==========================We have to remember that the behavior of those who are not born again of the Spirit and have not received a new nature, will and do and can't help it, live according to the flesh, the devil and the world. Its possible at any moment of time that what has been restrained can suddenly exposed into a action. cew
There is a major difference in the worship service, experience watching Shadow Mountain Community Church, with David Jeremiah and watching Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California with John MacArthur. Two totally different styles of worship. One with the great hymns of the faith and one with praise song, One with topic teaching and one with exposition preaching, one with the idea of the TV audience and the other just as it is in the service.
This amazing, arresting, astonishing, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, Word of God that we have to preach each week, why would we want to preach from any other book? Today its Romans 12:16.
When was the last time you encouraged your preacher, who is committed to teaching the Word of God diligently each week?
If your pastor is hardworking to preach the whole counsel of God, to let the subject matter and purpose of the text control that of his sermon and to apply the Bible to your life so that you’re walking in the truth, you are blessed.
Reading the LA Times headlines: "Will the Supreme Court recognize modern marriage, or stick with a version that's now obsolete?" "They will probably settle the issue once and for all by the end of June". Well, we as Christians live not of this world, we are strangers here. Its getting to be more strange every year. First Peter 2 still holds for us as Christians.
An Exegetical and Expositional Commentary on First Peter
PREVIEW OF THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER
Getting to know Peter 1:1-2 Getting to Know Peter
Peter's prayer for his readers 1:3-12 Peter's Prayer for His Readers
Living in Holiness 1:13-16 Loving for Salvation 1:10-12
Living in Smart 1:17-21 Living Smart
Living in God's Truth 1:22-25 Living in God's Truth
Living like New Babies 2:1-8 same
Living with a New Identity 2:9-10 same
Living as Aliens and Foreigners 2:11-12 Living above to Flesh
Living obediently to human authorities 2:13-17 Civic Duties of Believers
Living as Christian slaves 2:18-25 Serving non-Christian Bosses
Living as Chrisitan wives 3:1-6 Winning a non-Christian husband
Living as Christian husbands 3:7 Husbands, live with your wife
Living Obediently 3:8-12 Live compassionately
Living with Abuse 3:13-22 Suffering unjustly
Living in Paganism 4:1-6 Understanding suffering
Living in service to others 4:7-11 The end is near
Living in the fire 4:12-19 Understanding suffering
Living with one another, leaders, and members 5:1-5 Develop the Right atmosphere
Living in victory over the devil 5:6-9 Standing up to opposition
Praising God 5:10-11 God's Promise
Saying Goodbuy 5:12-14 Saying Goodbye
Context and Background:
Serious study of the Bible requires careful analysis of the background and setting of the scripture passage. Failure to do this leads to interpretive garbage and possibly to heresy. Detailed study of the background doesn’t always answer all the questions, but it certainly gets us further along toward correct understanding of both the historical and contemporary meanings of a text. This serious examination of both the historical and literary background of every passage will be presented in summary form with each of the studies
When the non believers in seeing the lives of godly believers, they want praise the believers, instead, they will have to acknowledge the activity of God in the lives of believers even though they refused to accept it at the time. In the day of judgment this is how it will be.
Here is the way to spiritual awakening in our world. This is the only way to spiritual renewal. Such is the key strategy in evangelistic outreach to the pagan world. Until a significant percentage of Christianity realizes the biblical truth here in First Peter 2, spiritual decline and deterioration will continue to happen in country after contry. Christianity will continue to shrink and impact ever smaller percentages of the population
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM READING THE BIBLE
1. REMOVE THE HINDRANCES
2. READ IT WITH REVERENCE
I Samuel 7:3
3 PREPARE YOUR HEART
4. READ THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE IN ORDER
5. GET A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
READ WITH SERIOUSNESS
Deuteronomy 32:47, Hebrews 4:1
PERSEVERE IN REMEMBERING WHAT YOU READ
Psalms 119:52 and Matthew 13:4, 19
How did Moses who wrote the book of Genesis find out about Adam and Eve?
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher/ Student of the Word
If Moses was rescued and raised by an Egyptian princess as a baby, how did he learn about the God of Abraham? Do you think he might have been raised to worship Egyptian Gods? Could the OT be a combination of the Hebrew's God and the Egyptian's Gods?
What was Moses' account of creation?
Exodus 24:18; 34:28; 24:26; and 25:40
What happened during Moses’ first 40 days atop Mt. Sinai?
Yahweh Elohiom invited Moses and his minster Joshua. The 70 elders, Aaron, Nadad and Abihu went up to the plateau to the mount Exodus 24:1-2; 24:9-11
God appeared to these humans in a vision in the angelic or ghostly form of a man. Moses described His form as follows. "And they saw the Elohim (God) of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness (Ex. 24:10)."
When did Moses see creation?
During this first 40 days and nights that Moses was in the mount (Ex. 24:18), He mentioned the first six days that the cloud covered the mountain
Someone that's not a Calvinists but a follower of Christ and will never be a Calvinist, do Calvinists see them as non elect, deceived, blind, foolish, unwise, what's the label?
- Non Calvinists are simply put, Christians with a lesser Biblical understanding of soteriology (the study of salvation) and a lesser understanding of Theology, and as a result are less adapt to answering questions about the very God they worship, and in some cases are actually PROUD they don't "know a lot of Theology (the study of God)"
- Which, at the end of the day, makes them more likely to convey God incorrectly, as a needy, humanistic, lonely God who wrings his hands hoping SOMEONE will accept His poor Son. Thus, a low Theology is both dangerous, and irresponsible
- You can not be born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ without the principles of the doctrine of Grace or as some call Calvinism. But few fully understand the doctrine enough to understand it who are Christians
- When I became saved, at seven I had never heard of John Calvin. I grew up as a teenager and never heard of John Calvin. I was certainly born again.
- Just because you don’t understand theology doesn’t mean you can not be saved.
- The problem is when the Gospel is not presented in the right biblical light.
SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- Who are mission-minded people? How do they see the world? While they could be found in your church, place of work or coaching Little League, what do mission-minded people do differently?
International Mission Board missionaries from around the world helped compile a list of 13 things that make up a mission-minded person:
1. They want to meet someone who does not follow Jesus Christ. Mission-minded people follow Jesus' plan in Luke 10 to go work "His harvest." They actively seek out non-believers for conversations and friendship.
2. They continually look for creative ways to share the Gospel. Mission-minded people find intentional ways to share so that people understand. It is not a "canned presentation" but relative to that person/group. They do the abnormal, irrational, counter-intuitive, and take risks all in an effort to share Christ.
3. They have a different worldview. They think more about the world, culture and languages than they do about the tiny place where they live. They understand that the Gospel is not just for them but for all people. They are committed to getting it to the rest of the world.
4. They hear the voice of God and are obedient. Mission-minded people hear the voice of God and obey when He tells them to go across the street, to another town, state or country to share about His redeeming love.
5. They pray a lot! Praying is a direct link to God. They believe that God will do greater things than we can ever imagine; and they pray for it to happen.
6. They make disciples. They constantly ask themselves if what they are doing will result in disciples. If the strategy is only for people to hear, then the Gospel will not spread. Mission-minded people know the importance of discipleship.
7. They meet human needs while sharing the Gospel. Mission-minded people believe it doesn't matter how many wells a person digs or how many orphans they feed if they are not following Christ's mandate to take the Gospel to those who have not heard. They contend that if a person is not sharing Jesus, they are wasting time and money.
8. They believe that being mission-minded is not a "task." It's a lifestyle. They live out missions in their everyday life. From the moment they wake up until they go to bed, they impact the world around them.
9. They are relational. They are willing to leave their own "bubble" to make relationships with those considered the "least of these." They have an awareness of the people around them and look for ways to build a relationship that will lead to sharing Christ and discipleship.
10. They go! It doesn't matter where God tells them to go -- Timbuktu or Kalamazoo -- they grow where God plants them. And, they are willing to move on when He says, "Go!"
11. They see people with a future. When they look at an unreached people group, they see potential "brothers and sisters" in Christ. They see that eternity and joy are available for everyone and are excited to share it.
12. They send! They know that we are responsible for ALL people groups hearing the Gospel. They follow the example from the book of Acts to "send" out other mission-minded people. They support them in any way possible.
13. They understand "the task" is not done. Mission-minded people know that once they have reached their family and friends with Christ, they are not done. There are still billions in the world that have not proclaimed
Don’t preach yourself – Over the years our own flesh has this amazing ability to get used to being the centre of attention. If you are naive enough to believe the polite comments you receive after preaching are objective evaluations of your ministry significance, then you can easily start to buy into your own hype. Please don’t.
Do preach Christ – The Gospel is not a self-starting life-change program, it is good news that involves us introducing listeners to God in Christ. Don’t preach self-help programs, or church programs, or Christian morality, or even Christianity . . . preach Christ. Make 2015 a year marked by a weekly introduction to a heart-capturing Saviour!
So just what do we mean the Lord has richly blessed us? Generally we tend to think that the blessings are material and physical. (Which He does for sure)
But more than that, He has bless me with a beautiful wife, inside and outside, (Proverbs 18:22) Whoso hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah.
He has bless me a salvation that keeps me safe Psalms 68:19 :Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Habakkuk 3:19 Jehovah the Lord [is] my strength, And He doth make my feet like hinds, And on my high-places causeth me to tread. To the overseer with my stringed instruments!
This cold morning here in McDermott Ohio on this January 09 2015
What about a good glass of green/fruit smoothie: Day 9 without sugar and bread and ice cream. Coffee with out sugar! Yep.
Yesterday, I rearranged my office a little. I do have a few three ring binders that have notes from sermons and lessons I have taught.
Well our business, Union Mills Bakery has had a good week. Charity tells me they received an order from a business that is opening up today. They are going to serve Union Mills cakes and brownies.
SOME THOUGHT THIS MORNING:
Belief, Unbelief, and Faith
21 Therefore the Lord heard and was full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel, 22 Because they did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation. (Psalms 78:21-22
Dealing with today Church programs and pragmatists, and others who insist that they are Christians while what they say and do is marked as distinctly the fruit of unbelief, can be a very trying experience.
I suppose that is why our enemy will never stop his attacks on those who are called by the name of Christ to discourage and confuse them.
There are only two groups of people in the world. There are Christians, the elect, and everyone else, the non-elect. What separates them? What is the difference?
It is not that different streams of faith color people, which are all equal and going to the same place.
No, that is what the Emergents are selling, but that is most definitely not what God’s Word explicitly says.
No, the difference between those in Christ and everyone else is that the former are possessors of faith, which is the Greek word πιστις, which is transliterated as pistis It and it’s many grammatical forms are translated as “assurance,” “faith,” ”belief,” throughout the New Testament.
Before we define “unbelief,” let us define biblical faith, πιστις, so that we can see very clearly what marks the true believer from the false professor.
Carefully read the following passage my brethren. Hebrews 3:7-19
The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380's AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian. Wycliffe, (also spelled “Wycliff” & “Wyclif”), was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate, which was the only source text available to Wycliffe. The Pope was so infuriated by his teachings and his translation of the Bible into English, that 44 years after Wycliffe had died, he ordered the bones to be dug-up, crushed, and scattered in the river!
What has my attention, would you not think that the first hand written bible would not have been the very bible that God would have ordained to be the only translation?
William Tyndale was the Captain of the Army of Reformers, and was their spiritual leader. Tyndale holds the distinction of being the first man to ever print the New Testament in the English language. Tyndale was a true scholar and a genius, so fluent in eight languages that it was said one would think any one of them to be his native tongue. He is frequently referred to as the “Architect of the English Language”, (even more so than William Shakespeare) as so many of the phrases Tyndale coined are still in our language today.
Again William Tyndale was the first man to ever print the N.T. in the English language.
Would you not think that God would have had that N.T. to be the only correct bible?
William Tyndale wanted to use the same 1516 Erasmus text as a source to translate and print the New Testament in English for the first time in history. Tyndale showed up on Luther's doorstep in Germany in 1525, and by year's end had translated the New Testament into English. Tyndale had been forced to flee England, because of the wide-spread rumor that his English New Testament project was underway, causing inquisitors and bounty hunters to be constantly on Tyndale's trail to arrest him and prevent his project. God foiled their plans, and in 1525-1526 the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language. Subsequent printings of the Tyndale New Testament in the 1530's were often elaborately illustrated.
- 1st Ed. King James (1611): "For God so loued the world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life."
- Rheims (1582): "For so God loued the vvorld, that he gaue his only-begotten sonne: that euery one that beleeueth in him, perish not, but may haue life euerlasting"
- Geneva (1560): "For God so loueth the world, that he hath geuen his only begotten Sonne: that none that beleue in him, should peryshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe."
- Great Bible (1539): "For God so loued the worlde, that he gaue his only begotten sonne, that whosoeuer beleueth in him, shulde not perisshe, but haue euerlasting lyfe."
- Tyndale (1534): "For God so loveth the worlde, that he hath geven his only sonne, that none that beleve in him, shuld perisshe: but shuld have everlastinge lyfe."
- Wycliff (1380): "for god loued so the world; that he gaf his oon bigetun sone, that eche man that bileueth in him perisch not: but haue euerlastynge liif,"
- Anglo-Saxon Proto-English Manuscripts (995 AD): “God lufode middan-eard swa, dat he seade his an-cennedan sunu, dat nan ne forweorde de on hine gely ac habbe dat ece lif."
Over the last few weeks I have add a few good men who are KJV only preachers, and there have been some who are rather harsh in their belief. They have said they will not even read anything where there is another transition used. They said if they see a verse that is not KJV they will scroll down to the next person.
I would challenge any KJV only person to prove that I preach a false doctrine. I would challenge them to prove that what I preach is wrong, even if I would use another translation.
Now if they have the conviction that they are going to use the KJV I certainly have do problem with that conviction. That had been mind for many years. But I have come to realize that there are come good translations that is as good as the kjv.
I do not believe that the kjv is the only world of God. I do not believe you are committing sin if you speak from the NASV.