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Valeria Iancu – Fii Întelept- Stabileste-ti Prioritati

– „Daca ar fi fost înţelepţi ar înţelege, şi s-ar gândi la ce li se va întâmpla” (Deuteronom 32:29) –

Biblia spune: „Dacă ar fi fost înţelepţi, ar înţelege, şi s-ar gândi la ce li se va întâmpla. Una din cele mai mari provocări ale vieţi este să crezi şi să faci ceea ce contează cu adevărat şi care me­rită. O viaţă în care merge orice, este o viaţă în care nu merge nimic. Înţelepciunea înseamnă să ai disciplina de a-ţi stabili priorităţi şi abilitatea de a lucra pentru împlinirea obiectivelor. Întrebarea nu este „Agenda mea va fi plină?”, ci „Cine o va umple?” şi „Care sunt lucrurile care o vor umple?” Pentru a-ţi cunoaşte priorităţile trebuie să te opreşti şi să te întrebi:

  1. „Doamne, ce vrei să fac?” (Faptele Apostolilor 9:6);
  2. Ce mi se cere mie şi nimeni altcineva nu poate face?
  3. Ce îmi va aduce cea mai mare răsplată?
Dumnezeu nu răsplăteşte efortul irosit, ci El răsplăteşte înţelepciunea.
Se spune că paznicul unui far de pe o stâncă de coastă, primea o rezervă de ulei în fiecare lună pen­tru funcţionarea farului. Fiind aproape de mal, el avea mulţi musafiri. O femeie din sat avea nevoie de ulei pentru familia ei; un ţăran i-a cerut puţin pentru tractorul său; un mecanic a vrut şi el puţin pentru a-şi ungeo roată. Toate cererile păreau legitime aşa că paznicul farului a încercat să facă pe placul fiecăruia.
Înainte ca luna să se încheie, uleiul s-a terminat iar farul s-a stins. Drept urmare câte­va vase au eşuat şi s-au pierdut vieţi omeneşti. Când au venit autorităţile să investigheze situaţia, omului i-a părut foarte rău. Dar la părerea lui de rău şi la lamentarea lui, ele au răspuns: „Ţi s-a dat ulei pentru un singur scop; ca să menţii farul aprins”. Fii înţelept; stabileşte-ţi priorităţi!

R. C. Sproul about The State of Evangelicalism Today and Christless „Christianity”

R.C. Sproul interviewed by Michael Horton:

Horton- There seems to be this creeping fog that we are calling Christless Christianity. As you’ve looked across the ecclesiastical landscape for many years, have you seen a shift from a concern for CHrist and the Scriptures to a foggy, hazy sort of moralism?

Sproul- I’ve certainly seen a shift in, I have a tendency to live in the past, as you know, my best friends are the giants of the christian faith and when I’m reading Augustine, Anselm, Luther, Calvin and Edwards, the greats i’m immediately aware that I am entering into a completely different culture, completely different mindset from what I experienced in the American church. On more than one occasion I have repreached the last sermon Martin Luther preached before he died. On that occasion he lamented in Germany that many decades after the awakening to the Gospel, where he said, ‘Even though, the churches have now the freedom to preach the Gospel every morning and every Sunday night and many times during the week, still, the people were rushing to the centers of relics. In Wittenberg, Frederick III of Saxony had the dream of having the best relic collection in Germany and he achieve that when he accumulated enough relics to give 2 million years in purgatory. Of course Luther as close as he was to Frederick had challenged that whole thing and they cleaned up Wittenberg, but, there were still churches around the nation that maintained their relic collection. And Luther was dismayed that so many people were rushing to the site that had the trousers of Joseph and to another site that was supposed to have a vial of milk from the virgin breast of Mary.

I try to translate that into what’s happening in our culture today. We don’t have relic centers in the United States like Luther had to deal with there. But, here’s where I see the parallel. God declares that the Gospel is His power unto salvation. But, the American church is so much seduced by being successful, by being powerful that we look for power in programs, in experiences, in entertainment, in psychological applications, everywhere but where God has placed the power. It is in the Gospel. So, when you are trying to find success anywhere but in the Gospel, when you lose the Gospel, you lose Christ.

Horton – How do you define the Gospel?

Sproul- I think the Gospel is a very simple thing to define in biblical terms because we look at the New testament, we look at the preaching in the book of Acts and you see that there’s what we call the kerigma, there is a certain preaching pattern of the preaching of the apostolic church that begins with the declaration that Jesus was born, according to the Scriptures as the incarnate Son of God, that He lived a sinless life, and that He died a death that was atoning for us and that through the result of the atonement, the justice of God is satisfied in our behalf, where by Christ’s perfect act of obedience and His sinless life acquired a righteousness that is given to us and so basically, the core of the Gospel is the person and work of Jesus. What He did, not only the atonement, the resurrection, the ascension, the session at the right hand of God, the promised return to consummate the kingdom, the Gospel in the first instance is the Gospel of the kingdom, which breaks through Jesus and then, an essential part of that Gospel is what makes it clear, in Galatians, in particular- is how the benefits of the person and work of Jesus are received by the individual person. (minute 8:16 – total video running time is 54 minutes).

 

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