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Congrats Graduates! May 19, 2007

Posted by pastorsbc1303 in Just for Fun.
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Tomorrow is graduation day here in our town.   Graduation is an exciting time for young people as they transition from one part of life to a new part.  It is full of joy, fear, happiness, anxiety, love and stress.  In the midst of all of this, the Cave would like to wish all the graduates a big congratulations! 

Graduation day is a great time to examine your priorities, goals, and plans for this life. I pray that as you make this important step of life that you will always keep your eyes on the Lord.  He is your Creator, your Master, your Lord, and Your Savior.  He has a plan and a purpose for your life and I pray that you seek Him with all of your heart, mind, and soul.  Do not settle for less than what He wants.  May God bless you as your journey continues!

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1. Kent Coleman - May 21, 2007

Just a kind word for PastorSBC –

I read with great interest and appreciation your Baptist Board comments regarding cessation of spiritual gifts. Having spent considerable time in the SBC, I found your views to be thoroughly reasoned and in accordance with Scripture.

Paul said that “God has appointed these in the Church.” That’s a curious introduction for for something that would be expiring so soon. Also, his discussion in 1st Corinthians emphasized the hope that “you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

People too often assume that since tongues are not mentioned in later epistles, then the gift must have already been ceasing. Never mind the premise that perhaps tongues would not have been mentioned in 1st Corinthians had instruction in their use not been needed. Also, remember that John said that Jesus perfomed many miracles that were not recorded.

I see no inherent conflict in these ministry gifts and a closed canon. Paul instructed the Thessalonians to not despise prophecies, to test all things, and to hold fast to what is good. The exercise of spiritual gifts is not synonomous with writing Scripture. The canon (i.e., “measuring stick”) is the standard by which all things are to be tested.

Your observations about happenings in the missions field underscores the fact that God has always confirmed His word through miracles. It’s just part of the package for carrying out the Great Commission. To be sure, abuses exist. I’m sure they did in New Testament times, as well.

Thanks for your caring insight; I would love to hear from you.

God bless you –

Kent Coleman
Gainesville, GA


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