3.1. Study Material

Précis and Class Outcome:  

The passage of time has a way of changing the meaning of words and phrases. For example, the word “let” meant “to prevent” and “sinister” simply meant “left handed.” A simple quiz illustrates the transformation that language and history undergo. This class seeks to define words and phrases according to their original meaning. After studying this class you should have a clearer understanding of the intended meaning of specific words as opposed to viewing reality through the distorted grid work of tradition, custom or modern thought. Revisionism is a gradual deception.

Text:   (1 Kings 2:2-3)

I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn yourself: 

Observation: The majority of males/females do not have the slightest idea of what it means to be a man/woman.


3.1   Male/Female as opposed to Man/Woman –  Not to be seen as synonymous

1.1  Male/Female  – A category, a group

Granted as a birth right at delivery; A person having all the attributes of their gender

1.2  Man/Woman – A continuum, a process

Achieved through effort; A progression governed by choice

3.2   Self Evaluation

Napoleon is credited to have said, “The greatest immorality is to occupy a place for which you are neither called or qualified.” You only invite disaster when you invest a title, authority or an office in a novice. In the process of development, where would you place yourself? Are you merely a member of a gender group? Are you a growing person? Do you see yourself as approaching maturity? Are you an ever emerging adult? Have you arrived at the place where you see yourself as a mature man or woman?  Circle the  X  that best identifies you. How does your spouse see you?

        X           X           X             X                     X

[Male/Female]  [Growing Male/Female]  [Male/Man-Female/Woman]  [Emerging Man/Woman]  [Man/Woman] 

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will be done, if God permits.  (Hebrew 6:1-3)

Practical steps can you take to jump-start your “telios” process?

1. Motivation (Philippians 4:7) 4. Turn around, turn over (Acts 3:19)

2. Self  Examination (2 Cor. 11:28) 5. Forgive (Matthew 6:12)

3. Acknowledgment (1 John 1:9) 6. Dead to self (Romans 6:11)
                         The remedy is found in Philippians 4:13