I spend a lot of time checking out other peoples blogs. I really enjoy surfing the blog sphere getting a feel for what’s going on. Often I read something and wonder, “What informed or influenced a person to come to that conclusion.” To that end I thought it might be wise to allow people to see the things which influence me (I guess it’s something I wish I saw on other peoples blogs). It’s intended to be a working document and by no means complete. I’m sure that there’ll be a number of items which I leave out but I’m going to try and be as transparent as possible.
If you ever wanted to see what’s been added over time you could click on the “What I believe” tab at the top of the page and follow the links.
Remember, if you’re reading this, then you’re exhorted to,
And I’m exhorted to,
My view of dispensations in the Scripture.
I believe that all Scripture should consistently be literally interpretated (often called the Historical-grammatical method). As a natural consequence of this I view the nation of Israel and the Church as separate entities within God’s overall program.
One can clearly observe God choosing to deal with man in 7 clearly distinct ways which are commonly called dispensations. They are innocence (Genesis 1:1–3:7), conscience (Genesis 3:8–8:22), human government (Genesis 9:1–11:32), promise (Genesis 12:1–Exodus 19:25), law (Exodus 20:1–Acts 2:4), grace (Acts 2:4–Revelation 20:3), and the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6).
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What is your view on church discipline?
Christians continue to sin even after coming to salvation (1 John 1:8). All Christians are called to encourage, exhort and rebuke one another so as to mutually build each other up in the Faith (2 Timothy 3:16). If a person from amongst a group of believers sin becomes apparent it is the duty and joy of the brethren to restore him or her. This is as much for the benefit of the individual as it is for the local body (1 Timothy 5:20).
The process followed should conform to Matthew 18. The desired outcome at every stage of church discipline is restoration. It is a complex and difficult task and not one to be engaged in frivolously or without due pray and consideration. The final step of church discipline, rather than being punitive to the offender is an act of release of obligation for the church.
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What steps do you follow in leading an individual to Christ?
A person should be presented with the truth of who God is, what man is, what man has done to fall short of God’s glory and what provision God has made to restore the relationship.
Every person is different and will have a different conception or understanding of God. Most people will require more insight into one of the four truths above.
How do you define “evangelism”?
It is one of the foundational works that all churches and all Christians should be involved in.
How do you define the word “inerrant” in relation to the Bible?
It was God who during this process of inspiration directed human authors to compose and record without error His message to mankind. As such Scripture, in the words of the original writings, remains totally without error, free from any contradiction and completely accurate in all its’ parts.
Still to come:
What is your concept of missions and giving to missions?
What is your position on marriages you will or won’t officiate, and your policy on premarital counseling?
What is your understanding of the Bible on the giving of money to the Lord’s work or toward church finances?
What is your practice with regard to counseling in general?
What is your view of the baptism and filling of the Spirit?
How do you interpret the term “imminent return of Christ”?
Is there a real heaven and /or a real hell? Are they eternal?