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Information and resources from my 2 Week Bible Module at Dublin Christian Academy (Topic: Dug Down Deep)

I discovered the Podcast app on my phone and for me it was like finding the Fountain of Youth. I work outside landscaping for much of the summer months and as a result I spend many hours doing mindless tasks. Mowing, multching, and raking are a few of my favorite things… NOT!  But I have found a mindless job can go by much quicker when your mind isn’t mindless. Just because you are giving your body a workout doesn’t mean your mind can’t get one either. Podcasts are my cognitive and spiritual workout throughout the day. (Time flies when you are having a spiritual workout… is that how it goes?)

My latest listen has been on a past message from Josh Harris at T4G 2010. He spoke on the topics found in his book Dug Down Deep.  I have read the book and I thoroughly enjoy his premise and purpose for writing it. But to hear the message of the book in his own words through the method of a powerful sermon was something else entirely. I enjoyed this and I hope you will too.

His main thrust is to take seriously your responsibility to teach others how to properly build their lives on good Christ-centered doctrine so when the winds and waves come their house will stand. He also takes a deeper look at the story of the Two Builders. It is much more than just a simple dichotomy between saved=rock and unsaved=sand.

Click link to listen to the podcast:

Dug Down Deep: Helping Others Build Their Lives on Christ-Centered Doctrine

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Mr. Jordan’s Bible students click here to take your final test over Sessions 1-4. You will have 35 minutes to take this test.

There are 25 questions and one essay that you need to pay special attention to in order to receive full credit.

Remember you may not share answers with anyone. Just because you take a test online does not mean the rules against cheating do not apply.

Teen Stunt Man Videos

jordantmoody —  November 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you think you ever make things more difficult than they really are? I think we often do that with God. We make him to be something we can never know or understand and yet it Jeremiah 9:24 the Bible says to boast only in knowing and understanding God. How awesome is that?! Yet, still we humans sure do a great job of making God’s power seem too weak to help us to be nice to someone or to actually read our Bible. Check out this short video clip that point out how dumb we look when we think obeying God is too difficult.

Sanctification isn’t just a matter of not doing wrong. It’s a matter of actively “doing” righteousness. It’s pursuing obedience. The Christian life is about putting on new behavior, clothing ourselves with Jesus himself. – Joshua Harris

 

Quote from Joshua Harris

Student Responses #2

jordantmoody —  November 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

Mr. Jordan’s Bible student responses to this essay: What idea, sentence, quote, verse, etc. stood out to you the most from this session 2?

The one thing that stood out to me was when the girl said she was apologizing for things she was about to go do. It is so easy to get in the mind set that sin isn’t a big deal because God forgives us anyway but this should not be the case. We should be striving to be more Christlike each day, and the Bible says God hates sin so we should too.
 Birds migrate, and eventually after their migrating season they go back to where they were living originally. The Israelites were doing wrong and were not returning back to God. (This is where the bird illustration he gives us in Jer. 8:7 comes in). God wants us to always go back to him. The bible says that a man may fall 7 times, but can always get back up with God’s help, and that’s what we must be doing.
The verse in the previous question, Jeremiah 8:7, says that even the birds leave and return, but we humans don’t. This question stood out to me because I once thought that I could sin and it wouldn’t really matter because I believed in God and knew that he would forgive me. I used my faith as an excuse for sinning against God. This verse reminded me thaGod has saved us, he also demands us to follow him.
When you said “if those birds–and birds are dumb!–are smart enough to return back, how come we aren’t smart enough to turn back to God”. It really struck me. Why would we want to live that double life when we could have the full thing with God?
I really like Jer. 9:23-24. The idea of not boasting in riches or wisdom or might but boasting in understanding and knowing God has really come up a lot in my life lately. I have been reading about this same ideas in my devotions lately. It is so easy to trust in our own human strength because we have control over it, but there are so many things that we will not be able to accomplish using only our own strength. We need to boast in our Lord “who is able to do exceedingly abundant above all that we could ask or think”!
Proverbs 12:15 says how the way of the fool is wise because he is blind to his own sin. How often I do the same thing and think it’s all okay when really I’m in sin and not realizing it or turning to God.
Definitely Jer. 9:23-24 because God is saying I am so much more amazing than all of your worldly items put together so don’t boast in earthly things but be proud of me your CREATOR!! Because my love is infinite! Think about it can shoes or paper really love us?? No then why do we love it??
I really enjoyed how Joshua Harris connected God’s character with out sin. If we truly had belief in God and his words how could we possibly sin against him. The verse that stuck out to me was Jeremiah 8:1-9.
The quote that stood out to me the most was the one from the interview with the girl. “I guess it felt nice to be that desired, and he just became everything that God should have been in my life.” But instead of saying “he” as in the boyfriend, you can put almost anything in place of “he”. And I think by doing that, I can spot out some issues that I need to fix. This is my new favorite quote I think.
If you are living a double life then you don’t really know God,because God is always there to see what you doing.He’s omini-present.God wants you to do good things and live a holy life.So acting one way around school,or christian friends and then acting another way when your on the internet, or around unsaved friends,means that you don’t know God.Therefore your theology is messed up.
Life is choices. Choices have consequences. Make right choices. This quote from Cliff Jenkin always has made an impact on me. No matter how little the choice, we always have to choose the right choice or else there will be consequences. God will bless us if we make the right choice.
The quote that really stuck out to me was when Merrilee talked about using God as her personal ‘sin delete’ button. I felt convicted by this because I feel like I have fallen into that habit too. It is all too easy to use the excuses of “I love God” “I go to church” “I’m a good person” and “I’m saved” to justify sinful thoughts and actions.

Mr. Jordan’s Bible students  CLICK HERE to take Quiz 4. 

A modern parable, this insightful video illustration examines the life of a man searching through the false promises of other religions and finding his salvation in Christ.

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a situation that you couldn’t get out of?  And not only that, but you didn’t know how to get out of.  When you need help, where do you turn?  How do you get out?  The culture believes that there are many paths in life we can take, but this video illustration demonstrates that none of them will ultimately help you out of your situation.

This reminds me of the famous story about CS Lewis where he proclaimed the most distinguishing fact of Christianity.  Here is a direct quote from Philip Yancey’s, What’s So Amazing About Grace? (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), p 45.

During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods’ appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until CS Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”


Grace makes Christianity unique from all other religions because it marks the stark difference in believing in a God that will come down into a hole and pull you out of your mess, verses a god that requires you to earn its approval.  When we search for God, the Bible promises that we will find Him.  The difference between Christianity and other religions can be explained by the words “Do” and “Done.”

Do – All other world religions have to do with good works or good deeds.  Reincarnation and Karma are major themes in world religions and they always point back to what you do with your life.

Done – Christianity points to what Jesus Christ has already done on the cross at Calvary.  His sacrifice on the cross is what brings a Christian salvation.  Jesus Christ is the only way to God, who comes down to meet us in our own messy lives, to build relationship with us and to save us from this life.  We are free because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It’s not our own righteousness that leads to salvation, but the free gift of grace.

 

 

Mr. Jordan’s Bible students please click here to take Quiz 3.

Order Your Faith

jordantmoody —  November 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Do you really know who God is and what he is like? Sure we all know God is “good” or “holy” or “powerful.” But do you really know him? His attributes? Do you know how those things affect your life? Take a look at these guys and see how they think they can just pick and choose whatever God they want. Obviously, their theology is a little bit off.

Student Essay Responses

jordantmoody —  November 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

Please take the time to read what the students at DCA are saying about their Bible Module this year. We are going through a group Bible Study entitled Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. The students are taking quizzes online and usually each quiz has one short essay question they can answer. Here are some of their responses.

Quiz 2 essay question: What does it mean to put your hope in God?

Your answers: 

As mentioned earlier, hope involves a forward gaze. When we put our hope in God, we put our future in His hands; we trust in Him as our foundation. As Philippians 4:6 says–we need to abstain from anxiety, because we know the Lord will take care of His people. Hoping in God is giving Him full control of our life, allowing Him to train us now and use us in the future.

I think it means to not hope for money or fame but to hope in the fact that he will deliver you through everything you are going through and hoping in the fact of eternal life and salvation

Putting your hope in God means to put your faith and trust in Him. The idea of hope has a forward feeling to it. We can hope and trust that God is in control of everything. We can hope that he has a plan in the future. Finally we can hope that God has given us eternal life through His Son. Through this attitude of hope we can fully serve God and have a true foundation in Him.

It means really trusting him in all situations because we know that God can carry us thru to the future. everything God does and has done is for our good and his Glory. putting our hope in God means we need to be willing to do any thing God calls us to do because that is our future.

Putting your hope on god means that things like money are unstable and God is. You have faith and trust in him but also a security for the future. When you have a hopeful heart you produce generous actions.

Hoping in God means that you can lay aside all earthly materials, it means that you are putting your trust in what God has said He has done and what He will do, and it means that you will produce actions that reflect your hopeful view in Christ.

To put your hope in God is to look forward to what He will do in the future. You may not know what He is going to do, but whatever He does is His will. We have the hope that whatever He does is for our good and is all a part of His master plan.

To put your hope in Christ is to believe that he has saved us from our sins and will continue to work in your life to sanctify and cleanse you. It also entails that we have a hope that we will live for eternity with God in heaven.

 

Quiz 1 Essay Question: How do you think this Bible Module will apply to you and why?

Even just the first day was an eye-opener! I hope that the rest will do so as well! I’m actually excited about this class haha 🙂
It will apply to help me get my focus on making my foundation on the Bible and not on temporary worldly things like relationships or sports.
I think this module will apply to me just in everyday life. So often we build our lives on unstable things when God is really the only thing we should be basing our lives on.
It will give me a better perception of what my true foundation is. It will also give me a growing desire to know Christ more and to live a life that’s pleasing to Him.
This will apply to me because I want to build my life on the Word of God. Because the reason is I can see this world is hurting without God and I would like to be in a place were I can help people.