- Me: You know whats a tough question?
- Michael: What?
- Me: What did mosquitos do before the fall of man?
- Michael: What didn't they do? They were geniuses
- Me: Huh??
- Michael: They solved math problems and stuff.
Posts tagged "Theology"
So I heard this message today in my Theology of Worship class and just loved it so much I had to share it with all of y’all!! All credit of this message goes to Mike Harland
Taken mainly out of these passages: Ezra 7:8-10, 8:15, 21, 31-32, 9:1-2, 4-7
“And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” - Ezra 7:8-10 ESV
From these first verses we learn that God had His hand on Ezra because Ezra meditated on God’s Word, and this becomes important later in the message, so just remember: Ezra was an expert in the Word.
In passages 8:15, 21, 31-32 we learn that Ezra needs to cross a desparate land and is not asking the king for help because He claimed God would keep them safe. Because of His faith, God did keep them safe through the land.
In passages 9:1-2, we learn that after the Israelites made it safely across the land, they took wives from the other lands, and this was a direct defilement of the covenant God had made with His people. Ezra is confronted with the fact that His people have become unclean by intermarrying. We as a generation are confronted with a general situation. America has recently been lost to a postmodern society, but we can change that. It was said in class that only 6% of our generation is fully alive Christians living out the faith. But there is hope!
In verses 9:4-7 Ezra is ashamed personally that His people had sinned greatly, and he prays on behalf if the people. Even though it seems hopeless, Mike Harland has been studying our generation, saying that the 6% are more passionate about theology than ever before and that we desire true Christianity. Throughout the Bible we have seen desperate times, but God always shines through people who are willing to be used. Our generation has that potential!! God in us can change our world for the better!!!! Like Ezra, we must be in the Bible, understand it, and preach it to others!
What an encouragement; WE ARE THE EZRA GENERATION!!!!!!
A common misconception. Reformed theology doesn’t solve the mysteries of God, it simply shows what the Bible says, go deeper into what it says, and discovers new mysteries each day making us humble and worshipful towards God. Wouldn’t have it any other way; happy reformation day!! :]
Sometimes I do the thing that all Christians should avoid: learning without practice. I personally love theology. It is one of my favorite subjects; I mean, whats more awesome than having to learn about God for homework?! lol. And, theology is very important because we cannot worship and serve the God we don’t actually know; the Bible calls us to mature in the faith and in our knowledge of Him. But on the flip side, it can become just that: knowledge. Several times have I found myself in the knowledge, but not in God Himself. I always have to remind myself that knowledge without practice is worthless. With the knowledge I gain I must continually return the glory to God, learning and knowing why He is worthy above all things!! I often think of the pharisees, when men would devote themselves to God and His words, but often would fall away from what they preach. And if you read the Gospels, Jesus reaaaallyy didn’t like them too much… lol. If this amounts to anything, it would be to give you this: always be acquiring knowledge, always be using knowledge.
Grow. Teach. Repeat.
You know, an argument I’ve heard used a lot on the whole calvinist vs arminian debate is that “it hasn’t been solved for hundreds of years, so who says we’ll solve it now?” Only problem is that the same can be said about the deity of Jesus or the virginity of Mary. There will always be those who disagree because man is prideful, and if we hear something we don’t like we’ll come up with another option to fit out selfish desires. We should always be in pursuit of the truth, no matter what we want to believe or what we think is right.
I am a Calvinists, and this is a heed to those who are as well. If you don’t like this sorta thing, feel free to skip to the next post on your feed.
“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
- 2 Timothy 2:24-26 ESV
This to me is the call to Calvinists. We have the worst tendency to fall into pride. We see someone who is on the other side of the fence and we feel a massive urge to correct them, prove them wrong, and to make ourselves right and superior. Our pride desires to be on top at all times, to put everyone below us; we couldn’t be further from the point. As 2 Timothy says, not everyone has it right and they may never have it completely. As Christians we are to speak in love to our brothers in Christ, to show them what God has shown us. One way I heard it described is that all Christians write the sentence, but not all of them cross their t’s and dot their i’s. We must understand that the doctrines of grace are indeed knowledge in the form of grace, and it’s not necessarily our job to shove it in people’s face. Yes we should always back up what we believe, but if someone disagrees they are still our brother and sister in Christ!! We. Are. On. The. Same. Team.
Our motivation in sharing such doctrines should always be towards the benefit of the believer, not in boosting our ego. People have the right to believe in what they want, but I personally desire to show them what they’re missing out on; just as we feel towards those who don’t know Christ at all.
I pray that we will never forget that fundamentalists, calvinists, and arminians all serve one great and might God, and that despite our differences we must work together to further the kingdom of God.
If you have questions on the whole free will debate, please feel free to message me and I will explain what I believe and why.