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The Motive Of A Christian Writer
The Motive Of A Christian Writer
To emphasize that the motive for writing is very important before God and what the motive should be
A.
Motive matters
·
We think differently
Isaiah 55
8
Psalm 92
5
Matthew 7
21-23
Numbers 20
7-12
i.
Men are primarily concerned with the `what'
ii.
God is concerned with the `how'
iii.
God is concerned with the `why'
ü
How can we see from God's perspective?
B.
Motive check
1)
Popularity vs. influence
1Samuel 13
6-13
1Samuel 14
6
Proverbs 14
28
Acts 2
46,47
Luke 19
17
1Corinthians 3
6
Matthew 5
13-16
a.
People write to be noticed and regarded with great favour, approval, or affection especially by the
public
i.
The number game
·
Saul was disturbed by people leaving him
·
Jonathan said: God is able to save by a few
·
Using number as a yardstick
ii.
God gives increase
·
At his discretion
·
As a reward to faithfulness
ü
How do you know when you are writing for popularity?
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b.
The Christian writer should write to influence
i.
Light penetrates and often seen
ii.
Salt penetrates without being seen
ü
Should/how do we measure influence?
2)
Pleasing men vs. pleasing God
Romans 14
8
Galatians 1
10
1Thesalonians 2
4
a.
People write to please their
i.
Masters
ii.
Sponsors
iii.
Fans
iv.
Publishers
ü
How do you know when you are writing to please men?
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The Motive Of A Christian Writer
b.
The Christian writer should write to primarily please God in
i.
Objective
ii.
Content
iii.
Timing
iv.
Modality
ü
How do you balance pleasing God and men?
3)
Pecuniary gains vs. fulfillment
1Timothy 6
5,6
Titus 1
10,11
1Corinthians 9
1-18
a.
People write for pecuniary gains which could be monetary or material
This gives happiness: external, temporal
ü
How do you know when you are writing for gains?
b.
The Christian writer should write for fulfillment
This gives joy: internal, eternal
ü
Does fulfillment foot the bills?
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4)
Competing vs. complementing
1Corinthians 3
21-23
2Corinthians 10
12-16
Romans 12
3-5
1Peter 4
10,11
a.
People write to strive for the same response other writers received
i.
Self-promotion
ii.
Complex issues
ü
How can we operate above competition?
b.
The Christian writer should write to complement
i.
One body, one head to account to and please
ii.
One body, diverse parts with varying styles and angles
ü
How can Christian writers complement one another?
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