Friday, April 28, 2017

The Sad State of Most Christian Men

Unfortunately most Christian men know next to nothing about Historical Christianity, Biblical Theology, or Church Doctrine and most don't want to know. That's the sad part.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Today's Christians: not of the nor IN the world.

The bible clearly states that we are "in the world" but not of the world (John 17:14-15). Jesus clearly prays in this prayer that His father keeps the disciples in the world. And if we are in the world, we are to be "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14). We are to give meaning- with the gospel- to a world that is both lost and darkened. We are to provide enlightenment to a culture that is blinded in hopelessness and despair. This then calls for engaging and being bold and unapologetic about who we are and what we believe and willing to accept the consequence of the secular society no matter the cost. If we truly believe that we have "bread of life", then we are to distribute it to the world we inhabit whether they like us or not.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Steve Harvey Preaching at TBN

This is what happens when you have a comedian "preaching"  in a "church" you get confusion and rampant false teaching that lead people astray.  It's amazing that a hospital wouldn't let  un- licensed medical personnel perform procedures on people but a church will let an biblically illiterate entertainer get up and start giving a message (that has bits and pieces of truth) to a congregation.  This is a clear sign we are living in the last days.  2 Timothy 4:3 states:
"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,"

Friday, September 9, 2016

Bible Study: Mark 14:1-25 9/14-9/15 Passover Anointing and Jesus

Passover, Anointing and Jesus

Mark 14:1-25 (ESV)
1  It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him,
2  for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”
3  And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
4  There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that?
5  For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her.
6  But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.
7  For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me.
8  She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.
9  And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
10  Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
11  And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
12  And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
13  And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him,
14  and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’
15  And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.”
16  And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
17  And when it was evening, he came with the twelve.
18  And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”
19  They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”
20  He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.
21  For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
22  And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”
23  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
24  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
25  Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Mark Chapter 14: 1-25
1. What is the “feast of passover” and why is it celebrated?
2. What is the feast of “unleavened bread”?
3. What is a leper?
4. Why did this lady put this ointment on the head of Jesus?
5. Can you name some of the women in the ministry of Jesus
6. Why did Jesus take priority over the poor?
7. Do you think that any of the disciples had any idea that Judas would betray Him? Why or why not?
8. When Jesus gave the hint in vs. 20 how come no one figured it out?
9. How do we symbolically participate in the final passover dinner
10. What is the “new kingdom” that Jesus talks about in vs. 25

Friday, September 2, 2016

Bible Study 9/7 - 9/8 Eschatology... The End

Eschatology (End of the World)

Mark 13:1-37 (ESV)
1  And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”
2  And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
3  And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
4  “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?”
5  And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray.
6  Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.
7  And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.
8  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9  “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
10  And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
11  And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
12  And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
13  And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
14  “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
15  Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out,
16  and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.
17  And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!
18  Pray that it may not happen in winter.
19  For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.
20  And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
21  And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
22  For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
23  But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
24  “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
25  and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
27  And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28  “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
29  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
30  Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
31  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32  “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33  Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
34  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
35  Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—
36  lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
37  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Mark Chapter 13 Questions

1. What is the second coming of Jesus Christ?
2. What temple is Jesus talking about?
3. What are some of the things in the church that people can be deceived about?
4. Have you ever been confronted because of your faith?
5. Do you believe that the Gospel can be preached throughout the world before Jesus comes back?
6. What do you think “hated for my name sake” means?
7. What do you think “abomination of desolation” means?
8. What is a tribulation?
9. How do you think the “days” will be shortened?
10. Who is the generation that “will not pass away”?
11. Are the rapture and the second coming the same even? Explain
12. What should the believer be doing while they are waiting for Christ

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bible Study 8/31-9/1 Mark 12:38-44

Scribes - Pharisees and Giving

Mark 12:38-44 (ESV)
38  And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces
39  and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
40  who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41  And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.
42  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
43  And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.
44  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark Questions 12:38-44
1. What is a “scribe”?
2. What is hypocrisy and why is it dangerous?
3. What is the “greater condemnation” that the scribes would receive?
4. How did the scribes “devour widows houses”?
5. Should a prayer be long or short explain?
6. Why do we give offerings?
7. How much should you give?
8. Have you ever given a special “large sum” of money to the church?
9. What did it mean to be a widow in Jesus day?
10. What is the difference between “out of abundance” and “out of poverty”?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Worldliness: a subject that has been basically forgotten in the church.

The church today has completely ignored the issue of worldliness in the church and as a result the church has become almost indistinguishable from the culture it inhabits. It has forgotten that it is to be "the light of the world" and "salt" to a society that is flavorless. Instead it has adopted the mentality and ideology of the "kingdom of this world" and has become trapped in the vanity of an age that will soon be passing away. The church unfortunately has done the opposite of 1 John chapter 2 and has fallen in love with the world and "all that is in it". Pastor Mbewe give a great definition of an issue that today needs more attention in the church. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Atheism: Coming soon to a town near you!

The rise of atheism is at an all time high and in the next few years it is expected to rise exponentially!  It is important for the church to be invested in articulating the gospel, learning apologetics and knowing scripture to combat the wave of unbelief and confusion that will soon be at the doorstep of the church. Therefore it is imperative that we heed the words of 1 Peter 3:15 : "But sanctify the Lord Jesus in your heart and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"