Living faith vs. Dead faith partII

Last week, we started our journey through the book of James. It is neat that this short letter written close to 2,000 years ago could be so relevant to 21 Century mankind. In the previous article, living faith vs. dead faith, we saw that James is an example of a person who has living faith by the fact that he is a bondservant of God and that Jesus Christ is his Lord. He takes advantage every opportunity to use his spiritual gift of teaching to teach those around him. We saw that the trials that come our way actually reveal to us if our faith is living or dead.

This lesson is a continuation of what we began learning last time. We are not born with living faith. We are not born with any kind of faith. We have to learn faith from an outside source. Most people learn faith from their parents. Again, we will even learn to have either living faith or dead faith. If the faith that we have comes from any other source other than the Word of God, the Bible, then that faith is dead. Living faith comes from the Lord. Continue reading

Living Faith vs. Dead Faith

As a staff, we began studying James last week and it is neat to see how clearly God speaks to us through His Word about relevant things to our lives. While doing the overview of James, we discovered why James wrote what he wrote and what we need to learn from this epistle and how we should apply what we learned to our lives.

Based on the evidence that James puts forth, there are two kinds of faiths according to God. People have many different kinds of faith and there is great confusion about whose faith is correct. Some say that all faiths are correct, as long as they help people try to do what is right. Others claim that only their faith is the real one. There is much confusion in the world today. God is not the author of confusion and therefore, he clarifies things for us. There are just two faiths in the world today; living faith that changes lives and dead faith that is useless. As we look into James’ epistle, we discover what living faith looks like and we discover which faith we have, of the two mentioned. Continue reading

Cain and Abel; one education two different results

Our next character study in the ROC is about Cain and Abel. The last study that we did was a couple of weeks ago on Elisha, God, and the Shunammite family. The whole idea behind this year’s study in the ROC is about God connecting with us, then we connect with others through love and service, and finally, we help others connect with God the way we did. This pattern pops up all throughout the Bible. We saw it in the Old Testament with the 10 commandments and in the New Testament with the Greatest Commandment. Both deal with connecting with God, connecting with others, and then connecting them with God.

We are staying in the Old Testament with this lesson, focusing on how God connected with Adam and Eve, blessed them with children to connect with, and then getting connected with the future generations. Continue reading

Contend earnestly for the faith

In the last article, I wrote about how to study the Scriptures in such a way that you understand the original intent of the author, who ultimately is God. I would like to apply these principles to Jude’s principles. This article will be more like a study than an actual article but I hope that it will be helpful in future studies. Continue reading

Reading and Understanding the Scriptures

I am teaching two classes over the next two Wednesday nights where we will cover the topic of how to study a Biblical passage inductively and then how to make a lesson plan and teach accordingly. I am super excited to be able to lead this. For our text, I have chosen Jude’s epistle because it is short yet very powerful.

In order to understand the Scriptures, they must be interpreted in the light of the original intent of the author, God.

20 But know this first of all, that no * prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (II Peter 1)

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Are you an ambassador for Christ?

Last week, I had some dear friends of mine from Moldova come and stay with us for most of the week. They were speaking at our annual missions conference at Hoffmantown Church. They came a little early and we were able to spend the week ministering with them. They taught our Bible study groups and shared their testimony of life on the mission field to several different groups of people. On Thursday morning, Alex led our staff Bible study and my heart was touched by what we studied. I would like to share that with you here in this article. Continue reading

Mission Minded Families

I am preparing to teach a breakout session today during our annual Hoffmantown missions conference. I am excited to be able to teach from II Timothy, a book that we have been studying for most of this year in the children’s department. We are going to learn how to do missions as a family.

If you look into the Bible, you will quickly notice that God is in the business of connecting with people, training and equipping them, send them out as missionaries. Here is a short list of missionaries in the Bible. It is not exhaustive. Continue reading

Does God still judge sexual sin today?

I have been teaching the Bible study “The Truth about sex” written by Kay Arthur since 2004 when I first studied it for my own personal walk with the Lord. I was amazed to see how practical the Word of God is in the area of human sexuality. One of the lessons that hit home with me was the fact that God still judges sexual sin today, as He did in the Old Testament.

I grew up after the sexual revolution and so a warped form of human sexuality was given to me at an early age, via mass media, public school, and from friends and their “experiences”. I also grew up hearing that God is not the same as He was in the Old Testament because Jesus changed all of the teachings of the Old Testament. My whole world was rocked after studying this lesson. Continue reading

Proof that you are preaching the Word

This is our final lesson on II Timothy. It has been a journey with my staff as we have learned how to be disciples of Christ and organize our lives around the Great Commission of making disciples of Christ. Here is a list of the previous lessons that we have covered.

  1. Attitude toward the Word of God
  2. The authority of the Word of God
  3. Fulfill your holy calling
  4. The difference between the believers and nonbelievers in the church
  5. Compete to win the prize
  6. Trained soldiers needed
  7. Guard the Gospel
  8. Stir up your spiritual gift

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