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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit (“You talk with Him?!”)
Friends: I’ve been working on this book for a while. And you get to follow me in action! My plan is to work my way slowly — in these posts — through the chapters in this manuscript. I welcome your input and hope to have this published in the next few months.
I’ve been interested in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit for a long time. My background isn’t charismatic or Pentecostal, but Brethren. And I don’t remember a lot of messages on God the Holy Spirit as I grew in my faith. I wrote my Ph.D dissertation of the Holy Spirit and also contributed a chapter on Him to a friend’s book on the Trinity.
I believe Christians often fall into one or two categories when it comes to the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. There are those who overlook Him and there are those who overemphasize Him. I want to strive for a biblical balance in my own life.
Would you say your background overlooked or overemphasized God the Holy Spirit? In our next post we’ll talk about why it is right to give appropriate attention to the Third Person of the Godhead.
Some of you might want to know what I’m up to over the next few months. I am so grateful for the Lord’s kindness in using me in various ministries.
March 30-April 8 — I will be traveling to New Jersey to speak at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel, consult with their elders, and lead a 1/2 day seminar on my book DocWALK: Putting into Practice What We Say We Believe. I was so encouraged with my last trip to Cedarcroft and the seminar we did on my book DocTALK. We had almost 40 people come to that 1/2 day study. Please pray for strength as I preach and teach. I’ll also be privileged to share the Word with the believers at Fifth Avenue Chapel, Belmar, NJ. And I’ll stay with my 92-year-old mother-in-law Mary while I’m there (and catch up on missed episodes of “Little House on the Prairie”).
April 10 – My manuscript on Unlike Jesus: One Area Where Jesus-Followers Excel is due today. This is a study of friendship evangelism. My concern is that some of us have confused not being a friend of the world (James 4) with being a friend of sinners (Matthew 11). I am convicted by Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s statement that “We have, in a real sense, lost sense of the lostness of the lost.”
April 21 – Preach at a local Chinese church on Easter Sunday (in English with translation). I would appreciate your praying for my preparation of that message and that it would be an encouragement to those believers.
Again, thank you for praying for me! And for reading my blog!
As some of you know, I’ve been retired from teaching full-time for two years. The Lord has been so gracious to me to keep me busy and, hopefully, useful to Him! I’ve enjoyed teaching overseas (Korea, Myanmar) and right now am working hard on two manuscript projects. I appreciate the believers in New Jersey who invite me to speak every few months. And I’m thankful for you, my friend, for reading my posts. If you feel so inclined, a comment below would be an encouragement to me. Have a great day!
Some of you are faithful readers of this blog.A few of you have stumbled on it by accident. I appreciate each of you and want to take today’s post to ask for your prayer for me and this new year! I’m so thankful that the Lord is using me in various ministries and you might want to know about a few upcoming events for which you can pray. Please let me know how I can pray for you.
Specific kinds of activities:
1. Writing projects:There seems to be good indication that I will have one (and possibly two) writing contracts for this year. Unlike Jesus: One Area in Which Jesus-Followers Excel is something I’ve worked on for a while. We need to become friends of sinners, like Jesus, don’t we? Another book, tentatively entitled With Friends Like These, will challenge us to develop deeper relationships with other believers as well as with those who don’t know the Lord. (I’ll announce on this blog when either of these contracts is nailed down). Please pray for clarity of thought and a clear guidance of God the Holy Spirit as I work on these two projects.
2. Speaking Opportunities: I am so grateful for the times I get to preach God’s Word or conduct serious study sessions on various theological topics. I’m hoping to present one or two workshops at the annual “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference at Emmaus Bible College in May. I’ve suggested several possible topics (the titles with brief descriptions are: “Learning to Be a Friend of Sinners Without Becoming a Friend of the World” Jesus’ being a friend of sinners (Mt. 11:19) and the command for us not to be a friend of the world (James 4:4) are often confused. How is it many of us need a refresher in Friendship 101? What is a biblical definition of the “world” and our place in it? “Theological Opposition: Where Should We Do Battle — and Why?” This is not the day for spiritual pacifists. As Chuck Colson used to say, “The battle is raging today all around, but many are perishing because we Christians have failed to engage the enemy at the point of attack. We not only flinch; for the most part we are not even looking in the right direction.” (Who Speaks for God?). Biblical guidelines for fighting false teaching will be discussed. “Battlin’ Brethren: Silly Squabbles Between the Saints” Learning to distinguish between the essentials of the faith and our own distinctives is crucial. The adage “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things charity” was sadly violated by J.N. Darby and his compatriots in the early days of the Brethren Movement. Their legacy, unfortunately, continues. Some recommendations for reversing the trend will be given. “A Discussion of Greg Koukl’s Book Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions” In an increasingly hostile world, this book provides practical steps in sharing the gospel without becoming obnoxious or defensive. Tactics such as the Columbo Method, Steamrolling, and the Rhodes Scholar are explained by this prominent apologist from Stand to Reason).
3. Ministry/Missions Opportunities: Apart from several trips to work with the believers at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel in New Jersey, I’ll be speaking in a Chinese church on Easter Sunday (in English, of course!). There is a strong possibility that Linda and I will travel to Ethiopia to teach in a small Bible school there for a couple of weeks!
There will also be some opportunities to edit book manuscripts for others, plenty of tennis with my friends (some who are not yet “in Christ”), some Bible conferences, etc.
I appreciate you, my friend. And I deeply covet your prayers for me for this New Year!
Some of you might have missed the webinar that I posted a while back at the end of some of my posts. My son, Dr. Brian Dixon, interviewed me on this important topic. Those who signed up to watch the webinar paid whatever they wanted to and all proceeds will be going to South East Asia Bible College and Seminary in Myanmar. If you should wish to add your contribution to this worthy cause, the information you need is at the end of the video. Blessings. Larry (you may need to unmute the speaker on the video).
Some of you faithful readers might be interested in my ministry schedule for the next few months. The old word “covet” comes to mind. I’d sure covet your prayers for these upcoming opportunities:
Dec. 28 through Jan. 8 — Linda and I will be in NJ visiting her 91-year-old Mom. I’ll be preaching at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel on those two Sundays. I’m looking forward to working with their leadership over the next few months. I’ll meet with their leadership team on Tuesday Jan. 2 to discuss a position paper on Marriage and Divorce, lead a midweek Bible study on Acts on Wednesday, Jan. 3, speak at a men’s breakfast there on Jan. 6, teach a Sunday School class on I-III John on Sunday, Jan. 7, then preach that Sunday’s message! Please pray that we work well together during that week and for my next scheduled visit to them (April 15-22).
The New Year: I will be working on developing two online courses for Emmaus Bible College. They are both on areas of theology and I am looking forward to contributing to their program. Please pray for clarity and wisdom as I work on these. I’m also quite excited to work with Biblical Eldership Resources in March and will be presenting two sermons on the preacher and the Holy Spirit!
Missions: I’m looking forward to teaching at South East Asia Bible College and Seminary in Myanmar (Burma) in August. We’ve not yet finalized the date. Please pray for that wonderful opportunity for me to contribute to their ministry and the education of their students. Their website is found at: https://www.southeastasiabiblecollege.org/
Writing: My retirement is giving me time to work on several projects. I’ve just finished my little booklet Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better! Send me a check for five bucks and I’ll get one right out to you. Send me a note via snail mail telling me what you like about my blog and I’ll send you one for free! Address: Dr. Larry Dixon, 117 Norse Way, Columbia, SC 29229
I’m working on other projects which I’ll probably inflict on (I mean share with) you in a later post.
Theology Matters Conferences: I’ve developed a brochure on these weekend conferences. Topics include “Unlike Jesus: One Area Where Jesus-Followers Excel”; “Insight from a Blind Man: A Study of John 9”; “Friends Don’t Let Friends . . . Die! A Study of John 11”; etc. Drop me an email (with a post office address) if you want some brochures to pass on to your church’s leadership team.
Again, thank you for reading my blog. May the Lord encourage you in your projects!
Some of you would like to know how the Lord has been leading Linda and me in the last little while. After enjoying over a year as the part-time interim pastor at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta, Georgia, we are waiting on Him for our next assignment.
At age 67 I will be drawing my Social Security after my birthday (Feb. 2nd — Groundhog’s Day!). But in terms of ministry, we’re excited to see how He will use us. At this point, the following activities are on the calendar.
1. Every morning I spend an hour or two with our Amazon business. We ship about 10-15 books every day, books that we’ve gotten from thrift stores, yard sales, people who want to downsize their libraries. If you’re interested in selling some of your library, let us know!
2. I’m getting preaching opportunities. I just preached for two consecutive Sundays at a small Baptist church in Georgia (an hour further than Crossroads). Delightful folk. But quite the drive. I have two “Theology Matters” conferences coming up: Nov. 4-6 will be at Cedar Valley Bible Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (on the topics of heaven and hell). On Nov. 17-19 I will be speaking at Hutchinson Bible Chapel in Hutchinson, Kansas on the topic “Living for Jesus in an UnChristian World.” I love doing these weekend conferences. Consider having your church invite me!
3. I’m teaching an online course in “Biblical Principles of Leadership” for Columbia International University.
4. I’m involved in editing some manuscripts for Christian Focus Publications in Scotland (they’re the folk that published my books The Other Side of the Good News, DocTALK, and DocWALK).
5. I’m finally getting back to writing. I just had an article published on the patheos.com website on the tragedy in Las Vegas. You may find that article here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/evangelicalpulpit/2017/10/stephen-paddock-hell/
(1) That the Lord would give me opportunities to share the gospel with my unsaved friends.
(2) That a church which is between pastors might put me to work!
(3) That the Lord would guide me in writing stuff that would be useful for the Kingdom!
Thank you, Friends.
One of the benefits of being retired is that I can get back into writing — which I normally love to do. I say “normally” because I’m venturing into the world of fiction which I find really difficult. Here are some of the projects I’m working on.
1. I just had an article posted on patheos.com which you might find interesting. It is found at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/evangelicalpulpit/2017/10/stephen-paddock-hell/ I originally entitled the article “Gambling with God: Five Certainties in the Stephen Paddock Tragedy.” The Patheos editor thought his title would draw more interest — and it has generated 163 comments!
2. Some of you know that I am quite committed to the idea of friendship evangelism. So I’m working on a book entitled Unlike Jesus: One Area Where Jesus-Followers Excel. We are not a friend of sinners like Jesus was — and I’m praying my small effort might help to change that! I also want to develop a four-message weekend conference on this theme. Those four messages are just about ready. Consider having your church invite me for a weekend!
3. For years I have been working on a novel whose central character is Dr. Theophilus Hornby, a Bible college teacher, who solves mysteries and crimes (part-time, of course). I find fiction really tough to do well, but I’m working on my first adventure with this sixty-some-year-old professor (who looks and acts a lot like …. me!). [Some of you might be aware that I wrote a short novel a few years ago entitled Abandon All Hope (which is still available on Amazon.com)].
4. I have a great interest in producing a full year DocDevos, daily devotionals in biblical doctrine. The original DocDevos was published in 2002 by Christian Publications and was subtitled Ten-Minute Daily Devotional on the Great Doctrines of the Christian Faith. That volume only covered the first three areas of theology (Introductory Matters, Bibliology, and Theology Proper).
5. I would like to write several shorter (and smaller) books similar to, say, this one by the folks at the Christian Research Journal or Robert Morgan’s fantastic The Red Sea Rules. One would be a study of the man born blind in John 9 and entitled Insight from a Blind Man. The other might be a survey of the minor prophet Jonah and entitled Belief Contradicted by Behavior: A Study of Jonah. Some of you know that I’ve worked a bit on helping myself and others improve their preaching, so I might expand on my little pamphlet which is entitled Ten Specific Steps You Can Take To Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better!
Well, those are a couple of projects I’m working on. (I also want to write some Christian comedy, but that’s a topic for another day!).
Prayers are definitely appreciated, friends. Thanks for lifting me and my efforts up before the King!