Greetings my "epistemologically self-conscious" friends. Today, I want to discuss the "six" characteristics of biblical thinking. Let's call them "the Marks of the Christian Mind." These characteristics are extremely important as we seek to live faithfully under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Be careful because I will test you on these later.
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In considering Christ's Lordship over the mind, we are forced to address the training of that mind; therefore education. The greatest resource of a culture is its children. The ones who educate the children guarantee his existence. As a result, this must be examined very carefully. Children are special- they are our future! Also, God's children, the children of the King deserve a "royal education."
Christ is Lord! It doesn't matter what our culture says. In fact the Scripture teaches that Christ-followers are "not to be conformed to the world but we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds that we might prove what is the perfect will of God" (Rom. 12:2). In other words, we are not to be shaped by the world but rather by the Word of God. The Word of God, teaches that Christ is Lord over every area of life! Remember Kuyper's words: "There is not a square inch within the domain of our human life of which the Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not say, 'MINE.' " I have heard it described as "Christ is Lord 24/7!" Twenty-four hours a day; seven days a week!
Lordship of Christ- "Surprise Mental Exercise" or pop test, if you prefer!
I know what you are thinking- What about the 7 points? Oh ya but it is time to see what you have learned from our discussions. If fact, I encourage you to write to me as you respond to the story below. Be sure to follow the directions. If you want to write, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the story below. Give it a title and establish biblical principles (remember the Scripture is our final authority) as they relate to the story. OK, here we go:
We have been discussing the Lordship of Jesus Christ (read Col. 1:15-18). We've talked about what it is; explained different aspects; tossed around some ideas; things like that. Now I'd like to begin a section that (I hope) will help us to understand what it means "live it out" in the daily affairs of life. It's fun to toss ideas around but they don't mean much if you cant use 'em. I would like to throw out (continuing with the tossing theme) 7 principles to be used "where the rubber meets the road!"
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Has anyone ever asked you if you were "epistemologically self-conscious?" Do what!!!! Epistemo what!?!? Was I just called a filthy name or was it a compliment? What in the world are you talking about?
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We live in a culture that operates on the assumption that Jesus Christ has absolutely no relevance in our lives on Monday through Saturday. Once we leave the sanctuary, if indeed we go, we live as we desire or as the world dictates. Jesus simply has "nothing to say!" [Read more »]
I'm writing from Port Gibson, Ms (let me know where it is- Ralph doesn't count cause I told him) where I am preparing to teach Bible and History at Chamberlain-Hunt Christian Military Academy. It is an exciting opportunity to work with young men (7-12 grades) during very formative years. Please not like TAPS where an elderly, digruntled, retired general (played by George C. Scott) dominates and dictates the actions of young cadets- particularly the ones played by Timothy Hutton and Tom Cruise. Sean Penn is calming influence- how 'bout that! Well, so much for useless trivia. Chamberlain-Hunt is a solidly Christian educational institution. Students come from all over the world with the majority of the cadets coming from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Please pray for us as we seek to impact the young men for Christ.
Good morning. Well- how did you do last week with the Pat's (remember the person we met last week who happened to have a world-view disagreement with us) with whom you came into contact. Life is filled with these "points of contact." I encourage you to view these "points of contact" as opportunities to demonstrate your commitment and willingness to serve the Lord. Don't forget that every day and in every way our lives are lived under the rule and reign of the Great King- the King whose name is Jesus. Our obligation in the service of this Great King is to obey Him in all we do. If the principles we discussed are from the Scripture (the Bible is the manuel given to us by the King in which He tells us how to live our lives), then ours is to do it! (Read the "Charge of the Light Brigade"). Pretty simple right? HA!!!!!! Nope- its really TUFF!
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Oh well- you knew it was going to happen. It was only a matter of time as our culture continues to slide into the hedonistic, narcissistic, self-centered emptiness that humanism ultimately leads mankind into. It is the "real black hole!" Talk about an intellectual dark ages! Listen folks- this is the result of living our lives "as if there was no God." This is the definition of a "Fool." Check it out. Read Psalm 14:1 (also Psalm 10 and 53). Our culture is moving faster and faster on the slide into the muck of self-destruction.
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