All Church Pizza Party (3/11/09)

What:

All Church Pizza Party

When:

Wednesday night March 11th

Time:

Serving commences at 6:00 p.m.

How Much:

$ 2.00 per person
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Pleasant words are like a honeycomb

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:20-24

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver

Proverbs 25:11

JP: Good read by Pastor Chris Anderson:

“Sweetness of Speech Increases Persuasiveness”

Excerpt:

[All] would do well to note that “sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” We’re prone to think that the best way to get a point across is to “unload” on people. According to this passage, that’s not the case. Younts notes that parental instruction should be received—and given!—like a beautiful piece of jewelry (Prov 1:8-9). Too often we give pastoral or parental counsel like a two-by-four to the side of the head instead.

Are there times when a stern rebuke is in order? Sure. I’m not calling for cowardice or Pollyanna sweetness. However, the old adage that “You can catch more bees with honey than vinegar” seems to have biblical backing from the book of Proverbs.

The Jews’ Argument (Romans 3:1-8)

JP: Our study this week (Wednesday 3/4/09) will be from Romans 3:1-8. I’ve prepared two resources for viewing and/or download:

The Jews’ Argument (Romans 3:1-8)

Messianic Prophecies

Tired of the feeble Gospel!

JP: Jay Adams on The Gospel:

Excerpts:

The fact that some of us are tired of hearing weak, feeble presentations of the gospel that sometimes come even from those we respect in other ways.

“Such as?”

Such as ‘Take Jesus into your heart.’ Show me anything comparable to that in Scripture!

“OK. What else?”

‘Let me share Jesus with you.’ Or the bare, ‘Trust Jesus as your Savior’ and the lot. Many of them present Jesus as an add-on Who merely makes life more pleasant.

“Well . . . “

No ‘Wells’ about it—that’s not preaching the gospel.

“OK, then, how do you preach it?”

Read the full articlel

JP: Thankfully Fourth Baptist Church which is “famous for the Gospel” eschews “the feeble Gospel”! Jay Adams recently celebrated his 80th birthday!

I Quit!

JP: The phrase “quit you like men” from 1 Corinthians 16:13 is one of my favorite KJV-isms. There is nothing wrong with the KJV here, by the way; it’s just one of many examples of how the English language has changed since 1611. “Quit” today means basically “to give up”: Like “I quit smoking” or “I quit my job!” It meant (still means but it rarely used this way!), to conduct oneself!. Simply considering the wider context of 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong”, it’s obvious that it doesn’t mean to “give up”! Note how the modern translations have Corinthians 16:13:

NKJV: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong”
NASB: “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong”
ESV: “… act like men …”
NIV: “… be men of courage …”

The Greek for this phrase “quit you like men” is just one verb: ἀνδρίζομαι. What do those symbols mean? Transliterated it is “andrizomai”. Kind of looks like “android” doesn’t it! ἀνήρ (anēr) is the Greek word for “husband” so it seems that this word has a male oriented component (the prefix!). Probably in this verse ἀνδρίζομαι is oriented to both genders and means “to show one’s self a man, be brave”. The verb is in the middle voice. The verb “to hit” like “hit the ball” would be as follows:

  • He hit the ball (active voice)
  • He was hit by the ball (think dodge ball! = passive voice)
  • He hit himself with the ball (think a foul tip in baseball that bounces of one’s shin .. OUCH!). That’s the middle voice

Back to ἀνδρίζομαι (andrizoma). It’s in the middle voice. Some we choose to do to ourselves. (Kind of like quiting a job. If one is “fired” the employer initiates the action, if one “quits”, the employee initiates the action!). Paul calls men (and I think women too!) to ACT LIKE MEN and be courageously committed in serving the Savior!

Unfortunately in some cases,as the article linked below suggests, men (and I am speaking now of “male men” (but not “mail men”)) seem to be less committed and less involved in the work of the Lord. I trust that the 4BYA men would “Quit [ourselves] like men” in the right sense of that phrase!

It is written: U.S. women more religious than men

Excerpt:

U.S. women trump men on being affilated to a specific faith (86 percent to 79 percent), on daily prayer (66 to 49 percent), and attending a worship service weekly (44 percent to 34 percent).

Note: Image is from The Coffee Pirate

Aaron Blumer on polical involvement

JP: Aaron is the owner and publisher of Sharper Iron. He is a graduate of Central Seminary and the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Boyceville, WI. Visit the link for a great graphic (guy with head in the sand!).

Should We Abandon Politics?

The Church as a Hospital


Castlemaine Hospital Ward c. 1894

JP: Image above is from Mt. Alexander Hospital, Australia. Article cited discusses campus ministries and sexual sins. A worthwhile read.

The Church as a Hospital

Excerpt:

When a person is united to Christ by faith, that person is united to Christ in the power of his death and resurrection, which means for the sinner power to die to sin and to live a new life to God. But sin does not go away completely. Some of the disease remains, and there are relapses – some of them severe.

One way we might illustrate it is this: Suppose a person has a case of cancer that is treatable and controllable, but not curable (I know of one such case). That person, when initially diagnosed, gets treatment that, in a sense, ‘knocks the cancer down.’ But the person still has cancer cells, and from time to time they begin to grow again and need more rounds of treatment. Some of the relapses are rather minor, some are major (indeed life-threatening if not addressed), but in the big picture the disease can be dealt with by the treatment.

There are two questions with regard to the Christian and the sin-disease: First, is there any case that is beyond hope? The biblical answer is, ‘No.’ All sin may be forgiven, and all sin can be fought once the faith-connection with Christ is established. Where does the church come in? The church has got to act toward sinners in accord with this reality. All sinners are welcome to seek treatment from the church-hospital, and in every case the church will do all it can to help the sinner, no matter what the sin, in terms of nature and number. And the church will do that, believing that God can and will, if he pleases, give that person the healing he or she needs – both forgiveness of the old life and strength to live a new life.

The second question is: What does the church do about relapses that become known to it? (Of course, we all know that there are many relapses that are not known to the whole church, and, in some cases, to any other human.) When the church-hospital becomes aware of the problem, it does not pretend that the problem does not exist. It tells the patient the truth, and it urges treatment. But the church-hospital does not discharge the person as a hopeless case either. It doesn’t matter how frequent or how serious the relapses are, so long as the patient submits to the treatment offered. The treatment, of course, is the means of grace, and the effects are fresh forgiveness and renewal of the new way of life.