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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 ūüôā
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.
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Today’s sermon gripped my heart to¬†start doing less in order to do more. Oftentimes, I think of my life in additions void of subtraction. I consistently seek to add more and more without considering the “necessary” percentages of life. What do I need and what is truly most important.

Luke 10:41-42 —¬†But the Lord answered her,¬†‚ÄúMartha, Martha, you are¬†anxious and troubled about many things,¬†42¬†but one thing is necessary.¬†Mary has chosen¬†the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.‚ÄĚ

Here are some notes I took from the sermon I heard this morning. I think superficially the concept of margin is something most of us think is easy to do but hard to implement when life gets busy. I mean how hard is it to take naps?! Well, when life gets busy and we get stressed it is because we are allowing life to take control of us rather than letting God take control of our lives. Oftentimes, letting God take control is understanding our own limitations and His own

Margin: the space between our pace and our limits

Life without margin is stress, jam-packed, and busy. This kind of life will ultimately rob us of our joy.

Life is better with margin built into it.

Ecc. 4:4- Life is rivalry between man and his neighbor. It is vanity and striving after the wind.

Imbalance is two hands full of work rather than one hand full or rest and one hand of work. Balance is key.

Mary and Martha– What is necessary?

Martha- distracted with important things

Mary- focused on the MOST important things

Biblical margin includes God

Elijah- I Kings 19:4– victory on Mt. Caramel, suicidal thoughts, margin needed, recharged through alone time with God

Jesus- Matt. 14:22-23 –, Matt 11:28-30– all who are “weary” = I will give you rest.

We need to pursue God in our lives giving him our time rather than always trying to do more at work, home, and for ourselves.

Standard of Living vs. Quality of Life

Stop using the excuse, I don’t have time” when it comes to church, family, and God. Make time for what is important. Don’t forget that rest and recharging with God is important. Naps and downtime is important. We are not made by God to run around like a chicken with our heads cut off.

When was the last time you took time to simply rid yourself of distractions and get alone with God.

Here are some takeaways:

Do I regularly get alone with my wife?

Do I regularly spend time with my family?

Do I constantly bring work home with me?

Is this pace of life regular or just for a season?

How can I start resting in faith rather than stressing for strength?

Isaiah 50:10 – Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

Africa used to be the Dark Continent in light of the absence of a gospel presence and any knowledge of the continents interior. Now, we see places around the corner in our very own neighborhoods that are dark and without light of the truth. I pray the Lord will use us to reach the dark places of Micronesia.

Isaiah 51:!5 – I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name.

On this trip we will be travelling to a few Islands via boat. I do not know if Jamie and I will get seasick or not but the power to calm the ocean waves is the God we serve.

Isaiah 52:7-10 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

8 The voice of your watchmen–they lift up their voice together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion;

9 Break forth together into singing you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Follow the colors and bold type font to link the challenges from God’s Word.

Romans 10:14,15- How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Are my feet beautiful in the sense that they are worthy of beautifying my Savior? Certainly not in my eyes. However, because of Jesus’ precious blood shed for me, my feet are made beautiful in God’s sight. I am now worthy to walk down the way of Salvation and told to lead others down the way of life by following the footsteps of Jesus.

 10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations

This is the only verse in the Bible that mentions this concept of God making his holy arm bare. This phrase means freeing the arm of any constraint or constricting movement caused by clothing. This was done by warriors when entering battle or someone who was ready to get to work and be free to move. God has a battle plan and is ready to enact his plan throughout all the nations and even to the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 49:6 – …I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” ¬†

How, limited is our view. We support our tunnel vision when we ignore the God’s global vision. We forget his work around the world. God is working in your neighborhood, in your town, in your city, in your state, in your country, in your continent, and in your world. We limit God when we forget to consider His power to reach “all nations” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope to be a small part of that work that no false religion, worldview, person, or thing can stop. ¬†

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

The Creator of the ends of the earth – The phrase, ‚Äėthe ends of the earth,‚Äô means the same as the earth itself. The earth is sometimes spoken of as a vast plain having limits or boundaries (see Isa 40:22). It is probable that this was the prevailing idea among the ancients (compare Deu 33:17; 1Sa 2:10; Psa 19:6; Psa 22:27; Psa 48:10; Psa 65:5; Psa 67:7; Psa 98:3; Isa 43:6; Isa 45:22; Isa52:10). The argument here is, that he who has formed the earth could not be exhausted or weary in so small a work as that of protecting his people.

J.I. Packer – Knowing God – Selective clips from Chapter 20

To many Christians, guidance is a chronic problem. Why? Not because they doubt that divine guidance is a fact, but because they are sure it is. 

They know that God can guide, and has promised to guide, every Christian believer. Books, and friends, and public speakers, tell them how guidance has worked in the lives of others. Their fear, therefore, is not that no guidance should be available for them, but that they may miss the guidance which God provides through some fault of their own. 

This is me. When it comes down to finding God’s will for my life, to often I am looking for a shooting start to point the way. I know God can communicate but I am anxious that it won’t be obvious and I will miss the direction.

Belief that divine guidance is real rests upon two foundational-facts: 

  1. The reality of God’s plan for us
  2. The ability of God to communicate with us.

Has God a plan for individuals? Indeed He has. He has formed an ‘eternal purpose,’ a plan for the fullness of time, in accordance with which he ‘accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will’ (Ephesians 3:11, 1:10, 11).¬†

Moreover, Scripture contains explicit promises of divine guidance whereby we may know God’s plan for our action.

‘I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you,’ says God to David (Psalm 32:8)

Earnest Christians seeking guidance often go wrong about it. Why is this?

Their basic mistake is to think of guidance as essentially inward prompting by the Holy Spirit, apart from the written Word. 

This class of problems concerned with what we may call ‘vocational choices’–choices, that is, between competing options, all of which in themselves appear lawful and good. Examples are: should I contemplate marriage, or not? should I marry this person, or not? should we aim at having another child? should I join this church, or that one? should I serve God in the land of my upbringing, or abroad? which of the professions open to me should I follow?

This is me again. I hate having choices. Some people I know love making decisions about everything in order to customize every part of their life. Some want to jailbreak their phone so they can choose so many other options and I personally say I like it the way it is. When it comes to finding God’s will for my life their often seem to many choices and so many turns and in order to avoid having to make a U-Turn I better make the right turn. I like the way J.I. Packer puts this next phrase for life.

The idea of a life in which the inward voice of the Spirit decides and directs everything sounds most attractive, for it seems to exalt the Spirit’s ministry and to promise the closest intimacy with God; but in practice this quest for super-spirituality leads only to frantic bewilderment or lunacy. Hannah Whitall Smith writes of the woman who each morning, having consecrated the day to the Lord as soon as she woke:¬†would then ask Him whether she was to get up or not,’ and would not stir till the voice told her to dress. As she put on each article she asked the Lord whether she was to put it on, and very often the Lord would tell her to put on the right shoes and leave off the other; sometimes she was to put on both stockings and no shoes; and sometimes both shoes and no stockings; it was the same with all the articles of dress…

 

The biggest mistake of all is the failure to grasp that the fundamental mode whereby our rational Creator guides His rational creatures is by rational understanding and application of His written Word. 

The true way to honour the Holy Spirit as our guide is to honour the Holy Scriptures through which he guides us. The fundamental guidance which God gives to shape our lives– the instilling, that is, of the basic convictions, attitudes, ideals, and value-judgments, in terms of which we are to live–is not a matter of inward promptings apart from the Word but of the pressure on our consciences of the portrayal of God’s character and will in the Word, which the Spirit enlightens us to understand and apply to ourselves.

The Spirit leads within the limits which the Word sets, not beyond them. ‘He guideth me in the paths of righteousness’ — but not anywhere else.

 

 

God’s Anger: For Us!

bobbyemberley —  March 7, 2013 — 1 Comment
I am amazed to realize that the terrible and awesome description of God in these verses is a result of God’s anger against David’s enemies. God was moved emotionally and volitionally because of opposition to His chosen king. I think there is application for me too. Since I am one of God’s children, chosen and redeemed, God’s anger is roused not against me but in my defense.
Psalm 18:6-17
6In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
7Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
8Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
9He bowed the heavens and came down;
thick darkness was under his feet.
10He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
11He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
12Out of the brightness before him
hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
13The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice,
hailstones and coals of fire.
14And he sent out his arrows and scattered them;
he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
15Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
16He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
17He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me.

God is Teaching Me

jordantmoody —  April 16, 2012 — 1 Comment

We ought to pray the way Paul did in I Thessalonians 3:5

May the Lord, direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 

Through all the Lord is putting me through right now, I need to pray that it will direct my heart to God’s love and Christ’s steadfastness. We shouldn’t always pray to rid ourselves of trials or hardship but often pray to His increase and my decrease.

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