Description : The purpose of this present study is to look at the larger biblical and theological framework that surrounds discipleship. Of necessity, we will also examine certain specific methods as a part of this process. The book grew out of a conviction that discipleship, properly understood, must be seen within the larger context of God's purposes. Discipleship is a means, not merely an end in itself. It is essential for the church to understand what these means were designed to produce. What are God's purposes, and how are these objectives spelled out in His Word? Once we understand what God is after, it will be possible to see the process of discipleship in its rightful place.One of the major concerns from our perspective is that so many books on discipleship seem to imply that its primary (and perhaps only) purpose is evangelism. The church must understand that God's objectives are far broader than outreach. All that Christians do should be designed to glorify God, and the Lord has made it clear that certain specific things glorify Him. Three that bring special glory are 1) a growing relationship between believers and God, 2) development of Christlikeness in character, and 3) fruitful service for the Lord.Regarding service for God, the holy Scriptures teach that believers have a twofold responsibility for ministry. The first area of responsibility is the building up of the body of Christ, and the other is outreach to the world. One of the ways in which Christians touch the world is through evangelism, but it is not the only one. This means that evangelism is a significant part of God's objectives, but only one part of one's total service for God. At the same time, service for God is only a sample of the several ways in which God is glorified by those who belong to Him. Accordingly, one of the purposes of this book is to address the larger issue of God's objectives for His people and then to see how the process of discipleship serves as a means to accomplish God's ends.We cannot adequately understand God's purposes for mankind if our range of information is limited to the New Testament. The New Testament makes it clear that Jesus and the early church understood that His appearance and ministry were the fulfillment of God's plan that He gradually unfolded over many centuries. Thus we must first consider the Old Testament in our investigation. The structural relationship between the Old and New Testaments is that of promise and fulfillment. Thus there is no understanding of what is happening in the New Testament without significant appreciation for what God did in the Old Testament. It is particularly important to identify what God was after when He established a people for Himself at Sinai. At that crucial point in Israel's history, God made known what He wants. He described the people who were to be His and began to reveal the process by which they were to become that people.Trinitarian summary of the basic biblical principles of discipleship.By beginning with the Old Testament and then working through the New Testament, we will get a perspective on the purposes of God that run throughout the Bible. It is a proper task of Christian theology to collect and synthesize as much biblical data as possible. It will not do to isolate a single passage, a single book, or even a single Testament. The whole Bible is the Word of God and must be taken seriously in our effort to understand what God has done in the world and what He wants us to do. This book is particularly concerned with examining how discipleship is for God's glory. Therefore, we cannot escape the responsibility of discovering more adequately who God is and what He wants us to be and do.
Description : This book will lead the reader through the inductive Bible study process, showing how to study the Bible for oneself. With this tool, Christians can learn to apply God's Word to their lives as His Spirit leads them.
Description : Are you a bridge builder? Communicating the Scriptures is much like building a bridge. However, instead of ravines or rivers, the teacher must span both cultural boundaries and great gulfs of time between the present and the past of Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. This bridge must reach even further. The student must be able to cross both into the past and into his own future. God's Word is "living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). It is contemporary, relevant. But it is the teacher who has the task of helping the student to see its vast treasures. This is no easy task, but it can be done through creative Bible teaching. Together, Richards and Bredfeldt have written a book on bridge-building that reveals the following five-step process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture. Step I: "Studying the Bible" Develop an understanding of the nature, role, study, and interpretation of the Bible. Get the help you need in preparing biblically accurate lesson plans. Step II: "Focusing the Message" Learn how to teach for student learning. Be guided in the process of translating learning theory into lesson preparation. Step III: "Structuring the Lesson" Develop a lesson plan using the HOOK, BOOK, LOOK, TOOK structure. Step IV: "Teaching the Class" Learn about the five key principles of teacher effectiveness. Discover how these principles can lead to a more dynamic and satisfying teaching experience within various age groups. Step V: "Evaluating the Results" Evaluate your own effectiveness by assessing the outcome of your teaching.
Description : "We read Scripture as we read any literary work, to understand its meaning. Meaning is usually expressed through narrative development, that is, through the unfolding of a story. Meaning, however, can also be expressed by "parallelism": the juxtaposition of ideas and images typical of poetry or musical compositions. A complex yet beautiful example of such parallelism is known as "chiasmus." This is a literary form that has seldom been studied in depth, although it appears with great frequency throughout the Old and New Testaments, as it does in other ancient and many modern literary works." "The Shape of Biblical Language is the most complete and detailed introduction to chiasmus yet published. It also serves as a highly useful reference work that identifies and analyzes a large number of individual passages, as well as entire compositions (gospels, letters, hymns, etc.), which appear throughout the canonical Scriptures and beyond. This is a groundbreaking study that will fascinate and inform anyone who is interested in the dynamics of literary composition. Its special appeal will be to students, scholars, pastors and others who seek to understand more fully the message of the Bible and the way that message is conveyed. Perhaps more than any other literary structures, chiastic patterns reveal the "literal sense" of the text. Their detection and analysis, therefore, is essential for accurate biblical interpretation. Written chiastically, the Bible should be read chiastically. This book guides the reader systematically and effectively toward just such a reading."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Description : Strong leadership in the church is exactly what God had in mind. However, very few people, Gene Getz believes, understand the biblical pattern for church leadership. He has written Elders and Leaders to unravel the mystery and alleviate the confusion surrounding this critical topic. In the first part of the book, Getz lays the historical and biblical groundwork for the position of elder. In the second part, he shares how he has applied or has seen these principles applied over the years.
Description : Biblical Eschatology provides what is not found in any other single volume on eschatology: it analyzes all the major eschatological passages (including the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation), issues (including the second coming of Christ, the millennium, the rapture, and Antichrist), and positions (including all the major views of the millennium) in a clear, but not superficial, way. The book concludes with a chapter showing how eschatology is relevant for our lives. Biblical Eschatology makes understanding eschatology easier by including chapters on how to interpret prophecy and apocalyptic literature, by showing the history of eschatological thought, and by placing eschatology in the context of the Bible's overall story line and structure. Clarity and understanding are enhanced by the use of comparative tables and appendices. Subject and Scripture indexes are included. The book interacts with the best of Evangelical and Reformed scholarship, and the extensive bibliography (which includes the web addresses of many online resources) provides an excellent source for the reader's further study. This is a perfect resource for intelligent Christians, including pastors, students, and teachers, who desire to understand eschatology and to see how it fits together with the rest of the Bible.
Description : Why does Bible study flourish in some churches and small groups and not in others? In this updated edition of a trusted classic, two Christian education specialists provide readers with the knowledge and methods needed to effectively communicate the message of the Bible. The book offers concrete guidance for mastering a biblical text, interpreting it, and applying its relevance to life. Its methods, which have been field-tested for twenty-five years, help pastors, teachers, and ministry students improve their classroom skills. Readers will learn how to develop the "big idea" of a passage and allow the text itself to suggest creative teaching methods. This new edition has been updated throughout and explores the changed landscape of Bible study over the past two decades. Readable and interdisciplinary in approach, this book will help a new generation of Bible students teach in a purposeful and unified way.
Description : "Understanding God's Government" dares to explore the nature of government at all levels - its pyramidal, hierarchical structure - within civil, religious, business, military, and social spheres, and then dissect the motivations behind their leaders. It is discovered that fear is usually the prime motivator that leaders use to gain and maintain control. The Creator's intended form of government for mankind, however, is a brotherhood based upon lateral relationships of love and concern for one's fellow man. The author delves into Biblical and secular sources to elucidate the nature of today's governments, elements of Godly government, ideal government within the ecclesia, forms of government that work, and their consequences. Additional articles are included, by former presidential candidate Harry Browne, Herbert W. Armstrong, James Lloyd, Norman Edwards, and the author. Learn why future government holds so much promise within this war-torn, unstable world.