Paradise Restored

nehemiah-new-jerusalemThis coming Sunday at Southern Calvert Baptist Church, we are going to finish up our study of the book of Revelation. The Bible opens up in Genesis with the story of a perfect creation. In chapter 3, Paradise is lost because of sin (disobedience to God’s Word) and as a result, every generation of people has lived under the curse of sin, in a fallen world. God had a plan of redemption and restoration, even before the foundation of the world was lain. Human history has been a progressive revelation of God’s redemption and restoration. The end of the book of Revelation completes God’s redemption and restoration of all things. Paradise is restored. I want to take a look at how this plan will unfold. Here is a quick outline of God’s redemption and restoration plan. Continue reading

How insistent should I be when calling people to repentance?

repentanceThis is an article written by my good friend and brother in Christ, Alexei Tentiuc. It was originally written in Romanian and I have translated it into English so that you may be just as blessed by it as I was.

Question:

How insistent should I be in calling people to repent in order to accept Christ as Lord and Savior?

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

15390646_1205486506204430_8757812736487532723_nThis coming Sunday, we are going to finish our walk through the entire Bible in 2016. It has been an amazing year. All of us, kids, teachers, and leaders learned so much about the Word of God. The Bible really is all about Jesus. Here are some of the previous lessons that we have learned:

So, the trick in covering Revelation in 45 minutes is deciding what to focus on from the book. There is so much here. Praise the Lord for this amazing book. I decided to break the book up in three parts, focusing on chapter 1, 7, and 19. Continue reading

Are you connected to the source? (Rev. 3)

This lessons comes from the book of Revelation, the revelation of Jesus Christ to His bride, the church. This is the last book of the Bible because it is the final inspired revelation to mankind from the throne of heaven. Jesus Christ gave this messages to the church through His servant, Saint John, on the isle of Patmos.

I want to take a look at the letter to the church in Laodicea. The book of Revelation is divided into three parts, according to chapter 1. In verse 19, Jesus tells John to write down the things which he has seen, and the things which are, and the things that will take place after these things. In chapter 1, John sees Jesus Christ. In chapter 2 and 3, the things that are means the 7 churches to whom he writes. Chapters 4 through the end of the book, John writes about the things that are to come, after the church period. The churches begin with the “hub” church planted in Asia Minor, the Ephesian church. Then the order of the following churches is the along the mail route in Asia Minor. Continue reading

Worship God correctly

I am getting ready to teach this Bible study to my staff today. The reason that I am doing it instead of James is because this is practice for the Sunday School class that I am teaching this Sunday. The topic is worship and our passage is Revelation 4.

In order to understand this lesson, we need to do a little overview work on the book of Revelation. This is important because it will help us understand the context of chapter 4.

Key verse:

  • Revelation 1:19
    • The things you see
    • The things that are
    • The things that are to come

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The difference between the believers and nonbelievers in the church

So, what did you think about the title? I intentionally worded the title the way that I did because this is what Paul is trying to point out to Timothy. Just being in a church does not make you a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, a great portion of chapter 3 is dedicated to the people who are in the church but do not know God.

Now, before we jump in to the meat of this passage, I want to review what we have already discovered from II Timothy 2.

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Have you left your first love?

Yesterday, I met with my staff to have our weekly meeting and Bible study. We have been in and out over the past 2 weeks because of camp and other summer activities. It was really nice to get back together yesterday and open up God’s Word. I was praying about what to teach during the Bible study. We have been studying the Sermon on the Mount and we finally reached the end. I thought about just giving an exam over the study but God would not let me. I sensed that God wanted me to teach something special but I did not know what. The day before, I was listening to a sermon online preached by a friend of mine from Moldova. Continue reading