Thursday, February 25, 2010
1. a “missional vision” with eight “core values,”
2. a “reinvented” North American Missions Board,
3. the authorization of the International Mission Board to work in North America,
4. movement of the ministry assignment for Cooperative Program promotion and stewardship from the Executive Committee to state conventions,
5. affirmation of the current Cooperative Program definition while creating a new category of “Great Commission Giving,” and
6. increase of the IMB’s CP budget share by one percent by cutting the Executive Committee’s budget by the same percentage.
This is a time for great humility and respect lest what has taken over a century to establish might well collapse under the weight of passionate, yet misguided, individuals on all sides of the issues. Consensus must form.
If the Baptist past is prologue, the SBC abides in a state of a great danger. Yet, even if the SBC disintegrates, the theological conviction of Southern Baptists will remain: Jesus will continue to build His church unhindered by quarrels of men."
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Monday, February 22, 2010
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Yesterday, I preached out of Luke 15:17-24 in the morning and Romans 8:26-30 in the evening.
Both are MASSIVELY important texts to say the least. Sometime later today, you should be able to watch, listen, and download the outline here.
I hope yesterday will not be the only day you contemplate the truths we discussed. Here are some discussion questions to take you a bit further in thinking through these things.
From the Sermon from Luke 15:17-24 ("A Scandalous Reception: A Picture of Grace"):
1. Why is it significant that the father ran to embrace his wayward son (see verse 20)?
2. If the father in the story represents God and the younger son represents sinful man, how can God embrace a sinful, disobedient, and rebellious person with no consequences? What about the sin? Did the father just 'brush it under the rug' or was something else going on?
3. What was the father doing when he ordered the robe, the ring, and shoes to be placed on this son?
4. Why did the father order such a huge celebration? What would they have been celebrating? What would have been the cause of celebration?
5. Who should get the credit/glory for what happened to the son? Did the wayward son have anything to do with the status he was given? Is this how you view and understand your salvation experience, or do you give yourself some credit in what happened?
From the Romans 8:26-30 sermon ("God's Commitment to Our Conformity")
1. What do Paul's questions in verse 31 tell us about what he had just written in verses 26-30?
2. According to verse 29, what is the purpose for the believer's existence?
3. How should understanding our purpose change the way we view our lives and God's will for our lives? Does this mean God wills for us to live pain free lives? When bad things happen or when dark seasons occur, what is God doing?
4. In verse 26, Paul writes: "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness." "Likewise" connects these verses (vs. 26-30) with the preceding verses (vs. 18-25). "Weakness" means "limited understanding." So, Paul is talking about how humans have a limited perspective of God's purposes when they endure trials and suffering. How does Paul give the believer hope when he or she is suffering but does not understand?
5. What do verses 26-27 tell us about God's commitment to make us more like Jesus?
6. Go ahead and meditate on verses 28-30 of Romans 8. What else does Paul say that can assure the believer of the reality that God will make us more like His Son Jesus?
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Saturday, February 13, 2010
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Friday, February 5, 2010
I anticipate that in a week or two, after the Super Bowl has been won, the champions will experience this same dissatisfaction. As Augustine said, “You [God] made us for yourself, and our hearts find no peace till they rest in you.”
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Turn off the TV.
Read what you like.
Posted by Bro. Matt at 2:40 PM
"In the rubble of the Hotel Villa Therese the film crew found the bodies of Richard and Rowena and Arno Pet. In that same rubble, we find a picture of the Gospel of Christ. He who has eyes to see, let him see."
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Though they are very different, I found both of these news articles very, very good and very important and insightful.
The first is an article written by a secularist columnist (Sally Jenkins) at the Washington Post.
Though she disagrees with Tebow, is totally in favor of his commercial scheduled to run during the Super Bowl. You can read the entire article here.
At one point she writes:
"Here's what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend summers poolside, but travel to impoverished countries to dispense medical care to children, as Tebow has every summer of his career. Athletes who believe in something other than themselves, and are willing to put their backbone where their mouth is. Celebrities who are self-possessed and self-controlled enough to use their wattage to advertise commitment over decadence."
Amen. I was impressed with what she wrote.
The second article has to do with the Great Commission Task Force and some of the things coming out of their work leading up to the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention this summer in Orlando. The article is written by James Smith over at the Florida Baptist Witness. Click here to read the entire article.
The conclusion of the article:
"(Ronnie) Floyd concluded the panel discussion by saying if he could 'just will something, I would will that the Great Commission would become the thermostat for our churches' so that Southern Baptists would see 'every element of ministry through the lens of the Great Commission.'"
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Monday, February 1, 2010
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"Now, I know the preceding paragraph will tick some of you off--and, I am trying to be a bit edgy while making a point. But, let me suggest you be less offended at my words and more focused on Jesus' words: Go therefore and make disciples of nations.
"If you are passionate about what you believe you will naturally want others to "get it" as you have. For example, you would not be a very good charismatic if you did not want me to be baptized in the Spirit. However, I think it is unhelpful that so many Reformed, emerging, missional, denominational, Baptist, house church, charismatic, and every other kind of Christian spends more energy persuading other believers than they do reaching non-believers."
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