Part 5 of Concise Theology
As children, we express faith in our parents by obeying them to stay safe. As adolescents, we risk danger in order to express faith in ourselves.
I have come to believe that the hallmark of a mature faith is wise risk. Which implies we should be designing our lives — and churches — to maximize learning rather than avoid failure.
Inviting all men
who consider themselves disciples of Jesus
to join me in a movement
to uproot shame from the entire Body of Christ
by the year 2040 A.D.
Thank you that we can be your minions.
Help us control our anger
and let go of what we want
so we can show everyone
how good and strong a boss you are.
In Jesus name we pray,
A proposed process for fully fleshing-out the Six Syllable Gospel:
- Join together to ask God to make us like Jesus.
- Interpret everything that happens as God answering that prayer.
- There is no step 3.
I need your help.
Please fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Teach me self-control.
Show me your love, joy, peace & patience.
Help me be a kind, good, gentle and faithful friend.
I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.
Inspired by Galatians 5.
In Which God Reminds Us That All “Our” Money Is Ultimately “His” — And That’s A Good Thing!
Stewardship is closely related to the virtue of generosity we studied in the last module. While that lesson focused primarily on our attitude towards money, here we will focus more on our attitude towards God. True stewardship includes financial wisdom, but is also a general attitude toward all of our resources: e.g., time, energy, and attention.
In particular, we practice the discipline of simplicity in order to both reflect and reinforce our devotion to the Master of whom we are stewards. This prevents us from wasting our resources trying to prop up our own glory — which paradoxically is what allows God to glorify us in Him!
Memory Verse: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ” — Luke 12:34 (NKJV)