• SOUL-u-tion-Focused Ministry

    Posted on December 12th, 2009 bob.kellemen No comments

    The Anatomy of Anxiety

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    Part 24: SOUL-u-tion-Focused Ministry

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    Note: For previous posts in this blog mini-series,テつvisit: 1,テつ2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,テつ20,テつ21,テつ22, and 23. テつ

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    Big Idea: Does worry, doubt, or fear get the best of you sometimes? Do you wonder where anxiety comes from and how to defeat it in your life and the lives of those you love? Then we need a biblical anatomy of anxiety. We need Godテ「竄ャ邃「s prescription for victory over anxiety.

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    SOUL-u-tion Focused Biblical Counseling

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    The Apostle Paulテ「竄ャ邃「s solution to anxiety is not simply to exhort, テ「竄ャナ鉄top being anxious!テ「竄ャツ

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    In fact, Paul is not solution-focused. Heテ「竄ャ邃「s SOUL-u-tion focused!

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    True biblical counseling is soul-to-soul counseling. True victory over anxiety, worry, fear, stress, panic, and phobia only occurs in the context of relationship.

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    We discover this biblical reality in the larger context of Philippians 4:6-7.

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    Relational Healing for Victory Over Anxiety

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    Biblical counseling sometimes is accused of the stereotype of, テ「竄ャナ典ake two verses and call me in the morning.テ「竄ャツ Someone struggles with anxiety and theyテ「竄ャ邃「re prescribed Philippians 4:6-7.

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    Scripture is totally sufficient. It is not a lucky charm.

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    Scripture is totally relevant. It is not applied out of contextテ「竄ャ窶拵either out of the personテ「竄ャ邃「s life context, nor out of the scriptural context.

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    Weテ「竄ャ邃「ve been applying the sufficiency and relevancy of Philippians 4:6-7 for conquering anxiety when anxiety attacks. But certainly not in a テ「竄ャナ鍍ake two versesテ「竄ャツ mentality.

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    So letテ「竄ャ邃「s travel back a bit in the scriptural context of Philippians and letテ「竄ャ邃「s notice some relational prescriptions for healing anxiety.

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    *Therefore my brothers (4:1)

    *You whom I love and long for (4:1)

    *Stand firm in the Lord, dear friends (4:1)

    *I plead with Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other (4:2)

    *Loyal friends, help these women who have contended at my side (4:3)

    *Along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers (4:3)

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    It Takes a Community

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    Paul lives and ministers soul-to-soul with brothers whom he loves and longs for. Is that how we minister, or do we minister arms-length, giving one another spiritual stiff-arms?

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    Paulテ「竄ャ邃「s biblical counsel for victory over anxiety involves standing firm in community. With brothers and sisters in Christ. With dear spiritual friends.

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    テ「竄ャナ鏑oyal friendsテ「竄ャツ (or テ「竄ャナ土okefellowsテ「竄ャツ) is used only this one time in the Bible. It means united by a relational bond as close as family. It pictures comrades, partners, loyal spiritual friends. A band of brothers. Sisters in the Spirit.

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    テ「竄ャナ擢ellow workersテ「竄ャツ is sun athleo: athletes together! Teammates. テつ

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    Itテ「竄ャ邃「s not, テ「竄ャナ典ake two verses and call me in the morning.テ「竄ャツ

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    Itテ「竄ャ邃「s, テ「竄ャナ典ravel with a few safe spiritual friends morning, noon, and night.テ「竄ャツ

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    Itテ「竄ャ邃「s, テ「竄ャナ鼎ultivate a band of brothers, a sorority of sisters, a team of spiritual athletes, a family of spiritual friends.テ「竄ャツ

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    Victory over anxiety comes in community.

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    Making It Real

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    1. How do you minister? Arms-length? Spiritual stiff-arms? Solution-focused? Or soul-to-soul? Loving and longing? SOUL-u-tion-focused?

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    2. Who are you spiritual athletes together with? Who are your spiritual teammates?

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    3. Who are you loyal, trustworthy friends with? Do you have a band of spiritual brothers? A sorority of spiritual sisters?

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    The Rest of the Story

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    What sort of spiritual conversations can spiritual brothers and sisters engage in to experience joint victory over anxiety? Weテ「竄ャ邃「ll find out next time.

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    Join the Journey

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    How can biblical ministry move from solution-focused to SOUL-u-tion-focused?

  • 7 Biblical Truths That Must Shape Life and Ministry

    Posted on November 11th, 2009 bob.kellemen No comments

    7 Biblical Truths That Must Shape Life and Ministryテつ

    In our post-modern generation shaped by relativism, even the Church is filled with differing views on the largest issues of life and ministry.テつ

    The question that defines us more than any other is:テつ

    テ「竄ャナ填pon what do we base our life and ministry?テ「竄ャツ敕つテつ

    Here are seven truths that must shape the way we see life and ministry. I call them:テつ

    Lifeテ「竄ャ邃「s Seven Ultimate Questions and Answers.テつテつ

    They teach us what makes biblical ministry truly biblical.テつテつ

    1. Question 1: テ「竄ャナ展hat is truth? Where do I find answers?テ「竄ャツテつ

    Answer 1テ「竄ャ窶抖he Word: テ「竄ャナ敵odテ「竄ャ邃「s Word is sufficient, authoritative, profound, and relevant.テ「竄ャツテつ

    All that we need for life and godliness we find in Scripture (the written Word). In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (the Living Word). We live and breathe every nano-second not by bread alone but by the Word of God. Therefore, in life and ministry every question is ultimately a God-question and every answer is fundamentally a God-answer.テつ

    2. Question 2: テ「竄ャナ展ho is God?テ「竄ャツテつ

    Answer 2テ「竄ャ窶抖he Creator: テ「竄ャナ敵od is Trinitarian.テ「竄ャツテつ

    God is not the テ「竄ャナ殿lone with the alone.テ「竄ャツ The God of the Universe is, always has been, and always will be Three-in-One, communitarian, Trinitarian. Before God created, He related. Thus God created us not out of need but graciously from the overflow of infinite Trinitarian fellowship. Reality is relational because God is Trinitarian. Therefore, in life and ministry our purpose is to glorify God as we combine Scripture and soul, truth and love.テつ

    3. Question 3: テ「竄ャナ展ho am Iテ「竄ャツ?テつ

    Answer 3テ「竄ャ窶戮reation: テ「竄ャナ展e are created with dignity by God in the image of Christ.テ「竄ャツテつ

    I am not an accident. I am fearfully and wonderfully made with the purpose of worshipful fellowship with the God of the universe and sacrificial one-another fellowship with my fellow human beings. Together we are to enjoy God by glorifying Him forever as we fulfill our calling as stewards of His universe. Therefore, in life and ministry our goal is to reflect increasingly the inner life of Christ.テつ

    4. Question 4: テ「竄ャナ展hat went wrong?テ「竄ャツテつ

    Answer 4テ「竄ャ窶抖he Fall: テ「竄ャナ展e sinfully and foolishly choose god-substitutes over God.テ「竄ャツテつ

    The only explanation for sin and suffering is humanityテ「竄ャ邃「s fall into rebellion initiated by Adam and Eve and continued to this day by every person who ever lived. We sinfully forsake and attempt to replace God because we have lost our awe of God and chosen to love false gods. Therefore, in life and ministry we must recognize and confess that our core problem is spiritual adultery.テつ

    5. Question 5: テ「竄ャナ鼎an we change? How do people change?テ「竄ャツテつ

    Answer 5テ「竄ャ窶抒edemption: テ「竄ャナ展e must apply our complete salvation to our daily sanctification.テ「竄ャツテつ

    Our only hope for change is our acceptance by faith of Godテ「竄ャ邃「s grace in Christ. Those who are new creations in Christ can change because they have already been changed. Justification (our new pardon), reconciliation (our new peace), regeneration (our new purity), and redemption (our new power) provide the four-fold basis for daily growth into the image of Christ. Therefore, in life and ministry our identity in Christ is monumental.テつ

    6. Question 6テ「竄ャ窶敕「竄ャナ展here am I headed? What is my destiny?テ「竄ャツテつ

    Answer 6テ「竄ャ窶扁lorification: テ「竄ャナ滴eaven is my final home.テ「竄ャツテつ

    For those who enter into eternal relationship with God in Christ, our destiny is endless relationship and purposeテ「竄ャ窶捏acred communion within Godテ「竄ャ邃「s holy and happy family. The biblical answer to the question of ultimate destiny ought to impact drastically how we live todayテ「竄ャ窶捐ur future destiny impacts our present reality. Therefore, in life and ministry, reading the end of the story makes all the difference in how we respond to present suffering and how we overcome besetting sins.テつ

    7. Question 7テ「竄ャ窶敕「竄ャナ鼎an I help? How can I help?テ「竄ャツテつ

    Answer 7テ「竄ャ窶抓anctification/Ministry: テ「竄ャナ展e dispense Godテ「竄ャ邃「s cure for the soulテ「竄ャ窶挌race.テ「竄ャツテつ

    Grace is Godテ「竄ャ邃「s prescription for our disgraceテ「竄ャ窶掖he disgrace of sin and the disgrace of suffering. Grace is Godテ「竄ャ邃「s medicine of choice for our sinful and suffering world. God calls us to be dispensers of His grace which sustains and heals us in our suffering, which reconciles and guides us in our sin, and which moves us toward sanctification in Christ. Therefore, in life and ministry we must be dispensers of grace.テつ

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