Eleven years after the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Africathe Church in Africa renders thanks to God for the many benefits received in the past decade. In commemorating this event, she feels an urgent need to recommit herself wholeheartedly to the work of reconciliation, justice and peace throughout the continent. In recalling the warm reception given to the publication of Ecclesia in Africathe following questions arise:
Since the original series was incomplete as a representation of the more important doctrines of the Scriptures, several chapters have been added. Those chapters which were originally written as Bible class lessons are outlined and named according to the direction given by the lesson committee and are based on the Scripture selections suggested by them.
This book is in no sense intended to be a treatise on systematic theology. In its preparation, a limited number of the most vital and practical themes have been chosen, and an attempt has been made to adapt these brief discussions to the needs of the untrained Christian.
To each chapter a list of questions has been added which, it is hoped, may make the studies more useful both to individuals and to groups. The student who would be versed on these subjects should look up every passage cited and continue the study of each theme until all the questions can be answered from memory.
Although the writer presumably has made a careful study of the various subjects treated, it is not his prerogative to dictate what another shall believe; but rather to point out what the Bible teaches. Faith should always rest on a personal understanding of the Scriptures, rather than on the teaching of men.
Bible doctrines are the bones of revelation and the attentive Bible student must be impressed with the New Testament emphasis on "sound doctrine" Matt. Not knowing the doctrines of the Bible, the child of God will be, even when sincere, "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive"; the many well-meaning believers who are drawn into modern cults and heresies being sufficient proof.
On the other hand, the divine purpose is that the servant of Christ shall be fully equipped to "preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. Every student and teacher should be fully convinced of this fact.
There are two lines of evidence to be traced: Six perfections of that Word are named with six corresponding transformations which that Word accomplishes. Certain facts should be noted: The Bible appears in one volume in which there is a perfect continuity of historical sequence from the creation to the new heavens and the new earth; a perfect unfolding of doctrine from the blade to the full corn in the ear; from type to antitype; from prophecy to its fulfillment; and the anticipation, presentation, realization, and exaltation of the most perfect Person on earth or in Heaven.
The Extent of its Revelation. In its unfolding of truth, the Bible is inexhaustible. Like a telescope it sweeps the universe from the heights of Heaven to the depths of hell, and traces the works of God from their beginning to their end. Like a microscope it reveals the minutest details of the plan and purpose of God and the perfection of His creation.
Like a stereoscope it places all beings and objects whether on earth or in Heaven in right relation the one to the other. Though written in the earlier days of human knowledge when the present world discoveries could not reasonably have been disclosed, it is in harmony with every discovery made by man.
In fullest satisfaction the Bible is claimed by all races as their own, and is, as no other book, translatable into every tongue. It has already been translated into over seven hundred and seventy different languages and dialects.
Thirty societies are now specializing in its publication, and over thirty million copies are printed annually. Of this number the British Bible Society publishes every hour more than two thousand copies. The French infidel Voltaire who died in predicted that the Bible would become obsolete within a hundred years.
Contrary to the statement of this skeptic, the Bible abides.
For nineteen hundred years it has endured the systematic, destructive attacks from Satan and men; but never has its predicted endurance been more tested than now when those who pose as its friends and exponents are subtly denying its most vital truths and its supernatural character.
Its influence is transforming. To the unsaved it is the "sword of the Spirit" Eph. The supernatural character of this Book is seen in the fact that it deals as freely with the unknown and otherwise unknowable as it does with that which is known, and those who follow its teachings are unfailingly led in the paths of God's eternal Truth.
Likewise, as no other book, the Bible accounts for those who do not receive its teachings. Of them it records that they are unregenerate men who receive not the things of the Spirit of God, neither can they know them because only by the Spirit are these things discerned 1 Cor.
Its qualities are real, for those who know it best love it most. Merely as literature, the Bible is supreme. It satisfies the simple-minded and entrances the sage; yet here, again, consideration should be given to the limitations of its human authors.A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States Table of Contents Abbreviations Introduction: A Renewed Commitment to Adult Faith Formation.
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2 Ethics and Social Responsibility Ethical values Social responsibility Fundamental approaches to ethical issues Chapter 5 Topics Managers’s Challenge: Timberland Ethics: 3 Ethics The code of moral principles and values that govern the behaviors of a person or group with respect to what is right or wrong.