Category Archives: Creation 2.0

Creation 2.0: Shepherding 2.0, Part 7 (Further on “Elder”)

We all know the story of God sending quail to the Israelites to provide them meat to eat in the desert. But much less well known is that God responded to the complaints of the people by ordaining 70 elders for … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: Shepherding 2.0, Part 6 (Further on “Heal”)

I want to share a few notes that didn’t make it into the earlier posts. “Sick” in the Jewish mind In Ezekiel 34, God says to Israel — (Eze 34:4 NET) You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: Supplemental Reading and a Closing Thought or Two

I’d just finished writing this series when two marvelous posts by other authors came to my attention. These are too good not to include in the lesson material and should be read by the teachers. And they are welcome to … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: God’s Cosmic Plan, Part 2

God’s cosmic plan, dating back to the foundations of the Creation, is for us to be saved so that we’ll do certain works that he prepared for us. What works? He begins to explain in — (Eph 4:11-12 ESV)  11 … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: God’s Cosmic Plan, Part 1

Ephesians is perhaps Paul’s most global, cosmic epistle — although Colossians gives it a run for its money. If you want the big picture, flip to Ephesians. (Eph 1:3-6 ESV)  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: The New Creation, Part 2

Paul gives a lesson on how to be new creations in Colossians. (A very interesting and rewarding epistle we rarely cover in Bible class. I have no idea why.) (Col 3:8-10 ESV)  8 But now you must put them all … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: The New Creation, Part 1

There’s this strand of thought in the New Testament that we rarely talk about (well, several such strands are out there, actually). You see, Paul likes to talk about Christians as being a “new creation.” (2Co 5:17 ESV) Therefore, if … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: Shepherding 2.0, Part 5

We need to turn to Ezekiel 34, which lies behind most of the “shepherd” passages in the New Testament (along with, of course, Psalm 23) It’s not easily applied directly to church elders, because Ezekiel is speaking of a nation, … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: Shepherding 2.0, Part 4

We need to continue with Jesus’ teaching in John 10 — (John 10:11-13 ESV)  11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  12 He who is a hired hand and not a … Continue reading

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Creation 2.0: Shepherding 2.0, Part 3

Now, obviously, the scriptures don’t require all elders to have doctorates in theology, but clearly they are required to know the gospel well enough to teach its basics to the members. (Tit 1:9 ESV) 9 He must hold firm to the … Continue reading

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