New Reading Schedule

Here is our new reading schedule for the next 2 weeks.

Be praying for the service tomorrow that God would move in hearts for the delight of Him and the glory of His name!

Love, Eric & Jodi

Ps 67: God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us Selah.
That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.


The Foolishness of the Cross in all 3 World Views

Pastor Kyle came today to our men’s Bible study and we were blessed and challenged by the word of God. Here is the premise and content of that challenge!

The foolishness of the cross in all 3 world views and the beauty of the redemption

BIC: 1/16/10: Pastor Kyle Mc Clellan, T-4 Global

Intro: Missions is tied very closely to our understanding of sin. Not every culture defines sin the same way. Westminster Shorter catechism for children: sin is not doing the will of God.

In Genesis 3, we see all 3 world views addressed:

1. Guilt & innocent

2. Shame & honor

3. Fear & power

Genesis 2:18, 25 the first NOT GOOD: Then the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Guilt: knew they were naked

Shame: 3:7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Eve misquotes the command from God to Satan argues the need for preaching role of the man

Fear: 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

How do we share the gospel in a fear and power culture, and each of these 3 world views?

I. The Cross of Christ is foolishness and counter-intuitive to each of these 3 world views but for different reasons.

  1. guilt: innocent man dies that is hard to swallow
  2. shame: it is a curse to hang on a tree Gal 3:
  3. fear: Jesus could stop his death by calling down angels (Matt __) but he doesnt

II. The resurrection: addresses and reverses sin in each world view the reversal that the foolishness of the cross brings

  1. Guilt/Innocence: vindication; by doing this resurrection, God is saying that we are now innocent; the judge has seen what has gone on, the innocent died for the guilty and I am going to raise him to prove that all accounts are cleared and paid for those who believe. Parable of the tenants
  1. Shame & honor: honor of Gods holiness restored, Jesus seated at the right hand of the father in the ultimate place of honor at Gods right hand; Jesus did not restore this honor to himself, God did it to him Phil 2; we were once slaves (worse than shamed family members) but now we are sons because we are in him (Gal 4) prodigal God
  1. Fear & Power: real power – no longer have to fear death; power of God even over death; when Paul writes on the resurrection in 1 Cor 15, is he addressing overarching themes of reality or are there individual implications as well? Vs 56: we are the victors through God resurrecting Jesus; unforgiving, wicked servant who has been forgiven much but exacts much from someone else.

When working with indigenous partners, we start with, what is your world view? The west is largely guilt and innocent. However, RUF in Lexington observes a move to more of a shame and honor culture. Youth not thinking fornication is wrong, but why am I ashamed?

III. Which 30 Bible stories do we put on MP3s that most directly impact that world view?

Contextualization: This is where you start to get into their culture but the gospel involves all three world views and you grow with them.

How to safeguard still presenting a full orbed Gospel? As indigenous pastors read the word, they see all 3 interrelated world views in all of Scripture (i.e. Acts 2 of Peter preaching all 3 of these world views); the power of Gods redemptive plan addresses ALL these 3 world views.

new schedule :-)

Here is our new reading schedule. We will be reading and re-reading much of the NT this year as there are less chapters than the OT AND, more importantly, that is one way the Holy Spirit uses to get these great truths into our lives by grace 🙂 !!!

It was a joy to our hearts to be together last night for the Word and the game. Have a great day! Here are the notes and appendix item / quote below as well for those we missed due to the weather!
In His love,
Eric & Jodi

11: 1 Corinthians: the Organization of the Kingdom

Intro: in contrast to a more “teaching” book of Romans, in this book “get the opportunity to peek over the apostles shoulders as they deal with real problems that real churches were facing during the New Testament period… Corinth was a cosmopolitan city, situated in Greece on the main route from Rome to the East. It was a center of business, travel and culture and diversity.” (D);

Corinth was a great hub for spreading the gospel (and other ideologies too) by people naturally coming and going through Corinth; they loved ideas therefore orators were like “rock stars” who charged large sums of money for people to hear them speak beautifully about whatever ideas; this church was founded on Paul’s 2nd missionary journey (Acts 13); most likely four Corinthian letters from Paul: the first has since been lost (1 Cor 5:9), this is the 2nd letter probably written in 55 AD, the 3rd letter is the “harsh” letter (2 Cor ___); and the 4th is our 2nd Corinthians; Paul showed great concern and care for these saints;

Theme: Paul wants this church, divided because of the arrogance of its more powerful members, to work together for the advancement of the gospel. He wants them to drop their divisive one-upmanship, build up the faith of those who are weak, and witness effectively to unbelievers[1].

Key Question: “How ought the church behave so as to reflect to the watching world the character of God?” (D)

Outline: Introduction (1:1-9)

I. Sin in the Body of Christ (1:10 6:20): A. Divisions (1:10-4:21); B. Discipline (chapter 5); C. Lawsuits (6:1-8); D. Impurity (6:9-20);

II. Paul’s Answers to their Questions (7:1 11:1); A. Celibacy, Marriage & Divorce (Chapter 7); B. Rights and Responsibilities (8:1-11:1); C. Public Worship (11:2-14:40); 1. The role of Women in the church (11:2-16); 2. Lords supper (11:17-34); 3. Spiritual gifts (12-14); D. The Resurrection (chapter 15)

Conclusion (chapter 16)

I. A Gospel-CenteredChurch Promotes UNITY

v 1:10-12, 26-31 rival factions: culture of following popular speakers and “amazing” ideas had crept into the church; answer: God is the one who placed you in Christ, not your leader

v 3:1-4 disunity’s root: “The root cause of the churchs division was and continues to be worldliness and immaturity” (D).

v 11:18, 15:1-8 true unity is around common, “bulls-eye” beliefs: What are the doctrines that if not believed one is not saved? “In things essential unity; in things indifferent liberty; in all things charity.”[2]

II. AGospel-CenteredChurch Promotes HOLINESS

v 5:1-3 blatant immorality accepted to show their great tolerant liberty

v 6:9-10 purity and 3:18-20 strangeness to the world: call to radical holiness

v 5:4-5, 11, 13 church discipline – holiness maters: if not living like a Christian we should be concerned for their salvation; done in love to restore

III. AGospel-CenteredChurch Promotes EDIFICATION

v Disorderly church gatherings – selfishness abounding: “the role of men and women in the church (11:2 16); abuse of the Lords Supper (11:17-34); and the exercise of the Spirits gifts, especially those that seem more spectacular [tongues,
teaching, etc.]. This church was so disorderly that their meetings do more harm than good (11:17)” (D). Answer: “Use our liberty in Christ to serve and care for others (8:4-6, 9, 12; 12:14-27)

Application: 1. Love one another without selfishness: Christ says what good is it if we just love those who love us (Luke 6:27-36)? Which of the five ways the Bible speaks of God’s love is the ground for our loving our enemies (inter-Trinitarian love, providential love, yearning/saving love, seeking love, or conditional love)?[3] Agape love is misunderstood to only mean love of the will (see D.A. Carson quote in Appendix section); if so we could do nice acts towards another while “hating their guts” to quote Carson; 1 Cor 13:3 makes this void; so what IS this LOVE for enemies? 1 Cor 13:4-7 answers it; What is the implication and therefore root of this in our Love for God? Matt 22:34-40 quotes Deut 6:5; key verse: Deut 28:47-48 do we have joy and a glad heart in God? How do we do this? Love God, overflow in love to others from new birth;

2. How does Paul say we can promote holiness? 10:4-6, 11-12 learn the lesson from Israel about the dangers to your soul in grumbling; what is the sin? unbelief that God is enough and will fulfill his promises to you; they failed to live in hope of this future grace and promises as certain; holiness is promoted in community by the Holy Spirit through hoping in the promises of God;

JC Ryle – Holiness

We just finished getting the files together to make copies available to “soak” in JC Ryle’s Holiness book. If you would like a copy, please send me an email and we will try to have hard copies for our next small group this week.

Click here if you want to print it yourself or print parts of it to take on the road!

Love, Eric & Jodi

The Joy of Holiness

“O Christ,

All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight.

Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice.

For my joy thou hast sent the Comforter,

multiplied thy promises,

shown me my future happiness,

given me a living fountain.”[1]