Checklist for churches
1 Cor 1 - 6
The Apostle Paul was a great letter writer. Most of his letters were addressed to particular churches, or groups of churches. However, one letter was addressed differently. Which one? His first epistle to the Corinthians.
How did Paul address it?
"To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours."
Isn't it the only Pauline letter addressed to all Christians everywhere?
But isn't what Paul wrote in his other letters to churches also applicable to all churches? Yes, but in 1 Corinthians, didn't Paul take pains to deliberately write a letter about things common to all churches; things that needed correcting? What are these things?
Today, the trend in writing is towards small "sound bites" or short sentences. Paul was a Greek to the Greeks, so if he was with us today, I believe he would probably re-write 1 Corinthians with short sound bites. Like a checklist with explanatory notes, for Christians to check the spiritual health of their churches? Below is what I imagine Paul's Ten-Item Checklist [or TIC] would look like.
"sexually immoral, or
an idolater, or
a slanderer, or
a drunkard, or
a swindler"? [1Cor 5:11]
Happy TICking as you check how your church measures up to Paul's checklist drawn up from the first six chapters of his letter.
But what of the other ten chapters where Paul has packed so much to guide individual Christians in daily living? Why not make a separate checklist for yourself, and refer to it frequently to apply Paul's teachings in your own life?
But as Paul himself says, do not unwittingly become followers of Paul. Paul expounds on and clarifies what God and Jesus teach in the rest of the Bible. So, check: Am I a follower of God and of Jesus or am I following Pastor Tom, Dick, Paul or Harry?
We continue our presentation of our recent graduands. Praise God with us for Kim Jong Kuk, Hosea Lai Chin Kok, and for others to be presented next week.
MASTER IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES
Kim Jong Kuk
BA, University of Jeon Buk
M.Div, Chong Shin Theological Seminary
MCS, Biblical Graduate School of Theology
Jong Kuk is a Pastor of Open Blessing Presbyterian Church, Jeonbuk, Korea, where he will be serving after graduation. He aims to study towards a Ph.D. His life-verse is Prov. 3:5: ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.’
Thesis Summary: ‘Jesus’ Self-Understanding of his
Deity in the Temple Incident in Mark 11:11–12:12’
In the Old Testament there is a clear understanding that the builder of the Temple is God (Ex. 15:17). That idea is picked up in various pre-exilic OT texts, in the visions of Daniel, and in post-exilic prophecies of the rebuilding of the temple (Hag. 2:9; Zc. 6:12). Intertestamental texts and some of the writings of the Qumran community also develop these ideas. The erection of the temple has a twofold symbolism in biblical theology: (1) God dwells among his people as their true King; (2) Israel is God’s elect people. The temple is the meeting-place of God and his people. If this is so, the destruction of the temple would symbolize God’s judgment upon his people.
According to Mark’s testimony, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of Israel who would fulfill the prophecies of Zechariah and other OT prophecies. His action in cleansing the temple clearly implied that a physical temple was no longer needed as a meeting place with God. To press this point further, Jesus proclaimed God’s judgment on ethnic Israel by cursing the fig tree. Jesus concluded his arguments by pointing to his own crucifixion and resurrection, which would declare him to be the builder of the True Temple. With that the teaching is complete: Jesus saw himself as God and his deity is a fundamental teaching in the Christian Faith.
Hosea Lai Chin Kok
BA (Social Work), National University of Singapore
TESOL Certificate (distinction)
Dip CS, Biblical Graduate School of Theology
MCS, Biblical Graduate School of Theology (cum laude)
Hosea is a member of Holy Grace Presbyterian Church. After graduation he will be engaged in mission work. His life-verse is 1 Cor. 3:6: ‘I planted the seed… but God made it grow.’
Thesis Summary: ‘The Incorporation of Christian Moral Values into the Teaching of English as a Second Language for Tentmaking Ministry’
There is a pressing need for a moral education programme to curb the increasing moral problems of drug abuse, stealing and teenage pregnancy among the students of Hong Bang Military School in Wa, Myanmar. However, moral education is not part of the school curriculum. The purpose of the ministry project is to restructure the curriculum by incorporating Christian moral values into the teaching of English as a second language. The project involved a visit to the Student Missionary Outreach in the Philippines to conduct interviews with the trainers of the Moral Values Programme. The interviews gave valuable insights into how Christian moral values education can be effectively implemented. Imparting such values requires a student-centred approach and the building of relationships with students. A model lesson was created to illustrate how Christian moral values can be incorporated into the teaching of English as a second language in the course of the tentmaking ministry.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Dr Quek Swee Hwa will be giving a series of talk on ‘Jerusalem & Babylon’
COURSES COMMENCING NEXT WEEK:
God's Richest Blessings to our Birthday Stars!
Mr Edwin Chak Han-Chih 24/2
Mrs Jessie Tan 27/2
Mr Henry Yeong 28/2
Mr Ravi Shakar 28/2
Mr Lawrence Chiam 29/2
Mr John Sim 29/2
Mrs Sharon Quek 1/3