GCP028: God’s Family

Mar 14

GCP028: God’s Family

On the Sojourn Radio podcast, today Ken and Mike talk about Johann Gutenberg, James Hepburn, Austin Peay, the new Pope, Bibles to SBC Churches, and Bible study in Ephesians.

This Week in Church History

  • March 13, 1456 (traditional date): Johann Gutenberg first publishes the Bible on his printing press with movable type (see issue 16: William Tyndale and issue 43: How We Got Our Bible).

  • March 13, 1815: Presbyterian medical missionary James Hepburn is born in Milton, Pennsylvania. In the course of his missions work, he compiled the first Japanese-English dictionary and supervised the first complete translation of the Bible into Japanese (which was published in 1888).

  • March 13, 1925: Austin Peay, governor of Tennessee, signs the “Butler Bill,” prohibiting any teaching that contradicted the Genesis creation story. By July, John Scopes was on trial for violating the legislation and the “trial of the century” had begun.


Theological News

Pope Francis – Jorge Bergoglio [Wikipedia]

Evangelism-themed Bibles en route to churches” – Posted on Mar 5, 2013 | by Tobin Perry

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — Every Southern Baptist and Canadian National Baptist church in North America will receive a case of New Testaments from the North American Mission Board by early April.

The “Find It Here” New Testaments are part of NAMB’s God’s Plan for Sharing: GPS initiative to encourage “Every Believer Sharing, Every Person Hearing” by 2020.

“If your church hasn’t been out in your community sharing Christ in a while, we think these Bibles are a great tool for outreach,” NAMB President Kevin Ezell said. “And if you are already active in reaching your community, this is one more tool we think everyone will want to use.”

Churches began receiving the shipments in mid-February. Because of the large number being shipped, it will take six weeks for churches to receive their New Testaments. Each case contains 48 New Testaments and a card that tells pastors why the New Testaments were sent to them and how they can order more. Churches are asked to use the New Testaments as part of their evangelistic efforts.

Spanish-speaking churches will receive a Spanish-language translation.

Each New Testament has specific verses marked to guide evangelistic conversations. On the back of each New Testament, those looking for spiritual help are given the findithere.com Web address and a phone number where they can find spiritual counseling. The English New Testaments being shipped to churches use the Holman Christian Standard version of the text.

“As we encourage every believer to share, we see this as a tool they can use to talk to people about Christ,” said Al Gilbert, NAMB’s vice president for evangelism. “Then the person hearing about Christ will have the opportunity to find out more on findithere.com.”

Gilbert said the Find It Here campaign undergirds the God’s Plan for Sharing: GPS evangelistic initiative. The evangelistic Find It Here website, New Testaments and related materials support what churches are doing to share Christ with every person in North America.

At least one state convention has already made plans for how to use additional New Testaments. The Missouri Baptist Convention ordered 50,000 Find It Here New Testaments to encourage Missouri Baptists to begin a movement that will lead to distributing 1 million New Testaments to Missourians in 2014.

“I chose to use the Find It Here New Testaments because they are marked, use the HCSB translation and are attractive,” said Mark Snowden, the evangelism/discipleship strategist at the Missouri Baptist Convention. “The Bible distribution strategy is at the heart of our state GPS 2014-15 emphasis on ministry evangelism.”

The Find It Here New Testaments were produced through a partnership between NAMB and LifeWay Christian Resources. LifeWay assisted in the development of the New Testaments and printed them at a discounted rate.

“The Bible is LifeWay’s number one core value and sharing it with the world is at the heart of our mission,” said Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay. “We are honored to partner with NAMB in developing the Find It Here New Testaments. NAMB’s commitment to serve and equip the local church to reach the lost is truly stellar, and we are excited to help distribute God’s Word.”

Churches can purchase additional cases of New Testaments at gps2020.net. The site includes other resources and suggestions for how churches can reach their communities for Christ. The New Testaments will be available in LifeWay stores beginning in early April.


Ephesians 1-5 Catch-up:
Eph 1 – How we are apart of God’s Family
Eph 2.1-10 – Saved, Grace by Faith
Eph 2-11-22 – Unity in Christ
Eph 3 – The Mystery
Eph 4 – God’s Plan for Faithful Living in the Church/Family

Imitate God and Walk like Christ
Ephesians 5

[Commands given in the Family]
1 Therefore [you must] be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And [you must] walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

[Example of Not Imitating]
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

[God Desires Us to be Different]
7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

[Different is Walking Wisely Imitating God and Jesus]

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, [because] the days are evil.

[Different is Understanding God’s Will]
17 [Therefore] do not be foolish, [but] understand what the will of the Lord is.

[Different is being moved by the Spirit, not spirits.]
18 [And] do [you must] not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, [but] be [you must] filled with the Spirit,

[Different is Rejoicing with other believers.]
19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

[Different is Glorifying God]
20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

[Different is putting others before yourself.]
21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

[Different in how we act as man and wife.]
21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  23 [For] the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.  24 Now as the church submits to Christ, [so] also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, [you must] love your wives, [as] Christ loved the church [and] gave himself up for her, 26 [that] he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 [so that] he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy [and] without blemish.  28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his wife loves himself.  29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, [but] nourishes [and] cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 [because] we are members of his body.

31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, [and] the two shall become one flesh.”  32 This mystery is profound, [and] I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  33 [However], let each one of you love his wife as himself, [and] let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Thanks for listening and God bless.

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