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Monthly Archives: July 2010

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not REVEALED it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon THIS ROCK I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against… Read More

The following article by A.W. Pink was taken from his book “The Holy Spirit” chapter 11. ——————————————————————————– We shall now confine ourselves to the initial operation of the Spirit within the elect of God. Different writers have employed the term “regeneration” with varying latitude: some restricting it unto a single act, others including the whole process by which one becomes a conscious child of God. This has hindered close accuracy of thought,… Read More

The ESV completely omits the following verses from the New Testament: Matthew 17:21 Matthew 18:11 Matthew 23:14 Mark 7:16 Mark 9:44 Mark 9:46 Mark 11:26 Mark 15:28 Luke 17:36 Luke 23:17 John 5:4 Acts 8:37 Acts 15:34 Acts 28:29 Romans 16:24 ______________________________________________________________ Omissions from other verses include: “without a cause” (Matthew 5:22) “and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:9) “and every sacrifice shall be salted with… Read More

It is necessary for our children to learn many things to be successful in life. We make sure that they learn to read and write, to learn arithmetic, etc. We encourage them to specialize in advanced learning so that they will do well in their chosen careers. In fact, one of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children is help and encouragement in obtaining a good education. We encourage them… Read More

The Bible is God’s Word. God wrote the Bible. This is how He wrote it. He told some men who were His children what to write, and they wrote it down. Every word of the Bible is true. God wrote the Bible so that His children could learn about Him. This is the only Book important enough for a person to read every day of his life. The Bible tells us how… Read More

Sin is anything that we do, or say, or even think that is bad or wrong. God tells us what is right and wrong in the Bible. When the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and ate the fruit that He told them not to eat, they sinned–they did something bad. This was the first time that sin entered into the world. Since then, everyone born into the world,… Read More

God has always been. Nobody made God. He was never born, He never had a beginning, and He will never die. There is just one God, but the one God is in three Persons. This is called the Trinity. The three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Word, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Word left Heaven and came to live on earth in a human body to… Read More

God knows everything. He knew before the world began that Adam and Eve would sin. He knew that all the people in the world, being born of sinful parents, would be born sinners. God willed to save some of these sinners from their sins. He chose them and determined to save them even before the world began — long before they were born. This is the way He saved them: He sent… Read More

It is a terrible thing to die without God’s grace and forgiveness. Jesus, Who talked more about Hell than anyone else in the Bible, tells us that it is a place of everlasting torment and darkness. He warns that the fearful, and unbelieving, and murderers, and idolaters, and liars will be cast into this lake of fire when God judges the world at the end of time. It is wonderful when a… Read More

There is a very evil being who hates God and all of God’s children. This evil being is called Satan. He does not have horns and a long tail as some people think he has. He cannot be seen, but he is very real. Satan, also called the Devil, tries to get people to disobey God. Satan does not want children to obey their parents. Satan is much stronger than we are,… Read More

The salvation of God’s children is entirely by the grace of God. This means that salvation is a free gift from God. God’s children do not save themselves nor help save themselves. They are not saved because they pray. They are not saved because they make a decision and ask Christ to come into their hearts. They are saved because God wanted to save them. He sent Christ to pay for all… Read More

We have already learned that salvation is by God’s grace. Now we want to learn a little more about how that salvation took place. To do this we are going to learn a little memory helper. This helper word is “TULIP.” Each letter of this word will stand for a particular truth about salvation. “T” is for Total Depravity. This means that all people are sinners. Sin entered into the world by… Read More

“T” is for Total Depravity. This means that all people are sinners. Sin entered into the world by the first man, Adam. Since that time everyone has been born into the world as a sinner. Even little babies are sinners. Being sinners, people tend to think, act, and speak sinfully. If they are left to themselves, without the salvation in Jesus Christ, they will be sinful in every area of their lives…. Read More

The “U” in TULIP is for Unconditional Election. We have already seen how all mankind are born dead in trespasses and sins. They cannot get themselves out of this condition. If they were all left in this condition they would die in their sins and spend forever in hell. But God determined to save some people. He did not determine to save everyone. We don’t know why God chose to save some… Read More

The “L” in TULIP is for Limited Atonement. We have already seen how all mankind are born dead in trespasses and sins. If left in this condition they will spend eternity in hell. But we have also seen how God the Father chose or elected some people before the world began and determined to save them from their sins. But those sins had to be paid for because God is too holy… Read More

The “I” in TULIP is for Irresistible Grace. “Irresistible” means something that you can’t resist. It is too strong for you. That is the way God’s grace is for a child of God. All those who were elected by the Father (before the world began) and redeemed by the Son (on the Cross) shall be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit with an everlasting salvation. Nothing shall hinder God from carrying… Read More

The “P” in TULIP is for Preservation of the Saints. We have already shown that all men are by nature dead in sin (Total Depravity), that God chose His people in Christ before the world began (Unconditional Election), that Christ died for the elect and the elect alone (Limited Atonement), and that the Holy Spirit brings eternal life to all those for whom Christ died (Irresistible Grace). Now we must go a… Read More

Baptism is a very important ordinance that God has given to His church. John the Baptist was the first man that God sent to baptize (See John 1:33). John was prophesied of in the Old Testament (See Matthew 3:1-3). John baptized the first followers of Jesus and he actually baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:13). When Jesus was raised from the dead and went to be with the Father, He gave to His church… Read More

After a person has been baptized, then he or she has the privilege of taking the Lord’s Supper from time to time. No one has this right until they have been properly baptized. After a person has been properly baptized, he or she should try to never miss the Lord’s Supper when the church worships in this service. The Lord Jesus began this service the same night in which He was betrayed… Read More

Truth wrapped up in vague, general declaration is the sword in the scabbard which, as it wounds no conscience, so it pierces no error. Clear, plain, positive statements of divine truth are the two-edged sword which pierces even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. This naked sword discovers the foundations of error unto the neck… Much that passes for union in a church is merely natural feeling of friendship and… Read More

It is necessary for our children to learn many things to be successful in life. We make sure that they learn to read and write, to learn arithmetic, etc. We encourage them to specialize in advanced learning so that they will do well in their chosen careers. In fact, one of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children is help and encouragement in obtaining a good education. We encourage them… Read More

1. What is the Bible? God’s Word. 2. What is the first book of the Bible? Genesis. 3. How many books are in the Bible? 66. 4. What is Genesis 1:1? “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 5. Who made the heavens and the earth? God. 6. How many days did it take God to make the heavens and earth? Six. 7. What did He do on the… Read More

33. What does I John 4:19 say? “We love him, because he first loved us.” 34. Who built the ark? Noah. 35. How many sons did Noah have? Three. 36. What were their names? Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 37. Why did God destroy the world by water? Because the people were very wicked. 38. What kind of wood did Noah make the ark out of? Gopher wood. 39. How many horses did… Read More

54. Who was the man who had faith? Abraham. 55. Who was his wife? Sarah. 56. Who was his promised son? Isaac. 57. What did God tell Abraham to do to Isaac? Kill him and offer him as a sacrifice. 58. On what mountain was he told to do this? Mount Moriah. 59. What took Isaac’s place on the altar so he wouldn’t have to be killed? A ram. 60. Whom did… Read More

Joseph Is Faithful 82. How many sons did Jacob have? Twelve. 83. Who were his two favorite sons? Joseph and Benjamin. 84. Who was their mother? Rachel. 85. What did Jacob give to Joseph? A coat of many colors. 86. Did his brothers like that? No. 87. Why didn’t they like it? They were jealous. 88. Is it good to be jealous? No. 89. What did Joseph’s brothers do to him? They… Read More

Moses Gets Ready to be a Leader 114. What did Moses’ mother put him in, to hide him from Pharaoh? A basket boat or ark. 115. Why did she have to hide him? Because Pharaoh was going to kill all the boy babies. 116. Who was Moses’ sister? Miriam. 117. Who found Moses floating in the river in the ark? Pharaoh’s daughter. 118. Who made Pharaoh’s daughter love Moses? God. 119. Where… Read More

Joshua Leads Israel into the Promised Land 154. Who led the children of Israel after Moses died? Joshua. 155. Who was the woman at Jericho who helped Moses’ spies to escape? Rahab. 156. What river did God’s people cross to get to Canaan? The Jordan. 157. What happened to Jericho when the children of Israel marched around it? The walls fell down. 158. Whom did Joshua save when the walls of Jericho… Read More

Gideon and His Small Army 165. Why did God let the bad Midianites do bad things to His people? Because God’s people had disobeyed Him. Was this kind of like God was spanking them? Yes. Will God spank His people today when they don’t obey Him? Yes. 166. What were some of the bad things that the Midianites did to God’s people? They stole or destroyed their crops and their animals (sheep,… Read More

Samson Disobeys God 180. What did Manoah and his wife want to know when the angel told them they would have a baby? They wanted to know how to raise the child. 181. What was the name of their child? Samson. 182. How was Samson different from other men? He was very strong. Who made him strong? God did. 183. What bad thing did Samson want to do? He wanted to marry… Read More

Godly Ruth is Blessed 188. Where did Naomi and her husband and sons go when there was a famine in Israel? Moab. 189. What happened to Naomi’s husband and sons in Moab? They died. 190. When Naomi went back home, who went with her? Ruth, her daughter-in-law. 191. Why did Ruth go with her? Because she loved Naomi and Naomi’s God. 192. How did they get enough to eat? Ruth picked up… Read More

Samuel Leads Israel 201. Why was Hannah so sad? Because she didn’t have any children. What did she do about it? She prayed. 202. How did God answer Hannah’s prayer? He gave her a little boy named Samuel. When God gives children to parents, should those parents be glad? Yes. 203. What did Hannah do with Samuel while he was still a little boy? She gave him to the Lord. 204. Where… Read More

217. Whom did God choose to take Saul’s place as King of Israel? David. 218. Who was the prophet that went to Jesse’s house to anoint David? Samuel. 219. How many of Jesse’s sons passed before Samuel? Seven. Were any of them chosen as king? No. 220. What was David doing? Keeping the sheep. 221. What did Samuel do? He told them to send for David. When David came, Samuel anointed him…. Read More

253. Which one of David’s sons became king after David died? Solomon. 254. God told Solomon that he would give him whatever he asked for. Did Solomon ask for money? No. Did he ask for long life? No. For what did he ask God? He asked God for wisdom. What is wisdom? It is knowing how to act and think like God wants you to. Was God pleased that Solomon had asked… Read More

260. When God’s people did wrong in the old days, God sent good men to preach to them. What were these men called? Prophets. 261. When King Solomon died, what happened to God’s kingdom? It broke up into two parts. 262. What were these two parts called? Judah and Israel. 263. Were the kings of Judah and Israel good or bad? All of Israel’s were bad, and only about half of Judah’s… Read More

Elijah Faces the Prophets of Baal 270. Who was one of these prophets of God? Elijah. 271. Who was the wicked king of Israel to whom God sent Elijah? Ahab. 272. What did Elijah tell Ahab? That God would not let it rain in Israel for a long time. 273. God told Elijah to go hide for a while out in the wilderness. How did God feed Elijah? He sent ravens to… Read More

Jonah Is Swallowed By a Fish 295. Who was Jonah? He was one of God’s prophets. 296. What did God tell him to do? To go preach to the people of Nineveh. Did Jonah do this? No! What did he do instead? He got on a ship and tried to run away from God. 297. What did God do? He sent a storm that almost sank the boat. 298. What did Jonah… Read More

Daniel and the Three Hebrew Children 310. Who were the three Hebrew children? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 311. What did Daniel and the three Hebrew children not do? They did not eat the king’s meat and drink the king’s wine. Why not? Because God did not want them to. 312. Did they have to be brave to not do this? Yes, they had to be brave and trust God. 313. What did… Read More

1. What do you call the four books in the Bible that tell about the life of Jesus? The Gospels. 2. What are the names of the four gospels? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. A. Jesus the Christ and John the Baptist. 3. Who is the Savior? Jesus Christ. 4. Whom did He save? His people. 5. From what did He save them? From their sins. 6. What is sin? Not obeying… Read More

78. Who preached on the day of Pentecost? Peter. 79. What did he preach? Repent. 80. How many people were converted and baptized? Three thousand. 81. Who came down with tongues of fire on that day? The Holy Spirit. 82. Who preached to the lame man who was at the Beautiful gate of the temple? Peter. 83. What did the lame man do when he was healed? He leaped and walked into… Read More

A. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 143. Was Paul ashamed of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? No. Should we be ashamed of it? No. If we are not ashamed of the gospel, what will we do? Tell people we meet about Jesus Christ. 144. When God created the world, what did He make clear and plain? That He exists and that He is very wise and powerful. 145. Does anyone… Read More

The Epistles of Peter: 183. Are we to obey those who rule over us? Yes, for the Lord’s sake. When do we not obey them? When they ask us to do something that is against the truth of the Bible. 184. How much should we love the word of God? As much as a little baby loves its mother’s milk. 185. Will God ever destroy the world again with a flood? No…. Read More

God made man good and very good (Genesis 1:31). He made man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). In this condition man was without sin. God put man in the garden of Eden and gave him everything that he needed. God gave man only one negative command — He told man not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that if man did eat of this… Read More

When man fell into sin and died the death of separation from God, he also fell under the wrath of God (John 3:36; Romans 5:9; Romans 9:22; Ephesians 2:3; I Thessalonians 1:10). This wrath of God is a terrible thing and those who have to endure it will be in torments forever in hell (Mark 9:44). This terrible penalty is a result of sin, which is rebellion against God. If a person… Read More

When man fell into sin his nature became corrupt. By this we mean that his disposition, his desires, his appetites became prone to evil. Man’s very nature — his very instinct, was to do evil (in the Bible sense, everything which is not done to the glory of God is evil). Man does not sin in order to become a sinner — he sins because he is a sinner. Man, in his… Read More

Every part of a spiritually dead sinner is affected by sin. Since this is a very misunderstood subject, let us see what we do not mean by the above statement. We do NOT mean that: 1. …the sinner is completely without a moral conscience. Even the dead sinner has a certain sense of right and wrong (Romans 1:32). Even criminals have a certain code of ethics. 2. …the mere natural man does… Read More

Salvation is entirely by the grace of God. The Bible tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This scripture sets grace in contrast with works. In fact, salvation can’t be by a combination of grace and works because it would no longer be salvation by grace (Romans 11:6)…. Read More

Our assignment for this time is to read “Dead Men Can’t See” by Bro. Zack Guess. This is a study of the truth contained in I Corinthians 2:14. After reading this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. According to the Scriptures, what is a natural man? 2. If the things of God are foolishness to a person, what does that indicate to us about that person? 3. What did Jesus… Read More

When man became dead in sins, every part of him was affected. Therefore, there is no part of man that is able to respond to God while man is in this condition of being dead in sin. There is no good left in man — not even a slight spark. Sin has affected every faculty of man’s being just as a drop of poison would affect every molecule of a glass of… Read More

Our assignment for this time is to read the pamphlet “What Does the Bible Say About Election?” by Eld. Zack Guess. After reading this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. What are the three basic types of election taught in the Scriptures? 2. Give an example from Scripture of the election of an inidividual to a special work. (Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 1:2) 3. Give an example from Scripture of the… Read More

Our assignment is to continue to read the pamphlet “What Does the Bible Say About Election?” by Bro. Zack Guess. As we read this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. What is the final destiny of an individual whom God elects to salvation? 2. Which Person in the Holy Trinity elected people to salvation? (1 Peter 1:2) 3. When did the work of God’s election take place? (Ephesians 1:4; II… Read More