Category Archives: Lectures

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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Off the Map! – The Character of God and the Cosmic Scope of the Church

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

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Biblical Theology of Missions

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

The bible presents a grand narrative of mission from Genesis to Revelation. That big story is the whole point of Scripture. Knowing this helps us understand the various parts of the BIble.

Missions In the Old Testament

Do we even see missions in the Old Testament?

Christopher Wright in his book The Mission of God says, “The Old Testament is shaped by the very nature of the mission of the New Testament church, which, indeed felt compelled to justify its mission practice from the Scriptures we now call the Old Testament.”

The early followers of Christ understood that the Old Testament had foreshadowed Christ and the preaching of forgiveness. See Luke 24:46-47
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Seven Missional Themes

Dr. Bruce Ashford sees 7 missional themes in Scripture:

1. The Nations

2. The Messiah

3. Salvation

4. Condmnation

5. Worship

6. Suffering

7. Prayer

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Views of Scripture & Missions

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
– Anti-supernatural
– 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

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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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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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