide great opportunity to advance the kingdom of Christ.
8. Christmas in August – After the heart wrenching news of the IMB financial shortfall, causing them to stop sending “M’s”, Southern Baptists responded to calls from Hunt, Akin, and others to take a special Lottie Moon Christmas offering in August. Thus, the “Christmas in August” movement was born. It’s this kind of responsiveness in which B21 finds great encouragement.
9. SBTS’s Sesquiencentennial – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated its 150th Anniversary. This is even more significant in light of an economic situation that’s included the closing of several schools’ doors. SBTS survived the Great Depression, Liberalism, and is currently thriving under the excellent leadership of Dr. Albert Mohler. Their story is amazing and a testimony to God’s grace. SBTS professor, Greg Wills, masterfully tells the story in Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 1859-2009. We’re praying for at least 150 more!!
10. GCR Task Force – There aren’t many things that you can get 95% of Southern Baptists to agree on. Clothing style? No. Worship style? No. GCR? Yes! When Southern Baptists were given the opportunity to affirm or deny the formulation of a Great Commission Task Force, they overwhelmingly voted for it. Thus, President Hunt put together a 23 member, GCR task force. The task? They are to examine the Southern Baptist entities and structure in order to bring an assessment to the 2010 SBC in Orlando. Everybody is looking forward to this report. They need our prayers. Sign up to pray here.
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Monday, January 4, 2010
It’s the New Year and that means it’s time for resolutions. Of course, resolutions can be bad if you make vows you don’t keep or set standards for yourself without relying on the gospel to change you and forgive you. But if done in the right way I find resolutions a helpful way to clarify priorities and goals.
Recently, in our pastors group, we decided to be more precise in how we want to be held accountable. So we each set off to write a series of questions. My ten questions are below. They reflect my own weaknesses and temptations. If you are one of the three pastors I meet with every other week, you better ask me these questions. If you belong to University Reformed Church and like to pray for your pastor, feel free to use these questions to guide you in your prayers for me. For everyone else, feel free to tailor these questions in whatever ways might be helpful.
1. Am I spending time slowly reading God’s word and memorizing Scripture?
2. Am I having consistent, focused, extended times of prayer, including interceding for others?
3. Am I disciplined in my use of technology, in particular not getting distracted by emails and blogging in the evening and on my day off?
4. Am I going to bed on time?
6. Have I exercised in the last week?
10. Have I done anything out of the ordinary to cherish and help my wife?
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1. 10 pastors in each state will preach a sermon for the first time that proclaims God’s heart for the orphan. Result: 500 churches begin thinking about how they can care for the orphan.
2. 10 pastors in each state will preach a sermon series that considers God’s work of adoption within the story of redemption and how it should inform our care for orphans. Result: 500 churches think about adoption and orphan care more deeply than they ever have before.
3. 10 pastoral staff teams in each state will prayerfully work through Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life to explore how they may equip and mobilize their people to care for orphans. Result: 500 pastoral staff teams uniquely positioned to mobilize and unleash their people for the sake of the orphan in unprecedented numbers.
4. 10 churches in each state will lead their church’s children through God’s Heart for the Orphan . . . and Me! Result: The next generation catches a vision for God-centered orphan care.
5. 10 small groups in each state will prayerfully work through Adopted for Life. Result: 500 small groups mobilized to care for orphans that have not yet been cared for.
6. 10 churches in each state will launch a vital orphan care ministry. Result: 500 churches caring for orphans in substantial ways for the good of thousands upon thousands of children.
7. 10 churches in each state will contact their local Department of Social Services to ask about how they might serve their state’s foster children. Result: 500 churches testifying to the glory of the gospel in both word and deed.
8. 10 colleges will have someone preach in chapel on gospel-centered orphan care. Result: Hundreds of college students commit to caring for the orphan through the local church.
9. 10 seminaries will have someone preach in chapel on gospel-centered orphan care. Result: Hundreds of future pastors and missionaries gripped by the importance of caring for the orphan by the power of the gospel.
10. 10 churches in each state will send a group of people to attend one of the following: Adopting for Life conference, Summit V, Tapestry (2010 conference TBA), or Together for Adoption Conference 2010. Result: 500 churches networking with other churches for the sake of orphans all over the world.
Imagine the results if God should so graciously choose to do far more abundantly than we ask or think . . .
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This was mostly for Christmas time, but there were some things mentioned just this morning in staff meeting that reminded me of the importance of this article written by Russell Moore.
Very helpful and convicting reminder for dealing with difficult people, especially family members!
Click here to read the article by Russell Moore.
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Wished I had had this quote for yesterday's sermons! Great challenge here from J.C. Ryle:
“Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending, or thinking about it; that will not advance you one step. You must positively read. There is no royal road in this matter, any more than in the matter of prayer. If you cannot read yourself, you must persuade somebody else to read to you. But one way or another, through eyes or ears, the words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind.”
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In yesterday's messages, I begin a four-part series entitled "Becoming a Word-Driven Community."
The morning message (click here to listen, watch, and/or download the outline) focused on Colossians 3:16 and 2 Timothy 3:16.
Below are a few questions to help you further think through these truths.
1. The fact that the whole of the Bible has been "breathed out by God" means every word of it is from God Himself. How should this change the way we treat the Bible? Is this the way God has ordained for us to know Him?
2. Why is it important that we understand that the whole of the Bible points to the Person and Work of Jesus Christ?
3. According to 2 Corinthians 3:18, how does one change into the image of Christ? What does this mean we need to do with our Bible's?
4. For you personally, how can you intentionally "let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly"?
5. How are you actively obeying Colossians 3:16 and 2 Timothy 3:16 and Matthew 28:19-20 as it relates to 'teaching' and 'admonishing' and 'correcting' and 'training' and 'reproofing' and 'encouraging' and 'discipling' others?
6. How can you use the outlines Bro. Matt provides for WBC on Sundays with yourself? With your family? With a new believer? With a friend? With a co-worker?
7. How do you need to pray according to these scriptural truths?
Sunday night's message was a walk through Psalm 1. Below are questions to help think through the truths presented from the message:
1. What does it mean to be 'blessed' (see Numbers 6:24-26).
2. How does one get to be blessed according to Psalm 1:1-2?
3. What adjustments can be made in your life to go from being influenced by the world (verse 1) to being one who 'delights in' and 'meditates on' the Word day and night?
4. What specific actions can you take to meditate on the Word of God throughout the day?
5. What are the benefits to doing verse 2 (see verse 3!)? What does the psalmist mean when he says, "In all that he does, he prospers"?
6.. What is a 'wicked' person according to Psalm 1?
7. How is Jesus the Ultimate Rescuer according to Psalm 1:5-6?
8. How do you need to pray according to the truths presented in this psalm?
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Friday, January 1, 2010
So this leaves us all pretty much without excuse. The choices for how to read the Bible through in a year are becoming more and more endless.
Justin Taylor posted a link to how the Journey church is promoting a Bible reading plan for their communityof faith. Looks interesting.
Click here to link directly to the site.
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