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We've been talking about discipleship lately using 2 Timothy 3:12-17 as our text. Just so you know 2 Timothy isn't the only passage that speaks to being a disciple. It just seems that way when unpacking a passage like this. Having said this let's continue to unpack this passage.
By way of review our first issue brought up by our text begged a question: "Do you want to be Godly?" The Second had to do with the consequence of choosing to be godly - obstacles. We looked at the Noumenal and the Phenomenal discouvering, despite Kant, the two are not so inseparable. In fact a case was made for the happenings of heaven being directly correlated to the events of earth. Today we are going to look at "how to defend against obstacles" which necessarily come from choosing to be faithful to God through believing in Jesus Christ.
Our text this day is 2Ti 3:14. "But you must continue in the things which you have learned and, been assured of, knowing from whom you learned them,"
In Japanese culture the elderly are revered for the lives they have lived, the wisdom they have acquired, and the various skills they may have developed in their lifetime. Noriyuke Harada and Toshiro Mifune are superior swordsmen of different generations. Yet are both looked upon with equal reverence because of their skill with the sword. An Okinawan woman, Toshiko Taira is a maker of Kijoka-Bashofu a textile made from indigenous banana trees incorporated with cotton fibre. Her fabric is made the ancient way utilizing natural colors and a stream to wash the excess color from the fabric. Creating a quality that has existed for hundreds of years. She was declared a "Living National Treasure" in 2000. This is the Japanese way of propagating "traditional" Japanese culture. By this Japan makes it possible for others to continue in the traditions of Japanese culture. Continuity is how Japanese culture remains distinctly Japanese. This doesn't mean new things aren't recognized or even amalgamated into the cultural scene. No! The infusion of new ideas, new methodologies, is what keeps a culture healthy.
Paul knew this. But he also knew that losing one's moorings can send a person, a society, or a culture into a tailspin that might end in dissolution. Paul tells his young protege to continue in the teachings he received in his youth. This encouragement is given in light of the reality that obstacles exist and will be thrown in Timothy's way. So, in defending oneself against the dangers of obstacles Christians must: First, remember those teachings given when we were new babes in Christ.
1. Remember from where you come.
a. Everyone is a composite of their experiences and the experiences of those closest to them, i.e., parents, siblings, spouse, friends. In addition those things we have learned shape who we are and how we think. These two sources mold our worldview and those presuppositions we use to evaluate the world around us. We shouldn't feel shame or regret about our past. In Christ our past is just that our past it has no power over us to condemn, or shame, or guilt-trip us any longer because we are new creations. But are our past lives of no value? Of course not! Our past must be understood in light of Christ, his message, his work on the cross, and the result of forgiveness by his blood. These are the teachings which we must remember. Paul says in Rom 8:35 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?"
2. These teaching aren't simply propositional but practical and proved by living them.
a. The message of the Gospel shouldn't be thought of as just words in a book. The Gospel is "good news" to all humanity for the purpose of practicing a life which is pleasing to God and satisfying to humankind. The teachings of Christ are life because they: first; transform our spirit to conform with his. Through the Holy Spirit we are given the spiritual foundation to operate in this world being aware of our risen Lord and revealed God. Second; Christ's teachings transcend mere principles of civility. But are a concrete means of accomplishing the godly life. The teachings of Christ are not platitudes concerning how life should be but how life, if lived according to the scriptures, will be. The challenge is "try it and see"!
I mentioned before how Japan utilizes "continuity" to assure the ongoing distinctiveness of the Japanese culture. Very similar to this is the practice of discipleship in Christianity. Mat 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Through this process Christianity keeps its moorings in the orthodox doctrines which distinguish us from groups minimalizing Jesus Christ or neglect him altogether. This doesn't mean innovation is discouraged, may it never be! The message must never change; however, the messengers must, so must the means. So that, the Gospel may be heard by all. Amen
"Encountering the Story" 9:30 am Sunday morning
"Journey Kids" 9:30 am Sunday
"Loving God through Worship" service at 10:45 am
"Cults: A Historical Reflection" Wednesday 7:00 pm
"The Never-ending Story: Touring the Gospels" Thurs 10-11:00 am
Love God...Serve Others...Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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Due to Covid 19 we will canceling all of our on going events until at least April 30th. We feel this is best for everyone. We will be using Zoom for our Cults classes on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. We will also be posting an invite for a daily devotional everyday at noon, as well as Touring the Gospel Thursdays at 7: pm. Sunday Service will be Zoomed and on at 10 am. We miss seeing everyone and hope that you stay safe and healthy. We are praying for everyone's heath and hope you will do the same!!
FBC will be renewing our Cults class 4/6/2020 at 7:00 pm. This class will be held on Zoom in a Video-Chat platform. If you are intereste...
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