DBG Weekly Spotlight (6-30-17)

Josh Buice

In the 10th session of the G3 Conference, Conrad Mbewe preached on the subject, “Biblical Reformation Requires Courageous Preachers of God’s Word.”  You will find this sermon not only helpful—but needful.

A Review of Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer — If you haven’t yet seen the Luther documentary, you will want to check out this review and then you’ll know why you should purchase a copy for yourself.

Help Me Teach the Bible: Miguel Núñez on Teaching the 5 Solas from Scripture — Nancy Guthrie talks with Miguel Núñez about teaching the Bible.

How Do You Respond When Admonished? — “I’m sure you savor the times when a verse or passage of the Bible soothes your fears, or allays your worries. But what about those times when someone uses God’s word to confront a sin in your life, or an unbiblical idea? Are you just as quick to hear and love God’s word then?”

Why you should not copy Spurgeon’s Schedule — This is helpful for many reasons—not to mention a humble reminder that none of us are Spurgeon.

Fastening the Belt of Truth – William Gurnall — I found this helpful especially since I’m presently studying and preaching through the armor section of Ephesians.

What If You Had One Week to Live? — This is an important topic and one that we should all give attention to on a more regular basis.

$5 Friday: Depravity, Guilt, & Christ — It’s Friday, so you know what that means right?  Ligonier has some good book offerings for only $5.

The ‘Church’ of Facebook? — I wrote on this very subject this week and found this article to be very helpful.  The church is essential and Facebook can’t replace it.

Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism — “It teaches us that simply calling yourself a Christian, or mentally assenting to the doctrine of the Trinity, or confessing faith in someone named “Jesus,” does not automatically make you a Christian.”

Christian soldier says Army forced him to go to transgender training — It’s becoming more difficult to be a Christian within the US military and here’s another example.

Theology Word of the Week: Devil — διάβολος, ον (s. διαβολή)

pert. to engagement in slander, slanderous (since Aristoph.; Thuc. 6, 15, 2 as adv.; Herm. Wr. 13, 13b; 22b; Philo, Sacr. Abel. 32 p. 215, 6) Pol 5:2. γυναῖκες 1 Ti 3:11. πρεσβύτιδες Tit 2:3.—2 Ti 3:3.

subst. ὁ δ. one who engages in slander (since X., Ages. 11, 5; Athen. 11, 508e; Esth 7:4; 8:1; pap first Christian; cp. PLond VI, 1923, 9 [IV a.d.] ‘the devil’; Tat. 22, 1), in our lit. as title of the principal transcendent evil being the adversary/devil, already current in the LXX as transl. of הַשָּׂטָן (Job 2:1, but here not ‘as an entity opposed to the divine will’, JGammie, HUCA 56, ’85, 1–19 [s. p. 13]; Zech 3:1f; 1 Ch 21:1; cp. Wsd 2:24; TestNapht 8:4, 6; TestSol, TestJob; JosAs 12:9; GrBar 4:8; ApcSed, ApcMos, AssMos; Just., Mel., P. 67, 477 al.; δ. ὁ ἄρχων τοῦ κόσμου τούτου Hippol., Ref. 6, 33) Mt 4:1, 5, 8, 11; 13:39; 25:41; Lk 4:2f, 6, 13; 8:12; J 13:2; Ac 10:38; Eph 4:27; 6:11; Hb 2:14; Js 4:7. κρίμα … τοῦ διαβόλου the judgment that befalls the devil 1 Ti 3:6; παγὶς τοῦ διαβόλου devil’s trap 3:7; 2 Ti 2:26 (s. IScheftelowitz, Das Schlingen-u. Netzmotiv 1912, 11). ὁ ἀντίδικος ὑμῶν διάβολος your adversary, the devil 1 Pt 5:8; Μιχαὴλ … τῷ δ. διακρινόμενος Jd 9. In Rv 12:9; 20:2 w. ὄφις and σατανᾶς; s. also 2:10; 12:12; 20:10. τοῦ δ. βοτάνη weed of the devil IEph 10:3; ἐνέδραι τοῦ δ. the devil’s ambuscades ITr 8:1; cp. MPol 3:1. Of tortures inflicted by the devil IRo 5:3. τῷ δ. λατρεύειν serve the devil ISm 9:1; ὄργανα τοῦ δ. tools of the devil (of non-Christians) 2 Cl 18:2; πολυπλοκία τοῦ δ. the devil’s cunning Hm 4, 3, 4; tempting to sin (cp. πειράζων τὸν σωτῆρα δ. Orig., C. Cels. 6, 43, 29) m 4, 3, 6; dwells in anger m 5, 1, 3; ἔργα τοῦ δ. m 7:3; doubt described as the devil’s daughter m 9:9; likew. evil desire m 12, 2, 2. The πνεῦμα or basic character of the devil is mentioned m 11:3; it is a πνεῦμα ἐπίγειον m 11:17 (Just., D. 82, 3 ἀκάθαρτον); ἐντολαὶ τοῦ δ. m 12, 4, 6; παλαίειν μετὰ τοῦ δ. Hs 8, 3, 6.—In imagery, those who oppose divine interests or purpose (s. πατήρ 3b) are υἱοὶ δ. Ac 13:10; τέκνα τοῦ δ. 1J 3:10; they are descended ἐκ τοῦ δ. vs. 8; the devil is their father J 8:44. (Cp. οἱ μὲν τοῦ θεοῦ, οἱ δὲ τοῦ διαβόλου Orig., C. Cels. 8, 25, 16.) On the designation of Judas as δ. 6:70 (sim. Peter as σατανᾶς Mk 8:33), cp. 13:2 (cp. εἰσῆλθεν εἰς ἐκεῖνον ὁ σατανᾶς 13:27).—Lit. under δαιμόνιον end, and ἄγγελος end. BNoack, Satanas u. Soteria ’48, 55f.—B. 1487. EDNT. TW. [1]

  1. William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 226–227.


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Author DBG Weekly Spotlight (6-30-17)

Josh Buice

Pastor Pray's Mill Baptist Church

Josh Buice is the founder and president of G3 Ministries and serves as the pastor of Pray's Mill Baptist Church on the westside of Atlanta. He is married to Kari and they have four children, Karis, John Mark, Kalli, and Judson. Additionally, he serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching at Grace Bible Theological Seminary. He enjoys theology, preaching, church history, and has a firm commitment to the local church. He also enjoys many sports and the outdoors, including long distance running and high country hunting. He has been writing on Delivered by Grace since he was in seminary and it has expanded with a large readership through the years.