QUYỀN NĂNG CAO CẢ CỦA ĐỨC CHÚA TRỜI Ở VIỆT NAM (Ê-phê 1:4-5)

Dangerous Desire for Church Growth

Whether we are pastors, missionaries, writers, or some other kind of Christian leader, we have much to learn from God’s Word and Adam Ramsey’s article on humility and wrong motives in vocational ministry.

He opens with a clear message on how motives can shift: “Every church planter begins with a desire for his church to grow. And yet, what can often be missed—even as we come hurtling out of the gates with all our plans, prayers, and strategies—is the deadly desire to build our own empire. This kind of desire for church growth, if left unchecked, will have catastrophic results. There is a type of desire for church growth that has the capacity to prove deadly to you, your family, and your church, because its driving motivations are worldly….”

Ramsey rightly points out that motives matter and gives us a few great soul-searching thoughts:

  • “As a church planter and pastor, I have to make war every day on ego and impatience, while breathing the toxic air of a wider church culture that readily applauds quick results over godly longevity.”
  • “But when producing results comes at the expense of building on a gospel foundation with gospel motivations, we may as well be trying to erect skyscrapers on frozen lakes.”
  • “Those he was called to serve were turned into a platform from which he could be seen. And the results were, predictably, catastrophic.”
  • “Though the two appear similar in many ways, the distinction between godly aspiration and worldly ambition is ultimately revealed in our willingness to be unseen. To receive none of the credit. To have every last bit of human applause fly over our heads to Christ.”

Then Ramsey gives us a question that should help all of us search our hearts: “If God were to answer every one of my prayers for revival and renewal in my city—and he chose to do it primarily through another church—would I rejoice simply because he has done a great work?”

Thus, he beautifully concludes: “While we are owed nothing, in Christ we have received everything. And because of that reality, we can give ourselves to planting, shepherding, and serving churches with everything we have (1 Cor 15:10).”

-Adam Ramsey, The Dangerous Desire for Church Growth

Read the whole article here

(GSiV: Miller: Success, Failure, and Grace)

Fight Comparing Yourself to Others

In a recent article, Jaquelle Crowe laid out some basic steps to help fight pride and embrace the gospel in the way we see ourselves and others.

 ‘1. Feast on gospel-truth. Get in God’s Word and marinate your mind in gospel-truth….

‘2. Look for your comparison, and confess it. Start intentionally looking for what triggers your comparison….

‘3. Surround yourself with humble teachers. Listen to the people who are not marked by insecurity, comparison, and envy….

‘4. Read books that challenge your self-focus. As I’ve struggled with my tendency to compare myself to others, two books (after the Word of God) have hugely helped me….

‘5. Train yourself to love better. Instead of using people as measuring sticks against yourself, take steps to treat them as image-bearing individuals….

‘6. Cultivate gratitude. We compare ourselves because we are discontent….

‘7. Remind yourself of your identity in Christ. In other words, preach the gospel of acceptance in Christ to yourself….’

Read it all here.

(GSiV: Miller: Success, Failure, and Grace,

 & Nên Thánh Động Lực Bởi Phúc Âm, & A Mindset All Reformed Folks Need)

Hồn của những người chưa được cứu thì bị cho đi Địa Ngục (Hell)

And the souls of the wicked [all those who haven’t been saved] are cast into Hell

Chapter 33:1

‘The bodies of men after death return to dust, and see corruption, but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them: the souls of the righteous being then made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise, where they are with Christ, and behold the face of God, in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies; and the souls of the wicked are cast into hell, where they remain in torment and utter darkness reserved to the judgment of the great day; besides these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.’

‘Thân thể của con người sau khi chết lại trở về với bụi đất, [a] phải chịu sự tan rã, nhưng hồn của họ (vốn không chết mà cũng chẳng ngủ) vốn có bản chất bất tử nên lập tức [b] được trở về cùng Đức Chúa Trời là Đấng đã dựng nên hồn: Kể từ đó hồn của người công nghĩa được trở nên hoàn hảo trong sự thánh khiết, được vào ở trong Thiên Đàng là nơi họ được ở trong sự hiện diện của Đức Chúa Jêsus Christ và Đức Chúa Trời trong [c] sự vinh hiển của Ngài để đợi kỳ cứu chuộc cho thân thể của họ; và hồn của những người chưa được cứu [họ là kẻ ác] thì bị cho đi Địa Ngục là nơi họ phải chịu sự dày vò và ở trong sự tối tăm hoàn toàn để đợi đến ngày chịu [d] sự phán xét chung thẩm của Đức Chúa Trời; ngoài hai nơi này cho linh hồn sau khi xác đã chết Kinh Thánh không cho biết còn bất cứ nơi nào khác cả.’

  • [a]: Sáng. 3:19; Công. 13:36; [b]: Truyền. 12:7; [c]: Lu. 23:43; 2Cô. 5:1, 6, 8; Php. 1:23; Hê. 12:23; [d]: Giu. 6, 7; 1Phi. 3: 19; Lu. 16:23, 24.

Tuyên Xưng Philadelphia (1742) / Philadelphia Baptist Confession of Faith (1742)

{See other Vietnamese and English articles at GSiV:

Missions and Evangelism &

Sinners in Hands of an Angry God (Việt-Eng)}

Patient evangelism not ‘get rich quick’ method

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was an American missionary in Burma who lived overseas for several decades. The Lord used him and his steady but hard work overseas to build the church in Burma. Usually, the work the Lord has before us is slow, despite modern attempts in the church planting world to make fast look like the norm.

‘…Churches faithfully supported the ministry of a man [Adoniram Judson] they’d never met. They only knew Judson by way of his reputation and the letters that came several months after current events. He never once visited with rousing stories of regular converts.

‘SPIRITUAL GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEMES

The result is story after story of dramatic conversions and mass movements. Churches rarely celebrate slow, hard-slogging work that’s yet to see fruit. In doing so, we unintentionally create spiritual versions of get-rich-quick testimonials, showing how through only a little extra giving and a little extra prayer, you too can see an entire unreached people group saved in your lifetime….

‘INVEST PATIENTLY

Jesus made it abundantly clear that the effectiveness of sowing the word cannot be accurately measured right away. The parable of the soils shows us it takes time to see if a conversion is substantial or ephemeral (Matt. 13)….

‘LOCAL CHURCH AS SPIRITUAL MUTUAL FUND

One of the best ways for a church to grow in patience is to look for evidences of enduring grace….

‘Healthy churches will foster amongst their members a dogged determination to see the lost come to faith….’

-Caleb Greggsen

Read the whole article here

(Also see at GSiV:

Church Growth, Planning, and Multiplication

Starting Churches: Making Disciples

Nên Thánh Động Lực Bởi Phúc Âm)

‘Giáo Luật của Dordt (Dort)’ Là Gì?–part 6

Canons of Dordt (Dort)

The Canons of Dort (Rules or Guidelines of Dordt) come from an international council (synod / Hội Nghị) of Reformed people which took place in the city of Dordrecht (Dordtrecht), Netherlands in 1618-1619.

Giáo Điều Phần Thứ I

Sự Lựa Chọn Thiên Thượng và Sự Hư Mất

  • Điều 6: Tình trạng một số người nhận được đức tin do sự ban cho của Đức Chúa Trời, còn những người khác không nhận được đức tin đó đã bắt nguồn từ ý chỉ đời đời của Đức Chúa Trời. Đức Chúa Trời “Từ trước vô cùng Ngài đã thông biết việc đó” (Công-vụ 15:18) Đấng làm mọi sự hợp ý muốn của Ngài (Ê-phê-sô 1:11). Chính bởi quyết định riêng của Ngài mà Chúa làm mềm lòng những kẻ Ngài chọn lựa; dù cho họ có cứng cỏi đến bực nào Ngài cũng khiến cho họ tin theo. Trong khi ấy thì Chúa phó những kẻ không được lựa chọn vào sự phán xét công bình của Ngài, theo như sự gian ác và cứng đầu của họ. Ở đây chúng ta không thấy bày tỏ sự phân biệt sâu xa, đầy thương xót và công bình giữa những người cùng ở trong một tình trạng hư hoại. Chính luật về sự lựa chọn và hư mất đã được bày tỏ ra trong lời của Đức Chúa Trời đã mạng lại niềm an ủi khôn tả cho những linh hồn thánh thiện và tin kính. Còn những người bại hoại, bất khiết và tâm trí không vững vàng thì tự chuốc lấy sự diệt vong.
  • [God’s Eternal Decree] The fact that some receive from God the gift of faith within time, and that others do not, stems from his eternal decree. For “all his works are known to God from eternity” (Acts 15:18; Eph. 1:11). In accordance with this decree God graciously softens the hearts, however hard, of the elect and inclines them to believe, but by a just judgment God leaves in their wickedness and hardness of heart those who have not been chosen. And in this especially is disclosed to us God’s act—unfathomable, and as merciful as it is just—of distinguishing between people equally lost. This is the well-known decree of election and reprobation revealed in God’s Word. The wicked, impure, and unstable distort this decree to their own ruin, but it provides holy and godly souls with comfort beyond words.

Full document in Vietnamese here.

See GSiV Resources page

(Also see here

Đức Chúa Trời và Sự Cứu Rỗi: Tín Lý Về Ân Điển Quyền Năng

at GSiV)

Differences between Calvinism and Arminianism?

Why can’t there be a mixing of the two views to produce what is sometimes called “Cal-minianism”?

  • ‘The gap between them at several points is wide and deep. It centers around the middle three points of the famous TULIP scheme: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints. While Arminians accept divine election, they believe it is conditional. While they accept a form of limited atonement, they reject the idea that God sent Christ to die only for a portion of humanity. The atonement’s limited nature is grounded not in God’s intention but in human response. Only those who accept the grace of the cross are saved by God; those who reject it and seek salvation elsewhere fail to be included in it by their own choice, much to God’s dismay. While Arminians embrace the necessity of supernatural grace for salvation (as for any spiritual good, including the first stirring of the will toward God), they deny that God irresistibly bends human wills so that they are effectually saved apart from their own spontaneous (not autonomous) response.’

-Roger Olson, Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities, p. 63.

(Các Đoạn 39-42, 48-49 GSiV: Xem chi tiết)

(Election: Xem Chi Tiết)

Distinctives of ‘Lordship Salvation’

‘The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus’ message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God’s righteousness….

 

First, Scripture teaches that the gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9)…. Second, Scripture teaches that salvation is all God’s work. Those who believe are saved utterly apart from any effort on their own (Titus 3:5)…. Third, Scripture teaches that the object of faith is Christ Himself, not a creed or a promise (John 3:16)…. Fourth, Scripture teaches that real faith inevitably produces a changed life (2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation includes a transformation of the inner person (Gal. 2:20)…. Fifth, Scripture teaches that God’s gift of eternal life includes all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3; Rom. 8:32), not just a ticket to heaven…. Sixth, Scripture teaches that Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional surrender (Rom. 6:17-18; 10:9-10)…. Seventh, Scripture teaches that those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Pet. 1:8-9; Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 16:22)…. Eighth, Scripture teaches that behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is real (1 John 2:3)…. Ninth, Scripture teaches that genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they will persevere in the faith (1 Cor. 1:8)…. Most Christians recognize that these nine distinctives are not new or radical ideas. The preponderance of Bible-believing Christians over the centuries have held these to be basic tenets of orthodoxy….’

-Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

Read the whole thing here

(GSIV: Lordship, Earning vs effort: grace, justification, and sanctification)

The Protestant Reformation (En and Vn)

Cuộc Cải Chánh

Many posts below contain both Vietnamese and English.

Reformation History: Five Onlys–part 10

Reformation History: John Calvin là ai?–part 9

Reformation History: John Calvin là ai?–part 8

Reformation History: William Farel–part 7

Reformation History: Calvin và Farel–part 6

Reformation History: Teach Your Kids about it–part 5

Reformation History: 5 Điều Duy Nhất–part 4

Reformation History: Martin Luther’s Conversion (Spurgeon)–part 3

Reformation History: Martin Luther’s Conversion (Spurgeon)–part 2

Reformation History: Luther và Calvin–part 1

Was the Reformation a Missionary Movement?

Vận Mệnh của Cuộc Cải Chánh

J. Calvin bắt đầu theo Phong Trào Cải Chánh

The Great Translator: Tyndale and the Reformation

Radical Reformation: Anabaptists (B. Hubmaier)

Radical Reformation: Anabaptists

Radical Reformation: Three groups

Cuộc Cải Chánh Của Martin Luther–part 2

Cuộc Cải Chánh Của Martin Luther–part 1

Bức Thành Kiên Cố (A Mighty Fortress is our God)

Differences between Protestants and Catholics?

Scripture Alone!

Justification according to the Philadelphia Confession 1742

Luther, Calvin, Farel, Reformation

Năm Điều Duy Nhất Của Cuộc Cải Chánh (5 onlys, 5 solas)

Brief Story (in Vietnamese) of the Whole Bible

Here is a type of Creation to Christ (C2C) tool that is sensitive to Asian issues of shame and fear but doesn’t neglect guilt and sin. It is concise but includes important simple details of the Bible’s story about Israel and Abraham while telling redemption history (redemptive historical). It approaches the topic with the theme of God as King over the peoples (citizens) of the world, but especially his chosen ones.

In English and Vietnamese

Outline:

God creates a good world.

  • Đức Chúa Trời tạo nên thế giới tốt đẹp.

Man rebels.

  • Con người không vâng lời Đức Chúa Trời.

God keeps his promise through Abraham.

  • Đức Chúa Trời giữ lời hứa của Ngài bằng Áp ra ham.

God judges Israel but keeps his promise.

  • Đức Chúa Trời phán xét Israel nhưng vẫn giữ lời hứa của Ngài.

God fulfills his promise in King Jesus.

  • Đức Chúa Trời hoàn thành lời hứa của Ngài bởi Vua Giê-xu.

King Jesus returns to judge and restore.

  • Vua Giê-xu trở lại để phán xét và phục hồi.

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