Class Notes for World View and Apologetics – 2/11/16

  • Discuss Colossians 4
  • Discuss A Wrinkle in Time.
  • This week, we start talking about how to share the gospel.
  • St. Francis said, …love one another, as the Lord says: “This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” And let them show their love by the works they do for each other, according as the Apostle says: “let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
  • Before we can preach the gospel in words, we need to love in deed.
  • Let’s talk about gifts, talents and spiritual gifts.
  • What are the differences between gifts, talents, skills and spiritual gifts?
  • When we use our gifts and talents well, it should bring glory to God, and show his love and character.
  • The ways we use our gifts, talents and skills should overwhelm us, bringing glory to God by using what he has given us well.
  • ANALYSIS
  • What can you determine about Bach based on these pieces, and how would you have used your music to preach the gospel if you were him?
  • JS Bach – “St. John Passion” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prlr-_sYIwc
  • JS Bach – “Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFn_zVOlDAo
  • e.e. cummings was a postmodernist Unitarian poet.
  • “i thank you God for most this amazing” https://thepoetryplace.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/i-thank-you-god-for-most-this-amazing/
  • “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/179622
  • Michaelangelo’s works ranged from secular to Christian.
  • Pieta https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Michelangelo’s_Pieta_5450_cut_out_black.jpg
  • The Dream of Human Lifehttp://www.wikiart.org/en/michelangelo/the-dream-of-human-life?utm_source=returned&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=referral
  • “Believe”, Mumford and Sons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW6SkvErFEE
  • People talk about acts of worship and acts of evangelism as if they are separate from our real-world lives. The truth of the matter is that our faith is a part of our identity, like we talked about last semester. Everything we do is Christian. If we sing, it doesn’t matter what we sing – it’s a Christian song because it’s a part of our lifestyle.
  • So think about how your gifts, talents and skills are a part of God’s kingdom.
  • Romans 12
  • Our reasonable service – both an act of worship to engage with the image of God that we are made in, and an act of evangelism to show the grace and gifts God has put in us, is to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God, but to do it in a way that is renewed, transformed, and holy.
  • This passage talks about three things – Transformation and being new in God (character), serving God with spiritual gifts (the body) and how to behave as a Christian (lifestyle).
  • Ultimately, we are to overcome evil with good. Where there are gifts and talents being used for evil, we must use them for good. And part of that includes doing a good job – faith should inspire the very best art – not be an excuse for poor art. The messenger should befit the message.
  • What gifts has God given you? Whether you’re sharing in an explicitly Christian way, or your faith is the drive behind what you do, remember, this is your living sacrifice, your act of worship!

Homework:

  • Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12
  • Reading: Article, “Lecrae: Christians Have Prostituted Art to Give Answers”
  • Use a gift or talent as an act of worship or  evangelism. It can be explicitly Christian but doesn’t have to be. Pray before you begin about how God would have you use your gifts and talents to bring him glory, show others love, and overcome evil with good.
    • You can turn in the original, a copy, a recording, etc.
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