Bite-Size Seminary (October 18)

  • “Faith that does not produce works is not real faith.  Conversely, works that do not stem from faith and a proper relationship to Christ will have no bearing at the time of judgment.”  (Millard Erickson, Christian Theology)
  • “This is what eternal life means. This is what it means to be saved. It means to go about every day in the present evil Age living the life of heaven. It means that every local fellowship of God’s people who have shared this life should live together and worship and serve together as those who enjoy a foretaste of heaven here on earth. This is what the fellowship of a Christian church ought to be.”  (George Eldon Ladd, The Gospel of the Kingdom)
  • “The church is a manifestation of the kingdom or reign of God, the form it takes on earth in our time.  It is the concrete manifestation of God’s sovereign rule in our hearts.  Under the old covenant, the form of expression which the kingdom took was Israel.  The kingdom can be found wherever God rules in human hearts.”  (Millard Erickson, Christian Theology)
  • “Note that edification is mutual upbuilding by all the members of the body, not merely the minister or pastor.”  (Ibid.)
  • “It is important at this point to note the locus of the various functions of the church.  In biblical times, the church gathered for worship and instruction.  Then it went out to evangelize….It is well for the church to keep some separation among these several activities.  If this is not done, one or more may be crowded out.  As a result the church will suffer since all of these activities, like the various elements of a well-balanced diet, are essential to the spiritual health and well-being of the body.”  (Ibid.)
  • “Only when we give up our own will, self-seeking, and pride, do peace, joy, and satisfaction emerge.  The same point can be made regarding the matter of self-esteem.  Those who seek to build up their self-esteem directly will fail.  For genuine self-esteem is a by-product of exalting and esteeming God.”  (Ibid.)

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