Paul, Part 1
This week's talk marks a change in my strategy for talks. This week I start a new series dealing with the book of Paul. Details on my change in strategy follow below.
Using The Testimony
For roughly the last year most of my talks have been about the problems of the Bible and how those problems are fixed in the Testimony. This is interesting material, and something Ryan and I spend most of our time dealing with. This is our world.
When we are done with this work, though, almost nobody will care. Most people will just pick up the Testimony and use it as a finished work. Leaving the Bible behind. Many of our friends are already doing this.
We've been listening to feedback, and considering the prophetic we've been getting, and decided we just need to assume the Testimony as finished. Start using it without regard to the Bible and just teach what the Testimony says about faith in Joshua.
So, from now on, we consider the Testimony good enough to use as though it were a finished work. Since there are some areas that are pretty finished, we will just start in those areas. We will trust the rest will come together in time.
As I thought about where to start, there was really no choice but to start with the book of Paul. Let me explain my reasons.
Paul is the inspired parts of the Gospel of Luke. We believe it is the start of the material dealing with Joshua's incarnation. It lays out the base line historical account of his life. This informs all other writing from the same era.
Paul is one of just a few books that make a complete pass across the entire alphabet, so by choosing to start with this book I get to cover the entire alphabet under a single writer, in this case Paul.
I am taking this in sections, where each section has a governing commandment and a Paleo letter. Especially the commandment, but also the letter, provide something like a magical decoder ring that makes unpacking stories significantly easier than in a traditional Bible. Many of the stories simply cannot be understood without knowing the matched commandment.
Since this is new material to everyone, I gotta start by reading and introducing the work. Then, explaining the details as we go, so that everyone can understand Joshua and his character.
As Ryan and I survey out ahead it is clear this will be much simpler material and something that just about anyone should be able to follow, unlike many previous talks.
This first talk in this new style is a little rough, as it becomes more routine it should flow a little more smoothly.