The book opens with a short biography of Spurgeon, and then he begins to speak about grace using bible verses and illustrations in order to help others understand it. Spurgeon hopes that all who read this will apply what they learned and see the importance of Christ in their life. C.H Spurgeon is from a small town in England and was born in the early-mid 1800’s. He had a grandfather who was a popular preaches. His grandfather would have Spurgeon around at times when he was writing his sermons.
One internet source records that the copyists had to count the number of words of a completed scroll and compare it with the original for accuracy! Most Bible scholars believe that it was there, in Mesopotamia, enslaved and homeless, that God inspired them with what we know as Genesis 1-11! Dr. Leonard Sweet of Drew Theological Seminary has written, "Everything we need to know about God is in the early chapters of Genesis." These chapters are not geology or anthropology or history, but theology. Those chapters are our theological foundation.
One of his well-known sermon is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” preached at the meeting house in the village of Enfield, Connecticut, on Sunday, July 8, 1741, at the height of the great awakening. In this sermon, Edwards focused on the consequences of leading a sinful life, the power of God and repenting of ones sins, in order to be saved from hell. The purpose behind this piece of writing was not to terrorize or dismay the hearers, but to make them repent and believe in God again. This piece was aimed at those who lacked belief in God as well as churches. In “sinners in the hands of an angry God”, Jonathan Edwards uses different types of literary techniques, such as, imagery, metaphor, similes, repetition, and rhetorical questions to emphasize his point.
The film adaptation of the religious musical Godspell composed Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebleak attempts to revitalize Christianity by expressing the teachings of Christ as expressed in the Gospel of Matthew in contemporary terms. Structured through parables primarily sung but also enacted through puppetry, storytelling, and skits; the main point of the film is to translate complex philosophical ideas into terms easily understood by a modern-day audience. In the Bible, Jesus illustrates his teaching to his disciples through stories of everyday situations. The play/film accomplishes the same task, but because Godspell is set thousands of years later, the details of the stories are once again modernized to the intended audience. The
In preparing for this sermon, I discovered that some folk refer to this Psalm as Luther’s Psalm, as in Martin Luther. After all, he did write a rather famous, and most popular hymn titled, ‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’ in which Psalm 46 served as his inspiration. What I did not know was the historical context behind this great hymn. While we don’t have time to review all the verses, the message communicated by this hymn is… no matter how dire the circumstances might be in your eyes, God is greater than our circumstances. He will deliver us from our greatest fears, through the blood of Jesus Christ.
The become what Sweet terms generally as the blood through which meaning flows. In his section “'B+' Blood Building” he concludes with several questions that aid the preacher in thinking more critically about the role of the metaphor in preaching narrative and how that might be used to communicate meaning. However, sometimes metaphor in the Bible need to be related to more contemporary metaphors to resonated with modern day listeners. Sweet, hoping to help pastors recognize the need for comparison and put the need into practice, poses the following question, “Paul's image of the body in 1 Corinthians 12 was a brilliant choice of metaphor. This may not be the metaphor you want to use for your people.
The Apostle Paul often uses the biblical expression the old man and the new man in his letters to teach a lesson to his readers. Some of the New Testament books where this expression can be found are in Romans 6:6, Ephesians 2:14-15; 4:22-25 and Colossians 3:9-10. Each passage has its own theological meaning and application; therefore, this paper is focused in the two passages of Ephesians. The Apostle Paul in the letter of Ephesians takes the reader to discover something that was hidden for centuries to anyone and even to Israel. According to the perfect time of God the mystery of the Gospel has been revealed through Jesus Christ, as it has been also exposed the unification of Jews and Gentiles known as the church.
SINGAPORE BIBLE COLLEGE Book Reflection: The Wounded Healer by Henri J. M. Nouwen Submitted to Esther Tan CO502 – Theory and Practice in Counseling by Shongzan Chanlila Khayi Mail Box # 120 SINGAPORE 21 August, 2013 The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen is one such book which is simple yet very insightful, solemn yet very challenging. He stirs up our interest as he deals with the biggest concern of our modern day leaders in our churches and society – the struggle with our weaknesses. And I believe his philosophy goes much deeper than what is actually written. I personally felt that this book is not only for Christian ministers or leaders but for everyone and anyone because, as mortal human beings, we live in a societal world where caring or helping each other is indispensable.
I. SYNTHESIS At the mention of “Divine Revelation”, my thoughts on it before were very narrow and simple. Back then, I would have mostly thought of revelations that occurred during the time when Jesus Christ was still alive. I had this expectation that the revelations would be mostly relating to the prophecies that we know from the bible, or what the church is constantly saying is the message of God. However, after getting to know the lesson more in detail and better, I realized that my perception of the topic was wrong, as “Divine Revelation” is much broader and more meaningful than we realized. Furthermore, I able to understand better how “Divine Revelation” or simply God’s revelation is still very much present in modern times today.
In addition of his responsible of geographically and culturally expanding Christian movement, he also extended it as well as ethnic lines. Because of his attribution to the New Testament as writing 13 books in the total of 27 books, Paul even considered himself “as little more than an ambassador or emissary for Jesus” (Powell, 231). Paul is the person who had oppressed the church. After that, on the road to Damascus, when he experienced a rendezvous with Jesus, he became a Christian missionary. Discussing particular theological issues, Paul’s epistles are written to a specific person or a specific group of people.