A Year Of Investment

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For the first time in my life, I actually had a desire to go to school yet didn’t have the time or the money to do it. I decided to turn to God and ask Him what He would have me do and if it was His will to go back to school- to make what seemed impossible become possible. After looking at multiple different college programs from “in class” to “internet based,” Pastor Cody announced that Reliance was launching the School of Ministry. Coming into it I thought this would be great because I desired to have a better understanding of the Bible, Systematic Theology, and Hermeneutics. I really didn’t have a plan or a vision of how this might be used in future ministry work, but nonetheless, I felt God leading me to get equipped.

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Why the Reliance School of Ministry?

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School of Ministry is now in session and if you have not been made aware, it just might be for you. My name is Bryan, I attended the Reliance School of Ministry for the 2012-2013 year, and I want to tell you about my experience. What a blessing and privilege it has been to attend this program over the past year. I certainly did not write about everything that School of Ministry (SOM) entails nor would you likely be motivated to read such a lengthy review. However, I will attempt to give you just a little insight into how I see SOM in retrospect and where I think it may or may not fit into your life right now.

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Independence, a strength or weakness?

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In the minds of Americans, independence is usually associated with the honor and dignity of the birth of our nation. Yet independence carries another connotation with it that is absolutely detrimental. At is most basic understanding independence is to be completely self sufficient, free from outside control or not depending on another’s authority.

 

While this may seem desirable and perhaps even needful, there is a real danger in living in such a way that people see themselves as both the means as well as the end of their lives. We can be neither, and yet we naturally clamor for both. When independence pervades in the human heart, great and terrible evils come to be normal, commonplace and deemed as natural. The attitude of self is what is at the very heart of what captured Adam and Eve in Genesis 3, and what holds men captive today. The act of taking the forbidden fruit represents the defiant and independent heart of man to trust in himself over God. It is to rebelliously tell God “I don’t need you!”

 

When we trace the concept of independence back to its roots, we find them deeply imbedded in the soil of pride. Pride feeds, grows, develops and maintains this self-sufficient mindset. James 4:6 states that “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” It is compulsory for the Christian to combat the sinful mind by replacing it with one that capitulates to the mind of Jesus.

 

This has two practical applications to how the Christian must submit their thoughts to Jesus.

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Purpose Behind Testing


What is the purpose behind our testing? Is there a reason, or are we simply stuck with our circumstances because we live in a fallen world? Pastor Cody King explains the biblical purpose behind testing.

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Are You A Person Of Faith?

Pastor Cody King discusses the idea of being a “people of faith” and how we should find our identity in our faith and not in our flesh. 

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Defaulted On Idolatry

Pastor Cody King discusses Galatians 4:8 and the idea that our natural tendency is to create idols. Who or what are you serving today?

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Adoption Transforms Identity

You are bought at a price, purchased by His sacrifice. What does this mean to you? What should it mean to you? Pastor Cody king explains the theological concept of redemption.

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