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Divorce & Remarriage, Pt. 1

This is the first in a series of posts on some of the more common biblical views of divorce and remarriage. The content of these posts come mostly from some lectures David Jones gave at SEBTS.

Introduction

Same-sex marriage is getting a lot of attention right now and for good reason. However, I believe there is a more fundamental and pervasive problem with our views of marriage and the family. As Dr. David Jones once said in an ethics class at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, divorce and remarriage are hands down the greatest moral problems facing the church today. What do you think about that statement?

Do you think divorce and remarriage are the greatest moral problems facing the church? Even though there is no way to REALLY know what is the greatest moral problem anywhere, I think Dr. Jones might be right.

Today we hear people complaining that we need to stop our government from redefining marriage, but haven’t we already redefined marriage back in the 1970s and 1980s when almost every state adopted some form of no-fault divorce law? Part of me thinks we should not be so surprised that so many young people today have a low view of marriage and are happy to approve same-sex marriage. Anyone born after 1983 has grown up seeing their parents treat marriage just like a contract. They have not observed the perpetual and life-long covenantal vows “for better or for worse, till death do us part.” Instead when things go bad and someone is not happy, then they get a divorce. The very essence of marriage as a covenant has already been redefined by both our government and an entire generation of “failed marriages.” Continue reading

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Stages of Harvesting

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

1. Sowing

Sowing pictures scattering seed over a large area.

2. Planting

Planting pictures intentional focus in a target area.

3. Watering

Watering is aimed at growth and development.

4. Reaping

Reaping is gathering of the fruit.

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

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Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

The following post is the 3rd of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 3rd post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Out of all the questions in this series, I tend to think this one might be the hardest to answer because I believe there are two right answers. In short, I believe the answer to this question is YES and NO.

Let me first explain in what ways the answer is NO. In order to do this I think we need to step back and ask this question about all sins. Another way to phrase the question might be to ask, “Is there a biblical perspective that teaches all sins are equal?” Continue reading

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Is Homosexuality A Sin?

The following post is the 1st of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 1st post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality A Sin?

I think before we answer this question we need to first ask ourselves “What is a sin?” If we are going to call homosexuality a sin we should probably make sure we know what is a sin so that we can know whether or not homosexuality deserves to fit in that category.

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Ten Principles Governing Spiritual Gifts

1. Spiritual gifts are given by one Spirit.

2. Spiritual gifts are as diverse as the parts of a body.

3. Spiritual gifts are an expression of unity in one body.

4. Spiritual gifts were given to the church and for edifying the church.
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Outline of 1 Corinthians

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

What was the occasion for why Paul wrote this letter?

1. There were partisan groups, division in the church. – 1:11

2. There were personal attacks against Paul – 4:3 & 9:1-3)

3. There was infamous immorality – 5:1-5 & 6:12-20

4. There were lawsuits among believers – 6:1-8

5. There were abuses at the Lord’s table – 11:17-34

6. There were abuses of spiritual gifts – 12-14

7. There was false doctrine, especially about the resurrection – 15

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Paul’s Church Planting

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

We know the following things about how Paul planted a church in Thessalonica by looking at Acts 17:

1. Paul first preached in Thessalonica during his 2nd missionary journey according to Acts 17:1-9.

2. Paul stayed in Thessalonica for at least 3 weeks (Acts 17:2) but probably he stayed there longer (maybe around 6 months?).

3. After Paul left Thessalonica he went to Berea. The Thessalonian Jews tracked him down and incited the Bereans to expel him from the city (Acts 17:10-15).

4. Paul continued his travels and was apparently reached with news of the Thessalonians by Timothy while he was in Corinth.

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