Monthly Archives: May 2008

30 Days With the Literary ESV

In January I caught a post on the Logos newsgroups introducing me to the ESV Literary Study Bible. And I just caught it again at Mark Bertrands Bible Design Blog. My first thought was that it would serve me no purpose. My second thought was to remember that the number of literary allusions to the scriptures in English Literature is mind boggling. So I became curious and decided to check it out. I hit the official web site and started perusing it a bit. Among other things I learned by reading the prefacethat this isn’t about highlighting the Bible in other literature; it’s about highlighting the forms of literature in which God revealed himself. For my taste that sounded better. The Bible is packed with literary styles – it was enough to make me want to read it.

I noticed that I could sign up for a thirty day account for free. This would enable me to have full access to the text, charts and summaries for thirty days. And then I hatched an idea: Why not read through the bible in thirty days? Yes, I mean read through the whole bible in a mere month

Graduation Sunday: “No Matter What, Stay In God’s Will”

Graduation Sunday
May 25th 2008
Romans 12:1-2
“No Matter What, Stay In God’s Will”

Graduation Sunday is upon us! Sunday Night as I was getting ready to leave, my thought was, “Lord, what would you like me to say to these graduates?” Monday morning, as I was driving in downtown Chicago to get to MBI for Pastors Conference, I was lost in thought, and then the Holy Spirit came into my heart and said, “Adam, do you remember when you graduated?” “Well, of course, that was not that long ago, and it was a very important time in my life, Lord.” “I want you to think back to that day in May of 1997 until now. What is the first thing that comes to mind?” Well, Lord it is how you have brought me this far and have never left me. I enjoyed seeing and meeting people that I had went to school with that I put my arm around them and told them that I was so glad to hear that God has brought them that far as well. Also, if I wanted to know your will, I always had a measuring tool from your Word to get me there.” That was always the truth. This past week in the midst of being fed myself, I continued to ask the Lord for words to say to you, and words that would help you in your walk.

This morning, I know that this message if for the graduates, but I know that this message is for all of us. The tool for seeing how we “measure up” when it comes to finding God’s will for my life. The problem that this world has is that we are too busy asking ourselves:
-Does this feel good?
-What is in it for me?
-Can I best be suited if I do this?

So, when it comes to the passages that is before us, we have to ask ourselves,

Dr. Tony Evans: Keys To the Kingdom

Theology can be either so esoteric that its useless for anything but discussion or it can be so simple that it loses its trancendancy

theology that does not tuch life is great information you can do nothing with


The law of first mention takes us to Matthew 16 because it is the first mention of the church both by chronology and the first mention of the church by it’s head.
(Ephesians is Paul’s exegesis of the church).

Matthew 16:13-20- you here is plural
who do “y’all” say I am.
Peter answers a question which wasn’t addressed strictly to him. … Peter, he says, is the leader of the group and thus he answers as a group representative.

Simon means pebble
Peter means stone
Rock means a collection of smaller stones coalesced together.

The most important thing you can do is to build a leadership team.

ecclesia is an elected body who would make legislative decisions for the benefit of the people whom they represent.

The Gates of Hell: Throughout the OT the gates is a place of legislation, the elders would meet at the gate for business.

The ecclesia is going to make legal decisions which the gates of hell cannot override.

It’s not about sovereignty against free will. It’s sovereignty saying at he beginning “Let them rule” Thus it is our will wrapped inside of he sovereignty of God. It’s football field. God sovereignly defines the field and we run around on it wherever we want, we just can’t cross the lines.

2 peter 3:9 God won’t move until we seek him.

Matthew 16:19
bind means to stop, restrict
Loose means to permit,
I’m going to give you the right to say what will and won’t work. This is a legal issue.

This is why holding God to his word is critical.