Related Media Introduction Corinth was a strategically located Roman city on the main land route between East and West and was the crossroads for several sea routes. Corinth was famous for its intellectual and material prosperity and was honored with being the capitol of Achaia. It also became famous for its corruption.
It is a relatively short book, with ten chapters, that tells a 2-part story. The general story involves the fulfillment of the prophecy found in Jeremiah 29, when God foretold the return of the people of Israel to Jerusalem.
In essence, it is a story of restoration by God, the restoration of His house and His people. One of those lessons emphasized the importance of seeing the big picture, so allow me to do that here, by zooming out above the whole story of Ezra to identify three of the overarching ideas for us.
Therefore, in the application of leadership, it is vital that we begin with an understanding that God has a plan and a purpose, that He is actively involved in the events of our lives, but that we also have a responsibility to act.
There are decisions to be made, problems to be addressed, challenges to be solved, tensions to be managed, conflicts to be resolved, tasks to be completed, and numerous other responsibilities that ultimately have an impact on many people.
And add to that the work of leading and managing people, who are imperfect and operate in the context of a fallen world.
For the Christian leader — regardless of whether you are a school leader, church leader, ministry leader, or a Christian leading in a secular industry or organization — it can be even more challenging as you seek to reflect Christ in all you do.
The good news is that successful and effective leadership is a skill that can be learned, but it requires intentional effort.
So where can you go to get help for understanding leadership principles and practices within a biblical context? This may seem to be an obvious answer, but ironically it is one that is often overlooked by leaders: The secret is in understanding that God, the Creator of man and of this world and therefore the source of greatest knowledge and understanding of man, life, and relationships, has revealed Himself to us in the Bible.
Therefore, when we can see into the stories and the history with that lens, we can identify the ideas that apply to successful and effective living today.
You see, application is the connecting of one idea or principle or truth or concept to a practice; sometimes it is a closely related practice narrowsometimes it is not broadin which case it reflects a general, simple truth that applies to multiple scenarios or circumstances.
A leader needs to be able to think abstractly enough to make cross-application, to see ideas and identify how they illustrate lessons, while also being wise and discerning enough to identify and implement specifically related principles. The Bible, as the greatest source of wisdom at our disposal, is filled with illustrations and lessons that can be applied and cross-applied to leadership today.
The Bible is a valuable and valid source of wisdom, so I would encourage you to become intentional about seeking wisdom from it.
Sometimes things go wrong, you experience loss or defeat, you become overwhelmed by change, or you fall under insurmountable obstacles. But your greatest question is a difficult yet very important one: What is it that you are supposed to do when something goes wrong? This is the place where Ezra finds himself when we get to the end of his story, and his response to the cultural failure of his people provides us with an excellent example of navigating restoration.
It begins in Ezra 9: Indeed, the hand of the leaders and rulers has been foremost in this trespass. Keep in mind the context — by this point in time, at the end of chapter 8, the people had returned to Jerusalem, the temple had been rebuilt, and the statutes of God and the sacrifices had been re-instituted with a large degree of autonomy for the nations of Israel.
In fact, there were two serious issues that were presented: An issue of holiness, in that the people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites had not separated themselves from the people of the land with respect to their abominations.
They had not separated themselves from those things that were contrary to God and to His holiness as a side note, remember that the prophecy of Jeremiah 29 had also instructed the people on how they should live while in captivity and surrounded by the world, reinforcing the idea of being in the world but not of it ; An issue of faithfulness, in that the people of Israel, the priests, and the Levites had intermarried with the surrounding pagan peoples, merging with the surrounding culture and in the process, absorbing and accepting ideas, beliefs, and practices that were contradictory to and unfaithful to God; this was spiritual adultery, and the worst offenders were the leaders.
Essentially, the people had turned away from God unfaithfulness and toward worldliness unholiness. At the realization of the depth of failure in the people he was leading, Ezra immediately took the burden upon himself; he humbled himself before God, and began pursuing the steps that would be needed to restore his people.
Throughout the remainder of this and the next chapter, this process of restoration is modeled, first by Ezra and then mirrored by the people, and then followed by action steps that were intended to ensure that the change had taken place.
The process that was modeled and then mirrored took place in four steps: He immediately followed this, in the next few verses, with the acknowledgement of the wrong that had been committed as well as an acknowledgement of the grace that God had demonstrated in spite of what had been done. What is really noteworthy, though, is that in this step, Ezra took ownership of the sin that had occurred even though he had not personally committed it.
Then, after remorse and acknowledgement, he responded with a determination to make things different, and repented for the wrong that had occurred. Instead, he made it public with his followers, and their reaction was the same as his.
They immediately expressed great remorse for what they had done v.Summary Summary of the Book of Ephesians. This summary of the book of Ephesians provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Ephesians.
Reasons for writing. Titus brought Paul a favorable report. The first letter to the Corinthians had awakened in them sadness in a godly way, repentance, earnestness, a desire to clear themselves, indignation, fear, and a righting of the wrong.
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Use highlighting, underlining, and take notes while you study the bible. Toggle navigation. Read Toggle Dropdown. Bible Versions; among other reasons, as grounds for doubting authorship by the apostle Paul. However, this was probably a circular letter, intended for other churches in addition to the.
Headship in Eden Was Adam placed in a position of headship over Eve before the Fall, as some suggest? I believe a biblical view of headship removes any tension in the topic. If God put Adam in a position of headship in Eden, this merely means that He placed Adam as the first string in a simila.
1. Title 2. The Inscription 3. The Evidence of the Letter Itself 4. Conclusion To this very strong chain of external evidence, reaching back to the very beginning of the 2nd century, if not into the end of the 1st, showing Ephesians as part of the original Pauline collection which no doubt Ignatius.
I Corinthians: Introduction and Outline Related Media. and it is not the woman’s role to pass judgment on men as it contradicts the functional headship of men over women. “1 Corinthians,” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, ed. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, (Wheaton: Victor Books.