The Beatitudes, the preamble to the Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, lay out a radical reversal from the worldly view of what to value. Study with us to see what Jesus says is of value to God and so must be valued by His disciples.
While we live awash in things in the most materially successful culture in history, we can't make stuff the substance and meaning of our lives. We look at the scriptures say about the use and misuse fo material things and what Jesus said to a man placed way too much attention on them.
"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." -- These are true words (although not scripture, they're actually from Simon & Garfunkle). We explore the concept that we all choose what we listen to and we choose what we disregard. The matter of salvation and life hangs one how we apply these choices.
An overview of what Jesus taught His disciplines in the Sermon on the Mount. The greater, more spiritual, more generous, truer and more authentic life that Jesus calls His disciples to.
The great grace of the gospel should lead those who receive it to endless amounts of gratitude, but often our reception and appreciation of grace depend on how much we feel we need it. If this sermon we start by examining our grief and hopelessness without the gospel so that we can truly appreciate what is given us.
A sermon by Rick Erb examining how the sower in Jesu's famous "Parable Of The Sower" spread the seed of the gospel far and wide.
The Bible talks about errors that a have a corrosive effect on truth and on people's behavior as talk that "spreads like gangrene." And it also talks about the preaching from faith the causes that grace of God to "spread to more and more people." So what is our life, and what are we spreading? Are we spreading grace of gangrene?
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In the Bible, the heart of men, that part which thinks, feels and determines, can be put to God's service or can live in rebellion to it. In this study, we examine the prophet's call to "circumcise your hearts."
The old fashioned values of being "Trustworthy, Faithful And Loyal" to God and each other are Biblical values that we should have in abundance. In this study, we examine first how God is faithful and loyal to us. Then see how we must be this way towards others, even when they are not so to us, and that we should not put the loyalty of others to the test unnecessarily.
There is good reason that the Hebrew writer told us not to "forsake your own assembling together." We trust that all of God's instructions are ultimate for our good, but we also understand that sometimes we don't understand what that good is. In the case of assembling together for worship and Bible study their is obvious good. Good in regard to the Lord, in regard to others and in regard to ourselves.
As studying the Red Sea crossing from the perspective of the Egyptians who perished and the Israel who was saved, we now look at the the crossing from the perspective of God, and seeing what His actions were to save His people and bring glory to His name.
An examination of Exodus 14 - the story of the Red Sea Crossing. We see what the scriptures say about the Egyptians, who with hardened hearts, sought to destroy recapture their former slaves and with hindered by God and destroyed. And we examine the people of Israel, as their confidence is quickly overcome by fear, but God delivers them which leads them to believe and to sing.
The 13th Chapter of the Book of Exodus tells the story of the children of Israel of they marched out of Egypt. They marched like they were going to war, but God knew that they weren't real for it, so He provides a way for them to avoid it. They also go remembering the promise made long ago by Joseph, and carried his bones along with them. Study with us as we look to see lessons for us today from this incident.
In this final lesson of our gospel meeting, Don examines how the great statement of Habakkuk applies to us in the New Testament. How true and saving faith is an active and abiding thing and causes us to live and act in a way that our human sight and wisdom would not.
The question, "How do I get closer to God" is often asked, but is actually seldom addressed in the New Testament. In this study, Don examines that concerns that are dealt with in scripture and the things help us build a real relationship with God, and also the reverential distance that is between God and even His most dedicated servants.
We say we want a stronger faith, but in this study, we often find out that knowing the things of God is often quite simple and direct. What we actually really want is something more of the senses and tangible. What we really need is humility and confidence.
An examination of 2 Cor. 5 & 6, considering how and why God's people are to keep separate from the sins of world and the great promises rooted in the Old Testament that God has given to those who do.