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  • IF PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD GOD AS HE REALLY IS THEY'D FLOCK TO HIM IN DROVES...
  • JESUS CAME SO WE COULD KNOW WHAT GOD IS LIKE. IF YOU LIKE JESUS YOU'D LIKE GOD
  • THE COMMON DENOMINATOR OF ALL FALSE RELIGION IS THAT MAN CAN SAVE HIMSELF BY HIS OWN WORKS
  • AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES ... THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING ...
  • NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN,
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Virgil Stanphill has been a Christian since giving his heart to the Lord in August of 1979. Since then he's had the privilege of preaching God's Word in 28 different churches (as a lay pastor) and teaching Bible classes in his local church. He believes the most important decision a person will ever make in life is what they decide about Jesus Christ. It's his desire to share Biblical truths worldwide with as many people as possible via the internet.

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Daniel the Miracle Dog …

Daniel was on death row! He received no reprieve so he was put in a gas chamber with 4 other dogs. They all died except Daniel, because God had other plans.

Watch the story:

 

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Here’s one about dogs who were having a great day!

26 of them as a matter of fact.

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“A righteous man regards the life of his animal.” Proverbs 12:10

 

Lost a Pet?

Here’s a site that’ll warm your heart. Visit in memory of your loss – IN MEMORY OF PETS

 

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Video – Reasons People Don’t Attend Church

While I can’t say I agree with EVERYTHING in this video, I’m on board with probably 90-95% of it. It made some excellent points. The question is – what do YOU think of it?
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Jesus and ChildrenI thought the video had some excellent answers to:

  • I can’t go to church until I get my life together
  • Churches are filled with a bunch of hypocrites
  • All they care about is my money …

The video gives good answers to the above reasons people give for not attending church, plus several more.

 

Your Thoughts?

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Video – Reasons People Don’t Attend Church

While I can’t say I agree with EVERYTHING in this video, I’m on board with probably 90-95% of it. It made some excellent points.

 

as seen on: http://jesus-loves-you.org/reasons-people-dont-go-to-church/

 

Jesus and Children

I thought the video make some excellent points about:

  • I can’t go to church until I get my life together
  • Churches are filled with a bunch of hypocrites
  • All they care about is my money …

They have answers to the above reasons people give for not attending church, plus several more.

 

Your Thoughts?

Tell us your thoughts about the video below!

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Man’s Rebellion

Bible Study Thoughts - Mans Rebellion Against  GodJoke about it, laugh about it, do whatever you want. This world IS headed towards destiny.

We live in a world where there are crimes unspeakable:

a mother will put a baby in a microwave oven;

there are deviants out there who will prey upon children;

kids shooting each other;

disgruntled workers gunning down co-workers;

every nation on earth seems to either hate or be a war with the nation on it’s border (think of the countries around the globe and the relationships they have with their bordering countries and you’ll see) – and I could go on, and on, and on.

So yes, disasters are coming and will increase in every form – and from every direction – as God removes His protective care from a world that does not want Him and only wants more, more, more.

Give Me More

More money (no amount is enough), more food (to eat and stuff ourselves with), more sex (to create and spread more diseases and kill more babies before they’re born).

Man says “I can have what I want, when I want, and as much as I want — because I want it”. And He tells God, his Creator, “Let me have what I want, be my servant and give me more, then leave me alone and stay out of my personal life. Don’t place limits on my wants in any way, shape, or form”.

A Date With Destiny

Bible Study Thoughts - Super Storm CellIn describing the last days the Bible says in Luke 21:26, “Mens hearts failing them from fear for looking at the things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

It says in the book of Revelation, “… then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of it’s place.

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!

For the great day of His wrath has come and who shall be able to stand?” Rev. 6:14-17.

This world is headed for it’s date with destiny, and you are going to see natural disasters increase to a degree they can no longer be ignored – even by those in our numbed-out, entertainment seeking, gluttonous country – as everything continues to come apart at the seams all around them.

Choices and Consequences

As God allows man to exercise his free will, and choose whom he will serve, God “gives them up” to the consequences of their choices. He allows them to reap what they have sown. (See Rom 1:18-32)

The Bible says, “You shall seek Me, and find Me, when you have searched for Me with all your heart”. Jeremiah. 29:13. I suggest you (we) do that right now.facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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A Biblical Definition of the Gospel:

Bible Study ThoughtsIf you wanted to use your Bible to explain to someone what the gospel is – where would you look? Probably the most quoted verse in Scripture is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

As beautiful and as full of meaning as that verse is – that’s not the Scripture I would turn to. Although a good case can be made that it does teach the gospel. And I’d probably agree with that. In fact, there are many texts which could be used – because the Bible has plenty of good news! But there’s one Scripture which is my favorite when it comes to describing (and understanding) the gospel. And it’s one I love to think about. It’s Romans 1:16

Romans 1:16 comes right out and says, “this is the gospel” Let’s look at it together, and then dissect it. It says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes …”

Interesting. In this passage Paul is saying so many things – which we’ll break down in a second. For now though notice this text is definitely claiming to define what the gospel is. Would you agree with that? Paul says he’s not ashamed of the gospel. And then he tells us what it is. He says, “for it is the power of God unto salvation.” Is that how you would explain the gospel? Would you define it as “the power of God”? What is Paul telling us here?

 

The Power of God

Bible Study ThoughtsWhat is power?

What do you think of, when you think of ‘power’? Do you think of military might? Do you think of superior strength, or control? A lot of it depends on context, doesn’t it? It certainly does in the examples I just gave. Yet in the definition I like there’s a common denominator which applies no matter how it’s being used, and no matter what the context is. And that’s this:

Power is the ability to produce an effect.

Think about that for a moment. All power results in being able to produce the outcome you want, regardless of the situation. That is power, isn’t it? Having the ability to acquire or produce what you want means you have power over it. You have the ability to make it happen.

Now, applying this definition to our text we could paraphrase the text so far to be saying the gospel is “the ability of God to produce an effect”.

The ability to produce an effect. Hmmm.

So what effect is the gospel producing?

It says, “unto salvation.” Which means so far that the “gospel”, is the GOOD NEWS that God has the ability to produce salvation. Our next logical question would be to ask -

 

What is “Salvation?”

Bible Study Thoughts - At the CrossOne of the clearest definitions of salvation I’ve ever heard is “being set free from the power and penalty of sin.”

What a promise! I like that, don’t you? Can you imagine not only being set free from the penalty of sin – but also from it’s power over us? Amazing, isn’t it?

And for any who might be thinking they can never be free from sins power over them I would remind them of who the verse says has the power … God!

That’s the good news. That it’s not our power – it’s God’s!

The difficulty any Christian has in living a victorious Christian life is when they’re trying to supply the power (ability) through their own efforts. Although there’s a lot I could say about that – think of it like this – if you did have the ability to produce a sinless life using your own power then you wouldn’t need a Savior. But if you’re a Christian you became one because you recognized somewhere along the line that you were a sinner who needed saving. And that saving comes to us as a gift. It has to, if we are to have it, because we could never earn it through our own works.

Who does the Bible say is set free from sin’s penalty and power?

Everyone who believes!

Wow. The good news keeps getting better and better.

 

How to Make the Gospel Real

Would you like to know a way you can experience more of God’s power in your life? Let’s start by looking at our “gospel text” one more time, completely paraphrased with our new understanding:

Paul says, essentially, “I am not ashamed of the good news of Jesus Christ! For it is the ability of God to set me free from the power and the penalty of sin, if and when I believe.”

Isn’t that encouraging?

Faith is like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it gets.

So if the gospel is God’s power put forth to save man, and if it produces freedom in everyone who believes, it stands to reason that the greater faith a person has, the more they will experience the power of the gospel.

Isn’t that true?

That means that one of the keys is to have greater faith.

 

Faith in the Power of God

As our heavenly Father, nothing pleases God more than to have His children come to Him in faith. Meaning God loves it when we trust Him and believe His Word! Do you realize whenever we doubt Him, we’re saying we don’t trust Him to do what He says He’ll do?

How much would it help if, when we felt weak, we took our focus off ourselves and shifted it onto a new focus – a focus on God’s ability to do what He says?

If we wanted to have more faith in the power of God – where would we look? i.e., Where in all the world do we see the greatest evidence of God’s power (i.e., His ability)?

In creation! What God has created displays His power – day after day, and night after night.

Bible Study Thoughts - God's GloryPsalm 19:1 says “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

Who hasn’t looked up at a sky full of stars, and marveled at the strength and wisdom of the One who put them there?

The text goes on to say, “Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. Their is no speech or language where their voice isn’t heard!” Ps. 19:2

What David is telling us here is that “day unto day (the heavens) utter speech” – in other words the heavens speak to us – of God’s glory, wisdom and power. And “night unto night reveals knowledge” – again of the wisdom and power of a God who could create such an amazing display of glory as that which we see in the heavens.

And this is universal speech and knowledge! It says, “There is no speech or language where their voice isn’t heard.”

Now get this … using this passage, Paul reasons in Romans 10:14-18 that through the heavens the gospel had been preached to the Jews (connect vs. 15,17 & 18)!

Therefore, going right along with my premise that our faith grows as we observe the power of God in His creation, (and as we contemplate His great handiwork), Paul says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” vs. 17.

But look what word of God he’s talking about … he makes that statement right in the middle of his reasoning that the gospel is being preached by the heavens!

 

Connect Your Need to God’s Power

So here is the sum of the matter …

If God is faithful and true, that means He will keep His promises to us.

In Scripture God has promised to completely save us from the penalty and power of sin – in Christ. That’s the gospel, or good news.

If we’re NOT experiencing victory over sin in our lives it can mean only one of two things. Either God is unfaithful to His word, or, we don’t have enough trust in His abilities. Remember, the gospel is God’s power to save … for everyone who believes. Rom 1:16

(NOTE: Actually a 3rd option could be that we’re often happy to be saved from sins penalty, but not nearly as interested in being saved from it’s power over our lives, i.e., we like sinning)

But if we truly desire to live for God, and we want the freedom He promises us from the power of sin, we will behold His great wisdom and power in the things which He has created, and we’ll trust Him. That is, once we realize that it’s the same power at work in creation, now at work in our redemption (Redemption is our “re-creation”, it’s the same power that created us – now being put forth to save us!) – we’ll know that what He has said, He’s also able to do. See 2 Cor 5:17, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.”

Again – if we are a new creation in Christ that means God is exercising His creative power in our behalf – which is infinite i.e., when we believe and trust in Him to do it. God honors our will, and He will not take away our freedom to co-operate with Him or reject Him … the choice is ours.

So, if anyone ever asks you what the gospel is, you can now answer with confidence that it’s “the good news that God has the ability, through Christ, to completely save us from the power and penalty of sin, if we’ll believe it through faith!”

And that, my friend, is good news!

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Bible Study Thoughts on Evolution vs God

People Give Evolution A Second Thought …

While it doesn’t start out that way – Ray Comfort, the interviewer in the video – causes people who profess atheism and a belief in evolution to THINK!

As you’ll see, so much of what people believe is simply “assumed”. It’s very easy to accept what a college professor says – but are they right?

Watch the video and see if you can defend what you believe. Under the video will be a link to a list of 800+ Professors, Scientists and Phd’s who dissent from Darwinism! Plus, 900+ members of “Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity” who dissent.

 




800+ Scientists Who Dissent:

A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism

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Charles Darwin

Here’s what they signed their names to …

“We are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection

to account for the complexity of life.

Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

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Would you like to see the list?

HERE IT IS: http://biblestudythoughts.com/A_Scientific_Dissent.pdf

 

Why Was This Done?

“The statement was drafted and circulated by Discovery Institute in 2001 in response to widespread claims that no credible scientists existed who doubted Neo-Darwinism. Discovery Institute subsequently took out an ad in The New York Review of Books and elsewhere showcasing over 100 scientists who were willing to publicly express their scientific skepticism of Neo-Darwinism. Since 2001 the signatories of the statement have grown to over 800 scientists, both in the United States and around the world.”   From dissentfromdarwin.org

 

900+  Physicians and Surgeons Who Dissent:

Here’s what they signed their names to:

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“As medical doctors we are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life and we therefore dissent from Darwinian macroevolution as a viable theory. This does not imply the endorsement of any alternative theory.”

 

 

Would you like to see the list?

HERE IT IS: http://biblestudythoughts.com/Physicians_and_Surgeons_for_Scientific_Integrity.pdf

 

Why Was This Done?

“Sadly, academic freedom is no longer assured in many countries. This is especially true when it involves espousing views contrary to the theory of Darwinian macroevolution. Numerous instances have been documented where scientists and teachers have either been censored or removed from their positions for allowing or facilitating open discussion of the empirical problems of macroevolution …

As academia has suppressed freedom of speech in this area, another avenue needs to be available to promote accurate information and the free exchange of ideas concerning the debate over Darwinism and alternative theories on origins. Allowing physicians and surgeons to speak on this subject with a united voice in significant numbers is one of the best ways to let the scientific facts be known, and to dispel falsehoods, innuendoes and distortions that often flood the media.

To accomplish that goal, Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI) was established as a means for physicians and surgeons to publicly be counted among those skeptical of nature-driven Darwinian macroevolution. In joining PSSI members of the medical profession certify their agreement with the above statement of dissent.” From http://www.pssiinternational.com/

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In the New Earth God Promises to Create:

 

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6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,

The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.

7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.

9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.”

                                                   Isa. 11:6-9

 

All Things Made New

 

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1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Rev 21:1-5

 

This world is going to pass away.

God promises He will wipe away every tear. The universe will be clean, and rid of sin forever.

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Bible Authority and Moral Relativism

Bible Study Facts - LawDoes the Bible have authority over our lives?  If it does – is it absolute? Why, or why not?

These are  important questions, because people without a Biblical worldview don’t have a reason to subject their values to any higher power than themselves. This is why moral relativism is such a problem, i.e., if there is no higher authority, no absolute truth – who are you to impose your values on me? What gives you the right to tell me your morals are better or more important than mine?

Answer?

If there is no Governing Authority, and no Absolute Power – then I don’t have the right to assert my values are any more legitimate than yours. But if the values aren’t mine, but originate with One who DOES have absolute authority, then that’s a whole different ballgame.

Moral Relativism in History

Moral relativism has been developing for some time now. In fact, it started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent posed the question to our first parents – “Hath God said?” – and then went on to impugn God and His motives for daring to impose His values (His authority) above theirs. Adam and Eve chose their own values (self-exaltation) – when they chose to presume they could “be like God” by eating the forbidden fruit (an attempt to be more exalted than they were), and asserted their wills above God’s. We all know the result.

This spirit continued in Biblical times during the period of the Judges, when, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  No King = no higher authority = no clear standard for everyone to live by.

It continued with Shakespeare, who was born in what is called the Elizabethan period, or the English Renaissance (1558-1603). One of Shakespeare’s most quoted lines is uttered by the character Polonius in the play Hamlet “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” While on the surface this looks correct, it leads to a problem when what is true to one man (self) finds itself in opposition to what is true to another. Everyone’s “own truth” doesn’t work. Because what happens when they conflict? Whose values matter most then? See what happens(?) – we’re back at square one again.

Bible study thoughts - hippiesThe spirit of “my will as supreme” continued with Aleister Crowley, an early 20th century British writer and ceremonial magician, who developed a religion called Thelema. Crowley’s writings played a major role in what was to transpire in music and culture throughout the rest of the century. His religions main theme was “Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law”. Crowley was revered by popular musical groups such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, et al. “Do what thou wilt soon morphed into the 1960′s saying “Do your own thing“.

This was followed by post-modernism, which is the dominant culture produced by public education in the latter 20th and early 21st century. Post-modernism’s mantra seems to be that there are no moral absolutes and everyone has their own reality. Since everyone has their own reality then it necessarily follows that no one has the right to claim their reality to be more correct or appropriate than anyone else’s.

The Bible Is Absolute

Which brings us to the Bible, or, more specifically – the God of the Bible.

You know, the Bible is a fascinating book. There is nothing else like it in all of human history. In fact, there’s nothing even close!

In my mind the single greatest thing which separates it from all other books is the claims it makes for itself. The Bible unequivocally  claims to be inspired by God – our Creator – the Creator of the entire universe.

Listen to the following verses where, if they are to be believed, God is speaking to us in the first person!!

There are many to choose from but to me there is no better section to gleam texts of God speaking than in Isaiah chapters 40-46. In fact I HIGHLY recommend you read those chapters if you aren’t familiar with them … Here’s a few quotes claiming to be God Himself speaking:

  • “Thus says the Lord who made you, And formed you from the womb …” Isa 44:2
  • “Thus says the Lord , the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts; I am the First and the Last; Besides Me there is no God” Isa 44:6,7
  • “I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another …” Isa 42:8
  • “I have made the earth, and created man on it. I – My hands – stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.” Isa 45:12
  • “Look to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness and shall not return (i.e., shall not return “void” – see Isa 55:11), that to Me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess” Isa 45:22,23

Do you see why I enjoy this section of scripture so much? I just pulled out a few. Texts like these go on and on with God claiming exclusivity in the “ultimate authority” department.

QUESTION …

What If It’s True?

What if it’s true? What if the Bible really is a communication to us from our Creator? Wouldn’t that have profound implications?

I believe it would!

For one thing if the Bible really is a book of messages to us from our Creator, that would mean there is an authority greater than my own that I am accountable to. To say otherwise is to say God doesn’t have the right to be God. How absurd is that, if He made us?

Profound Implications

Bible Study Thoughts - Star ClustersIf God is God His rightful place is to be the center of the universe – around Whom everything – animate and inanimate, revolves. This should be obvious because without the Creator nothing even exists.

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Rev 4:11

The Bible says that only God has immortality (see 1 Tim 6:16), meaning we were not only created by Him, but we are also dependent upon Him to continue living.

Because we are His creation God gets to decide how the creatures He has created are to live. God’s commandment is that we love each other. And the Bible says we will be judged for what we did with the life we were given, and that one day we’ll stand before God and give an account. And guess what that amounts to?

Moral absolutes!

Jesus said it perfectly when He was tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread to satisfy His hunger after He’d fasted 40 days and nights.

What did Jesus say?

“It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Mt 4:4

Living by every word that proceeds out of someone’s mouth is a definition of submission to an absolute authority – is it not? So my answer to the original question I posed is “YES!” … the Bible DOES have ABSOLUTE authority!

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THE NEXT QUESTION to ask would be – How does God use authority? Is He fair or abusive? And, can God be trusted with absolute authority?

That, my friends, is the subject for another post!

But meanwhile … tell me your thoughts in the comment section below. Do you agree with what I’ve written here? Disagree? Do you have any questions or anything to add?

 

NOTE:  Have you seen my new book? Check out the introduction here: http://biblestudythoughts.com/romans-7-14-25

 

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Thoughts About Jesus

The Entire Bible Is About Jesus

BibleOne of my favorite methods of Bible study is the topical method.  And my favorite topic to study is Jesus – because He is the central figure of all Scripture.

In fact, if it hadn’t have been for Jesus there wouldn’t even be a Bible. How do I know that? Easy. Just listen to Jesus Himself …

Jesus said to the Jews of His day  (before there was a New Testament), “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (see John 5:39).

Jesus is also speaking to us in this passage. And what He’s telling us is the old testament Scriptures testify of Him. Were you aware of that?

Thoughts About Jesus in the Old Testament

This leads us to an important question … have you found Jesus in the Old Testament?

Remember on the road to Emmaus when Jesus joined Cleopas and his friend, two believers who were walking home from Jerusalem after the crucifixion. They were extremely discouraged, and had given up hope for the future, because they (like everyone else) thought when Christ was crucified His ministry was over.

But what did Jesus do?

Thoughts About Jesus the ShepherdThe Bible says, “beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” Luke 24:27

Did you catch that?

Beginning at Moses.

That’s Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy for sure, and possibly Job which were written by Moses.

So beginning there, “and all the prophets” – he “expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself“.  All the prophets would be Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Joel, Zechariah et al.

And what about the Psalmist? Psalms 22,23 & 24 have been called the crucifixion, burial and resurrection Psalms.

Psalm 22, the crucifixion Psalm – “My God, My God – why have You forsaken Me?” (vs 1) “They pierced My hands and My feet” (verse 16), “They divide My garments among them and for My clothing they cast lots”. (verse 18) … [NOTE: actually the whole chapter but you get the point]

Psalm 23, the burial: “Yeah though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death I will fear no evil”.

Psalm 24, the resurrection and inaugural in heaven when He ascended to the Father, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, ye everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.” (verse 7)

And we haven’t even scratched the surface!

We’ve got the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53; the prophecies of His birth and mission Isa. 9:6,7 and 61:1-3.

We could go on and on with Micah, the sanctuary in the wilderness, Solomon’s temple, the cloud by day and pillar of smoke at night, the Creator in Genesis – etc., etc., etc.

A Topical Study of Christ

While we can easily find Jesus’s footprints all through the Bible (and should) there’s no better source for learning about Jesus than from Jesus Himself!

One of my favorite ideas of how to systematically study about Jesus is to use the 4 gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Did you know there are 89 chapters on the 4 gospels? That makes for a beautiful way to study the life of Christ 4 times a year.

rsz_bible_readerIf a person read one chapter a day they’d go through the gospels once each quarter. If they started over each quarter they’d go through the entire life of Jesus and all He taught 4 times a year.

A way to help retain what was read would be to read a chapter each morning, and then at night before bed to write in their own words what they got out of that chapter.

Obviously this is just one technique – what are some thoughts about Jesus and how to study His life you’ve found?

Share your ideas in the comment section below …

 

 

 

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A good question to ask …

Talking about Christianity is one thing. But when it comes to living like a Christian it’s easy to cut ourselves some slack but not be nearly as forgiving of others.

So  here’s a good question to ask if you find yourself getting bugged by people in your church …

 

Bible Study ThoughtsWhat kind of church, would my church be, if everyone in it was JUST LIKE ME?

 

If it was like me would it _____?:

  • Would it be a more kind and loving church?
  • Would there be a lot of volunteers?
  • Would it be warm and friendly to visitors, and make them feel welcome?
  • Would it stand for one thing while at church, but do another thing the rest of the week?
  • Would it attract people who wanted help?
  • Would it be a loyal friend who is safe to confide in?
  • Would it refuse to gossip about others?
  • Would it be on time to meetings and keep commitments?

Hmmm.

Bible Study Thoughts - ChurchWhat kind of church, would my church be, if everyone in it was JUST LIKE ME?

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What are some questions you would add?

Please comment below.

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