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?

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!”