Live your life independently, but with a guided path. The teachings and parables of Jesus were transcribed from his disciples to become influential pieces of writings to those who choose to live by it morally. The Bible changes the lives of children and adults who seek guidance in everyday hassles. A text that changes the world may change an individual’s world, and the actual world. Catholicism, which stems from Christianity, has adapted the Old and New Testament to their faith.
His book helped me to look for and find my meaning in life. I looked back towards my faith and who I am as a person to decide why am I here. I truly believe that God has revealed my meaning in life through the decisions I make everyday. Frankl’s book showed me a way of how to answer questions of revelation and it has changed my understanding of how God reveals himself in
In an age when culture continues to lower standards of intellect, Marva Dawn makes compelling observations and suggestions for the Church to rethink its’ strategy on impacting society. How do we evangelize without weakening the message of what we are communicating? The majority of her text focuses on the worship environment generally, but later she focuses on music, preaching, and liturgy specifically. According to Dawn, a gathering of believers should emphasize God as the subject and object of worship, challenge each individual to grow in godly character, and accentuate the community of believers (not only in the room, but throughout history as well). Through this grid, she encourages leaders and participants to evaluate each worship element.
The Christian faith focuses on the orientation of the human heart behind human thoughts and actions. Living by faith is a beautiful alternative to the way people think of themselves and the way they live in relation to others in their daily lives (Merrick, 2014). Christians see themselves in terms of God’s profound love for them but not in terms of what they do. The teachings of the Christian faith; nonviolence, non-retaliation, inward integrity, selflessness, and love your neighbor as yourself provide the framework for ethical thinking. Although, adopting belief in Christianity can bring forth confusion in the heart and mind causing agony of learning to sacrifice one’s rightful claims for personal justice for the restoration of another (Merrick, 2014).
In order to understand the scriptures intensive study into the social, political and historical context in which they were written must be done. This enables one to relay God’s message in our time, social and political context without causing confusion. If we study our Christian Heritage we understand the symbolism and concepts that were passed on through the ages, relaying it through practice to our communities for understanding of past conflicts, boundaries and missions of the church. The study of culture, not just African enables us to understand world views, spirituality and Christian ethics. Implementing this studies in practice will broaden cultural knowledge, give people insight into health questions and major life events such as the questions about life and death and the purpose of faith and believing.
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.
Therefore, these lessons are meant to be an example to us, and in turn, unto others that we teach. Faith is a word with many meanings within the book of Acts, including Christianity itself, a substance or quantity, an effort, a trust, and a belief. The various meanings of faith highlight the extraordina... ... middle of paper ... ...t I want people to be changed by the ways that I have shared my spiritual gifts and Christ's love. I may not speak in tongues or be a teacher, but I can teach through my actions and words and exercise my gifts by showing genuine concern for people. In my short-lived career, I have recognized the truth in an important concept taught in Acts.
Personally, this misunderstanding could be explained as an exegetical scriptural reading. The task of preaching is more than a simple reading of scripture and explaining the message of the scripture. It must be transformed into the word of life for Preaching must include contemporary issues that plague the lives of those who hear. One must first understand that it is Divine Activity. Preaching is God’s holy inspired word, delivered through the preacher himself, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
They will have to know how to live out their faith through their worship and they will have to know how to keep their worship centered on God. The Emerging Church Movement wants to be able to reach out to the post-modern society and show them the love of God.
He presents his arguments as an experienced theologian and counselor with an appreciation of the difficulties of exhortation and encouragement toward life-change even in the context of the church. Summary Tripp opens his book by declaring that the book is about, “How God uses people, who are themselves in need of change, as instruments of the same kind of change in others.” He states, “This book’s goal … is to help change the very culture of the church” (preface xi). Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands is presented in two parts. In chapters 1-6 Tripp goes to great lengths ... ... middle of paper ... ...e expects to read this book and be able to immediately apply it, he is a better retainer of knowledge than I am. The second half of the book, especially functions better as a handbook.