4 1 Timothy 4:13-16Until I arrive, be sure to keep on reading the Scriptures in worship, and don't stop preaching and teaching. Use the gift you were given when the prophets spoke and the group of church leaders blessed you by placing their hands on you. Remember these things and think about them, so everyone can see how well you are doing. Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you.Paul and Timothy
5 1 Timothy 4:13-161Until I arrive, be sure to keep on reading the Scriptures in worship, and don't stop preaching and teaching. Use the gift you were given when the prophets spoke and the group of church leaders blessed you by placing their hands on you. Remember these things and think about them, so everyone can see how well you are doing. Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you.23
6 Paul advises Timothy to follow three priorities in his spiritual life keep on reading the Scriptures in worshipdon't stop preaching and teachingBe careful about the way you live and about what you teachStudy/DoctrineWitnessBehavior/CharacterThe way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
7 The Three Circles of Christian Life 1. Study/Doctrine Correct TheologicalPositionTrue Bible Orthodoxy maintains purity
8 Colossians 3:16 Rotherham Let the word of Christ dwell within you richly—in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another, with psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, with gratitude raising song with your hearts unto GodOur experiences and our studies give us wisdom based on our knowledge of God through study, meditation, prayerOur knowledge makes us effective witnesses to othersOur study and witnessing transforms us2006 International Seminar, Baia Mare, Romania
9 Studying the scriptures gives you theological framework John 5:39You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me2006 International Seminar, Baia Mare, Romania
10 Doctrine provides nourishment Original foreward, Volume 6 Our Lord…promised that he would send forth to his people meat in due season (Luke 12:37-42)…at a time, when without it, their spiritual growth would have been stunted, if not entirely checked…even the old things of God’s Word, the old truths, may have a new and appetizing flavor, and be appropriated to their still further spiritual health and strength.
11 Ephesians 4:11-12And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;Volumes, writings shouldn’t be rejected because written by man—this is the way God said would instruct Church
12 The Three Circles of Christian Life 1. Study/Doctrine Correct TheologicalPositionTrue Bible Orthodoxy maintains purityComes first, but if all there is, becomes seedbed of spiritual pride
13 The Three Circles of Christian Life 2. Witnessing Ability to discussReasoning ability based onKnowledge of Truth—sharing with others why Godacts as He does
14 What Does Truth Mean To Us? Remove focus of life from ourselvesFocus of life becomes knowledge of plan
15 What Does Truth Mean For Us? Responsibility to knowledgeTwo choices: act on it or reject itCreate theme in life other than self-gratificationDesire to live and preachGiving of talents and timeWillingness to forgo pleasures of life
16 Witnessing from the scriptures gives opportunity to find others interested Acts 17:1, 2Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures. . .Acts 18:4And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.Witness Workshop, 2006 Seminar
17 Why Must We Become Students and Teachers? Learning and teaching is God’s greatest endowment to His childrenStudy alone is insufficientMust spur action, action spurs trainingMoved by study, to change our lives and lives of others“In the dust of the Rabbi”Knowledge not ultimate goal, study transforms into apt teachers—now for our brethren and for world in Millennial Age
18 First understand, then become teacher Hebrews 5:11-14Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.Home of the Achims in Baia Mare, sponsors of seminar
19 Ecclesiastes 12:9-12In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.The Judgment of Solomon by de Boulogne
20 October 20 Manna “Be ye wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matt. 10:16 “Oh, that all of the Lord’s dear people could learn the value of wisdom in connection with their endeavors to serve the Truth!...We should learn that there are opportune and inopportune times for mentioning certain truths, and that there are wise and unwise methods of presenting them…it is not enough that we speak the truth…we should see to it that we speak the truth in love, and love that is trained uses wisdom that it may accomplish good.”
21 The Three Circles of Christian Life 2. Witnessing Ability to discussReasoning ability based onKnowledge of Truth—sharing with others why Godacts as He doesIf all there is leads to self promotionAnd provides seedbed for spiritual pride
22 The Three Circles of Christian Life 3. Behavior/Character Humble heartDevotional attitudeDaily practice of the reality of God in your life
23 Doctrine produces discipline to exercise senses to discern what is right conduct Hebrews 5:11-14Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.'Saint Paul writing his Epistles’ by Valentin de Boulogne
24 Z5080, The Mark of Crystallization of Character God’s standard of character is perfection, which must be maintained by loyalty and obedience under whatever tests he permits to come to individuals upon any plane of life. No one will get the prize of everlasting life unless he successfully passes those tests.
25 Reprint 1840“According to the Scriptural standard, the elect Church of Christ should be the most polished, the most refined, the most polite, the most generous, the most kind, of all the people in the world;-and should be all these in the most absolute sense;“not in the mere sense of an outward form and appearance of kindness, gentleness, etc., so common in the world; but a gentleness, a kindness, proceeding from the heart, proceeding from an appreciation of the Lord’s spirit…”
26 What God seeks in character Paul’s advice Teachableness (humility)Desire, dedication, determinationA will to obeyDeliberate choices, not something into which one driftsJoshua 24:15: “..choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve..”
27 Although character is third circle, it is not tertiary Great Wall of ChinaIn ancient China, people desired security from the barbaric hordes to the northBuilt the great Chinese wall so high that knew no one could climb over it, so thick that nothing could break it downSettled back to enjoy securityDuring first hundred years of wall, China invaded three timesNever did barbaric hordes break down wall or climb over topEach time they bribed a gatekeeper and then marched through the gatesChinese were so busy relying upon walls of stone they forgot to teach integrity to childrenProverbs 2:6, 7For the LORD gives wisdom;From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;He is a shield to those who walk in integrity
28 What’s Inside Your Sponge? Under pressure, what’s inside comes out—what comes out of your sponge?
29 The Three Circles of Christian Life Study and doctrineWitnessing and harvestingBehavior and CharacterCircles must be properly established, emphasized, related
30 Philippians 3:13, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you…Rembrandt’s Apostle Paul
31 Paul’s summary 1 Timothy 6:20-21 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"-- which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.Scriptures aren’t a technical book or a legal guidelineThey are our source for the Circles of Life!
32 Characteristics of those driven by The Circles of Life Study and doctrine1.Brings together whole being—new mind and old body--into harmony2.Gives every day experiences new meaning--aimed at improving and exercising God-like qualities3. Focuses us on the transforming work of consecrationWitnessing and harvestingBehavior and character
33 Circle of Life Characteristics of… 1. Study/Doctrine loyal rather than sectariansteadfast rather than stubbornunmovable rather than stationarydiscerning rather than criticalauthoritative rather than autocraticTrue Bible Orthodoxy maintains purity
34 Circle of Life Characteristics of… 2. Witnessing energetic rather than self-seekingtactful rather than timidhumorous rather than hilariousmeek rather than weakholy rather than holier-than-thouReasoning ability based on Knowledge of Truth—sharing with others why God acts as He does
35 Circle of Life Characteristics of… 3. Behavior/Character self-efficacy rather than self-esteemtender-hearted rather than touchygentle rather than hypersensitivegenerous rather than gullibleserious rather than sullenSelf-efficacy is an impression that one is capable of performing in a certain manner or attaining certain goals. It is a belief that one has the capabilities to execute the courses of actions required to manage prospective situations. Unlike efficacy, which is the power to produce an effect (in essence, competence), self-efficacy is the belief (whether or not accurate) that one has the power to produce that effect. For example, a person with high self efficacy may engage in a more health related activity when an illness occurs, whereas a person with low self efficacy would result in feelings of hopelessness.It is important here to understand the distinction between self-esteem and self-efficacy. Self-esteem relates to a person’s sense of self-worth, whereas self-efficacy relates to a person’s perception of their ability to reach a goal. For example, say a person is a terrible rock climber. They would likely have a poor self-efficacy in regard to rock climbing, but this wouldn’t need to affect their self-esteem; most people don’t invest much of their self-esteem in this activity.Character qualities
36 1 Timothy 4:13-16 The Code for Life Until I arrive, be sure to keep on reading the Scriptures in worship, and don't stop preaching and teaching. Use the gift you were given when the prophets spoke and the group of church leaders blessed you by placing their hands on you. Remember these things and think about them, so everyone can see how well you are doing. Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you.Paul and Timothy
37 Witnessing and harvesting Study and doctrineWitnessing and harvestingBehavior/ CharacterCircles must be properly established, emphasized, related
38 Amen1992 Hurricane Andrew destroyed thousands of homes in South FloridaOne area looked like a war zone was one house standing, anchored on foundationReporter asked homeowner why house hadn’t been blown awayReplied, “I built this house myself. I also built it according to the Florida state building code. Whatever the code called for, I used. I was told that a house built according to code could withstand a hurricane—and it did.”Illustrates Jesus’ message of building a life (character) according to code (doctrine)If build according to code, won’t be swept away when crises hit with hurricane-force windTemptation and storms of suffering will not be able to sweep us off foundation of faithAdversity comes, yet building according to code means character strengthened, example assuredHurricane Andrew 1992