For myself I have no need nor desire for a degree in theology that is obtained from some university. Understanding and learning the word of God through personal study with the guidence of the Holy Spirit is and always will be enough for me. Studying the Bible in an unending task that I much enjoy.
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celafoe- As I mentioned above I do prefer peraonal study of God word over sitting in a class room to earn a degree in theology. To me it allows for a more personal relationship with our Father. Thanks for your answer.
If you wanted to preach, do you do it because you paid for a man-made diploma, or do you preach because the Holy Spirit lead you? That is why what you hear from the pulpit is lead by a salaried man for a price, not the Holy Spirit for free.
PandN- I don't know if your question is for me or not, but if I had the chance to stand up and preach I would do so just for the sheer joy of spreading the gospel of the Kingdom of God. To take money for it would be insulting. Thanks PandN.
Amen i have never been paid in 40 yrs of ministry around the world.
I am a bond slave not a hireling.
You both get it. It is not about us and our credentials to wave in front of man, but it is about glorifying His name ALWAYS. We are to count the cost, not require cost. The credentialed hirelings of man-made tradition do not understand Matt 7:23.
Wait a second are you three saying a man cannot have a degree, certificate of Baptism, acknowledgement of a position in a congregation, teach in a Christian school for pay ------- And study the Bible with the Holy Spirit as guide?
I dont study with the Holy Spirit as a guide so I dont know. I study with the Holy Spirit as my interpreter. i do not have a BC, have taught and led but never been paid so I dont know. Possible? -- maybe
Eric- What I am saying is I don't need a degree, certificate, a position or to be paid in order to spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
you have confused me, what does all that mean to the question at hand?
manatita44- I think what you are saying is where our hearts lead are minds will follow in what ever God has for us to do in life. The spirit of the heart leading us towards grace and compassion from God. Can you give bible reference to this? Thanks
Yes, my brother, good attempt. The Holy Spirit is direct experience, while learning and study such as theology is of the mind. Still, the mango knows that its root is vital. In the same way, Grace influences all else. 2cor12:9,13-14;Eph2:8-9.Many mor
manatita44- I believe the Holy Spirit provides understauding of God's word as we study it. Our spirit within receives this understanding from the Holy Spirit. In turn, provide food to our soul (mind). This is what provides our relationship with God.
IDONO, that is just about beautiful,,, ah hell it is! This comment is in my mind and will ride the journey with me. Just awesome friend. Merci Beau Coup.
IDONO- God grace will not be found hanging on one's wall. It is found in the depth of one's heart . Thank you for sharing.
Eric- Whatever degree you may currently have I sure you feel the personal study is by far Most enjoyable and have far greater spiritual benifits. I'm sure that you find bible study more personal a enjoyable. Many thanks for your answer.
Yes, Brother Graceinus. We say the same thing. Indeed this last statement of yours is very pertinent. Higher thoughts to you.
C.V. Rajan- Many thanks for your answer. It's has my experience in personal study of God's word that it is far more enjoyable when led by the Holy Spirit. Again thank you.
erorantes- Thank you for your comment. For some a degree in theology is important to them. I, personally, have no need for it. Again thank you.
How do you know that without one? You do not know what higher level of knowing God you may receive.
Eric- Are you suggesting that a person who has a degree is theology knows God better than someone who does not have a degree? I am merely saying I don't need it. Thanks
That is kind of the point --- but let me put it this way: Happy man says he does not need God. You cool with that? Man filled with spirit says he does not need more education, You cool with that? Between the two Spirit. But both are better.
Well Eric, I guess there are some points you and I will continue to disagree on. But I also continue to look forward to your answers and comments. Thanks Eric.
We are Graced to live in such peace. You are a fine Theology professor!