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I don’t understand why I didn’t hear of this work earlier. Hutch pointed this to me a while back! Hutch I appreciate it. I have recommend this to a few people. But it is sort of a Biblical Theology or at least a Christ Centered approach to interpreting the Scriptures. It sort of has a  Goldworthy or Vern Poythress feel to it, if you have read any of their works. Anyway as it relates to an intro to a Christ Centered Hermenutic of the Old Testament I would recommend this one. Not to mention for those who are not pursing a Seminary Eductaion but will be in some teaching capacity I would also recommend this book to them. Please, please check it out. For all my pastor buddies or those who teach in some capacity and especially for my gifted disciple makers give the new disciples this work first, take a sunday school or a small group through it. This book is another worth its weight in platinum!

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The great ministry and even greater brothers at Christ Communicators Worldwide has announced the future release of what I believe to be a very proactive and critical issue. Marriage and Divorce. There are many reasons why, this is important, the primary one is what does Jesus say of remarriage and divorce! One of the biggest issues facing the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is divorce. So bad is that a movie “Fireproof” had to be made. Well if you want to Fireproof your marriage I think this book may just help you do that! Here is what CCW is saying:

Divorce and Remarriage: A Permanence ViewWe expect to have this book back from the printer/binder by the first week or so in December. Releasing a book on divorce and remarriage in the holiday season is not going to work, so we will not mail the book until around January 1. This means that we can offer a pre-publication price up until January 15, 2009. This $16 book will sell for just $11 until that time. Free shipping in the US/Can. For overseas orders, write for S/H costs.

 

Click to read the back cover, preface, and table of contents.

Thanks Elders of Christ Fellowship and thanks to the members for allowing them to teach this and submitting! I will order mines here shortly rather you agree or not, I think it is worth studying! For my Piperites this is Piper’s view! Hopefully I can interview one of the elders of Christ Fellowship after reading and reviewing it (hint, hint)

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I think the first thing  a new disciple should ask themselves or be taught is “what am I to do with the Old Testament and all of those laws”. In some churches the Old Testament is used as an inspirational manual, in others certain laws are used to curb subjective morality (clothes, tattoos) in some denominations the law is supposedly strictly adhered to (until you get to the stoning, real obedience to the sabbath, having mixed fabric clothing), some more solid brothers cancel 2/3rds of it and only uphold the Decalogue, some say those laws aren’t binding but borrow much from it to make certain points and then comes New Covenant Theology. I am of this persuasion and we teach that “All Old Testament Laws are Cancelled” thus consistently pitting the two covenants, the two mediators and work and grace against one another.

Mr Gibson does a really good job giving us a brief and decoded “theologically speaking” work on New Covenant Theology. The thesis of the book is simple and clear:

All Old Testament laws are cancelled, and all New Testament laws are for our obedience. But, you don’t have to agree with me to fellowship with me. If you know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, that’s good enough for me. pg. 7

The book is laid out quite simply. The author provides 24 reasons why. In simple number format, supported with charts, scriptures, ending with a couple of appendices and scripture index.

Mr. Gibson provides numerous verses which describe the Old Covenant commandments and the attitude of these laws by the New Covenant writers. One of the simplest but most important distinctions is found on page 62 in where he shows the distinction between Regressive and Progressive Revelation. New Covenant Theologians believe that “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed. The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed”

Mr . Gibson also does a brief overview of Christ’s statement “I did not come to abolish the law” in pages 41-55. This is a very brief discussion and would really take a few hundred pages to deal with extensively. Mr. Gibson does however try to squeeze a bunch of truth into those 15 pages, but again this is not the intent of the book so it is treated with as many pages as the book allows.

In pages 81-89, he deals with defining and discussing the 10 Commandments as the Decalogue which really can’t be separated from the rest of the Old Covenant Law. Regardless of what my Covenant brothers say the Ceremonial, Civil and Moral are not biblical terms. John Reisinger in his work “The Tablets of Stone” does an unbelievable job thoroughly working through the definitions and exposing the false dichotomies of the Law.

Mr. Gibson finishes with what I think to believe Covenant Theology’s weakest point. That is the law and sanctification. Sanctification for a Christian is Christ Centered. That is because the power is from Christ and the ability to obey is intertwined within the New Covenant while the Old Covenant is what it is “a ministry of death”. Mr. Gibson also shows that the 10 Commandments are thoroughly insufficient in how we are to love one another (the one another’s) while the New Covenant Law of Christ gives us direct commands on how to live this out and the power to do it.

There are a few setbacks. For an introduction Mr. Gibson spends very little time contrasting Dispensationalism, though this is not the intent of the book it would have been good to see how we differ. Mr. Gibson also does very little exposition on the many verses he provides. Because the book is more illustrative I believe this is why this occurs. But it would be good to have provided some good exposition on some of the key verses (Hebrews 8, the Sermon on the Mount, Romans 7, 2 Corinthians 3).

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know briefly what New Covenant Theology believes and why we have a radical discontinuity with the Old Covenant as a “gracious covenant” as many of my Covenant Theologian brothers would say.

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I am reading “Paul’s Idea of Community” by Robert Banks on page 53. He quotes 1 Corinthians 1:4-8:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

He then say:

This description has to do with the fundamental attitudes: patience, humility, tolerance, kindness, resilience, generosity, confidence, perseverance, optimism. Both here and elsewhere these attitudes detail not so much individual’s relationship to God as the interaction between Christian brothers and sisters. These attitudes should accompany their communication with one another and should also lead them into a real depth of relationship with one another.

If we can be honest. We live in an ever growing autonomous culture. America has an “I” and a “me” not to mention it starts with an “a”. I believe this is an ever growing mindset in the church as well. People would rather read the bible by themselves, pray by themselves, be accountable to themselves, and then go to “church” together. This has effected my greatly.

I think I would be a really good Christian if it were not for other Christians getting in my way all the time. They are like an obstacle course. Needy, impatient, critical, judgmental, gossipy, selfish, worrisome, they complain, they mistreat one another, they ignore one another needs, they would rather point a finger than carry a burden. Oh did I mention “they” is really me. The fundamental issue is one of love. I love Jesus more than I love Christians and I am starting to figure out that this is a false dichotomy. I can get along with Jesus just fine and I would rather spend more time with Him than with others. Me and Jesus understand each other. He doesn’t gossip about me, He doesn’t mistreat me, He doesn’t take my grace for granted. He meets my need, He asks for little in return, He is judgmental, He doesn’t ignore me I can go to Him anytime of the day, when I sin He doesn’t point the finger. When I have a burden He helps me carry it. Shoot! Why waste my time with Christians when I can just spend more time with Christ. He is a great bible study partner, because He knows all the answers, He is a great prayer partner, He says all the right things and never stumbles over His words, He knows exactly what I am thinking. Me and Jesus get along just fine! Just not so much with Christians.

There is only one problem. He elected the “Church”, redeemed the “Church”, and seals the “Church” made up of individuals. So we are His body and the way I love His body is the way I love Him. Christians and Christ are not mutually exclusive! I thought think I was taught this enough, or I just ignored it. Yeah I read it, but that was by myself and anyway Jesus understands that I would rather spend more time with Him anyway right? Again love is the issue. Christianity is a corporate work that can never be isolated.  How we relate to other believers is a direct reflection of what we think about God. Our blatant disregard for other Christians and the “one anothers” we are to fulfill as imperatives is a direct reflection of what we really think about what Jesus accomplished on the cross.

If other Christians are in our way, it is because we don’t understand the work of the Cross and what exactly Jesus accomplished and who exactly Jesus redeemed. He redeemed an us just as much as He redeemed an I if not more. Jesus had the church on His heart which is a collection of individuals. God foreknew the “Church”, the Spirit seals the “Church”. We can’t understand our relationship with Jesus without understanding our relationship, and the obligations that come with this relationship, with other redeemed individuals.

So once we understand that God not only reconciles us to Himself by Christ but in like manner He reconciles us to other Christians JUST AS MUCH. Our hearts, motives, and actions toward other believers is heightened. And the way we talk serve, and commit to one another is illuminated. I believe this is key. So now when I gossip I am gossiping about Christ, when I am unkind I am unkind to Christ, when I am impatient, unloving, non-gentle, rude, and unforgiving I am doing the same to Christ. Christ and the Christian is inseparable. This is a package deal. When I serve another Christian I am serving Christ, when I am loving, sacrificial, I refuse to gossip, I refuse to ignore, I am patient, gentle, kind and forgiving, I am doing the same to Christ.

I really want us to think about this. Whatever we do to another believer we do to Christ. We can’t say we love Christ and dislike a brother. The two are joined at the hip. That is why love is the “perfect bond of unity” as Colossians says. When we put on Christ (which is another imperative) as believers we have obligations to fulfill. So the next time you think a Christian is in the way and you want to push him/her aside, you best realize that you pushing Christ to the side. Whatever you do to His bride or say of His bride you do and say of Him!

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I just finished “Reimagining Church” and it is a jewel indeed. Here is a quote from the Chapter “Reimaging Leadership”. There are like 50 quotes worth their weight in gold.

  • In the Gentile world, leaders operate on the basis of a political, chain-of-command social structure-a graded hierarchy. In the kingdom of God, leadership flows from childlike meekness and sacrificial service

 

  • In the Gentile world, authority is based on position and rank. In the kingdom of God, authority is based on godly character. Note Christ’s description of a leader: “Let him be a servant”, and “let him be as the younger”. In our Lord’s eyes, being precedes doing. And doing flows from being. Put differently, function follows character. Those who serve do so because they are servants.

 

  • In the Gentile world, greatness is measured by prominence, external power, and political influence. In the kingdom of God, greatness is measured by humility and servitude.

 

  • In the Gentile world, leaders exploit their positions to rule over others. In the Kingdom of God, leaders deplore special reverence. They rather regard themselves “as the younger”.

Pg 157 of Reimaging Church

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I read this book over a year ago. I reread it again with new lens during my anniversary while my wife rested. Just as the first time I read it I still recommend the book. However the editors actually have an update book which is called “House Church ~ Simple, Strategic, Scriptural” . The book simply lays out:

The Lord’s Supper as a Meal

Paticapatory Gatherings

The purpose and function of Elders

Small Gatherings (or House Gatherings)

Church Discipline

Those are but a few. You can buy the book at New Testament Restoration Fellowship . I recommend the book though I may disagree with some of the tone of the book overall it was an eye opener then and with a little better understanding I enjoyed it more during my second read.

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As you might know Tyris and I hold to something known as New Covenant Theology. Simply stated. There are two overarching covenants. The Old and the New. The first given at Sinai the other in Christ. Both ratified in blood. One gracious the other one not so much. One is obsolete (Hebrews 8-9) the other is how the church was birthed and continues on. My position is one that says Israel is a non-believing picture of the people of God as a whole while God has always been faithful in keeping a remenant faithful. The faithful remnant look forward to the Messiah and was counted righteous as we look back and are counted righteous. The 1644 London Baptist Confession would closely reflect what I would agree with from a confessional perspective and I would also be deemed “Calvinistic“.  

I have done this before but there are two books I highly recommend. The First in “Abraham’s 4 Seeds and can be purchased at www.soundofgrace.com. The book simply lists and defines the 4 seeds of Abraham. This is proabably one of the best reads I have read in my short theological journey

 

The next is “Tablets of Stone”. This is also a really good read but will take a bit more brain power. Both books are authored by John Reisinger. Who also runs www.soundofgrace.com .

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