Archive for the ‘Discipleship’ Category

Why “Calling on the Name of the Lord” Is for the Saved, Not the Unsaved

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

“Calling on the Name of the Lord” is one of the most misunderstood and misused phrases used by Christians. It is used as a formula for salvation, but simply cannot be when compared with Scripture. In this study, we look at six reasons why “calling on the name of the Lord” is for believers, not for unbelievers.

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4 More Practices of a Mature and Obedient Follower of Jesus

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

We can clearly compare the Biblical commands with our own conduct to determine if we are mature, obedient followers of Jesus. We will look at nine key practices – here are the last four.

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5 Practices of a Mature and Obedient Follower of Jesus

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Following Jesus is more than wearing a Christian t-shirt. The Bible is clear that Jesus expects us as believers “to observe all things that [He] has commanded us.” The New Testament is full of commands and expectations to obey those commands. We do this, not to gain salvation (which is a gift), but to live out the reason why God saved us. We can clearly compare the Biblical commands with our own conduct to determine if we are mature, obedient followers of Jesus. We will look at nine key practices – here are the first five.

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Communion Concepts in the Book of Revelation

Monday, January 6th, 2020
Communion Concepts in the Book of Revelation

Communion, or the Lord’s Table, can be a dry and even boring exercise. It should not be. The concepts relating to communion – the selfless, sacrificial death of Jesus, His resurrection, and His return – are all found throughout the Book of Revelation. We find the Lamb – the title used most often for Jesus in Revelation – revealed in four major themes in Revelation.

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Timeline of Truth: God’s Control: Evidenced by David’s Genealogy (Ruth 4:18-22)

Monday, December 9th, 2019

What do 10 generations of genealogy tell us regarding God and His plan and His control? As we study those listed in this genealogy and the times in which they lived, we can see God at work in the big picture and in the small details of life. God is in control. Do you trust Him?

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Timeline of Truth: The LORD Accomplishes (a Step in) His Plan (Ruth 4:14-17)

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

In these final verses of narrative, we see God bringing His plan to completion. God continuously controls the details of life to bring about His ultimate will and to bless His obedient followers.

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What to Know and Learn from the Betrayer of Jesus #3 (Acts 1:16-26+)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

In this study, we complete our look at Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus, by examining the possibility of falsehood in salvation and in sanctification. As Judas could be a fake follower of Jesus, doing so for his own selfish reasons rather than being a true believer, so others can fake salvation for their own reasons. Others can be believers who fake or fail in truly following Jesus obediently. we look at five types of fakes or failures in sanctification (faking their walk with God). When then briefly look at 8 lessons to consider, including both warnings and realities, in this 3-part series. Not everyone who claims to follow Christ is truly a believer or an obedient believer.

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Timeline of Truth: Boaz Redeems Ruth (Ruth 4:7-11a)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

In keeping his promise to Ruth, when the closest relative cannot redeem her, Boaz fulfills his duty as the closest relative redeems Ruth. Why was this done this way? How is this reflected in Christ’s actions towards us?

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Timeline of Truth: Boaz Goes to the Gate to Secure Ruth’s Future (Ruth 4:1-6)

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Boaz promptly keeps his promise to pursue a Biblical solution for Ruth. He gets to the city gate early to be able to meet the closer relative. He gathers the necessary witnesses and gets down to business. He truly works to bring the uncertain future of Ruth to a certain end. Like Boaz, when we know what God wants us to do, we need to do it promptly.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Guides Ruth to Approach Boaz (Ruth 3:1-5)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Harvest season is over. Boaz had continued to provide for and protect Ruth. Boaz takes no further action as a potential kinsman-redeemer (and we give several suggestions as to why both Boaz and Naomi hesitate). We look at how Naomi takes action, directing Ruth to approach Boaz with a marriage proposal based upon his kinsman-redeemer relationship. We also discuss five key responsibilities of a kinsman-redeemer.

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