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Will of God, The One True Source;  The Bible

Will of God, The One True Source; The Bible

September 29, 2012

Why all the different religions and denominations if there is one true source?

God’s Word is designed to divide.

Matt: 10:34-39.

Separation & Filtration, ie;  sanctification.

1. Separates the World & The Church

2. Filtrates The Church & The Church

1. Separates the World & The Church:

John 1:1-13.  darkness has not understood the light, Nor recognized, nor receive the light.

Parables glean the harvest, sheep & goats.    Matt 13:10-17.

Sheep hear Jesus.  John 10:24-30.  Sheep respond with pursuit. John 6:63-71.

Thrice & Dice:   My opinion, Your opinion, God’s Word.

2. The Church & The Church:

Not an issue of salvation, but of sanctification.

What about all the different Christian Denominations?     Two Major Camps.

Jesus Christ Alone VS Jesus Christ Plus. . . . .      Both can’t be right.

Evil is NOT an ABILITY.   Ephs 2:1-10.

Light & Heat;  Melts Ice BUT Hardens clay

Isaiah Calls Israel to repent.   Isa 1:1-20.

God’s Word transforms the sheep.   Romans 12:1-3,   2 Peter 1:3-8,  1Cr. 2:12-16.

Will of God, Old Testament Laws

Will of God, Old Testament Laws

September 22, 2012

Why don’t Christians follow the Old Testament Laws?

3 Distinctions in the Will of God.

1. Sovereign Will,  2. Preceptive Will,  3.  Dispositional Will

Preceptive Will:  The Old Testament Law!

1. Ceremonial, :  The sacrifices and offerings Leviticus 1

2. Civil, : What it looks like to love your neighbor & aliens; Deut, 22.

3. Moral.  : The Ten Commandments. Exd, 20.

What about food laws?  Civil/Ceremonial  Deu 14:6-8.

Jesus declared all food clean.  Mark 7:18-23

Declared good in Romans  14:20-21

What about ceremonial laws?  The break took place in the pages of the New Testament, with Peter, Paul and God.

Point of contention: Should gentile believers follow all the Jewish laws?

Start with uber-Jew Paul & his credentials Phil.  3:2-9,

Peter Endorsed Paul’s Ministry to the Gentiles.  Gal. 2:9,10.

Peter states Paul is Deep!  2 Peter 3;15-16.

Peter commanded to preach to Gentiles. Acts 10

Peter & Paul go toe to toe!  Gal. 2:9-21.

Paul drops the hammer on the law.   Gal. 5:1-7.

The Purpose of the O.T. Law:    To help us see we are evil and need a savior.

Romans 3:19-24.

Live in the Freedom of Christ and Obey His Commands!

Three Will’s of God

Three Will’s of God

September 15, 2012

The three definitions of the Will of God:

1. Sovereign Decretive Will

The will by which God brings to pass whatsoever He decrees.  This is hidden to us until it happens.

2. Preceptive Will, is God's revealed law or commandments,

Adjective of the nature of or expressing a precept; mandatory

giving instructions; instructive.

3. Disposition Will, God's attitude or disposition.

It reveals what is pleasing to Him.

Temptation to place religious practice over living for Christ

Religious practice:  Compartmentalized, facade of depth, but really shallow.   Candles, mantras,  prayer positions. . . . . .

Living Sacrifice:  Deep & Intrusive

Does God command us to be Baptized & Celebrate Communion?

YES!

Does God Command us to Fellowship, Worship, Discipleship, Evangelism & Ministry?   YES!

Trust & Obey,   It’s Awesome!

(Rom 15:13 NIV) - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

OT Prophets III;  Typology

OT Prophets III; Typology

September 8, 2012

How to understand the Prophets: Biblical Typology

It’s Not;  Allegory Nor Pure Literal.

The typological interpretation of prophecy asserts that the prophets did not so much make singular predictions as proclaim certain theological themes or patterns and that these themes often have several manifestations or fulfillments in the course of human history. These patterns often have their greatest manifestations in the life of Christ or in the eschaton, but there may be one or more other fulfillments elsewhere in human history, especially in the immediate historical context of the prophet.

Ride The Wave Dude!

Examples:

1. Babylon: Rev. 17-18. There is a final Babylon, but there are many Babylons throughout history.

2. Anti-Christs. (1Jo 2:18 NIV) - Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

3. The Millennium;  Pre, Post or A?   When Jesus rules on Earth as King of the World.  Based on when the Tribulation happens.

It all depends on how you understand  Mark 13 or Matthew 24-25.

Israel & The Scribes knew the prophets foretold of Their Messiah.

Christians must study and know the Old Testament. (1Jo 3:23-24 NIV)

Old Testament Prophets II

Old Testament Prophets II

September 1, 2012

The Price of Truth

Serving God;  An extreme Message & Extreme Response.

Luke 4:14-40.   Are you willing to talk about Jesus in your hometown?

Jeremiah & The Priests of the Lords Temple:  Jer. 19-20.

The Heart of Jeremiah:   20:7-18.

Hebrews Hall of Faith:   11:32-40.

The primary ingredient for Courage:   FEAR>

1. The power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc.   World English Dictionary.

Examples:  Obadiah;  1Ki, 18-7-9,  Elijah; 1 Ki 19:1-3,  Elijah; 2 Ki 1:15.

Jonah:  1-3, 4:1-3.

Serving as a Christian in your local church:   fear, unappreciated. . . When you volunteer for a ministry, how much a priority is it compared to sports, education, work, etc?   Which of those will save someone from hell?

Most Important:  Know how to talk about Jesus.    2 Cr. 5:13-21,

John 14:21-24.   2Cor. 6:1-12.

Thrice & Dice.  It’s not about you, it’s about God’s Word.

1.My opinion doesn’t matter:  I can’t judge you.

2,Your opinion doesn’t matter:  you can’t say what is wrong or right.

3. What does the Bible clearly teach?

How will you answer Mormonism?  Homosexuality,  How to vote?

Will you believe Genesis as it is written?

Will you obey Christ and His Disciplines?

Are you willing to lose your life for Jesus Christ?

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