By understanding the situation of the biblical audience, we know that the Galatian believers struggled to understand that salvation is not from the works of the law but of the works of Jesus. Next, we decipher the differences between those believers and us today. They were more threatened by the Mosaic law than we are. After this, we can determine the theological principle of the freedom in Christ and being led by His Spirit. Finally, we can apply this principle to our lives by knowing we are free from the law and from sin in Jesus and we desire to love and serve him because of His Spirit in
Modern disciples will still try to preach the gospel and spread the word of God. Another meaning of discipleship was to be a companion to Jesus, 3:14- "I have chosen you to be with m... ... middle of paper ... ...in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.' " Also, the rewards of discipleship can be felt in life, one's sacrifice as a disciple will be valued by God aswell as earning the fellowship of the Church. Generally, Marks Gospel teaches that discipleship is not a social status.
success, love, family, power) to satisfy their deepest needs rather than trust in their Creator.” This blindness by infinitesimal idols held close to our heart’s eye, blocks out God. Whatever the escape motive, the idol has to be ID’ed and then removed. Packer helps us to shed idolatrous thoughts by knowing God more thoroughly and he does this with quite a broad support of the Christian community. Conclusion Saints should all be encouraged and their hearts moved by Packer’s work in Knowing God. One of Spurgeon’s sermon excerpts (Spurgeon, 2010) captures part of what Packer wishes to give us in the grand scale of God’s majesty and holiness.
In The Pursuit of Holiness the author, Jerry Bridges, shows the Christian what it looks like to be truly holy. Holiness is to live a life of conformity to God’s will. Holiness is a joint effort between God and his people, it is not something God just gives us when we accept him into our lives. Many times Christians neglect the responsibility we have of moving towards God and pursuing holiness. Holiness is not something that is fully attainable, it is a constant pursuit to be like God.
Jesus came to serve a people considerably inferior to Himself as a light to dispel darkness. The Bible tells us that we do not have to live as slaves but as sons of God and heirs to the Father's kingdom. This simply means that despite our undeserving we may turn... ... middle of paper ... ...liever now has assurance that his every sin will be forgiven dependent not on the sacrifice of an animal but on sincere repentance. God loves His people and has provided them with a way by which they can be cleansed and sanctified, making them acceptable to him. The new covenant, therefore, leads to a desire to do what is right.
Enduring the suffering is a part of answering God’s call to become a new creation in Christ, and abandoning being a part of the sins of the world. As we mature in God’s love, we reach a level of repentance that maybe painful. We are drawing closer to God, because we become more aware of our sins, but it keeps us humble and being aware of our shortcomings consistently decreases the space between us and God, and we are able to live a holy life (Powell, 2008, pp. 256-257). Finally, Christians must be aware that being perfected in love and living a holy life does not keep us from sin or temptation, and does not mean the end of our finitude.
Ministries because of what we want, we want to self exalt ourselves, self-promote ourselves, instead of doing it for the glory of God and for the sake of helping other people in the church. God has gifted us, He has equipped for one purpose, and that is to use our gifts for the body. Not for me, I am not a teacher or want to be a pastor to glorify myself. I am there to serve the body of Christ. That is the purpose of a true shepherd.
• God did not provide Spiritual Gifts for us so we could revel in having them but rather, so we could delight in utilizing them • Service to the Body of Christ is a Habit with Holy People. Conclusion: • If God did not mean for us to be Holy individuals He would not have instructed us to be so. • The truth that He gave the order is sign that He has made it possible. • In carrying on with a life of holiness we must create propensities in our lives that are sacred. • Only Christ living in our lives can make holiness an actuality in our life.
The goodness of God can inspire a person to do the best things not because he is obligated to do it, but because the love of Christ inspires him to do so. Also, I want others to see that Christianity is not just about the dos and don’ts, but it is about the love for Christ and what He can do through me, and for me. Conclusion The purpose of this paper is to help the reader understand the essentials of Christianity and at the same time, understanding who God is. God is the Sovereign Creator filled with love and grace. His Son left the throne and became a sacrificial lamb to atone the sins of humanity.
In the book, Seven Deadly Sins, it describes how, “pride infects Christians in a variety of ways that can spoil their commitment to Christ.” Pride makes us feel like we have it all together and that we do not need God in a sense. It gives us a false feeling that we have it all together, that we do not necessarily have to rely on God for everything. That obviously does not fit into what Jesus said about denying one’s self to follow God. He wants our whole being, so that He can mold us into what we were designed to be from the beginning. Discipleship involves the acceptance of God’s Word to the believer.