|Part 2||The Quest for Authentic Manhood|
|Date||Wednesday 4 November 2015|
|Time Limit||1-2 minutes|
|Working Title||The Best Things I Learned This Year|
|Introduction||I co-presented with Garey this year the following 4 topics:
10. Three cheers for mentors
15. Genesis of manhood, Part 1
16. Genesis of manhood, Part 2
22. Fathers and sons
Needless to say, I was quite focussed on these four!
|Three cheers for mentors||In the first of my four sessions, we looked at Exodus 18:14-19, when Jethro gives some wise counsel to Moses, and Moses listens to him.
Mentors empower their men to achieve great things. They get alongside Dads, because Dad can’t do everything, even if they wanted to. Mentors take the boy to the next level. That’s powerful.
|Genesis of manhood, Part 1||From the book of beginnings, we learned about the original plan and purpose for:
A. Male and Female Value
B. Male and Female Calling
C. Social Structure
We were called to notice Adam:
A. was created first;
B. is given an occupation and responsibility before Eve’s creation;
C. is instructed by God with the responsibility of leading with His Word;
D. names the animals, a signal of his leadership over creation.
E. Is given a helper suitable for him.
|Genesis of manhood, Part 2||From the fall, we learned:
· Male domination is a personal moral failure, not a teaching of the Bible.
· Adam’s sin has an unacceptable passivity attached to it.
Real men are called to initiate truth.
|Father and sons||There are 3 types of parenting:
There are 3 ingredients for strategic parenting:
1. The DIG
2. The SET
3. The SPIKE
There is power in Ceremonies (such as this).
|Delivered||Saturday 25 July 2015|
|Welcome||Ladies and Gentlemen, Toastmasters & Guests, greetings. My name is James Te Kahupuku Hippolite.
(Pause 3 seconds between sections.)
|Introduction||I’m going to talk to you today about why I became a Christian.
My goal today is to give you a reasoned account for the hope that I have within me.
My purpose is to leave you with a better understanding of my worldview.
I’m going to discuss:
a) My “normal” atheistic background;
b) The crisis point which lead to my decision; and
c) The results of my decision.
|Point 1||My mother raised me not to be a bigot, but to hate all religion equally! (It’s okay, you’re allowed to laugh at that one.)
I attended a good school, where:
a) The creation myth was never discussed,
b) Evolution was taught as fact, and
c) Any vestigial Christian influence was suitably neutered of any actual Christian power.
I remember being required as a 7th form prefect to give a morning reading, but never once being told that the reading was meant to come from the Bible. As I had never read it before, it never occurred to me that was the expectation. So I read the lyrics from Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms instead. It sounded sufficiently reverential to me!
So I entered my university years inoculated against the virus of Christianity, with the firm belief that only un-intelligent morons could believe those fairy tales.
|Point 2||Then I met some intelligent Christians at university.
I was working as a tutor in the Computer labs. One night I was tidying up after class, and discovered a newsletter left behind. It was by the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. I don’t remember any of the articles, but my eye was captured by the cartoons of the eight missing links between apes and men. You know: Cro-Magnon, Neanderthal, Piltdown, Java Man, etc.
But underneath each and every one of those pictures was a brief description of what happened to those bones after they were initially hailed as the great discoveries they were meant to represent. And in each case, those bones turned out to be either a hoax, or mistaken pieces of other animals, or just plain went missing.
It was at this point that I realised:
a) There are intelligent people who do believe in a specific creation, a short period of time ago; and
b) All facts are interpreted within the worldview of the observer.
For me, these two realisations were huge, and rocked me to my core. Through a series of other “coincidences” (which I will have to leave for another day, as my time in running out), I came to realise that Jesus was not a liar, nor a lunatic, but is indeed the Lord.
|Point 3||Since making my discovery, I have gone on to rectify my lack of education by:
a) Reading through the Bible;
b) Taking courses in Biblical history, Systematic Theology & New Testament Exegesis;
c) Fulfilling an internship at my local church (in Wellington); and
d) Various missions’ trips.
To say that my discovery gave my life new meaning would be an understatement. It would be more accurate to say that prior to my decision, my life had no higher purpose nor meaning.
|Summary||Let me begin to sum up with this. Do you know what a vlogger is? A vlogger is someone who makes a Video Blog. What’s a Blog? A blog is a Web Log of your activity. I recently heard a story (from my kids) of one atheist vlogger’s philosophy that, since there is no purpose in life, and life on this Earth is filled with pain, therefore he believes it is wrong to bring a child into this world. From his own worldview, I cannot fault his logic.
However, I have told you about:
a) My normal childhood attitudes against Christianity;
b) My epiphany at university; and
c) My subsequent new direction in life.
What I hope I have demonstrated to you today, is that there is a reason to doubt that vlogger’s cynicism.
The Cost of Following
- Pastor Arnie Hall
- Manukau City Baptist Church
- Sunday 26 October 2014
- Hula hoop individuality. https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10320302_776892625701877_3884158728015028217_n.jpg?oh=7019c2e97e9bd21155de057494851ba3&oe=54F75180&__gda__=1425295964_292e31b00ed7d075864e62187b4af1aa
- You are you and I am me. You are free and have rights, as long as you don’t affect me (so says the World). You can’t alter how I feel.
- Or can you?
- Youth leaders,
- Youth pastor,
- Worship leader,
- Testimony of believers,
- Enthusiasm of believers
- Our example can influence others: to sin or not.
- Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.
- It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
- So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.
- Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
- The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
- He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
- “Suppose one of you has a servant ploughing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?
- Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?
- Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
- So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
Cost of following Jesus
- Avoiding sin for the sake of others
- Your actions lead others
- We must forgive! Again. And again. And again.
- Forgive completely
- We need to have tiny yet complete faith
- Be a servant:
- Merely do our duty, do the work we are told to, know who is God, and who isn’t!
- Visiting speaker, Pierre
- Father’s Day
- Worship was great. Lots of boisterous and loud praise and worship songs, rounded out with a stirring rendition of “Be Thou My Vision.”
- The daughter of Jairus, died and resurrected; and
- The woman with the issue of blood, healed.
- A ruler in the synagogue; and
- A father.
- Is also a father; and
- Has a daughter with Down’s syndrome.
Continuing, the speaker asks:
- Whether there is anything magical about the garment that Jesus was wearing, that the woman touched, that she became healed?
- James answers, no.
Some points from this passage of Scripture:
- Jairus went against his leadership training in putting his trust in Jesus.
- The women went against her culture in daring to reach out to Jesus.
- Relevance è Sometimes, you will need to go against your culture, against your training and put your faith and trust in Jesus, because He is worthy and He is able.
- Jairus received the news of the death of his daughter, and gave up. But Jesus stepped in and required him to continue to trust. The end result was a greater miracle than the healing, but that of her resurrection.
- The woman received her healing, but then Jesus required her to identify herself and her ailment. The end result was a greater miracle than the healing, but that of the forgiveness of her sins.
- Relevance è Sometimes, Jesus will require you to go further, in order to receive a greater miracle.
- Faith in Christ will be challenging to your culture.
- You will be tempted to turn back.
- Stand firm, not only is He worthy, but He is able to see you though.
- Jairus go against his training? Probably, he had seen the miracles performed in the synagogue, earlier in Mark’s gospel.
- The woman go against her culture? Probably, she had heard of the miracles Jesus had been performing.
- Relevance è We need to get a vision of His Power, in order to see us through our daily trials and tribulations.
The speaker finishes with:
- Jairus means “Jehovah Enlightens”. Probably, Jairus had his eyes opened to the Power of Christ. He was enlightened by God. Will you allow yourself to be enlightened by God?
- It has always been about “Saved by Faith in Christ Alone”
- Now he draws something, while music plays.
My style is more cerebral and less artistic. I’m a teacher, rather than a preacher. What’s the difference?
- A teacher is teaching a subject with authority. He’s an expert in that subject.
- A preacher is teaching the Word of God with authority. He’s anointed by God to do it.
- We are all called to exercise as many gifts of the Holy Spirit (including teaching and preaching) as necessary, at diverse times.
- Happy “Star Wars” Day!
- May the fourth be with you.
- Pastor Al Hall
Praise the Lord, my soul
- The person sitting next you, their heart may be breaking.
- Or, they may have had great news this week.
- All of us have an ebb and tide of emotions in our lives.
- Life’s like that.
We need to have a faith that is sustainable in both those times.
- Without God’s Word, our faith is in trouble.
- This book is special.
- (Not the pages are Holy. It’s the words.)
- These words have power to sustain you.
As a pastor, Arnie has learned that it’s not possible to achieve every dream.
- He would like to have visited each one of us at home.
- So he’s had to take the opportunity of Sunday morning to have input.
- He values this time together.
- But more valuable is the time we individually spend in the Word.
- His sermons work better, when we’ve spent time in the Word.
This Book puts things into perspective
- This world is full of so-called News, which isn’t.
- Shows me what is good and what is stink
- Shows me when to stick my head in
How to interact with the Word
- What is this passage about?
- What do I think and feel as I read it?
- Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
- Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits –
- Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
- Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
- Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
What do I think?
- It is beneficial to praise him.
- He forgives me.
- He sustains me.
- “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger & abounding in loving kindness.”
- It is good to remind ourselves of this truth, because the World attempts to steal away that vision.
- What is looming this week
- What is worrying you
- Who you are worried for
- Our doubts
- Our insecurities
Forget about the things you have done wrong and the things that have been done against you.
- God has more love than a Giganaire.
- So enjoy him.
The Bible is powerful
- Not as a book
- But as promises from God
- But they are only powerful if we take them into our homes.
- Pastor Arnie Hall
- Manukau Baptist
- Easter is the biggest celebration in the Christian calendar
- There’s no bigger sacrifice in all of human history
- All of the Bible leads up to it, or derives from it
- The seat of power in that region at the time
- The big, bad city
- Jesus would have visited it several times as an observant Jew, but it wasn’t his home.
- Religiously complex:
o Romans – The invaders
o Zealots – Wanted to attack
o Essenes – Took flight and cocooned themselves
o Pharisees – Carry on with moral teachings
o Sadducees – Rome isn’t all bad. We can work with them a little bit. A corrupted priesthood, light on religion.
- When Jesus rode in, and the crowd went nuts, the Pharisees and the Sadducees combined to get rid of the trouble-maker.
- His arrival (and the crowd’s reaction) disrupted the most important week for them – Passover
- Sanctification – to remember coming out from under the Egyptians
- Justice – I delivered you from slavery
- Redemption – God will sort things out
- Restoration – I will take you to be my people and I will be your God.
Jesus was speaking “I will redeem you” during the 3rd cup.
- Another claim at divinity.
- He didn’t get to the 4th cup. That’s still to come.
When Jesus rebuked the disciples for dropping asleep, he mentioned “can you not keep watch for 1 hour?” This refers to the Hour of Watching, when the Hebrew’s were meant to be ready to escape Egypt.
The Evangelism Conference
- For people who are scared of evangelism
- Manukau Baptist Church
- David Mann
- The coming of the Gospel to Aotearoa – the untold story
- Marsden, “the flogging parson”. He only flogged hardened criminals, e.g. Australians.
- Ruatara invited Marsden.
- Christmas Day, 1814, the first sermon
- Invitation, not imposition
- Marsden’s vision
- Gospel impact
- The gospel spread
- The battle against colonisation
Jesus – all about hope
- The vision – To initiate a conversation about the reasons for the hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15) with every home in our nation through media, while helping prepare followers of Jesus to engage that conversation
- Initiate – Make the most of it!
Partnership is necessary
- Because this is sincerely about a relational approach.
- 200 Years of the Gospel in Aotearoa
- Understanding our culture
- Why doesn’t the old time gospel seem to work anymore?
- How has our culture changed?
- After modernism
- Modernism = “there are answers”
- Post = “there aren’t”
- We became sceptical of truth
- 50% believe in a God
- 30% believe in a higher power
- 20% believe in nothing defined
What was Jesus’s method of ministry?
- He talked at their level (engaged them)
- Always with an ear open to the Spirit
- How to start a normal conversation
- We are the most advertised to generation in history
- Therefore people are instantly on guard against and sceptical of anybody trying to sell a message.
How to start a normal conversation?
- Remove the gospel agenda
- Ask them what they believe
- Ask them… (the devil mucked up my laptop and I missed this point)
How do you turn a conversation?
- What do you mean by?
- Where did you get that idea from?
- Have you considered?
- The necessary centrality of the Gospel in Christian witness
What is the Gospel message?
- There is a single, knowable God,
- He made us with free will.
- We used our free will to do our own thing.
- The Bible calls all of these things, Sin.
- We try to mitigate these things with Good Works.
- The problem is that God’s standard is perfection, and we’ve already missed the mark.
- One day we’re going to die.
- There’s only one of two places we’re going to go.
- Jesus paid the penalty for our sin.
- We must choose to accept his free offer.
What must I do?
- a. Admit – your need
- b. Believe – in Christ
- c. Commit – to obey
- Where are you on this spectrum?
- Where do you think you will go after death?
- Are you ready to make a decision?
- What is your hindrance to making a decision today?
10 ways to share faith (8 don’t involve words)
- Share the gospel yourself, with (Word mucked up again)
- A tract
- A booklet
- A DVD
- There is only one thing you must never do…
- So long as you do something, God can use it!
- What can you start with?