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One of the greatest needs today is that there are so many Africans coming to Christ that there’s a large gap between those who are following Christ initially and coming to Christ and coming to Christ and being brought into churches with effective leadership. There’s a great need for leadership development in the African context – people well-trained in Bible, in theology, in church history -- that can answer some of the very difficult questions that some of these new African believers are bringing to the table. And right now, evangelism in Africa is running at about 24,000 new believers every day. And the result is that we can hardly train leaders fast enough for the growing African church. And if we don’t train leaders more quickly and better, then we’re going to end up with innumerable problems and heresies and difficulties that create problems in the Christian expressions in Africa. So this is a very important theme.
Summary: In this episode of Curious Christian, Dr. Karl Elkins explains the consequences of unmet needs in our relationships. We all have needs. It is a Biblical concept. We all have needs that we need to be met, while you also have to meet “the” need in your relationship as well. You have to meet the need of the moment and do so guided by Scripture. Ephesians 4:29 says, ”Let no unwholesome words proceed from your mouth, but only such a word that is good for edification,” according to the need of the moment.
Summary: The word "original" in the phrase original sin is ambiguous. Original sin has to do with how the bias toward sinfulness is passed on to, or originates in, each individual person subsequent to Adam or after Adam and his sin. It does not have anything to do with where sin came from in the first place. What we know from Scripture is that God created a good world in which all there was good, so the question is "how do you end up with evil from what is entirely universally good?"
Summary: The fundamental idea of providence is God guiding history to his appointed end. In his providence, God includes people that are acting according to their own decisions. It is not deism nor pantheism, and it is not determinism. Rather, God is actively involved in this world. The whole point of our hope in Christ is that God, in his divine providence, will be with us always. God is present and among us. We invite you to listen to a theology course at BiblicalTraining.org to study how God is working on his good plan in the upholding of creation and the direction of all things toward his ultimate goal.