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The Challenge to Philippine History

As I listened to my teacher’s teaching about Philippine History, I cannot take it anymore of how our own history has been distorted. We are not just existed because of change but because of the divine intervention of God. I cannot reconcile in my mind the ideas that questions me of who we are in the past. What was our condition as a nation? But we are not aware of our own pre-historic situation but accepted the distorted history through the write-ups of colonists and other pueblos. I learned that those who love their own history become a person of the present and the person of the future. The person who understands the history interprets the present conditions that they are facing.  Also they see the future- what will happen after this day because they grasp the power of history. But sad to say we Filipinos people didn’t understand our past because of so much honour to the colonists. We have the problem- the problem of colonial mentality, the sickness that has been misinterpreted and misdiagnosed by our leaders and by us. We give so much honour to other nations like USA, UK, Japan, and Arabs. We became slave of their own glory, technology, and idealisms. We forgot that we have our own abilities the God given abilities that were abandon for so long. Why we don’t dig it, search it, and use it so our country will become one of the FIRST WORLD.

Philippines’ history has been distorted for many centuries because of evil colonists. They inputted in our minds that we are insane- average- don’t know something. But the anthropologists show that we are not. Our forefathers were diligent, disciplined, and dedicated to their tasked. We are more knowledgeable than other Asians. They had the big boat that they used for barter trade. They built their own identity that the other Asian countries respected and acknowledged. But sad to say the colonists destroyed it and created new sets of principles and identities. They said “we are the one who developed you and educated you.” But they were wrong because we have our own set of standards, values, beliefs, and ethical system that’s embodied family centeredness and religiosity. But they drastically removed everything that we value but through intervention some of our identity preserved.

Now are you still holding the distorted history of the Philippines? Now is the time to develop our love for this country. Our leaders cannot create a new Philippines if we will not unite and change our perspective. To have a true change needs true relationship to the God who preserved this country. The God who is concerns our everyday life. He loves our country that’s why we still exist as a nation but the question is; do we love Him? Our forefathers don’t know the true God but they are conscious that there is the higher being that intervenes in their lives. “In able to change this country, the mind sets of the people must be changed, to change our minds we must change what be inputted in our mind.”

Life of a Minister

Month of January

(The Month of Planning and Forecasting)

First Week

I preached in my home church with the Topic of “Facing 2010.” The main idea is “The Lord knows our condition and situation so have hope and take courage from Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Lesson Learned

God’s faithfulness is the driving force to be faithful to Him. Because of this we need to do things to the fullest for the glory of our God.

Second Week

I returned from my home church to my Christian Service. Being not there for almost a month because of my father’s condition I experience again the adjustments of my weekly activities. This was also the time that we are having our annual ecclesiastical planning with the theme “Glow Brighter, Glorify God Together in 2010.” This was really a great experience having a format to follow to do things better than last year for the glory of our God.

Lesson Learned

You plan today; you plan for your better future. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Third Week

Still working for the ministerial ecclesiastical planning for the youth ministry I also conducted the Bible studies. The Lord opened the opportunity to have Bible studies in Pinagbuklod again. This is a regular Saturday of my life. I also have an opportunity to shared God’s word to other young people and it’s really a good experience.

The continuation of the youth Sunday school and small group every Saturday happened again. Mostly of the youth has been discouraged to attend our Sunday school so I encourage them.

Lesson Learned

Connecting yourself to people means; being with them in the time of their depressions and discouragement, time of their joy, and time that they need a person to be with. Ministry is connecting people to God but how can we connect them to God if we are not connected to them?

Fourth Week

Still in the progress of the annual planning for the youth ministry and I also conducted Bible studies and it is really great. To share the word of God to the young people and to know God’s truth this is my joy.

God is really at good work in my ministry. I still have some counseling sessions to other young people.

Lesson Learned

God is always looking for someone-someone who is willing to face everything, willing to be taught, willing to be stretched, and willing to fully commit everything to HIM.

Month of February

(The Month of Implementing -Trail and Error)

First Week

Praise the Lord because I finished the annual planning but I cannot attend the planning because lt was youth challenge. I ministered to some high school students of VCS- Valenzuela Christian School. They were naughty and some are non Christian. Praise the Lord because before the youth challenge ended they receive the Lord as their personal savior.

I also serve the Lord suffer.

I also have an opportunity to present my proposal planning for this year this Sunday. For almost three hours of explanations they approved what I have written for this year. Some officers are excited some are curious.

Lesson Learned

Focus! Focus! This is the key to catch the vision that you have. If you focus on what happens around you, you will diminish you focus to the future.

Second Week

I opened a new Bible study at Richmond and others Bible studies are still on going. Praise the Lord because he opens door of opportunity to share His word and to study it. I also have an opportunity to make a curriculum and lessons for our youth ministry. I experience the grace of God that sustains me in making to those lessons.

Lesson learned

The people surrounding us are not after our credentials and our theological jargons because it became semantic noise to them. The world wants to hear “what should we do?” – The practical side of Christianity.

Third Week

I have a good experience of bonding moments with my pastor, as he coaches me in the ministry. He affirmed the fruit of my labor as his co-laborer in Christ.

I had my Bible study in Richmond and it was great- almost a family is complete to hear the word of God.

On Sunday- the Lord blesses the youth ministry and almost thirty young people attended the youth Sunday school and Sunday school.

Lesson Learned

Ministers must choose between being faithful or being famous, being worshiper or watcher, and being philosopher or practitioners.

Fourth Week

Praise the Lord because He used the youth to have a community leaning in our subdivision. It was a great experience because it creates a good impression within the community. Many young people committed their selves to serve in this endeavor. The Lord also continues to blesses my ministry- the Bible studies, the youth Sunday school, and the youth leaders sessions.

Lesson Learned

Our faith is founded through Jesus Christ, Characters which are being molded by Him and because of this; we must blessed God through our lives.

Speaking in Tongues in the Present Days

Introduction

I-Epistemology of Speaking in Tongues

  1. A. What is speaking in tongue?
  2. B. Where does it occur in the Bible?

II-Efficiency of Speaking in Tongues

  1. A. What is its purpose?
  2. B. What is its product?

III-Extinguishment of Speaking in Tongues

  1. A. What does the Bible says?
  2. B. What does the History implies?

Conclusion

Bibliography

Introduction

The Church today is in the crucial stage of distinguishing the spiritual gifts which are necessary in the Christian living. The confusion still exists between the Evangelical Diaspora today as in the church of Corinth which had the same problem as we have. Seemingly the question of inquiry and curiosity about the spiritual gifts stay alive in the hearts of many Christians especially in the subject of Speaking of Tongues.

Sometimes this issue or problem becomes the jumping board of the enemy to divide us- Christians. It is sad to think that some churches divided because of misunderstanding in using the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The body of Christ is still divided because of the minor issues that cannot be reconciled because all of the philosophical, theological, and traditional biases that we have which we impose to each other. Like other Corinthian believers which divided the church because of the pride that they have and labeled themselves as good than the others. Also because of so love to the spectacular gifts or dynamic gifts, they looked down other people with other gifts.  This is the sad thing that exists also today.

A Charismatic Christian leader once said and it goes like this; “You need to speak in tongues so that you can say to your self that you’ve been baptized by the Holy Spirit and it will testifies that you receive the Lord Jesus Christ.” Some churches erringly maintain that idea and belief.  This is a grave mistake since not all people speak in tongues because not all people are gifted by the Holy Spirit this way. This irritates my ears and look for the answers and truth about the spectacular gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to the Church for its edification and expansion. It triggers me to be curious and to find the answer about this topic. What are the biblical tongues? Should we expect to see the gift of tongues practiced in the present day? Should believers seek the gift of tongues? These and other questions will be answered as we study tongues in Scripture. There are many areas to consider.

I cannot extensively study this subject because of time constrain. I will just discuss which is necessary to explain my points.

I- Epistemology of Speaking in Tongue

After the disciples were baptized in the Holy Spirit “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Ac. 2:4). When the apostles are filled with the Holy Spirit they become the Spirit’s mouthpiece by speaking in tongues (i.e., spoken foreign languages) to a large assembly of foreign Jews. Because the gift of tongues is greatly misunderstood in our day (primarily by Charismatics) it is important that we carefully define the biblical phenomenon of tongues.

Let’s first explore the semantic usage of Speaking in tongues in the Bible so that it will give enlightenment to us. The discussion of the subject in the Bible occurred in the writings of the apostle Paul-in the book of Corinthians; Luke-in the book of Acts; and Mark- in one of the gospel.

A. What is speaking in tongue?

Speaking in tongues is the New Testament phenomena where a person or persons speaks in a language that is unknown to him.  This language is the other earthly languages (1 Cor. 13:1).  It occurred in Acts 2 at Pentecost and also in the Corinthian church as is described in 1 Corinthians 14.  This New Testament gift was given by the Holy Spirit to the Christian church and is for the purpose of the edification of the Body of Christ as well as for glorifying the Lord. (www.carm.org)

Wayne Grudem defines it as “a prayer or praise spoken in syllables not understood by speaker” (W.Grudem, Systematic Theology)

The term tongues (in Greek glossa, plural glossais) when used of human speech always refers to the speaking of actual human languages. In the Greek translation of the Old Testament (the Septuagint) the word glossa occurs thirty times and always refers to real human languages. Mark used the word glōssais kainais in Mark 16:17 to describe the sign that the Lord Jesus Christ gave to His disciples. It means to speak new language or tongue. The New King James rendered it as 17And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.” The questions that arise in this passage are; who will speak in tongues? Does it comprises the first century Christian or all the Christians? The Jews are sign seekers so that they will believe that it is from God. It is a must for them to see the sign from the God almighty. In the preceded verses the disciples had their doubt of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ but this is the sign of God’s work to their life that happened in Pentecost.

In the book of Acts where we are introduced to the supernatural phenomenon of tongues speaking, Luke emphasizes the fact that apostles were speaking real, known, human languages. “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and was confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Brian Schwertley said “The tongues were immediately understood by the hearers from several different Roman provinces and lands without any need for interpretation. This fact can only mean that the apostles were speaking real, normal languages. Remember the miracle or sign was in the speaking; not in the hearing. The hearers at this point were not even believers.”(www.reformedonline.com).

But the more serious problems arise in the interpretation of 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14. There are those who tell us that the tongues in First Corinthians are ecstatic utterances not known in any country on earth. They base their conclusion on the term “unknown” which appears in 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4, 13, 14, 19, and 27. But the reader of this chapter in God’s Word must not fail to observe that the word “unknown” in every place where it appears is in italicized letters, which means that it does not occur in any Greek manuscript but was inserted by translators. The Holy Spirit did not direct Paul to write that the tongue is unknown. It is a known language pertaining to the languages that exist in the world. It doesn’t mean that tongues is the language of heaven but it is language that is unknown to the speaker that’s why Paul said that it is  tongues of men and of angels (I Corinthians 13:1) relating to the unknown language that’s in the world.

B. Where does it occur in the Bible?

In Mark 16:17, which records the instructions of Christ to the apostles, including his description that “they will speak with new tongues” as a sign that would follow “them that believe” in him. Many scholars take Mk 16:8 as the original ending and believe the ending (Mk 16:9-20) was written later. In Acts 2, which describes tongues-speaking occurring in Jerusalem at Pentecost this was the first manifestation in the Bible. In Acts 10:46, when the household of Cornelius in Caesarea spoke in tongues, and those present compared it to the tongues-speaking that occurred at Pentecost. In Acts 19:6, when a group of approximately a dozen men spoke in tongues in Ephesus as they received the filling of the Holy Spirit while the apostle Paul laid his hands upon them. In 1 Cor 12, 13, 14, where Paul discusses speaking in “various kinds of tongues” as part of his wider discussion of the gifts of the Spirit; his remarks shed some light on his own speaking in tongues as well as how the gift of speaking in tongues was to be used in the church. However Peter quoted what the prophet Joel said in Acts 2: 16-21; 16But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.21And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.”

II-Efficiency of Speaking in Tongues

Does the speaking in tongues necessary for us to prove our salvation? Does it necessary for us to be baptized by the Holy Spirit? I truly believe that once you receive the Lord Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit emerge or baptized you and indwells in you (Matt. 3:11; Eph. 1:13,14). So it is necessary for us to look on the purposes of Speaking in Tongues.

A. What are its purposes?

First let me discuss the negative or the misnomer about speaking in tongues. It is not necessary for our salvation because our salvation is only anchored in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10). It is not an evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit because the evidence is the transformed life (Eph.2:1-10; 2 Cor. 5:1:17; Col.3:5-10; 1 Cor. 12:13). It is not universal because it is a gift (1 Corinthians 12:10), it means that it is not present to all people because in verse 11 of 1 Corinthians 12 says “And these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.” It is not t is not ecstatic but Self-controlled.

So what are the purposes of speaking in tongues? First is to communicate the Gospel message. With unmistakable clarity Paul says, “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not . . . ” (1 Corinthians 14:22). The word “sign” (Gr. semeion) in the New Testament is often associated with the conveying of a Divinely-given message to unbelievers. The gifts were never given for the self-satisfaction or self-glory of the recipients. The one upon whom the gift was bestowed was merely an instrument through whom God wanted to communicate His message. In the context of the Corinthian church, because of so love to the spectacular miracles and signs they misused and abused up to the point that those who have that gift became arrogant and boastful in the midst of the congregation. They started to equate and label themselves to others. The spiritual immaturity of the believers in Corinth called for instruction, so in the middle of Paul’s discourse on tongues he writes, “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men” (1 Corinthians 14:20). The Greek word for “men” (teleios) means mature. In their misuse of speaking in tongues they were showing their immaturity, a behavior pattern which characterized the believers at Corinth. The Apostle reminded them that they remained “babes in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1). Secondly is to confirm the Gospel message. When the Apostles used the gift of tongues it was because they did not have what you and I have today, the completed Word of God, God’s full and final revelation to man. When they went about preaching the Gospel, their message was confirmed by the exercise of the sign gifts. Tongues-speaking vindicated both the message and the messenger. “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds” (2 Corinthians 12:12). Thirdly is for the edification purpose. It doesn’t edify the body if there is lack of interpreter but it edifies the self. It is a personal edification (1 Cor. 14: 2-4), Paul said “For anyone who speaks in tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.” But as I said a while ago “The gifts were never given for the self-satisfaction or self-glory of the recipients.” So if it will be done in public worship it must be interpreted by those who have gifts of interpretation.

B. What is its product?

As we see it becomes a jumping board for the sharing of the gospel in those times. It edifies the people who speak in tongues. But in public worship it brings confusion unless it is interpreted. Sometimes it creates division because some misuses it. Because of this the Apostle Paul discusses in 1 Corinthians 14 the gifts of superiority of prophecy (which sometimes pertains to the proclaiming or preaching) over tongues. Let me quote the analysis of Warren Wiersbe.

Prophecy Tongues
1. Speaks to men for their good, v. 3 1. Speaks to God for the speaker’s own good, v. 2
2. Can be understood, vv. 25 2. Not understood unless there is an interpreter v.5
3. Edifies the church, vv. 3-4 3. Edifies the speaker, v. 4
4. The greater gift, vv. 519 4. The lesser gift, v. 5 ;12:10

I learned that it is used in three different areas. First, a private prayer that is not interpreted; second, a language that is interpreted – this defines proper usage in the Christian congregation; and third, missionary context — that is, it appears in the context of evangelism where people (in the New Testament) are presenting the gospel. We must keep in mind that spiritual gifts have as their purpose the building up of the church of Jesus Christ (12:7) and not the personal enjoyment of the believer. Gifts are for employment, not enjoyment.

It produces personal enjoyment or edification and not community enjoyment. It is vague even from the point of view of the speaker that’s why interpreter is necessary and those who will speak must be in order not just babbling or stammering lips (1Cor. 14:27-28).

III-Extinguishment of Speaking in Tongues

The question is does it exist in the present days? Or does it cease? The Bible is not vivid in telling us how is should be treated. It must be based in our solid exegesis and study of the word and our conviction as guided by the Holy Spirit. There are some verses in the Scripture that explains that the different gifts will cease. Let’s look in the light of our Bible and in our history.

A. What does the Bible says?

The apostle Paul explicitly explains that the solution to the problem in the Corinthian church is in chapter 13 that talks about love. This is the essence that has been lost in that Christian congregation.  Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known (1 Cor. 13:8-12 NASB). The idea of the apostle Paul in these verses is the different gifts will cease. It is a future indicative that means it will happen in the future. But the question is where in the point of history does the biblical tongues cease? Some said that it is when the scripture has been canonized. Brian Swertley said “It is an historical fact that all modes of special revelation did cease with the death of the apostles and the completion of the New Testament. Believers living in the present (21st century A.D.) have exactly the same number of New Testament books as Christians living in A.D. 67 had (or if one takes a late date for the book of Revelation—A.D. 96). Indeed, the perfect did come and it is still with us. Since we have a completed canon, and since the Bible is all we need for salvation, life and godliness, what purpose would modern tongues and prophecy serves?”(www.reformedonline.com). Other people and theologian exclaimed that the ceasing of tongues will happen at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Because of what the apostle Paul said “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.” They believe that it will happen in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ- the knowing or the revealing to the full.

B. What does the History says?

But let’s examine the historical facts, events, view of church father regarding this gift. I make a table to explain my point clearly.

Date Key Person/ Event Beliefs/ Practices
A.D. 100 to 400 Irenaeus- the disciple of Polycarp which was the disciple of John the beloved. 2nd-century reference too many in the church speaking all kinds of languages ‘through the Spirit. Eusebius quoted the work of Irenaeus, “as we hear many of the brethren in the church who have prophetic gifts, and who speak in all tongues through the Spirit. Others also brings to light the secret things of men for their benefit, and expound the mysteries of God.”

(Shepherd Staff, section C4, pp.22-23)

Justin Martyr- was a Christian apologist who studied all the great philosophies of his day. What we do have are general remarks that Christ had given the gifts of the Spirit to the church, and that the gifts in general remained in the church.

For the prophetical gifts remain with us, even to this present time. (www.wikipedia.com)

Tertullian In an anti-heretical apologetic alludes to instances of the ‘interpretation of tongues’ as one among several examples of ‘spiritual gifts’ common enough in his day to be easily encountered and provide evidence that God was at work in the church.
Chrysostom- Regarded the whole phenomenon of ‘speaking in tongues’ as not only something that was not practiced in his own day, but was even obscure. He said “This whole phenomenon [of speaking in tongues] is very obscure, but the obscurity is produced by our ignorance of the facts referred to and by their cessation, being such then as used to occur but now no longer take place. And why do they not happen now? Why look now, the cause too of the obscurity hath produced us again another question: namely, why did they then happen, and now do so no more?”
Augustine of Hippo- bishop of Hippo Regarded speaking in tongues (that is, xenoglossia) as a gift for the apostolic church alone, and argued that this was evident from the fact that his contemporaries did not see people receiving that gift in their own day.
A.D. 400 to 1900 1265– Thomas Aquinas- a theologian and philosopher Wrote about the gift of tongues in the New Testament, which he understood to be an ability to speak every language, given for the purposes of missionary work. He explained that Christ did not have this gift because his mission was to the Jews, “nor does each one of the faithful now speak save in one tongue”; for “no one speaks in the tongues of all nations, because the Church herself already speaks the languages of all nations”.
1600s– Early Quakers, such as Edward Burrough, Make mention of tongues speaking in their meetings: “We spoke with new tongues, as the Lord gave us utterance, and His Spirit led us”.
A.D. 1901 to 1906 Azusa Street Revival
Charles Fox Parham, a holiness preacher and founder of Bethel Bible College in 1900, is given credit for being the one who influenced modern Pentecostalism. Parham now found himself as the leader of the movement and traveled to church meetings around the country to preach [in the terminology of that era] about holiness, divine healing, healing by faith, the laying on of hands and prayer, sanctification by faith, and the signs of baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire, the most prominent being speaking in tongues.
William J. Seymour became indoctrinated in the school of Parham in Houston. It is notable that Seymour was black, and Parham was white. It is further notable that Seymour did not speak in tongues while in Houston. When Seymour was invited to speak in Los Angeles about the baptism of the Holy Spirit in February 1906, he accepted. His first speaking engagement was met with dispute, primarily because he preached about “tongues” being a primary indication of the baptism of the Spirit, yet he did not himself speak in tongues. It was not until April that his preaching and teaching about glossolalia paid dividends, first to a man named Edward Lee, and later to Seymour. Similar to the experience of Parham in 1901, Seymour’s students received the ability to speak in tongues a few days before he did.

We see that there is the great tense between the existence and cessation of the said gift.

Conclusion

Some members of these churches speak in a calm rhythmic patter that has been described as pleasant to the ear, or even beautiful. Others show more visible emotion, and sometimes accentuate their speaking with clapping, shaking, shouting, and dancing. In one unusual form called “holy laughter”, people begin laughing uncontrollably, often falling out of their chairs and rolling around on the floor. When these people are later asked about their behavior, they say that they had no control over what they did, but were driven by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some of them have described themselves as “drunk with the Holy Spirit.” Some Christians believe that the modern resurgence in tongue speaking is a sign that the End Times are near, and that Jesus will return very soon. Outside observers have proposed several explanations for why people talk in tongues. One common explanation is that many people only pretend to do it and have to fake their performances. Another possibility is that people enter a hypnotic or trance-like state. And observers of some groups have even described what they saw as mass hysteria. But most tongue-speakers don’t care what outsiders think. They believe that they have been baptized with the Holy Spirit in the same way as the earliest followers of Jesus were. Some of them also believe that they are the only true Christians, and the only people who will be saved. This is the same problem that existed in Corinthian church because they don’t care about their brothers in Christ.

Can we attest the present gift of tongues? Does it come from the Holy Spirit? Does it equal to the past generation speaking in tongues?

The sickness of emotionalism and compromising exist in the church today. Many of those who experience the speaking in tongues in the church today are base on their emotions and not in orderly manner and gift of the Holy Spirit. God is the God of order and he gives gifts to the church. I don’t believe in the babbling but I do believe that tongues can exist as the Lord wants it to be. I cannot put my God in the box. It can be used as a jumping to share the message of God but I don’t that it should be practice and require in the church.

Bibliography

Books

Grudem, W., Systematic Theology, IVP, Norttingham NG73HR, England, 1994

Mahoney, R., The Shepherd Staff, Thomas Press Ltd., India, 2001

Ebooks

Barnes, Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 1999, Findex.Com.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 1997, Parsons Technology, Inc., PO Box 100, Hiawatha, Iowa.

Hodge, Commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians, Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 2003, QuickVerse, a division of Findex.Com, Inc.

The Believer’s Study Bible, Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 1998, Parsons Technology, Inc., all rights reserved.

Life Application Bible Commentary: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 2002, Parsons Church Group, a division of FindEx.com, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Website

http://www.carm.org

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THE PROSPEROUS CHRISTIAN

“It’s Beginning”

The popular belief that Christians should be enjoying wealth and prosperity started to infilt rate the Evangelical Circle. It is very prolific to our days and possible you and I understand the benefits of this teaching. How does it come out within the Evangelical circle? During the 19th century, one of the issues was Materialism. We can define it as a practice in modern society that emphasizes material values or high standards of living. To the extent that man’s attention is concerned and concentrated on this life, he will neglect the spiritual values of eternal life. The abundance of goods, which has made a high living standard possible, is an outcome of the industrial revolution that occurred first in England between 1760 and 1830.  During this time, most of the people sought to satisfy his selfish pleasures and made high standard of living their very goal.

Christian Science teaching is the mother of any health and wealth preaching, also developed during this century.  Christian Science, as discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, refers to the universal, practical system of spiritual, prayer-based healing, available and accessible to everyone. It teaches that matter was not created by God, but that matter, sin, evil, disease and death are all limited modes of human perception, and ultimately unreal. These teachings are the backbone of our present riches gospel.  The riches theology is very much related with the “Word of Faith” movement. This movement believes that faith works like a mighty power or force.  Through faith we can obtain anything we want — health, wealth, success, or whatever we please.  However, this force is released only through the spoken word.  As we speak words of faith, power is discharged to accomplish our desires.

“The Riches of Heavens”

As of today we hear many preaching about health and wealth; success and riches of heaven principles. Let’s now look the Biblical principles of “Riches of Heaven”… The true rich Christian embraces these truths.

Let’s take some principles in this passage;

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

An abundant life is  . . .

  1. 1. Contrary to what the enemies came to offer. We can see that the enemy just steals everything; physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. He steals our joy in this life, our love for God and for our families, our passion for the ministry.
  2. 2. Contrasting to what the enemies came to do. The enemy does of killing but Jesus does of giving life. The enemy implies his self-pleasure but Christ entails sacrifice. The enemy asserts lies but Christ demonstrates the truth. The enemy kills our joy and focus to the material things but Christ inflames the joy within our hearts and helps us to focus only to him.
  3. 3. Contradictory to how the enemies work- They care only about feeding themselves or making money off of the flock. Jesus pictured a heartless individual who began by taking all he could and then killing what he couldn’t have. Anything else he destroyed. The enemy is trying to destroy the true faith that we have but Jesus came to have us life and have it abundantly.

God has always been too wise to be mistaken and too perfect in character to be seemingly erring. He works things out all for the good and the joy of His people and for His glory. That is why we have to seek to respond in a way that would give Him honor and glory in all times in health or sickness, riches or poverty, or abundance or lack.  Job successfully made it by grace to glorify God in his very unfavorable situation and even our Lord Jesus, he bled, and He died, and went through pain and agony for the glory of God, the very joy that is set before Him.

“The Challenge”

What is your true richness? Does your richness is based of having faith in God because He always blesses you and gives you what you want and seemingly always do what you wish? On the other it is because you experience the spectacular miracles from your sicknesses or diseases.

Psalm 73:25-26 says

25Whom have I in heaven but you?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

26My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

The true rich Christian are those who only desire is to glorify God in despite of any circumstances that they are facing in their lives. It is having contentment in life, even in richness or in poverty, in sickness or wellness, and in enjoyment or persecution. Our true richness is in Christ alone and by Him alone we can experience the true essence of our faith and satisfaction

The Foundation of Leadership


Youth Movers Ministry

Leadership 101

(From Next Generation Leader)

I-What is leadership?

A- Definition of leadership

  • Leadership is getting things done. (goal oriented)
  • Leadership is leading people and doing things without hurting their feelings. (people oriented)
  • Leadership is living by example, showing how it could be, and sharing how it should be. (servant leadership)

What is your definition of leadership?

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We young people it is very natural to show off our talents, abilities, and desires to the front of other people. It is both natural and necessary for us to try, to prove ourselves by doing everything ourselves. In one word “ONE MAN TEAM”.

It is natural because, as leader, you want to set the pace even as you demonstrate that nothing is beneath you. It is necessary because most of the time nobody is around to help. But what may initially be natural and necessary will ultimately limit your effectiveness.

Perhaps the two best-kept secrets of leadership are these:

  1. 1. The less you do, the more you accomplish.
  2. 2. The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish.

“Identify the areas in which you are most likely to add unique value to your organization—something no one else can match- then leverage your skills to their absolute max. That’s what your superior expected when he put you on the payroll! More importantly, leveraging yourself generates the greatest and most satisfying return on your God-given abilities.”

B. Evaluate yourself. Write your strength and weaknesses as you see to yourself.

Strengths Weaknesses

Where is your focus?

  1. Are you focusing to your weaknesses?
  2. How many percent of your effort you give to the building of your weaknesses?
  3. Do you feel the exhaustion or hardness in doing such things?
  4. Are you focusing to your strength?
  5. How many percent of your effort you give to use your strength?
  6. Do you experience easiness in doing or practicing you strength?

Upgrade your performance by playing to your strengths and delegating your weaknesses. This one decision will do more to enhance your productivity than anything else you do as a leader.”

In light of your strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and passions, describe the optimal working environment.

  1. What kind of people would you enjoy working with?
  2. Would you want to work as part of a team or your own?
  3. Would you want to travel? If so, how much?
  4. Would you enjoy a highly structured environment?
  5. Would you work better in a loosely structured environment?

In light of your strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and passions, what kinds of things would you want to be responsible for?

  1. Do you see yourself in management, sales, marketing?
  2. Would you enjoy working with numbers, people, or both?
  3. What kind of assignments would you enjoy tackling?
  4. Would you enjoy a job that requires a great deal of writing?
  5. Would you enjoy a job that requires verbal skills?

II- Who are the leaders?

A. The natural born-leaders

They are naturally leaders in build-up. They stand firmly with confidence and authoritative in their speeches. They have a tendency to be a one man team because of so much confidence that they have in their selves.  They are goal-oriented and what to finish things on the set dates. They have leadership in their blood, this are their gift.

Example:

Apostle Paul

B. The nurture leaders

They are raised by the need of the time because of the current need they arise to face the present situation. These people are influence by the other leaders, other leaders who are also nurtured because of the different situations.

These leaders see things differently; they are leaders who know the hearts of the people. Living by example, and motivating others because they show how.

Example:

Barnabas

A. W. Tozer said “A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation.”

The Boss and the Leader

Boss creates fear; a leader creates confidence. Bossism creates resentment; leadership breeds enthusiasm. A boss says, “I”; a leader says, “We.” A boss fixes blame; a leader fixes mistakes. A boss knows how; a leader shows how. Bossism makes work drudgery; leadership makes work interesting. A boss relies on authority; a leader relies on cooperation. A boss drives; a leader leads.

C. The Christian Leaders

Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:25, niv)

Effective leaders are servants. The world’s system of leadership is very different from leadership in God’s kingdom. Worldly leaders are often selfish and arrogant as they claw their way to the top. (Some kings in the ancient world gave themselves the title “Benefactor.”) But among Christians, the leader is to be the one who serves best. There are different styles of leadership—some lead through public speaking, some through administering, some through relationships—but every Christian leader needs a servant’s heart. Ask the people you lead how you can serve them better.

Title: Christian’s Benchmark “Discipleship”

Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:4-12

Main Idea

“Every Christian should disciple other believers because it’s a product of Christian Living.”

Introduction:

Despite of Manny Pacquiao’s victory there is always his teammates whom he thanks for. However in that team he has his good coach-his disciple Freddy Roach a former boxer, a winner during his time, a trainer also to other boxers who also created their name in boxing arena. He had his total fights of 53 battles, wins 39 rounds, 15 rounds wins by KO, losses 13, and draws 0.

We can easily say that you can produce your own kind.

So we Christians should disciple other believers because it’s a product of Christian Living and our benchmark.”

Let’s be reminded that…

Jesus commanded us to make “disciples”,   not just mere converts.

In the Christian community there are many immature “converts”, but very few disciples.

A goal of the discipler should be to help the disciple to mature, function, be fruitful, and to spiritually reproduce.

Every believer is expected to disciple.

We are expected to disciple others. Why?

Discipleship is not a gift but a duty.

Discipleship though it includes a certain amount of teaching but it doesn’t require the gift of teaching.

Use of Benchmark – A measurement or standard that serves as a point of reference by which process performance is measured. [GAO] Benchmarking is a structured approach for identifying the best practices from industry and government, and comparing and adapting them to the organization’s operations. Such an approach is aimed at identifying more efficient and effective processes for achieving intended results, and suggesting ambitious goals for program output, product/service quality, and process improvement.

Benchmark-Reference point or standard against which performance or achievements can be assessed.

For me Benchmark means “signature”-tatak natin. So the Christian benchmark is discipleship.

We Christian should disciples others because it’s the product of Christian Living. But what should be our attitude in discipling others?

4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. 6Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. 7But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

9For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11For you know how, like a father with his children, 12we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

The Apostle Paul was the one who founded the church of Thessalonica. It was during his second missionary journey (Acts 17). Mostly of the believers are gentiles.

What are the requirements to effectively lead other deeply and growingly in Christ?

Discipleship requires the following from our text to effectively lead others to know deeper and to grow better in Christ.

I-Dedication (vv. 2-6)

As a discipler we need to have this attitude. What does commitment means?

Dedication means a willingness to be unhappy for awhile. Dedication means being committed to die in the self.

4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. . 5For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.

  1. A. Dedication not to please man but God
    1. Commitment with Clean Motives
    2. Commitment with Clean Method

6Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.

  1. B. Dedication not  to seek glory from man
    1. It is a dedication that imparts glory to Christ.
    2. It is a dedication that doesn’t insists anything.

II-Devotion (vv.7,8)

Devotion means a strong attachment.

7But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

  1. A. Devotion of a mother gently caring to her children.

8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

  1. B. Devotion of a mother that sacrificially conveying her life.

III-Determination (vv.9-10)

The Apostle Paul was very determined to share the gospel and his life to the believers at Thessalonica. He worked their as a tentmaker and doing things to share the word of God. The Thessalonians believers were vey familiar of what the apostle Paul was saying to them.

9For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers

  1. Determination with holiness.

It means to carefully fulfill the duties God gives to a person.

  1. Determination with uprightness

It is a more general description of observable “rightness” in all aspects of life.

  1. Determination with is blameless.

Not being able to find fault in someone

IV- Discretion (vv.11-12)

-means the quality of being discreet, prudence, and caution.

11For you know how, like a father with his children, 12we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

  1. Discretion with exhorting

-means admonishing to become better.

  1. Discretion with encouragement

-means strengthening to move on.

  1. Discretion with imploring

-means urging to productivity.

A Fatherly Talk-1

Doing our own to solve a problem?

Its really a good thing to

realize and to see a father who talks to his child. A love of the father is really a badly needed to his son or daughter. Why? It’s because a son or a daughter looks for an example and an ideal person to be followed in their lives. How about you are you looking for an image of a father?

A son

goes a rigid training in

an institution by which he became known in the area that he take. He likes to study and to learn more, not because of a personal motives but because he loves his parents

. As the time past by, the son really achieves his goals and learn many things. He also surpass his classmates in the area that he took. He became prolific and flourish in the place that he in. However his mind became darken and didn’t recognize the blind spot that really choke him. It darkens his life and

doesn’t recognizes the

advices of others for him.

Sometimes we are like this person

who really looks for the opportunity but sometime the opportunity and position that we are in makes us boastful and doesn’t recognize the voice of other people.

-To be Continue-