SPF 065: The Lord's Perfect Timing

God’s Timing is perfect even when we’re a little skeptical. If the Lord’s timing is perfect, then there is some waiting on our part. Whether a few hours or decades, there are some biblical principles on waiting that can encourage our heart and help us prove faithful as believing women in Christ.

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The Lord's Perfect Timing

The inspiration for today’s episode comes from 2 Peter 3, my pastor’s sermon on Sunday, and the advent season.

Today’s take away is - THE LORD’S TIMING IS PERFECT

My timing is not so good.

But God’s timing - it’s always spot on. Perfect.

We can see it with the arrival of Christ! In Jeremiah - just like we talked about last week - at the right time God would send a Savior:

In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ “For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel,and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.” Jeremiah 33:15-18

And Romans 5:6 tells us: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."

God has a perspective and a wisdom and  a knowledge and a Sovereignty that we don’t have!

The arrival of Christ came at just the right time.
His death came at just the right time.
His resurrection three days later came at just the right time.
And his second arrival will be at just the right time.

Three wrong directions we can go when waiting

  1. We lose heart and get discouraged or become bitter and scoff - 1 Samuel 13
  2. We forget what we are waiting for - Second Coming 2 Peter 3
  3. We advance our own kingdom and agenda - Matthew 6:33

How to prove faithful while we wait on God's Perfect Timing

  1. Be diligent to be found in Him without blemish or spot 2 Peter 2:14
  2. Know the character of God 2 Peter 3:15
  3. Don't get carried away with the error of lawless people 2 Peter 3:15-17
  4. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18

Take Heart in the WAIT

God is teaching us how to endure waiting for Him to return by waiting for other things. The difference is that we can have hope in Christ and His promised return, knowing He will come back a the right time. God wants us to know Him and the wait allows us to know God-- His goodness and greatness.

Resources

Sermon from Pastor Aaron Carlson at New City Church: http://newcitydenver.org/sermons/advent-2-a-gospel-message-for-christmas-scoffers/

Sermon from Pastor Doug Wilson on 2 Peter (overview of book): http://www.canonwired.com/featured/1921/

 

 

 

 

 

SPF 064: Hope - The Lord is My Righteousness

What is so distinctive about our hope? Today were are looking at some Old Testament promises and prophesies to blow open our hearts about the reality of our hope. It’s time to get even more excited about the best time of they year.  

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Our Hope: The Lord is Our Righteousness

God raises us Jeremiah to be His prophet and deliver hard messages - good ones, but hard ones considering the audience - repentance messages of a people who aren’t really bothered by their choices. 

Jeremiah 2:4-13

We see a people who have forgotten God, priests who were not leading the people in the worship of God but in idols, same with prophets and rulers. they “walked after things that did not profit.”

“For my people have committed two sins/evils: They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, to hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." Jeremiah 2:13

  1. They have forsaken God
  2. They made themselves their own false saviors

Judah fell by God's grace and God made a plan to redeem them.

Jeremiah 33:1-9

"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." Jeremiah 33:3

Jeremiah 33:14-18

"In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’" Jeremiah 33:16

Christmas is the beginning of this fulfillment!  His resurrection is the completion! WE get to see the fulfillment! Centuries pasted by - waiting waiting waiting - and we get to see it.

Immanuel - God with us. Jesus the ruling King. 

The celebration of Christ’s birth is truly amazing - it is a reckoning of ourselves to the Lord THROUGH Christ. It is a Savior that will perfectly obey the law and be OUR righteousness.

Let’s prove faithful with this message by SHARING IT and DECLARING IT.

  • Invite people to your church's Christmas Eve service
  • Invite people into your home to experience Christian Culture at Christmas time
  • Say "Merry Christmas"
  • Make cookies for your neighbors
  • Give generously
  • Have a Favorites Swap or a Book Exchange with friends, family, neighbors
  • Pray before meals with guests

Resources

Check out my Advent blog post on Display Grace: http://displayinggrace.com/2017/11/22/guest-post-o-come-o-come-emmanuel/

The Theology of Gifts: Sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode63

How Then Shall We Live - Advent: www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode20

A Spirit of Generosity: www.sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode21

Christmas Favorites List: sheprovesfaithful.com/christmas

 

 

 

SPF 063: Theology of Gifts

Why do we give gifts at Christmas? God has given us the greatest gift and now we get to serve him through giving to others. Today we are talking about the theology of giving gifts and how God’s grace changes the whole Christmas giving paradigm. 

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The Theology of Gifts

Check out Doug Wilson's sermon: A Theology of Gifts

What does the Bible have to say about gift giving? Why do we give gifts at Christmas? How much should we spend? How do I cultivate a biblical attitude about giving gifts?

These are questions that bounce around in my head around the Christmas season. Thankfully my husband pointed me to a Doug Wilson sermon that really infused me with a lot of joy and excitement about the WHY behind giving gifts.

Why Gifts at Christmas?

1. We are celebrating Christ's birth!
2. We are remembering the gifts that the Wise Men gave to Jesus that represented His Kingship, His Divinity, and His death.
3. We give because God gives to us and it serves Christ.

How Does Giving Gifts Serve Christ?

Giving gifts is part of fulfilling the law of Christ (Mark 12). We love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, AND we love our neighbor as ourselves. Giving gifts is part of our sacrifice and service to the King. It is a reflection of God's love and generosity to us.

Hebrews 6:10
Matthew 10:42
Matthew 25

"If we don't understand gifts, we don't understand grace, and if we don't understand grace, we don't understand anything." - Doug Wilson

Three Sins of Gift Giving

There are probably a lot more sins, but here are three that we can fall into when giving gifts:

1. Giving out of grumpiness - John 12:5 Judas was grumpy about giving (it that came from a greedy, idolatrous heart)

2. Giving to our neighbor instead of God - When we are not honoring God with our gift giving, but instead thinking of ourselves and our benefits.

3. Giving to God and not giving to our neighbor - This is what the Pharasees did by making a tradition to neglect God's commands. They thought giving to God only, was more holy, and neglected to love their neighbor by giving gifts to them.

How to Prove Faithful in Gift Giving

Proving faithful in gift giving really starts with a biblical attitude. Remember these two truths to encourage your heart in this season:

  • I give to God by giving to my neighbor because my neighbor is an image bearer of God, whom I'm called to love.
  • Give generously and give intelligently - giving is not about being foolish and going into debt. Be a wise steward of your time and resources, but don't fall into stinginess. Rejoice in what God has provided you to spend to love others.

Resources

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Doug Wilson's sermon about Christmas: http://www.canonwired.com/featured/1648/

 

 

 

SPF 062: The Simplicity of Prayer

Sometimes prayer can appear to be more complicated than it really is. But when we throw off our misunderstandings about prayer, we learn that prayer is actually all about putting our trust in God. Today we are talking about 7 biblical principles of prayer and how prayer can help you prove faithful.

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Thanksgiving

What is the purpose of Thanksgiving? To advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Read more about the history of Thanksgiving here: http://www.apuritansmind.com/the-christian-walk/the-first-thanksgiving/

The first Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by the revolutionary
Continental Congress on November 1, 1777. Authored by Samuel Adams, it was one sentence of 360 words, which read in part: “Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received…together with penitent confession of their sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor; and their humble and earnest supplications that it may please God through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance…it is therefore recommended…to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feeling of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their Divine Benefactor…acknowledging with gratitude their obligations to Him for benefits received….To prosper the means of religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth ‘in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.’
— Samuel Adams
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The Simplicity of Prayer

Some common misunderstandings about prayer:

  • Prayer is often used or thought of as a way of controlling our circumstances or future
  • Prayer can change God's mind
  • If I pray about it, it will happen ("claiming" it)
  • Prayer is a spiritual experience about me

Seven Biblical principles about prayer:

  1. Prayer helps us center our lives on Jesus
  2. Prayer shows our dependence on God but also is a way to get to know the nature and character of God in a personal way
  3. Prayer helps us to Praise and Honor God because we are remembering WHO He is and what He has done and can do!
  4. Prayer helps us to fix our minds on eternal things and think beyond the present moment as we persist in prayer
  5. Prayer helps us know God as we eagerly wait for Him to answer in His way
  6. Prayer casts our worries and anxieties on God because He is Sovereign and in control and He has a plan and it will not be thwarted
  7. Prayer exposes idol worship in our hearts - as we pray God often reveals sin and we confess it to Him

Reasons We Pray

Remembering God
Persistence in our trust
Eagerness in What He will do
Hope in Him and eternity
Revelation of Sin

Prayer sanctifies us.

Scriptures

Acts 12

Habakkuk 1-3

SPF 061: Giving a Defense for Hope

How do we give a defense for the hope that we have? Let’s start with a few questions that every person wrestles with in their lifetime. Who am I? Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? How can the wrong be made right? Today we are answering these questions from two vorldveiws: secular humanism and Christian theism and how relying on the Truth of God’s mercy helps us prove faithful.

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SPF Christmas Favorites List

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Cultural Apologetics 

The word "apologetics" is scary to me. It feels like I'm not smart enough to even get near the topic. But we are called to give a "defense" or apologia, for the hope that we have, and with gentleness and respect. 

Today is about answering four questions through two different worldview. We expose the issues with one and see the goodness of the other.

1.  Who am I?

2. Why am I here?

3.  What’s wrong with the world?

4.  How can the wrong be made right?

Voddie Baucham addresses these in a talk that is EXCELLENT here:

https://vimeo.com/203890559


Secular Humanism:

Secular humanism is by definition "an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems." (Merrium Webster dictionary)

Christian Theism:

The belief that God is the Creator of the universe and reigns Supreme. We have rebelled against His holy law and are dead in our sins. We need a Savior to take the punishment for our transgressions, which came through Jesus Christ, God's only Son. Through Christ alone can our sins be forgiven and can we stand before the most Holy God without blemish.

Secular Humanism answers the four questions with humans being the solution to the problems. More government and more education are often the solutions they stand behind, but they do not work.

For example, the drug problem. Check out recidivism - rearrests for the same crime for drugs:

Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, reconviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner's release.

Bureau of Justice Statistics studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners. One study tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison in 2005.[1] The researchers found that:

Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.

Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. 

Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.

Take directly from https://www.nij.gov/topics/corrections/recidivism/Pages/welcome.aspx 

Look at the potential effectiveness of Red Ribbon Week from a mother: - why wearing camouflage will not help you in the crack battle:

Christian Theism answers the questions with a worldview and belief that God is Creator, we are creation, and that the problem in this world is sin, therefore God is the only solution.

If sin is not the problem, then humans are the answer. If sin is not the problem, then God is not the answer.

Does the Bible say that we can fix our own problems?

No, we are not righteous! That means God is the answer.

Sin is the answer to what is wrong. There is no other answer.

Sin gave way to a world that is in chronic decay, progressive immorality, and death

VB More education just leads to smarter sinners

More government control leads to more law breakers and less freedom

Christ came to set us free.

Read Colossians 1 and Ephesians 2

Be aware of where secular humanism impacts our theology

Examples:

Going to church to serve our needs

How we view and care for the unborn

How we view sin

How we treat one another

How we structure our days

God’s mercies are so deep. They reached into the deepest parts of all our ugliness, all our evil, and made us right with Him.

Other Resources

Know What You Believe
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Know Why You Believe
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SPF 060: Here I am! Don't Send Me

Here I am God, Send me! Go and make disciples. Ummmm...  Discipleship can be tough and there can be some obstacles that make us a bit reluctant. Today we are talking about Acts 9, being a reluctant disciple-maker and 5 reasons God gives us to be hopeful about our calling. 

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LIFE HACK: Easy Fall Dessert for a Crowd

It would cost me our entire Christmas budget to bring a PSL to everyone at group get-togethers. Fret not, there is another easy dessert that won't break the bank, tastes like fall, and feeds a crowd.

Easy Crock - Pot Cinnamon Apples

*Note, that this is a Lauren recipe, which means I do a little of this and that - you make this your own! It would be hard to mess up - unless it caught on fire somehow. That's a hard recovery ;)

Feeds: 8-10

Time: prep 20 minutes   -    cook time varies (2 min to 3 hours)

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 apples (I mix tart and sweet, like granny smith and some pink lady's or gala's) peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (keep apples from browning)
  • 1/2 cup of liquid like apple cider, pumpkin spiced cider, (i've even used some apple sauce diluted with water)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup or less of sugar or brown sugar (to your taste)
  • drizzle of molasses (to taste)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste) I use about 1 tsp
  • Vanilla icecream

Instructions:

  • coat apples in lemon juice and put in crock pot or insta-pot
  • in a separate bowl, mix corn starch and cider (or liquid) until lumps are out
  • add melted butter, sugar, molasses, cinnamon, to liquid mixture and stir
  • drizzle over apples and stir to coat
  • Set crock pot to low for 3 hours or Instapot to 2 minutes high pressure (then manual release).
  • After cooked to desired softness, ladle over two scoops of ice cream
 

The Reluctant Disciple-maker

God has given every Christian a calling: to go make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19-20

A disciple is a student or follower of Christ.

Discipleship isn't just about intellect or organization!

Sometimes there are obstacles to fulfilling our calling and it makes us reluctant to obey.

Today we looked at Ananias in Acts 9:10-25 and how we can be encouraged to GO even when it seems impossible, painful, intimidating, and unknown.

Five Hopes for the reluctant disciple-maker

NO 1: Go anyway

We need to be obedient even when we don’t understand because WE CAN TRUST God!

NO 2: It's not about us.

God reminds Ananias that He is God and that God needs to be at the center of God’s universe.

“He is a chosen instrument of MINE”

NO 3: God has a greater purpose than we can see

When we are reluctant we need to remember that God has a great purpose especially when there is suffering. Because there will probably be suffering if you are following Jesus.

NO 4: Remember that God transforms hearts not us

There is no limit to God's power at work: within days Saul when from killing people who said Jesus was the Messiah to preaching Jesus was the Messiah!!

NO 5: Keep growing and maturing

Sometimes we feel reluctant because we are scared we don’t know the answers, but remember we are called in 1 Peter to give a defense for the hope we have - that word defense means apologia - we are to be apologists of the faith. We need to be faithful with the intellect and the sphere of influence God has given us. That means growing and maturing in our knowledge and love and faith.

My Reluctance

It's hard to keep making disciples when we get hurt by people. When they are mean, or just vanish, or even flaky. I have found myself violating God's command to love others as I love myself.

When we struggle to love others we need to repent and ask God for help. We need to cling to passages like Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you."

 

Discipleship Resources

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Discipleship Plans: Foundations
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  • Lordship Plan 2:  Repentance and Belief
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  • Prayer Plan 1:  What is Prayer?
  • Prayer Plan 2:  Praying with Confidence
  • Fellowship Plan 1:  What is Fellowship?
  • Fellowship Plan 2:  Confronting and Forgiving

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  • Plan 5:  Living Out Our Identity

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SPF 059: The Reformation Part 3 - Our Role in Reform

Reformation didn’t stop with the end of the 17th century. Every generation is prone to it’s own waywardness. Even the first century church struggled! Today we are looking at a familiar pattern in historical Reformations, and our role in our generations Reformation. We are wrapping up our Reformation Series with Part Three - Our Role in Reform.

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Three Patterns of Reformations

NO 1: There is a deviation from God's Truth

1 John 2:15-17

NO 2: God is faithful. He raises us bold men and women who go back to the Truth of Scripture in order to know who God is, who we are, our condition, and how to be right with God.

1 Peter 1:17-21

NO 3: Suffering for standing up for Biblical truth

1 Peter 3:13-18

Examples of this pattern:

- Early Church - Stephen Acts 6,7

- 8th Century - Iconoclasm

- 16-17th Century - Reformation

Our Role in Reformation

We have a role in reforming were the church is erring. 

We have a role of reforming in our own lives and homes.

The directive is the Word of God.

Ideas for our Role in Reform

In the Church:

  • Attend a bible-believing church and be involved, learn, grow
  • Pray for those locked on a false gospel
  • Learn to give a defense for the hope that we have - with gentleness and respect
  • Stand firm on Truth
  • Don't be surprised at suffering

In our own lives:

  • Know the Word of God
  • Teach the Word of God
  • Pray for God to reveal personal religious systems and be humble
  • Be free in Christ

Reformation Resources

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Reformation Part 1 - The Spark

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Reformation Part 2 - Reformation Women

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Five Solas

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Woman Who Fears the Lord

Pastor Jim Savastio - is doing a current sermon series on the Reformation

https://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Jim%5FSavastio

Our Reformation Heritage by Pastor Albert N. Martin

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10270222537

Dr. Richard Gamble has a three part series on the History of the Reformation:

Part One http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=421089674

Part Twohttp://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=42808832220

Part Three http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=512081059562

Calvinist - the documentary - Les Lanphere

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axjzInqdzBI

Website: http://leslanphere.com

Reformation Day Ideas

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SPF 058: The Reformation Part 2 - Reformation Women

It’s Part 2 in a three part series on the Reformation. Today we are talking about some women in the reformation and how their faithfulness encourages us to bear fruit in our own faithful service to God  We will learn about five characteristics the Reformation Woman possessed and be encouraged by a few reforming women’s stories. 

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We don't always have time to pour over history books, but it doesn't mean we can learn and teach our young children. We are loving this book - great for elementary school and younger.

Reformation ABC's

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The Women of the Reformation

500 years ago on October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg Germany.  The Reformation is quite remarkable and shows the amazing complex web God weaved to bring necessary reformation to the church.

Two Books

These are two great resources to learn more about these faithful women.

The five characteristics of women in the Reformation were taken from Reformation Women by Rebecca VanDoodewaard.

 

Five Characteristics of Reformation Women

NO 1:  They were devoted to the protestant church

"Sometimes their contributions to the Protestant church were direct, issuing edicts, writing theological works, establishing congregations, some involved indirectly by supporting their husbands, reviewing book manuscripts, sheltering refugees, AND EDUCATING their children to carry on the work. " - Rebecca VanDoodewaard

Joel 2:6-13

NO 2: If they were married to believers, they were devoted to their husband’s work

These faithful wives fanned giant flames of the Reformation by supporting their husbands, facilitating the work of preaching and pastoring that they were unable to do themselves. The Reformation THRIVED because of supportive faithful wives.

NO 3: They were given to hospitality

They took in  visiting pastors, orphans, refuges running for their lives, many times from other countries all because they were believing and confessing Scripture. They fed them, clothed them, encouraged them, sacrificing a great amounts of time, energy, and finances. 

NO 4: They stewarded their intellectual abilities

“Their education was a means of using God-given intellect in order to bear more fruit." - Rebecca Vandoodewaard

These women were part of raising up a next generation of theologians! That’s us too - discipling women to Read the Word and obey the Words of God, teaching our children the commands of God, training us, our friends, our children to be thinkers and learners flushing all things through God sufficient word.

NO 5: They were BRAVE!

God opened the eyes of these women to the Truth and they saw it stood in stark opposition to the climate of their countries. They knew the course of action they needed to take and they obeyed God rather than man.

Reformation Women

Soup Lady - saving Geneva by faithfulness in her home - story in Reformation ABC's

Margarethe Blaurer - Story in Reformation Women

Anne Askew - Story in Radiant

Other Women:

Jeanne D'Albret- Story in Radiant and you can read her story online here

Katie Luther - Story in Radiant and you can read her story online here

Reformation Resources

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Reformation Part 1 - The Spark

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Five Solas

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Woman Who Fears the Lord

Our Reformation Heritage by Pastor Albert N. Martin

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=10270222537

Dr. Richard Gamble has a three part series on the History of the Reformation:

Part One http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=421089674

Part Twohttp://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=42808832220

Part Three http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=512081059562

Calvinist - the documentary - Les Lanphere

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axjzInqdzBI

Website: http://leslanphere.com

Reformation Day Ideas

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SPF 057: The Reformation Part 1 - The Spark

It’s the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door in Whittenberg Germany. In this episode we are going to take a look a Christian history and how God orchestrated an amazing Reformation in the church that fanned a flame of loyalty to Scriptures above every human institution. Today we are learning about Erasmus and Martin Luther and Four Blessings of the Reformation. 

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Reformation Ideas

Teaching church history to our kids doesn't have to be difficult or dry. It's incredibly exciting and amazing to learn about God's reformation of His church.

Check out Christina Fox's blog for book and movie ideas for teaching your kids about the Reformation: http://www.christinafox.com/blog/2017/8/17/celebrating-the-reformation-with-your-children

Reformation ABC's

I just got this book for my kids! I'll let you know how it is! Reviews said it's thorough and has enough information for even an older elementary school child (not just an alphabet book).

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The Spark of the Reformation

500 years ago on October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg Germany.  The Reformation is quite remarkable and shows the amazing complex web God weaved to bring necessary reformation to the church.

Ad Fontes

It starts with this movement among Renaissance Humanists to "go back to the source" of their reasoning and thought. Protestant Reformers also returned to the Bible as the primary source of their faith.

Erasmus and Luther

Erasmus - Roman Catholic who translated the New Testament to Greek (to be more accurate than the Latin Vulgate. His work exposed Scriptures that were being taught incorrectly. He wanted reform in the Catholic church but moral reform.

Luther - Martin Luther was a monk who started to read the Greek translation of the Bible and his heart was lit on fire for the Word of God. He saw that salvation was by faith alone and that the Roman Catholic Church was teaching a works based, paid based salvation. He wanted reform - for the Pope and the counsels to submit to the authority of God's Word. He nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Eventually he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Four Blessings of the Reformation

There are SO many more, but here are four:

  1. That we have a Bible in our our language!
  2. Scripture is self-authenticating - because Scripture are God’s Words - we can be certain it’s true
  3. The Church isn’t the authority on what people need to know, or the authority on who has salvation - the Bible is the Authority and God is the grace giver
  4. The great exchange: Jesus takes our sins, we take on His righteousness - justification by faith alone hat salvation by faith alone is being preached without fear or threat of being burned at the stake.

Reformation Resources

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Five Solas

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Woman Who Fears the Lord

Dr. Richard Gamble has a three part series on the History of the Reformation:

Part One http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=421089674

Part Twohttp://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=42808832220

Part Three http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=512081059562

Ad Fontes - Four Articles on Erasmus

https://www.nsa.edu/ad-fontes-part-iv/

Calvinist - the documentary - Les Lanphere

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axjzInqdzBI

Website: http://leslanphere.com

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The Barber Who Wanted to Pray
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Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries
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By Sinclair B. Ferguson, Joel R. Beeke, Michael A. G. Haykin

 

 

SPF 056: Holy Priesthood & Spiritual Sacrifices

First Peter says we are a holy priesthood offering up spiritual sacrifices to God. How do we prove faithful as a holy priesthood? What is a spiritual sacrifice and what keeps our worship from being a form of self righteousness? Today we are talking about spiritual sacrifices of worship and four biblical spiritual sacrifices a Christian can give.  

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Holy Priesthood & Spiritual Sacrifices

1 Peter 2:4-8

God indicates who we are in Christ:

  • living stone built up as a spiritual house
  • holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Living Stones:

Uur identity: we are living stones, part of the temple of God where God dwells with His people.  “In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit." Ephesians 2:2

Holy Priesthood:

We are a priesthood set apart for God, not in that we offer animals to atone for people’s sins, but that we do a work unto God every day.  We are selected by God to serve Him, to serve others, to offer our bodies, souls, and our affections, prayers, and other Christian duties to God. 

Because we are a Holy Priesthood:

Spiritual Sacrifices are my duty of worship and honor to God. And it all happens THROUGH CHRIST. He is the great high priest through whom all our sacrifices and services are accepted. Before they were filthy rags, but now, they are an offering to God. 

Four Spiritual Sacrifices of A Christian

Number 1: Repentance and Humility Psalm 51:17

Number 2: Our Physical Bodies Romans 12:1

Number 3: Sharing the Gospel / Evangelism Romans 15:15-16

Number 4: Praise, Doing Good, Generosity Hebrews 13:15-16

Resources

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