God's children should delight in understanding. When a professing believers displays an unteachable spirit and shows no desire to learn and grow, they are acting the part of a FOOL.
A lack of understanding is being blinded or groping in the dark. The eyes being opened and blindness more or less in the New Testament is metaphorically for spiritual blindness, not necessarily Him literally opening eyes and understanding but figurative for understanding awareness, not slumbering and sleep but vigilant, sober and watchful.
In this section of the book of Acts, Luke finalizes his recording of Paul's second missionary journey. Then, he takes the listeners back to Ephesus, where an exciting interaction transpires between Priscilla Aquila, and Apollos. This narrative provides a beautiful description of the character of a Christian who is teachable. Join Dr. Jago at 5 Bridges Church in Panama City Beach as he teaches us verse by verse the truths of God's Word.
In the 2nd part of our look at the relationship of God the Father and Christ, we see the importance of being teachable and holding Scripture as our sole source of truth for heavenly things, and not allowing traditions or creeds to keep our hearts closed to the Spirit.
An interesting discussion of what the second half of this Proverb means and a personal testimony of how that even as we teach the wisdom we learn, we increase our understanding and learning!
In the morning we will consider "Covenant Family Foundations" from Proverbs 1.8, 9. Here's the theme: "Covenant children follow godly parents for beauty and holiness." As Christ is the most beautiful One, children raised in Christ will also glow with a Christ-like beauty of holiness. Prayerfully consider these things for the AM sermon and order of worship.
Lord willing, we will return to our journey through Mark next week.Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:1-19
Text: Proverbs 1:8-9
Message: "Covenant Family Foundations"
Theme: Covenant children follow godly parents for
beauty and holiness
By grace, parents will be leading their children in godly instruction
By grace, parents will be leading their children in godly example
In honorableness, covenant children will remain teachable
For biblical successfulness, covenant children remain teachable
Fervor and accuracy are offered to all who are in Christ! It is good to have both, but one without the other can give room to worldliness. In this passage, we have an account on how Apollos had much fervor, but fell short in accuracy. Aquila and Pricilla, however, took him aside and explained the way of God more accurately (v.26). Apollos along with Aquila and Priscilla exemplified how we must be willing to lovingly receive correction and to lovingly correct each other; We must work together to sharpen one another. Fervency and accuracy then come with faithfulness and consistency through the Holy Spirit by the grace of God!
We are called on to be humble by God in HIs word. The scorner is the OPPOSITE of humble. We will see how this Proverbs spells that out and defines exactly who a scorner is and be encouraged to NOT be one.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
(1 Timothy 1:5)
When the Gospel is preached, God has an end in view. The affect it will have on the hearers. This is what we are to pray for and look for as a result of God blessing a faithful ministry.
The end in view is:
1/ Love out of a pure heart
2/ A good conscience
3/ Faith unfeigned
This service was during the period of official mourning for our beloved Queen Elizabeth 2 who passed away on Thursday afternoon, 8th September 2022
What is the Primary Way We Worship God? (Rom 12:1)
How Does Our Thinking Impact our Christian Living? (Rom. 12:2)
Our Thinking only Leads in one of two ways - Conformed or Transformed
Being Transformed is Based on the Renewing of our Minds/ Thinking
Renewed Thinking is Directly linked to our Christian Behavior
Neither our Emotions nor Physical Being are Changed
Our Transformation is not based only on Biblical Knowledge
How Do We Renew Our Thinking?
Take Every Thought Captive
Learn to be Disciplined in our Life and Not "Go with the Flow"
Be an Imitator
In this message, pastor Keith talks about the importance of remaining teachable. He explains the idea of cognitive dissonance and the desire for people to put themselves into echo chambers. It is a good reminder that we should never replace truth for certainty.