Monthly Archives: March 2013

Missions Permeated the Early Church

The following are my notes of Dr. John Ewart’s lecture at SEBTS.

In the New Testament we see the church did not DO missions, they were missional! In the New Testament church mission permeated the church.

– There was Total Penetration – to all the world.

– There was Total Participation – every believer was involved.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus commanded the early church to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The rest of the book of Acts tells how the Holy Spirit:

– Gave the believers boldness (Acts 4:31)

– Empowered the apostles’ preaching

– Worked signs and wonders through the early Christians

– Called out missionaries and evangelists

– Gave spiritual gifts to believers

– Guided the apostles to carry out their mission

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In the Fullness of Time…God Sent His Son

The following are my notes of Dr. John Ewart’s lecture at SEBTS.

In Galatians 4:4-5 and we see an amazing statement about how God sovereignly orchestrates history and culture. “In the fullness of time God sent his son.”

But what does it mean that God sent his Son in the fullness of time? 

1. Historically God Paved The Way

We must consider the power of Rome, the peace of Rome, and the Edict of Caesar. These contexts helped set the stage for the coming of Christ.

2. Linguistically God Paved The Way

We must consider the richness of koine Greek.

3. Philosophically God Paved The Way

We must consider how Greek philosophers were asking questions about the meaning of life and what our purpose is. God was stirring up questions that were not being asked.

4. Physically God Paved The Way

We must consider the Roman road and the Palestinian center of Jerusalem. If you wanted to start a worldwide movement, then this would have been the place for you start that movement based upon a physical and geographical location.

5. Spiritually God Paved The Way

The Old Religions in the 1st Century (Greco-Roman Gods) were not answering people’s questions. These old religions were failing. Jewish dispersion had taken place and synagogues were spread throughout the world where Paul went to preach the gospel in.

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Missio Dei

The following post are my notes of Dr. John Ewart’s lecture on missions.

What is the Mission of God?

It is not missions. Namely, it is not international or foreign missions. The mission of God is ultimately for God to bring glory unto himself.

One of many ways that God will bring glory to himself is to draw lost people to himself.

“Missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.” (John Piper)

Therefore, our ultimate mission is to bring glory to God.

One of many ways we bring glory to God is to intentionally seek to be used by him in His redeeming work.

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Even in the church the laborers are few. Around 90% of average church members do not any intention of trying to share their faith. We must be sharing our faith so that we can bring God glory.

However, missions and evangelism are not our goals, they are the means to our goals.

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Outline of Romans

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS.

Ch. 1-3 – Depravity of Man

Ch. 3-5 – Justification by Faith

Ch. 6-8 – Abiding Results of Salvation

Ch. 9-11 – God’s Sovereignty, Israel and Salvation

Ch. 12-15 – Christian Living in Light of Salvation

Ch. 15-16 – Conclusion

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Principles of Giving

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS on 2 Corinthians 8-9.

1. Giving is a spiritual / theological endeavor. (2 Cor. 8:8-10)

This is the most important principle. Giving is gospel-centered. Paul calls us to consider the example of Jesus’ generosity and give all of himself to us.

We need to be careful to connect material blessing with generosity. We cannot “out give” God because of how much God gave us with sending his son Jesus.

2. Giving takes discipline and commitment. (2 Cor. 8:10-11)

It takes discipline to follow through on their desires. It takes discipline to give and Christians will always put us one or two steps behind the culture in our finances. For example, if you tithe you will be at least one step behind those who do not give 10% of their salary away.

(See comments below about the context of the chapters.)

3. Giving should be in proportion to your abundance. (2 Cor. 8:12-15)

It would be foolish to give in such a way that you do not have any money yourself that now other church members would need to help you.

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Heaven Fuels Radical Obedience

Notice in the teachings of Jesus the connection between Christian obedience and our hope in heaven:

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11, 12)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19, 20)

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:28, 29) Continue reading

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Outline of 2 Corinthians

The following outline was provided by Ed Gravely in a lecture at SEBTS.

I. Greeting & Thanksgiving (Ch.1)

II. Paul’s Apostolic Ministry (Ch. 1-7)

A. Paul’s Plan (Ch. 1-2)

B. The character of his ministry (Ch. 3-7)

III. The Collection for the Saints (Ch. 8-9)

IV. Paul Defends his Apostleship (Ch. 10-13)

V. Conclusion (Ch. 13)

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