Misused Verses - Misplaced Hope

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Over the last couple of week's the Genesis class has been looking at 

We looked at three different verses. 
With today being my last day of teaching I wanted to close out the series 
help the class consider their involvement in the upcoming 

Over the three week's we referred to various Bible study ideas to help 
with looking not only at these misused verses but 
also any verses or passages.

The first week's help was "have a plan."
The specific plan I mentioned was COMA
Context, Observation, Meaning, and Application

The second week's help from Ben Lawrence was
"Look for the author's original intent in writing the book/passage/verse"

The third week's help was "ask questions."
Some questions include 
"Who is the promise directed to?"
"Are there any words that need to be defined or clarified?"

This final week's help is "remember the focus of the Bible."
The Bible is not about you.
It is about God.

Most of the misused verses in the book are misapplied because
the reader puts his hope in the wrong place -
pleasant circumstances, more money, well-behaved children
instead of in Jesus Christ. 

We have the scriptures written to teach and encourage us
by giving us hope.

HERE is the link to the Sunday night session on "Why host a Biblical Counseling conference?"  

Biblical counseling in a local church setting provides the opportunity for the church to offer real hope to church members, regular attendees, and the surrounding community.

Why preach and teach Biblical doctrine?
  • In 2 Timothy 2:2. Paul tells Timothy to share what he has learned with faithful men who will share it with others.  This verse along with the rest of the Pastoral Epistles are encouragements to preach, teach and lead well.    
What does it look like?
  • EVERYONE is preparing for the sermon
  • The preaching and teaching prepares a congregation of “mini-preachers” to proclaim the Gospel to their families, neighborhoods, and workplaces.
  • The ministry of the church on Sunday is so much more than just the pulpit ministry.  It is also a “pew” ministry
  • It’s not just about teaching.  It’s about equipping
  • The church family learns how to talk about “sanctification” and “growing and changing.”  They share Biblical answers for life.
Why develop a culture of discipleship/Soul Care?
What does a culture of discipleship/Soul Care look like?
  • Living out the one another’s in Biblical, gospel-centered community
  • Spirit-led, relationship-driven not program-directed
Why do directive counsel?
What does directive counsel look like?
  • A synonym for counsel is discipleship
  • It is focused on God-glorifying life-change,
  • Deeper relationships that begin through friendships and small groups
  • Goal = encouragement and obedience by speaking the truth in love
Why do corrective counsel?
What does corrective counsel look like?
  • More targeted towards a specific problem
  • More intentional relationship between counselor/counselee
  • More formal situation and more equipped counselee
Why do intensive counsel?
What does intensive counsel look like?
  • Focused on life-dominating or tragic issues
  • Requires more focused time
  • Requires a counselor with more training.
  • “Not intended to be a substitute for the ongoing, long-term discipleship that we all ought to experience in the body of Christ.”  Scott Mehl