What Makes Us Different?

Text: 1 Peter 2:9 God expects His people to be distinct. This not only means we will be distinct from the world, but His church will be distinct from the denominations. Though both will claim to follow Christ, there are great differences between them. The reason comes down to what we recognize and accept about […]

Not Peddling the Word of God

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:17 Those Who Peddle the Word They corrupt the word — changing the things in it (Galatians 1:6-9) and leaving things out of it (Acts 20:27) They adulterate the word — mixing in the commands, traditions, and opinions of men (Colossians 2:20-23; Matthew 15:6-9; Romans 14:1) There are “many” who do this […]

All Scripture is Inspired by God

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Process of Inspiration God revealed His message to man (Hebrews 1:1-2) Work of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10-13) — avenue of prophecy (2 Peter 1:20-21), guidance of apostles (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13) Characteristics of the Inspired Word True (Psalm 119:160) — because God is always true (Titus 1:2) Timeless […]

Studying the Bible

Text: 2 Timothy 2:15 Preparing to Study (Ezra 7:10) Remember that the Bible is from God (2 Timothy 3:16) Being from God, it is infallible (Psalm 19:7; Proverbs 30:5) It is our standard (Matthew 28:20) We will be judged by it (John 12:48) Whatever it teaches, we must accept (John 2:5) We need humility (James […]

How God Speaks to Us Today

Hebrews 1:1-2 He Speaks to Us through His Son Jesus is the spokesman for God (John 18:37) Son of God — through Him, we see the Father (John 1:18; 14:8-9) Creator — “through whom… He made the world” (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17) Deity “radiance of His glory… exact representation of His nature” (Colossians 2:9) Redeemer “made purification […]

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Text: John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15 Who is the Holy Spirit? Not some mystical force or influence He is a person – Jesus used He, not it to refer to the Spirit (14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7,8,13,14,15) Who is Jesus Talking To? – The Apostles What Would the Holy Spirit Do? Provide help/comfort (14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7) — How? […]

What is the New Testament?

Different views: The Product of Men – John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10ff A Product of the Church – Catholic idea; church can therefore alter/amend it A Series of “Love Letters” – merely an expression of God’s love A General Guide – openness to different ideas/interpretations; mindset behind “unity in diversity” Our Law Today – Hebrews […]