Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Vision (4/11/13): The Redefinition of Greatness
Note:Last Sunday I preached from Luke 9:46-50 on
Christ’s “redefinition of greatness.”Here are some of the notes from the closing applications from the
you sought greatness for yourself according to the pattern of this world?
Jeremiah 45:5 the prophet Jeremiah wrote to his young friend Baruch saying,
“And seekest thou great things for thyself?Seek them not” (Jeremiah 45:5).
American poet Emily Dickenson lived largely in obscurity as a recluse and had
very little of her writings published in her lifetime.In one poem titled “Success” she wrote the
is counted sweetest
those who ne’er succeed.
that poem I think she was pondering and even lamenting her lack of success or
greatness. This same sort of angst was
in the hearts of the disciples of Jesus.
see Jesus placing a weak child beside himself and saying, “As you serve this
weakest brother you are in fact serving me, and if you serve me, you serve the
God who sent me, the God who made you and all the creation.If you will empty yourself of all pride and
all ambition and all self-seeking and become the least of all, you will become
the greatest in my kingdom.”?
2.Do you have a charitable and a catholic (small
“c” meaning “universal”) spirit toward those who love the Lord Jesus and are
doing things that serve him, even if they do not inhabit your ecclesiastical
hear this in Jesus’ command to John concerning the one casting out demons in Jesus’
name who was not one of the twelve:“Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.”? (Luke 9:50).
understand that this is not a call to drop or compromise your convictions or to
hold them less tightly, but, in fact, to hold firmly onto those convictions,
even while respecting those who also know Jesus and are working for him but
whose conviction have led them to be part of a churchly fellowship apart from
matters is not whether you control them, but whether Christ controls them.
3.Do you see how Jesus has redefined greatness
and how he has redefined power?
apostle Paul certainly did. This is why he
could write: “and I count all thingsbut loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered
the loss of all things, and do
count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Or: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong” (1 Corinthians