From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“In the same manner as James reasoned in James 2: 10, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all…”, so the fruit of the Spirit must be taken as a whole, “For we know that the Law is spiritual”; (Romans 7: 14a)”, being more than the sum of its parts.  This is not written to discourage; rather, it is extremely encouraging to know that in our effort, God Himself is there with us.  “Some plant and some water; but only God provides the increase.”  I Corinthians 3: 6

Many disciples often wrestle with the sovereignty of God as juxtaposed with their responsibilities as disciples.  “If God is sovereign, and He has foreknown and predestined all things, what then are my responsibilities if not less than nothing (Romans 8: 29-30)?  Can I, by fulfilling my responsibilities, change anything that God, in His sovereignty has preordained?  Why even try?”  The root of these questions is an unbelief in the sovereignty of God, a desire for self-actualization. The answer to this is that man’s responsibilities and opportunities in this life are defined by God’s Word.  Jesus said that He had come “not to abolish (change) the Law, but to fulfill.”  Micah clearly states, “He has told you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?””


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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