Thursday, October 2, 2008

River Session #1

The River Sessions are a series of informal conversations with my friend Brian Nixon, whereupon I expand on my Calvary teachings.
 
The intent of the conversations is to give an up close look at my additional thoughts concerning the sermon, going into more depth and attempting to give a little more insight.
 
Think of the River Sessions as you being able to ask me a few questions – in a more casual setting – after the weekend service.
 
In this first installment, I’ll talk about heaven and eternity.

video

4 comments:

caliana said...

Just too scared, Skip.

If the question is way out there (unintelligent) might we get thrown into a dunk tank? ;) lol

i.e. gifts
Often times, I am startled at the scenarios and series of ideas that seem to unfold in my mind that lead to a rather clear answer when I do bother to ask the Lord directly about some difficult matter. Ever have this kind of thing happen to you or Lenya? Or do "we" even believe that the gifts work this way?

I do think tho that CC tries to take sort of the middle (biblical) ground on this matter, but to me, sometimes, there seems to be almost extreme and overly cautious attitudes in ref to gifts. And I don't mean to just air my opinion on this matter, I do often wonder how this ought to work its way out through our ministries.

apparently gift comprehension challenged,
c

Skip Heitzig said...

Caliana,

Yep and I love it--the promise I enjoy seeing happen is Prov. 2:6-7, "For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." All human thoughts must of course first be filtered through the objective and pure Word of God. We can't assume that every thought originates from the Lord, but even normal thinking processes are positively tainted by truth if we've walked with Christ for any length of time. But having said that, I think we can and should expect a mighty God to move in and through us--that's part of the walking by faith and not by sight. Thanks for your insights.

Skip

caliana said...

Skip,
In regard to your answer, the next thing that comes up in one's mind (in dealing with whatever gift that it is, the gift of either knowledge or discernment?) is sort of a fear of asking and then knowing about difficult things and the responsibility that will ensue. BUT the real serious question to me is, are there penalties or does it lead to sin if one resists moving forward in gifts that God has tended to use us in?

thank you for your time.

Skip Heitzig said...

Caliana,

Any form of obedience to God comes with a human price tag since the two value systems are antithetical to one another. So even among the body of Christ (filled with saved humans, but human nonetheless) there is the potential for misunderstanding when operating such gifts. But any gift must be brought into line with scripture and the God-given authority of the Body of Christ. When there is a clash (and there are a whole host of reasons for this), that takes it to yet another level of activity and responsibility. To "resist moving forward in the gifts" would result in the loss of what those gifts could bring.

Skip