Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV
You could be the most gifted person in the church but if you are not trustworthy you will be of no use to anyone! True or false?
Watch and discover what Paul teaches on this topic — need I say — what the Holy Spirit teaches through Paul!
This is the 28th video in a series of teaching videos on the book of First Corinthians.
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To be continued…
Commenting on 2 Corinthians 7:2: “He [Paul] did not teach that which would injure others; he did not by his behavior set a bad example to others; he had no part in turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, as some had done, or in defrauding another. He never had to do with money matters that were shady; he did not collect money for one purpose and use it for another; he did not pretend to be raising funds to do certain things with them and then allow them to be turned aside into some other channel. He was straight in all his dealings, and that is what God expects of every servant of His.”
H. A. Ironside, Addresses on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1939). p. 185.
“When you come, bring… the books, and above all the parchments.” 2 Timothy 4:13 ESV
Brother John Bjorlie of Grand Rapids, MI has graciously given Digital Sojourner permission to publish the following article. The helpful and practical advice that he shares with us was originally given by him to his children on Christmas Day. Thank you brother John! ~~ Scott
As you build your libraries there are some predictable difficulties you can overcome. Dusty, inefficient, clogged libraries are common, but not necessary. Here are some rules to library enjoyment.
- Keep reading. John Wesley said, “When you stop reading you stop growing.” It is easy to get into a rut in your mental habits. Reading thoughtful, challenging books will get you out of that ditch.
- Write in your books. I put my notes on the blank pages at the back of the book. Inexplicably, some books have no index. This is strange, because it is really not that much work to create an index. Study books should always have an index. When you take good notes it may end up looking like an index. I now will copy my notes into my machine along with the book description. In this way, if I lose the book or give it away I still have the results of my read.
- Keep some books. There are books that you will always want. They are reference works. Books you have written in, classics that you do not have digitally, and Bible translations are keepers.
- Give away books. Most books are not keepers, but many are worth passing on. When you loan a book mentally treat it like a donation. Our Lord said, “lend, not asking again.” I take the sense of this passage that when people borrow from you they may not return the loan. If you therefore treated the loan all along as if it were a gift you will not be hurt and offended. In this way your generous impulses will not narrow. If you can not afford to lose that book, then don’t lend it. Personally I will sooner give a book away then lend it. There are many books in my library that are profitable, but they are not the sort of book that I will read a second time. Keep those give-away books in a separate place, and before a visitor leaves, send him along with a gift. I have friends who are expert book givers. When they are blessed by a particular book they buy it in quantities and give them out to house-guests, saying, “This book has been a special help to me spiritually. I would love for you to have a copy.”
- Throw away books. Most books are worthless, and worse than worthless. Usually the Christians have discernment. Their libraries do not contain trash. But occasionally I notice rubbish that has crawled in between the bookends. Books by heretics, silly novels, pointless books should be used for kindling. The book burning at Ephesus was a triumph. Paul gave us a guide to our reading habits in Philippians 4:8, “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are amiable, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if any praise, think on these things.”
—advice given to my children, 25/12/2012, John Bjorlie
More Pitfalls To Avoid In Our Digital Behavior:
(Continued from the previous post)
4. Poor stewardship of money brought on by internet pursuits
The dawn of e-commerce makes purchasing almost anything as easy as pointing and clicking. From the ease of amazon’s “one click” option to the excitement of an E-Bay auction, the potential to develop spendthrift habits is immense. The world wide web may become an accomplice to covetousness and poor stewardship if one is not careful.
5. Neglecting real friendships in favor of virtual ones
Recently I encountered a situation where a married Christian couple was so immersed in online gaming that they neglected their attendance at the local church and fellowship with other saints. The husband especially seemed to prefer interacting with strangers that he joined in a cyber-colony for collective game playing. It is possible that we may spend so much time on social media sites that we forget the importance of cultivating real life friends in the physical world.
6. Digital snobbery against our brethren
There exists the real possibility of a digital divide between members of a local church who are wired and those who are unfamiliar with new technology. Beware of thinking less of other believers who are untutored – or uninterested – in life online. In the Scripture, the Lord consistently honors older saints and highlights their value in light of their maturity and experience. Despite possible ignorance of modern technology, older saints must not be despised. For that matter, among any age group, those who use technology ought not to devalue the service and contributions of saints who are unplugged.
7. The exaltation of form over substance (aesthetics trumps truth)
With the dynamic nature of new electronic tools such as Powerpoint and flashy websites, there is the danger of elevating how something looks or sounds at the expense of quality material. Substance is still the key. Doctrine must be the central focus, rather than presentation. Do we rest in the sufficiency of God and His Word or are we obsessed with the latest gadgets, widgets, and cyber-pyrotechnics? Technology is no substitute for the power of the Spirit exhibited in the Holy Scriptures.
The next post in this series considers the Church’s ongoing mission in the Digital Age.
This series of four posts are based on Keith Keyser’s final keynote address at the recent Why We Web Conference.
I love to go fishing. When I was a young boy, fishing was the only thing that my father and I did together. There is a fishing story I’d like to share with you.
An older man was seen fishing. While the older man was being observed by the young boy, the older man caught several very large fish. To the amazement of the younger onlooker, the older man threw each fish back. Then, the older man began to catch some smaller fish. Again, to the amazement of the young boy, the older man kept the smaller fish that had been caught!
The young boy was so perplexed by the foolish decision of the older man, to throw back the big fishes and keep only the smaller fish, he had to ask the big question; “Why?” When asked, the older man simply answered,
Scripture has much to say about our money and possessions, yet many Christians struggle with their personal finances. There seems to be a disconnect between what the Bible teaches and how many Christians are living their lives. This is unfortunate. Glen’s passion is to bridge the gap by communicating God’s truth on this important topic in a fun and encouraging manner.
What is podcasting you ask? In brief, podcasting is an extremely flexible audio medium that can easily be adapted to fit almost anyone’s lifestyle. No time to sit at your computer and listen to a 45 minute podcast? No problem. You can download the audio file to an iPod or any mp3 player and listen while you’re on the go. You can also subscribe via iTunes or RSS Feed. Glen’s site provides more information on how to go about doing this here.To date twenty-two episodes have been posted covering a wide range of topics, including: common money mistakes (Episode 20), the art of encouragement (Episode 8), and managing our time and talents (Episode 18).
Many of the podcasts feature interviews with other Christians who share Glen’s interest in biblical financial principles. I personally had the privilege of being interviewed in Episode 12 – “Don’t Disinherit The Lord In Your Will”.
The site also offers other helpful resources, so happy exploring!Read More
In Paul’s letter to the saints in Galatia, he deals with some false teaching as it pertains to the gospel. The primary focus of the letter is to ensure that the Galatians are not being led astray by false teachers who would seek to bind them to a system of legalism. The substance of the letter reveals how vital good, solid teachers are to the spiritual life of an assembly. The Bible also gives us clear instruction about how believers should value teachers and support them.
One of the practical points of instruction in this letter addresses this topic. In Galatians 6:6, Paul writes “One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” This command (notice the word MUST) seems to be pretty clear and yet how many believers today actually practice this on a personal level? Notice as well, that the instruction says “ONE who is taught”. This is not a CORPORATE principle; rather it is an individual principle.
Sadly, it appears that many believers have abdicated this responsibility and the responsibility of ministering to the Lord’s work and His workers to the corporate body or some other para-church ministry. Rather than giving based on an individual spiritual exercise as specifically burdened by the Lord, believers tend to routinely give to the local assembly and then feel that their job is done.
The assembly becomes a conduit for collecting funds – often far more than what is needed for the ministry and the expenses of the local assembly. Then a few of the brothers decide what to do with the excess funds. Clearly, as the funds are distributed by a few, they are not being distributed the way that each individual in the assembly would minister them. The corporate disbursement of funds does NOT alleviate the individual responsibility to minister as burdened by the Lord.
How have YOU shared with the one who has taught you the Word? Let me ask this question a different way. How have you OBEYED Galatians 6:6? By giving to the assembly? Does every assembly minister financially to the men (often local) who teach the Word? Often times, the answer is NO. Let’s look at Galatians 6:6 again. Notice that there is NO mention of the Bible teacher’s needs or wants. This command is not for the benefit of the teacher. It is for the benefit of the student. It is GOOD for the people of God to be exercised to support those who labor among them! It is good for the people of God to think about what they minister and to whom they minister.
Yes, we need to provide for the needs of the local assembly and the work of the local assembly, but if the assembly is merely a conduit for our routine giving – one without exercise, we are not practicing New Testament principles as outlined in Galatians 6:6, as well as 1 Corinthians 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:14, and 1 Timothy 5:17-18.
Digital Sojourner would like to thank Mike Stoudt for writing this guest post. Mike fellowships with the saints who gather at Grace Gospel Chapel in Allentown, PA. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of Stoudt Financial Services and serves as the General Manager of Greenwood Hills Camp & Conference Center.Read More