The Context of the Sermon on the Mount – Part 1

The Sermon on the Mount is considered to be one of Jesus' most important discourses and one of His most foundational teachings, considered to hold the essence of Jesus' teaching. Even many who are not Christians believe this sermon is one of the most important messages ever taught. There is perhaps no passage in the Bible that is quoted more and un…read more

Tent of Worship

The book of Leviticus is a difficult book to understand. In this lesson we will gain insight into the symbolisms surrounding the “Tent of Worship” and how each symbol was placed there to help God’s people understand their relationship to Him and the coming Messiah, and the work He would accomplish on the cross of Calvary. Every article of furniture pointed to the promised Redeemer – Jesus the Christ.

A Minister's Manual

The tabernacle in the wilderness was a place where God dwelled and where sinners could come to be forgiven and reconciled to Him. The Bible says our bodies are the temple of God. We have to understand the first Hebrew temple in order to understand what God is doing presently within us. That former temple teaches us about worship … about Jesus … and miracle that we live with every day: Christ is in us.

The Level of Decision

In the book of Numbers we learn why it took the Israelites 40 years to make an 11-day trip and how the Israelites made ten wrong turns. This piece of history allegorically tells us something about the spiritual journey of many believers. If you are you suffering through a “wilderness experience” and have not entered the “Promised Land” of the abundant life promised in the New Testament ask yourself this question: Am I being totally obedient to God?

Arresting Allegories

Numbers is filled with powerful metaphors and allegories. We see how man’s freedom of choice can limit God’s power. If we have the faith to believe and claim all the blessings God has for us and accept His good and perfect will for our lives, then He can lead us into our spiritual Promised Land. There is a difference between God’s permissive will … and God’s directive will. The abundant life is only found in God’s directive will.

Why We Study Hebrew History

We could say that the first seventeen books of the Old Testament are history books. So why should we study so much history of this one little nation of Israel? One reason is to look for examples and warnings. When the Hebrew people obeyed the Word of God, God blessed them, and they are examples for us. When they did not obey, they lived under the curse of God, and their lives are warnings for you and me.

Heard of God

The books of Samuel communicate God’s truth to us in the form of short biographies, focusing on three people in particular. According to the scriptures, Samuel, Saul and David and all the things that happened to them are for our warning and for our example. David is the best king Israel ever had, and judging from the amount of space the Holy Spirit gave to his story, he is one of the most important characters in the Bible.

Correction and Charisma in Corinth

Paul’s first pastoral letter to the Corinthians was written to a church he knew very well, to correct problems and to instruct and encourage believers in their faith, and ours. In the first eleven chapters Paul addressed the specific problems within the church which inhibit spiritual growth and witness, both individually, and as a church. The last four chapters are the constructive section which offers solutions to the church’s problems then and in our churches today.

Is Christ Divided?

The first problem Paul addressed was the problem of division; believers were divided over the leaders they followed. Paul’s message was, we should follow Christ and not human leaders. Paul taught that the Spirit of God alone teaches spiritual things to man. We cannot learn spiritual truth simply through our human eyes, ears, or heart. We must learn spiritual truth through the Holy Spirit who gives us the capacity to know and understand God’s thoughts.

The Love That Confronts

Paul taught that since a man’s heart is often deeper than his own knowledge, we are to leave the judgment of men’s hearts to God. The Bible does not teach we should never judge another person, but to judge ourselves first, for sometimes it is necessary to make judgments about those who persist in their sin. Our motive for confronting them must always be love, with the goal of restoration to fellowship with the Lord and the body of Christ.

The Marriage Manual

First Corinthians 7 is known as the marriage chapter of the Bible. It addresses a number of questions concerning marriage, singleness, divorce, remarriage, and physical relationships within marriage. Here we discover God’s plan for marriage and many of the problem situations. When two believers are joined together in marriage, they commit their lives to one another because they believe God has joined them together and must depend on His grace to stay together.

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