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Dr Viju - 1

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54th CMF Annual Conference 2017

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Dr Viju - 1

  1. 1. ‘Work out your salvation with fear and trembling’ Living a life “King size”
  2. 2. Letter to Philippians Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12- 13 (2:1-18)
  3. 3. Octavian and Mark Antony
  4. 4. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:9,10
  5. 5. The difference • Pax Romana vs Shalom • Temporal vs Eternal • Roman empire vs “Ends of the earth” • Order imposed vs Salvation worked out
  6. 6. • Great salvation Hebrews 2:3 • Context and the Magnitude
  7. 7. • 2Cor 5:18-20 • “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sin against them.
  8. 8. •God’s mandate •It is from and of God •God is working •4 epochs- Creation, The Fall, Redemption, and Future Consummation.
  9. 9. •4 epochs- Creation, The Fall, Redemption, and Future Consummation
  10. 10. Creation • Good • Perfect relationship • Productive stewardship
  11. 11. The fall • Death and decay • Futility of man’s effort • Suffering
  12. 12. Redemption and future consummation • Abraham, Israel • Jesus • The cross • The new heaven and the new earth • The stage on which God is continuing his work of restoration for the new earth and heaven is the present world
  13. 13. God’s mission- restoring relationship • Intimate and serving relation with God • Just, healthy and righteous relation with ourselves and our communities • Loving relationship with others • Just relationship with nature and resources
  14. 14. Purpose higher than us • Story of reconciling the world to himself • Transcends our sorrows • Take part in the adventure
  15. 15. Great Salvation “World evangelization requires the whole church to take the whole Gospel to the whole world”
  16. 16. Great Salvation: Worked out Inclusive: Open to every willing believer Comprehensive: All people, problem and conditions Wholistic: Integration and proclamation
  17. 17. ‘There is not one centimetre of human existence to which Christ who is Lord of all does not say, “That’s Mine!”’ Abraham Kupyer
  18. 18. Wess Stanford I know Wesley, but the more I wrote and thought about it, the more the story I had to erase. You see son, those people sent me to Africa to the spiritual things like preach the gospel and translate the scriptures,they would’t understand my spending 3 weeks deep in the mud digging a well in Kashongo”
  19. 19. Work out your salvation • Characteristic • Scope
  20. 20. • What does salvation mean to you? • What do you need to do attain salvation? • What is the scope / character of your salvation?
  21. 21. What does salvation mean to you? • Ticket to heaven? • My relationship with God, my holiness primarily? • Coworkers with reconciliation ministry of God- both for me and for the “whole world” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
  22. 22. • What do you need to do attain salvation? • For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph 2:8-9
  23. 23. What is to work out? • Do the things which shows that you are saved. • For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Eph 2;10 • Dead man alive
  24. 24. Character and scope of salvation? Freedom Captive Look up Look in To good work To earn salvation Watch for what God is doing My life matters • No condemnation • Martin Luther King Gives you freedom
  25. 25. Martin Luther (1483-1546) • Studied law but became a monk • Realized that ‘the just shall live by faith.’ Romans 1:17 • Ninety five theses and the Wittenberg church door • “Here I stand , I can do no other. God help me . Amen.” Babylonian captivity
  26. 26. Expands your horizon • I am not making a Medical College - I am building kingdom of God
  27. 27. Eric Liddell (1902-1945) • Olympic champion 1924 • Missionary to China • “In the dust of defeat as the laurels of victory there is glory to be found if one has done his best” Allows you to enjoy
  28. 28. It streches you to your full potential • “You never more better than when you in full stretch for God”- George Whitfield Thomas Chettan
  29. 29. Gives you purpose in life
  30. 30. People of relevance • Schools • Hospitals • Mental asylum • Leprosy sanitorium
  31. 31. Fear and Trembling • Conformity- Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed • Compromise- Colossians 2:8 See that no one takes you captive • Comparison - Galatians 6:4 Each one test their own action • Commendation: Galatians 1:10 Not trying to approval of man • Confidence and competence -John 15:5 apart from me you can do nothing Humility and Love Good and faithful servant enter my rest
  32. 32. Good and faithful servant enter my rest
  33. 33. Questions 1.How would you/ others define your salvation? 2. What is the difference between Salvation- Working in and Salvation – working out? 3. What are some of the warnings, encouragements and guidelines that you received from the session on campus romance?

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