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Being culturally relevant in our Mission and evangelsim springs from our own passion for god.
Once we have been transformed by the love God has for us, we will love others.
There will always be people problems. The Key is finding rhythm in our relationships. This is part of a series on loving others.
Misplaced love accentuates the need for the true love from God.
INTRODUCTION. 1. What is the Bible? 2. The Book of Ezra (events beginning in 538 B.C.). ● Ezra 1 – 6 (the Temple is rebuilt, finished in 516 B.C.). ● Ezra 7 – 10 (Ezra arrives, 458 B.C.; Nehemiah arrives in 445 B.C.). ● Themes in Ezra: God’s Sovereignty & Faithfulness to His people, and His on-going call for their covenantal-faithfulness to Him. ● Background: Trials & Compromise. God’s people are enduring various trials and have backslidden into spiritual compromise. KNOWING AND LOVING GOD. 1. By Studying His Word: ● with a Right Heart & Theology. → Seeking to know and love God! → Believing the God-breathed Scriptures). ● according to Biblical Principles. → Read God’s Word daily. → Study God’s Word as the church. → Use godly-biblical resources. 2. By Obeying His Word: ● as a faithful remnant (amidst the trials of Life, in the joy of the Lord, and unto the glory of God). ● with the freedom of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. PREACHING & TEACHING GOD’S WORD 1. Some Theological Highlights: ● the Purpose for Preaching and Teaching: to proclaim the gospel, and to live holy lives as God’s people, for His glory (making disciples). ● the Command to Preach and Teach: keep God’s Word central in the church and the family, and do so with a loving-spirit. ● the High Calling for Preaches and Teachers: to preach and teach as ones accountable to God who are honored by His call. ● the Divine Power in Preaching and Teaching: expect God’s Word to work effectually in the lives of those who “hear”. ● the Charge to the Church: “Hear” the Word of God and obey it. 2. Some Biblical Themes: Preach and Teach… ● the greatness and glory of God. ● a “Christ-centered” salvation history. ● the importance of God’s covenant with His people. ● God’s priority and standards for the family. ● God’s call to live by faith (including women, youth, & the weak of this world). ● God’s heart for the poor and His call to live justly. ● God’s wrath against sin, and His love and grace for sinners. ● the person of Jesus Christ, His cross, and His resurrection. ● the power of the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of the church. ● the breadth of Scripture, and do so prophetically (to the church/culture). ● the gospel as the unifying theme and Message of the Bible. ● our biblical Hope in the second coming of Jesus Christ.
INTRODUCTION: 1. Purpose for this Message. 2. Some Recommended Resources: ● "ESV Study Bible" (see “World Religions” section in the back). ● "Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?" by Timothy George. ● "The Qur'an: Text, Translation & Commentary" (English & Arabic Edition by Abdullah Yusuf Ali). ● The Middle East: the History, the Cultures, the Conflicts, the Faiths (by Time magazine). ● Websites: Questions on Islam: www.questionsonislam.com. Islamic Society of North America: www.isna.net. Islam for Today: www.islamfortoday.com. Park 51 Community Center: www.park51.org/faq.htm. THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT. 1. We are to Love God: with our whole being (vs29-30). 2. We are to Love Our Neighbors: as ourselves (v31). 3. We must put our Faith in Jesus Christ: as the Son of God (vs32-34). LOVING MUSLIMS. 1. As our Neighbors: in obedience to God’s word. 2. By Overcoming Sinful Barriers: (our Fear, Ignorance, Pride, Prejudices). 3. By Learning about and from Muslims: (their People, History, Beliefs, etc.). 4. As Believers on Guard in Prayer: for our Enemies, for our Nation, and for the Persecuted Church. 5. And Proclaiming the Gospel: ● as Missionaries and a Missional Church; ● with a Kingdom-driven Focus; ● by Finding Common Ground; ● with Confidence in God’s Gospel!
Be persistent in asking God to meet your needs & trust that His provision is on the way.