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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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God Wants ALL of ME: My MIND (Romans 12:2)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Lord of My MIND

God Wants ALL of ME:  My MIND (Romans 12:2)

God saves us to make us completely new. True Christianity involves giving God our body as a living sacrifice (the first lesson in this series) and allowing God to renew our MIND as well. God is to be the Lord of our thoughts as well as our bodies. He desires to prevent us from being programmed by the world, and instead to fill our minds with what is good, acceptable, and perfect. That is God’s will for us. (This is the second of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES: What You Believe Matters: Revelation and Interpretation (Part 2)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES:  Revelation and Interpretation – 7 Watershed Views Which Determine Our Approach to God and His Word, Part 2
WATERSHED: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor (Merriam‐Webster.com) Where you come to place your belief on any these crucial doctrines as a Christian (one who believes in Jesus as Savior and seeks to follow Him) will impact and affect how you interpret and view truth, life, the home, the Church, the culture, and the future. Each view is a dividing point – a fork in the road that leads away from the opposing views and often impacts many beliefs downstream. These are not opinions, but frameworks of belief. These are embraced by ones regardless of their personal study. It is imperative to understand the reasons and arguments before making up your mind. Base your conclusions on the best Biblical reasoning possible. A key to discerning the truth is not to pursue what you want to be true, but to approach the Word of God with a teachable spirit. The Bible is not a personal smorgasbord from which we pick and choose what we want to believe.
Our first watershed topic focuses on where and how we find the truth. We look at the concepts of revelation and interpretation. These concepts include the following:
Part 1:

1 – Verbal (Every Word), Plenary Inspiration versus No or Limited Inspiration

2 – Transcendence of the Word versus Culturally Discounting the Word

3 – Literal Interpretation versus Allegorical Interpretation

4 – Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology

Part 2:

5 – Cessationism versus Continuationism (Charismatic Movement)

6 – Biblical Wisdom versus Mysticism

7 – Sufficiency of the Word versus Psychology

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BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES: What You Believe Matters: Revelation and Interpretation (Part 1)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

BIBLICAL WATERSHED ISSUES:  Revelation and Interpretation – 7 Watershed Views Which Determine Our Approach to God and His Word, Part 1
WATERSHED: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor (Merriam‐Webster.com) Where you come to place your belief on any these crucial doctrines as a Christian (one who believes in Jesus as Savior and seeks to follow Him) will impact and affect how you interpret and view truth, life, the home, the Church, the culture, and the future. Each view is a dividing point – a fork in the road that leads away from the opposing views and often impacts many beliefs downstream. These are not opinions, but frameworks of belief. These are embraced by ones regardless of their personal study. It is imperative to understand the reasons and arguments before making up your mind. Base your conclusions on the best Biblical reasoning possible. A key to discerning the truth is not to pursue what you want to be true, but to approach the Word of God with a teachable spirit. The Bible is not a personal smorgasbord from which we pick and choose what we want to believe.
Our first watershed topic focuses on where and how we find the truth. We look at the concepts of revelation and interpretation. These concepts include the following:
Part 1:

1 – Verbal (Every Word), Plenary Inspiration versus No or Limited Inspiration

2 – Transcendence of the Word versus Culturally Discounting the Word

3 – Literal Interpretation versus Allegorical Interpretation

4 – Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology

Part 2:

5 – Cessationism versus Continuationism (Charismatic Movement)

6 – Biblical Wisdom versus Mysticism

7 – Sufficiency of the Word versus Psychology

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Jesus Is Presented as Messiah King (Luke 19:29-40)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Is Presented as Messiah King (Luke 19:29-40)

An event which in our day is called “Palm Sunday,” Jesus instructs a couple of His followers to do something rather strange: “Gotoo a village and get a colt that is tied up there.” In a fairly brief account, the details given are clear. Jesus presents Himself as the Messiah, the One promised of God throughout the Old Testament. How do Jesus’ followers react? How do religious leaders react? We find the answer to both questions. We also find seven lessons we ourselves can learn from this account. Have YOU acknowledged Jesus as the One God promised?

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9 Reasons You Need to Read the Word of God Every Day

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Though not an exhaustive list, this study challenges us to read the Bible every day because we need to read it every day. Here are nine outstanding reasons for every believer to be reading God’s Word every day. Further, be encouraged to read through the entire Bible each year by means of the three benefits we receive by reading through the Bible every year.

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Who Is This For? Applying Scripture in the Pastoral Epistles

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Stemming from a great question that was asked, we took a brief parentheses and discussed how books written to individuals (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, & Philemon) are to be applied to us.

Why Use a Literal Translation (of the Bible)?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

We look at reasons why we believe that we should be using one of many good literal translations of the Bible rather than others that do not attempt to translate literally.

Why Build a Local Assembly on the Word of God? (Part 3)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

We complete our 3-week study of the doctrine of the Bible, bibliology.

Comparing Translations (of the Bible)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

We invest this study examining why there are different translations, and why some are more accurate than others.