Differing Theology

A friend of mine put this together years ago. I like the comparison because it allows me to see how one group within the body of Christ might see Christianity quite different from another. For an example, one person might feel he or she will strut into heaven wearing their golden crown all ready to rule and reign with Christ, while another would come before our resurrected Savior, bowing in humility ready to cast any golden crown at his nail-scarred feet.

Theology of The Cross

Suffering Servant

Human Free Will

Divine Self-limitation: God guides and Sustains

Human Free and Responsible for Sin

Priesthood of the Believer: Separation of Church/State

Mode of Atonement: Revelation, Reconciliation

Election: Predestined All to Salvation in Christ

Biblical Authority: Dynamic Inspiration Interpreted by the Holy Spirit

Faith by Encounter

Primarily – Luther

Theology of Glory

God of Glory

Divine Sovereignty

Divine Determinacy: God is in control of events

Humans Not Free But Responsible for Sin

Theocracy

Mode: Substitution, Ransom, Redemption  

Double Predestination: Some to Bliss, Others Not

Biblical Inerrancy: Literal, Mechanical, Verbal

Faith by Assent

Primarily – Calvin

Compiled by Harold Penick, Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisvillle KY

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The Influence of the Bible

I found this fascinating. Listed below are quotes and testimonies of ten of history’s most outstanding people who have read and been influenced by the Bible:

  • Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”  
  • George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”  
  • Napoleon: “The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”  
  • Daniel Webster: “If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures.” “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”  
  • Patrick Henry: “The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”  
  • Andrew Jackson: “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.”  
  • Robert E. Lee: “In all my perplexities and distresses the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”  
  • John Quincy Adams: “So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society.” “I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”  
  • Immanuel Kant: “The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”  
  • Charles Dickens: “The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.” 

 

From pages 17, 18. “The Gospel Standard”, Volume 44, Number 1, September 1994. Published by the “Peoples Gospel Hour”, Box 1660, Halifax, N.S. B3J 3A1.

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On the Riverbank

Here is a good quote about stepping out in faith… “The reason more people do not see Jordan Rivers parting in their lives and ministries is because they waver at the riverbank. They want to be people of faith but they conclude it would be much easier if God would part the waters before they had to get their feet wet!” — Henry Blackaby

This is significant for us because this spring we will embark on a church-wide Sunday School emphasis called, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat,” written by John Ortberg. Mainly for middle school through senior adults, but the children and preschoolers will also have special lessons on following Jesus in obedience.

The main lessons are:

  1. Principles of Water-walking
  2. The Tragedy of the Unopened Gift
  3. Find Your Calling and Get Your Feet Wet
  4. Facing Our Challenges and Conquering Our Fears
  5. Good News for Cave Dwellers
  6. Learning to Wait on Our Big God

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Completing Successful Projects

In a recent issue of Rev magazine (Nov/Dec 2006), Rick Warren outlined six principles to guide leaders in completing successful projects, whether that project is starting a new church, creating a new ministry, etc.  In doing so, he turned to the example of Nehemiah and his “monster project” of rebuilding Jerusalem ’s wall.

  1. The principle of simplification – Keeping his plan simple, Nehemiah organized work teams around natural groupings of people who were already associated together.  “The point is – don’t create an organization if you don’t need it.”   Note: We already have groupings such as these in many of our churches – they’re called Sunday School classes!
  2. The principle of participation – Nehemiah sought to get everybody involved in the project.  But, as with any group effort, there will be those unwilling to go to work (the people of Tekoa – Nehemiah 3:5).  Nehemiah didn’t fret or waste time attempting to enlist these shirkers.  He simply worked with those who were willing.
  3. The principle of delegation – In our churches, we often assume people know what to do.  But, good delegation involves more than simply outlining the big picture. As Nehemiah modeled for us, we need to understand what the steps required for the task to be completed.  And, we need to know what persons are gifted and called to do.
  4. The principle of motivation – Nehemiah recognized the wisdom of having persons work on that section of the wall nearest their homes.  By doing so, he gave the people ownership of the project.  The people were allowed to work in areas most convenient and where they were most interested.
  5. The principle of administration – Even with good delegation, supervision and clear lines of authority are a must.  Nehemiah didn’t just tell the people what to do; he continued to oversee the project by what Tom Peters calls MBWA – Management By Walking Around.  He knew what was happening.The principle of appreciation – When completed, Nehemiah and the people celebrated.  But, it’s interesting to note, that Nehemiah recognized the people by name in his book.  Do we know who is doing a good job in our church?  Do we tell them?

An excerpt from the Southwest Virginia Christian Leadership Network Newsletter.

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How Important is Jesus?

While more than 72% of Americans claim they’ve made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that’s important in their lives today, they’re not quite so dedicated in related commitments:

  1. 17% say a person’s faith is meant to be developed mainly by involvement in a local church.
  2. 44% say they committed to personally make the world and other people’s lives better.
  3. 54% say they’re so committed to having a deeper connection with God that they’d do whatever it takes to get and maintain that deeper relationship.

    Source: The Barna Group

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