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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Messages with tag - Culture

Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Series: 2014 Chafer Theological Seminary Bible Conference
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 21 secs

Readers of this paper should understand that it builds upon more extensive, previously published material that can only be briefly cited here. Christians today, particularly in the United States, are facing a rapidly-growing, comprehensive antagonism by pagan culture as that culture ever more consistently manifests itself through the public policies of all levels of civil government from local to federal. This antagonism challenges Christian family authority in education, Christian vocational freedom in public business and health care, Christian counseling in pastoral care (both civilian and military), Christian scholarship in academia and Christian political freedom in public policy decisions. Because it is the main tool involved, this paper explores the degenerate state of current public discourse in search of an effective overall strategy of response. It concludes that Christians must first become aware of how the suppression dynamic Paul spoke of in Romans 1:18-32 has worked out today in Western civilization. It further points out that simultaneously with the truncated ability of public discourse to handle fundamental truths of reality, truth, and conduct, there is a surreptitious and gradual establishment of a state secular religion that seeks to trump God's revelation. Two strategies to counter these threats are discussed, one aimed at challenging so-called "reasonable" public discussion and the other aimed at strengthening opposition to the state's expanding religious claims.

For Christians committed to a literal, grammatical, historical hermeneutic (and thereby a dispensational perspective) the growing pagan antagonism is accompanied by criticism from covenant, post-millennial, theonomic brethren that dispensational theology is largely responsible for Christian impotency in the face of such sociopolitical antagonism. Criticism from these fellow believers charges that our view necessarily leads to defeatism, a purposeless Church age, and irresponsible passivity toward the challenges of earthly life. This paper answers those criticisms by pointing out specific features of dispensational ecclesiology and eschatology that guard the primacy of evangelism and missions while simultaneously offering detailed sociopolitical wisdom for Christian citizens. Included is an example of applying this wisdom to the reformation of Christian wedding services in those states that have delegitimized Christian marriage.

Sun, Dec 08, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 38 mins 8 secs

Problems in Biblical Understanding

Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 27 through 29

Assignment:
Read Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 30-32.
Read Hendricks, Living By the Book Workbook, chapters 49-51. Work on the assignment in Chapter 49 pertaining to Habakkuk.

Dr. Dean also recommended the following books on Bible interpretation:
Protestant Biblical Interpretation: A Textbook of Hermeneutics by Bernard Ramm
Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy B. Zuck
Expository Hermeneutics: an Introduction by Elliot Johnson
Evangelical Hermeneutics: The New Versus the Old by Robert L. Thomas

Sun, Dec 08, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 45 mins 14 secs
Introduction to Interpretation

Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 27 through 29

Sun, Oct 27, 2013
Passage: Romans 10:9-10 & James 1:2-8
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 47 mins 58 secs
Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 9-11

Elements of Observations: Relation and Interrelation of Terms, Structure. Romans 10:9-10. James 1:2-4, 5-8

Handouts mentioned during the class:
The Cruciality of Structure
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Methodical Bible Study
Overall Scheme of Study

Assignment:
Read Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 12-14.
Make a list of all of the paragraphs in the Book of James. Write a few key words or summary statement for each paragraph.

Sun, Oct 27, 2013
Passage: James 1:19
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 46 mins 51 secs
Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 9-11

Elements of Observations: Words, Terms, Phrases, Clauses. James 1:19

Handouts mentioned during the class:
The Cruciality of Structure
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Methodical Bible Study
Overall Scheme of Study

Tue, Oct 08, 2013
Passage: Acts 19:17-41
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 43 secs
"Don't come preaching that and take away my business," was the strident cry of a frenzied, mindless mob in Ephesus. This ancient city was renowned for its pagan worship of the goddess Diana and the practice of the occult black arts. Listen to this lesson to learn that many Ephesians, however, listened to Paul and accepted the Lord Jesus. Hear how they brought their expensive books of magic and incantations to be burned. See how cultures can change for the better or worse depending on what people believe. Find out how Paul took the time to train young men such as Timothy and Erastus for the ministry.
Sun, Oct 06, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 45 mins 43 secs

Hendricks, Living By the Book, Chapters 5 and 6. Beginning to observe. Observation exercises

Assignment:

Read Hendricks, Living by the Book, chapters 7-8.

Read the entire book of James every day.

Around Saturday (after you've read the book of James every day), write 15-25 observations on James 1:19.

Sun, Oct 06, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 46 mins 18 secs
Beginning to Observe.

Hendricks, Living By the Book, Chapters 5 and 6

Understanding inductive Bible study methods vs. deductive Bible study methods.

Handout #1 - The Student, The Fish, and Agassiz

Handout #2 - The Cruciality of Structure

Tue, May 28, 2013
Passage: Acts 16:1-5
Series: Acts (2010)
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 26 secs
Had Paul lost it and was he out of his mind when he had Timothy circumcised? Hadn't he just argued successfully that circumcision no longer mattered? Listen to this lesson and follow the timeline of Paul's thinking. See how Timothy having a Jewish mother was important in Paul's decision. Learn the significance of circumcision to God's covenant with Abraham and how it has ethnic and cultural values today, but never for salvation or spiritual life.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012
Passage: Colossians 3:20-21 & Ephesians 6:1-4
Series: Colossians (2011)
Duration: 53 mins 49 secs
The family is another of God’s Divine Institutions. It is a part of God’s absolute social law built into the fabric of a social human being who is created in the image of God. It has been in decline since the middle of the 20th century. Even conservatives are saying they need to separate social ideas from economic ideas in order to address other voting blocks, but the breakdown of marriage and family has wide economic consequences which are an integral part of economic realities. In Rome, in Paul’s day, family values had deteriorated, resulting in the increase of abuse of children and women. In what way does the Bible view children as arrows in the hand of a warrior? How is the reality of a Triune God related to absolute unity and distinction in marriage and family? See how a self-absorbed generation paves the road for destruction of a nation.