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Secondary task 2 teaching that which transforms internal self government

Secondary Task # 2:Teaching that Which Transforms –Internal Self Government

Part 6 the secondary mandate teach that which transforms

Part 6 The Secondary Mandate – Teach That Which Transforms

  • Session 6.24 Secondary Task # 2:Teach that Which Transforms – Internal Self Government

  • Session 6.25 Secondary Task # 2:Teach that Which Transforms - All That I Have Commanded: Creation Ordinances

  • Session 6.26 TRUTH: The Metaphysical Order (a)

  • Session 6.27 TRUTH: The Metaphysical Order (b) - The Principles of Freedom

  • Session 6.28 GOODNESS: The Moral Order

  • Session 6.29 BEAUTY: The Aesthetic Order

The text

The Text

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Overview of this secondary task

Overview of this Secondary Task

  • Teaching that which transforms

    • Obedience – Internal Self-Government, the key to transformation

    • All that I have commanded – Jesus is the law-giver

    • Transcendent Ordinances

      • Meta-physical Laws – TRUTH

      • Moral Laws – GOODNESS

      • Aesthetic Laws – BEAUTY

Order is the first need of all

Order Is the First Need of All!

“Order is the first need of any nation. The Kingdom ethos lays a foundation for building free, just and compassionate societies, which glorify God in their obedience and allow the glory of the nation to be revealed.”

Darrow L. Miller

Blessed is the nation whose god is the lord

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!

Psalm 33: 12a



  • The words

    • “to teach”

    • “to obey”

  • That All Nations Might Believe and Obey

  • Free Societies Are a Product of Kingdom Order

  • Two Types of Government

    • Civil - External

    • Personal - Internal Self-Government

  • The Relationship Between Internal Self-Government and External Government

The words

The Words

The words1

The Words

  • “Teaching them”

  • Greek - didasko: “to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses”

  • Parsing the verb

    • Present Tense – on going action, no end in sight

    • Active Voice – the subject is actively involved

    • The disciples are to actively and continually engage in teaching “the nations!”

The words2

The Words

  • “To obey”

  • Greek - tereo – “to attend to carefully, take care of, to guard.”

  • Parsing the verb:

    • Present Tense – ongoing action, no end in sight

    • Active Voice – the subjective is actively involved

    • The nations are to actively and continually obey all that Christ has commanded!

Teaching them to obey

Teaching Them to Obey

Know and do

Know and Do

  • Read:

    • Set # 1: Rom. 3: 8; 6: 1-2, 15; Phil. 3: 18-19; Jude 4

    • Set # 2: Rom.14: 1-4; Gal. 2: 4-5, 11-13;

      6: 12-13

  • Question: What kind of person does each set of verses describe?

Know and do1

Know and Do

  • Read

    • Set # 1: Luke 10: 25-37

    • Set # 2: James 1: 25; 2: 15-19

  • What did the New Testament underscore?

That all nations might believe and obey

That All Nations Might Believe and Obey

“Obedient Nations”

Building a godly nation

Building a Godly Nation

  • God wants to take a slave nation with a slave mentality and turn it into a model nation for the nations.

  • Read Deuteronomy 4: 1-8

  • Questions:

    • What has God provided the Hebrew people?

    • What are they to do with what he has given?

    • What will be the results of their obedience?

Nations are to know and do

Nations Are to Know and DO

“Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”

Rom. 16: 25-27



  • Read Habakkuk 2: 14; Acts 5: 28

  • Question: What images come to your mind?

Habits of the heart

Habits of the Heart

  • Virtue

  • Habitus

    Question: What is the difference between virtue and values?



  • Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law….The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue….

  • Virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.



  • “… the continuity and stability of a culture…”

  • “… organizes our actions and defines our way of being.”

    James Davidson Hunter

    The Death of Character




Hard work













The lord s prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

  • Read Luke 11: 1-4

  • Question: What is the relationship between The Lord’s Prayer and “teaching them to obey”?

    • We are to put feet to the prayer.

    • The Great CO-Mission is that we are to help build nations that reflect God’s created order.

Two types of government

Two Types of Government

Principle of self government

Principle of Self-Government

“The Christian principle of self-government is God ruling internally from the heart of the believer. In order to have true liberty, man must WILLINGLY (voluntarily) be governed INTERNALLYby the Spirit and Word of God rather than by external forces. Government is first internal (causative), then extends outwardly (effect).”

Dr. Elizabeth Youmans

Chrysalis International

Two sources of government

Two Sources of Government

  • External:

    • Government

    • Clerics – Church or Mosque

    • Fear

  • Internal (self-government)

Principle of self government1

Principle of Self-Government

“He knows how to rule a kingdom, that cannot manage a province; nor can he wield a province, that cannot order a city; nor he order a city, that knows not how to regulate a village. Not he a village, that cannot guide a family; not can that man govern well a family that knows not how to govern himself; not can he govern himself unless his reason be lord, will and apatite be vassals; nor can reason rule unless herself be ruled by God, and be obedient to Him.”

Hugo Grotius

Dutch Lawyer/Theologian

The relationship between internal and external government

The Relationship Between Internal and External Government

Power and freedom

Power and Freedom


  • World Government

  • National

  • State

  • City

  • Family

  • Individual

  • Principles:

    • The more internal self-government a person and nation possesses, the more freedom they have (less external government).

    • Freedom flows from the internal to the external.

Free societies are a product of kingdom order

Free Societies Are a Product ofKingdom Order

The American Case Study

The bible and america s founding

The Bible and America’s Founding

“Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document.”

Newsweek Magazine


John calvin

John Calvin

  • 1509-1564

  • French theologian and pastor

  • Leader of the Reformation in Switzerland

  • Conscious propagator of the biblical world and life view

  • God is sovereign over ALL of life

  • Institutes of Christian Religion

America s founding fathers

America’s Founding Fathers

  • Episcopalian/Anglican88 54.7%

  • Presbyterian 30 18.6%

  • Congregationalist 27 16.8%

  • Quaker 7 4.3%

  • Dutch Reformed/German Reformed 6 3.7%

  • Lutheran 5 3.1%

  • Catholic 3 1.9%

  • Huguenot 3 1.9%

  • Unitarian (Deists) 3 1.9%

  • Methodist 2 1.2%

  • Calvinist 1 0.6%

Alexis de tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

  • French historian / political thinker

  • 1805 -1859

  • Author: Democracy in America (1835)

Founding fathers


In God we trust

Biblical Theists

Bible in hand

Biblical worldview

Moral and metaphysical absolutes

Did NOT Understand

In man we trust


Enlightenment thinkers in hand

Naturalistic worldview

Moral and metaphysical relativism

Founding Fathers

The father of america

“The Father of America”

George Bancroft

American Historian and Statesman


History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent

  • John Calvin, “The Father of America”

  • "He who will not honor the memory and respect the influence of Calvin knows but little of the origin of American liberty."

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