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  1. Hello. 46 people have read this request and not one can offer any advice?
  2. Can I have my thread John Calvin had it all wrong moved over to an area that is open to everyone? God bless, calvary
  3. "Whenever the three days and three nights of Matthew 12:40 is brought up in a "discussion" with 6th day crucifixion folks, they frequently argue that it is a Jewish idiom for counting any part of a day as a whole day. I wonder if anyone has documentation that shows an example from the first century or before regarding a period of time that is said to consist of a specific number of days as well as a specific number of nights where the period of time absolutey doesn't/can't include at least a part of each one of the specific number of days and at least a part of each one of the specific number of nights?" As I said, you will not find any citation from anywhere. You asked for documentation, I merely stated that it most likely does not exist, and if it does, it would be not be vetted. Perhaps you´ve forgotten what you asked for. Seems to me you are in fact looking for outside sourcing to the effect of a statement supporting the 6th day Crucifixion folks. Again, it most likely does not exist. Try Nexus Index. Or can you google? Not rocket science. God bless, calvary
  4. Sorry OP, you still haven´t had your question answered. I would think that there probably is no literature available that would give you what you ask. All citations to the effect that a partial day is still as good as a whole day will come from the very sources that cite it as definitive. In other words, it´s a circle of citation. One writer states the claim as factual, and the next quotes the first author. There is no vetting. And then you have a construct of a fact based upon the writing of someone whose statement was never verified. Try the Nexus Index. God bless, calvary
  5. They are Still Waiting by Dr Charles Keen
  6. It's like this: "New editions of Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible are still in print (in 2007). Additionally, other authors have used Strong's numbers in concordances of other Bible translations, such as the New International Version and American Standard Version. These are often also referred to as Strong's Concordances. New editions of Strong's may exclude the comparative section (1611 KJV to 1614) and the asterisks that denote differential definitions of the same Hebrew or Greek words; due perhaps to denominational considerations, definitions may also be altered." "Not every distinct word is assigned a number, but only the root words." I am referring to the apparatus, not the listing. God bless, calvary
  7. Strong's is not KJB keyed, Young's Analytical Concordance is in my opinion the best Concordance available. It has a great lexicon in the back that allows you to find cross refs that otherwise you wouldn't have found. By listing the verses in the KJB that a Greek or Hebrew word is found, you can find verses that shed light on other verses although they do not carry the exact English word. The Young's is keyed to the KJB. The Young's does not carry every article, therefore it is not a concise Concordance as is Strong's, but Young's Concordance was designed to be a pastor's Concordance who is using the Concordance for BIBLE study, NOT WORD studies. I have always thought that Vincent's Word Studies was about the most boring work I ever had the displeasure of using. Word studies bore down, down and then down until there is no where to go. Young's was designed for the pastor, not the layman. God bless, calvary
  8. I opted for local church as my "clearing house", no Mission Board. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get one or get one. What works for some may not work for others. Take heed unto THY ministry. Much of the advice I got from a book someone gave me years ago. Don't have it any more, but it was a pastor in Oregon, Mike Miller or something like that. God bless, calvary
  9. Hi - I am by no means an expert, but as a church p;planting missionary (foreign field so there will be cultural diffs) I have started a few churches. 1. Pray lots. 2. Pray some more. 3 Get to work on a plan that has simple defined steps. 4. Do NOT make it complicated. 5. Do NOT whine. 6. NEVER complain about the difficulties in "your field" as compared to someone else. I would suggest that pastorj "old school" method has the best benefits and results that will encourage you. 1. Canvas the area for 2 things. a) a place to meet - I think your own house is a BIG negative, and to get a feel for the folks 2. Plan a blitz of propaganda. 3. Plan a meeting in the midst of the blitz (put the time on your flyer, the palce and serve refreshements) 4. This meeting is a "Get to know us" meeting. a. A short video perhaps of other ministry experience you have b. Various ministries you plan to execute c. Talk up the need for a church like yours d. Do NOT tell folks there is no good church in your area (nothing worse than "bashing religions" of folks in the minds of the people you desire to reach) e. DO Tell them that finally a church that cares, a church that loves, a church that desires to make an impact in the lives of every day people LIKE THEM is coming to town. f. Have an invitation @ this meeting. g. Recruit others to help you hand out flyers in your area. h. Serve food. i. Do NOT preach @ this meeting. MOTIVATE..., POSITIVE.... POSITIVE... POSITIVE!! j. Hand out more flyers - NICE FULL COLOR CARD STOCK FLYERS (do NOT go cheap on the publicity) HAVE A SECOND GET TO KNOW ME MEETING A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOUR GRAND OPENING repeat the steps of the first mtng. List a hundred ministries on a large white board. think BIG I have done this 6 times in my life, and the results are varied but sure. MINIMUM 10,000 flyers. In Campeche we handed out 8500 flyers and our 1st get to know (GTKU) mtng had around 40, the 2nd another 40, Grand Opening 107 in church. In Quintana Roo we handed out 10,000 flyers 1st GTKU mtng 25, 2nd 30 or so, Grand Opening 124 in church - that church plant started 3 other churches in rural areas. In Yucatan, we handed out 20,000 flyers 1st GTKU mtng 8 people showed!! The 2nd 5!!!???? Grand Opening 147 in church - who is sufficient for these things!? IMHO only, I think it better to get a bunch and work with the ones you can. Generally you have 80% of them for a year. They never were faithful to their old church and they simply won't stick with you either. But use the resources God gives you while you can. Disciplining people is a process, and I try to have at least 4 or 5 men or couples @ a time to disciple in homes. My wife has 4 or 5 ladies all the time. If you try to have one family at a time you will be in for a very slow process. 1 hour a week with 4 or 5 men or women or couples (however it works out) goes far better than one couple a week. If you cannot get the man, then send your wife to disciple the wife. If you cannot get the wife in the study, then keep after the man. Don't try to get the perfect couple that will be your right hand man for ever. Just try to disciple a few so that in 6 - 8 months you can recruit some SS teachers, Jr. Church workers etc. Ok, enough. God bless, God speed, calvary
  10. Thank you John. I tried to look at what you asked, How this passage applies to our lives? I'm guessing you already knew that chapter 9-11 are about the great question What relationship does the Jew now have with the church, with the promises of God and his future delaing with Jehovah. Alan Carr has a web site called Sermon Notebook. There you'll find hundreds of good messages. He has a series on Romans, there are 4 really good practical messages in there on this parenthetical section of Romans. I always prefer application to theology. ... God bless, calvary
  11. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? Romans 9:21 Firstly, God made us as a son of Adam as we were made in the image of Adam. That placed us under a curse. As far as our responsibility is concerned that actually means nothing. No man can use the fact that he is born a sinner to reject Christ. Paul said, “now commandeth ALL men EVERY WHERE to repent (Acts 17). Notice that vs. 21 -23 does not take place in eternity as the Calvinists teach. “Shall the thing formed…” Nothing was formed before Genesis 1:1 “Hath not the potter power over the clay…” There is no clay that is formed by the potter until Genesis 2:7. There are no eternal decrees of election or reprobation in the passage. What God makes, He makes in time, what God forms He forms in time. What we have in verse 20 is a fully formed vessel speaking to the potter. That vessel was formed in time, not eternity past. Notice with me some things we need to know First - The purpose of the vessel is never etched unchangeably in stone by the Potter. Paul speaks of vessels unto honour and vessels unto dishonor. If you couldn’t change your status from that of dishonor to one of honour that would be one thing. But what does 2 Tim 2:20, But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. IF A MAN PURGE HIMSELF from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. So your status as a vessel of either honour or no depends upon what you do with the things that defile you. Second - The potter can change His mind as He is forming the vessel and make another vessel. Jeremiah 18:3-4, Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: The Potter did not mar it Himself. So he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. What is the application? O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? God can take a marred vessel and make a new, better vessel out of it. The difference is obedience. Jeremiah 18:7-8, At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. Thirdly – The potter can take a good vessel and break it and throw it in the garbage. That is what happens in Jeremiah 19:1, 10. The reason had nothing whatsoever to do with “God willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known”. It was because the vessel had forsaken God. Jeremiah 19:4, Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place… So when it comes to what kind of vessel God makes of us, he does it with our participation. Therefore! The sinner has no right to accuse God by saying, Why hast thou made me thus? At any time the sinner could repent and changed the God made the vessel. The problem with Calvinism is that he bases his theology on a supposition. He goes to verse 22 to show that God reprobates some men to Hell, and he goes to verse 23 to show that God elects some men to Heaven. The sentence of verse 22, 23, and 24 all begin with WHAT IF! What a dumb place to begin your theology! What if He didn’t!!?? Ever thought of that!? The Calvinist in their eagerness to rid themselves of their responsibility towards God have overlooked the fact that every vessel born on this earth is under the wrath of God until that vessel receives Christ (John 3:18,36) EVERYBODY is born a vessel of wrath. The real truth in this passage is in answering the question What if? We can do that later. God bless, calvary
  12. I told you he teaches that regeneration is a separte act from salvation. He won't see what he just said, but there it is in black and white. That is classic Calvinism. Rubbish is what it is. God bless, calvary
  13. A warning carries a conditional phrase, like IF... you do this or IF you do that THEN... A perfect Bible example is that of Cain and God's WARNING to him in Genesis 4. Sounds as if you still smart over the simple example of a man overriding God's decree by simply exercising his free will. You and I do that on a daily basis. Believe it. There is no will of God that forces a man to do anything, much less recieve the pardon of sins through Jesus Christ. Typical calvinist hack. God bless, calvary
  14. Hey brother. Covenant man is saying that the Holy Ghost regenerates you BEFORE you can obey Romans 10. Get it? True Reformed, Calvinism, or classic reformed theology places regeneration before salvation due to their chronology of events. According to the Calvinists (sorry for labeling Covenant, but it is what it is) you are dead in sins, a dead man therefore cannot call upon the Lord unless he has been quickened, hence, regeneration of and by the H.S must occurr prior to the awakened conscience, mind, heart, etc ... can "call upon the name of the Lord" He'll deny this of course. But that's it in a nutshell. Typically the reformed class don't like their positions being boiled down to a simple analysis like that. One of the clearest Biblical examples of free will overiding the decrees of God is found in David. 1 Samuel 23 David inquires of God to find His will on a matter. "Will Saul come down, as thy servant heard?" The Lord said "He will come down". (And he did come down) David inquires, "Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?" God says, THEY WILL deliver thee up. They don't. They didn't. David simply used his free will and changed the outcome. Which is what sinners do every day on both sides of the coin. Some deny God's eternal decrees about the destiny of a sinner by repenting and recieving Christ. Others deny God's will by rejecting His love and forgivenenss and thereby end up in hell, which was never His will for them. So, man's free will acts and violates God's will daily. To the reformed their error lies in equating God's eternal decress, the sovereignity of God and His will as all a concrete, inflexible unthwartable action. Thus, the "Irresistible Grace" nonesense. The "predestinated unto... " foolishness. And most notably, the idea that the unregenerate cannot inquire of the Lord, cannot have any understanding of their condition prior to regeneration or any ability to of their own accord to fleee to the loving arms of a God who desires to save them. Too bad this thread went the way of another usless debate on "Calvinism" God bless, calvary
  15. The essence of the entire message of Ten Shekels and a Shirt, is the 7 minutes or so on the audio clip. But you nailed it, say a prayer and everything will be great! The message was more an indictment upon the preaching establishment that had shifted the purpose of preaching the gospel to satisfy men rather than God. I don't think it was meant so much as a rebuke for anyone who came to Christ under that styled preaching. The "soul winners fundamentalism" style of preaching. At least that is how I've understood that message all these years. God bless, calvary
  16. @ Seth: Good post. Concerning the OP God did not send his son to die for mankind in order to get glory. I think that is a completely provable false statement. You might want to rethink that one. What do we do with John12:28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. or John17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: To think that the end goal of God is to make you happy is just what the short sound clip was talking about. It's humanism. Christ DID die for the "happiness" of man. That is not humanism it is bible. John 3:16 should prove that as do many other scriptures. I am interested in hearing how John 3:16 is speaking of my happiness in a more direct way instead of some derivative way. I thought that John 3:16 would speak more directly to the way in which God has loved us, through the death of His Son, who by His death has glorified the Father. The audio clip did not deny that men can have peace, joy, love, and all other things that men desire. It simply stated that the goals of preaching the gospel has changed much over the generations, from lifting up the greatness of God to appealing to the satisfaction of man's basic needs, which is of course man centered. Interesting repsonses. God bless. calvary
  17. The premise of what this holiness preacher of old is speaking. He is Paris Reidhead, and was a Missionary and Christian Alliance preacher/missionary to Africa. God bless, calvary
  18. Lev 10:3; Is 26:15; Is 44:23; Is 49:3; Is 60:20; Is 61:3; Is 66:5; Ez 28:22; Ez 39:13; Hag 1:8; Mat 9:8; Mat 15:31; Mark 2:12; Lk 4:15; Lk 5:26; Lk 7:16; Lk 23:47; Jn 7:39; Jn 11:4; Jn 12:16; Jn 12:28; Jn 15:8; Jn 17:14; Jn 17:10; Acts 3:13; Acts 4:21; Acts 21:20; Gal 1:24; 2 Th 1:10; 2 Th 1:12; 1 Pet 4:11; 1 Pet 4:14 Gee I don't know. I guess out of thin air. Wow. Some folks will defend their foolishness to the extreme. God's glorification in our lives, in the world, in the universe and in eternity. That's what it's all about ultimately. In the end there is nothing else worth doing. If it isn't glorfying God, then what is it? God bless
  19. Smells calvinistic? The glory of God is a calvinistic doctrine? Since when? Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; That's up in eternity. God being glorified by every class of person. Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Rev 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. That's up in eternity. God being glorified by all. He is to be glorified. That ain't calvinism my friend, that's simple BIble. Your supposed heretic hunting falls flat. Calvinsim smalvinism, the BIble is clear that God eternal desires are to be glorified by His creation. That''s not baptist dogma or reformed theology, that is simply quoting the BIble. Wow, and you somehow found fault with it? Takes all kinds to make a world. God bless, calvary
  20. I don't know why you would take my post and then make it a rant against Calvinism. I never inidcated anything about the tenants of John Calvin. I posted over 20 verses however that clearly state that God is in fact concerned about His glory. I never offered any singular purpose as to why, that is your conjecture and caviling. I am convinced that God is passionate about His glory. I am convinced of that because that is what the Bible tells me, not what some "they" convinced me of. To me your statements appear as if God is as one dimensional as you are. There are a myriad of things the Lord care about. His glory being one of them. My joy? Sure. But I am not convinced that that is His principle purpose. I am at a loss over your argument. No one even suggested that God doesn't care for our joy, our lives, our fellowship... etc. You made it a straw man and then argued against your own construct. Wow. God bless. calvary
  21. And your point is? Is reknown something other than make known? Are you saying I am at fault in something I said? What is the point of taking issue with what has been said on this thread thus far? What exactly are taking issue with? Did someone say that God is not interested in having communion with His creation? Was it suggested that the Lord is one dimensional and can only have one purpose above all others? What is the real problem with God desiring worship? What is it that is bothering you about the scriptural fact that the Lord desires the fame of His glory be declared amongst the nations? God bless, Calvary
  22. The OP asked about God and His desire to be worshipped. I think that God has tailored a system that lends to His being worshipped because He is merciful. We praise HIm for His mercy, His goodness, whether it is through the direct action of God or through His administration (the church, the brethren, circumstances turned to our favor...) I recalled reading the quote (apologies to heart for not offering it) and I thought it was Dr Charles Keen, not Piper. The issue is this. Does God recieve worship and in what forms? Does He arrange the affairs of men that no matter what, He is worshipped? That is fatalism, and I don't know about that. But I do know that the scriptures declare that God does in fact desire worship of His person. God does in fact intervene in the history of man to in fact be worshipped. He does so by demostrating His mercy. I find that to be a facinating dynamic. God's glory is manifested through His mercy to sinful men. Mind boggling stuff for me at least. Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was culled from a message from Dr Charles Keen. Founder of Bearing Precious Seed, former pastor of 1st Baptist in MIlford OH, and now founder and global evangelist of First Missions International. God bless, Calvary
  23. Is there something wrong with the verses I cited? Are they not in the BIble? How about these? And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. You shouldn't place modern defintions over KJB words. Fame simply means knowledge. And yes, the Bible clearly states that God does desire that his fame be spread amongst the nations. The OP asked about the glory of God, I stated nothing that would detract from Jesus Christ as you seem toi intimate. Fame. A good Bible word. God bless, Calvary
  24. God is passionately committed to his fame. God's ultimate goal is that his name be known and praised by all the peoples of the earth. In Romans 9:17, Paul says that God's goal in redeeming Israel that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. In Isaiah 66:19, God promised that he would send messengers, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. I believe that the central command of world missions can be seen in Isaiah 12:4, "Make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted." And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. The apostle Paul said that his ministry as a missionary was for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Romans 1:5 The apostle John said that missionaries are those who that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 3 John 7 James, the Lord's brother, described missions as how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. Act 15:14 Jesus described missionaries as those who leave houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake. Matthew 19:29. God's passion to be known and praised by all the peoples of the earth is not selfish, but loving. God is the one being in the universe for which self-exaltation is the ultimate loving act. And the reason is easy to see. The one and only truth in the universe that can fully and eternally satisfy the human heart is the glory of God -- the beauty of all that God is for us in Jesus. Perhaps the best way to see that God's passion for his fame is an expression of his love is to notice that God's mercy is the pinnacle of his glory. This is what he wants to be honored for above all else. You can see this in Romans 15:9 where Paul says that the reason Christ came into the world was so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. Do you see how conviction #1 and #2 come together in that little phrase: "glorify God for his mercy"? God gets the glory, we get the mercy. God is praised, we are saved. God gets the honor, we get the joy. God is glorified for his fullness; we are satisfied with his mercy. So to sum up there are two basic problems in the universe: God is profaned and people are perishing. Conviction #1 says that God will not suffer his name to be dishonored indefinitely, but will act to vindicate his name and glorify himself among the nations. Conviction #2 says that God has planned a way to do this by saving the perishing through the death of his Son, Jesus, and making them a worshipping people who enjoy his glory. In the sacrifice of his own Son for the sake of the nations, God reveals the pinnacle of his glory -- his mercy. So the salvation of the nations and the glorification of God happen together in missions. They are not at odds. It is a loving thing for God to pursue his glory like this. God bless, Calvary
  25. A Biblical world view is a philosophy of ministry. Your world view will be derived from your philosophy of ministry or you "outlook" on why you do what you do. Just substitute Biblical world view for philosophy of ministry. A PHILOSPHY OF MINISTRY: Introduction: The church’s philosophy of ministry gives the reason why ministry is done in the church. It doesn’t tell us specifically what we are to do, rather why we do what we do. The philosophy of ministry, which is based on Biblical truths, principles and commands, spells out God’s ways and means of doing His work in the church. Contrary to man’s ways, which are man centered, pragmatic, and doomed to fail, God’s ways will always lead to true spiritual growth in the church, and will be that which gives God the greatest glory. This paper was developed from many sources several years ago. It has served me in soliciting support as a missionary and I have forwarded this as a means of measuring how we have made the Bible the basis for all we do for the Lord. A successful philosophy of ministry will always start with God. Based on the Character of God A biblical philosophy of ministry must be based on the moral character or attributes of God. A Biblical philosophy of ministry is based upon the character of God’s goodness is demonstrated in a church that proclaims and practices his love, mercy and grace. God’s love deals primarily with the whole creation. This love is demonstrated in the provision of life and the means to enjoy it (Psalms 104:21-24). More prominently, though, is His love for the Elect. This is a special kind of love wherein He commits Himself to the object of His love to the fullest and richest sense (Ephesians 1:4-8). God’s mercy is revealed in His compassion and pity for those who are in misery and distress. The idea of withholding wrath from the deserving is pictured. A biblical philosophy of ministry directs the local church to see their relationship to God from this perspective of love, out of which they are to relate to one another and to the lost outside of the church. A Biblical philosophy of ministry is based on the holiness of God. When a church is preaching and practicing the holiness of God it will repulse or attract people (2 Corinthians 2:14-17). The local church consists of people redeemed and set apart for Christ and from the world and is called to be holy (1 Peter 3:15-16). The local church, therefore, must see herself as being in the world but not of the world. Thirdly, a biblical philosophy of ministry demonstrates the righteousness of God. All the manifestations of the holy character of God are righteous. The former furthers sanctification and the latter leads to repentance and confession of sin. This implies just judgment upon all wrong doers, thus, striking fear in the heart of men, both believers and unbelievers (Psalms 89:4). Within the local church this means fairness and discipline (James 2:1-7), while outside of the church it means to stand against the injustices of society (Matthew 14:4). Based on the Authority of Scripture A biblical philosophy of ministry is based and founded on the authority of Scripture. The character of God can only be known through His self-disclosure (Hebrews 1:3). Only through God’s revelation, the Bible, can He and His will be known (Deuteronomy 29:29). The Bible as the Word of God is both authoritative and relevant to the church. There is no other authority for the life of the church outside of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is the ultimate guide for planning, strategizing, the methodology, the theology and conceptualization of the ministries of the local church. The Bible is also relevant today. Although the Bible was written in time past it is not archaic and obsolete. Rather the universal principle truths found in it are eternal and transcends time, culture, language, and race and thus practical for the church today. Based on a Proper View of Man A biblical philosophy of ministry must have a proper and balanced view of man. Humanity must be seen for what it is. The balanced and proper view is to see man as having a dual nature, one spirit and the other physical. In this dichotomy, each nature has its own need that a biblical church should and must meet. The spiritual nature of man is sometimes called the soul or heart which reflects its value as the image bearer of God and secondly as a fallen creature. Men are valued above the rest of Creation for he is created in God’s image (Genesis 9:6). This means the ability to reason, decide and act. These abilities go beyond the animal instinct to make decisions for survival rather on moral choices. The local church must see the value of humanity through the eyes of God. This image must be understood as now being corrupt (Ephesians 2:1-3). With Adam’s fall in the Garden this corrupted image has been passed on to all men (Romans 5:12). Man’s instinctive and natural response to God is rebellion. Nevertheless, the Bible tells us of God’s love in redeeming men to Himself. It is the church’s duty to preach and proclaim the only truth that can remedy the fallen nature of man (Matthew 28:18-20). This truth is a reminder to the church not to be swayed by the interest of the general public or societal trends when it plans or strategize for ministry. The church’s philosophy must also deal with the physical nature of man. This means meeting his physical needs (Matthew 25:35-36, also James 1:27). But one must be wise to discern the difference between a felt needs and real needs. There are needs that seem necessary but can be done without, needs like self fulfillment, peer acceptance and even companionship. Though good and beneficial they do not give hope, total fulfillment or develop a person’s well being. On the other hand, there are needs that must be met to bring well-being and maturity to a person (Colossians 1:28). Needs of the emotional and educational kind, must be met with capable counseling and training ministries within the church (1 Thessalonians 5:15). Based on a Proper Purpose of the Church The means to meeting the church’s purpose of glorifying God is by exalting Him, evangelizing the lost, exemplifying His values and edifying the believers. Exalt God The first purpose of the church is to glorify God. Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Our love for God is revealed in our obedience to Him (John 14:15). We exalt God by fully committing our lives to Him in obedience (1 Peter 2:12). Our personal or corporate time of worship is merely the sum and culmination of our whole life being committed to loving God with all of our hearts, mind and soul. A biblical worship service meets the criteria for a God-centered worship, which also reveals the local church’s spiritual health. First, biblical worship is theo-centric and not anthropo-centric. The doctrines, songs, practices centers on and around the elevation of God, His character and work. Secondly, worship is Christ Centered. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. He is the only mediator between man and God. Every message, song and activity done in a worship service continually points to the primacy of Jesus Christ. Thirdly, it is worship that edifies the saints (1 Corinthians 14). The church gathers primarily for the edifying of the believers. The worship service must meet the need of the body to be edified. This is met through systematic expository preaching, songs that uplift the spirit and the soul and fellowship that reveals God’s love through the members (Act 2:42). Thirdly, biblical worship is relevant. Worship must be flexible to its culture and time. God bless, calvary
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