To know Jesus Christ is the best thing that can happen in a person life. It transforms your mind, body and sprint. I have picked the following three topics to share my experiences of knowing Jesus Christ. First, what can your local church do to better communicate God’s love to your community? Second, why are personal testimonies important in sharing the gospel? Third, Did Jesus claim to be God? These are the three topics that always spark my interest when talking about our Lord savoir Jesus Christ.
Chapter two starts off with the author talk about his education of true christian counseling before settling on one called the discipleship approach (Collins, 23). Readers explore some people-helper principals; starting with “the helper.” This principal starts out citing Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia in which Paul instructed the leaders there to “restore” the individuals who were apparently struggling with sin and other issues (23). Paul instructs that only those who are spiritual may help the struggling individuals so that the struggling individuals may get the real help they need by means of healthy, loving caring relationships. In principal two, we learn how to help people that can be difficult to penetrate
Throughout time, there have been diverse religious beliefs that have been taken into account regarding Christianity and God. Although, many pastors have reflected their own beliefs on that matter, one pastor can stand out from the rest. The name is Joel Osteen who became a minister in 2006 in Houston, Texas. His primary focus differed than many others, as he did not focus on the sins or evils that this corrupt world overcomes society with. Instead, he decided to preach about the idea of positive thinking and self-improving. Basically, he believed that individuals in society should focus on themselves, as they take priority over the community as a whole. When individuals immerse themselves in a deep focus on finding their true self, God will
In one area parents must read the Bible to their children at a very young age, this will promote the values described above. By teaching children to talk to God they will realize they have someone who is always available to listen. One’s ministry praxis will change according to what they have been called to do. “Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of the truth?” (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)  However, the overwhelming sense of privilege of being able to God’s emissary to continue in his redemptive work is a glorious experience to
Different religions have their different views on Hell, Christianity has become one of the big three religions and they have a different view of what Hell has become. Religions have different views of what Hell is and Christianity sees Hell as having a place for souls that should receive punishment for what they did while they were on earth. Not only is there a Hell in Christianity but before a soul might go to Hell there is a place called purgatory. Lingering souls that wander go there and they await what their punishment or reward for their afterlife. That is the first stop before a soul can go to either Heaven or Hell, people will pray “for the dead to alleviate their suffering in purgatory” (Greenblatt 9). Once a soul has been judged they
God commands us to both appreciate our blessings while also sharing among the less fortunate. Today, the ‘less fortunate’ represent over three billion individuals living in poverty, with 50 million being American. Yet, “the top 10 richest Americans hold half of all the income in [America]” Simply for personal interest, multiple elites hoard their money rather than adhere to their moral obligations of being “generous and ready to share”.
One important teaching of Jesus was to help the poor, as well as, trying to live without worldly possessions. In Matthew he says “blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5.3). In Luke’s Gospel, there is a verse which says “If you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have extra food, give it away to those who are hungry” (Luke 3.11). These verses show how Jesus wanted everyone to be equal and united. He wanted his followers to help those in need in whatever way they could. There is a story in Matthew, which talks about how a rich man approached Jesus asking him how he could achieve eternal life. To that, Jesus replied, “go,
Those who oppose Osteen's stance point out that Jesus confronted sin and was not concerned with “lifting people up,” but with telling people the truth and saving their souls from an eternity without
While the goal of Christian education and discipleship is spiritual formation of the new believer into a true disciple who makes other true disciples, this concept has been watered down in the American church today by emphasis on programs instead of progressive spiritual growth in every member’s life. There are many
The thought of a holy place where loyal and devout followers of Christ can finally be with their Lord is the main goal for Christianity. This location, known as “Heaven,” is said to be the home of angels and the King of Kings. Other terms for this include The Pearly Gates, Kingdom Come, Paradise, and the Promised Lands. Basically, Heaven is the ideal place for people of Christian faith to end up. However, Edwards strongly notes that it is most likely not going to be the final destination for most people, believers and nonbelievers alike. One can not talk about Heaven without also mentioning the concept of “Hell.” Hell is, in a basic sense, where the sinners go. To sin is to perform an action, either physical or mental, that disobeys God and his rules (referencing to the 10 Commandments). Edwards goes on to explain how, “Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards Hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf....(page 88)” This is the first form of persuasion that we see within this text--the art of coaxing everyone into believing no one will make it to Heaven because everyone is a
(Luke 10:25-37). Jesus taught this so that Christians would treat everyone the way that they would want to be treated. In Luke 6:20-26, Jesus said. “That the poor were special to him and that their suffering would be rewarded in heaven.” He also went on to say, “The rich who ignored the suffering of the poor would be punished.” One of Jesus’ most important teachings on poverty was in Matthew 25:31-46. To the affect Jesus said “Whenever you help anyone in need you are helping me.” Christians believe that when they help someone they are helping Jesus and that they will be rewarded for it. These are the main Christian teachings on wealth and poverty.
The principles are for continual growth and elevation for Christians. The instructions in The Bible are not only for guidance is a comforting and strengthening agent. Given this statistic, this could be an additional reason why God created mankind in His image to take part in on other wonderful helpful contributions. Highlighting the difference between a secular worldview and a biblical worldview, the incorporation of belief and doctrine, theories of vocation and efforts for living righteously is proven to be an influential lifesaving
There are many views held among Christian counselors about how to Scripturally approach changing human behavior. For some who seek to base the motivation for change on Biblical grounds, an approach to counseling is geared toward changes that would allow one to conform more
“God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty. God intends for all of his children to have the basic necessities of life, and he has left in this universe “enough and to spare” for that purpose. So I call upon you to bridge the gulf between abject poverty and superfluous wealth,” is an influential quote from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talking about how some people are just spoiled with a surplus of money without even trying, and then you also see the people who are homeless on the streets just trying to live day by day with barely
In this paper, the student-writer will discuss the methods that are taught in In Effective biblical counseling: A model for helping caring Christians become capable counselors by Crabb (1977). The student-writer will also use what is taught in this book with the skills that are expressed in Creating a Healthier Church; Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and congregational life by Richardson (1996) and Blessed Connections: Relationships that sustain vital ministry, by Schwanz (2008). The student-writer will compare and contrast the skills that are mentioned in these books to establish a well maintained way in which to ministry to clients, and meet their needs as a counselor.