Some years ago I bought a book by Jerry Bridges entitled, “The Discipline of Grace.” What stuck in my mind in that book was the chapter or chapters where he discussed seven points which he learned from Romans 3:19-26. He called this passage as the “gospel in a nutshell.” I made it into a sermon and I shared it to some local congregations years ago where I was once the senior pastor or area superintendent.
Yesterday, I was requested to preach and I decided to share this message again with the ReThink Community, my home church at this time, a local congregation of Grace Communion International in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Here’s the video of that message:
A week or so ago, we found out that my 87-year-old mother-in-law is seriously sick with stage 5 Chronic Kidney disease as the doctor told us. For a long time now, my wife has been taking care of her mother who has been on wheelchair for a good number of years now. It’s no easy task to take care of someone who is old and somewhat disabled.
I took a short video of my wife as she brushed her mom’s hair yesterday. She’s the one personally taking care of her mom. She’s the caregiver for several months now.
When her dad got sick and eventually died after some 8 months later in 2009, it was also my wife who was the main caregiver along with a helper. Such is life. People get sick and some of us just needs to help and take care of those who are in need of love and care. I really appreciate my wife for the unceasing loving tender care she has given to her dad and now, to her mom.
For this session, we began with the two parts of a video by Dr. Gary Deddo entitled, “GCI Doctrines and How to Teach Them.” This is a more recent video than the one I showed last time which was a video in the year 2010 during the GCI international conference in Orlando, Florida.
After that we returned to the materials provided in the “40 Days of Discipleship” — a self-paced discipleship program. We discussed the article, “Strong Theology vs. Weak Theology,” an article by Dr. Joseph Tkach. Various issues and/or questions came out along the way as we discussed the subject matter on the value of having a strong theology compared to a weak theology. The videos also generated questions about the early creeds: Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. It would be a good idea to get an understanding about these creeds.
Since some are interested to follow us, here is the video for that evening last Wednesday: