SPF 092: Virtue Signaling (Media + Heart Issues)

Virtue Signaling is something we probably come in contact with multiple times a day. Though a relatively new term, we can see virtue signaling in the Bible. Today we are talking about this issue and three things we need to be aware of when it comes to signaling some virtue. 

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Life Hack - Trash Bag Storage System

There's nothing like a clean garbage slate - the trash is out and the can is ready to be filled. But you forgot to put a trash bag back in! Here's a life hack from Emily - keep extra trash bags in the bottom.

Virtue Signaling

Definition: when a person expresses a moral opinion in order to show they are a good person.

The problem with virtue signaling is

1. There is usually no action associated with the expression

2. The purpose of the moral expression is to make themselves look good

I want us to be aware of the messages we are consuming and I want us to be able to look at our own hearts too. Virtue signaling is a trap to distract us from God and seeking His glory. We need to be able to spot these virtue signaling distractions and beware when we are tempted to virtue signal ourselves. 

  1. Be aware of the urgent bandwagon.
  2. Be aware of neglecting what is right in front of you in exchange for what we feel is more meaningful, or what other people tell us is more meaningful
  3. Be aware of practicing righteousness to be seen by others

Luke 11:46

Matthew 6:1

Proverbs 27:2

Proverbs 20:6

James 1:22

It is our fallen human nature that creates a tendency to practice virtue signaling. We naturally want others to think well of us, and it is so easy on social media to publicize our own good deeds or proclaim our lofty values. But we’ve been called to be faithful before God, not to seek the world’s acclaim: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6

- Got Questions

Virtue signaling fishes for compliments and praise for ourselves rather for God.

ESV Study Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway
Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul

 

 

SPF 091: Righteous Living - Legalistic or Full of Joy?

In Psalm 23 David writes, He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name sake. What are these paths of righteousness? How do we walk in them? Today we are exploring the theology of righteous living and looking at five examples of how David walked in righteousness. These examples are things God can work in our lives and we can practice today. 

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Life Hack - Sunscreen & Snacks

If you have squirmy kids, or any kid, this is a great life hack for days in the sun and surf that comes from an SPF Instagram friend:

Give your kid a Popsicle while slathering on the sunscreen! It helps them sit still and enjoy a hydrating snack and gives you the opportunity to put on all the sunscreen they need.

Righteousness - Legalistic or Full of Joy?

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake." Psalm 23:3

"Righteousness is something that should be the greatest desire of the Christian's heart because it is when we are in the closest proximity where God has created us to live." - Pastor Aaron Carlson

Righteousness is where we were created to live! It’s living according to what is right!

Arguments against righteousness:

  • It's legalistic
  • It's by grace we've been saved, not by works

Amen!

Legalism seeks to attain forgiveness through works, but our forgiveness is through Christ alone.

However, we are saved into righteous works. We are new creations and God is now leading us in a righteous path.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 4:1

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The best part about this righteousness is Psalm 23 says it’s Jesus who leads us in these paths of righteousness.

We don’t have to decide what is right . . . we don’t get to decide what is right.

God has done it for us. And he is leading us down this path of righteousness, so that we can keep moving out of that which destroys and is corrupted into what is true and beautiful and lovely.

He is not driving us along like cattle, but he is SHEPHERDING US with his rod and his staff - meaning he is directing and protecting and Psalm 23 says that is is comfort to us. And He is compassionate toward us!

Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

He Leads us in Righteousness for His Name's Sake

He does it for His names sake. Any characteristic of God we find in Scripture we know He will be faithful to. He is always showing and proving himself to be who He says He is and he is completely the best at it.

When do you have more joy? When you are harsh with your children or husband? Or when you are walking in obedience?

Key Points

  • Jesus changes our hearts to want righteous living
  • When we sin, God enables our hearts to want to repent and through faith we are again seeking righteousness
  • Righteous living instructions are found in God’s Word - it’s how we live out of faith in what God has done for us by showing our obedience to His ways.

Five Characteristics of Righteous Living

From the life of David as written in the Bible:

  1. David’s theology was solid because he had a love for God’s laws
  2. David had absolute faith in God
  3. David was thankful and constantly singing praise to God
  4. David was humble and patient
  5. David was repentant

Ways we can walk in righteousness, all by God’s direction and grace:

  1. Meditate on the Word
  2. Believe in the Truth of who God is
  3. Be thankful, have a heart of praise
  4. Be humble and patiently wait on the Lord
  5. Be repentant

Charles Spurgeon Quote

It is an admirable plan to fix your thoughts upon some text of Scripture before you leave your bedroom in the morning—it will sweeten your meditation all the day. Always look God in the face before you see the face of anyone else. Lock up your heart in the morning and hand the key to God and keep the world out of your heart. Take a text and lay it on your tongue like a wafer made with honey and let it melt in your mouth all day. If you do this, and meditate upon it, you will be surprised to notice how the various events of life will help to open up that text. If that particular text does not seem suitable to some special occasion, steal away into a quiet place and get another one—only let your soul be so full of the Word of God that at all the intervals and spaces when you can think upon it, the Word of God dwelling in you richly may come welling up into your mind and make your meditation to be sweet and profitable!

 

Knowing Scripture
By R. C. Sproul
Psalms, Vol. 2
WellHouse Records

SPF 090: God's Plan for Family - Part 2

Why do families exist? What is God's plan for the family? Answering these questions provide a foundational understanding to God's plan of reaching the ends of the earth with His salvation. Homes are not spiritual delegation centers, but parent led discipleship centers. In this two part series we will learn God's plan for the family and how to practically turn your home into a hub of gospel-centered discipleship. Today we are getting practical answering HOW do we prove faithful in the home?  How do we make our homes discipleship centers?

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Life Hack - Homemade Magic Shell for Ice-cream

Here's an easy DELICIOUS home-made ice-cream topping! Think deconstructed Klondike bar!

I use equal parts coconut oil (melted) and cocao powder and then sweetened with maple syrup to taste.

But I found this picture and recipe by mommypotomus than you can follow along!

Yum Yum Yum - get the recipe here: https://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-magic-shell-recipe/

God's Plan for Family Part 2

God’s vision is that each generation would know and worship Him and then teach the next generation to do the same! Children are important to God’s plan, as we saw in the creation of the world, after the flood, and even in Malachi when God’s people were being rebuked for recklessly divorcing one another because it impacts His desire for godly offspring.

And we also called to mind that whether we have children or not, we are all called to make disciples of Christ. The great commission to go and make disciples lines up with the great commandment to be fruitful and multiple!

But if we do have children, God has some very specific instructions for us laid out clearly in His Word. That means parents are to create a discipleship-hub within their home. A place where God is taught, talked about, and honored. A place where we are repenting of our sin and growing in our knowledge of God. A place where our loyalty is to the One and only Triune God.

Turning Homes into Discipleship-Hubs

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:4-8

First

  • we need to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and might
  • Mark our homes as monotheistic
  • "Love is the act of the will, accompanied by emotion that leads to action on behalf of it’s object." - Voddie Bauchaum

Second

  • We need to teach our children to love God
  • Deut 6 is not just about our kids memorizing verses, but the enculturation of our children. That everything they do is for the glory of God and the praise of His name. That they learn a heart level loyalty to the only God who saves them from their wickedness.
  • By committing God’s commands to memory and they would become a wellspring of knowledge - a guide to know how to live abundantly.

Keeping these three things in mind will help us create a foundation for discipleship hub in the home (via Voddie Baucham talk)

  1.  Saturate them with the word of God
  2. Educate them with a Christian Worldview
  3. Mentor them with a vision for God's glory

Practical Tools for a Discipleship Hub

  1. Family Worship - Family Worship is making the teaching and worship of God a focus of the home every day in a set aside time with the whole family. (Find out more at sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode78 )
  2. Memorization - Catechism and Verse Memory
  3. Teaching obedience and worship of God when disciplining, correcting, and training
  4. Teach to pray

Resources!

Follow Kristina on Instagram and be encouraged with practical godly parenting tips: https://www.instagram.com/bear__squirrel/

Family Worship podcast: sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode78

Great Resources:

Why Children Matter
By Douglas Wilson
Instructing a Child's Heart
By Tedd, Margy Tripp

SPF 089: God's Plan for Family - Part 1

Why do families exist? What is God's plan for the family? Answering these questions provide a foundational understanding to God's plan of reaching the ends of the earth with His salvation. Parents are not spiritual delegation centers, but parent led discipleship centers. In this two part series we will learn God's plan for the family and how to practically turn your home into a hub of gospel-centered discipleship.

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Life Hack - Fresh Summer Meats

Going camping? Having a day trip to the lake? It's hot! Keep the meat fresh by prepping some hamburger patties ahead of time and freeze them. When it's time to go, put them in a ziplock bag and place them on the bottom of a cooler and cover with ice.

God's Plan for Family

God's plan for the family is throughout Scripture. It teaches us so much about our roles and responsibilities as women and disciple-makers.

Genesis 1-3 - shows us God's plan from the very beginning: to fill the earth with people who worship and love God

Genesis 6-9 - shows us God's plan reiterated - fill the earth with people who worship and love God

Genesis 15 - God's promise to Abraham is about future generations of people more numerous than the stars in the sky who worship and love God

Deuteronomy 6 - God's people are about to go into the promise land and they are given a sermon on the covenantal law reminded them of God and His plan - which happens to be for people to love God and worship Him and for people to teach their kids to love God and worship him, and gives a way to do this.

Malachi 2 - God rebukes His people for flippant divorce because it impacts His desire for godly offspring!

Malachi 4 - God makes a promise before 400 years of silence to come and turn the hearts of fathers to their children.

Matthew 28:19-20 - Jesus gives the final command to "Go and make disciples."

The Great Commandment in Genesis 1 (be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it) lines up with the Great Commission to make disciples.

Make disciples = be fruitful and multiple 

Of all nations - fill the earth

Teach them to obey - subdue it

“Being great commission Christians begins in your house. Every little child given to us is an opportunity to make disciples.” 

- Dr. Rob Reinow

Resources

Instructing a Child's Heart
By Tedd Tripp, Margy Tripp

 

 

SPF 088: Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 2

How did the fit on the ark? How did the dinosaurs become extinct?  Are we sure that dinosaur bones are not millions of years old? Answers to these questions reveal a worldview that impacts other areas of belief. Scientist Jonathan Sarfati taught me a lot about dinosaurs at a recent conference and I’m sharing a few Dino facts that make sense through the lens of the most accurate history book we will ever have.

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Life Hack - Summer Activity

Go on a dinosaur excavation!! (Or any small toy excavation Dino excavation summer activity.)

Here's what you need:

  • ice tray or muffin tin
  • small toys or plastic dinosaurs
  • food coloring (optional)
  • small tools (paint brushes, plastic hammers, etc)
  • freezer ;)

Fill ice tray with water (or color water in pitcher first, then add to ice tray). Add little toys (it's ok if they are sticking out!). Freeze until solid. Take out and play!

Usborne Books Flying Dinosaur Paper Airplanes

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These are just so fun for an afternoon of paper airplane races and dino themed: https://new.myubam.com/p/6877/100-pterosaurs-to-fold-and-fly

(I am not an Usborne book seller, nor is this linked to a specific seller.)

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Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 2

Were the dinosaurs on the ark?

  • According to Genesis 6 two of every kind of animal went aboard the ark

How did the dinosaurs fit on the ark?

  • The arc was huge. 
  • 450 long
  • 75 feet wide
  • 45 feet tall
  • Imagine 6 semi trucks wide for 1/2 a mile standing at four stories tall
  • It was a sea worthy vessel and could not capsize 
  • Page 243
  • Only about 55 kinds
  • Dinosaurs didn’t have to be fully grown
  • Most dinosaurs were relatively small

Why aren’t humans buried with dinosaurs if they were alive during the same time?

  • Evolutionists claim the order of the fossil record (trilobites at the bottom, humans at the top) is due to a succession of life-forms on Earth, which occurred over many hundreds of millions of years
  • But since Fossils are a record of death, creationists believe that most of these fossils and their subsequent order were formed by the year long global flood
  • Consider order of death during the flood
  • With the flood starting with the fountains of the great deep sedentary sea creatures would be buried first, then swimming sea life, 
  • And as flood waters rose, shore river animals and plants
  • Then small mammals, amphibians, dinosaurs, low land forests
  • And last, large mammals, birds, and upland forests

How did the dinosaurs become extinct?

  • Many died in the flood
  • The rest died out through illness or at the hand of men

Find out more:

To learn more about dinosaurs visit creation.com or any of these resources:

 

 

     

    SPF 087: Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 1

    Are dinosaurs in the Bible? Why really happened to the dinosaurs? Answers to these questions reveal a worldview that impacts other areas of belief. Scientist Jonathan Sarfati taught me a lot about dinosaurs at a recent conference and I’m sharing a few Dino facts that make sense through the lens of the most accurate history book we will ever have.

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    Life Hack - The Cast Iron Skillet

    This is an essential kitchen tool and a FANTASTIC wedding gift that is usually not on registries (because people don't know the amazing wonders of this pan!). The best part, you can get a great deal on a Lodge brand cast iron skillet at Target - $19.99 for a 12'' skillet (and if you have a REDcard you get free delivery!).

    Cast Iron Benefits:

    • you can grill with it
    • goes from stove top to oven (oven safe)
    • used for camping
    • easy to clean
    • hard to hurt (I burned mine and brought it back to life)
    • not toxic

    Dinosaur Questions Answered

    Why it's important:

    Evolutionary thinking naturally leads to atheism, belief in no God, and secular humanism which means man can chart his own course without God.

    How we understand dinosaurs tells us how we view the world- it tells us one of our basic assumptions about life.

    It shows a theistic worldview where God created everything purposefully and for His glory. Humans have inherent dignity because they are made in the image of God; we love one another because God loved us first; we forgive because Christ forgave us; we live to serve God and others rather than pursue the fleeting pleasures of this world.

    Or it shows an acceptance of evolutionary thinking that everything we see arrived at natural processes and that there is no meaningful design and that God is not necessary for life or creation; basically the designed thing designed itself. This is seen in Romans 1 - that the knowledge of Creator God can be known by everyone since God has made it plain by what He’s created. But verse 21 says, "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."

    When did dinosaurs exist?

    • God’s Word is a history book
    • It tells us when dinosaurs existed - on Day 6
    • God made the beasts according to it’s kind
    • That word kind is important because it tells us that creation was not evolving or changing 
    • Humans were also created on day 6 which means humans and dinosaurs co-existed
    • The word dinosaur is not in the Bible. But word dinosaur was not invented until Sir Richard Owen in 1841
    • English versions of the Bible were set in the 1500s and 1600s with the Geneva bible and KJV versions 
    • Dinosaurs are seen in the Bible as we read Job, the first book ever written - it’s not the first chronologically but first written where the Behemoth is talked about 
    • "There are even strong indications that people living in the post-flood world encountered dinosaurs."
    • "From Europe across Asia and into china there are historical references to dragons with features that often match scientists modern reconstructions." - Safarti 

    Resources

    Christian Home Educators of Colorado - CHEC.org

    Creation Ministries International - creation.com

    Institute for Creation Research - icr.org

    Get a free magazine from the Institute for Creation Research - http://www.icr.org/icr-magazines

    This is the book I referenced - it's SO good and easy to understand!

    The Creation Answers Book:

     

    The Creation Answers Book
    By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SPF 086: How to Stay Focused When Praying

    Have you ever been praying and lost focus, or maybe you get stuck and are not sure what to pray? Maybe you’ve faced some obstacles to praying or maybe you want to learn to pray God’s Word - well today we are learning all about praying God’s Scripture with five benefits of praying through a Psalm and 3 easy methods you can practice today.

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    Easy & Awesome Father's Day Gift

    Father's Day is a few days away and if you're looking for an easy and awesome gift that kids of all ages can make - try homemade firestarters! Great for camp outs, and backyard bonfires - these are easy to make and you probably already have the supplies in your house.

    Supplies:

    • cardboard toilet paper roll
    • dryer lint
    • newspaper or brown kraft paper

    Directions:

    • Stuff cardboard roll with lint
    • wrap with newspaper
    • roll ends with your hands like a tootsie roll candy wrapper
    • When it's time to use - stick under some kindling and light paper on fire

    Prayer

    • prayer is communicating to God our dependence
    • we thank Him
    • we ask for help
    • we are giving God glory for being God

    Obstacles to Prayer

    • prideful attitude
    • tired and unfocused
    • overwhelmed by "logistics" of how to pray
    • we forget to pray / busy

    5 Benefits of Praying through a Psalm

    1. Praying through a Psalm teaches us about God
    2. Praying through a Psalm helps us focus, and focus on what is most important
    3. Praying through a Psalm helps us dwell on what is truthful
    4. Praying through a Psalm helps us express ourselves rightly
    5. Praying through a Psalm glorifies God

    3 Methods of Praying Through a Psalm

    The Basic
    Read a Bible verse and pray it back to God

    The Observe and Pray
    Read through a few verses in a Psalm, make some observations, define some words, and pray back what you learned to God

    The 3 R's
    Read a verse and look for one (or more) of the 3 R's:

    1. Rejoice - What did I read that causes me to rejoice, be glad, or give thanks?
    2. Repent - Is there anything I've read that brings to light sin in my life?
    3. Request - How does this Psalm inform me to pray for others, or myself?

    (The 3 R's were from an article on pray on Christianity Today)

    Psalm Suggestions

    • Psalm 1 - righteousness vs wickedness
    • Psalm 15 - great understanding of God's righteousness and holiness
    • Psalm 16 - God's Faithfulness
    • Psalm 19 - God's Glory in creation and His incredible Word
    • Psalm 23 - God's Sovereignty and Right view of circumstances
    • Psalm 51 - David's prayer of repentance
    • Psalm 100 - Giving Thanks
    • Psalm 103 - The Blessedness of God
    • Psalm 112 - Righteous man characteristics
    • Psalm 130 - Waiting and persevering

    Resources

    Amazon links are affiliate links. I make a very small commission that goes toward the show when you click on products!

    ESV Study Bible
    By ESV Bibles by Crossway

    I have not read this Psalms - the prayer book, but I do admire Dietrich Bonhoeffer and am interested in this resource.

     

     

     

     

     

    SPF 085: How Do We Accurately Interpret the Bible Part 2

    What does the Bible say? What does the Bible mean? Great questions and Today we are talking more about how to accurately interpret Scriptures when we are reading them or even listening to people teach them.  

    Listen to Part One Here: sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode84

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    Summer Drink: Spicy Lemonade

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    This is a recipe from Trim Healthy Mama called Good Girl Moonshine. Adjust these measurements according to your taste buds.

    1 Quart of water with ice

    1-2 TBSP of Lemon Juice

    1-2 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar

    1 TSP Ground Ginger

    Sweetener to Taste (I like about 20 drops of liquid stevia)

    Stir to mix and sip sip sip!

    Interpreting Scripture Part 2

    Two red flags of personal interpretation:

    1. Relativism: If we read the Bible and come away thinking - this doesn’t apply because it was a different culture or time, we are coming away with a view that the Bible is relative.

    2. Subjectivism: is when the truth of a statement is absolutely determined by the subject. This happens when we read Scripture and distort the objective meaning of the terms to suit our own interests.

    If subjectivism is true regarding God’s Word, then it would mean God is hypocritical, contradicting Himself, because there would be many different meanings for different people.

    Eisegisis - coming to the text and read into the text something that isn’t there at all

    Exegesis - coming to the text and drawing out of the text what is there

    Hermeneutics

    The primary principle of hermeneutics we talked about last episode is Scripture is to interpret Scripture.

    The second principle is the Bible should be interpreted according to it’s literal sense.

    • Literal comes from the latin word “litera” meaning letter. To interpret something literally is to pay attention to the litera or the letters being used.
    • RC Sproul writes “the Bible may be a very special book, being uniquely inspired by the Holy Sprite, but that inspiration does not transform the letters of the words or the sentences of the passages into magical phrases. Under inspiration a noun remains a noun and a verb remains a verb. Questions do not become exclamations, and historical narratives do not become allegories."
    • To be accurate interpreters we need to know the rules of grammar, and know what is called genre analysis. 
    • Genre analysis is the study of things like literary forms, figures of speech and style.

    Keep Learning, Keep Growing, Keep Trying

    “We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.” RC Sproul

    A few things you can do to keep growing in your skills as an interpreter:

    1. Learn the rules of hermeneutics
    2. Brush up on grammar
    3. Learn the historical information about the book of the Bible you are reading - who wrote it, when? To who? What was going on at the time? This will help you accurately understand what was being written and help you apply it personally to your life.
    4. Invest in some resources for your bible study like an ESV Strong's Concordance
    5. Read Scripture - get to know the stories and history to become better at cross-referencing

    Resources:

    Hermeneutic Principles: http://www.generationword.com/notes_for_notesbooks_pg/hermeneutics_web_files/psoft.masonry(1).htm

    Ligonier.org - RC Sproul's ministry will a ton of free resources

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    By R. C. Sproul
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    HarperCollins Christian Publishing

     

     

     

     

    SPF 084: How do We Accurately Interpret Scripture? Part 1

    What joy must have flooded the hearts of many a person when Martin Luther got German Bibles into his fellow country-man’s hands and people were reading the Word of God in their own language. With that came a responsibility to understand how to interpret what we read in the Bible. Today we are talking about personal interpretation and a quick lesson in how to handle the Scriptures correctly.

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    Knowing Scripture

    The word Thesaurus comes from a greek word “thesauros”which means treasury or storehouse.

    The Bible is our treasury. A storehouse and wealth of truth.

    "There is a treasury of significance and application in every single verse. Every verse is pregnant with significance for our lives.” You could not exhaust one verse of Scripture in our lifetime.

    The Scripture is a treasury but there are things we must recognize about the Holy Scriptures or we can have this treasury yet come up wanting, or worse yet, on a wrong trajectory.

    The Bible is Objective

    "It has often been charged that the Bible can’t be trusted because people can make it say anything they want it to say. This charge would be true if the Bible were not the objective Word of God, if it were simply a wax nose, able to be shaped, twisted, and distorted to teach one’s own precepts.” RC Sproul

    The Analogy of Faith

    To prevent unbridled, speculative, and fanciful interpretations of Scriptures, the Reformers put forth a fundamental truth that should govern all biblical interpretation called the "Analogy of Faith" which means: Scripture interprets Scripture.

    Look at the overall meaning of the Bible when we are trying to interpret the meaning of a specific verse.

    The “analogy of faith” is a reformed hermeneutical principle which states that, since all scriptures are harmoniously united with no essential contradictions, therefore, every proposed interpretation of any passage must be compared with what the other parts of the bible teach. In other words, the “faith,” or body of doctrine, which the scriptures as a whole proclaim will not be con tradicted in a ny way by any passage. Therefore, if two or three different interpretations of a verse are equally possible, any interpretation that contradicts the clear teaching of any other scriptures must be ruled out from the beginning. - Monergism.org

    If any interpretation contradicts the whole of Scripture, we can know that that interpretation is not correct.

    Guiding Principles of Personal Interpretation

    There are boundaries set as we personally interpret the Scriptures in our own time in the Word.

    Remember! There is one correct meaning, but many applications.

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    Stay tuned for Part 2 on episode 85!

    Resources

    Olive Tree Bible App with the ESV Strong's numbers

    Ligonier.org - Knowing Scripture talks: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/daily-video/2018/05/14/private-interpretation/

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    SPF 083: Christ's Preeminence & How It Changes Us

    The preeminence of Christ sounds like a $10 word - at least to me - but the word simply means superior. Christ is preeminent over all things but today we are taking a closer look at 5 areas of Christ’s superiority and why it practically matters in our day to day living. From hurt feelings, to tempers, to purpose, to hope, Christ’s preeminence will wow us and guide us. 

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    The Preeminence of Christ & How it Changes Us

    Preeminence: The fact of surpassing all others; superior (dictionary.com)

    You can find the verses for these topics on the free worksheet under resources below.

    No 1.

    Christ is superior because He has always existed

    No 2.

    Christ is superior because He created all things and He created them for Himself

    No 3.

    Christ is superior because He is holy/sinless

    No 4.

    Christ is superior because He is head of the Church

    No. 5 

    Christ is superior because He had dominion over death

    Right belief in Christ's preeminence changes our daily living.

    1. Humbles us

    2. Gives us great joy (and hope)

    3. Gives us perspective (with our emotions and with who we fear - God or man)

    Resources

    Free Worksheet

    Download a free worksheet on the preeminence of Christ. Read Scriptures and underline key words, and gather verses for your own study.

    Get the worksheet here: Preeminence of Christ

    Sermon Jam - John Piper

    Ligoneir article on the Sinlessness of Christ

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