Monday, December 11, 2017

Hebrews hiatus. Question set #1

HEBREWS STUDY QUESTIONS is on hiatus!

Due to service time schedules and changes in Sunday programming, my class is going on hiatus from Hebrews until January 7. I’ll still post questions or an activity that relates to Scripture on Mondays 12/18, 12/24, and 12/31. However, my class will not be discussing these questions.
On Wednesdays following each Sunday, I’ll post some form or answer and/or commentary on Monday’s post. This will be solely my commentary unless another source is cited. 

Here's this week's question.
Do You Take the Bible Literally?

I offer this "teaser" to jump-start your thinking.
This question is offered to followers of Christ, sometimes as a challenge, sometimes simply asking for information. I don’t like the question because I think the question is ambiguous the way it’s asked. Saying yes doesn’t really give an accurate answer about the “literal” view of the Bible. I don’t mean that the people who are asking it have bad motives. I think this is the way they think of asking the question. It’s not surprising then that followers of Christ who believe in the Bible and take it “literally” get themselves into a little bit of a bind when they answer directly because what they mean when they say yes is something different than what the questioner means when he asks the question. - Greg Koukl at Stand to Reason (https://www.str.org/)

This week, my class discussed our next study options after Hebrews. They are, in no particular order
Selections from the book of Proverbs. If this is the option, I'll be collecting 10 proverbs from each class member. Those will be our focus. FYI. I couldn't find the number of proverbs in Proverbs. My quick and dirty calculation is ~700.
In His Image (ISBN: 0-310-35501-X) or Fearfully & Wonderfully Made (ISBN: 0-310-35451-X). One of these companion books by Dr. Paul Brand and Phillip Yancey. Both use the Body of Christ analogy as the framework for the content.
Great Passages of the Bible-Salvation from Beginning to End. One study in "The Dialog Series" from the Church of the Nazarene and Beacon Hill Press.
I suspect this book is no longer available to the public. If it is chosen, questions posted will still be my own and commentary will be from the class or credited to a source.

The number of people who’ve joined my class on this journey humbles me. I wish each of you who take the time to read and hopefully react to these blog posts a joyous Christmas and a blessed start to 2018.


On January 8, 2018, we’ll return to Hebrews—Chapter 10 to be specific.

Until Wednesday...

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Expressions of Faith. Hebrews Ch 9. Sins of Ignorance


But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
 Hebrews 9:7

Sins of Ignorance

In the time before Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was the source of spiritual blessing and power from God for specific situations. [See Judges 14:6, 19 & 15:14 Samson. 1 Samuel 10:10 & 11:16 Saul & 16:13 David.]

The Law was the only guide the Hebrews had for defining sin.
Even the High Priest could not comprehend the full scope of the Old Testament Law.
Once each year, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to sacrifice so blood would cover all Israel’s sins of ignorance.

Today, there is no need to wait a year or have anyone sacrifice to cover your sin.
The Holy Spirit convicts our hearts.
We know we’ve sinned.

“Ignorance of the Law” really is no excuse.

Next Expression of Faith: Once for All
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Timeless Truths. The Stop Sign: Mighty God. 2nd Sunday of Advent


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

God’s power through Jesus was never showy!
  
He will be called . . .

WONDERFUL COUNSELOR.
He takes care of the direction of life.

MIGHTY GOD.
He takes care of the demands of life.

His power … Our Possibilities

We can be saved completely!
. . . but because Jesus lives forever . . . He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him . . . Hebrews 7:24-25

We can be supported constantly!
Without the support of Christ, we have no hope of standing blameless.
Now to Him [Jesus] who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy . . .
Jude 23 (NAS version)

We can be secured confidently!
I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard with I have entrusted to Him for that day.  2 Timothy 1:12

We can be strengthened consistently!
I pray that out of His glorious riches He [Jesus] may strengthen you with power . . . Ephesians 3:16

We can be stretched continually!
Now to Him [Jesus] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to Him be glory . . . 
Ephesians 3:20-21a

NOTHING BUT A MIGHTY GOD CAN DO ALL THIS.
NO GOD BUT A MIGHTY GOD WOULD DO ALL THIS.

DON’T MAKE A “CALIFORNIA ROLLING STOP” AT THE STOP AT THE STOP SIGN OUR MIGHTY GOD HAS IN PLACE.

WHILE YOU’RE STOPPED COMPLETELY AT THIS STOP SIGN, FOCUS ON THE MIGHTY GOD.

KEEP THAT FOCUS THROUGH ALL THAT YOU DO THIS ADVENT SEASON!

Special thanks to Dr. Keith Newman for the primary teachings used in this post. I invite you to his blog, which he's titled, Curious Sojourner.

Next Timeless Truths: Under Construction: Everlasting Father

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