Fellowship in the Church & Technology

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I’m convinced that technology has hit us so fast that we haven’t had much time to think about how it impacts us. That said, here is a 9 Marks interview with Pastor John MacArthur wherein they wrestle with some of these issues:

How do we help church members who prefer anonymity to love and open up to each other?

Audio [mp3]:

Here is the specific Shepherds Conference session they discuss:

Video:

Audio [mp3]:

Superheroes In the Pew [Jim Savastio]

All I can say to this short blog post is, “Amen!”.

Jim Savastio

Jim Savastio

If you were to ask the average Christian to speak of their spiritual heroes it would be common for them to bring forth the names of great pastors, preachers, and missionaries who have served faithfully and well in the Kingdom in the past or present. They buy the books, listen to the sermons, follow the tweets, and read the biographies of these esteemed men and women.

 

I want to tell you bit about some of my heroes. Many of them have never preached and certainly have not written popular books or blogs. They have never spoken at conferences. With the exception of a few dozen fellow churchmen, they are unknown in the wider Christian world.

 

My heroes consists by and large of the men and women of my church…

Read the rest of “Superheroes In the Pew” by Pastor Jim Savastio and let us consider the “one anothers” of Scriptures here & here.

Member’s Interview with Aimee Byrd on being a “Housewife Theologian” [Audio]

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Pastor Jay’s wife, Christina, and another one of our members, Rachel, interviewed Aimee Byrd on her book “Housewife Theologian”:

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Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary
by Aimee Byrd

In part one of the interview they get into topics such as:

  • What got you to writing a book?
  • Are women to “study to show [themselves] approved”?
  • What is true beauty?
  • What is modesty & chastity?
  • How do you help women to read theology? Or even just read?
  • Parenting
  • + more

Listen [mp3]:

In part two of the interview they get into topics such as:

  •  Why is theology important in maintaining true unity?
    • What about true vs. false unity?
    • How do creeds and confessions help us in this?
  • What is true hospitality?
    • How can we grow in it?
  • What of feminism?
  • How is submissiveness active?
  • How has Spurgeon influenced you?
  • What of culture?
    • Christian Yoga?
    • 2KT and Housewives?
  • What of the Christian Sabbath?
  • How about non-housewives?
  • + more

Listen [mp3]:

 

Introductory Lectures on Presuppositional Apologetics by Dr. Greg Bahnsen

Seeing as how Pastor Jay is currently doing a Sunday School series on Apologetics to the Glory of God and how we use Dr. Bahnsen’s work in it, I thought it would be useful to share these introductory lectures on presuppositional apologetics.

The following lectures Dr. Bahnsen gave at a high school to prepare Christians to defend their faith in college standing on the authority of God’s word:

Lesson 1 The Myth of Neutrality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c3eK2xLppQ

Lesson 2 Introduction to Worldviews

Lesson 3 Worldviews in Conflict

Lesson 4 Defending the Christian Faith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLaxXVdaWE

Lesson 5 Problems for Unbelieving Worldviews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5spNIQmG45k

All the “one another” commands in the New Testament [infographic]

Here are some:

When you look at these verses, a few more common themes show up.

Unity. One third of the one-another commands deal with the unity of the church.

  1. Be at peace with one another (Mk 9:50)
  2. Don’t grumble among one another (Jn 6:43)
  3. Be of the same mind with one another (Ro 12:1615:5)
  4. Accept one another (Ro 15:7)
  5. Wait for one another before beginning the Eucharist (1 Co 11:33)
  6. Don’t bite, devour, and consume one another—seriously, guys, don’t eat each other (Ga 5:15)
  7. Don’t boastfully challenge or envy one another (Ga 5:26).
  8. Gently, patiently tolerate one another (Ep 4:2)
  9. Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving to one another (Ep 4:32)
  10. Bear with and forgive one another (Co 3:13)
  11. Seek good for one another, and don’t repay evil for evil (1 Th 5:15)
  12. Don’t complain against one another (Jas 4:115:9)
  13. Confess sins to one another (Jas 5:16)

Love. One third of them instruct Christians to love one another.

  1. Love one another (Jn 13:3415:1217Ro 13:81 Th 3:124:91 Pe 1:221 Jn 3:114:7112 Jn 5)
  2. Through love, serve one another (Ga 5:13)
  3. Tolerate one another in love (Ep 4:2)
  4. Greet one another with a kiss of love (1 Pe 5:14)
  5. Be devoted to one another in love (Ro 12:10)

Humility. About 15% stress an attitude of humility and deference among believers.

  1. Give preference to one another in honor (Ro 12:10)
  2. Regard one another as more important than yourselves (Php 2:3)
  3. Serve one another (Ga 5:13)
  4. Wash one another’s feet (Jn 13:14)
  5. Don’t be haughty: be of the same mind (Ro 12:16)
  6. Be subject to one another (Ep 5:21)
  7. Clothe yourselves in humility toward one another (1 Pe 5:5)

Infographic:

Infographic: all the one another commands in the New Testament

New Sunday School Series: Apologetics to the Glory of God + Recommended Resources

Starting this past Sunday [Feb. 2, 2014] during our Sunday School hour, Pastor Jay started a series entitled Apologetics to the Glory of God. Here is the introductory audio to this series:

The PowerPoint he used:

Here is the Dr. Gorgon Stein vs. Dr. Greg Bahnsen debate that he recommend be watched:

Here are some resources that he recommended:

Every Thought Captive A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth Paperback – June 1, 1979 by Jr. Richard L. Pratt (Author)Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth
by Jr. Richard L. Pratt

Bahnsen Always Reader

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith
by Greg Bahnsen

 

 

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