So when Paul says "the things which you have heard of me" in [2 Timothy] 2:2, we have really that as sort of a summary statement of apostolic truth--the standard of sound words. . . . It is the gospel and the truth that the Scriptures reveal to us. There may be some debate about what exactly belongs in the core and what does not belong in the core, but we certainly should not ever adopt the mindset of a reductionist approach--that really only a few things matter--because that very mindset compromises the authority of God's Word. Whatever the Word teaches clearly is to be passed along so it can be taught to other people.By the way, someone really ought to be able to get this.
We believe that the focus should be on our responsibility, not necessarily our results, because it's required in stewards that a man be found faithful. I mean, it would be great to walk around and tell everybody how big our churches are and how wonderful everything is, but the bottom line is that that's a reflection of our preoccupation with our egos, rather than the work of God.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Google away on this one. I don't think it'll help. I'll put my spare copy of Piper's Future Grace on the table if someone can get this one by 5 pm eastern on Wednesday. These two paragraphs are not consecutive:
Posted by Ben at 7/25/2006