Walk in Wisdom- Simply Christian

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let you speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:5-6, ESV)

DON’T WALK WITHOUT WISDOM

Below is an example of a weak confession found on the internet :

“Simply Christian”

Our message is that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We require no other creed. He alone is Lord and Savior.

 

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The main problem with this statement is not what it says about Christ, but rather, what it does not say.  It does not say what Christ has done for us to bring to us salvation from our sins.  It leaves the definitions to the terms listed open to interpretation.  What does it mean to be “Son of the Living God”?  Could an Unitarian, a Mormon, or the like agree to this statement?

In other words, it does not say that Christ is God.  In fact, it rejects the need of the ancient creeds in which it is clearly confessed that Christ is God by giving to Him equal honor and glory with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.  The creeds of the church clearly declare who Christ is and what He has done for us.  Yet, the boast of this statement is that creeds are not required.  This is an example of how not to walk.

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We should walk in wisdom and confess the simplest of the creeds–the Apostles Creed.  In this concise statement, we state that we are simply Christian.  We have a need to confess who God is and what God has done for us.  We rejoice in the creeds of the ancient church.  The church speaks these creeds in order to properly confess Christ and unite true believers from around the world and throughout the ages.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence He will come to judge both the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

 

 

Lecture 5- The Cornerstone is a Stumbling Stone

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The Cornerstone is a Stumbling Stone

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

The Holy Spirit spoke through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah declaring that a Stone of stumbling would be set in place in Zion.  This Stone would be a tested stone and a sure foundation.  In Psalm 118, the Holy Spirit declared that this Stone would be rejected by the builders, but it would become the cornerstone.  The same Spirit of God spoke through the mouths of the Apostles declare that Jesus is this Stone.

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Lecture 4- The Message of the Redeemer is Folly to the Unbeliever

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The Message of the Redeemer is Folly to the Unbeliever

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit.  Thus, the message of the cross is folly to the unbeliever.  Because of sin, he rejects the wisdom of God and prefers the wisdom of the world.  He cannot help but set his eyes upon the things of men rather than the things of God.  By nature, he is spiritually blind and deaf.

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Lecture 3- The Knowledge of Salvation is Revealed by the Apostles

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The Knowledge of Salvation is Revealed by the Apostles

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

The revealed knowledge that the Blessed Holy Trinity brought to the apostles would be brought to the ends of the earth.  They would go out and reveal the knowledge of salvation through the words they spoke.  They would begin in Jerusalem, spread to Judah,Samaria, and the ends of the earth.  They would take the words of Jesus to the Jewish people in the synagogues and then to the Gentiles in the throughout the cities of the Roman Empire.  After the resurrection of our Lord, the apostles were sent out by Jesus in order to reveal the knowledge of salvation found in Jesus alone.

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Lecture 2- True Theology is About our Redeemer

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SECOND LECTURE!!!

True Theology is About our Redeemer

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

The subject of true theology is the knowledge of God and divine things.  The true knowledge of God comes through Jesus Christ.  The goal of theology is faith in Jesus Christ here on earth and life with God forever in heaven.  Only in Jesus can we obtain the knowledge of salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting.  Only by the revealed knowledge of God are we able to know who Jesus truly is.  In this lecture, we see that the Father reveals Jesus to us at the Jordan River and on the Mount of Transfiguration.  He teaches us to listen to Jesus.  Jesus has the words of eternal life.  Furthermore, Jesus reveals the Father to us.  It is only through Jesus that we have access to the Father.  When we see Jesus, we see the Father.  To know Jesus is to know the Father.

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Lecture 1- Introduction to Theology

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FIRST LECTURE!!!

Introduction to Theology.

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

Welcome to the new Redeemer Theological Academy!

The Apostle Peter teaches us, “…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”        (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)

The goal of Redeemer Theological Academy is to enable the saints to confess the Christian Faith handed down to us from the Apostles.  With the Aposltes we preach Christ crucified.  In this age of competing religions and spiritualities, each Christian should be ready for the opportunity to confess the Faith to an unbelieving world.

These courses are designed to help you articulate what you believe and why you believe it to be true.  It is not good enough to just say, “The Bible says so.”  Instead, the baptized should take the word of God upon their lips and speak it into the ears of others.

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