I believe that this is a key to a successful ministry. You may think that this part is super obvious; however, I believe it is not. With most things comes good intentions. In order to keep a Christ-centered leadership the youth minister must stress the importance daily of being Christ-centered to the leadership staff. Most importantly, this includes pointing everything back to Christ, letting Christ work through the leadership, and letting the Gospel influence every decision.
But you are so confident in your faith that at the end of the day you know you are a Christian but some of the things you and your friends say are wrong. You know these words or behaviors don 't put a smile on the Lord 's face when they are said or taken place. You have this little voice in the back of head telling you it is okay to let these actions take place because you do love The Lord. The enemy is constantly putting these voices in our heads telling us it is okay to cuss, drink, or whatever the situation may be. But really these things of the world are just pulling us down and tearing us apart from our God.
The whole psychology of it, the strengthening of religion in hardship isn’t totally absurd. It would seem through all the loss involved in situations like the Holocaust or 9/11, that some aspects aren’t completely lost. Perhaps putting all one’s faith in a God could supply help to make it through extremely difficult times. It could help keep people alive as they wait for some sort of redemption or subtle sign that their God is there with them. Jews viewed their destitution as trials, Christians viewed theirs as God being unable to interfere with the natural world.
Psalms 118:8 (NKJV) says “that it is better to take to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”. This is where the mediator must balance the power (class notes). I believe that this trust was being reestablished in Shae’s interview, and not so much in Janice’s situation. Janice could not see her own accountability in the presenting conflict (class
They wanted more acceptance from the church, they wanted to be praised by men. If they didn't commit the sin they will still have the mindset of wanting more for themselves rather than focusing on God and repent. Which is a lesson for all of us today that lying to the Holy Spirit or God is a serious offence. Christians or non Christians, we suffer the consequence of sin because God cannot be with Sin. They cannot mix.
The both/and incorporating head and heart. He shows us that even if we strive for perfection, it is an impossibility. God loves us even in “our” wickedness and it is by nothing we do. He is able to show us that God is transformative if we are
(Matthew 7:21-23). When people are concerned more with their families, friends, beauty, strength, and worldly possessions than with pleasing God He will declare depart from me (unto death?). With faith and believing in the words of the Bible man can be saved, and acquire a desire to complete good deeds. As Everyman is forsaken by his Kindred, Cousins, Goods, and Fellowship he begins to gain Knowledge and learns of Confession and this causes his Good Deeds to become stronger meaning he gains a desire to complete Good Deeds and please God. In the end one can only take good deeds with them when judged by God. Good deeds do not give Christians salvation.
It reminds me that the gospels have so much to offer on their own and that context and intent are important to my understanding of what I read. For each gospel I think it’s important to ask, “What can I learn in this gospel that isn’t obvious in the others?” The individuality of each gospel becomes more obvious to me when I think of how God directed each of the authors. Not only did each author have a purpose for their arrangement, but God did too. More and more I see that the gospels, and the other books of the Bible, are meticulous and life-saving and that I should not be taking them for granted.
At the heart of this concept stands the idea of submission, of meekness as opposite to pride that corrupts, and that this pride is another source of noise that can only be made quiet by not making the life about oneself, just as Jesus life has not been about himself but about God, but about the 'Master ', as Berg refers to God, and becoming a good and faithful servant to God ("How to Quiet a Noisy Soul"). This means that for all of these different types of problems the three most important steps to overcome the disorders come down to breaking this sinful behavior, reconstructing the relationship with "Jesus Christ to learn God 's methods of problem solving" and practicing those "patterns of problem solving until they become habitual responses" (Berg 2006:
There were many things in President Benson’s talk that were harsh and hard to hear, I don’t want to be prideful to those I love or anyone. There were so many quotes in this talk that gave me much reflection, one of them was “If we love God, do His will, and fear His judgment more than men’s, we will have self-esteem as Christ wants to lift us to where He is, Do we desire to do the same for others?” In our other readings from Goddard’s book “Drawing Heaven into Marriage”, repentance is what keeps us humble and President Benson points out that humility and meekness are antidotes to pride. If my marriage was free of pride or the many faces of pride, I would truly have a Heavenly Marriage.
Without well-grounded knowledge and understanding of God and how He interacts with humankind, any service to and for Him would be ineffective. According to Paul Bernier (1992), it is absolutely imperative to understand who God is, the role of Jesus Christ, and the history of the early church’s formation as these elements “lies at the heart of what church is all about.” Sound theology edifies the Body of Christ and guides the growth of the church, leaving little room for distortion, abuse, misalignment, or confusion about the Word of God. Ministry is service to God; however, how can there be heart-felt service to a God for whom there is no formal understanding?