(Warning: long post ahead!)
Well, only ten days and one Sunday left in our LISTEN series. I’ve loved everyone’s comments on this blog and in person throughout the weeks.
Both Micah and David took notes on paper last night. David wrote (the best he could) some key words that he heard.
Micah’s asking some pretty good questions. As you’ll see in his questions below, he’s listening as if Paul was writing to him. (Of course, sometimes he’s just being funny. Still…) Can’t wait to help him understand over the next few important, formative years. Are you going to help me?
David’s key words (edited for spelling):
- obey your parents
- group (as in we have group at our house on Sundays)
- I know why Paul was in jail – because he believed in God
- How come we have to suffer the same way?
- We will bow down to God even when we don’t want to because angels will knock our knees (I think we’ll have to talk about this one!)
- How can you send Timothy to us when you are dead?
- People are like dogs!
- All things were made in seven days
- How is Paul thinking about us?
- How did I die with God when I’m still alive?
- How are we becoming more like God? (Anyone else asking this one?)
- Don’t be hard on your children – did you hear that? (Yes, he actually wrote that!)
- Luke is a doctor. I didn’t know that.
- It doesn’t matter why they preach as long as it’s the true gospel
- Obeying the rules doesn’t matter if you don’t have the heart-change to go with it
- How many of us would be able (or bold enough!) to say that we care for someone in the same way Jesus does?
- A while back I noted that Jesus said that he didn’t care why people believed in him, just that they did. Now Paul writes that it doesn’t matter how they hear about Jesus, just that they do. So either God is really sloppy about this whole salvation thing, or he desperately wants as many to believe as possible. I’m pretty sure I know which it is.
- “Work…to discover what it really means to be saved” – this is a great understanding of the meaning of this verse
- I wonder who he was referring to who didn’t care about Christ.
- Many Christians are concerned about using words that have alternative crass meanings. While it’s true that we should watch what we say, two other things are true as well:
- We cannot expect unbelievers to necessarily think the same way about those words. Clean language without a clean heart is useless (as we’ll see in a minute).
- Apparently Paul thought that sometimes it’s OK to use them for shock value to make a point. Here are a couple of examples from Philippians 3 where he used harsh language and bad words: dogs (harsh – an apostle calling names?); garbage (bad word; check out the footnote here). [Bonus: did you catch the one in Galatians 5:12?]