1 Corinthians 14:3: “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”
2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
Preaching and prophesying are actually in two different categories. If your prophesying has too much rebuking, and not enough comfort, you might be doing it wrong.
As a side note, I sure thought I memorized these verses in the same translation…
Since then, I have lived or existed as one does at School. How dreary it all is! I could make some shift to put up with the work, the discomfort, and the school feeding: such inconveniences are only to be expected. But what irritates me more than anything else is the absolute lack of appreciation of anything like music or books which prevails among the people whom I am forced to call my companions. Can you imagine what it is like to live for twelve long weeks among boys whose thoughts never rise above the dull daily round of cricket and work and eating?
C.S.Lewis, to Arthur Greeves, 5 June 1914
In my ongoing attempt to find something meaningful to do with my life, I’ve taken up making worship lead sheets. I found a lovely program called lilypond that allows you to write sheet music in a programming language, and then spits it out as perfectly arranged sheet music. It’s supposed to be able to generate individual snippets of music that you can throw in to a web page, but that function is buried in an exceptionally bad user interface.
Anyway, I knocked out “Be Thou My Vision” today. First I copied from a hymnal and put in the proper lyrics (hymnals in the 80s and 90s had a terrible habit of arbitrarily changing lyrics, usually for the worse). Then I realized that wasn’t how I play the song on guitar. Guitar strumming has a tendency to pull everything… syncopated So we worked out how to play Be Thou in 9/8 time.
And here’s the completed product:
UPDATE: It turns out that the guitar’s tendency to syncopate has something to do with my complete inability to play in ¾ time. Here’s what I’m actually playing:
Do you know what I’m tired of? People standing up and announcing a lie that they heard and blaming Christians because they heard it at church. Look, we already knew the Devil goes to church. Sometimes he likes to see if he can get behind the pulpit. But he’s a tricky guy. Sometimes he lets you catch one lie just so he can push you the other way. There’s nothing devils like better, I think, than to turn around and say, “Aha! And you heard that one at church!” Yeah, you did. Let’s rev up the anguish. Let’s love God so as to avoid loving our brother.
Listen: Jesus loves you more than life itself, and it is quite possible that he loves his church even more than you. The church where people hurt you; the church where well-meaning people fed you false doctrine; the church were you didn’t do so hot yourself, and you might have left a few broken windows and some bite marks. Christ has said that he will see his bride without spot or blemish before the end, and every wrinkle, every scar, every limp and every glare, they may not just go away. That may be just where the glory comes out.
I just read this sentence in The Hobbit:
The feast that they now saw was more magnificent then before
and I am leaning on the verge, the very cusp of losing all faith in J.R.R. Tolkien. I am shocked to the bones at the inappropriate use of the word “then.”
Search your libraries! Tell me, is this a one-off publisher error, or is this a typo that has sat unnoticed for 50 years?
- What do we know about the city of Corinth?
- Roman city in Greek territory
- Port city
- Cosmopolitan (lots of cultures)
- Lots of resources
- How was the church at Corinth like the city?
- Few Jews
- Background of pagan idolatry
- Lots of resources/economic diversity
- What problems was the church dealing with?
- Review 1 Cor 1:4-9
- What pops out to you from the text? What key terms/concepts?
- David tied these ideas together under the heading of God’s sovereignty.
- What walls go up for you around the idea of God’s sovereignty?
- God is Sovereign over us through His Grace
- God is Sovereign over us through His Gifting
- 1 Cor 1:5-7 – “5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
- David made the connection that they had all the gifts they needed because they had everything that was required for the mission.
- Do we believe this is true today? Of Crossroads? Do we have every gift that we need to accomplish the mission?
- 1 Cor 12:18 – “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.”
Do you believe God put you here…specifically for the purpose of accomplishing the mission God gave to Crossroads?
- Discuss how you settled (are settling?) what local body to be a part of.
- God is Sovereign over us through His Growing of us
- 1 Cor 1:8 – “who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Jude 24-25 – “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
- How can we be confident that the sanctification process we’re going through will be enough?
- Can a lack of spiritual growth be a sign that you aren’t a Christian?
- Can a “dry” time be a sign that you aren’t a Christian?
- What gets in the way of you trusting God to finish what he starts?
- God’s Sovereignty is for His Glory
- 1 Cor 1:9 – “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Paul’s hook, “God is faithful” points his readers to God’s glory.
- Does talk about God’s concern for His glory throw up a wall for you? Why?
- Is there a difference between human glory and God’s glory, or are they the same?
We covered a lot of hard concepts – Submission, Sovereignty, Glory…
- Which of these are a struggle?
- Do these ideas reveal a tendency to put ourselves in God’s place?
- Will you submit to the God Who is sovereign over you?
I found this anecdote by William Tuning in a 1981 collection of science fiction stories edited by Isaac Asimov. I take it to be a true story.
Several years ago there was a great deal of talk about what was thought to be a new molecular form of water — a long-chain molecule of H2O which had silicates present in it and, it was theorized, formed directly from gases and solid components in crevices of quartz rocks.
This material was called polywater, and it excited a great deal of scientific inquiry at the time. The interest in polywater was, of course, involved with what was thought to be the peculiar nature of its formation and some odd properties which it seemed to possess.
Needless to say, a number of research laboratories were conducting quite a bunch of experiments–hoping for some kind of polywater breakthrough.
It was during this period that I had occasion to visit a chemist friend who was in charge of some of these polywater experiments in his laboratory. He went on at some length to enthusiastically explain all the benchwork in progress under his supervision.
Since I have no knowledge of science, I was not greatly interested in the conversation and I soon grew bored. As a polite means of getting shut of all this talk about polywater, I suggested that we might adjourn to a local water-hole for some lunch.
My friend expressed his regrets, explaining that he could not leave the lab unattended, since he had to monitor all these tom-fool experiments that were in progress.
“So you can’t go to lunch,” I said.
“That’s right,” he replied. “I’m on polywater duty all the day.”