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Gifts from God

for

July 5, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

Gift

 

  1. A present; something that is given to somebody
  2. Special talent

 

Featured texts:

 

Matthew 5:45

James 1:17

1 Corinthians 7:7

 

Commentary: God is the giver of gifts. He rains his gifts upon the just and unjust, but reserves the gift of eternal life to those who diligently seek him.

 

  1. Spiritual Presents

 

  1. Christ
    1. John 3:16
    2. John 4:10
  • John 6:32-35

 

Commentary: God gave the ultimate gift of his son as a sacrifice for our sins that we may have a chance at the tree of life.

 

  1. Holy Spirit
    1. John 15:26
    2. 2 Corinthians 1:22
  • 1 John 3:24

 

Commentary: God sent the Holy Spirit as a gift to guide us in the remembrance of the message that Christ taught.

 

  1. Grace
    1. Ephesians 4:7,8
    2. James 4:6

 

Commentary: Christians are saved by God’s grace. No man or women can save himself or herself. God has provided only one way to him that is through his son. No one can boast that he or she worked his or her way into heaven.

 

  1. Wisdom
    1. James 1:5

 

Commentary: Wisdom is a gift from God. Christians should be like Solomon asking God for it.

 

  1. Repentance
    1. Acts 11:11-18

 

Commentary: The Holy Spirit fell upon the house of Cornelius as Peter began to preach. This was a gift given to Cornelius and his household for their faith. God had granted repentance unto life to the Gentiles.

 

  1. Faith
    1. Ephesians 2:8
    2. Philippians 1:29

 

Commentary: Faith is a gift Christians give to God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

 

  1. Life
    1. Romans 6:23

 

Commentary: Enteral Life is the gift that God gives to us through Christ.

 

 

 

  1. Spiritual Talents

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  2. Romans 12:6-8

 

Commentary: God has gifted each Christian with talents to be used to further the will of God. Christians are to use these gifts to glean the harvest of souls.

 

  1. Temporal Presents

 

  1. Food and raiment
    1. Psalms 37:25
    2. Psalms 136:25
  • Psalms 145:15, 16
  1. Proverbs 10:3
  2. Matthew 6:25-33

 

Commentary: God provides the physical needs of his children. He does not allow his children to go hungry or naked.

 

  1. Wealth
    1. Deuteronomy 8:18
    2. 1 Timothy 6:17

 

Commentary: All wealth is from God. Christians are to use that wealth in the furtherance of God’s plan of salvation.

 

  1. Message to the Faithful

 

  1. Matthew 11:28-30
  2. 1 Peter 4:9-11
  3. Ecclesiastes 3:13

 

Commentary: God has given gifts to all of us to use in his service and to benefit each other. We must be wise stewards of those gifts.

 

 

 

Quote for Introspection:

 

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.

 

Voltaire

 

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

 

Bill Keane

 

 

 

 

Evangelism

For

June 28, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

  1. Evangelism

 

Evangelism-Zealous preaching and distribution of the gospel

 

Evangelist-1. Any one of the authors of the four New Testament gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.

  1. One who practices evangelism

 

  1. Featured Texts

 

  1. Romans 10:14-15

 

Commentary: All Christians are to evangelize. All Christians are to spread God’s word.

 

 

  1. Why?

 

  1. Matthew 9:37
  2. John 10:16
  3. Acts 26:18
  4. 2 Peter 3:9

 

Commentary: Christians are to work the harvest bringing in the lost sheep as Christ commanded. Our duty is to turn the lost to the light.

 

  • Power and Duty

 

  1. Matthew 4:19
  2. Acts 1:8

 

Commentary: Christians have a duty to spread God’ word. We will not receive the power that the apostles dis, but that does not stop us from being witnesses for Christ.

 

  1. Plan

 

  1. Mark 4:14
  2. Mark 13:10
  3. Mark 16:15
  4. Romans 16:25-27

 

Commentary: The gospel is to be carried to everyone from the Jew to the Gentile. The gospel must be taught and preached to the four corners of the earth.

 

 

  1. Purpose

 

  1. Luke 24:47
  2. John 12:32
  3. John 15:16
  4. Acts 9:15

 

Commentary: Like Paul Christians are to go and proclaim the gospel. We are the chosen vessels that God has set aside to spread the word and increase our numbers.

 

  1. Promise

 

  1. Matthew 28:19-20

 

Commentary: Christ will be with those who work to bring in the harvest. Christians are to make disciples of all nations. We are teachers in both word and deed.

 

  • Conduct

 

  1. Matthew 10:16

 

Commentary: Christians are to conduct themselves in an upright manner when spreading the word. We are to be smart as serpents but harmless as doves in our dealings with others.

 

  • Results

 

  1. John 4:35-36
  2. Acts 11:19-21
  3. Acts 12:24
  4. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

 

Commentary: The results of our labor is a chance at eternal life for us and those we bring to Christ.

 

Quote of Introspection:

 

“We should be more concerned with reaching the lost than pampering the saved.”

 

David McGee

 

 

 

 

 

Signs of Commitment

For

June 21, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

  1. Signs of Commitment

 

Sign-Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality.

 

Commitment-the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

 

  1. Featured Texts

 

Psalms 37:4-6

 

Commentary: Christians must commit themselves to God. Christians cannot straddle the fence. If the Christian is not with God he or she is against God. There is no middle ground.

 

  1. Obedient

 

  1. Romans 6:17

 

Commentary: The first sign of commitment is believing in the word of God that was brought to us by Christ and his apostles. That belief will lead one to becoming a new creature in Christ.

 

  • Developing an extraordinary spirit

 

  1. Psalm 119:1
  2. 1 Peter 4:19

 

Commentary: Another sign of commitment is to continue growing in the faith through study and carrying forth God’s word.

 

 

 

  1. Of good report

 

  1. Proverbs 22:1
  2. Acts 6:1-3
  3. Acts 10:21-23
  4. Philippians 4:8-9
  5. Hebrews 11:1-2

 

Commentary: Christians are to be of good report. Christians are to be just in their dealings with all thereby obtaining a good name like Cornelius.

 

  1. Are Faithful

 

  1. Revelation 2:10
  2. Revelation 14:12

 

Commentary: Christians committed unto death will receive a mansion, robe and crown.

 

  1. Live according to God’s word

 

  1. Acts 1:8
  2. Hebrews 10:25
  3. Ephesians 4:12
  4. Philippians 2:3-4

 

Commentary: Christians must be doers of the Word. Christians must live for Christ.

 

  • Pray

 

  1. Colossians 4:2
  2. Romans 12:12
  3. Philippians 4:6

 

Commentary: Commitment to God requires communication with the Almighty. If we are faithful we can go to the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit asking for strength to go through the trials and tribulations of this life. Christians can also thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon them.

 

  • Under God’s hand of protection

 

  1. Psalm 5:11
  2. Psalm 91:4
  3. Proverbs 30:5

 

Commentary: Christians who are committed to God are under his protection. Christ has said to cast our cares upon him because he loves us. (1 Peter 5:7)

 

  1. Affect others with their commitment

 

  1. Matthew 5:16
  2. 2 Timothy 2:1-2
  3. 1 Peter 3:15

 

Commentary: If we are committed to God it will show in our actions. Others are watching how believers act the storms of life blow their way. Your commitment can bring others to Christ.

 

Quotes for Introspection

 

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.

 

Martina Navratilova

 

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?

 

Joe Namath

 

 

 Wealth

For

June 7, 2017 Bible Study


 

 

Wealth

 

Wealth is the abundance of valuable resources or valuable material possessions.

 

Featured Texts

 

Genesis 24:34-35

 

Commentary: The obtaining of wealth is not a sin. The means that are used to obtain that wealth or the misuse of wealth leads to sin. Abraham was given great wealth by God because Abraham had great faith in God.

 

  1. From God

 

  1. Deuteronomy 8:18
  2. Leviticus 25:23
  3. Matthew 6:25-33

 

Commentary: Everything that a Christian has is provide by the Almighty. God takes care of his own. God allows us to use his creation.

 

  1. Boast Not

 

  1. Jeremiah 9:23-24
  2. Luke 12:15

 

Commentary: many people who have wealth have the wrong attitude and boast about what they have obtained. They leave God out of the picture.

 

  • Cannot serve two maters

 

  1. Matthew 6:24
  2. 1 Timothy 6:9-10
  3. James 4:1-4

 

Commentary: A Christian cannot serve two masters. Christians cannot allow money to replace as God as his/her god.

 

  1. Can Bar entry to eternal life

 

  1. Mark 10:23-30

 

Commentary: Money can blind a person to true wealth which is eternal life with Christ.

 

  1. Never Enough

 

  1. Ecclesiastes 5:10-12

 

Commentary: People who value wealth above all else will never have enough wealth to satisfy them.

 

  1. Rob God

 

  1. Malachi 3:8-10

 

Commentary: Christians can rob God in their lack of giving to promote his word and in not using their talents to bring souls to Christ.

 

  • God’s Investment Strategy

 

  1. Micah 6:8
  2. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
  3. Matthew 23:23
  4. Proverbs 3:9
  5. Romans 13:7-8
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

 

Commentary: Seek God first and all else will be added to you. Pay what is due to others.

 

  • Contentment and care

 

  1. Philippians 4:12-13
  2. Proverbs 22:7
  3. Proverbs 22:26-27

 

Commentary: Seek contentment before wealth that way you will be able to use that wealth wisely

 

  1. Fairness

 

  1. Proverbs 16:11
  2. James 2:1

 

Commentary: Christians are to be fair in all their dealings with others. God demands fairness from his children because God is a fair and just judge.

 

  1. Work

 

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12

 

Commentary: All Christians are expected to work for their daily bread and in service to God. The wealthy Christians are expected to do the Lord’s work. The wealthy are expected to put their wealth to serving the Lord’s people and promoting the Word of God.

 

Quote for Introspection:

 

God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.

 

Muhammad Ali

 

 

 

 

 

Rewarding Obedience

For

May 31, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

  1. Rewarding Obedience

 

Reward – A consequence that happens to someone as a result of worthy or unworthy behavior.

 

Obedience - submissive to the restraint or command of authority

 

Redeem - to make (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) better or more acceptable

 

Featured Texts

 

  1. Matthew 16:27
  2. 1 Chronicles 21:19
  3. Psalms 34:22

 

Commentary: God will reward all based on the actions and works done in life. Obedience to God requires belief in his Son who has been given the power to redeem all from their sins.

 

  1. Leaning on God

 

    1. Leviticus 25:1-7
    2. Exodus 23:10-11
    3. Psalms 55:22
    4. 1 Peter 5:7

 

Commentary: The Sabbath year was a year of rest. The Israelites were not to plow their fields, plant any seed, and prune any grapevines or fruit trees. The land was to rest. The poor and animals were permitted to eat anything that grew naturally. God promised the Israelites if they obeyed him that the harvest of the sixth year would be enough to feed them for the seventh year. Christians should view this scripture as an assurance of God’s promise that those who preserve will have eternal life. Christians are to cast their cares upon Christ.

 

 

 

  • Reward for Obedience

 

  1. Leviticus 26:1-13
  2. John 14:6
  3. Hebrews 9:14-15

 

Commentary: God promised his people a reward for their continued obedience to him. God has guaranteed the reward of eternal life to all who believe in Christ and know that Christ is the way to salvation.

 

  1. Punishment for Disobedience

 

  1. Leviticus 26:14-26
  2. 2 Peter 2:4-9
  3. Romans 1:27-29

 

Commentary: Disobedience to God was going to be punished with swift and sure judgment. The first punishments consisted of plagues, poor harvests, animal attacks and hunger.  God will give Christians who turn their backs on God a reprobate mind.

 

  1. Continued punishment

 

  1. Leviticus 26:27-39
  2. Matthew 25:46
  3. 2 Thessalonians 1:9

 

Commentary: If the Israelites continued in their disobedience God would allow their enemies to carry them away into captivity, occupy and lay waste to their land. The remaining people would fear the sound of windblown leaf fearing it is their enemies. Christians and unbelievers who engage in ungodly practice will be subject to the second death.

 

  1. Confession

 

  1. Leviticus 26:40-46
  2. Malachi 3:6-7
  3. Romans 10:9-10

 

Commentary: If the people confess their sins God states that he would remember the covenant that he forged with their ancestors and return them to their former state, but continued disobedience would cause his face to turn from them. Christians who return to the elements of the work are in an unsaved state and God’s face is turned from them.

 

  • Dedicated people

 

  1. Leviticus 27:1-8
  2. John 7:1-13

 

Commentary: People could dedicate themselves or a member of the family to God’s service.  (See Samuel 1:20-25, Judges 13: 1-5, 24). Since only the Levites were acceptable for most kinds of service others would give a monetary equivalent to fulfill the special vow.

Those who profess Christ have dedicated themselves to the faith. Christians are members of the royal priesthood.

 

  • Redeemed

 

  1. Nehemiah 1:10
  2. 1 Peter 1:18-19
  3. 1 Peter 2:9

 

Commentary: The blood of Christ allows the unbeliever to be redeemed from a sinful nature and Christians to return to grace. Redemption allows the Christian to walk in the light.

 

Quote for Introspection:

 

Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.

 

Billy Sunday

 

 

 

Biblical Symbols

For

May 24, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

  1. Biblical Symbols

 

Symbol-Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something unseen.

 

Featured Text:

 

John 10:7-9

 

Commentary: Jesus likens himself to a door. A door must be opened for someone to walk in. The unbeliever must accept Christ to have access to the Father and eternal life.

 

 

  1. Lion-Strength and Devour

 

  1. 1 Peter 5:8
  2. Revelation 5:5

 

Commentary: The lion is used in two ways. One instance shows how the devil goes after souls and the other instance shows the lion representing the strength to overcome.

 

 

  • Rainbow-Covenant

 

  1. Genesis 9:12-17

 

Commentary: God used the rainbow as a symbol between of his promise to Noah that the earth would not be destroyed by water again.

 

  1. Anchor, rod and staff-Security and comfort

 

  1. Psalm 23:4
  2. Hebrews 6:18-19

 

Commentary: The anchor is the hope that God has given as a gift to his children. The rod is for correction and direction. The staff represents support and defense.

 

  1. Armor-Spiritual weapons

 

  1. Ephesians 6:11-13

 

Commentary: The armor and weapons symbolizes the tools that the Christian has to fight off the wiles of the devil and bring souls to Christ.

 

 

  1. Axe, gates, seat and balances-Judgment

 

  1. Daniel 5:24-29
  2. Matthew 3;10
  3. Matthew 7:13-14
  4. 2 Corinthians 5:10

 

Commentary: The axe represents what can happen to the Christian that does not bear fruit. The Christian will be in danger of the second death. The Christian may be found wanting on the balances that measure his or her works. If the Christian is found wanting he or she will be walking the path that leads to the wide gate of destruction. The Christian’s works will be weighed on the balances before the judgement seat.

 

  • Barns-Providing for the future

 

  1. Proverbs 3:9-10
  2. Luke 12:18

 

Commentary: The barn is a symbol of providing for the future. People built barns to store good s for later.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Mote-Small fault; Beam-Big fault

 

  1. Matthew 7:1-5

 

Commentary: The mote represents a small fault we see in a brother and sister, but at times we ignore the major faults (beams) that we have. Christ is saying first check yourself before you try to check others.

 

  1. Dogs and Swine-Rejecters of the truth

 

  1. Matthew 7:6

 

Commentary: The word of righteousness (pearls) are lost on rejecters of the truth.

 

 

  1. Basket-Provisions

 

  1. Matthew 14:15-20

 

Commentary: God provides for his children. The baskets represent the overabundance of his provision.

 

 

  1. Furnace-Trial and Condemnation

 

  1. Isaiah 48:10
  2. Matthew 13:41-42

 

Commentary: Just like the Hebrew children Christians will face their fiery furnace. The trial will either makes us stronger because of our faith inn leaning on God or expose the weakness of our faith.

The furnace also represents the condemnation Christians will suffer if they forsake Christ.

 

 

 

  • Lamp and Silver-Word of God

 

  1. Psalm 12:6
  2. Psalm 119:105
  3. Proverbs 6:23

 

Commentary: The lamp is the light that illuminates the Christian path. The Word of God is like pure silver precious to the doer of his will.

 

 

  • Sackcloth and ashes-Mourning and Repentance

 

  1. Esther 4:1
  2. Jonah 3:5,6

 

Commentary: Putting on sackcloth and sitting in ashes show that the person is in mourning for love ones lost or for repentance to forestall an impending doom.

 

 

  • Well and Fountain-Salvation

 

  1. John 4:14
  2. Revelations 21:6

 

Commentary: The waters of life eternal flow from the words of Christ. Salvation is found in the water that allows the Christian to never thirst again.

 

Quote for Introspection:

 

We often say how impressive power is. But I do not find it impressive at all. The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. They are necessary symbols that protect what we cherish.

 

Lyndon B. Johnson

 

 

 

Spiritual Blindness

For

May 17, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

  1. Spiritual Blindness

 

Spiritual Blindness-unwilling or unable to see the light of God

 

  1. Featured Texts

 

  1. Acts 26:14-18

 

Commentary: Saul was blind to the Word. Saul thought he was doing good by persecuting those who believed in Christ. Paul was zealous in his duty, but blind to the truth until it was revealed to him.

 

  1. Explained

 

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:3,4

 

Commentary: Satan controls the minds of the lost to the point he shields and hides them from the Light of the gospel.

 

  • Caused by sin

 

  1. Matthew 6:22-23

 

Commentary: The eye was seen as the windows that allowed light to enter the body. Jesus is speaking metaphorically. If our eye is on the prize we will not waver in seeing the light. If the eye is diseased all it can see is the darkness.

 

  1. John 3:19,20

 

Commentary: Evildoers love the darkness because the light exposes their evil deeds to themselves and others. Light chases away the darkness.

 

  1. Caused by unbelief

 

  1. John 1:1-5
  2. Romans 11:7-8
  • Ephesians 4:17-19

 

Commentary: Unbelief causes spiritual blindness. Those who are not open to see the truth walk in blindness and the dark. Those who turn their backs on the truth are blind again.

 

  1. Proof of

 

  1. 1 John 2:9-11

 

Commentary: A Christian cannot say they walk in the light if they hate their brother or sister in Christ. How can a Christian say he or she loves God who he or she has not seen and hate brother and sister who he or she has seen?

 

  1. Leads to evil

 

  1. Ephesians 4:17-19

 

Commentary: The hardness of our hearts against God’s will lead us to sin. If we oppose God’s will the light cannot abide in us.

 

 

  • Wicked guilty of

 

  1. Matthew 15:14

 

Commentary: The Pharisees were learned men of the law, but did not see that the prophecy was being fulfilled. They lead others astray with their blindness. Even today we have men who are blind to Christ and lead others away from the Light.

 

  1. Revelations 2:17

 

Commentary: Only those who are in the Light will receive the approval of God symbolized by the white stone with the new name. Manna symbolizes Christ who is sufficient for all a believer’s needs.

 

  • Inflicted by God

 

  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

 

Commentary: Because of their rejection of the truth, God will use sin to punish the sinful. God allowed sin to run its course as an act of judgment. (See also Romans 1:24-28)

 

  1. Removal

 

  1. Luke 4:18-19
  2. John 8:12
  • John 9:39

 

Commentary: If you walk in the footsteps of Christ and follow the like precious faith of the apostles the Christian will avoid the darkness.

 

  1. Acts 26:18

 

Commentary: Paul explains to King Agrippa why Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus and what his mission was.

 

  1. Saints delivered from

 

  1. Colossians 1:12,13

 

Commentary: The Christian because of his/her belief are now heirs to the promise and are delivered from the power of darkness.

 

  1. Ephesians 5:8

 

Commentary: In former times we walked in the darkness. Christians are to walk in the Light as children of the Light.

 

Quote of Introspection:

 

The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.

 

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scriptural First Aid

For

Wednesday May 10, 2017

 

 

  1. Scriptural First Aid

 

 

First Aid-

 

  1. Featured Texts

 

  1. 2 Chronicles 16:12
  2. 2 Kings 20:1-6
  • Luke 5:31-32

 

Commentary: God is the great physician. Those who seek God can receive both spiritual and physical first aid.

 

  1. Spiritual aridity

 

  1. Deuteronomy 4:9
  2. Revelation 3:2

 

Commentary: The dry and difficult times test our faith. Christians are to turn to God in pray. Christians are to lean on the everlasting arm.

 

  • Upset

 

  1. Isaiah 41:10
  2. 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Commentary: Many actions in life will dismay the Christian, but God reminds us that he will strengthen and support us. God may not move the mountain, but God will give us the strength to climb and overcome.

 

  1. Courage

 

  1. Psalms 31:23-24
  2. Philippians 4:13

 

Commentary: If Christians have faith in God, he will give them the courage to confront any adversity.

 

  1. Patience

 

  1. Romans 8:25
  2. Hebrews 10:35-37

 

Commentary: Christians must be patient. The reward God promised will be ours if we keep the faith.

 

  1. Peace

 

  1. John 14:27
  2. Romans 8:6

 

Commentary: Faith in Christ brings the Christian peace. The peace of knowing that there is a mansion, robe and crown waiting for those who persevere to the end.

 

  • Fear

 

  1. Psalm 56:11
  2. Psalm 91:1

 

Commentary: If God is with us we need not be afraid. Abraham Lincoln stated “I am not worried if God is on our side. I am worried that I am on go’s side, because God is always right.”

 

  • Doubt

 

  1. Luke 12:29-31
  2. 2 Peter 3:9

 

Commentary: Doubt is the killer of faith. Christians must pray for their unbelief. Replace the doubt with a resolve of steel.

 

  1. Grief

 

  1. Isaiah 49:13
  2. 1 Peter 5:7

 

Commentary: God confronts his people in their time of grief. Christians must take their heavy hearts to God and cast their cares upon Christ.

 

  1. Confidence

 

  1. 1 John 5:14,15

 

Commentary: Christians can confidently go to God in pray and know that our heavenly father hears us.

 

  1. Troubles

 

  1. Nahum 1:7
  2. 2 Corinthians 4:8,9

 

Commentary: Job said “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1). Christ knows the troubles that can befall his people and he helps us to find the way to overcome those troubles.

 

  • Martial Problems

 

  1. Ephesians 5:21-25

 

Commentary: Problems arise in even the best of marriages. If each partner respects and loves the other all problems can be overcome.

 

  • Forsaken

 

  1. Psalm 27:9,10

 

Commentary: Even if the Christian is forsaken by all others God will never forsake the Christian. If the Christian is feeling forsaken, it is because the Christian forsook God.

 

Quote of Introspection:

 

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.

 

Charles Dickens

 

 

 

Truth

For

April 26, 2017 Bible Study

 

 

  1. Truth

 

Truth-  Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be.

 

Featured Texts

 

  1. John 1:1
  2. John 1:17
  3. John 14:6

 

Commentary: Christ is truth. Christ is the Word and the Word of God is truth. Christians are to obey the truth and walk in the light.

 

  1. Characteristics

 

  1. Sanctifying
    1. John 17:17-19

 

  1. Purifying
    1. 1 Peter 1:22

 

  1. Dwells
    1. 2 John 1:2

 

  1. Revealed
    1. Jeremiah 33:6

 

Commentary: Truth has several characteristics that benefit the believer. Truth is sanctifying and purifying. Truth dwells in the Christian by virtue of the Holy Spirit. The truth has been revealed to those who have an ear to listen and a heart to believe.

 

  • Saints must

 

  1. Worship
    1. Psalm 145:18
    2. John 4:24

 

  1. Serve
    1. Joshua 24:14
    2. 1 Samuel 12:24

 

  1. Walk
    1. 1 Kings 2:4
    2. 2 Kings 20:3

 

  1. Rejoice
    1. 1 Corinthians 13:6

 

  1. Speak and judge
    1. Proverbs 12:17
    2. Proverbs 12:22
  • Zechariah 8:16
  1. Ephesians 4:25

 

  1. Meditate
    1. Philippians 4:8

 

  1. Bind and write
    1. Proverbs 3:3-5

 

  1. Approve
    1. 2 Timothy 2:15

 

  1. Equip
    1. Ephesians 6:14

 

  1. Manifest
    1. 2 Corinthians 4:2

 

Commentary: Christians must worship in spirit and in truth. God is close to those who call upon him in truth. Christians are to equip with the truth which is the Word of God. Christians are to manifest that truth to each other and the world. Christians are to meditate and rejoice in the truth.

 

  1. Evil

 

  1. Destitute
    1. Hosea 4:1
    2. 1 Timothy 6:5

 

  1. Speak not
    1. Jeremiah 9:3-5

 

  1. Plead not
    1. Isaiah 59:4

 

  1. Resist
    1. 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12
    2. 2 Timothy 3:8

 

  1. Turn away
    1. Romans 2:8
    2. 2 Timothy 4:4

 

Commentary: Evil cannot abide the truth. Evil turns away from the truth and the light. Those who do evil are destitute of the truth.

 

  1. Church

 

  1. 1 Timothy 3:15

 

Commentary: Christians are to conduct themselves in decency and order when they come together in the sight of God. Remember when two or three are gather together in his name he is with us. The truth stands among us as we worship with each other.

 

Quotes for Introspection:

    

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

 

Albert Einstein

 

Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said.

 

Mark Twain

 

 

Vengeance

For

April 19, 2017 Bible Study


 

 

Vengeance

 

Vengeance- infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge:

 

  1. Featured Texts

 

Leviticus 24:10-22

 

Commentary: These verses are often misused to indicate that vengeance is justifiable. God was instructing Moses about an application of his law. God was the one passing judgement through his vessel Moses. God was the one taking vengeance not man. God was taking about judgement not retaliation.

 

  1. Forbidden

 

  1. Leviticus 19:18
  2. Psalm 94:1
  3. Romans 12:17-19

 

Commentary: God clearly states vengeance belongs to the Almighty. Man, is not to seek vengeance but to apply the law God has set forth to deal with situations.

 

  1. Not the will of Christ

 

  1. Luke 9:54,55

 

Commentary: James and John, the sons of Thunder were ready to call fire down upon the town as punishment for the way Christ and the disciples were being treated. Christ rebukes them saying why would he destroy the people he has come to save.

 

  • Man’s vengeance from a spiteful heart

 

  1. Ezekiel 25:14-15

 

Commentary: Old hatred can cause one to seek vengeance long after the original deed is ancient history. Hatred can make us hang on to grudges that are best left in the past. Christians must remember to wait on God. God will provide the needed correction.

 

  1. God’s choice

 

  1. Ezekiel 25:16,17

 

Commentary: The verses clearly show that vengeance belongs to God and God will execute that vengeance as God sees fit.

 

  1. Jonah 3:8-10, 4:1,2

 

Commentary: Jonah was angry with God because God stayed his hand. Jonah knew God would be merciful if there was a change of heart by the city.  God forsook his vengeance against the city.

 

  1. Man’s vengeance

 

  1. Simeon & Levi
    1. Genesis 34:1—7, 13, 25-31

 

Commentary: The sons of Jacob devised a plan to get vengeance for their sister not taking into consideration the consequences it would hold for Jacob.

 

  1. Absalom
    1. 2 Samuel 13:23-29

 

Commentary: Absalom wanted revenge for the defilement of his sister Tamar by their half-brother Amnon. Absalom waited two years to hatch his vengeance plot. Absalom was not concerned with the consequences of his actions.

 

  1. Samson
    1. Judges 16:25-30

 

Commentary: Samson’s final wish was for vengeance. Samson wanted to avenge the lost of his eyes. Samson did not see salvation. His simply wanted to bring retribution to his enemies.

 

 

 

  1. Instructions to the Saints

 

  1. Matthew 5:38-44
  2. 1 Peter 3:9
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

 

Commentary: Christians are not to seek vengeance. Christians are love and forgive their enemies. Christians are to meet evil with good.

 

Quote for Introspection:

 

“He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself”

 

Chinese Proverb

 

 

 

Unity

For

April 12, 2017 Bible Study


 

 

Unity

 

Unity-The state of being in accord; harmony. Continuity without deviation or change in purpose or action

 

  1. Featured Texts

 

Psalm 133:1-3

 

Commentary: This Psalm declares how precious family unity is. The blessedness is exclaimed in verse 1. Family unity both sanctifies (the precious ointment on the head verse 2) and solidifies (the dew brings forth life to feed and strengthen the family). The church is Christ’s family.

 

  1. Causes of division

 

  1. Galatians 5:19- 22

 

Commentary: Works of the flesh (Sin) are the primary cause of disunity in the body.

 

  1. Jude 7 -8

 

Commentary: Immorality and false teaching are described as causers of division in the body.

 

  1. A mark

 

  1. John 13:34-35

 

Commentary: Love is the distinguishing mark of Christ’s followers. It is the special bond that unifies the church family.

 

  • Called

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13

 

Commentary: Paul steadfastly declares there should be no division in the church. All Christians are to speak the same thing. We are all baptized into Christ and no one else. Christ is not divided neither should the church be divided.

 

  1. 2 Corinthians 13:11-12

 

Commentary:  Paul once again calls on Christians to be of one mind. He reminds them to be perfect, to live in peace and God will be with them. Christians are to love one another and greet each other in love with a holy kiss.

 

  1. 1 Peter 3:8-9

 

Commentary: Peter echoes Paul’s teachings showing that the apostles were of one mind in their teaching of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Having salt and at peace

 

  1. Mark 9:50

 

Commentary: Salt in yourselves is the quality that marks a person devoted to God. Being at peace means to not have dispute among the church family. This verse bridges back to verse 33 where the disciples were disputing amongst themselves who should be the greatest.

 

 

  1. As one

 

  1. John 17:21-23

 

Commentary: The Father and Son are one. Christ prays to the Father that his disciples be one. Christ is referring to spiritual unity. As he and the Father are one the church is to be one.

 

  1. Ephesians 4:11-13

 

Commentary: Every Christian has a talent that can be used for the edifying of the body of Christ (the church).

 

  1. Serving

 

  1. Zephaniah 3:9

 

Commentary: Christians are to serve God as one.

 

  1. Philippians 1:27-30

 

Commentary: Christians are to conduct themselves in a way that is worthy of the gospel. Christians are to unite together having one mind and one spirit. The assembly must put away petty grievances, jealousies and disunity. Christians are to strive together for the faith.

 

  • Knitted Together

 

  1. Romans 12:10

 

Commentary: Christians are to love one another and prefer being in the company of other Christians.

 

  1. Colossians 2:2

 

Commentary: Christians are to be knitted together in love.

 

  1. Ephesians 4:2-6

 

Commentary: These verses emphasizes Godly and Christian oneness.

 

 

 

  • In Christ

 

  1. Galatians 3:28

 

Commentary:  Brings home the point that race, color, social status and culture do not matter because we are all one in Christ.

 

  1. Ephesians 2:14

 

Commentary: Christ removed the Mosaic Law that separated Jew and Gentile. Christ has made both of them one. All are one in Christ. Christ abolished the enmity between the two groups and made us all heirs to the promise.

 

  1. Instructions to the Saints

 

  1. Philippians 4:1-9

 

Commentary: Instructions on good Christian living and maintaining the oneness in the faith.

 

Quote for Introspection:

 

Where there is unity there is always victory.

 

Publilius Syrus


Study to show thyself approved unto God
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
 

II Timothy 2:15