January

Pursuing the Joy - New Year's 2011

The lesson on January 2, 2011 was for New Year's 2011 and it was entitled "Pursuing the Joy".  The scripture reading was in Philippians 3:13,14 KJV "13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."  This was an excellent lesson for the New Year because the Apostle Paul tells us how to pursue the joy in Christ. 

God Has Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear - Part 2

The lesson on January 24, 2010 was given by Derek McCammon which continued the study on 2 Timothy 1:1-7 KJV.  The scripture reading was in Mark 4:35-41 KJV "35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"  We learned in the first lesson that God was a giver but not the spirit of fear.  The Devil gives fear.  There are to kinds of fear, good and bad.  In Matthew 10:28 KJV we see "28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."  We are to have a good reverential fear of God.   Fear seperates us from God because of sin (like we learned with Adam in Genesis 3).  God has told us that there will be times when we are persecuted with afflictions that cause us fear but He has given us the key to overcome those fears in Christ. 

God Has Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear - Part 1

The lesson on January 17, 2010 was given by Derek McCammon on 2 Timothy 1:3-7 KJV "7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  There is evil in the world.  We have challenges as Christians dealing with fear and it was the same thing that Timothy had a problem with.  Timothy had challenges in Ephesus.  Perhaps fear came to him because he was young.  There were others that were smarter than him that were causing challenges in his ministry.  In 1 Timothy 4:14 Paul was speaking of his gift, reminding him that God has given him the tools to be of sound mind.  In chapter 6:17, we see that there are some rich people that Paul is reminding Timothy to address so they use their wealth wisely.  When we were saved, God called us into the ministry and He has not left us alone.  God tells us that there will be godly suffering in our walk.  In 2 Timothy 1:8 Paul says not be ashamed of Christ and his ministry.  Paul says God hasn't given US the spirit of fear. 

Rightdivision.com - A Tool for Sharing Principles of Right Division

The lesson on January 10, 2010 was an announcement that Rightdivision.com is being re-launched with updated technology.  The original site was launch on November 24, 2000 and the intent was to help Christians rightly divide the word of truth.  This motivation comes from 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  The original site that was launched was themystery.org which did not accomplish what Rightdivison.com has...

The Hope of the Resurrection - Part 1

The Hope of the Resurrection - Part 1. When a loved one dies, it can be a devastating event in the life of a person. Death is part of life since we are all going to experience death, either from those around us that are friends, or even worse, those that are family. But when you are a Christian, and you know that person that died is a Christian, it is a joyous occasion when death happens because they have the promise of being resurrected and living eternally with the Lord. In John 11:1-45, we see Jesus raise Lazarus from the grave.

Romans Study - Part 2

The lesson on January 11, 2009 continues the Romans Study with part 2. Part 1 covered the background of the book the Apostle Paul wrote and scripture references in Acts chapter 15, and 20 were provided showing the timing of when Romans was written. It is important to point out that what Paul wrote in Romans is not to us, but it is written for us. Romans is the first big doctrinal book in the Canon of scripture. The second big doctrinal book that applies to this period of the Acts is Thessalonians.

Romans Study - Part 1

The lesson on January 4, 2009 starts a new series in the book of Romans. Romans is such an important book that the Apostle Paul wrote. Many books have been written about this book because of its importance. In the canon, Romans follows the Gospels and the Acts because it is so important that has so many great themes in it. Romans talks about the wrath of God, the Gospel of God, it talks bout Sin and Sins, and takes us back to the covenant with Abraham at Sinai, then to back to Adam. When it takes us back to Adam, it brings us forth to the one man who destroyed sin.

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