Cum putem creşte în cunoaşterea lui Dumnezeu? – Bruce Ware

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Bruce Ware dă câteva sfaturi practice legate de cum putem creşte în cunoaşterea lui Dumnezeu.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/cum-put…

VIDEO by I’ll Be Honest – Global

Privind la Dumnezeul Omniscienţei fără egal (Sesiunea 6) – Bruce Ware

O sesiune despre omniscienţa lui Dumnezeu,
aşa cum ne este prezentată în Isaia 46.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/privind…

Are omul iniţiativă liberă în cadrul suveranităţii lui Dumnezeu? Bruce Ware

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…de ce Dumnezeu ne lasa in pacat, cand suntem mantuiti. Dumnezeu inca mai ingaduie pacatul in viata noastra, ca sa ne smereasca. Ca sa faca sa intelegem puterea pacatului, care este cucerita doar de puterea lui Hristos in cele din urma. Dar asta inseamna ca viata aceasta  sunt multe manifestari ale pacatului in noi crediniciosii, pe care Dumnezeu le permite. Pentru ca, n-ar fi putut El sa o faca altfel? N-ar fi putut sa faca ca atunci cand devenim crestini, sa fim atunci facuti desavarsiti?

Vom fi desavarsiti in final. Cand Il vom vedea pe El, vom fi ca El. De ce nu face asta cand devenim crestini? Cred ca are de a face cu scopul lui Dumnezeu care include pacatul. Altfel, ne-ar fi scapat de pacat complect.

Deci, pacatul, ca orice alt rau din lume,  slujeste scopurile ultime (finale) a lui Dumnezeu. Si scopurile ultime pe care Dumnezeu le are pentru ai Sai sunt bune.

Dar, ascultati cu atentie: Chiar daca scopurile ultime sunt bune,  asta nu transforma niciodata pacatul intr-un bine, intr-un lucru bun. Ce greseala enorma am face daca am gandi in felul acesta. Asa ca noi trebuie sa purtam  responsabilitatea pentru pacatele noastre. Nu putem gandi, din moment ce Dumnezeu a facut ca din pacatul acela sa lucreze un bine, ca este in regula ca am pacatuit (l-am savarsit).

Asa ca noi trebuie sa purtam responsabilitate pentru pacatele noastre. Sa marturisim pacatul acela inaintea lui Dumnezeu. Sa primim disciplinarea care El o are pentru noi si sa invatam ceea ce e de invatat de la aceasta. In acelasi timp, avem aceasta speranta, ca prin aceste lucruri rele care se intampla, Dumnezeu, in cele din urma, are scopuri bune. Este un drum foarte ingust pe care trebuie sa umblam. Poti sa cazi in prapastie de o parte sau de cealalta. Pe o parte, ajungand sa negi suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu, spunand ca de fapt El nu are nici un control asupra pacatului nostru. Sau sa cazi de partea cealalta si sa spui ca noi nu suntem responsabili  pentru pacatele noastre. Ambele pozitii sunt greseli groaznice.

Are omul iniţiativă liberă

în cadrul suveranităţii lui Dumnezeu? Bruce Ware

Cum se explică suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu în cazul divorţului creştinilor sau a unui accident din culpă comis de un creştin? Este hotărârea lui Dumnezeu sau este culpa omului?

http://illbehonest.com/romana/are-omu…

Privind la Dumnezeul suveranităţii supreme (Sesiunea 5) – Bruce Ware

Privind la Dumnezeul suveranităţii supreme - Bruce Ware

O sesiune despre suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu, în lumina pasajului din Isaia 44:24-45:7.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/privind…

VIDEO by I’ll Be Honest – Global

 

Privind la dragostea răscumpărării prin legământ (Sesiunea 4) – Bruce Ware

Există un sens universal al dragostei lui Dumnezeu, prin care înţelegem favoarea pe care El o are pentru toţi oamenii, dar mai există şi un sens particular al dragostei lui Dumnezeu, pe care îl găsim mult mai proeminent în Scriptură, şi anume: dragostea pe care Dumnezeu o are pentru ai Săi. Această sesiune se concentrează asupra iubirii speciale pe care Dumnezeu o are pentru răscumpăraţii Săi, aşa cum o găsim prezentată în Isaia 43.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/privind…

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VIDEO by I’ll Be Honest – Global

Privind la Dumnezeul Atotsuficient (Sesiunea 3) – Bruce Ware

O sesiune despre atotsuficienţa lui Dumnezeu şi implicaţiile acesteia în viaţa noastră.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/privind-la-dumnezeul-atotsuficient-sesiunea-3

VIDEO by I’ll Be Honest – Global

Privind la Dumnezeul sfinţeniei pline de milă (Sesiunea 2) – Bruce Ware

O sesiune despre maiestatea transcendentă a lui Dumnezeu şi mila Sa imanentă, aşa cum ne sunt ele revelate în Isaia 6.

VIDEO by I’ll Be Honest – Global

Cunoaşterea lui Dumnezeu – Totalitatea şi Substanţa Vieţii – Bruce Ware

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Pe măsură ce ne debarasăm de concepţiile greşite despre Dumnezeu pe care le-am acumulat din cultura şi contextul în care trăim, şi pe măsură ce căutăm să-L cunoaştem şi să ne umplem mintea cu gânduri adevărate despre El, Îl vom găsi pe Dumnezeu demn de cea mai înaltă preţuire. Şi preţuindu-L pe El, vom fi atraşi în a deveni tot mai asemănători Lui.

MP3: http://illbehonest.com/romana/cunoasterea-lui-dumnezeu-totalitatea-si-substanta-vietii

God deserves ultimate glory because he is the Creator – Bruce Ware (Essential Reading)

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God is exclusively God and incomparably God who deserves ultimate glory because he is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. God, as Creator, is independent of all that he has made, whereas we, his creatures, are dependent upon him for everything, and therefore we cannot take credit for anything we have.

Bruce Ware at Mars Hill Church Seattle last week:

Isaiah 46:5 To whom would you liken Me, and make Me equal and compare Me that we would be alike?

Isaiah 46:9-10 „Remember the former things long past, for I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, „My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”

My, isn’t it clear that the God of the Bible wants us to know He alone is God and there is no one that is like Him. He alone is deserving of ultimate praise and honor and glory. Now, why is that the case? Why should we be a people who want with all of our hearts, to give to God the glory that alone belongs to Him? And there are many answers in the Bible, but, I picked 3 that I think are very central reasons for understanding the greatness of the glory of God, the exclusivity of His glory, that far surpasses any glory that we would give to anything else or anyone else. Three reasons in particular the Bible upholds.

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God is exclusively God and incomparably God who deserves ultimate glory because:

1. He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth

Isaiah 40:21-26

21Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.

My, what an amazing passage that highlights the supremacy of God, and puts an emphasis here on God as Creator. There are 2 things I’d like us to see in relation to God as Creator, that helps us understand why He alone deserves ultimate praise and honor and glory.

  1. God, as Creator, is then independent  of everything that He has made, while we, the creatures are dependent upon Him for everything. God’s independent of everything He has made: It’s so very clear, because God is eternal and existed prior to the universe, that the universe is not necessary for God to be God. He was God, just fine- thank you- before the universe. So when He creates the universe, that does not indicate that somehow God receives something He needs , because He didn’t need the universe to be God prior. In fact, God is self existent, nothing brings him into existence. He is His own basis for existing eternally, and He is self sufficient. That doctrine affirms of God that God possesses within Himself, intrinsically  and eternally everything that is qualitatively good and He does so in infinite measure. Anything that you thing that is qualitatively good, any perfection, any attribute we might think of, that is a good thing, things like righteousness and holiness, wisdom and knowledge, power and goodness, these are possessed within God intrinsically. Nobody gives anything to God that He doesn’t already possess, because He is the possessor of everything that is good. And He possesses it eternally. So, then, when He creates the world, this is not then a world that He needs. He doesn’t need the world He made. But, rather is creating a world that displays  in physical, visible form certain aspects of His own character. It is His wisdom, His knowledge, His power, His beauty put on display in creation in a physical, visible form. This is why the heavens declare the glory, not of the heavens, cause they don’t account for why they are there, rather the heavens declare the glory of God. Why? Because it’s God’s wisdom, God’s beauty, God’s power manifest in the created order. So, God does not depend on the creation He has made. He existed as God, fully, prior to creation, is independent of that created order…
  2. It is also then true, the other side of the coin is this: That the creature, we included in that,  are dependent upon Him for everything. The way Paul puts it in Acts 17:25 „God is not served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He himself gives to all people life, and breath, and all things.” Well, my goodness, if He gives all things to us, how much are we dependent upon Him for? All things! For life and breath, I mean, every breath you have taken just while sitting here, everyone, no exception, is a gift of God to you. He grants us breath by which we live. He grants us everything that we have. THEREFORE, WE CANNOT TAKE CREDIT FOR ANYTHING WE HAVE!

I oftentimes think that we have really missed the mark here in our evangelical subculture, in helping us understand the basis for our humility before God when we point only to the cross of Christ. And of course, it is right to point to the cross of Christ, as a basis for our humility, I mean what can we do to get rid of our own sin? And the answer is nothing. Christ must do that for us and therefore we are humbled before Him, accepting the gift that we could not make happen on our own. And that’s altogether true, but more fundamental than God as a Redeemer is God as Creator, where our very life and every quality that we have is given to us by our Creator. So Paul will ask the question, for example, in 1 Corinthians 4:7 „What do you have that you’ve not received?” It’s a rhetorical question, but what would the answer be- ‘What do you have that you have not received? Nothing’. In other words, anything and everything we have is giftWe’ve received it, we haven’t earned it, we don’t have any right to it. It’s been given to us. And so, Paul goes on to say, „So if you’ve received it, why do you boast as if you’ve not received it?” Exactly! Right?

So, humility before God is very important, dependence upon Him, understanding  He is the one that is the source of every good thing that there is. Everything that is qualitatively good is in God and in nowhere else. No place else. No one else. So, God alone deserves ultimate glory.

God deserves ultimate glory because he is the Creator

This clip is excerpted from the sermon „The Incomparable Glory of God,” the second part of our sermon series Best Sermon Ever. It was preached by Dr. Bruce Ware out of Isaiah 40–45 at Mars Hill Downtown Bellevue and released on August 18. VIDEO by Mars Hill Church Watch the full sermon here: http://jesus.to/1cTmYRw Check out the full Best Sermon Ever series here: http://marshill.com/bestsermonever

An Essential Talk by Bruce Ware on Manhood

The following was posted at the blog of The Gospel Coalition (04/20/2010):

Theologian Bruce Ware just gave a noteworthy talk on godly manhood at his church, Clifton Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky.  The talk was entitled “Select Principles on Being a Biblically Faithful Man and Husband”.  I heard the talk and commend the audio to you.  The following is the handout given out at the talk.  The handout alone is one of the most helpful documents I’ve seen on what godly manhood looks like.

1. Love.   1) Loving God increasingly w/ all my heart, soul, mind and strength; loving Christ and the cross; loving the gospel — these are the foundation for all else.  Drawing from God all I need to be the man and husband God has called me to be is my strength and hope.  2) Loving my wife as Christ loves the Church — this is the umbrella principle for marriage; everything else flows from this responsibility and privilege (Eph 5:25ff).

2. Leadership.   Biblical manhood involves cultivating, embracing, and exercising leadership initiative, especially spiritual leadership initiative.  This is a principle that applies to young men and adult single men just as well as to married men.  Cultivate, embrace, and exercise spiritual leadership initiative.   In marriage, my love for my wife involves and requires that I exert leadership in our relationship.  My headship of my wife means I’m responsible for her spiritual growth and well-being.  And as a father, I’m responsible in ways that my wife is not for the spiritual development of our children (Eph 6:1-4).  And again, to do this, I must be seeking God and growing personally.  Only out of the storehouse of my own soul’s growth in God can I assist my wife to grow spiritually.

3. Example.  Lead by example as much as by admonition and instruction.  Set the example in:  consistent times in the Word and prayer;  in sacrificial service for your wife, children, church family members, and community needs;  in giving faithfully, generously, and regularly of your finances;  in humble admission of wrong-doing along with confession, asking forgiveness, and repentance.  Fight pride, fight defensiveness, fight carnality before others.

4. Authority.  All three points above imply and invoke the concept of male-headship.  Yes, God has given special authority to husbands and fathers.  Learn, though, the correct expression of healthy, constructive, upbuilding, God-honoring, Christ-following authority.  Resist and reject the sinful extremes of 1) harshness, bossiness, mean-spirited authoritarianism, and of 2) laziness, apathy, lethargy, negligence, and abdication of authority to the women in our lives.  Learn to blend firmness with gentleness, truth with grace, a firm hand with a warm smile.

5. Acceptance.   Each of us is unique as God has made us.  We should accept others’ differences w/o thinking ourselves to be either superior or inferior to others.  In marriage, my wife is unique, and so in many ways, she is not like me.  I need to accept who she is, prayerfully and sensitively seeking to assist her in changing what is sinful and needs to be changed, and accepting what is “just different.”

6. Listening.   One of my wife’s biggest and most real needs is my attentive and respectful listening ear.  She loves to share her experiences, thoughts, ideas, feelings, concerns, hurts, joys, etc.   I can minister to my wife more than one might think by offering her caring, responsive, and respectful listening and interaction.  Learn to listen sympathetically w/o rushing to “fix it” solutions.  Connect first heart to heart, then later heart to head.  Establish regular times of mutual sharing (yes, mutual), keep short accounts, and act on what you hear and learn.

7. Understanding.   I need to live with my wife in an understanding way (1 Pet 3:7), to learn her needs, her sensitivities.  I should seek to know the desires and felt needs of my wife and, when appropriate and possible, fulfill these.  I need to discover her “language of love” and make every effort to love her in ways she feels loved.

8. Work.   A man’s main sense of identity, responsibility, and purpose is found in his work.  Wives want to take pride in their husbands, and taking pride in their work is an important part of this.  Women are not meant to bear the financial weight of a marriage or family, so husbands must work hard and responsibly.  As important as work is to a man’s identity and fulfillment, we must not allow work to overshadow our commitment to and time with our wives first, and also to our children.  Work hard, work well, work to the honor of Christ, and then put work to rest.

9. Sexuality.   My wife is my only legitimate sexual experience, and I am hers.  So, learning to love sexually with increasing skill and pleasure is vitally important to the satisfaction and intimacy of our marriage.  See human sexuality for what it is — the good gift of God to be experienced in marriage, as God has designed.

10. Home.   She cares much about our home.   The “honey-do” list is far more important to her than she is likely to let on.  In love for her, I must pay attention to her requests and treat them as important.  But more important even than this is cultivating the “culture” and “ethos” of our home.  Develop an atmosphere of appreciation, respect, kindness, service, holiness, happiness, gratefulness, contentment, forgiveness — all as expressions of our love for God and one another.

My only other word on the talk would be that in the case of Dr. Ware, these words are backed up by a faithful life.  It’s one thing to hear people talk about manhood directed to the glory of God; it’s another to live it.  Dr. Ware excels at husbanding, fathering, leading, and teaching.  He has much to teach you and me, and I hope that these resources bless you and contribute to the revival of robust biblical manhood in our day.

Debate by noted Christian scholars on the Trinity

Wikipedia has a good introductory summary of how Christians describe the Trinity-

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity defines God as three divine persons (Greek: ὑποστάσεις):the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. The three persons are distinct yet coexist in unity, and are co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial (Greek: ὁμοούσιοι). Put another way, the three persons of the Trinity are of one being (Greek: οὐσία). The Trinity is considered to be a mystery of Christian faith.

The major difference that divides the 3 major religions- Judaism, Christianity and Islam can also be traced right back to each faith’s particular understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Three years ago, 4 theologians met and debated, on the outskirts of Chicago at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School  (TEDS for short) of Deerfield,Illinois. They were/are former and current professors of TEDS – Bruce Ware, Wayne Grudem, Tom McCall, Keith Yandell.

The question the professors debated was-

Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?

Here is the Moderator, Dr. Chris Firestone’s introduction: There’s a real need for the Christian Evangelical community to maintain clarity and precision in its understanding of the doctrine of God, both in terms of its Christology and Trinity. This is where tonight’s debate picks up in earnest. The doctrine of the trinity is most arguably the most central and distinctive feature of the Christian faith. Questions to keep in mind as this debate proceeds-

  1. Which position best reflects the biblical witness?
  2. Which position is the most reasonable and rationally cogent?
  3. Should the biblical witness and rationale cogency be thought to conflict with one another?
  4. Should the Christians just stick with the confessional norms of the Church? If so, which position resonates with the historic position of the Church? If not, how revisionist of these norms should Evangelical Christians be?

Please set aside a good portion of time for this very important debate, as it is 2 1/2 hours long, and very well worth the time, considering the debaters, especially the most well known debater- Wayne Grudem, whose Systematic Theology Textbook sits on all of our shelves. At the introduction Dr. Chris Firestone also mentions several books written by the panelists on the subject of the Trinity that are well worth looking into as well. Enjoy!

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