Crossroad Bible Study

March 24th, 2009

Family management

Posted by Anna S in Uncategorized
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 Tagged 1 Timothy 3

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If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?

I don’t really know what to think about this bit.    When I was younger, I would have consigned this passage to the “yeah, whatever Paul!” category in my mind.  But now I think that it is something worth grappling with.

I think it is hugely important for people in leadership to have the support of their family.   And there have been plenty of people in leadership who have come to grief through the actions of their family members.  Having said that …

When I was growing up, there was a lovely Godly couple in my church that were involved in lots of areas of the church life – particularly stuff to do with kids ministry.   One day I asked Mum why Mr Cox wasn’t an elder (he seemed like the ideal elder-type).  Her answer was that he didn’t feel that his children were good enough for him to meet the criteria of 1 Tim 3.  I thought that was a bit harsh.  For one thing, all his kids were adults by that stage.  And furthermore, they were all adopted.  But I had a tremendous amount of respect for Mr and Mrs Cox, so I didn’t question it further.

My own family isn’t exactly a shining example of a Good Family Management.  Over the years that my parents have been involved in youth ministry, there have been a few people that have decided to remove their boys from Boys’ Brigade on the basis that “if the Seccombe’s can’t keep their own son under control, how are they going to be able to discipline MY boy?”.  So from that respect you could argue that their ministry has been less effective because they haven’t complied with 1 Tim 3.  But on the other hand, there have been others that have appreciated my parent’s honest struggle with stuff (particularly if their own sons have become difficult).

Does anyone have any thoughts on this??

March 9th, 2009

Doing good

Posted by johncatmur in Uncategorized
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 Tagged Acts 10-11:18

I was just catching up today on Friday’s reading.  Its a great passage, showing God’s power and the wonderful gift of the Spirit coming on all who believed the message about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins, even to the gentiles.

But following on from my message last night at the meeting there were a couple of small details that stood out to me: 

10:2 – Cornelius ‘gave generously to those in need’ and God acknowledged this as valuable in his eyes

10:38 – Jesus ‘went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil’. The breaking in of the kingdom was characterised by God generously ‘doing good’ to his people (thus fulfilling many prophecies) through his Son.

11:29 – ‘the disciples…decided to provide help for the believers living in Judea’ (those struck by the famine).  The supported one another in the family of believers. 

We need to let these verses sink in, and do them, alongside preaching the amazing message of forgiveness of sins for all who believe.  How can we REALLY hold these two together, without either dumbing down the other?

March 3rd, 2009

Conversion?

Posted by Hannah Venable in Uncategorized
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 Tagged John 20-21

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I wanted to ask everyone’s thoughts on John 20:8-9 which says:

“Finally, the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understnad from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)”

These verses are talking about John arriving at the empty tomb, going inside and then “believing”. It seems to be that this belief is a belief that the body is really gone. Mary had told them that someone had taken the body and so Peter and John had ran to see for themselves. They arrived and believed her words: the body was gone. The  next verse (9) seems to explain that they didn’t understand yet that Jesus needed to rise from the dead so that is why they were assuming that someone took the body.

However, our devotional seems to think this was a true conversion experience for John. The author states, “John had his real conversion experience when he made a decision to believe in Jesus based on the evidence (20:8).”

What do you think about that? Is this a real conversion or is it just a belief in an empty tomb?

Hannah Venable

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