Four Lessons from 1st Timothy

Written by Pastor Andrew Courtis

1 Timothy

A few weeks ago it was my privilege to finish a verse-by-verse exposition of Paul’s first letter to Timothy. I would like to share some key points and lessons I have learnt from this great letter.

But first,a brief introduction.

The first letter of Paul to Timothy provides us a clear understanding of a church’s confession and conduct. Shortly after his Continue reading Four Lessons from 1st Timothy

Our Ten Most Visited Posts

Based on the visits these posts generated, here is a list of ten of our most visited posts.

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Top Ten Biblical Heroes (10 – 6) More stats 8,225
Anders Berhring Breivik (Norway Killer) – Christian Fundamentalist or Religious Tyrannist? More stats 7,413
How Did People go to Heaven Before Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? (re-posted) More stats 7,005
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Top Ten Biblical Heroes (5-1) More stats 3,230
What makes an effective Church leader? More stats 3,044
How Did People go to Heaven Before Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? Updated More stats 2,868
Approach Church like a Box of Weet-Bix Cereal More stats 2,208
Through Faith in Christ we are Justified NOW More stats 1,795
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An Internet Minute

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We commenced our web-ministry a little over three years ago.

There have been times when we questioned whether the effort in producing and managing a quality web-presence was worth the effort and expense. Our conclusion has always been a big

yes.

We have done nothing to hype our web presence; no sensational post titles, no misleading key-words, no unseemly graphic images, no tricks; just a series of God-honouring, gospel-focused posts that speak to our conviction to be faithful servants of Christ.

I must confess, there have been times when we became chuffed about our accomplishments in this effort. Google Analytics informs us that we have had approximately 101,000 people make 125,000 visits to our website. For a small church, those numbers are staggering. But to put them into the context of Internet numbers, they are hardly worth a mention. Hardly, that is, until you stop to think that these numbers represent real people, many, perhaps most of whom have never heard the gospel. So even if God uses our site to reach .5% (505) of our viewers with the gospel message – the effort is well worth it.

Narcissism

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I have recently observed the tendency for some Christians to spend an unhealthy amount of time expressing their consternation over how difficult it is to “walk in faith”. “The Christian life is not easy”, they decry, introspectively analysing where they have failed.

Whilst calls for believers to “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” , there needs to be a balance as indicated when Pauls writes in his earlier letter to the same church in “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself”.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

How Big is the Universe?

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Evidence of God is scattered all throughout creation. The Bible () says that mankind is without excuse for the denial of God as his fingerprints are all around us. For me one of the things that always blows my mind about the size of God, then simultaneously humbles me when I realize what value He must place on my soul, is anything that illustrates the size of the universe. And not just the bigness of the universe, but the smallness of the universe in the microscopic. With every discovery they make about the distance and vastness of the measurable universe, they seem to match it with a discovery of something that is smaller than we have ever seen before. When the atom was initially discovered and labeled as the building block of everything, it was thought it did not get any smaller. The word “atom” itself comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning that which cannot be divided. But since then they have discovered that the atom is as big to some thing’s as the Sun is as big to a tennis ball. Amazing isn’t it. How big or small can things get? Does it just keep going?

So how big is the Universe?

I know that for many, this sort of information doesn’t bring any sort of spiritual revelation. Continue reading How Big is the Universe?

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

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Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. He later added to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions. Edwards didn’t casually make New Year’s resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a self-check. He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God’s help in the process.

This list is organised by subheadings and categories and as such is not in the normal order as listed here.

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Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

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1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

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10 Distinctives of Biblical Counseling

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Written by Paul Tautges

Biblical counseling believes:

  1. The Bible is the all-sufficient source of Truth (Ps. 19:7-11119:1401602 Tim. 3:16-17John 17:17).
  2. Man is totally depraved, accountable to God, and responsible for his thoughts and actions (Jer. 17:9Gen. 6:5Rom. 6:1314:121 Pet. 4:4-5James 1:13-16).
  3. God’s goal for every believer is to be like Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29Col. 3:9-10).
  4. The Holy Spirit is the agent of heart change, which produces change of behavior (2 Cor. 3:18;Gal. 5:22-25).
  5. Every Christian is fully equipped in Christ for godliness. (2 Pet. 1:2-7Phil. 1:6).
  6. Sanctification is a process requiring ongoing repentance and the personal discipline of godliness (Rom. 12:1-2James 4:1-3Eph. 4:22-32).
  7. Biblical love and compassion motivate believers to restore one another (Gal. 6:1-51 Thess. 2:10-12).
  8. God’s wisdom is necessary to minister to a variety of people experiencing a variety of problems and needs (1 Thess. 5:14).
  9. Body and spirit affect one another (Ps. 31:9-1038:1-1032:3-4Prov. 12:25).
  10. The local family of God is the ideal place for this one-another ministry (Eph. 4:12Col. 1:28;3:16Heb. 10:24-25Rom. 15:14).

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Inerrancy of Scripture

[This introduction1 written by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.]

“More than twenty years ago, theologian J. I. Packer recounted what he called a “Thirty Years’ War” over the inerrancy of the Bible. He traced his involvement in this war in its American context back to a conference held in Wenham, Massachusetts in 1966, when he confronted some professors from evangelical institutions who “now declined to affirm the full truth of Scripture.” That was nearly fifty years ago, and the war over the truthfulness of the Bible is still not over — not by a long shot.

With current challenges to the inerrancy of Scripture in view, I convened a panel of theologians to revisit the question. In one sense, the challenges to inerrancy are more direct than ever, with figures associated with some evangelical institutions calling for a straightforward repudiation of the doctrine. Other assaults are more subtle, but all of these challenges demand our close attention.”

The panel was convened on Thursday, September 27, 2012, in Alumni Chapel at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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