Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about the last two sessions which were taught on day three of the Calvary Chapel Pastors and leaders conference which lasted for three days at Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain.
The first session of day three was based upon 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” It was taught by Pastor Dave Rolph and please go to this link to get the full teaching
We learned that the entire bible is God breathed or is God breathing through the bible and therefore is profitable like a treasure, the entire bible is without error but our interpretation is not. We need to respect the bible, make the bible a priority and honor it. Let the Bible speak for itself and not some book about the bible.
The bible is profitable for teaching – Doctrine is or means to explain what the bible means.
The Bible is for reproof – Reproof is about us being wrong – reproof helps us fix what is wrong us. When we have a problem with Gods word telling us what is wrong with us it means that we don’t understand Gods grace.
The Bible is for our correction – It forces us to ask yourself, how can I do it differently? When the bible corrects, it stirs us back on the straight and narrow path. So let correction readjust your life to what God want your life to be.
The Bible gives us instruction in righteousness- Instruction forces us to ask yourself, how to do life right? Or listen to Gods word on how to do your life right. When we do then we will be mature and complete.
The final and last and final session was taught by Pastor Don Mclure please go to this link for the complete teaching http://deepsouthconferences.com/sessions/?sermon_id=233
The teaching was based on Romans 8:2-13 “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” We learned that there are two laws
The law of the Flesh
The law of the spirit
The flesh is opposed to Jesus and Jesus never lived or had anything to do with the flesh. That Jesus life was a condemnation to the flesh. The carnal flesh can never be satisfied, the flesh is at war with God. The Spirit is against the flesh but the flesh lusts after the spirit.
The Spirit set us free. How?
Mind and spirit – I want to listen to be obsessed with the word of God.
Walk in the Spirit – To order your life – walk in your obsession. If you are struggling in your walk ask yourself what are you obsessed with?
Mortify the deeds of the Flesh – Say NO! to the flesh.
This is the end of a wonderful three-day teaching that I sat under with my wife Debbie and Pastor and his wife Jennifer. We do plan on going each year preferable with people from our own fellowship but if not we will go regardless. I hope you have enjoyed sharing with me my experience at this conference.
Word Of God (by BRENTON BROWN)
The Word of God is light in my darkness
Hope for the hopeless strong and true
The Word of God is strength for the weary
A shield for those who trust in You
A shield for those who trust in You
Everything will fade everything will fade
The heavens and the earth will pass away
But You will remain yes You will remain always
Jesus faithful Word of God
The anchor of my heart
You’re everything You say You are
Greater than my deepest needs
The ground beneath my feet
Your promises won’t fail me now
You will not fail us
You will not fail us
You will not fail us
Word of God
BURNING BARLEY FIELDS
And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, but did not see the king’s face. Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him. And when he sent again the second time, he would not come. So he said to his servants, “See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire. (2 Samuel 14:28-30)
Absalom murdered his brother Amnon in retribution for the rape of their sister Tamar.
Just typing out that sentence is hard. It describes a deeply disturbed family and shows that the Bible is a painfully honest book, exposing the painful trials in the life of a hero like David. David’s son Absalom escaped Israel after the murder, and finally came back to Jerusalem – yet David refused to see him. This was an awkward and dangerous half-reconciliation between father and son that went on for two years.
Absalom never wanted to make things right. He plotted the overthrow of his father’s kingdom and wanted to get closer to launch his plan. For just these reasons, David should not have ignored Absalom nor kept him at a distance. Yet David let this awkward situation linger for two full years.
The matter needed to be resolved. Sadly, David did not initiate the resolution. Absalom thought to approach David through one of the King’s top assistants – Joab, his military commander.
When Absalom first approached, Joab ignored him. Then he ignored him a second time. Finally, when Absalom would not tolerate being ignored any longer, he simply burned Joab’s fields to get his attention. The plan worked and Joab arranged a meeting between King David and his estranged son Absalom.
Here are two points of application from this Old Testament passage.
First, in many ways Absalom is a good picture of our modern age. Absalom was amoral – he simply didn’t care about morality. Absalom was a great pragmatist – someone who believes that if something works, it is right. For the pragmatist, right and wrong are that easy – if burning Joab’s field gets Joab’s attention, then do it. It is good because it works.
It seems that in many ways modern culture (and the modern church) has warmly embraced pragmatism. We simply look to what works – especially, what works for us – and we call that good. Success is the ultimate good, and everything serves success. If you have to lie or cheat to succeed, then go ahead and do it. From the political lie to corrupt corporate accounting, pragmatism seems to rule.
Yet we know that God cares about more than immediate success. God cares about the heart, and can use even – perhaps especially use – our weakness and failure. Think about the difference in heart between Absalom and the Prodigal Son of Jesus’ parable. The Prodigal Son came back humble and repentant. Absalom came back burning Joab’s fields. How we do things matters to God, not only the end results.
Second, we can see another angle of application in this picture. We know that sometimes God gets our attention by setting our “barley field” on fire. We can picture God trying to get our attention just as Absalom tried to get Joab’s attention. Joab kept putting Absalom off – until the barley field was burned. Then Absalom had Joab’s full attention. Yet we should not think that God is amoral in this – there are many differences between the two situations. Most notably, Joab’s barley field belonged to Joab and not to Absalom. Yet God has a claim to everything we are and everything we have. If He “burns our barley field” He has a right to – since it ultimately belongs to Him anyway.
If your barley field is smoldering, maybe a loving God is requesting your full attention. The sooner you give it to Him, the better it will be for everyone.
Enduring Word – by David Guzik
David is the pastor of Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara