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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Weakness of Samson (Judges 14:1-20)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

The Book of Judges shows that God accomplishes His work through both the faithful and unfaithful. God begins to use Samson begins as a rescuer of Israel all while Samson pursues sinful and selfish pleasures which violate the commands of God and the restrictions of the Nazirite vow. Samson’s biggest weakness is himself, and he allows his desires and lusts to dictate his choices. Samson begins his downward trek of sinful, self-destruction while God leverages this behavior to keep His promises. Bad choices may ruin our lives but not God’s plan or control.

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Timeline of Truth: The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)
Jephthah becomes the victim of his own words. Jephthah has negotiated with the elders of Gilead, and he has negotiated with the Ammonite king who leads forces oppressing Israel. Jephthah depends upon God to give him victory over the Ammonites, but seeks to unnecessarily manipulate God’s favor by vowing like a Canaanite. Jephthah promises to offer as a burnt sacrifice the first thing that comes out to meet him. God gives Jephthah victory, and who comes out to meet him but his only child – his daughter. We examine the different views of what happened, and what Jephthah could have done and should have done. Then we look at Jephthah’s merciless killing of his own Ephraimite brethren. Rejecting of God’s ways can lead to us making foolish choices and committing horrible actions. 

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God Addresses a Woman’s Honor and Her Focus (1 Timothy 5:1-16)

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

God Addresses a Woman’s Honor and Her Focus (1 Timothy 5:1-16)

Womanhood is something very special to God. 1 Timothy 5:1-16 could be said to the “Proverbs 31” of the New Testament. God gives instructions on how women are to be honored as mothers. He gives almost rapid-fire commands on caring for aged women, both who have family and those who do not. Some are to be taken “into the number” as supported staff by the church. Paul gives a list of qualifiers that a woman is to meet which includes age and activity. Those too young are to marry, bear children, and manage the home. God’s most eternal plans for a woman center around her home-based ministry.

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Jesus Addresses the Damage of Divorce (Luke 16:18)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Jesus Addresses the Damage of Divorce (Luke 16:18)

Jesus is in the middle of teaching on money, and then brings up – divorce? His point is that if one is not faithful in the realm of money, one will certainly not be faithful in the realm of moralityIn this study, we take a brief and precise look at what Jesus said in Luke 16:18 about divorce. We first review what the Bible teaches on marriage, as one cannot understand what the Bible says about divorce without first understanding marriage. We then look at the impact of divorce on marriage, and then we examine the two situations where the Bible appears to allow for divorce. To understand God’s hatred of divorce, understand God’s design for marriage.

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #3 (Luke 15:25-32) – Lessons from a Self-Righteous Son

Monday, March 12th, 2018

LESSONS FROM A SELF-RIGHTEOUS SON (Luke 15:25-32)

Nothing quite sets us off like someone living wrongly and then getting by with it while we having been doing the right thing all along and seem to get nothing for our efforts. Though you might relate to this attitude, Jesus actually finishes this “prodigal son” story showing how sinful this attitude can really be. The younger, wasteful son returns home to a forgiving father. This father throws a big party to celebrate the repentance of his “lost” son. Then the older son comes home from working in the field to discover this. He is steaming! He has “always” done right and has “never” gone against his father, and he has not gotten even the smallest recognition. The father in the story is used by Jesus to illustrate how this attitude is not righteous at all. We can learn to see repentant sinners from God’s eyes. Maybe we are able to learn from all three in the story: the prodigal younger son, the forgiving father, and the self-righteous older son.

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #1 (Luke 15:11-16)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Sin is like gravity. You can ignore what God says about it, but it has the same effects, consequences, and result on you anyway, no matter where you go. In this study, we look at the first key individual mentioned in this story or account. He is often called “The Prodigal Son.” We see this younger son’s poor choices and his progressive spiral downward while living the wild, wasteful life when he eventually hits bottom. We look at his 8 downward steps and then draw 9 helpful lessons from his life. Does his life in any way reflect your life? If so, what would God have you do to make corrections?

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Bible Quiz #3: 16 Questions from Genesis 3:9-14

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Here are the 16 questions we will answer from Genesis 3:9-14 for this quiz:

  1. What is the possible significance of the serpent going to the woman rather than the man? (or going to both as a couple) (v.1)
  2. As a reminder, to whom was the command regarding the tree directly given? (2:16-17)
  3. When does the Bible indicate when God told Eve of the fruit-eating prohibition?
  4. On what basis/authority did the woman make her decision to eat the fruit?
  5. What does v. 13 and 1 Tim 2:14 clarify about the woman’s choice?
  6. How might this relate to the person God commanded regarding fruit-eating?
  7. What did the woman do once she ate of the fruit?
  8. Was there any discussion regarding the fruit before Adam ate of it?
  9. At what point were the eyes of “them” open? (When does “then” refer to?)
  10. What was the immediate evidence of their eyes being opened?
  11. What was their first response to their plight?
  12. How did disobedience change the relationship of the couple to God?
  13. Whom did God address when the man and woman were not present?
  14. Who responded to the question?
  15. Instead of responding, “Here I am,” how did Adam respond?
  16. How did disobedience change the relationship of the couple to each other?

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Bible Quiz #1: 16 Questions from Genesis 1-2

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

In this session, we take an informal look at the first chapters of the book of Genesis. What do you know? What do you think you know? Find out!

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Key Characteristics of Northridge Baptist Church

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Want a 10,000 foot 1-hour overview of what we believe as a church? Here it is.

You can describe Northridge Baptist Church as: fundamental, evangelical, dispensational, cessationist, baptistic, family-focused, and Christ-ruled/pastor-led.

God Explains Marriage – Summary (Ephesians 5:22-33)

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

This study overviews all the Marriage Matters studies in Ephesians 5, and concludes with God’s summary in Verse 33.