So being in this class, and being able to discover more of the truth about the meaning of life from a religious standpoint kept me focused all semester. Christian humanism can mean a lot of different things. The meaning of the term can vary depending on your life views, and how you interpret information. After breaking down my previous beliefs and all the information I picked up from core nine this was what I was able to come up with. What Christian Humanism is to me is simply the fact that God is most satisfied by people when they put him first and live a righteous life because it’s the right thing to do, not because we believe living by his word will give everlasting life in Heaven.
I have a lot of maturing to do spiritually and academically but I could not be more excited to see how God leads me. One of my favorite quotes that sums up my excitement in knowing that Christ will continue to work in my life is from Mark Driscoll, “You are not yet who you will be, so keep repenting. But by God’s grace you are not who you were so keep rejoicing.” Although I do not know what is ahead of me, I know that God has a plan and a purpose for me and he is continuing to work in my life daily. My goal for this semester is to be more aware of his presence around me and trust him to guide me through each day. I want to be challenged not only academically, but spiritually so that I may be equipped to do whatever he calls me to do.
I am realizing it is not fair for him or to myself to continue ignore my actions. I have also realized how much easier it is to communicate with each other when our moods are not effected by external factors. As I evaluate my development throughout the semester I am pleased with the current results, and with overall achievement. I feel we have to change together, and that is my true goal. I will continue to work on reactions and perceptions because I am aware that can cause great amounts of stress.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Christians refer to the Bible as a guide for living daily as God’s light in a secular world. Reading the Bible requires an interpretation of the writer’s words into their intended meaning. The aforementioned excerpt can be explained as, first, an exaltation of God’s glory and second, as a compulsion to surrender one’s life and to be in this world but not of it. The excerpt from this passage begins in verse 33 where Paul writes praises of God for the elements of his character that we as humans could never understand. The word depth may illustrate the discernment of our Lord being vast beyond our comprehension.
Indeed, each statement played a large role in my decision making process with respect to my current vocational pursuits, as well as other aspects of my life. As such, I found it more fruitful to prioritize the statements. Once completed, the results showed that my top three were: Consistency with the character/ethics of Jesus, praying for wisdom to make Godly decisions and Consulting with wise counsel. Given my manner of completing the survey as well as the resulting answers, I originally placed myself in the “Bull’s-Eye Approach” (p. 8). My problems with the approach led me to alter my assessment, however, and go toward the “Relationship-Formation Approach” (p. 11).
I always knew the answers to the Sunday school questions, but I wanted to know more. I wanted to know Jesus in a real way. I would pray asking God to “give me more understanding about all that He was.” In the eleventh grade, I began to have intense dreams about preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I becam... ... middle of paper ... ...ll be able to offer Westminster as many strengths as it can offer me. I bring solid, nontraditional potential seminary student undergraduate education in both Criminal Justice and Social Work in addition to much experience in ministry to Westminster, which allows me to identify with the realism of ministry.
...I could grow and learn in a Christ centered environment and be more prepared for when I graduate and fond my place as a Christian in a secular world. But I will be the one influencing others. With the Bible as my sword and the Lord as my strength there is nothing I am unable do. Works Cited Bingham, D. Jeffrey. Pocket History of the Church.
Academic writing has always made me anxious. And, anxiety had resulted in my procrastination. Even though I consider writing to be one of the toughest tasks, I've felt that giving myself enough time to think allows me to do better. Silence helps me think beyond horizons. However, the fear of impressing someone, the anxiety and frustration is what makes me a developing writer.
To God Be ALL the Glory There are various definitions of the word glory. Two that stick out to me over all of them are “adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving,” and “the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.” As Christians, we are called to do everything for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NLT) However, glory takes on another meaning, according to Gary Barkalow author of Unveiling Your Purpose. A New Way of Thinking “Your life is not about simply finding out your skill sets are, utilizing your education and bringing that to the body of Christ, (Barkalow, 2008). It’s about finding your glory and for the world to be affected by my life’s work (Barkalow, 2008).
A more collectively humanity within Christianity? The end of the book focuses on oneness. The research presented in this book is excellent and I believe every minister should have this as required reading in the M.Div. studies. As I reflect, I really wished that before I started ministry, I would have had this resource available.