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Month: July 2013

Practical Theology

Practical Theology

  A friend of mine uses the statement, “People DO what they WANT to do.” This statement is true on many levels, and also applies directly to the world of theology and practice. A reworded statement pointed directly at persons of faith could be, “People do what they believe.” If theology is defined as the study of religious faith, practice, and experience, then we must begin to make a better connection from faith to practice. We had better be ready to prove what we claim to believe by acting upon that belief.

The problem that can be seen in many places containing theological foundation would be the lack of methodology that supports the belief. If a person or organization claims to believe that persons who die without faith in Christ will spend an eternity in hell, then there should be an overwhelming support for this concept in practice and method. Evangelism should be a large part of the methodology of such an organization. The church that claims rightly that Jesus is the only way had better not be found hiding the light of Christ under a bushel. If there is a claim to believe that there is power in prayer, then prayer would and should be at the forefront of actions. If a belief is claimed and there is no action, application, or methodology to support this claim, is it really a belief?

I have to say it is not a belief, but a concept. A belief will mark you and guide all that you do. What you believe matters, and what you do gives evidence to the belief.

James 2:18-20 “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”

Missional in our Midst

Missional in our Midst

                Who decided that the church building was the place for ministry? Somewhere along the way it became the tradition of the church to center things around the building we call the church, but I feel this is far from the intention of God. There was also a move to refer to people who serve somewhere other than their home country/town as missionaries. This would indicate a special term for those who do this specific work called missions. This is difficult to explain…

                Are we all called to serve? Are we all called to share faith and make disciples? Are there some super elect folks that are called to “really really” serve, while others are just called to kinda serve? Are there some who are filled with the Spirit of Christ, while there are others who are half-way filled with the Spirit? When you ask those questions out loud there seems to be a loss of logic. Go ahead, give the “out loud” test and see what happens.

                The “out loud” test can save us from some pretty messed up ideas about things. We say it out-loud, and realize that our ears are not lying to us. Just because we conceive it iin our heart does not mean it automatically becomes a GREAT IDEA.

                Our church building is really a mission sending location. Our mission field is wherever a spirit filled believer is located. Our church is the people of God that make up a congregation in a certain place, but for the purpose of going out from that place. Our church members and co-laborers should be considered missionaries, because they are called to reach a foreign land.

                This place is not our home. My citizenship is in heaven. The more I get my head around that concept, the deeper my understanding of ministry. Let the church be missional. Let the heart of service, evangelism, and discipleship permeate all that we do. Let the church be known for the message of Christ and the joy of serving him, as we are missional in the midst of our community.

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

Greatest?!

Greatest?!

 

I like to listen to a Sports talk radio station out of the Dallas area. It seems that every day there is some reference to the ongoing debate of individual greatness. Many opinions are shared and many arguments are made. Today was the list of the top 5 greatest NBA players of all time…3 of them who made the list were Lakers from the childhood years of the guys making the list. Michael Jordan is always the top of the list, and is at the top of the list of all time greatest athletes, period.

 

Here is the fun in this debate…there is no “right” answer, so the debate goes on and on.

 

Here is what is missed in the debate…Basketball is a team sport.

 

Individual awards are of no importance in a team game. The purpose of the team is not to see how many individual awards one guy can rack up; the purpose of the team is to win. The purpose of the team is to accomplish the goals of the team first, and the individuals that make up the team should sacrifice towards that goal.

 

And so it is with the body of Christ. We should not be striving for individual commendation, we should be serving Christ.

 

Who Is the Greatest?

Matthew 18

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

The Disciples had an issue with this as well:

Luke 22

24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

 

The Debate is over, The Greatest is Jesus!

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