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

Unreached People Groups and Overemphasis on Speed

‘UPGs [unreached people groups] are hard to get to, difficult to live among, and it will take men and women of character and grit and good training—supported by churches with sober expectations (not measuring success by converts and churches planted)—to see churches planted among them. But it can be done! It’s being done today, slowly and methodically, but with little fanfare.’

‘The overemphasis on speed and pragmatism in the Church Planting Movement, Disciple-Making Movement, Insider Movement, Short-Cycle Church Planting, and their ilk is a dangerous result of bad theology, not of overemphasizing UPGs. To conflate the two is both erroneous and harmful. Long before today’s dominant methodologies (and remember, methodology is the offspring of theology) came into being, men and women like Hudson Taylor, Adoniram Judson, Amy Carmichael, Gladys Aylward, William Borden, and John Paton were making the case that the English-speaking people group had sufficient light, while others remained in complete darkness.’

Read the whole thing here

(GSiV:

A Plea for Gospel Sanity in Missions

Dangerous Desire for Church Growth,

Miller: Success, Failure, and Grace,

Church Growth, Planning, and Multiplication,

Starting Churches: Making Disciples,

Analysis of T4T,

Phương pháp ‘Môn Đồ Hóa Dựa Trên Sự Vâng Phục’ là chủ nghĩa luật pháp phải không?)

God’s Wrath: J. Bridges

Many would avoid the topic of God’s anger against sin and talk only of his love. The wise know better. It is a very loving thing to remind people of all that Scripture teaches, including God’s hatred of sin.

  • ‘God‘s wrath arises from his intense, settled hatred of all sin and is the tangible expression of His inflexible determination to punish it.’

-Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day, Week 12 / Wednesday

(GSiV: Hồn của những người chưa được cứu thì bị cho đi Địa Ngục (Hell); Missions and Evangelism;

Jerry Bridges)

Humility and conflict: Piper

Piper’s sermon (article) lists several points. Here’s one that’s especially important in conflict:

  • “Humility knows and feels that it is fallible, and so considers criticism, and learns from it; but also knows that God has made provision for unshakable human conviction, and that he calls us to persuade others.”

-John Piper

Read the whole thing here.

(GSiV: Phương Pháp Giải Quyết Xung Khắc; Ray Ortlund ; Humility; Gospel Grace Versus Dead Religion–part 5)

Phương Pháp Giải Quyết Xung Khắc

‘Năm chuyện ngắn trong sách nhỏ này mô tả những xung khắc có thật, nghiêm trọng tới mức chia rẽ Hội Thánh hoặc dẫn tới kiện tụng giữa anh chị em Cơ Đốc. Những xung khắc này bao gồm những vấn đề thông thường trong cuộc sống hằng ngày: tranh chấp với chủ, bất đồng về cách dạy con, tranh giành gia tài, không chịu trả công cho một anh chị em tín hữu, và những bất đồng giáo lý.

‘Những tình huống này tuy đơn giản nhưng có thể nhanh chóng trở thành những xung khắc nặng nề khiến các bên liên quan không thể tự giải quyết được. Vậy nên chúng ta phải sớm dàn xếp, và phương cách tốt nhất là ứng dụng tinh thần của Thánh Kinh để tái lập không khí hòa thuận trong nhà Chúa. Như bạn sẽ thấy trong các câu chuyện này, tiến trình này bao gồm ba loại hành động.’

-Ken Sande and Ted Kober, Phương Pháp Giải Quyết Xung Khắc [adapted from The Peacemaker]

(GSiV: Grace not Rules; Ray Ortlund ; Humility; Gospel Grace Versus Dead Religion–part 5)

Traits of a Humble Leader

Below are just some of the good traits that Mr. Lee discusses about humility:

  1. Humble leaders tend to share their resources, whether in want or in plenty. Arrogant leaders tend to hoard their resources, unwilling to share unless they get something in return.
  2. Humble leaders tend to be bridge-builders, refusing to demonize or neglect the “other.” Arrogant leaders tend to work alone, refusing to partner with others—especially those who hold differing views.
  3. Humble leaders tend to ignore gossip, being wise enough to know there’s always another side to the story. Arrogant leaders tend to spread and entertain gossip, always wanting to hear the worst of others to make themselves feel better.
  4. Humble leaders tend to be king-makers, without clamoring to be kings themselves. Arrogant leaders tend to be attention-seekers, preferring to burn bridges or arrive with guns blazing if they don’t get their way.
  5. Humble leaders tend to celebrate others’ accomplishments and not their own. Arrogant leaders tend to disregard other people’s accomplishments if it doesn’t serve their agenda.
  6. Humble leaders tend to give the benefit of the doubt…

Moses Y. Lee 

Read the whole thing here

(GSiV: A Mindset All Reformed Folks Need; Ray Ortlund ; Humility; Gospel Grace Versus Dead Religion–part 5)

Rèn Luyện Tâm Linh Trong Nếp Sống Cơ Đốc của Ông Whitney

‘Thế nên, các cách rèn luyện tâm linh là những hoạt động cá nhân và giữa cá nhân với nhau được Đức Chúa Trời đưa ra trong Kinh Thánh như những phương tiện có thẩm quyền đủ, mà những người tin theo Chúa Giê-xu Christ phải áp dụng trong việc đeo đuổi sự tin kính theo đúng Phúc âm và đầy dẫy Đức Thánh Linh, tức là gần gũi với Đấng Christ và giống Đấng Christ.’

-Donald S. Whitney, Rèn Luyện Tâm Linh Trong Nếp Sống Cơ Đốc, Văn Phẩm Hạt Giống, (Viet version 2018), tr. 20. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, NavPress, Colorado Springs, 2014 [1991], p. 9.

(GSiV: Ân điển, chứ không phải những quy tắc / Grace not rules)

Interpreting impressions like “God told me…”

In Mr. Elliff’s helpful little book, Led by the Spirit: How the Holy Spirit guides the believer (page 36) we find many passages that clarify how to use (and not mis-use) God’s Word appropriately.

“Christians should be very humble about this matter of hearing God’s voice. If, in some unusual manners, the Spirit gives a direct impression, we should say, ‘I believe that God is speaking to me in a special inner way about all of this, but I must test this out carefully by other means to know for sure.’

“Unfortunately, there are some Christian groups which do not allow for humility or tentativeness in this area. They say that true faith is known by the bold declaration of the impression you have been given. Thus the one speaking runs the danger of declaring what God has not said, which is strictly prohibited in Deuteronomy 18:20. I find this a sad bondage. I am certain that some express themselves so forthrightly about their revelations so as to help convince themselves that what they think they heard is actually so. Nonetheless, it is not safe, especially when it concerns directions for others’ lives.”

-Jim Elliff

(GSiV: Is “Being Slain in the Spirit” biblical? ; Prosperity Gospel? ; A Mindset All Reformed Folks Need)

Five more points for Calvinists: “Doctrines of Graciousness”

Here’s an article (on a different kind of ‘TULIP’) that can apply to many of our lives right away:

T — Total Humility

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5)

U — Unconditional Kindness

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

L — Limited Criticism

The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, . . . correcting his opponents with gentleness. (2 Timothy 2:24–25)

I — Irresistible Graciousness

Let your speech always be gracious. (Colossians 4:6)

P — Perseverance in Patience

Be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

-David Mathis

Read the whole post here

(GSiV: A Mindset All Reformed Folks Need; Unity; Ray Ortlund; The other TULIP)

Humility is not…

‘1. Humility Isn’t Hiding.

‘2. Humility Isn’t Self-Hatred.

  • ‘Humility’s Acid Test
  • ‘Great Model of Humility

‘It’s the joy of thinking about yourself less, and about Jesus more.’

-Gavin Ortlund

Read the whole thing here

(GSiV: Humility; A Mindset All Reformed Folks Need; Unity)

Humility is the growing ability to…

‘Humility is the growing ability to see God as he really is and myself as I really am–and the first thing a person growing in humility sees and hates is their pride. This is the only kind of person motivated to pursue resources on humility.’

-William P. Farley

Read the whole thing here

(GSiV: Humility; A Mindset All Reformed Folks Need; Unity)

A lifetime message: the gospel for believers

‘If it’s true our relationship with God is based on his grace instead of our performance, why are we so prone to fall into good-day-bad-day thinking? It’s because we’ve relegated the gospel to the unbeliever.

Regardless of when you trusted Christ, the cross divides your life into two periods: “unbeliever” and believer.” What one word describes the Bible message you most needed to hear as an unbeliever? It’s the gospel, the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). And what one word describes the message we most need to hear as believers? I get many different answers to that question, but most can be summed up with the word discipleship–demands and duties such as the spiritual disciplines, holiness, and service.

I don’t question our emphasis on discipleship. Jesus did say, “Go therefore and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). If anything, we need more challenging instruction on this. But there’s something more basic than discipleship, something that provides the necessary atmosphere in which discipleship can be practiced–the gospel.

We need to continue to hear the gospel every day of our Christian lives. Only a continuous reminder of God’s grace through Christ will keep us from falling into good-day-bad-day thinking, where we view our daily relationship with God as based on how good we’ve been.’

Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day, Week 3 / Friday

(GSiV: Performance; Jerry Bridges; Earning vs effort: grace, justification, and sanctification)