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Two Views on Sanctification and Discipleship (Slides)

Two Views on Sanctification and Discipleship (Slides)

Jay Adams once said that, “What we do to another man and how we do it is tightly bound up in what we believe about that man.”[1] Indeed this is true in general, and it is certainly true in the process of discipleship. The first step in understanding how to disciple a...

Is it Wrong to Cuss?

Is it Wrong to Cuss?

In a society increasingly more free in its expression, it is natural to wonder whether or not it is actually wrong to cuss. After all, one might wonder about the origin of the list of "bad" words, and discover that list is quite subjective and even artificial. So is...

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

How we love our wives matters to God. He designed the marriage relationship to be mutually beneficial, and requires that husbands "love your wives as Christ loved the church  and gave Himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25) – if we are not...

Six Principles for Organizational Leadership

An organizational leadership researcher asked me these six questions. These brief answers are from a Biblical worldview, and are broadly applicable in any organizational leadership setting. I think they illustrate how helpful the Bible is for (among other reasons)...

11 Simple Theological Terms We All Need To Know

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Common Myths About Spiritual Gifts – Myth #2: Speaking In Tongues is a Needed Evidence That We Have the Holy Spirit

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What to make of non-Christian cultures dreaming about Jesus

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The Hermeneutics of Continuationism, Part 1

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I Pray We Choose Liberty

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God Doesn’t Play Dice…But He Does Play Hide and Seek

On the one hand, we have Paul telling us how unfathomable and unsearchable are the ways of God (Rom 11:33), and on the other, he prays that believers will grow in their understanding, and that they will be receptive to the breadth, length, height, and depth of His incredible love (Eph 3:14-19). In another context, we have Jesus telling the disciples plainly about His impending death and resurrection, yet they were not understanding what He was saying (Lk 18:31-34). Later, Jesus challenged other disciples with the reality that His death and resurrection had been revealed with clarity in earlier Scriptures (Lk 24:24-27). Those things that the disciples had not understood about Him had not been understood because of our characteristic foolishness and slowness of heart to believe the word of God, and Jesus called them on it. Further, we are told that God’s ways and thoughts are so much higher and beyond our own (Is 55:8-9), but in that same context we are told about the effectiveness and sufficiency of His word (Is 55:10-11). This tells us much about where we should search for truth.

In short, if eternal life is ultimately to know God (Jn 17:3), and we have that life right now (Jn 6:47), then our quest to learn and to know Him does not begin at heaven’s gate. It begins the moment we believe. At our new birth we begin a journey of learning and discovery – an adventure in which we can fathom any unfathomable things which His word has revealed. Our knowledge can extend as far as He has communicated, and we need not be lost in speculations and uncertainty when we can instead stand firmly and confidently in the truth He has given us.

So, the game is afoot. Our grand adventure is to learn all we can of God from the eternal truth He has revealed. In our zeal for learning of Him, we must exercise caution only in not going beyond what is written (1 Cor 4:6). We are given the creation to examine, and in it we discover many questions we ought to ask. Some answers lie within the creation itself. But many of the questions find their answers only in Scripture. So we must examine both the creation and His word tirelessly and humbly, eagerly receiving what we can know of our Lord, in His design. Our loving Father perhaps plays a bit of hide and seek with us, telling us we can find something of Him in creation (Rom 1:20), and that we should search diligently to find more of Him in His word (2 Tim 2:15, Jn 5:39). He has given of Himself freely and revealed Himself in such a way as to be understood. Of course, we have no means of knowing Him beyond the limits of His revelation, so we must be cautious about speculations that cannot lead to certainty. We cannot know what we cannot know. But we can know what He has designed for us to know. Where the line is between the two is not our concern. Let us simply question and examine until the limits are exhausted. The game is afoot. Let’s play it well! The prize is a greater and more certain knowledge of the One who loves us and knows us more than we could ever imagine.

 

Spanish translation of Integrating Exegesis and Exposition now available

Integrating Exegesis and Exposition: Biblical Communication for Transformative Learning is now available from Exegetica Publishing in Spanish. The English handbook on preaching and teaching was first published in 2015, and has now been translated (by Ruben de Rus) into Spanish, with the intention of providing a helpful tool for Biblical education to benefit the Spanish-speaking community.

Integrando Exégesis y Exposición: Comunicación Bíblica Para un Aprendizaje Transformador (Spanish Edition)

ISBN#: 978-0998280516

Pages: 380

Price: $14 (available at Amazon, and other booksellers)

Description:

Integración Exegesis y Exposición es un manual que introduce el estudio bíblico (exégesis) y la comunicación de la Biblia en la predicación y la enseñanza (exposición). Este método alienta a los comunicadores a incorporar el proceso de estudio bíblico en la presentación del mensaje, para que los estudiantes descubran no sólo cómo entender la porción de la Escritura que se comunica en ese momento, sino también para que puedan desarrollar sus propias habilidades en el estudio de la Biblia . La premisa de integrar la exégesis y la exposición es que el estudio, la práctica y la comunicación de la Biblia están interconectados. La relación entre estos tres sugiere que para alentar la transformación mediante la renovación de la mente, los comunicadores de la Biblia deben adoptar un enfoque más holístico e integrado para manejar la Biblia – un enfoque que es modelado en la Biblia misma.