Vœux de Mise à Part – Ordination Vows

1. Fais-tu vœu de prêcher et d’enseigner les Ecritures en tant que Parole de Dieu infaillible et inspirée, affirmant qu’elle est et possède la plus haute autorité en tant que Parole de Dieu ?

 2. Fais-tu vœu d’être discipliné dans ton étude de la Parole de Dieu, te montrant un ouvrier qui travaille avec zèle, éprouvé de Dieu comme ouvrier assidu qui n’a à point rougir ?

 3. Fais-tu vœu de vivre selon les qualifications d’un pasteur trouvées en 1 Timothée 3.1-7 et Tite 1.5-9, un homme dit comme « irréprochable, mari d’une seul femme, ayant des enfants fidèles, qui ne soient ni accusés de débauche ni rebelles. Car il faut que l’évêque soit irréprochable, comme économe de Dieu; qu’il ne soit ni arrogant, ni colère, ni adonné au vin, ni violent, ni porté à un gain déshonnête; mais qu’il soit hospitalier, ami des gens de bien, modéré, juste, saint, tempérant, attaché à la vraie parole telle qu’elle a été enseignée, afin d’être capable d’exhorter selon la saine doctrine et de réfuter les contradicteurs » ?

 4. Fais-tu vœu non seulement d’encourager et de former le troupeau de Dieu à l’amour de l’évangile et à son partage aux non-croyants, mais aussi de pratiquer ces choses ?

 5. Fais-tu vœu de ne pas négliger ta famille, et d’aimer ton épouse avec tout ce que tu as, de tout ton cœur, non pas pour ce qu’elle peut faire pour toi, mais pour ce que tu peux faire pour elle, d’un amour sacrificiel, comme Christ aime l’église ?

 6. Fais-tu vœu d’enseigner et de diriger ton église de donner au Seigneur leur temps, leurs talents, et leurs trésors, non pas d’un cœur qui est forcé à donner mais d’un cœur qui le souhaite, reconnaissant au Seigneur ?

 7. Fais-tu vœu de te montrer comme un exemple et mentor pour la prochaine génération, en conduite, et pureté, en amour, en humilité, et en sagesse ?

 8. Fais-tu vœu de te consacrer comme homme de prière pour les membres de ton assemblée et pour tes partenaires dans le ministère ?

1. Do you vow to preach and teach the Scripture as the inerrant and inspired Word of God, always affirming that it is and has the highest authority as the Word of God?

 2. Do you vow to be consistent in your study of the Word of God, showing yourself a hard worker, approved unto God as a diligent workman who does not need to be ashamed?

 3. Do you vow to live up to the qualifications of a pastor found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, which says a man must be « above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self- willed, not quick- tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self- controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. »?

 4. Do you vow to not only encourage and train your flock to love and live and share the gospel with unbelievers, but that you will also do the same?

 5. Do you vow to not neglect your family, and to love your wife with everything you have, with your whole heart, not for what she can do for you, but for what you can do for her, a sacrificial love, as Christ loved the Church?

 6. Do you vow to teach and lead your church to give unto the Lord from their time, their talents, and there treasures, not from a heart that is forced to give but from a heart that truly wants to give, thankfully unto the Lord?

 7. Do you vow to show yourself an example and mentor for the coming generation, in conduct, in purity, in love, in humility, and in wisdom?

 8. Do you vow to commit yourself to be a man of prayer on behalf of those under your care?

Interview with Sophia Viguier

How French do you think you already are?
Wardrobe, art, and taste in food, I think I’m getting there! I’m not good at arguing yet, even though I am opinionated. But really, I am not really French yet!

What is your favorite French food?
All of it. I haven’t met a French food that I didn’t like.

What is your favorite French sentence?
Comme-ci comme-ça (like this, like that). That’s pretty much my motto in life. C’est la vie! I like “Oh la vache!” too (oh the cow!).

What has been your most interesting conversation with a stranger in France?
I had an Algerian man propose to me just there on the street, even though he knew I was married and pregnant. I gave him a gospel of John and promptly sent him away. I will laugh if I meet in heaven.

Would you rather live in the French country side or downtown?
Right now downtown, because I love the big cities, the energy, and where there are lots of people. But I may change my mind later!

What do you think of the urban violence in France?
I guess it depends where you go. I have never felt unsafe, although I was happy not to be alone in some places when we were doing evangelism. I’ve grown up in rough places and I’ve seen worse.

How French do you think your kids are?
More French than me! But they always will be. But the whole family is young. We’ll adjust!

What are things that marked you during your first trips to France?
How old everything was, and how when you blink you could miss some really cool things. In downtown Toulouse where we were, there are so many interesting buildings, people and smells. Each of the different cultures that have come in have taken a French flavor, and so on one street you might find both a kebab place and a crêperie (crepe shop).

What are some areas of the French culture you would never want to associate with?
Spoiling your children, although this is done everywhere else to. It is probably easier to be looked down upon when you don’t fit into a specific box or stereotype there as well.

What was your experience with the French evangelical churches?
Very international. Even though they were small, they were very loud (in a good way) and energetic. You got the sense that they were very happy to be there. You could sense that because there are so few believers around, being together is a big deal.

What is the most beautiful thing you have seen in France so far?
The sunsets are really pretty when you are in the countryside. The Christmas lights are really pretty in the cities during Christmas season.

What do you apprehend the most about moving to France?
The communication barrier, both culturally and with the language.

Do you ever wish you could stay in the US?
Only in the sense that I wouldn’t have to learn a new language. The rest I don’t mind leaving behind, although I will greatly miss family and friends. It’s an adventure!

What do you think about the French humor?
I don’t mind it at all, but it is different. It’s been a little more brash than me at times. The French are much more open in their communication than people were in British colonies I suppose.

What did you think of the youth in France?
Really fun! Many people remain in the “student” season for a while and so it’s been funny running into people way older than me who thought I was older just because I had kids.

Are you apprehensive in sending your kids to public school in France?
Not at all. It’s just like anywhere else. I’ve got to teach them what is right and what is wrong, and then if it goes well they can make a difference where they are at.

Publication de ma thèse sur la gloire de Dieu – Publishing of my thesis on God’s glory

the-glory-of-god-a-biblical-theologyLa gloire de Dieu est l’un des concepts les plus importants de la Bible, et pourtant reste un sujet abstrait et vague pour la plupart des chrétiens. Pouvons-nous comprendre une telle gloire ?

Dans The Glory of God : A Biblical Theology, Philippe Viguier examine huit types de gloire décrits dans l’Ancien et le Nouveau Testament et présente son étude de manière accessible et pertinente pour la vie chrétienne. Une théologie biblique à la fois pratique et convaincante, The Glory of God offre une analyse systématique appuyée sur une exégèse profonde dans le grec et l’hébreu. Une fois que la gloire de Dieu est mise en lumière, le croyant se voit irrévocablement attiré à être uni et à refléter sur la bonté, la beauté, et la louange de Dieu et tant que roi, sauveur, juge et créateur.

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« God’s glory is one of the most important concepts in the Bible, yet it remains abstract and ambiguous to most Christians. Can we ever understand such glory?

In The Glory of God: A Biblical Theology, Philippe Viguier examines the eight types of glory described in the Old and New Testaments and presents his findings in an approachable manner that is relevant to daily Christian life. A biblical theology that is both practical and purposeful, The Glory of God offers systematic analysis with exegesis delving into the original Greek and Hebrew. Once God’s glory is biblically expounded and revealed, Viguier says, the Christian can’t mistake the divine call for unity and reflection or the incomparable goodness, beauty, and praise-worthiness of God as king, savior, judge, and creator.

In Logos Bible Software, you can easily research the glory of God or any topic of interest. Footnotes and citations link to resources in your Logos library, allowing you instant access to the source texts for your study. Use the Bible and language dictionaries to gain a deeper understanding of biblical terminology and the nuances of the original languages. »

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Thèse – Thesis : A Biblical Theology of the Glory of God

Thesis work at TMS Library

C’est fait! Par la grâce de Dieu j’ai pu finir ma thèse sur la gloire de Dieu la semaine dernière. Dieu est bon. Cette étude a été une grande bénédiction. En effet, on utilise le mot « gloire » constamment sans réellement réaliser ce que cela veut dire. Le but de ma thèse fut de définir la gloire de Dieu à partir de la Bible, en prouvant que Dieu révèle Sa Gloire de manière a être connu personnellement, et non pas comme une expression de Sa nature transcendante. L’évidence biblique montre en effet que notre Dieu glorieux ne désire pas être distant de Ses créatures, mais qu’Il aime partager Sa gloire, en la faisant refléter sur les croyants.

La gloire de Dieu peut-elle vraiment être connue, ou est-elle transcendante ? La gloire de Dieu est sans doute un des plus importants concepts de la Bible. De la création à la nouvelle création, elle sature les pages des Testaments. La terminologie liée à la gloire de Dieu est aussi utilisée abondamment dans a littérature théologique et dévotionnelle chrétienne et juive. L’utilisation variée de la terminologie sur la gloire de Dieu a créé avec le temps beaucoup de confusion sur le sujet, surtout en termes de compréhensibilité. Dans cette thèse, je prouve que la gloire de Dieu n’est pas une réalité distante et ésotérique, mais est approchable, connaissable et immanente, en particulier au travers de la révélation de Jésus Christ.

A cause de l’ambigüité associée avec la gloire de Dieu, le but de cette thèse est de donner une théologie biblique sur le sujet, en commençant par l’étude des termes bibliques principaux, afin de discerner les aspects principaux de la gloire de Dieu dans les Ecritures. Nous avons ainsi étudié les synonymes principaux du mot « gloire » en hébreu avant de regardant au terme principal de l’Ancien Testament « kabod » et celui principal du Nouveau Testament, « doxa. »  Suite à l’étude tes termes bibliques  nous avons cherché à définir le terme extra-biblique « Shékinah, » qui se montre comme un synonyme inapproprié pour le terme hébreu « kabod, » en particulier dans le contexte de son utilisation rabbinique.

Suite à notre introduction nous avons regardé à deux des passages les plus développés sur le sujet, dans les deux testaments,  pour voir comment nos conclusions préliminaires pouvaient nous aider à mieux comprendre des textes révélant la gloire de Dieu. Ainsi nous nous sommes tournés vers Exode 33 :12-34 :35 et Jean 1 :1-18, révélant huit critères principaux sur la gloire de Dieu démontrés au travers de Yahvé et de Jésus-Christ. Nous avons étudié la gloire royale de Dieu, Sa gloire lumineuse, Sa gloire essentielle (ou personnelle), Sa gloire révélatrice, Sa gloire digne de louange, Sa gloire messianique et Sa gloire eschatologique.

Ainsi nous avons défini la gloire de Dieu comme la révélation continuellement croissante de Sa Personne et de Ses plans, montrée au travers de Sa Parole, de Ses œuvres et Sa Présence ressentie, qui appelle le receveur à la réflexion et à l’unité, et qui déclare la bonté incomparable de Dieu, Sa beauté et Sa louange en tant que Roi, Sauveur, Juge et Créateur, et la réputation sans égale attachée à son nom.

Ci-dessous ma thèse en entier et en anglais. J’espère que cette lecture vous sera enrichissante !

UPDATE: ma thèse n’est plus disponible gratuitement sur internet, puisqu’elle va bientôt être publiée par LOGOS.

It’s done ! By God’s grace I was able to finish my thesis on the glory of God last week. God is good. This study was a great blessing to my soul. Indeed, we use the word “glory”’ all the time without truly realizing the implications of the term. The goal of my thesis was give a biblical definition of God’s glory and to prove that when God reveals His glory He does so to be known personally, and not as an expression of His transcendent nature. The biblical evidence shows that our glorious God does not desire to be distant from His creatures, but that He loves to share His glory, by reflecting it on the believers.

Can God’s glory truly be understood and known, or is it transcendent? God’s glory is without doubt one of the most important concepts of the Bible. From creation to new creation, it saturates the pages of both testaments. Terminology relating to God’s glory is also commonly employed in theological and devotional discussions by both Jews and Christians. This wide-ranging usage of glory terminology, in time, has generated confusion on the subject, especially in regard to its comprehensibility. In our thesis we proved that God’s glory is not a distant, confusing and esoteric reality, but is approachable, knowable, applicable, and immanent, especially through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Because of the ambiguity that is associated with God’s glory, the aim of this thesis is to provide a biblical theology of the subject, beginning with a study of key biblical terms, to discern the principle aspects of God’s glory in Scriptures. We thus look at the main synonyms of “glory” in Hebrew before specifically looking at kabod, the main term used for God’s glory in the Old Testament, and doxa, the principal one used in the New Testament. Following the study of biblical terms we look at the extra-biblical definition of Shekinah, which proves to be an unfitting synonym of the Hebrew kabod, especially in the context of its rabbinical usage.

Following our introduction, we then turn to two of the most comprehensive passages of Scripture in relation to the subject, in both testaments, and see how our theological foundation can be applied to give insight into the exegesis of the pericopes. Thus we cover Exodus 33:12–34:35 and John 1:1–18, unfolding the eight major characteristics of the glory of God retrieved from our introductory study, in both the revelation of Yahweh and in that of the Person of Jesus Christ. We look at God’s kingly glory, God’s beaming gory, God’s essential glory, God’s revelatory glory, God’s praise-worthy glory, God’s messianic glory, God’s participatory glory and God’s eschatological glory.

Thus we define God’s glory as the ever-increasing revelation of His essence and purposes, displayed through His Word, His works and His felt-presence, which calls for the receiver’s unity and reflection, and tells of His incomparable goodness, beauty, and praise-worthiness as perfect King, Savior, Judge and Creator, and of the unequaled reputation attached to His name.

UPDATE: the thesis is no longer available on my website for free as it will shortly be published via LOGOS.