Learning how to learn

Certainly not every Christian or Christian leader needs to study in seminary or Bible school. But for those who have the chance, it can be a great opportunity. One of the take-aways from seminary, and this article quoted from below, is that we need help learning.

  • “Seminaries are not just about conveying information. They’re not even mainly about that. I’m fully aware that students will retain very little of the details we cover in class and readings. But that is not the point. The goal is actually to model how to learn for the long haul: how to read carefully and judiciously; how to assess arguments charitably and wisely; how to learn from others with whom you disagree; how to track down resources and judge their worth; and so on. It’s a set of tools, not the data itself, that makes the seminary experience so invaluable. I fear that this somehow gets lost in the general trend of maligning seminaries for their focus on head knowledge.”

-Greg Lanier

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(GSiV: Grace)

Motives for obedience

Our motives matter. Approaching the Christian life as merely a series of outward behaviors isn’t healthy or biblical. We can’t always know our motives, but it helps to stay in God’s Word and to soul search along the way to try to find out what drives us.

  • “Our motivation for commitment, discipline, and obedience is as important to God as our performance, perhaps even more so.”
  • “Such a works-oriented motivation is essentially self-serving, prompted more by what we think we gain or lose than by a grateful response to the grace he has already given us through Jesus Christ.”
  • “Obedience performed from a legalistic motive–from fear of consequences or to gain favor with God–is not pleasing to Him. Abraham Booth (1734-1806), an English pastor and author, wrote, ‘To constitute a work truly good, it must be done from a right principle, performed by a right rule, and intended for a right end.’ Booth defined a right principle as our love for God. He defined the right rule as God’s revealed will in Scripture. The right end–the right goal–is the glory of God.”

-Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day, Week 20 / Friday

Ân điển, chứ không phải những quy tắc / Grace not rules

Calvinism in Vietnam: A Prayer

O Lord, please save people who will want you. May you establish a Church in Vietnam that cherishes you and your glory above their programs or buildings. May you develop leaders who desire you and your word above any fame or comfort. May you send out laborers in the harvest, laborers who know that the harvest is yours. You will give a harvest because it is your harvest, and your hand is sovereign.