Archive for the ‘Doctrine’ Category

Do We Have Apostles Today? 4 Reasons We Believe They Are Not Present Today

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Whether we have apostles or not today is a rather big question. If apostles exist today, then we have men giving additional direction and revelation from God, and our Bible is not complete, and therefore not as relevant. In this study, we present 4 reasons from Scripture why we believe we do not have apostles today.

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What Are Apostles, and Do We Have Apostles Today? (Acts 1:12-26+)

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Because we have left the Book of Luke and are now in Acts, the position of Apostle becomes very important and very prevalent. We need to understand what apostles are, and whether or not they exist today. Answering the first question in the title, we look at 12 characteristics true of apostles as they are presented in the New Testament.

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The Apostles Try to Obey Prophecy by Replacing Judas #2 – Good Idea? (Acts 1:12-26)

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Was Peter’s idea to replace Judas a good idea? In this lesson, we present 12 reasons why Peter was likely on the wrong side of Bible interpretation even though he would have done so with good intentions. Good intentions do not replace good Bible interpretation.

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The Apostles Try to Obey Prophecy by Replacing Judas #1 – Timeline (Acts 1:12-26)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Jesus has ascended. The apostles return to Jerusalem to wait as directed. Peter attempts to fulfill prophecy by orchestrating the selection of a replacement for Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, and who took his own life. In this study, we work through the chronology of this event. In the next week or two, we will examine some of the necessary questions more closely. Prophecy is certain; our trying to fulfill it is not.

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The Spectacle of Jesus’ Ascension and the Promise of His Return (Acts 1:9-11)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

When Jesus finished talking to the 11 apostles on Mt Olivet, He was lifted up into the sky and disappeared out of their sight. The apostles just stand and stare, until they are spoken to by two angels, who ask them why they stand and stare. The angels then issue a promise that Jesus will come back in the same way, bodily and visibly – a truth that is core to Christian belief.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Enters Bethlehem (with Ruth) Greeted but Grieving (Ruth 1:19-22)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Naomi arrives home, to Bethlehem, with Ruth. She is recognized, and her arrival causes quite a commotion. Being called by her name (which means “pleasant” or “lovely”), Naomi bursts out in grief, instructing people to call her Mara (“bitter”) instead, because of the terrible things that have happened to her. Key in Naomi’s response is that she recognizes that God is in control of all circumstances – bad and good. By acknowledging God’s hand in tragedy, she also acknowledges her belief and hope in God to bring her good.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: BE WITNESSES (Acts 1:8)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

In contrast to what Jesus told His apostles they were NOT to focus on (times or seasons), He does tell them what they ARE to be focusing on. Once they receive the Promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, they will be enabled or empowered to be witnesses of Jesus. This witnessing is to take place in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Jesus’ direction gives five indications concerning our witnessing. We have the Power to witness, the places to witness, and the prescription for witnessing.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: NOT YOURS (Acts 1:6-7)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

God has not given us access to all information. He has given us the information we need for life and godliness. In Acts 1:6, the apostles ask if Jesus is going to restore the kingdom to Israel. Jesus replies by saying that information regarding times and seasons is something God has not given to us. Jesus’ response also teaches us about the kingdom that will certainly be restored to Israel.

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Jesus Gives His Final Words to His Apostles: STAY & WAIT (Acts 1:4-5)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Luke starts where he left off in his gospel by focusing on Jesus’ last day and last words. Luke records two commands that Jesus gives – stay in Jerusalem, and wait for the Promise of the Father (the Holy Spirit). We take time to consider whom Jesus was addressing, and why it matters a great deal.

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The Book of Acts: Luke Continued

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Luke introduces his second volume, the Book of Acts, by looking back at his first volume, the Gospel of Luke. Luke affirms the certainty of the evidence of his first volume as he beings his second volume.

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