Studies

After my son became lead pastor one of the many things we are taking a fresh look at is how ministers of the gospel should think and feel about being paid by the church; and how the church ought to think and feel about paying ministers of the gospel. This little study came out of those discussions.

Attitude of Minister Re: Pay or Remuneration from the Church:

“Not peddling the word of God” – II Corinthians 2:17

“As poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things” – II Corinthians 6:10

Content with little or much Phil. 4:11-13: I Tim. 6:8

Not coveting anyone’s anything – Acts 20:33

More blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35 Continue reading Attitudes of Minister & Church Re: Pay or Remuneration

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INTRODUCTION – A Wife’s Job Description – – Certainly not my intention to exhaust this subject and answer all of your questions. I’m not a woman and have never been a wife.. but I have spent some hours in these passages. My hope is that you will use this outline in your own devotional times with the Lord and in your fellowship with other wives in this fellowship.

1. She does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life. – Prov. 31:10-12 (through vs. 27 lifestyle of a wife in Biblical days)
a. rest of the passage explains what doing him good might look like, though obviously it was in the context of ancient Hebrew culture.
b. The reason her husband is known in the gates (vs. 23) is because there is a great woman behind the scenes, serving her husband and helping him fulfill his leadership in the community. Continue reading Clear Biblical Responsibilities for Wives Towards Their Husbands

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INTRODUCTION – A Husband’s Job Description If you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it
If you aim at the wrong target, you will most likely hit that; and the consequences or results will most likely be negative – Dick Cheney’s infamous hunting episode is exhibit A
Husbands – God wants each of us to have a crystal clear target – – or at least to know where that target is so we can get more familiar with it.

Nine commands or responsibilities for husbands to faithfully carry out with their wives.

I. Must leave their parents and cleave to their wife – Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:5 Eph. 5:31
A. Germane only to the husband; not directed to the wife.
B. God’s purpose and goal for marriage is oneness. Making a clean break from one’s parents is crucial for this to happen
C. Could be reflective of how sons were meant to take care of their parents; and were the hope of their parents – – thus heavy dependence upon. In the U.S. – social security – – in many other cultures – sons.
D. Geography is not as important as emotional cut off. Can move geographically, but still call and email every day
E. Leaving is whatever one has to do in relationship with one’s parents to enable himself to totally bond with his wife. Continue reading Clear Biblical Responsibilities for Husbands Towards their Wives

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The Goodness of God in the Old Testament
Preface: The Holy Spirit seems to be revealing to the body of Christ in these days the foundational doctrine of the goodness of God. We dare not try to follow Jesus as His disciple and not be firmly grounded in the revelation and reality of His goodness. So this study is a step in that direction.

“Goodness” in the Old Testament
Exodus 18:9 – “Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, in delivering them from the hand of the Egyptians.” This verse follows Moses telling his father in law “all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake…” and how He had delivered Israel.

Exodus 33:19 – “And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” God states this in response to Moses’s request, “I pray you, show me Your glory.” (vs. 18) It appears His goodness and His glory are closely tied together. Practically speaking, does this mean that God showed Moses all the good things He had done for them and perhaps in prior generations? Important to see here that God’s goodness is not naturally seen. To truly see it in all its fullness – revelation is necessary. And revelation often comes in response to our prayers for such. Continue reading The Goodness of God in the Old & New Testaments

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Tithing & Giving & Receiving in the New Testament – A Chapter by Chapter Analysis of Emphasis & Teaching

Matthew 1 – nothing

Matthew 2 – first example of someone giving to Jesus = Magi. First they fell to the ground and worshipped Him. (vs. 11)

Matthew 3 – nothing;           Matthew 4 – nothing

Matthew 5 – “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” (vs. 42) This would be in regards to the poor and needy

Matthew 6 – As the first example of what true righteousness looks like (vs. 1), Jesus speaks again to giving to the poor – emphasizing this time that we should do it without anyone else knowing about it (vs. 2, 3). Vs. 4 speaks to the reward from Father when we give to the poor in secret.
Continue reading Tithing & Giving in the New Testament

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May 7th, 2014
INTRODUCTION –
Bio on John the apostle – Father = Zebedee, mother = Salome, brother = James. John worked for his family fishing business (Matt. 4:21) until he began to follow Jesus full time.

How Peter & John are typically viewed by folk:
Usually think of Peter as having the most significant transformation; and the greatest need for transformation because of all his failures and stumblings. And sometimes we seem to think of John as kind of holy and pure from the beginning. But John’s need was also very significant, as was his transformation after Jesus rose from the dead. Continue reading The Gospel of John – Week One

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May 7th, 2014
INTRODUCTION –
Bio on John the apostle – Father = Zebedee, mother = Salome, brother = James. John worked for his family fishing business (Matt. 4:21) until he began to follow Jesus full time.

How Peter & John are typically viewed by folk:
John’s failures and stumblings:
Luke 9:51-56 “Sons of Thunder” Why?
Luke 9:46-48 – arguing about who is the greatest – – connection to next passage
Luke 9:49,50 – stopping the non team member
Matthew 20:20,21 – Their mother’s request & their response to His question Continue reading The Gospel of John – Week One

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August 18, 2013
INTRODUCTION – I’ve had discussions with enough of you regarding last Sunday’s service to know that lots of light bulbs were going on, and lots of questions were raised from all that we discussed. This morning we need to revisit some of those things and tie up some other things I sought to convey to you..
Before we discuss some of the subject matter – I want to set the record straight – – I do not have any Harry Potter books by my bedside. But I did win one once at Baywood Elementary – not by design…We were attending Caroline’s open house. And I think I won a door prize. I believe my wife sold it at a used bookstore a few days after I won it, so even if I had wanted to read it, my window for such was very short.

I want to review a few of the truths or principles we discussed last week. What got us going down this path in the first place was what happened in our service two Sundays ago. I felt right before that service – that the Holy Spirit led me to start the service off by reading Matthew 16:13-19. This may be one of the most tragically neglected passages in scripture. So let’s read that now for context:
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven’ and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Continue reading A Biblical Theology of Music & Singing II

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August 11, 2013
INTRODUCTION – Jesus Christ – during His earthly ministry had an intriguing conversation with a Samaritan woman about worship (among other things). In that conversation He revealed that those who want their worship to be accepting and pleasing in the sight of the living God must worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” He repeats that phrase again to make sure she and we get it. You can read about it in John chapter 4.

One of the ways we have sought to apply this principle in our worship services is that we try to provide an environment wherein truth in all of its breadth and depth is valued and sought – usually in the form of a thoroughly prepared sermon or teaching; and we also try to provide an environment wherein revelation from the Holy Spirit is valued – usually in the form of a spontaneous prophetic word, scripture reading, tongue with interpretation, spiritual song, exhortation, testimony, etc. And we try to cover our worship gatherings in prayer in the days leading up to it. Continue reading A Biblical Theology of Music and Singing – part I

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INTRODUCTION – We began last week a series on the topic of justice for a variety of reasons.
1. Because I’ve never had a course on it. Never read a whole book just on that subject. Never heard a sermon preached on it except for clips from some Martin Luther King sermons. And yet I keep coming across the words, “Just”, Justice and injustice in the scriptures as I read them day after day.

2. I am on a task force for the Statesmen’s group, which is an international group that Dennis Peacocke leads – – and our particular task force has been given the assignment to produce a biblical theology on the main topics in scripture that bear on city reaching or city transformation. And in our discussions in Dallas back in September I was given the assignment to produce some papers on the theme of justice in scripture since no city is going to be transformed unless justice is taken seriously and executed faithfully and courageously, and everyone in our group admitted along with me that they had never done justice to the subject of justice, and no one else seemed inclined to do justice to the subject of justice. Continue reading Becoming a People of Justice – Part II

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INTRODUCTION – Why a series (2 or 3 Sundays) on justice?

1. Because – like marriage – the concept of justice has been corrupted and twisted by those who claim to represent God, but in fact do not know Him. Some who speak of justice today do not claim to represent God, but do claim to have a corner on the truth regarding justice. One of the more recent local examples of this is the letter written to the editor of the Tribune a few months ago re: the Boy Scouts. One of the primary reasons letters and positions like this are allowed to be stated and proclaimed with little response or rebuttal is because the church, which is supposed to be the pillar and support of the truth has not – by and large – taught on the topic of justice, and discipled its people to carry it out as a lifestyle. We need to band together and do our part to turn this around.

2. One of my assignments for the task force I became a member of in the conference in Dallas on City Transformation back in September was to present a biblical theology on the topic of justice (along with the unity of the church and a biblical theology of cities). I’ve already sent off the unity and cities papers. But I just started the justice ones this week, and so it seemed appropriate to share some of these truths with you. Continue reading Becoming a People of Justice – Part I –

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May 31, 2009

Why on a Foggy cool day, when we could be home watching basketball, or taking a nap, are we going to gather at the inlet beach in Morro Bay and baptize a couple of our members? What if we get seaweed in our hair? What if a crab bites our foot? What if someone who knows me from school or work drives by and sees me? Isn’t this kind of an outdated practice? Is getting baptized really that important? Continue reading Baptism – Why Mess with It?

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March 2nd, 2008 – Clarifying Kingdom Greatness
INTRODUCTION –

I. Getting Clear on Our Definitions/Terms
A. The kingdom greatness that Jesus Christ calls each of His disciples to is basically being just like Him in our attitudes, character, responses, and deeds. It is the quality of life that produces fruitfulness and increase in everything we touch. It knows no limitations or obstacles because it is actually the very life of Christ being expressed through our mortal bodies. Kingdom greatness starts with our own hidden life, and then begins to affect our home life, our work life, our church life, and our witness in the world. Kingdom greatness always results in transformation, not just words. It is bathed in love. And its ultimate result is God being glorified and exalted. The more we see God in all His greatness, the more we will want to live lives that reflect such greatness. Continue reading Pursuing Kingdom Greatness – Part III

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December 30, 2007

INTRODUCTION –

I. HOW IMPORTANT IS LOVE = WHETHER IT BE LOVING GOD OR LOVING ONE ANOTHER OR LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR??
5 reasons why I believe it is the main thing the Holy Spirit is doing in His church in these days; and why it should be the main or most important thing we give ourselves to in these days
A. Fufills the whole law like nothing else
– ROM. 13:8-10 “…for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. … Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
– GALATIANS 5:14 “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
– JAMES 2:8 “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well.” Continue reading Loving into the New Year

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May 29, 2007

1. Acts 2:37-41 – Peter ministering to the Jews
What is it they heard? Vs. 37
How did they respond? Vs. 37
What is the first thing Peter commanded them to do? Vs. 38
2nd thing? Vs. 38
What is Peter’s promise if they respond appropriately? Vs. 38
Note also his ongoing exhortation? Vs. 40
Who were the ones who got baptized according to vs. 41?
What was the setting of this event?
As far as we know from this passage, what is true of every person who was baptized? Continue reading Accounts of Baptism in the New Testament Post Christ’s Ascension

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October 16, 2004
I. His Example
A. Events of momentous decision in His life/ministry: His baptism – Luke 3:21; Before He started His ministry – Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-12; When being distracted from His mission – Mark 1:35-38; Selection of 12 – Luke 6:12; Mount of Transfiguration – Luke 9:29; Last Supper – Matt. 26:27; Gethsemane – Luke 22:39-46; on the cross – Luke 23:46. Continue reading Prayer in the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ

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