Essay #1: Why is biblical counseling important, and how does it fit within the ministry of the local church? As Christians, biblical counseling helps us apply both the greatest (and the second which is like it) commands as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40. Biblical counseling is also a mechanism to which each of us can fulfill the great commission as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 28: 19-20. As such, biblical counseling not only fits within the ministry of the local church, one could argue that it is the ministry of the local church! The first and greatest commandment along with the second like it can be boiled down to a single word; love.
The reminder is that they are incredibly blessed, but spiritually. D. This is to remind us that we are blessed in ways that the world around us will never understand. E. As Christians, we need to understand what the Lord has done for us! F. Notice the words “In Christ” or “In Him” as we study. 2.
The effect of Eucharist will be felt more in the society if it is understood and projected in theory and practice as communion with Christ and with one another, www.iec2012.i.e/--/dr/zunnakwon What is Eucharist? Eucharist: It is the source and summit of the Christian life where we encounter Gods presence in personal profound ways. The Eucharist celebrated as community teaches us about human dignity, call us to right relationship with God ourselves and others. As the body of Christ, it sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighbourhood and the world. www.iec2012.i.e/--/dr/zunnakwon Eucharist: Christian’s ceremony in which people eat bread and drink wine as a way of remembering Jesus Christ last meal before he died.
Being public and doing Public Theology is thus vital because it is obedient and a living witness to the goodness and loving-kindness of our Lord who became flesh for us and for our salvation. Conclusion: Christian faith is very personal but not private. It is both individual and communal. It transforms both human beings and humanly created structures and systems (culture is a man-made system). I think it is very important that a Christian should first read his/her culture in the light of the Bible.
Notes on the Book: • First Impressions: This Pauline epistle seems to me very personable. Paul expresses genuine love and care for the people in this church. Also, this epistle seems more personal because Paul speaks about himself more than in any other epistle (it seems to me). Words like these: “my beloved and longed for brethren, my joy and crown….” - reveal to us that possibly Paul was a very affectionate pastor. There are many other verses that engulf our hearts in warmth and love for the word of God and people of God.
The way they lived their life was very attractive to me and piqued my interest in Christ. While being exposed to devote Christians had a huge impact on me and my understanding of Christ, my relationship with Him was brought to the next level when I began attending community college. I took a philosophy class that focused on religion and that class prompted me to dwell deeper into Christianity. Since I identified as a Christian, I wanted to take it more seriously, so I began to search for resources to help me grow. I sought out a church, and after trying a few, I found Real Life Church.
From these shared experiences, the community as a whole can hope for a shared and united future full of God's promises. Preaching within this context poses opportunities to describe God's grace throughout the shared faith journey while proclaiming the Word of God. The second aspect of about the Asian American tradition derived from the text is the influence of ancient religions such as Confucianism, Buddhism, and shamanism. These religions are evident in the cultural ethos and religious practices among Asian Americans. Being aware of the impact these religions have made in the formation of the corporate personality of Asian Americans has the potential to present a challenge to a preacher within
The mission statement of OMF International is to reach the unreached people of East Asia with the hope of the gospel: “We share the good news of Jesus Christ in all its fullness with East Asia’s peoples to the glory of God.” The vision is “through God’s grace, we aim to see an indigenous, biblical church movement in each people group of East Asia, evangelizing their own people and reaching out in mission to other peoples” (“OMF International”). The work ethics they have is trusting in God for holy living, fruit in work and for all the needs. They pursue the vision and mission together in order to support and encourage each other. They also very passionate to reach the unreached, and take prayerful risks and persevering with the task that God has given to them. Besides that, they practice incarnational ministry to identify with the people lifestyle, learning their culture, language, and worldviews.
The Church ought to be a place where people are educating one another about civic questions and human dignity. It is a place for ‘political seminar’ (Williams, 2011), because it loves and worships a God who transforms human society. Through it, people deliberate about civic virtue and the common good in accordance to God’s love. Religious institutions such as churches are considered as one of those social institutions apart from the government, school, family and others where activities and programs have significant impacts to the lives of the people they are serving (Naillon, 2007). The relationship between the religious congregations and the civil authority has been a feature of theological debate and political dialogue since ancient times (Frame, 2006).
In today’s generation, the youth are too exposed to dramatic and stressful situations that they need spiritual guidance for them to continue their journey in life. They need to be involved in the Holy Eucharist for the fact that through Eucharistic celebration and church activities, youth will be guided, exposed to realities of our society and be enlightened of what really is the purpose of their lives. The research is not saying that the Holy Eucharist must be dominated by the youth but everyone is encourage to participate and be involved for it is a communal celebration of Jesus Christ’s salvation. Perhaps, the role of the youth is to preserve the Eucharistic celebration for the future generations. Hence, the youth is like a seed, to become a strong tree, the growth of the seed is nourished spiritually by being involved in the Holy Eucharist.