1/21/18

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

1/21/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:16-17Context of the Encouragement: *C’mon man! *A temple reflects the nature and name of the deity A. The temple is singular B. You means you, unless it means we *The church should reflect the nature and name of Christ *The church is spiritual, not physical *Where God dwells, the church exists The Warning: 1. Believers can negatively affect the church 2. Destruction is serious, but not eternity changing 3. God may get your attention by messing YOU up 4. God will evaluate your impact in His dwelling place A. Faithful Believer – positive reward B. Unfaithful Believer – loss of reward C. Divisive Believer – God will mess you up Applications: 1. Stay connected to a local body 2. Beware of being part of any divisiveness 3. Remember, the church is holy and special to God

1/14/18

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

1/14/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:10-15The Example:Point #1: Every believer is a builder Point #2: The materials used in building are important Point #3: If you use the appropriate building products, there is a reward Point #4: If you use inferior building products, there will be loss Conclusion: Check to make sure your work is appropriately done Truth #1: Unbelievers are judged to condemnation Truth #2: Believers are rewarded with the free gift of Eternal Life Truth #3: Faithfulness or unfaithfulness for the believer is also judgedTruth #4: Believers are not judged based upon their sin Truth #5: The Bible teaches a judgment for believers Truth #6: Believers will be judged on many thingsTruth #7: Believers can receive rewards Truth #8: Believers are rewarded at the Bema Seat of Christ Conclusion #1: Judgment is positive if it is for reward! Conclusion #2: Judgment is negative without faithfulness Paul’s Warning: If you are divisive you are not building rewards Paul’s Encouragement: Get back to focusing on Christ and serving

1/7/18

1 Corinthians 3:4-9

1/7/18

Description:1 Corinthians 3:4-9Theme of 1 Corinthians: A New Life Requires New Living Wisdom is the ability to acquire and discern truth and apply it appropriatelyThe Challenge of Focusing on Christ: 1. Our disillusionment of being Great A. Giving esteem B. Accepting esteem 2. Realizing we are servants, not masters 3. Believing God needs us to fulfill His Will 4. We operate as lone workers rather than a unified body Applications: 1. Renew your focus on Christ in 20182. Serve somewhere at GraceLife 3. Write down 100 ways God is Great

11/26/17

1 Corinthians 2:6-13

11/26/17

Description:1 Corinthians 2:6-13Utilizing Wisdom: Truth #1: Human wisdom hinders the gospel, but God’s wisdom comes from the gospelTruth #2: Human wisdom hinders the spiritual growth of the believer Truth Challenge: The simplicity of the message vs. the depth of the messageTruth #3: God unveils truth and we grow in our training Truth Challenge: YOU are the greatest hindrance to spiritual intimacy with God Example #1: Human wisdom murdered the Messiah Example #2: Relationship not human understanding is the key to wisdomTruth #4: The Holy Spirit reveals truth to the yielded believer Truth Challenge: Wisdom eliminates personal prideTruth #5: We pass on Godly wisdom in words taught by the Spirit

11/19/17

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

11/19/17

Description:1 Corinthians 2:1-5God Uses Perfectly Illogical People:Warning: Application without knowledge is laziness 1. Personal relationships enhance the message Application #1: Pursue new relationships 2. God wants us to share by witness not human wisdom 3. God magnifies our personal experiences that highlight Him A. Encouraging experiences B. Challenging experiences Application #2: Thank God for the challenging circumstances 4. God uses our personal testimony 5. Our message should highlight the content of the cross Application #3: Keep the good news simple

11/12/17

John 3:16-18

11/12/17

Description:John 3:16-18Paul’s Audience: Believers in Corinth A. Backwards to their justification B. Presently at their Sanctification C. Future Glorification The Process of Being Called: *What is eternal life? A. Quality of Life B. Quantity of Life *What is Perish? A. You remain Dead B. God Judges the Dead *How do I get Life? A. God Loved the World B. God Gave His Son C. Whoever Believes in Him D. Won’t Perish E. BUT Has Everlasting Life Truth #1: God is in control of the process Truth #2: There are aspects of the process we won’t understand Truth #3: Our responsibility is to receive the free gift Truth #4: It is a gracious gift Truth #5: The journey to our receiving varies Truth #6: You choose to condemn yourself

11/5/17

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

11/5/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:26-31Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom *The Transforming Power of the Content of the Cross *God reverses the roles of human evaluation *God uses illogical people to proclaim His Word God’s Perfectly Illogical Plan: 1. God is in charge Sovereignty means God is in absolute authority 2. It is not about you 3. The call is God’s *The state of being called *The act of being called Option 1: Free Will – I chose God Option 2: Sovereignty - God calls us 4. Christ is the object of the process not you A. Christ is Righteous trumping our cleverness B. Christ is holy trumping our influence C. Christ gives redemption trumping our high status 5. The glory is God’s

10/15/17

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

10/15/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Truth #1: Definitions of words determine context Jew: Religious Viewpoint: Monotheistic Political Viewpoint: Romans are in our land Knowledge: Wisdom in Scripture but signs for affirmation Waiting for: Show Me a Sign Challenge: Jesus as Messiah crucified Greek: Religious Viewpoint: Polytheistic Political Viewpoint: Romans gave us our land Knowledge: Success in philosophy brings a mastery of life Waiting for: Prove it to me Challenge: We know better THE BIG POINT Issue: Unbelief THE BIG POINT Solution: Both need to believe in Christ The Called: Religious Viewpoint: The power of God for Salvation Knowledge: Only in Christ alone Waiting for: Nothing Else Challenge: Living with an Eternal Perspective THE BIG POINT Conclusion: Unbelievers are fools THE BIG POINT Perspective: God at His worst is greater than Man at his best

10/8/17

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

10/8/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:18-21 Knowledge means a full, rich, understanding that leads to applicationWisdom is the ability to acquire and discern truth and apply it appropriatelyTruth Application #1: The more knowledge a person has, the more wisdom they can accessThree Aspects of Communication:1. Ethos –character 2. Pathos – compassion 3. Logos – content The Dividing Cross-Line: A. It is good news, even if it is rejected B. It gives eternal life without the work of mankind Justification – delivered from the penalty of sin Sanctification – delivered from the power of sin Glorification – delivered from the presence of sin C. It highlights the exclusive object of our salvation D. Failure to believe the logos of the cross results in eternal perishing Truth Application #2: Failure to believe in Jesus Christ is not a sign of intelligence, it is a sign of great ignoranceMankind’s Failure: *Man’s intelligence hasn’t produced a better society *Man’s record keeping of accomplishments mean nothing *Man’s philosophy brings about no change Truth Application #3:The more man relies on himself, the worse he gets

10/1/17

1 Corinthians 1:12-17

10/1/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:12-17 Our Inability to Focus: 1. We are reactive rather than proactive Therefore: Begin and end every situation in life with a focus on Christ 2. We align ourselves with people and causes *Paul the painfully direct *Apollos the philosopher *Peter the blunt Jewish-Christian *Christ the Savior worthy of focus Therefore: Your loyalty and your focus belongs to God alone 3. We celebrate our own accomplishments far too much *Baptism identified someone as a believer Therefore: Celebrate the work of God in all things 4. We don’t understand our purpose *Our Purpose: Make disciples who make disciples Therefore: Keep the main thing, the main thing

9/24/17

1 Corinthians 1:10-11

9/24/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:10-11 The Problem of Divisions: *Divisions are tears or rips within a thing *Paul is addressing sins that are divisive 1. They are spiritually serious *You can’t be out of fellowship with God and be in fellowship with God’s people *You can’t be out of fellowship with God’s people, and be in fellowship with God GraceLife Conflict Agreement: A. I will address conflict with fellow believers quickly and lovingly B. I will NOT leave GraceLife Church because I am mad at an unresolved conflict issue 2. They damage the church 3. They highlight a lack of Christ-focus Combating Divisions: *Agree we have a division ‘no fly zone’ policy *Address divisions quickly and Biblically for unity A. Talk with the other person immediately B. Listen carefully C. Confess any sin D. Forgive Freely E. Love selflessly *Be Christ focused internally and externally Paul Addresses Conflict: *As the spiritual leader *Openly shares the Family name *Protects the individual *He infers he is disappointed the news comes second hand *Addresses the internal conflict reality

9/17/17

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

9/17/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:4-9 Traps in Scripture: Trap #1: Scripture is the only truth Reality: Scripture is God’s Word, which is truthTrap #2: We should only read the Bible for truth Reality: Scripture should be our MAIN source for truthThe Letters of Paul to Corinth: Letter #1: Previous Letter Letter #2: 1 Corinthians Letter #3: Severe Letter Letter #4: 2 Corinthians Paul’s Greeting: Important Truth #1: Paul is addressing saints *Relationship is based on faith in Jesus Christ for Eternal Life *Fellowship is based on faithfulness of the saint Important Truth #2: Believers should act holy Subtle Purpose in the Greeting: Remember who you are Focus: Praise for what God has done, not what the Corinthians have done Saints Benefit #1: Grace 1. Grace can’t co-exist with guilt 2. Grace can’t co-exist with conditions Saints Benefit #2: Everything you need is available to you Saints Benefit #3: Guaranteed Eternity

9/10/17

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

9/10/17

Description:1 Corinthians 1:1-3A Descriptive passage describes eventsA Prescriptive Passage has a lot of do’s and don’tsTheme of 1 Corinthians: A New Life Requires New Living Road Map 1. Greetings – 1:1-92. The Problem of Divisions 1:10-4:21 3. Moral Standards of the Believer – 5:1-7:40 4. Christian Freedom & Liberty – 8:1-11:15. Christian Order and Worship – 11:2-14:406. Reality of the Resurrection – 15:1-58 7. Closing Commands – 16:1-24 Background of 1 Corinthians:*Written by Paul the Apostle A. He went by two names (Saul & Paul) B. He spoke with authority C. He partnered with others in leadership Application #1: Always Be Discipling *Written to believers A. Generic: Identified by their faith in Jesus Christ B. Specific: Identified by a locality *Highlights their position in Christ *Corinth had a negative reputation *Includes an all-inclusive greeting Application #2: Greet family members by our identity

8/27/17

Habakkuk 3:16-19

8/27/17

Description:Habakkuk 3:16-19Prayer is a time of spiritual communion with God as the object of our worship Habakkuk’s Prayer Attitude: 1. Deep Reverence 2. Endurance 3. Trust 4. Praise 5. Restfulness 6. Patience Theme of Habakkuk: The Journey from distress to peace

8/20/17

Habakkuk 3:8-15

8/20/17

Description:Habakkuk 3:8-15 Habakkuk’s Prayer Part II – God’s Power: First Response: Yahweh is All-Knowingly Perfect A. God is in control B. Omniscient in planning Omniscience means that God knows everything C. Perfection in application Our Hindrance: Personal Perspective Prayer Application: Yielding to the greater good Second Response: God is overwhelmingly Powerful Omnipotence means God is all-powerful and can do anything He desiresOur Hindrance: We want to be in control Prayer Application: Glory in His power Third Response: You can trust God Our Hindrance: Letting Go Prayer Application: Cling to your belief

8/13/17

Habakkuk 3:1-7

8/13/17

Description:Habakkuk 3:1-7 Prayer is a time of spiritual communion with God as the object of our worship Two Important Truths about Prayer:The emphasis in prayer is not communication The emphasis in prayer is communion Habakkuk’s Prayer Part 1: First Response: Yahweh is Awesome Our Hindrance: Pride Prayer Application: Communion is personal Second Response: Provide deliverance A. Deliver your people B. Provide Understanding C. Be Merciful Our Hindrance: Judgment Prayer Application: Petition based on God’s character A Theophany is a visible manifestation of God to man Third Response: Nonstop Adoration A. The earth gives God glory B. God’s power is never ending C. God’s ways are perfect and heart-stopping Hindrance: Temporal Perspective Prayer Application: Adoration is essential

8/6/17

Habakkuk 2:18-20

8/6/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:18-20 Woe to the Idolater: The Law of God: Instructions of God Charge: Idolatry A. There is no benefit Belief means trust, faith, or acceptance that something is true (corresponds to reality) B. It makes no sense Question: Do you really think something that is dead can give you life? Violation of God’s law as a child incurs discipline Violation of God’s law as an enemy incurs judgment Moving from Distress to Peace: 1. Realize God is in charge 2. Realize God is Holy 3. Realize God is in control 4. Shut up

7/30/17

Habakkuk 2:15-17

7/30/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:15-17 *Dirge is a funeral song or poem *Taunt-song is a proverb or wisdom saying of jest or mocking Woe to the Cruel: Criminal Charge: Felony Sexual Assault Question: How long can you take someone’s honor before someone takes yours? Sentencing Judgment: Violent Capital PunishmentApplication: Be overwhelmingly gracious

7/23/17

Habakkuk 2:9-14

7/23/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:9-14 Pride is a feeling of satisfaction derived from one’s own achievementsWoe to the Dishonest: Criminal Charge: Felony Fraud Question: Do you think you can flaunt the possessions of others without consequence? Sentencing Judgment: The inanimate condemn you to deathBeware #1: Pride may be your downfall if not addressed Woe to the Murderer: Criminal Charge: First Degree Murder Question: What will you do when your best isn’t good enough? Sentencing Judgment: Complete destruction for God’s glory Beware #2: Thinking you can make it on your own A. In gaining righteousness B. In living righteously

7/16/17

Habakkuk 2:6-8

7/16/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:6-8*Dirge is a funeral song or poem *Taunt-song is a proverb or wisdom saying of jest or mocking The Taunt-Song: Subject of the Taunt: The Babylonian nation The Singers: The conquered nations of Babylon Three Key Words: 1. Taunt = to criticize 2. Mock = to ridicule or deride 3. Insinuations = a riddle of scorn Primary Conclusion: Just as God will judge the Babylonians for their rebellion, God will judge anyone who rebels against GodSecondary Conclusion: God disciplines the rebellious The Five Woes: A. Woe to the thief – v. 6-8 B. Woe to the dishonest v. 9-11 C. Woe to the murderer v. 12-14 D. Woe to the cruel v. 15-17 E. Woe to the idolater v. 18-20Woe to the Thief: Criminal Charge: Extortion Question: Don’t you fear repercussions? Sentencing Judgment: Extreme repayment Truth Application #1: Remember God judges rebellion Truth Application #2: You’ll never walk alone

7/9/17

Habakkuk 2:4-5

7/9/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:4-5 Trials – given by God for growth Temptations – given by satan (or the world) for our destruction Consequences – a result of yielding to this present world Discipline – training with positive and negative encouragement in order to follow a code of behavior or guidelines The Solution: Yield to God God’s Response to Us: I love you – I got you Key Verse: The Righteous shall live by his faith (2:4b) You Gotta Have Faith: *Righteous – just, declared upright *Faith – believe, trust, steadfast *Faith in Justification is trust in God’s promise for righteousness *Faith in Sanctification is trust in God’s promise to live righteously A. Romans 1:17 – Conduct of the Just B. Galatians 3:11 – Living in Faith C. Hebrews 10:38 – Enduring in Faith *Answers the question of good versus evil *Pride hinders faith A. Babylonians have a stumbling block to relationship B. Judah has a stumbling block in fellowship Applications:1. Get rid of your pride 2. Try living in faith 3. Learn to yield to God

7/2/17

Habakkuk 2:1-3

7/2/17

Description:Habakkuk 2:1-3Preparing for God’s Answer: Step 1: Our personal responsibility A. Change in attitude B. Correction of request C. Action required D. Patiently waiting Step 2: Look, listen, and wait Step 3: A personal response to God God’s Response Part 1: 1. Write this down and remember Truth Application #1: Many of God’s answers have already been written in God’s Word2. Be patient A. The process is as important as the promise B. The longer the process, the more reliant we are on the Promiser Truth Application #2: Embrace the delay of God’s promise3. God guarantees fulfillment

6/25/17

Habakkuk 1:12-17

6/25/17

Description:Habakkuk 1:12-17Our Problem with Evil: God is all-good and opposes evil God is all-knowing and foreknew evil God is all-powerful and can defeat evil The Question: Why did God permit evil and why doesn’t He defeat it? The Challenge: Step 1: God created all things Step 2: Evil is something Conclusion: Therefore, God created evil The Response: 1. God created only good things 2. Evil is not a thing, it is the corruption of a good thing Therefore: God did not create evil The Source of Evil: Evil exits because of mankind’s selfishness Questioning God 101: *Magnify God’s Character Things to Think About #1: Do you recognize God’s authority and control in all situations?*Recognize God opposes evil *Vilify the Babylonians *Highlight the Babylonians anti-God attitude Things to Think About #2: Do you try to re-take control of a situation when God is in control? A. You didn’t prepare Godly leadership B. You have made us mere fish to be caught C. You are encouraging false worship *Question: Surely evil can’t win over good? Things to Think About #3: Do you think God needs your help?

6/18/17

Habakkuk 1:5-11

6/18/17

Description:Habakkuk 1:5-11Wait, it Gets Worse?! 1. God is already at work God is Sovereign means God is in absolute authority over all things and at all time Truth #1: God is at work, even if you don’t see it 2. God’s plan will be unbelievable 3. God will use the Babylonians to execute justice A. Fast, ruthless conquerors B. They elevate themselves in a majestic way C. Their army are trained killers D. They are intent on violence E. They have no fear Truth #2: You may not understand God’s plan 4. The Babylonians will be held accountable Truth #3: God won’t give you all the answers

6/11/17

Habakkuk 1:1-4

6/11/17

Description:Habakkuk 1:1-4Lament Poems / Psalms: A. Address GodB. Complain to God C. Affirm Trust D. Share a Petition E. Acknowledge a Response F. Doxology Habakkuk’s First Question: 1. He saw the message before he shared it 2. He is desperate for help3. It is a repeated plea A. He didn’t like the response B. He didn’t get a response Application #1: Choose one situation you are struggling with, calm down, and listen this week to what God is trying to teach you 4. The central theme is justice A. Justice from God B. Justice against Evil C. Justice toward God’s own people Question: God, why aren’t you listening? Application #2: Trust perfect God’s perfect timing for a perfect result

6/4/17

Habakkuk 1:1

6/4/17

Description:Habakkuk 1:1Descriptive Passage describes eventsPrescriptive Passage gives things to do and not doTheme of Habakkuk: The Journey from distress to peace Role of a Prophet: to be the voice of God 1. Predict future events 2. Correct sin 3. Shape a moral society Background of Habakkuk: *Written with a heavy message *Written to the nation of Judah around 609BC A. The nation of Israel has been divided B. The Assyrians have already conquered the Northern Kingdom in 722BC C. Judah tried to bribe allies D. Judah’s deportations begin in 605BC E. Jeremiah, Nahum, and Zephaniah were prophetic contemporaries *Babylon represents the anti-God movement Application #1: Your True Identity is found in Christ *Judah is in leadership transition Application #2: Pray for your governmental leaders*Written by a philosopher of religion Application #3: Read through the book of Habakkuk

5/7/17

2 Peter 3:14-18

5/7/17

Description:2 Peter 3:14-18Theme of 2 Peter: The knowledge that yields an abundant supply Chapter One Emphasis: Apply what you know Chapter Two Emphasis: Beware of the enemy Chapter Three Emphasis: Live with the end in mind Peter’s Lasting Applications: 1. Be found blameless The Method: Work Hard The Motive: Because of Him 2. Think eternal, not temporal *Our Position in Christ (Justification) is Secure *Our Fellowship with Christ (Sanctification) is Fluid *The Faithfulness of our Fellowship enhances our Bonus (Glorification) 3. Strive to understand God’s Word more clearly 4. Rely on what you KNOW to be true 5. Be ready for battle A.Teaching Error B.Application Error 6. Grow in grace and knowledge 7. CelebrateGod’s eternal goodness & glory

4/30/17

2 Peter 3:8-13

4/30/17

Description:2 Peter 3:8-13Two Big Concepts about God: 1. God is from everlasting to everlasting2. God transcends all limitations which time and space impose In Context Reminder: Don’t use man’s measurements to measure God In Application: God’s timing is perfect and soon The Motive: Mercy, NOT getting what you deserveThe Desire: Change of mind about God The End of the World: 1. It is unexpected 2. There is little warning 3. Destroyed by intense fire A. Unbelievers physically destroyed by fire B. Unbelievers thrown into the Lake of Fire eternally C. Heavens and earth destroyed by fire The Purpose: Understanding the future, should motivate believers to live a Holy life now The Good News: The good gets better Obedience - obedience is a natural outflow of God’s love for us and our love for Him Life Service – serving Christ and others in such a way that it is a fragrant offering to God in response to His love for us Community Stability – being committed to the discipleship process and a community of local believers

4/23/17

2 Peter 3:1-7

4/23/17

Description:2 Peter 3:1-7The Reminder: *Believe and follow the teachings of God Application #1: Wake up, remember, and apply what you already knowThe Message: We are in the last days The Motive: Their own selfish lusts The Topic of Ridicule: The Return of Christ Days in Scripture: Day of Man: Adam’s fall to the time of Christ Day of Christ: Rapture and Jesus getting His bride Day of the Lord: Tribulation and judgment on ungodly in Millennial ReignDay of God: Great White Throne Judgment Peter’s Emphasis: Day of the Lord for unbelievers at the Second Coming The Rub: *Your daddy died and Jesus didn’t come back Application #2: Change your stinkin’ thinkin’The Miss: *History of God’s power and judgment The End Result: Judgment by Fire *Physical Judgment #1: Death by sword *Physical Judgment #2: Death by Fire *Eternal Judgment: Everlasting Lake of Fire Application #3: Believe in Jesus Christ for Eternal Life

4/9/17

2 Peter 2:20-22

4/9/17

Description:2 Peter 2:20-22The False Teachers of 2 Peter 2: 1. Eternal life lasts forever 2. They are not believers A. They deny the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (2:1) B. They do not teach the life of Christ (2:3, 12, 15, 19) C. They are identified as condemned to hell (2:17) 3. They have a negative effect on both believers and unbelievers 4. They are deliberate false teachers Conclusion: They are false teachers who are unbelievers Option #1: Deliberate False Teachers Option #2: New or Immature Believers Applications: 1. Get and remain spiritually grounded2. Realize you shouldn’t look like the world3. Establish spiritual accountability and guidelines for leaders The purpose of Ordination is to set a part someone for a specific ministry

4/2/17

2 Peter 2:17-19

4/2/17

Description:2 Peter 2:17-19Types of Deliberate False Teachers: A. The Theorizing Speculator – guessing about what is not knownB. The Popularity Craver – craves popularity and praise from the worldC. The Narcissistic Abuser – takes advantage of others for his own prominenceD. The Charlatan Prophet – uses new revelation for personal enrichmentE. The Heretical Leader – unashamedly contradicts Biblical teaching Similarities in 2 Peter 2 & Jude 1. Deceptive Presence2. Reserved for Judgment The Effect of False Teachers 1. Bring false hope 2. Drain your spiritual energy 3. Their message leads to eternal judgment 4. Entice sinful behavior 5. Hinder spiritual growth of new believers 6. Encourage slavery to sin Antinomianism – because you have grace, you can do whatever you want Applications:1. Be aggressively discerning 2. Apply good, better, best to spiritual things 3. Pick 5 popular teachers and find out what they believe

3/26/17

2 Peter 2:15-16

3/26/17

Description:2 Peter 2:15-16The Way of Balaam 1. Create the illusion of power 2. Act like you are spiritual Two Challenges: Challenge #1: You can look righteous and not be righteous Challenge #2: You can look unrighteous and still be righteous 3. Create a greater need for greater income potential 4. Believe God needs you Balaam’s Motivation: Pleasing man will make me more moneyThe Lesson of the Talking Donkey: Lesson One: Go the other way Lesson Two: Stay away from God’s Wrath Lesson Three: Stop and wait Lesson Four: Listen - God will get your attention The Way of False Teachers:1. Seem spiritual, but have abandoned the way 2. Stir up a need so they can provide the solution 3. Negatively impact believers 4. Selfishness is their motive The Hope: God opposes false teachers!

3/19/17

2 Peter 2:10b-14

3/19/17

Description:2 Peter 2:10b-14Similarities in 2 Peter 2 & Jude A. Secret Entrance - 2 Peter 2:1 & Jude 4 B. Deny Jesus Christ – 2 Peter 2:1 & Jude 4 C. Angels & Fire Example – 2 Peter 2:4-6 & Jude 6-7 D. Despise Angelic Beings – 2 Peter 2:10 & Jude 8-9 E. Brute Beasts – 2 Peter 2:12 & Jude 10 F. Take Unwanted Fellowship – 2 Peter 2:13 & Jude 12 G. Balaam Example – 2 Peter 2:15 & Jude 11 Characteristics of False Teachers 1. They are boldly narcissistic 2. They believe they are superior to angels A.Moses Died B.God had the body of Moses buried C.Satan wanted the body of Moses D.Michael referred back to his authority E.Angels have no power over each other Conclusion: False teachers have no power over angelic beings 3. They are irrational beasts 4. They take pleasure in their ungodly lifestyle 5. They are spiritual predators

3/5/17

2 Peter 2:7-10a

3/5/17

Description:2 Peter 2:7-10aLot and Sodom and Gomorrah*The area was a thick, green paradise *Towns were part of a Pentapolis *Lot willingly moved to a wicked and sinful area *Lot became attached to a wicked city *Lot is a leader of wicked people *Rebellion of man towards God’s plan *Lot offers his own children up to be ravaged Righteous means right, just, or straight Righteousness of God is God’s holy standard or perfection in every attribute, attitude, behavior, and every wordGod’s Righteousness is imparted to mankind through trust Result: We are declared righteous by righteous God Two Challenges:Challenge #1: You can look righteous and not be righteous Challenge #2: You can look unrighteous and still be righteous Righteous Lot:1. He was declared righteous by God through trust 2. He may have been the one to cry out to God 3. He didn’t participate in outrageous sinful behavior 4. He was convicted of the sinful culture A. Trial – giving by God for spiritual growth B. Temptations – given by satan for destruction C. Consequences – result of our own decisions Therefore: God rescued Lot and punished the ungodly Conclusion #1: God rescues the righteous Conclusion #2: God judges the ungodly Conclusion #3: It is better to be righteous than ungodly

2/26/17

2 Peter 2:5-6

2/26/17

Description:2 Peter 2:5-6Example #2: God’s judgment on Creation *A World-wide Flood Conclusion: If God will judge Creation, He will judge False Teachers The Emphasis: God’s Judgment on the Ungodly Example #3: God’s judgment of cities by fire from heaven *Their sin was great Conclusion: If God will judge entire cities, He will judge False Teachers The Emphasis: God’s Judgment on the Ungodly The Purpose: Learn from their example Three Characteristics of False Teachers: 1. They openly disobeyed God 2. They assumed they were untouchable 3. They reveled in their sin

2/19/17

2 Peter 2:4

2/19/17

Description:2 Peter 2:4Theme of Chapter 2: Beware of False TeachersTwo Types of False Teachers: 1. Ignorant2. Deliberate or Rebellious The Emphasis: God’s Judgment on the Ungodly A. Physical Judgment B. Eternal Judgment C. Loss of Reward Judgment Understanding the Role of Angels: 1. Angels were created by God and for God 2. The created role of Angels is to serve and worship God 3. Angels help point people to Christ 4. Angels are invisible most of the time 5. Their intended domain is in Heaven Option #1: Original Angelic Rebellion A. Satan wanted to be in charge B. 1/3 of the Angels followed Satan Option #2: Demonic Rebellion on Earth A. They perverted God’s creation B. Creation became more wicked Option #3: We don’t know The Emphasis: God’s Judgment on the Ungodly

2/12/17

2 Peter 2:1-3

2/12/17

Description:2 Peter 2:1-3Knowledge is a full, rich, understanding that leads to applicationTwo Types of False Teachers: 1. Ignorant 2. Deliberate or Rebellious Characteristics of Deliberately Deceptive False Teachers: 1. Participate at first unnoticed 2. Pose as spiritual leaders 3. Teach divisive opinions Example: Deny the deity of Jesus Christ A. Question eternal security B. Question the origin of Jesus C. Provide alternative ways to be reconciled to God 4. Slander truth 5. Lie However: Judgment is coming for them

2/5/17

2 Peter 1:19-21

2/5/17

Description:2 Peter 1:19-21Peter’s Testimony:1. Included multiple people 2. Specific details are not as important 3. The “Who” is emphasized over the “What” Peter’s WHO Testimony: The Testimony Challenge: The New Testament isn’t yet completed *The Old Testament’s testimony is greater than ours The Role of a Prophet: *They were to be the voice of God *Their office was not hereditary and sometimes not permanent *Their job was to predict future events, correct sin, and shape a moral society *Their prophecies must come true 100% of the time *The Old Testament proclaims the coming Messiah A. His Lineage – 2 Samuel 7:12-16 & Matthew 1:1-16 B. His Priesthood – 1 Samuel 2:25 & Hebrews 5:5-6 C. His arrival – Zechariah 9:9-10 & Matthew 21:1-5 D. His death – Isaiah 53:5-9 & Matthew 26-27 Conclusion: Based on the Old Testament Prophecies, Jesus fulfilled them and proved He is the Messiah Simple Truth Reminder: Biblical prophecy comes from God, not men Implication: False Teachers highlight themselves as the Who How to Recognize a False WHO: 1. The content of their teaching 2. The emphasis of their teaching 3. The ‘WHO’ of their teaching

1/29/17

2 Peter 1:16-18

1/29/17

Description:2 Peter 1:16-18Minimal Facts Approach Fact #1: Jesus died by crucifixion Fact #2: Jesus’ disciples believed that He rose and appeared to them Fact #3: The church persecutor Paul was suddenly changed Fact #4: The skeptic James, brother of Jesus, was suddenly changed Fact #5: The tomb was empty Fact #2: A. The disciples were fully aware of the potential cost of following Christ B. Recanting during torture would have hindered the spread of Christianity C. Being willing to die proves the disciples believed that Jesus rose from the dead D. If they were willing to die for the resurrection of Christ, it means they did not steal the body and most likely means they did not make up the story E. The boldness of the Apostles was changed overnight after the supposed resurrection of Christ Peter’s Truth Reality: 1. We didn’t use tricks or deceit 2. We shared what we saw and were taught by Jesus A. The Power of the Messiah B. The Coming of the Messiah C. The Majesty of the Messiah The Transfiguration of Christ: A. Some of you will get a glimpse of My majesty B. Occurs six days after the prediction C. Jesus leads them to the mountain top D. Jesus reveals His majesty E. Interaction with past hero’s of the faith F. The Father speaks

1/22/17

2 Peter 1:10-15

1/22/17

Description:Knowledge mean a full, rich, understanding that leads to application2 Peter 1:10-15Conclusion: Work hard to continue growing in your faith Result #1: We have assurance in our salvation -assurance means to be confident of the security provided for us in Jesus ChristResult #2: We have eternal security -eternal security means the believer is forever secure eternally because they placed their faith in Jesus Christ for Eternal LifeResult #3: We stay focused and won’t stumble in our journey A. Stumble into sin B. Stumble into the wrong application C. Stumble into bad theology Result #4: A future eternal reward A. Quantity B. Quality Peter’s Legacy Statement: 1. I have and will continue to remind you 2. I have and will strive to stir you to action 3. I have written down what is important Application #1: Ask three people to describe your own life emphasis Application #2: Write down your legacy statement

1/15/17

2 Peter 1:3-9

1/15/17

Description:2 Peter 1:3-9Knowledge means a full, rich, understanding that leads to applicationGrowing in Faith: 1. Know God – He has given us everything we need A. God is Eternal – He is from everlasting to everlasting B. God is Omnipresent – He is everywhere present C. God is Sovereign – He is in Absolute Authority 2. Yield to your new nature 3. Pursue an increasingly virtuous life The Result: True Knowledge Failure to Grow: You live like you are blind

1/8/17

2 Peter 1:1-2

1/8/17

Description:2 Peter 1:1-2Truth is that which corresponds to reality or the way things really areKnowledge means to come to understand something clearly or to embrace it as true and valid Theme of 2 Peter: The knowledge that yields an abundant supply Road Map of 2 Peter: 1.Greeting (1:1-2) 2.Growing in Faith (1:3-21)3.Beware of False Teachers (2:1-9) 4.Characteristics of False Teachers & those who follow them (2:10-22) 5.The Day of the Lord is Coming (3:1-13) 6.Therefore live what you know (3:14-18) Peter’s Greeting: The Audience: Jewish believers Author: Peter a Bondservant and Apostle A. Emphasizes a Jewish tie-in B. Highlights a servant attitude C. Gives him authority to correct false teachers Place of Writing: Rome Time Period: 67-68AD Peter’s Faith: 1. Given by divine appointment 2. Received through trust 3. By God’s grace 4. Object is Jesus Christ 5. It grows through knowledge

1/1/17

Hebrews 5:12-14

1/1/17

Description:Hebrews 5:12-14The Problem: Lack of Application The Miss: Basic Truth The Result: Spiritual Immaturity The Desire: Train with a purpose The Solution: Practice, practice, practice Training Helps: 1. Formulate a Plan A. Evaluation B. 30 Day Jump Start 2. People A. Role Models B. Accountability 3. Focus on the Big Picture 4. Take small chunks 5. Write it down6. Be willing to sacrifice Training Obstacles: 1. Yourself 2. People 3. Failure to apply your training 4. Perfectionism 5. Performance-minded

12/18/16

Acts 6:1-7

12/18/16

Description:Acts 6:1-7The Challenge: Neglected widows from a specific culture A. Hellenistic Jews B. Native Jews Option #1: Use current leaders Two basic offices of leadership are *Elders – serve by leading *Deacons – lead by servingOption #2: Empower specialized leadersSolution: Choose spiritually mature men from Hellenistic areas Result: Discipleship O-D-O*Observe = your surroundings*Decide = you do something about it*Obey = get your hands dirty

12/11/16

Luke 1:26-35

12/11/16

Description:Luke 1:26-35Main Character #1: MARY 1. But I am a virgin 2. Let it Be Main Character #2 = Joseph *Hebrew Marriage Customs A. Arranged Marriage B. Engagement was binding C. Time proved faithfulness D. Fulfillment of contract resulted in a party 1. Concerned with Mary’s reputation 2. Joseph did as the angel commanded Him

12/4/16

Philippians 1:9-11

12/4/16

Description:Philippians 1:9-11Paul’s Life Changing Prayer: Part 1: Your Love Abounds Part 2: You Approve Excellence Love is yielding to God’s love to love others; it is a loved based on choice and commitment, not feelingPart 1: Your Love Abounds A. In Knowledge B. With Discernment Part 2: You Approve Excellence A. You are Sincere B. You are without Offense

11/27/16

1 Peter 5:12-14

11/27/16

Description:1 Peter – Peter an Apostle of Jesus Christ Big Points: 1.This is not your home (1:1) 2.You will suffer because Jesus suffered (2:21-24) 3.You are blessed if you suffer (3:14) 4.Suffering allows you to look forward to the return of Christ (4:12-14) 5.God strengthens us through suffering (5:10) Theme of 1 Peter: The Joy of Suffering 1 Peter 5:12-14Character Qualities Desired: *Silvanus or Silas = Dedicated Worker Application #1: Be a dedicated worker *She in Babylon or the Church in Rome = Endures Application #2: Don’t stop focusing on Christ *Mark or John Mark = Try, Try again Application #3: Try something again *One Another or Fellow Believers = Encourage Each Other Application #4: Be an encourager Theme of Peter: The Joy of Suffering

11/20/16

1 Peter 5:6-11

11/20/16

Description:1 Peter 5:6-11Suffering means to experience physical and / or emotional painSimple Truth #1: We have to suffer loss in order to look forward to the coming good Test #1: Do you tell others you are humble? Test #2: Do you value people over things? Test #3: Do you accept responsibility or blame others? Simple Truth #2: Suffering prepares us for something better Guidelines in Suffering: 1. Calm down and draw near to God Simple Truth #3: Your anxiety is a hindrance to you 2. Stay Alert 3. Know your enemy 4. Defend Yourself Simple Truth #4: Defending is yielding to God 5. Realize, this isn’t new 6. Maintain your perspective