Welcome to God’s World part 1 of 7

A series about discipleship that focuses on engaging with God, but on the basis of personal encounter using insights from the Bible, the experience of Christians throughout history, and modern science.

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Welcome to God’s World part 1 of 7

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A series about discipleship that focuses on engaging with God, but on the basis of personal encounter using insights from the Bible, the experience of Christians throughout history, and modern science.
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  1. Welcome to God’s World

    Slide 1 - Welcome to God’s World

    • Image above is Creative Commons: from the paintings of the Bamberg Apocalypse
    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • Discovering fresh insights into Christian Discipleship
    • www.Barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk/Discipleship-leaflet.pdf
  2. Welcome to God’s World

    Slide 2 - Welcome to God’s World

    • “The one who has an ear had better hear what the spirit says to the churches.”
    • Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13 &22.
    • Image above is Creative Commons: from the paintings of the Bamberg Apocalypse
    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • Discovering fresh insights into Christian DiscipleshipSession 1: Reformed Humanity
    • www.Barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk/Discipleship-leaflet.pdf
  3. Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    Slide 3 - Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • Discipleship: a call to partner with God
    • going to church
    • reading the Bible
    • witnessing by word & deed
    • being honest
    • praying for others
    • giving financially
    • being kind and helpful to others
    • not swearing
    • being a good Dad/Mum/Gran…
    • avoiding sin
    • You are chosen for a higher purpose
    • “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains,…” (John 16:16; NET)
    • “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms in Christ. For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will…” (Ephesians 1: 3-5, NET and see also v 17-23)
    • “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2: 9-10; NET)
  4. Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    Slide 4 - Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • Why do we exist ?
    • Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule… over the earth… God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them…God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it!...” (Gen. 1: 26-29; NET)
    • Authority & PowerThe crowd, the 72, the 12 & the 3
    • “The spirit is the one who gives life; the flesh counts for nothing! The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” Jn.6:63. see also Lk.9: 23-26
    • “But the villagers refused to welcome (Jesus)… Now when James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them [like Elijah did]? But Jesus turned and rebuked them, [and he said, ‘You do not know what sort of spirit you are of, for the Son of man did not come to destroy people’s souls, but to save them.’] And they went on to another village.” Lk.9: 53-56
    • … You grant mankind honour and majesty; you appoint them to rule over your creation; you have placed everything under their authority… Psalm 8: 5-6 NET
    • I will forgive their sin and no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.
  5. Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    Slide 5 - Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • Are you a Trichotomist?
    • Old Testament (Hebrew)basar (=flesh) 266 times
    • Nephesh (=soul, person or life) 754 times
    • ruach (=wind, breath or spirit) 378 times – at least 100 times = the human spirit
    • New Testament (Greek)sarx(=flesh) 151 soma (=body) 129 times
    • psyche(=soul, person or life) 105 times
    • pneuma (=spirit) 385 times – at least 80 times = the human spirit
  6. Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    Slide 6 - Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • The lost image of God
    • A human spirit of divine origin giving life to a soul which controlled a body:mentioned in the writing of : Irenaeus, Tatian, Melito, Didymus of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil of Cesaraea…
    • So what caused the change?
    • The pseudo-Gnostic view
    • The semi-Pelagian error
    • The Apollinarian error
    • The language of the church changed to Latin
    • Luther:
    • Scripture divides man into three parts, as says St Paul (1 Thes. 5: 23)… And every one of these three, together with the entire man, is also divided in another way into two portions, which are there called Spirit and Flesh. Which division is not natural, but attributive; i.e. nature has three portions spirit, soul and body…
    • Luther then went on to describe each part as being like the tabernacle fashioned by Moses according to God’s instructions…
    • His spirit is the holy of holies, where God dwells in the darkness of faith, where no light is; for he believes that which he neither sees nor feels nor comprehends. His soul is the holy place, with its seven lamps, that is all manner of reason, discrimination, knowledge, and understanding of visible and bodily things. his body is the forecourt, open to all, so all men may see his works and manner of life.
  7. Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    Slide 7 - Welcome to God’s World: a series discovering and applying fresh insights into Christian Discipleship.

    • St.Paul’s Church, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, EX31 2BGwww.barnstaple-st-paul.org.uk
    • Is a bit of me is missing from my awareness?