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.
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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The following are my notes of Jorge Mendoza’s breakout session at Legacy 2013 Conference.
Today we are going to look in the book of Ephesians at the big picture view of the church. We could look at Acts and see the church really banging. We could look at 1 & 2 Corinthians and see a church struggling. But today we want to look at God’s view of the church.
1. God Wants to Display His Wisdom
What is wisdom? It is knowledge skillfully applied. God is the only wise God. He is in a category of his very own. No one can light a candle to his wisdom. It is manifold. It is multicolored. It has great variety.
You ever watch a movie and then watch a second time you catch something new you missed the first time. God’s wisdom is like watching a movie again and every time you watch it you see something new every single time.
Who is the audience to whom God is displaying his wisdom? God needs an audience that can appreciate it fully. Who does Paul say this audience is?
It is the heavenly beings. The angels and rulers of heaven. The angelic hosts that did not fall.
We see angels all through scripture. From Genesis, through the Old Testament, all through the life of Christ, and all over the place in Revelation. Usually they are called messengers, but in Ephesians 3 we see that these messengers are being recipients of God’s message of wisdom through the church. Continue reading
Dr. Bruce Ashford sees 7 missional themes in Scripture:
1. The Nations
2. The Messiah
The following post are my notes of Dr. John Ewart’s lecture on missions.
An honest and high view of Scripture will lead to a strong missiology. In order to understand the grand drama of missions in the Bible, one must have a proper view of the Bible. Our theology will affect our theology of missions. So how do you see the Scriptures?
Three Views of Scripture
1. Human Constructivist
– Liberal or atheist
– The Bible is a completely human book
– It is simply an expression of inner feeling or fantasy
– This view of Scripture will lead to a social ministry mentality missiology
The following are my notes of Dr. Ewart’s lecture at SEBTS.
Sowing pictures scattering seed over a large area.
Planting pictures intentional focus in a target area.
Watering is aimed at growth and development.
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)
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