Learn-Obey-Teach

I’ve reflected lately on the emphasis given in the Bible to:

  1. Learn Scripture
  2. Obey what you learn
  3. Teach others what you learn

All 3 are part of following God. They need each other and should not be separated. When we learn without obeying, for instance, we are in danger of greater judgment (e.g. Matt. 7:26).

Here are a few places that emphasize these 3 elements as a collective whole:

  • Deut. 11:18-25 – the success of Israel depended on doing all 3 things collectively
  • Ezra 7:10 – a leader involved in the rebuilding of Israel applied all 3 things collectively
  • Matt. 5:19 – greatness in God’s eyes is dependent on doing all 3 things
  • Matt. 28:18-20 – Jesus’ “great commission” to his followers tells them to do all 3 things

So now you’ve learned this.

Will you obey and teach it to others as well?

Brian

Following Christ in Singleness

I question the way the Western church has addressed the gift of singleness. It just seems, to me, that being single can wrongly make people feel like a second class kingdom citizen.

Further, I’ve wondered if this has contributed in some way to Christians wrongly approving homosexuality and transgender affiliation. By this I mean that–perhaps–we inadvertently treat singleness as a sort of disease to be avoided and this has allowed for “non-traditional remedies,” (such as homosexuality or transgenderism), so long as they help pull people out of singleness.

In either case, in contrast, Paul talks of the great gift of singleness in 1 Cor. 7. Namely, you have more time and energy to dedicate directly to Christ. Thus, we should cherish, not belittle, those gifted with singleness.

So, in saying all this, I get excited about resources that promote the gift of singleness, and I want to pass them onto you all:

Check out this article and broadcast from Focus on the Family on singleness.

Brian

 

Are humans good or evil?

Are humans:

  1. basically evil people who may do good things?
  2. basically good people who may do evil things?

The Bible really doesn’t leave any wiggle room on this.

Humans are born evil and sinful at our core, though we may do some relatively “good” things.

Consider:

  • Genesis 6:5 – “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”
  • Job 42:5-6 – “My ears had heard of you / but now my eyes have seen you. / Therefore I despise myself / and repent in dust and ashes.
  • Psalm 16:2 – “I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; / apart from you I have no good thing.’
  • Psalm 51:5 – “Surely I was sinful at birth, / sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
  • Proverbs 22:15 – “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, / but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
  • Isaiah 6:5 (after seeing God) – “‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’
  • Matt. 7:11 – “ If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
  • Luke 5:8 – “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’
  • Luke 11:13 – “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
  • Luke 13:1-5
  • Romans 3:10-20
  • Romans 7:14-25

After saying all this, consider Romans 5:8:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This is truly–truly–good news.

In fact, the more we see our sinfulness, and understand that God forgave it through Christ’s sacrifice, the more we will love God. And, on the flip side, those who think they are essentially good are not capable of loving God as He desires (Luke 7:47).

–Brian

 

Discipleship Curriculum: 10 Lessons

Hi all,

I humbly submit this to the body of Christ:

Discipleship Curriculum: 10 Lessons

Each lesson includes:

  • focus on 1 foundational teaching of Christianity
  • a teaching video
  • a teaching outline
  • homework (to help people obey and teach others)

The lessons were designed to aid people in discipling others in the faith. The original intent was that:

  1. you share Lesson 1 with a person/group to do on their own,
  2. they watch on their own and then apply and teach it to someone else,
  3. after 1-2 weeks, you regather to discuss,
  4. after regathering, you give them the next lesson to watch/do, etc.

Of course, they can be reused and modified however the Lord and you see fit.

Sincerely,

Brian