Monday, July 25, 2016

Evangelism: The Gospel goes out without being stopped!


Here is a short clip of 3 of our own and another highly dedicated (DAILY) street preacher. They walked 2 miles from the street to the Pier of Santa Monica. Up to Twenty Thousand people heard the word about Sin, the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Many people don't believe that this form/method/type/approach of evangelism is not effective, what they do not understand is that the prophets of old who were called to deliver a message to wicked people were told the same thing! Ironically every one of them was killed except John (who was banished to the island of Patmos!)! The truth is - there are MANY ways to share the message of hope as long as it is the true message. Whether you love it or you hate it the Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul - would not dissuade or prevent us if he were alive.

Philippians 1:15-18 (ESV)
15  Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16  The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17  The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,  



2 Corinthians 4:3-5 (ESV)
3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 

Sunday School 7-24-16 (Perseverance of the Saints)

SUNDAY SCHOOL 7-23-16
Perseverance of the Saints

As we delve into the finality of the T.U.L.I.P. acrostic we gracefully (pun intended) enter in the final study of Perseverance of the Saints. This is the Crown Jewel of the Doctrines of Grace. Its the assurance that since God began the work of salvation in you... God will continue it until you have been totally brought into glory! This sunday school lesson was covered by Bro. Griffin. Excuse the slightly low audio.


Study Texts Mentioned
Genesis Chapter 15
Philippians 1:6
John 6:44
John 10:27-28
Hebrews 9:11-12
Romans 11:29
Ephesians 1:13-14

Heres our companion podcast Bringing the Word where Perseverance of the Saints was already uncovered. 


Thank you for studying with us! If you have any questions feel free to email us! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bible Study Lesson: The Cursed Fig Tree, Prayer, Baptism Mk11:20-33

 

Study Text
Mark 11:20-33 (ESV)
20  As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
21  And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
22  And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
23  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
27  And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,
28  and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?”
29  Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30  Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.”
31  And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
32  But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.
33  So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”


Study QUESTIONS

1.) Why did Mark mention  "from the root" when talking about the death of the fig tree?

2.) Why do you think Jesus didn't speak on what the "withering" of the fig tree meant?

3.) Why did Jesus say just say have faith in response to Peter remark about the fig tree?

4.) Can prayer be used to say to a Mountain "be thrown into the sea"?

5.) Will God give us anything we pray for? If yes...why?  If no...why not?

6.) What were the "things" that Jesus was doing that the chief priest questioned His authority?

7.) What is "John's baptism"?

8.) Why did the religious rulers feel Jesus needed authority?

9.) Why do crowds influence human behavior?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bible Study Lesson: The Cursed Fig Tree (Mark11:12-19)

Lesson of the Cursed Fig Tree
Have Answers by 7-20-2016 / 7-21-2016

Study Text
Mark 11:12-19 (ESV)
12  On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.
13  And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14  And he said to it, May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
15  And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.
16  And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.
17  And he was teaching them and saying to them, Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.
18  And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.
19  And when evening came they went out of the city.



Study QUESTIONS for MARK 11:12-19
1. Research "fig trees" and find out what was the season for figs to ripen and be available for eating.(HINT! CLICK ME!)
2. Do you think Jesus knew it was not the "right time" for figs? 
3. Why do you think Jesus cursed the fig tree for not having fruit if it was not the right time of the season for figs?
4. What was the "Temple" and why was it significant?
5. Why were people selling animals?
6. What is a money changer?
7. What made Jesus so upset?
8. Where was it written "my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nation"?
9. Why do you think the religious leaders wanted to kill Jesus?
10. How should the worship of God be seen today?

Have your answers ready and on paper for easy recall!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Doctrines of Grace: Perseverance of the Saints



The Doctrine of Grace:
PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

Can you lose your salvation? Do you maintain it or does God maintain it? What does Jesus mean in John 10:27-28? What does the writer of Hebrews mean when he says Eternally Secure in Hebrews 9:11-12? 

These are the most important questions after a person is saved that must be dealt with. Here Pastor Paul does a phenomenal job of exposing scripture, declaring scripture and explaining the number one scripture used against the position of "Perseverance of the Saints". There can be no greater joy of knowing that the work of salvation has been completed and one must move onto maturity or no greater labor in know that one must now work to maintain his salvation. The question that gets answered in this all vital discussion is which does salvation teach? In this final episode of the series of The Doctrines of Grace:

  • An brief examination of Hebrews 6:4-6
  • Scriptural evidence revealing the believers salvation (whether secure or not)
  • Scriptural examination of the False Convert
  • Scriptural examination of Once Saved Always Saved
After listening to this breakdown of the crown jewel of the Doctrines of Grace, feel free to send us questions, refutations and your thoughts on this series or this single episode! THANKS! Stay tuned... our next series is coming soon!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Doctrines of Grace Irresistible Grace

The Doctrines of Grace: Irresistible Grace

Many Christians wouldn't want something against their will. Does this include salvation? Many people want the freedom to choose their dinner, the car they drive, the color clothing they choose. What if God conquered the hostility that was in man's heart and draw him into salvation? By draw do we mean: a "woo-ing", an enticement, a bait, or a pulling? In this episode of Bringing the Word Pastor Paul Starks dissects the biblical image of how God saves a person. If man is evil Jeremiah 17:9 would it be wrong for God to bring him into salvation even if it were against his will... is this what God does? Prepare to dig in with bible in hand into this great feast of theology (Theology = the study of God).

Afterall,  Jonah 2:9But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” 






Monday, June 27, 2016

The Doctrines of Grace: Limited Atonement

The Doctrines of Grace: Limited Atonement


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What is/was the extent of the Jesus' Atonement? Was it for everyone? Was it to make salvation available to all? Was it to actually secure the salvation of all the elect? What was Jesus' reason for going to Calvary. Here, brother Griffin examines the text and asks some important questions about the subject. 


John 17:6-9 (ESV)
6  “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

7  Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.

8  For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

9  I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.


Also check our our weekly broadcast Bringing the Word where we examined the doctrine of Limited Atonement in a 20 minute brief.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Doctrines of Grace: Limited Atonement

Here are some important questions....

1.) Who did Christ die for?
2.) Did he actually save someone who had not yet been born?
3.) Can anyone and everyone absolutely be saved?
4.) Will EVERYONE, absolutely be saved?
5.) Did Jesus himself say people would go to hell?

Okay, maybe you've NEVER asked any of these question nor thought about them. But now think about them. In our series we've discovered that: 1.) all mankind have fallen in Adam and a holy and just God has the right and responsibility to throw them all into hell, 2.) God before the foundation of the world has chosen some to be saved from His wrath.... now we learn what means God provided to take our place for punishment - and does this means cover all mankind or some of mankind? This episode of Bringing the Word we cover the "L" in the T.U.L.I.P. acronym. Limited Atonement.



Heres a short study text to help...

John 17:9 (ESV)
9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Doctrines of Grace: Unconditional Election


Unconditional Election?


What the Bible really mean when it says "...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love..." Did God select people before they were born for something? Does it mean that God chooses salvation or man chooses salvation? What does this choosing have to do with your freewill? Listen as Paul Starks digs deep into this topic and lets see if it holds up to the light of scripture or not.

Comment below... we're waiting to hear from you!



Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Doctrines of Grace: Total Depravity



TOTAL DEPRAVITY?

The first of our dissection of the biblical teaching called the Doctrines of Grace, otherwise known as T.U.L.I.P and sometimes called Calvinism. Here Pastor Paul L. Starks breaks down the CHristian teaching one piece at a time. This discussion is the foundation of the entire teaching. Total Depravity. Listen in as Pastor Starks explains what Total Depravity is mean, how it affects the unbeliever and how this plays a significant part in God's salvation story with man. Have you ever thought you were just not all that good? Have you ever wondered why the world seems so destitute and hopeless? Is man getting any better? Is man basically good? The preacher on T.V. said I'm great, but what does the bible say about me? If you were ever confused or just unsure about any of these types of questions, this may be the very Godsend answer you have been looking for. Starks dissects this OLD CHRISTIAN teaching and breaks it down and make it easy enough for anyone to grasp. COMPLETE WITH SCRIPTURE AND REFERENCES! LISTEN IN! 




T.U.L.I.P.

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