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Sunday Night Classes At TBC

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SUNDAY NIGHT CLASSES AT TBC What and Why What Is the Plan? • Trialing classes for Term 1 • Potentially, more classes in Term 3 What About Childcare? • • • • • no creche bring things to occupy your own children books, dry snacks, colouring papers, etc. more freedom than regular service goal: don’t distract others in class What room do I go to? • depends on sign-ups • check your texts and e-mail Why classes? Why not regular PM services? • different format allows for different goals • allows for topics not easily covered in a regular service • allows key topics/doctrines/passages to be covered systematically and more frequently • allows gift of teaching to be exercised The NT distinguishes elements of preaching from teaching. 1 Timothy 4:13 (ESV) Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. The NT singles out teaching from other gifts. Romans 12:6–7 (ESV) 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to 7 our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; Why classes? Why not regular PM services? • different format allows for different goals • allows for topics not easily covered in a regular service • allows key topics/doctrines/passages to be covered systematically and more frequently • allows gift of teaching to be exercised • allows for multiple teachers and topics The NT chides “ought-to-be” teachers. Hebrews 5:12 (ESV) For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, The NT cautions all potential teachers. James 3:1 (ESV) Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. What’s the schedule for Term 1? • • • • • Weeks 1-3: class sessions 1-3 Week 4: no regular class / ChildSafe training Weeks 5-7: class sessions 4-6 Week 8: night of prayer Weeks 9-10: class sessions 7-8 What about a degree? • Sorry ! • Academically meaningless certificates available upon request" What’s different than a regular PM service? • • • • • little to no singing little to no sharing time active learning rather than passive learning group discussion time some pre-class preparation Why put time into this outside of class? • outside investment allows for good Q&A • outside investment maximises your total return What is my commitment outside of class? • Expect to spend 30-60 minutes per week preparing for the next session Isn’t preaching enough? The NT experience > preaching services. Acts 2:42 (ESV) And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. What do classes do that preaching through books of the Bible doesn’t do? • the compiling of texts on a topic into 1 place • the organization of those texts into theological statements • theological harrowing What is harrowing? • “Harrowing is often carried out on fields to follow the rough finish left by plowing operations.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrow_(tool). accessed 13 January 2022 What is harrowing? • “Harrowing is often carried out on fields to follow the rough finish left by plowing operations.” • “The purpose of this harrowing is generally to break up clods (lumps of soil) and to provide a finer finish, a good tilth or soil structure that is suitable for seedbed use.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrow_(tool). accessed 13 January 2022 Is Jesus God? John 10:29–30 (ESV) I and the Father are one.” Colossians 2:9 (ESV) For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, Or, is Jesus human? John 4:6 (ESV) Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. How should we understand the 2 natures of Christ? ✘ Diagrams: MICHAEL AGAPITO https://blog.agrivi.com What is harrowing? • “Harrowing is often carried out on fields to follow the rough finish left by plowing operations.” • “The purpose of this harrowing is generally to break up clods (lumps of soil) and to provide a finer finish, a good tilth or soil structure that is suitable for seedbed use.” • “Coarser harrowing may also be used to remove weeds and to cover seed after sowing. • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrow_(tool). accessed 13 January 2022 © 2013 UNIA by Panagroteh Romania The NT specifies what is to be taught. Titus 2:1 (ESV) But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. What is sound doctrine? sound = healthy = correct, free from error doctrine = that which is taught, the content of teaching What are some criteria for healthy teaching? • Does it agree with what Jesus taught? • Does it promote godliness? 1 Timothy 6:3 (ESV) If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, What might be taught besides healthy doctrine? • things that promote fallen passions • errors/untruths • myths 2 Timothy 4:3–4 (ESV) 3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for 4 themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. What is the job of the elders? Titus 1:9 (ESV) He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction [lit. encourage] in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. www.treffler.net What is harrowing? • “Harrowing is often carried out on fields to follow the rough finish left by plowing operations.” • “The purpose of this harrowing is generally to break up clods (lumps of soil) and to provide a finer finish, a good tilth or soil structure that is suitable for seedbed use.” • “Coarser harrowing may also be used to remove weeds and to cover seed after sowing. • Harrows differ from cultivators in that they disturb the whole surface of the soil, such as to prepare a seedbed, instead of disturbing only narrow trails that skirt crop rows (to kill weeds).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrow_(tool). accessed 13 January 2022 What happens if we listen to unhealthy teaching? Ephesians 4:14 (ESV) so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Applications • • • • • • • Everybody listens to teaching. We are all shaped by the teaching that we listen to. Who are you listening to? Is their teaching in keeping with what Jesus taught? Is their teaching in keeping with what the Apostles taught? Does the teaching you follow promote godliness? Does the teaching you follow promote what is contrary to godliness? What does teaching contrary to godliness look like? Teaching that has its source in demons. 1 Timothy 4:1 (ESV) Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, What does teaching contrary to godliness look like? Teaching that elevates human tradition above God’s commands. Mark 7:7–8 (ESV) in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines 8 the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” What does teaching contrary to godliness look like? Teaching that opposes or dilutes God’s moral law. 1 Timothy 1:10 (ESV) 10the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, https://agromaster.com/en Why should you prioritise teaching from your local church? • You can see whether the teacher has a credible character. Titus 1:7–9 (ESV) 7For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quicktempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for 8 gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self9 controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:10–11 (ESV) 10For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the 11 circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. Why should you prioritise teaching from your local church? • You can see whether the teacher has a credible character. • You can see how the teacher practices what he/she teaches. 2 Timothy 3:10 (ESV) 10You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith . . . Why should you prioritise teaching from your local church? • You can see whether the teacher has a credible character. • You can see how the teacher practices what he/she teaches. • You can see how the teacher handles the difficulties of life and the pressures of ministry. 2 Timothy 3:10–11 (ESV) 10You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my 11 love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. #513 “Speak O Lord”
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