Category: The Gospel and the Ministry

Boasting, Pride and Humility Part 2

Introduction In part one of our look on boasting (http://servantsofgrace.org/2011/02/23/boasting-pride-and-humility-part-1/) we learned the importance of humility and the dangers of pride. Today we are going to continue our study on boasting by looking at Galatians 6:4, 13-14, 2nd Thessalonians 1:4, James 1:9; 3:13, 4:16 and conclude by applying what we have learned about this topic. Galatians 6:4, 13-14 Galatians 6:4 falls within the broader context of Galatians 5:13-6:10 a section in Galatians in which Paul is instructing the Galatians on life in the Holy Spirit and love. Freedom from the law Paul teaches does not lead to libertinism, for believers by the power of the Spirit live a new life characterized by love. Test means to approve something after testing it. Believers first must be sure their lives are right with God before giving spiritual help to others (Matthew 7:3-5). If a believer rejoices or boasts, it should be only boasting in the Lord for what God has done in him (2 Cor. 10:12-18), not for what he supposedly has accomplished compared to other believers (1 Cor. 1:30-31).   Galatians 6:13-14 falls within the context of Galatians 6:11-18 a section in which Paul gives his final warning to the Galatians. Paul summarizes the main themes of the letter and challenges the reader to stay true to the gospel. To require circumcision according to Paul is to deny the cross...

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Boasting, Pride and Humility Part 1

Introduction Bost (halal, means “to praise”; kauchaomai, “to vaunt onself,” is used in a good and bad sense in the Bible. To praise God: “In God we have made our boast all day long” (Psalm 44:8); to praise oneself, to vaunt (Psalm 10:3). Paul describes what it means to boast in a good way in 2nd Corinthians 7:14, “Forwhatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to youwas true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true.” Paul also explains why boasting in the sense of self-righteousness is bad in Romans 2:17,23 and Ephesians 2:9. 2nd Corinthians 10:8, 13, 15, and 17 give the fullest picture of boasting in the New Testament. In today’s post we will look at 2nd Corinthians 10:8, 13, 10:15, 17, 11:30, 12:5-6, 12:9 and conclude by applying what we have learned. Tomorrow we will look at 12:9, Galatians 6:4, 13, 14, 2nd Thessalonians 1:4, James 1:9, 3:14, 4:16, and conclude by applying what we have learned. 2nd Corinthians 10:8, 13, 10:15, & 17 2nd Corinthians 10 falls within the context of 2nd Corinthians 10:1-13:10 which is Paul’s appeal to the rebellious minority in Corinth. This is the third major section of the letter, and Paul directly appeals to those who are still rejecting his gospel and apostolic authority. For in his...

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Genesis 3:15 and Protevangelium

Question: Genesis 3:15: Is this verse really the “Protevangelium“? Yes or No. Yes, this verse does teach protevangelium. The context of Genesis 3 is the fall. Eve eats of the apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The result of this is that theya realize that they are naked and thus clothe themselves. God walks through the Garden looking to find Adam and Eve. Although He is all knowing they are hiding from Him in their shame. Adam and Eve come out of hiding where they tell God that they are naked, and God asks them how they knew they were naked. The result of them eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the curse and fall of man. This brief explanation of the passage is intended to give the proper context of Genesis 3:15 which says, “15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Dr. Kent Hughes says, “What we have here is an astounding gospel prophecy because God’s curse upon the serpent turned into a word of grace, giving what has been recognized from the second century A.D. as the “first gospel,’ the protevangelium, when the post-apostolic fathers Justin Martyr and Irenaeus preached that the woman’s offspring (literally “seed”) here referred to...

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The Disciple-Makers Message

Introduction The sources of a disciple-makers message are tradition, observation, participation and inspiration.[1] The first source of a disciple-makers message is tradition which is to teach the whole counsel of God.[2] The second source of a disciple-makers message is observation which is to be aware of what the student and or congregation is going through.[3] The third source of a disciples-makers message is participation which is providing a message to share with others as well as a lesson to experience.[4] The final source of a disciple-makers message is inspiration, which is to be lead of the Holy Spirit In all preaching and teaching.[5] The forms of a communicator’s message are subject matter, environment, life (experiences), and teacher (model).[6] The first form of a communicators’ message is the subject matter which relates to the content of what the teacher will say to the student and or audience.[7] The second form of a communicators’ message is the environment, which concerns the audience into which the teacher will speak his/her message into.[8] The third form of a communicators’ message is life (experiences) which will help the student and or audience learn how to take the lesson into real life.[9] The final form of a communicators’ message is the teacher who needs to embody the truth of the message they are communicating to their audience. Romans 15:18 Dr. John Stott commenting on Romans...

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The Essential Activity of Christian Ministry

Introduction The essential task of Christian ministry is for the disciple of Christ to be, know, declare, and glorify God in thought, word, and deed. Dr. Mitchell after much study on the words “follow” and “disciple” in the New Testament concludes that the conditions of discipleship articulated by the Master include self, denial, renunciation and leaving all, steadfastness and love.[1] Dr. Dempsey describes discipleship as sacrificial, relational and transformation. His definition of discipleship summarizes what it means to be a disciple according to the New Testament: A disciple is a person who has trusted Christ for salvation and has surrendered completely to Him. He or she is committed to practicing the spiritual disciplines in community and developing to their full potential for Christ and His mission.[2] Discipleship, Education, and Spiritual Formation Biblical discipleship according to Luke 9:23-26 and Luke 14:26-35 involves coming to and following Christ, denying oneself, counting the cost in corporate and personal relationships, and taking up the Cross of Christ. Education according to Dr. Mitchell can be understood as a conjunction of two axes of continuums: Individual/Corporate and Transmission/Reflection.[3] The task of Christian education consists of four critical components: First, godly and biblical people, second purposes, third products, and finally processes.[4] Christian spiritual formation is the growth and development of the believer in progressively becoming like Jesus in all of life, and involves spiritual practices such as...

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