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Male and Female: Eve vs. Artemis

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The discussion so far: 1) In the Beginning
2) A Suitable Helper 3) Partners in Sin 4) Women in the Old Testament, part 1
5) Women in the Old Testament, part 2 6) Creation 2.0 7) Rockstar Women of the Early Church 8) Was Paul Sexist? 9) 99 Problems, the church in Corinth .......
I think after nine parts to this series a little recap is in order. I’ll try to make it quick. If you’re one of those “SKIP RECAP” people on Netflix, feel free to scroll down a bit. But if you haven't read parts 1, 2, and 3 yet - do that now before continuing. Those posts will be referenced quite a bit.
In the beginning God created male and female in his image as equals. They were partners in bearing his image to the rest of creation. The relationship between man and woman was to reflect the divine, loving community within God’s own being. In Genesis 2, it was not good for the man to be alone, so woman was created as the man’s “helper,” a word which was nearly exclusively used for God himself. In other words, man w…

Discipleship Training | LOYALTY

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faithgoodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)
Have you ever been a part of a team? I'm assuming most of us have played team sports at some point in our lives. Think about those teams you've been on. How would you answer this question: What do you like most about being on a team?
I asked that very question to the teens last night, and here are some of their responses: "I love the family aspect it brings to everyone on the team." "Your teammates will always be there for you when you need them." "Working together toward a common goal...friendships...lifelong memories." When teams are functioning at their best, they can be a source of encouragement, friendships, and inspiration. A team collectively is better than the sum o…

Discipleship Training | GODLINESS

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faithgoodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

So far we have taken a look at Faith, Goodness, Knowledge, Self-Control, and Perseverance. Which of these virtues has been most difficult for you?

For most people, the whole self-control and perseverance bit is really tricky. That's ok. Keep with it. I want to remind you that Peter is not really laying out a linear process. It's not like you have to master one virtue before you can move on to the next. In developing the other virtues, you will find it easier to make significant progress in the virtues that give you the most difficulty.

Let me illustrate what I mean. I have been going to the gym regularly for a couple of years now. I am still TERRIBLE when it comes to pull-ups. I try, but I can only do …

Discipleship Training | ENDURANCE

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

By now you are hopefully beginning to see a progression to the virtues Peter lays out for us. Faith is the starting point. Then your faith should make you a better, more virtuous person. As you begin the transformation process, you should strive to learn more and more about God, the Bible, and what Jesus' ministry was all about. In gaining more knowledge, you will probably find there are areas of your life that don't line up with the way God calls you to live - so you need to exercise and develop more self-control to withstand the temptations that come your way.

It's also important to note that this is the same process Peter had to go through. If you track Peter's progression through the Gospe…