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1 Secondary Task # 2: Teaching that Which Transforms –Internal Self Government

2 Part 6 The Secondary Mandate – Teach That Which Transforms Session 6.24 Secondary Task # 2: Teach that Which Transforms – Internal Self Government Session 6.25 Secondary Task # 2: Teach that Which Transforms - All That I Have Commanded: Creation Ordinances Session 6.26 TRUTH: The Metaphysical Order (a) Session 6.27 TRUTH: The Metaphysical Order (b) - The Principles of Freedom Session 6.28 GOODNESS: The Moral Order Session 6.29 BEAUTY: The Aesthetic Order

3 The Text Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

4 Overview of this Secondary Task Teaching that which transforms –Obedience – Internal Self-Government, the key to transformation –All that I have commanded – Jesus is the law- giver –Transcendent Ordinances Meta-physical Laws – TRUTH Moral Laws – GOODNESS Aesthetic Laws – BEAUTY

5 Order Is the First Need of All! “Order is the first need of any nation. The Kingdom ethos lays a foundation for building free, just and compassionate societies, which glorify God in their obedience and allow the glory of the nation to be revealed.” Darrow L. Miller

6 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! Psalm 33: 12a

7 Outline The words – “to teach” –“to obey” That All Nations Might Believe and Obey Free Societies Are a Product of Kingdom Order Two Types of Government –Civil - External –Personal - Internal Self-Government The Relationship Between Internal Self- Government and External Government

8 The Words

9 “Teaching them” Greek - didasko: “to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses” Parsing the verb –Present Tense – on going action, no end in sight –Active Voice – the subject is actively involved –The disciples are to actively and continually engage in teaching “the nations!”

10 The Words “To obey” Greek - tereo – “to attend to carefully, take care of, to guard.” Parsing the verb: –Present Tense – ongoing action, no end in sight –Active Voice – the subjective is actively involved –The nations are to actively and continually obey all that Christ has commanded!

11 Teaching Them to Obey

12 Know and Do Read: –Set # 1: Rom. 3: 8; 6: 1-2, 15; Phil. 3: 18-19; Jude 4 –Set # 2: Rom.14: 1-4; Gal. 2: 4-5, 11-13; 6: Question: What kind of person does each set of verses describe?

13 Know and Do Read –Set # 1: Luke 10: –Set # 2: James 1: 25; 2: What did the New Testament underscore?

14 That All Nations Might Believe and Obey “Obedient Nations”

15 Building a Godly Nation God wants to take a slave nation with a slave mentality and turn it into a model nation for the nations. Read Deuteronomy 4: 1-8 Questions: –What has God provided the Hebrew people? –What are they to do with what he has given? –What will be the results of their obedience?

16 Nations Are to Know and DO “Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.” Rom. 16: 25-27

17 Filling Read Habakkuk 2: 14; Acts 5: 28 Question: What images come to your mind?

18 Habits of the Heart Virtue Habitus Question: What is the difference between virtue and values?

19 Virtue Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law….The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue…. Virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.

20 Habitus “… the continuity and stability of a culture…” “… organizes our actions and defines our way of being.” James Davidson Hunter The Death of Character

21 Habitus Faith Thrift Hard work Compassionate Just Trust Beauty Fear Waste Laziness Cruelty Corrupt Distrust Vulgarity

22 The Lord’s Prayer Read Luke 11: 1-4 Question: What is the relationship between The Lord’s Prayer and “teaching them to obey”? –We are to put feet to the prayer. –The Great CO-Mission is that we are to help build nations that reflect God’s created order.

23 Two Types of Government

24 Principle of Self-Government “The Christian principle of self-government is God ruling internally from the heart of the believer. In order to have true liberty, man must WILLINGLY (voluntarily) be governed INTERNALLY by the Spirit and Word of God rather than by external forces. Government is first internal (causative), then extends outwardly (effect).” Dr. Elizabeth Youmans Chrysalis International

25 Two Sources of Government External: –Government –Clerics – Church or Mosque –Fear Internal (self-government)

26 Principle of Self-Government “He knows how to rule a kingdom, that cannot manage a province; nor can he wield a province, that cannot order a city; nor he order a city, that knows not how to regulate a village. Not he a village, that cannot guide a family; not can that man govern well a family that knows not how to govern himself; not can he govern himself unless his reason be lord, will and apatite be vassals; nor can reason rule unless herself be ruled by God, and be obedient to Him.” Hugo Grotius Dutch Lawyer/Theologian

27 The Relationship Between Internal and External Government

28 Power and Freedom Government –World Government –National –State –City –Family –Individual Principles: –The more internal self-government a person and nation possesses, the more freedom they have (less external government). –Freedom flows from the internal to the external.

29 Free Societies Are a Product of Kingdom Order The American Case Study

30 The Bible and America’s Founding “Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document.” Newsweek Magazine 12/27/1982

31 John Calvin French theologian and pastor Leader of the Reformation in Switzerland Conscious propagator of the biblical world and life view God is sovereign over ALL of life Institutes of Christian Religion

32 America’s Founding Fathers Episcopalian/Anglican % Presbyterian % Congregationalist % Quaker 7 4.3% Dutch Reformed/German Reformed 6 3.7% Lutheran 5 3.1% Catholic 3 1.9% Huguenot 3 1.9% Unitarian (Deists) 3 1.9% Methodist 2 1.2% Calvinist 1 0.6%

33 Alexis de Tocqueville French historian / political thinker Author: Democracy in America (1835)

34 Founding Fathers UNDERSTOOD –In God we trust –Biblical Theists –Bible in hand –Biblical worldview –Moral and metaphysical absolutes Did NOT Understand –In man we trust –Deists –Enlightenment thinkers in hand –Naturalistic worldview –Moral and metaphysical relativism

35 “The Father of America” George Bancroft American Historian and Statesman History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent John Calvin, “The Father of America” "He who will not honor the memory and respect the influence of Calvin knows but little of the origin of American liberty."


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