Posted tagged ‘Word and Deed’

Burk Parsons on Truly Reformed

December 5, 2010

Burk Parsons:

At its core, Christian theology is a theology of grace. One of the primary distinctions of Christian theology is the doctrine of grace, which pervades every area of our faith and life. Throughout the centuries of history, Christians have testified to this truth. When Paul, in the first century, and the Reformers, in the sixteenth century, contended earnestly for the faith, they contended not only to preserve the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone but to preserve the all-encompassing gospel religion of God’s grace. This gospel informs everything we are and, thus, everything we do as we show forth our faith in word and deed, with God’s gospel and God’s glory at the forefront of our mission, not our own socialized gospel or our own societal glory.

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Word and Deed Together

March 25, 2010

Word and deed ministry should always go together in the mission of the church.  I take this from (1) the example of Jesus, (2) the mission of the Twelve, and (3) the practice of the early church.

I believe Matthew 4:23 and 9:35 are intentional summaries of the earthly mission of Jesus.  They encapsulate the word and deed ministry of Jesus together.  Consider the similarities:

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.
Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
Matthew 9:35

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