Saturday, August 13, 2016

A New Movement: Evangelical Jews!!!

The hand of God is reaching more and more people of the Jewish faith and bringing them into a relationship the Jesus Christ.  I believe that a new movement is beginning.  As  more and more people move into nominal Christianity in America, God is calling more and more of His ancient people into faith.  I believe this can definitely be a sign that Christ is coming soon.  So enjoy a wonderful testimony of God's Spirit bringing a new life into the family of God and if you get a chance check out their website  and see more testimonies like this.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bible Study: Jesus teaches in the Temple Mark 12:12-37

Bible Study Questions
Have your answers ready 8-10-16 and 8-11-16

Mark 12:12-37

Who are the pharisees and the Herodians?

  1. How were they going to trap Him with this question?
  2. Who is Caesar?
  3. What is a denarius and what is the value of it?
  4. How should the believer see paying taxes?
  5. Who were the pharisees and the sadducees and how were they different?
  6. What is the resurrection and when does it happen?
  7. Who is Moses and why are they quoting him?
  8. What are angels? And what does it mean to be “like the angels” after the resurrection?
  9. How do you think spouses will relate to each other in heaven?
  10. What does it mean to be an “expert of the law”
  11. What part of the Old Testament did Jesus get the “greatest commandment”?
  12. What is a “burnt offering”?
  13. Why do you think loving your neighbor is more important than burn offerings?
  14. Who is David and How is he related to Christ?
  15. What does it mean to be an “expert in the law”?
Mark 12:12-37 (ESV) 
12  And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.
13  And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk.
14  And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?”
15  But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
16  And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.”
17  Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
18  And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying,
19  “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.
20  There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring.
21  And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise.
22  And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died.
23  In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”
24  Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
25  For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
26  And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
27  He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

28  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 
29  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
31  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
32  And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.
33  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34  And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
35  And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?
36  David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
37  David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bible Study Mark 12:1-12

Have your answers ready for August 3rd and August 4th!
Mark 12:1-12

  1. What is a parable?
  2. Why did Jesus use parables?
  3. What is a vineyard and how significant is it in the culture of Jesus?
  4. Who do the characters in the parable represent?
  5. From what old testament scripture does Christ quote “ The stone that the builders rejected...”?
  6. What  do you think is the reason religious rulers wanted to arrest Jesus?
  7. Why do you think Christ had such a difficult time with religious people?
  8. What would you consider a religious person and are you one?
  9. What do you think are the reasons that Christ is no appealing to most people?
  10. How would you present Christ to someone that would make Him more appealing?

Mark 12:1-12 

The Parable of the Tenants 

12 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant[a] to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head andtreated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed.He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;[b]
11 this was the Lord's doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So theyleft him and went away.

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)

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.”


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:

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!”