Monthly Archives: November 2012

C. J. Mahaney on Submission of the Christian Wife

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 On advising pastors counseling husband and wife, C.J. Mahaney reminds pastors to lead wives to be submissive to their husbands:

“The Christian wife who seeks to honor God in her marriage will be sobered, inspired, and equipped by a clear grasp of Ephesians 5:22-24.

This passage teaches that the respective roles of husband and wife are rooted in the distinctive roles of Christ and His church. Marriage is intended to be a reflection of the divine order in that submission by the wife in marriage reflects the submission of the church to Christ. Help her to see that in neither case is the submission mutual. Christ does not submit to the church, but vice versa, and likewise the husband does not submit to the wife. These roles are not open to redefinition, reinterpretation, or adjustment. Any change represents a deviation from divine purpose, rendering a marriage no longer reflective of the relationship between Christ and the church. Let the wife who loves God and His Word take heart that, in submitting to her husband, she is portraying to the world a reflection of a divine, eternal reality.”

 

(“Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood” copyright 2002 by Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey, pp. 204-205, published by Crossway Books)

5 Vital Things to Remember in giving Tracts at School

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Evangelism in school is a great idea. I have done it for the past years and I love it. So here are some tips in evangelizing a school.

  1. Time- in passing tracts should consider the time. Is it morning where students are still fresh or
  2. Permit- do you need a permit to do it. I think the best way is to give out tracts outside the campus. No permit needed.
  3. Occasion/event-what activities that will gather much students that you will be able to give tracts or do some one on one evangelism? Check the school calendar of activities and grab that opportunity to share Christ.
  4. Place- is it inside or outside? If its outside make sure it’s near the gate. If its inside you can do it at a lobby, gym or consider you evangelism team to go room to room.
  5. The tract-it will be nice if the gospel tract has a theme about schools or related to school. Think of a gospel tract that will stimulate their thinking or a cool tract that they will easily accept. How about a tract on evolution or the latest controversies that you can give a religious bent?

Any more things we should remember? Please add it at the comments.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne on Christ as the Truth

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From Andrew A. Bonar’s book, “Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne”, Robert Murray M’Cheyne states:

The whole Bible, and the whole of experience, bear witness that by nature we are ignorant of the truth. No doubt there are many truths which an unconverted man does know. He may know the truths of mathematics and arithmetic – he may know many of the common everyday truths; but still it cannot be said that an unconverted man knows the truth, for Christ is the truth. Christ may be called the key-stone of the arch of truth. Take away the key-stone of an arch, and the whole becomes a heap of rubbish. The very same stones may be there, but they are all fallen, smothered, and confused – without order – without end. Just so – take Christ away, and the whole arch of truth may be there; but they are all fallen – without coherence – without order – without end. Christ may be called the sum of the system of truth. Take away the sun out of our system, and every planet would rush into confusion. The very same planets would be there; but their conflicting forces would draw them hither and thither, orb dashing against orb in endless perplexity. Just so – take Christ away, and the whole system of truth rushes into confusion. The same truths may be in the mind, but all conflicting and jarring in inextricable mazes; for “the path of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble.” But let Christ be revealed to an unconverted soul – let it not be merely a man speaking about Christ unto him – but let the Spirit of God reveal him, and there is revealed, not a truth, but the truth. You put the key-stone into the arch of truth; you restore the sun to the center of the system. All truth becomes orderly and serviceable in that mind.

Alister McGrath on Eliminating Religion

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Christian apologist Alister McGrath commenting to his fellow Oxonian, atheist Richard Dawkins on the assertion of getting rid of religion:

“The simplistic belief that the elimination of religion would lead to the ending of violence, social tension or discrimination is thus sociologically naive. It fails to take account of the way in which human beings create values and norms, and make sense of their identity and their surroundings. If religion were to cease to exist, other social demarcators would emerge as decisive, some of which would become transcendentalized in due course. [Richard] Dawkins (world renowned scientist and atheist, author of The God Delusion) has no interest in sociology, as might be expected. Yet the study of how individuals and societies function casts serious doubt on one of the most fundamental assertions of his analysis.”

 

(“The Dawkin’s Delusion?” by Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath, pp. 83, ©2007 by Alister E. McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath, published by InterVarsity Press

Used Book Finds: A Man’s Touch by Charles F. Stanley

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I think this bestseller book is one of those pre-Intouch days of this gifted Bible teacher. Originally titled “Is There a Man in the House?’ I brought it for 15 pesos. As I scan the book you can perceive the gifted wisdom Dr. Stanley as he spiritual paints the man God intends for a family. A man or a husband must have his dimensions under full surrender to God. He must not just provide his family material things but lead his family to be Christ-like. Whew…I pray that I can do that too in the near future. This edition of this book is published by Victor Books in 1977. For more of Charles F. Stanley I encourage you to check him and his ministry over Intouch. God bless you and happy book hunting.

Book Review: Knowing Scriptures by R. C. Sproul

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Now more than ever we Christian must soak our souls over the Bible. Learning to study God’s Word should not be just an appendix of a book or a Study Bible. You need a book for it.

A very unique book for the subject matter Knowing Scriptures from a top caliber Bible teacher, R. C. Sproul. This book gives you some lean and mean meat in studying the Bible. Concise but colossal in content this book is on par with seminary level handling of the subject. But Sproul marvelously illuminates it to us ordinary Christians. R.C. Sproul lets you dive in deep theological waters without letting you drown. He pulls you up in the surface not just drenching with information but wet appetite that will let you bite more on the premises of the book. He has a tendency not to withdraw things that we might think will confuse the subject but show it to you anyway because it is a must for you to know. It’s not every day you encounter words like didactic, hermeneutics, eisegesis or exegesis. Nor personalities like Martin Luther or Karl Barth. Sproul lets you confront these and many more to give you a serious and hopefully delightful study of Scriptures.

Using Reformed approached in studying the Word of God, Sproul unpacks essential methods of engaging Christians to the Bible. The book draws first blood on the question “Why Study the Bible?” Here he debunks two myths of the Bible and shoots the disease (like pragmatisms and sensuous Christians) to clear the way for the rest of the chapters to march on the intend treatise of the book. The 11 practical rules of biblical interpretation which is the core of the book is a combination of useful, mildly technical and oh so humbling methods Christians should follow. The book will also lead you to a cruise to Christian history, culture, theology (of course) and other notable works on studying the Bible that will uphold you to fall in love with it.

Notable Quotes:

“No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian is a theologian. Perhaps not a theologian in the technical or professional sense, but a theologian nevertheless. The issue for Christians is not whether we are going to be theologians but whether we are going to be goo theologians. A good theologian is one who is instructed by God.”

“Private Bible study is an important means of grace for Christians. It is a privilege and a duty for all of us. In his grace and kindness towards us God has provided not only gifted teachers in his church to assist us, but his own Holy Spirit to illuminate his Word and search out its application to our lives. To sound teaching and diligent study God gives blessing.”

I recommend this book to be read twice and have a mindset that we should get down and dirty in getting to know the Bible. Let’s heed to what this book wants to say “Christians get serious with God’s Word!”

James Montgomery Boice on Christian Love

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In chapter 13 of his book “Two Cities, Two Loves”, the late James Montgomery Boice writes about love:

We understand the preeminence of love if we see it in reference to the other marks

of the church. What happens when you take love away from them? Suppose you

subtract love from joy. What do you have? You have hedonism, an exuberance in

life and its pleasures, but without the sanctifying joy found in relationship to the

Lord Jesus Christ.

Subtract love from holiness. What do you find then? You find self- righteousness,

the kind of sinful self-contentment that characterized the Pharisees of Christ’s day.

By the standards of the day the Pharisees lived very holy lives, but they did not

love others and thus were quite ready to kill Jesus when he challenged their

standards.

Take love from truth and you have a bitter orthodoxy. The teaching may be right,

but it does not win anyone to Christ or to godliness. Take love from mission and

you have imperialism. It is colonialism in ecclesiastical garb.

Take love from unity and you soon have tyranny. Tyranny develops in a

hierarchical church where there is no compassion for people or desire to involve

them in the decision-making process, only determination to force everyone into

the same denomination or to get them to back the “program.”

Now express love and what do you find? All the other marks of the church follow.

What does love for God the Father lead to? Joy. We rejoice in God and in what he

has done for us. What does love for the Lord Jesus Christ lead to? Holiness. We

know that we will see him one day and will be like him. “Everyone who has this

hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure” (I Jn 3:3). What does love for the

Word of God lead to? Truth. If we love the Word, we will study and therefore

inevitably grow into a fuller appreciation of God’s truth. What does love for the

world lead to? Mission. We have a message to take to the world. Where does love

for our Christian brothers and sisters lead? To unity. By love we discern that we

are bound together in the bundle of life that God has created within the Christian

community.

 

In what ways can you show Christian love? Please post it on the comments.