Bible Interpretation

Dung

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Self inflicted guilt because of sin, and or judging, convicting, or condemning others because of their sin is only beneficial if it’s done to bring them into stronger relationship with Jesus.

Paul counted all his righteousness and benefits of the “perfect” religious upbringing as dung for the sake of knowing Christ. (Phil. 3:8)

This means that Christ is the answer to mankind’s issues. Either the religious, like Paul, or the terrible sinner, like me, both need relationship with Christ.

In our culture we love to spend years making people religious in hopes that they will become intimate with God… The earlier followers of Christ had this same debate. Some folks wanted the New Testament Christians to be circumcised as they came to follow Christ. But the devout saw that this was not the way. (Acts 15)

In these days many aren’t converted unto Christ… their converted unto church and the laws their-in. And we wonder why the church is such a mess…

We have to 1. Follow Christ our selves. So that, 2. We convert people to Him. So that 3. Community is about being spiritual family with one another, not about vain traditions that have no power.

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following Him

John 1:35-37 On the morrow, again, John was standing, and two of his disciples, and having looked on Jesus walking, he saith, `Lo, the Lamb of God;’ and the two disciples heard him speaking, and they followed Jesus.

If you rightly teach people to hear the voice of the Lord and follow Him, eventually they’ll quit listening to and following you. Hopefully.

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Politicians and Religious Leaders

Mark 8:11-15 (YLT)

The Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking from him a sign from the heaven, tempting him; and having sighed deeply in his spirit, he saith, `Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And having left them, having entered again into the boat, he went away to the other side; and they forgot to take loaves, and except one loaf they had nothing with them in the boat, and he was charging them, saying, `Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod,’

Jesus says, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. I was reading this morning and got an interesting insight that I think may be helpful to us. While doing a small word study on this passage I realized that although leaven has a negative connotation in the Old and New Testament, leaven itself is not a bad thing. Here’s a definition…

leaven-noun

1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.
2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough.
3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence.
Leaven is what makes bread bread. It cause the batter to ferment and grow so that it is transformed into a scrumptious food. That’s good right?
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Formation: James 1:8

The Book of James Discipleship Meeting:

My view of a discipleship meeting vs. any other meeting is that discipleship is about learning how to better walk with Jesus. The meeting is not about “worshiping” as in music, it’s about New Testament worship, the laying down of our lives (Romans 12:1). The meeting is not about having more cerebral information about a text, like most Bible studies. It’s about learning to hear what God is saying through the scriptures, talking about it with other saints, building each other up unto the likeness of Christ. Nothing wrong with “worship”, or Bible studies, or passionate preaching. Those things are good. I’ve just found that our time is best spent getting our hands dirty in each other’s lives. And challenging people to participate, getting their “hands” on the word. Talking about it, consuming it.

James 1:8  a two-souled man [is] unstable in all his ways.

(These studies all build on one another. Revisit the last post on James to get the scoop on the context.)

So, James is coming out of the prayer closet crazy eyed and begins to challenge the reader of this letter. He speaks to the heart of duality of men. Something he continues to do throughout this letter. We’re all too aware, within ourselves, of the division we have. Paul struggled with this division and even stated, “Who will save me from this body of death?!” Romans 7:24. There are some very practical applications for this specific verse from James, especially in regard to surrender and fully choosing to walk with God. Turning from our old lives and walking with Christ. But, that was not the focus of our topic on Thursday night.

What James was doing by speaking so forthrightly to the people was challenging them unto repentance. In those days there was a fierce commitment to the Church. People we’re dieing for their faith in that area. And to be challenge was to be loved, because they believed that the condition of your soul was most important. It was and still should be a welcomed action. Who else is going to look out for the condition of our souls, if our brothers and sisters don’t?

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Formation: James 1:1-7

Notes from our Thursday night discipleship group:

We’ve considered podcasting our meetings but have opted out of that option for several reasons. The most prominent being that we haven’t wanted to allow any level of a performance mentality to enter into our gathering. When we gather we gather to meet Jesus, and when we open the word of God to discuss it, it is for the sake of interacting with our Jesus. To record it would be to record our intimacy with God. I’d rather keep that private. If you’d like more info on our meetings you can go here > http://www.formationschool.com

The Book of James Discipleship Meeting

Background and Scripture:

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