Old Testament Study - Part 18. The Old Testament to a new believer in Christ can be awkward to read and can be cumbersome at first. Derek shares the story of how he felt as a young Christian boy getting inspired to grow by reading scripture... but when he got past Genesis 1:1, it became a burden. The reason we have taken time out to look at the Old Testament is to encourage you as a Christian to understand the issues in the New Testament because most of the Gospels and books written during the Acts period deal with truths from the Old Testament.
The Cross of Christ - The passage in Philippians (KJV) 3:17-19 tells us “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” There are many facets to the statement “enemies of the cross of Christ” that can apply to us today.
Old Testament Study - Part 17. The passage in Luke 3:1-6 is a typical passage that most of Christianity today is familiar with from a traditionalist point of view. However, if you were to take the same group of Christians to the book of Ephesians and read chapter one through three and really study the differences between the truths that are there vs. what you find in the Gospels, most of the group would try to keep what is in the Gospels vs. what Paul tells us we have in Christ. This is why Christians are totally ignorant with the truths that belong to us.
Old Testament Study - Part 16. There seems to be a pattern with Christians that approach reading scripture like a combination salad, that they don’t rightly divide. We’ve been asked to study to be approved unto God and that means to learn how to read scripture like a seven course meal with every course in it’s order. The reason we have been studying the Old Testament is to ensure that we learn how to rightly divide. To learn why God chose Abraham to become a nation that He would deal with exclusively throughout the Old Testament and into the New Testament as well.
The Declassification of Biblical Truth - The lesson on July 9, 2006 speaks to the secret things of God and how they are selectively revealed by God at the proper time. The verse in Deuteronomy 29:29a (KJV) says “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever...” This scripture tells us that God keeps secrets but when he reveals them to us, they belong to us and our descendants forever.
Independence Day. The lesson on July 2, 2006 celebrates Independence Day in America which is the 230th anniversary of this country declaring independence from the British crown. The Declaration has five parts and is summarized with these last words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” The 56 men that signed this document did just that. There are not men of this caliber today because people have a different mindset from today’s world.
Old Testament Study - Part 15. The passage in 2 Chronicles 36:14-21 is the last page in the Hebrew canon and covers the period 70 years before the post-exile to that little bit of time between the pre-exile and exile. This passage is the last page of the Hebrew bible (It is not Malachi as it is for us in the Old Testament.) We learn from this passage that there was no remedy for the Nation of Israel. The Babylonians were brought by God to wipe out His people.
Father’s Day. We live in a homogenized society today. The land of the free and the home of the brave has been turned into the land of whoever and the home of “stay as long as you want”. America is in a sad state of affairs today as the Christian foundation has eroded in our families and therefore our Nation. There is no declaration of what’s right and absolute. There is an attack on the family in this homogenized society when what we have nationally and spiritually has been diluted to exclude God.
Old Testament Study - Part 14. The lesson on June 11, 2006 focuses on the post-exile prophets and looks at the books Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. These books wrap up the Old Testament and require you to learn them by reading them over and over. In order to be prepared to share the Word of God, you need to have scripture hidden in your heart. Several Companion Bible appendices are mentioned that work as good study aides on these topics ( Appx. 50, Appx. 53, and Appx. 58).
Old Testament Study - Part 13. The lesson on June 4, 2006 continues the Old Testament Series with Part 13. The Word of God is a book of human history that has more veracity in it than any other book today. Yet, it has come under attack by man as to it authenticity and has been labeled a book of myth, fables, and legends. God’s Word is more important to the life of a Christian than eating bread and drinking water. We are to be built up in our faith, and to avoid the Old Testament because we don’t know of the history, or it’s too confusing.