Bible


The Rev. J. Theodore Helms (my fellow OSJ blogger) writes:

The “sacred desk” has been replaced by “props;” and so has the authorized man of God. Where are the men in the local church who once preached the Word? Seeking to “relate” to the culture has served only to make the church irrelevant to the culture. And here we are. The body of Christ, the most powerful entity on earth, authorized by God Himself, bought by His own blood, and irrelevant.

Read the entire post.

My fellow Our Sovereign Joy blogger (and father-in-law), J. Theodore Helms, offers some sobering words for the American church on the absence of Jesus Christ as its head. He says:

“Is it any wonder that we see so much conflict in the church when we know that we have severed the head from the body? And it being true that God’s love flows down to us through His Son, why should we expect other than what we have?

Where is Jesus when we make our least decisions as the body of Christ? Where is Jesus when we choose the color of our next carpet? Or when we finalize our budget for next year? Or when we have to hire a new secretary? Where is the head in all of this?

Where is the Head of the Church when we conduct our business meetings? Do we truly consult with Him first? Or do we merely say a prayer adding His name to the end? Where is the Head of the Church when we need godly counsel and God’s wisdom in handling trouble-makers and dissent and divisive people? Or when a brother or sister has been caught up in some sin and we want to condemn them to hell? Where is the Head of the Church when we need to trim the budget? Do we take some money out of missions or the benevolence fund? Where is the Head of the church when we are looking at Sunday School material or VBS material? The 21st century church had better declare itself on these issues, especially as we see the Day approaching.

Whatever happened to Jesus anyway? Didn’t we use to have Him here with us at one time?”

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On the heels for my sermon yesterday, John Piper has written an excellent article on the Sovereignty of God and Prayer.

Acts 1:1-8 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

On Sunday, April 22nd, we will begin our study together on the book of Acts. I can’t tell you how excited that I am to begin teaching the Word of God to you on a weekly basis. In Acts 1:8 we will be looking at our vision for church planting which includes planting a new church every three years! Yes, this is a HUGE dream but I believe that our Lord is all about planting new churches here in Charlotte (our Jerusalem), in Judea (North and South Carolina), in Samaria (North America), and to the ends of the earth (international). My prayer is the God will light a fire in your soul as He has in mine to see New Testament communities pop up all over the world through the ministry of Enjoying God Fellowship. Our mission is to bring people into the true worship of the living God through His Son Jesus Christ. I’m so pumped. I hope you are, too!

This month I have been spending lots of time in Luke’s Book of Acts. I am taking two months to read to letter written to Theophilus. I am reading chapters 1-7; 8-14; 15-21; 22-28 each day in two week sections.  So, this morning I read chapters 8-14 in their entirety. One of the things that stands out to me in the Acts is the fact that for the most part, the American Church looks nothing like the early church. I’m not merely talking methods, but theology, philosophy, and attitudes as well. When we begin meeting together Acts will be our first study as a community. I invite all of you to begin working your way through this wonderful gift from God. Try to spend a month on the book. Work out any plan you wish (one chapter a day, one section a week). I want you all to KNOW this book. I look forward to sharing with you all that God has shown me in Acts and how those truths will shape who we are at Enjoying God Fellowship.

Soli Deo Gloria

2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

This is an astounding statement made by the Bible about itself. Scripture is inspired, or breathed out, by God Himself. We know that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and therefore His Words are pure and without error. The Bible is inerrant and infallible. It contained no errors as it was written by its human authors because God was working through them as they wrote (2 Peter 1:21). The result is what is called the verbal plenary inspiration of Scripture.  It is verbal because it is the very words that God inspired, not merely thoughts “behind the words.” It is plenary because all of it is equally inspired. Every single word of the Bible is breathed out by God, not just some of the words.