View/download slides from a Bible study on Matthew 1:18-25, which describes the birth (more literally translated “the genesis”) of Jesus the Messiah. If God created this massive, incredibly fine-tuned universe, is a virgin conception…
Joseph is told to name Jesus “Jesus” because Jesus would *save* his people from their sins — our self-separation from/ rebellion against/dysfunctional relationship with God (cf. Mt 1:21)…
Brothers and sisters, if we claim to love God, does it not make sense to love God on God’s own terms?
Theme of Joshua: Israel inherits the Promised Land. Rahab provides unexpected assurance of God’s promise. Rahab renounces that of her own people and puts her faith (active trust) in the LORD – affirming Israelite prophecy, history, and theology. This account demonstrates how non-Israelites were always a part of God’s redemptive plan. She is commended not necessarily for lying, but for demonstrating her faith through actions — as we all should
Given the literary and cultural/historical context of 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul is most likely telling the Corinthian church not to become partners with those who were engaging in idol feasts in pagan temples — for they are the temple of the Living God.
As the old saying goes, “looks can be deceiving.” It may seem that many of those living contrary to God’s will have prosperity, happiness, etc. Yet, in the end, living in such a way leads to self-destruction (cf. Psalm 1). Believing in God is not “blind faith,” it is trusting without complete (in)sight. It is trusting that, regardless of what seems right in our minds, the One who gave us life ultimately knows what is best for our lives.
As the ol’ Gospel song goes, “This joy I have the world didn’t give it to me… The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” The foundation of Christian joy is salvation through Christ. Because of our past, present, and future (i.e., final) salvation, our present circumstances do not ultimately deter joy — indescribable joy.
While Commandments I-IV concern how we should love God, Commandments V-X concern how we should love others. The Ten Commandments address our thoughts, words, and deeds — perhaps in chiastic fashion — that we may be a kingdom of priests through whom God will bless all nations…
Brothers and sisters, may we always be careful when using the LORD’s name. Let us not only avoid using God’s name in swears (in both senses of the word), but let us also use caution when aiming to attach divine authority to our words.
In this lesson, I aim to cover Commandments II-IV. The Israelites were told not to think of nor to treat the living God as a pagan god, to not say the LORD’s (YHWH) name in vain, and to remember the Sabbath Day — imitating God’s first “work week.”