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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in doctrine

 

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“WORKING OUT YOUR OWN FAITH: FIRST THINGS FIRST!” (Section 3)

Friends:

I am teaching an undergrad theology course this  Fall semester and I’m using five theological Workbooks which my students will fill in.  I’m referring to these Workbooks as “retro,” because they are in a lay-flat format and the questions will be answered in the Workbook with pen or pencil.

I thought you might find this first Workbook interesting.  The topic, “First Things First,” refers to the introductory issues in theology which must be considered before diving into the doctrine of the Bible, or the doctrine of God, etc.

What I will seek to do over the next few weeks is provide several of the 50 questions which make up this first workbook.

The Workbooks are designed to be used by those who are not students in my class, so they may be purchased here:

SECTION #3: THE IMPORTANCE OF DOCTRINE!

We can easily fall into the thinking of our culture that all beliefs are really merely personal opinions and that none are more valid or true than another. Our fundamental convictions guide us in our daily decisions and priorities, don’t they? Solid thinking is vital for us to keep us from falling into something other than biblical Christianity. Let’s talk about some of these issues:

14. List out the four priorities of the Early Church as found in Acts 2:42. Note the 1st priority! Why do you think evangelism and missions are not in this list (read the rest of Acts 2)?

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15. One of the best sermons I’ve ever heard is John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life!” For extra credit please listen to that sermon (the audio is found on our website and the video is on my blog at http://tinyurl.com/7vfgt57). Take a few notes on that sermon below:

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16. Some argue that BELIEF is nothing other than merely holding a personal

opinion. Survey the gospel of John and write out your definition of FAITH or BELIEF below (give the references in John which lead to your definition(s):

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17. Someone named John Gardner once wrote: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” For extra credit, listen to — and take notes on — the message by Al Mohler on THINKING found at: http://tinyurl.com/869nr67 or at desiringgod.org or on our website.

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18. In that message on thinking, Albert Mohler referred to something called “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Read the following Wikipedia article and write out your understanding of what is meant by this term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moralistic_therapeutic_deism

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How do we Christians become theologically lazy? Name three practical steps that we can take to overcome doctrinal laziness:


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What have we seen in these six questions? We’ve seen that the early church devoted itself to the Apostles’ teaching, so that evangelism and missions were natural outcomes of believing the truths of God. We’ve learned from Piper’s sermon that the believer in Jesus can waste his or her life (see I Cor. 3:15 in this regard). Belief or faith, as used in the Gospel of John, means far more than holding a correct opinion. Are Christians guilty of moralistic therapeutic deism? It would sometimes seem so. If we rise to Albert Mohler’s challenge to think biblically, we will not be theologically lazy. In that regard, our last question in this section is . . .

If we are to love God with our minds, we will be challenged by an unbelieving world at every point. Do you presently have a relationship with a non-believer who challenges your faith intellectually? _______ (yes or no). If no, will you begin to pray for God to give you such a friend? ______ (yes or no)

 

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HERESY?

Three of these four articles, friends, have already been published in the Emmaus Journal.  The fourth is due to be published soon.

In these articles I deal with figures like Origen, Carlton Pearson, Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, and others who have deviated from the Christian faith.

Please click on the links below to read these articles.

The first article is entitled:  “Whatever Happened to Heresy” and may be found here:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HERESY_ ARTICLE #1 CIU pdf.

The second article is entitled: “Whatever Happened to Heresy?” “Heroes or Heretics? — Two Classic Examples” and may be found here:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HERESY_ ARTICLE #2 CIU pdf

The third article is entitled:  “A Biblical Approach in Dealing with Heretics” and is found here:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HERESY_ ARTICLE #3 pdf

The fourth article is entitled:  “Help!  One of My Friends and Some of His Friends Seem to Be, How Shall I Say It?, Uh, Heretics!” and is found here:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HERESY_ ARTICLE #4 – word pdf

Comments are always welcome!

 
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