Friday, March 23, 2012

Suggestions for Humility: Weakening Pride to Cultivate Humility

1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ.

As Each Day Begins
1. Acknowledge your dependence upon God and your need for God
2. Express your gratefulness to God
3. Practice the spiritual disciplines - prayer, study God's Word, sing praises. Give him worship. Do this consistently each day and at the day's outset if possible
4. Seize your commute time to memorize and meditate on Scripture
5. Cast your cares upon him, for he cares for you
6. Reflect on the forgiveness of God's mercy to you an unworthy sinner

As Each Day Ends
1. Transfer the glory and praise to God for the occurrences of the day
2. Before going to sleep, receive this gift of sleep from God and acknowledge his purpose for sleep

For Special Focus
1. Study the attributes of God
2. Study the doctrines of grace
3. Study the doctrine of sin
4. Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself
5. Go for a walk

Throughout Your Days and Weeks 
1. Identify evidences of grace in others and thank God for them!
2. Encourage and serve others each and every day
3. Invite and pursue correction
4. When trials come respond in humility knowing God is conforming you to Christ through it (Rom 8:28-29).

*This article is taken from Humility: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney (pp.171-2).

Guys Night - Round Three

Alex, Benoit
Josh, Scott, Nathan, Wisdom, Caleb
Not shown: Mark and Moses.

Bacon sure brings friends together. Another great night with the guys. This night we listened to John Piper on the Single Life. A spin from our first message which was on marriage. H/T to Caleb for suggesting this one, it was a needed balance. I took from it the far-surpassing worth of marriage to Christ in respect to actually being married. We're hoping to have one more night before the school year is up.

P.S. Sorry I was on vaca in Fort Myers and forgot to post this before I left.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

10 Lines Seminary Teaches

If you're around these parts for a couple years there are some lines you just can't shake. Here are ten lines that have impacted me and I thank seminary (TBS) for teaching me when it comes to God, the Bible, and biblical spirituality.

1 - Scripture interprets Scripture
2 - Context, Context, Contex
3 - Pray until you pray
4 - The case of a relative pronoun is determined by its function in the relative clause (Greek)
5 - Scripture is Christocentric
6 - If you won't read, you won't lead
7 - Word studies = bad; Biblical themes = good
8 - Study 10 hours over your books on your knees
9 - A text without a context is a pretext for a prooftext
10 - If you can't pray now, when will you?

"One of the best preparations for death
is a thorough knowledge of the Greek grammar"
> Warfield > Hodge > Lindsay (Trials of Theology p57; ed. Brian Rosner).