The Holy Spirit is important in causing the change and the Word of God is the source of helping the client to become Christ -like. According to Adams (1986), this change must be toward God and must be “from the heart outward” (p. 7). If not, then the change is just superficial and it will eventually lead the client further astray. The very backbone of his counseling is 2 Timothy 3:16, which states: ," But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work"(NIV, 2010).
|To Obey or Not to Obey? | |To obey | |Paradise Lost by John Milton | | | |12/7/2011 | |Naomi Thompson | I Samuel 15: 22 states: “And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (KJV). The bible teaches one to trust in the Lord, and he will make a way out of no way. In the book of Genesis, God created the earth.
Many believers do not count the cost of following Christ. One is told to accept the free gift of eternal life, repent of sins, join a church, and then learn to do the best one can concerning all the rest. One is usually not told about the cost of being a Christ-follower, nor does one have much of an idea of what God expects of them now that they are saved. Stewardship is entirely based on the first commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Holy Bible, NIV, Mat 22:37). Stewardship is the product of one’s new worldview that is brought about by one’s conversion.
Adams references scripture throughout the process of his theory but he specifically references 2 Timothy 3:14-17 pertaining to change. Adams developed four steps to help a person make the necessary changes to reach Christ-likeness. The four steps are teaching, conviction, correction, and disciplined training in righteousness. According to Adams theory change can be obtained only as people learn to reverence and fear God. He believes that people need to be taught the word “of God”, conviction can take place so the counselee can repent of his sins, be set free, and change will take place.
Believing that God is searching for leaders to bring about changes on the earth, he begins the book by highlighting the principle: true greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in manipulating others to serve you, admonishing, “we must put more into life that we take out," and that history will only remember a man for "the quality of his deeds and the character of his mind and heart" (15). Somewhere in the midst of this tension a true Christian leader will develop themselves and their abilities to be in service of God’s purpose. In the end, he writes, “Spiritual leadership is not a calling we choose to pursue; it is a calling we choose to answer. We don’t decide to become leaders; we decide to respond and keep responding to God’s call in our lives. Along the way, whether we like it or not, that involves us in leadership.” Although we can learn about leadership skills or develop and refine natural talents, spiritual leadership is a gift or grace of God bestowed to us, which we can accept or reject.
In detail we will discuss the relationship between inspiration and inerrancy. And then, before concluding this paper we will discuss how the answers to these questions provide structure to how we as Christians should live our lives. To a Christian who has accepted God as their personal Lord and Savior the Bible has authority. The same should not be said for someone who hasn’t made that confession. As a Christian we have accepted that the Bible contains the true Word of God written by apostles who received divine inspiration to guide the recorded works.
The Koran on the other hand teaches that only those who believe will be saved. “In the end, we deliver our messengers and those who believe: thus is it fitting on our part that we should deliver those who believe” (Koran10:103). The theme of salvation therefore has within its grasp the relativity of religious facts. This goes to show that with the parturition of various religions there is the derivative on which salvation is defined and executed, bearing in mind such relativity, the religion of Christianity and Islam shares similarities and differences in relation to their views or beliefs. The religion of Christianity began with the mission of Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago in Judea, now contemporary Israel.
singing, prayer, scripture • Others are elements found in scripture that we do periodically i.e. communion, baptism • Others may be acts or elements of worship we have purposefully omitted • Others may be acts or elements we have never thought of i.e. wave offerings, raised heads, standing with reverence, silence before the Lord etc… THE GOAL If as Christian worship leaders We say we believe the ____________, then our worship services must be ____________. If they are to be ___________, they must include the elements found in the ____________. “The church is reconsidering and reconfiguring this vital expression of its relationship with God.
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Evidentialist Apologetic Method Analysis A Paper Submitted to Dr. John Durden In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Course Introduction to Apologetics APOL 500 By Roy D. Thomas L22758923 3 June 2012 Evidentialist Apologetic Method Summary 1 Peter 3:15 states; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. According to Caner; the ultimate goal in Apologetics is to defend Christianity in the context of an unbelieving and skeptical world either by presenting evidence and arguments of the exclusive claims to Christianity or by examining the truths and claims of other religions and pointing out any errors in relation to Christianity. The following examines the Evidentialist Apologetic method by providing the reader with a summary and critique of the method; as well as introducing the readers to those important figures who have applied the evidentialist apologetic method in defense of their Christian faith. Evidentialisism is a view of epistemology with relation to the justification of beliefs; to that end an evidentialist apologetic method would rest on the evidence of the existence of God as the foundation of their argument. Evidential Apologetic also called Natural Theology emphasizes reason and rational truth and logic as the reasons why a person faith must exist in Christianity.
A STUDY ON ISAIAH 9:1-7 BY DIANIA SPORISKY A STUDY ON ISAIAH 9:1-7 The Bible comforts and reminds those of us who have come to trust in Jesus Christ not to despair as if there was no hope. We have the revelation of our Lord that not only announces His sovereign reign but also charts the course of world events. One of the most significant revelations is found in Isaiah 9. Against the background of the prophecy of war and destruction, darkness and gloom (chapter 8) Isaiah gave this prophecy about the Messiah—the glorious coming king. “Messiah” is a Hebrew term that means “anointed one,” that is, the anointed king.