It is like the sequel to the Old Testament. I think that the Gospels are important because they help us to better understand Jesus and God. The criticisms of the Gospels help us to also understand more fully the different reasons certain things were important to certain gospel writers and not others. (Bible Dictionary) So, we can mentally put together a full picture of what each of them were attempting to portray to their perspective audiences or congregations. We get help in fully forming our own version of how to live and apply the Good News of Jesus Christ.
These are questions for many students of the Bible. How do I represent God and still reach the lost souls of our generation and at the same time feed the Believers of Christ so they won’t starve to death? Either way we must trust what we have learned to impact everyone who God has given to us to reach. Students of the Word must believe that God has given them a sermon to impact the lives of many. The main factor is we must learn to understand the basic principles of Expository, Topical and Textual preaching.
Discipleship and Mark's Gospel Mark's Gospel can tell us the entire truth about discipleship, telling Christians about the faith, responsibility, and sacrifice involved in following Jesus. Some may even say that we glimpse a harsh reality of what it really means to be a true Christian disciple and to have complete faith. Although in saying this, it is important to note that Mark's Gospel does also cover the rewards and the actual meaning of discipleship. This is important to include as Mark's Gospel was written at a time when Christians endured much persecution. They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel.
Biblical preaching by Haddon W. Robinson helped me improve my ability to deliver a message that will make an impact, improved my delivery, and gave me the tools to effectively write and exegete scripture to write a sermon that will make a difference in the Kingdom of God. Delivering and preparing a sermon is not all spiritual formation as Robinson demonstrates in his book. We need to develop concise logical trains of thought, supported with scripture. Even controlling our voice, body and breathing is going to affect how good of a sermon we delivery. One could walk away with the perspective that preaching is all a show with tools and gimmicks after reading this book.
‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’ was written to help Christians follow and understand God’s law, so that they may live a lifestyle that honours God. By using the expression ‘God’s law’, Smith means the moral will of God as to what is right and wrong. This is encompassed in the Ten Commandments and expanded on throughout the Bible. Kevin Gary Smith(2012:6-9) wrote the book for believers whose prayers are to live a righteous life. The book is, however, not written only for academics or full time pastors, but is aimed for all Christians to understand.
Christianity is based on believing and knowing Jesus Christ, which takes faith and knowledge of the word of God. The Bible is the teaching that holds all the norms and regulations that God wants us to live by. This book will also help students that are trying to become Christian counselors to differentiate between Psychology and Theology. Although Psychology and Christianity might seem like they are against each other, both work well together. As Entwistle showed, there are many models that show the
As a Christian more importantly than anything I have to be a light for others to follow. In all that I do I have to be done for the glory of God, that he will be pleased with me. I find the information in Chapter 7 to be informative. “Our beliefs about human nature are also affected by our assumptions about the kind of world we live in” (Entwistle, 2013, p. 113). I want to be able to understand and approach both psychology and theology with a non biased perspective.
The book “How to Help People Change” written by author Jay E. Adams was very inspiring to me. It appears to be based totally on the Word of God, which I also support as my personal approach to counseling. Psalms 119:24 King James Version “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.” Adams suggests that the process of change can only take place from the inside out (heart) and by using Christian principles. The heart has to be changed in order for a person’s behavior to change. In Psalms 51:6 the Bible states “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” When a person knows and conceives the righteous thing to do, the chances are greater that he will behave righteously.
God shows revelations of himself through the Bible, and his character is revealed time and time again throughout scripture. Any faulty facts or discrepancies in grammar or data, should not take away from the value that scripture holds. When we read scripture we bring new meaning of interpretations of the truths God shows us, since new eras and environmental factors will be influential on how we process information. The bible is not just a fact book, telling humans stories of the past, but instead the bible is inspired instructions for how we can deal with spiritual and ethical encounters we
He discusses how it is a person’s job to better understand themselves in each individual role as well as how the various roles unite and also clash. This will eventually lead to getting back to treasuring the world that God has created and his absolut... ... middle of paper ... ...ands up for what is right. I feel that I can also take this opportunity to start over with my faith and see Christianity through a whole new viewpoint. I want to look back at my faith’s history and the Bible for guidance in redeveloping my faith to find where God and Jesus are truly leading me. Bonhoeffer showed me that believing in God is not merely just attending church, praying, and singing with the worship service.