Posted by: Moses | January 14, 2008

Ειρηνη

We exist to glorify God by fostering the progress and joy of believers through genuine exposition, humble unity, and the loving application of the Word to one another’s lives.
Themes:
• To promote a God-glorifying response to authority.
• To promote humble unity both among ourselves and among our peer groups at our respective churches.
• To promote sound interpretation and application of God’s Writings.
• To promote loyalty to the local church, fostering unity and love between our assemblies.
• To promote a dependent and God-centered philosophy of continuous, necessary prayer.

Preaching Translation of 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Genuine Exposition (Orthodoxy)
Reiterate these things, warning them before God not to dispute words about something that is not profitable, which destroys those who listen. Be eager to demonstrate yourself to be genuine before God, a worker with no cause for embarrassment because he clearly facilitates the message of Truth. But shun those who babble pointlessly, for they advance ungodliness further and further and their message will spread destruction like gangrene. Hymenaios and Philetos are men like these, who have shot at and missed the Truth by saying that the resurrection has already come, and they are destroying the confidence of some.
Humble Unity and Loving Application of the Word (Inseperable Orthopraxy)
But nevertheless, the solid foundation of God, stands! The foundation has this seal : “The Lord knew those who are His,” and “anyone who claims the identity of the Lord, let him revolt from unrighteousness.”
But in a great house there are not only gold and silver vessels but also wooden and clay ones . On the one hand are vessels for special use and on the other hand are vessels for mundane work. Therefore if someone should cleanse himself from mundane usage, he will be a vessel for special use, having been set apart. He is useful for the Master, having been prepared for any pure use.
So flee the youthful lusts! Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call upon the Lord from a cleansed heart. Politely decline from foolish and ill-informed debates. The Lord’s servant must not quarrel. Rather he should be gentle toward everyone; able to teach, patiently responding to evil, gently instructing those who disagree with him: who knows whether God should grant them repentance unto knowledge of the truth! And they might snap out of the devil’s snare, since he has captured them for his purpose.

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