Articles

A look at the story of the whole Bible ...

17 Time Periods of the Bible The timeline of the Bible can be divided into 17 basic time periods. (Actually, it can be divided many different ways, but this is one way that seems to work well.) Creation (or Before the Flood) The Flood The Scattering of the People The Patriarchs The Exodus from Egypt The Wandering in the Wilderness The Conquering of Canaan The Judges The United Kingdom The Divided Kingdom Judah Alone The Captivity The Return 400 Years of Silence from God Jesus Life, Death, and Resurrection The Establishment of the Church Writing of the Letters (New Testament) We will briefly look at each of these time periods.
Continue to article...
A look at the organization of both the Old and New Testaments ...

The Bible contains two main parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament tells the history of God’s relationship with the Jewish people while the New Testament tells the story of God bringing the Gentiles into His kingdom along with the Jews. Both of these parts are actually about the same thing. They both focus on Jesus, the Son of God, Who came to be a sacrifice and enabled God to have a relationship with sinful man.
Continue to article...
What does it mean that there is only one God? Who are included in God and what is Their work? ...

There are more false teachings about who God is than we could ever address directly. From the concept of idols, to the new age idea that everything is part of God, many people invent their own ideas of who God is. When speaking of the God of the Bible, there are also false teachings about who He is. There is the idea that God is only one person with different roles that He fulfills.
Continue to article...
In this article, we look specifically at what it means to be obedient to the gospel. ...

In the previous article, What is the Gospel?, we examined a broad overview of how the Bible describes the true gospel which saves. One of the points we saw was that the gospel is something which must be obeyed, not simply something to believe. We will look now at what is involved in this obedience to the gospel. Is Obedience Beyond Simply Believing Part of the Gospel? My brother, Nathan, said in a Facebook discussion in 2014:
Continue to article...
This is the first in a planned series contrasting modern popular false gospels with the true gospel from Christ. ...

There are in the world many false gospels. This is not new. Since the beginning of mankind, false gospels have been around. The word “gospel” simply means “good news.” It may help to clarify this discussion if we just use that term rather the word “gospel.” As Paul points out in Galatians 1:6-7 there is not another good news. Since any other plan than God’s plan will never work, those plans are not truly good news.
Continue to article...
Being a Friend of God
What is the purpose of life? Why did God create us? We will look at God's purpose in being friends with us. ...

Why did God create us? What is the purpose of life? Ecclesiastes has much to say on this subject. Towards the beginning of the book, Solomon writes this: What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.
Continue to article...
Why Do We Sin?
Why do we choose to sin when we know it is wrong? We look here at the basic motivation for sin–we feel like we are missing something.
Continue to article...
Overview of Jude
Let's examine the book of Jude as a whole and see what we can gather from looking at everthing from the main context of contending for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
Continue to article...
The Assembling of Ourselves
What is the purpose of assembling? There are two reasons we find in Hebrews 10:23-25. We are to hold fast the confession of our hope and we are to encourage one another to love and good works.
Continue to article...
In Acts chapters 9, 22, and 26 as well as Galatians 1, we get an account of the conversion of Saul, who became the apostle know better as Paul. In this short article, I would like to look at Saul's character and how we should imitate his character. What kind of man was Saul?
Continue to article...
Denominations
One of the biggest criticisms of Christendom today is the division that is clearly evident through the thousands of denominations. We can see that there should be unity.
Continue to article...
Demons
Something that is talked about all the time in the religious world, but mostly is misunderstood, is demons and demon possession. I have heard people talk about them as evil animal-like creatures. I have heard them talked about as spirits who possess you and make you sin. I have heard them talked about as the driving power behind witches and wizards. But what does the Bible say about demons?
Continue to article...
Practicing Self-control
Self-control is not a pleasant concept. It means controlling ourselves to do things we do not want to do and to not do things that we do want to do. We talk about it in relation to fornication and drinking. But there are some areas in our life where many of us do not want to think about the need to control ourselves.
Continue to article...
The purpose of reading the Bible must not simply be for knowledge. It must be to give us the understanding we need to please God in what we do. We must apply what we learn — do what it says. But there are some important things to consider in making application from the Bible to your life.
Continue to article...
To Forgive is Divine
In the book of Genesis, we find that we were created in the image of God. Part of what this means is that God has given us some of the same nature that He has — God expects us to imitate Him. There is a common statement that I have heard: "To err is human, to forgive is divine." The truth is that God gave us the wonderful ability to forgive just like He has and God expects us to forgive just like he does.
Continue to article...
There are people throughout time who have looked at the suffering of good people and the "fulfilling" lives of evil people as evidence against the justice and mercy of God. For an example, look at conditions in Zimbabwe. President Mugabe is one of the richest men on earth but his people are starving and are tortured just to keep him in power. Where is God's justice there? In Malachi 2:17, the people asked the question, "Where is the God of justice?" The question today is often, "Would a just God let these things continue? Why isn't He doing anything?"
Continue to article...
Premillennialism basically is the idea that we are living before the 1000 year rule of Jesus on earth. Premillennialists claim that they take the Bible literally and that people who believe that the prophecies are referring to something spiritual instead of literal do not believe the Bible.
Continue to article...
There are passages in the Bible that are difficult to understand. We have been running into many of them in the men's class. Passages that talk about predestination or God punishing children for their father's sin can be difficult. The truth is that different passages will be more or less difficult for different people.
Continue to article...
As human beings, we enjoy having other people around us. Very often though, people find themselves spending time with bad people. Let us look at how evil companions corrupted Solomon and how Jesus associated with sinners.
Continue to article...
God has a plan for every Christian to grow continually through our lives. In the parable of the sower, we find that if we do not bear fruit, we are not good soil and we will not go to heaven. We must grow and produce fruit. How can we do that?
Continue to article...
When Adam and Eve were first created, they were not expected to know the difference between good and evil. It was only after they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that they understood it. We are born into a world full of evil as well as good. We are not born with the understanding (Deuteronomy 1:39), but we all must learn to tell the difference between them.
Continue to article...
How to Make Decisions
Something we must do every day, no matter how old we are, what our social position is, or where we live is make decisions. Some of these decisions are more important than others. Deciding what to eat for supper is usually not as important as deciding what job to take. But no matter how important the decision or what the decision is about, we should make it in the same way - with the same goal in mind.
Continue to article...
Maturity in Proverbs
I want to look at three proverbs that deal with the issue of maturity. They do not deal with the subject directly, but certainly they are speaking about some things that really require maturity.
Continue to article...
How to Read Poetry
Much of the Old Testament was written as poetry. This includes pieces of the historical books (songs that were sung), many books of prophecy, and the books that are generally known as books of Poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon). To understand what is being said, we must know something about poetry.
Continue to article...
The Old Testament was the law of God for the Israelites. In Deuteronomy 4:44 and 5:1, Moses makes it clear that the law was for the 12 tribes of Israel. It was not for any other people, except that some laws applied to those who would live with the Israelites (Numbers 15:29). So the question comes up, "Why should I study the Old Testament?"
Continue to article...
Bible Reading Schedules
Getting on a regular schedule for reading your Bible is very important. The main reason is that few of us are disciplined enough to read the Bible every day if we do not have some sort of schedule to follow. Another great reason is that it can take you through the Bible faster than you probably would have read without a schedule.
Continue to article...
While edification is for the purpose of growing the church spiritually, evangelism is how the church grows numerically. How can the church evangelize? Obviously, to evangelize, the church must be preaching and teaching the gospel. But there are some factors that influence the response of those hearing the gospel.
Continue to article...
How is a church to supply the needs of its members? We already have discussed much of it in the previous section on giving. But in cases where the church is supplying the needs in another church or supplying the needs of an evangelist working somewhere else, how should they do that after they have collected the money?
Continue to article...
Going through the "5 acts of worship" is not the same thing as actually glorifying God. What does it take to glorify God? ...

Going through the “5 acts of worship” is not the same thing as actually glorifying God. What does it take to glorify God? First let’s look quickly at the Old Testament worship. What they did was different, but the goal of glorifying God was the same. When did God feel glorified? In Isaiah 1:11-15, we see a picture of the Israelites doing the worship that God had commanded, but God hated it.
Continue to article...
How can a congregation work to edify its members? Romans 15:1-7 shows that edification is something that is done by each member, working together in one church. This is very connected with what we talked about under unity — we don't do what we want, we do what our brethren want when we see that it will edify them. The end result of that edification is unity and glorifying God. 1 Corinthians 8:1 tells us that it takes love to edify. We have to focus on other people, not ourselves.
Continue to article...
Unifying the church is a hard work because it involves relationships. Of course, this also means that when done right, it is one of the most satisfying works because of the good relationships between brethren. How is unity accomplished?
Continue to article...
When the church began, as we read in Acts 2, we find that God was adding daily those who were being saved. How did people come to be saved? They heard the preaching of the gospel and obeyed it. It has always been the responsibility of the people of God to teach others the truth. This is a responsibility for each Christian (as part of the universal church) and a responsibility for the local church.
Continue to article...
The local church not only has the responsibility to supply the spiritual needs of the members, but also the physical needs. If you remember, at the beginning of the church the members of the church in Jerusalem had all things in common and made sure that nobody was missing anything they needed. The church even daily supplied their widows with food (Acts 6).
Continue to article...
To glorify someone means to show that they are worthy of glory or to tell about how great that someone is. Every Christian has a responsibility to glorify God in what we say and in what we do.
Continue to article...
Simply defined for our purposes, edification is the building up of the body of Christ. It is clear that edification is a work that Christ demands from His church as a whole. Let's look at some examples to get a clear understanding of what it means.
Continue to article...
Determining what is the work of the church is not a simple task. First, one has to read through the whole New Testament and look at the commands and examples that are given. Usually an attempt is made to categorize each command or example to simplify understanding the basic end results and group specifics under those categories.
Continue to article...
How to Remember
There are some things that God really wants us to remember. God has also given us some examples of ways to remember what He wants us to remember. Let us look at some of these ways.
Continue to article...
What to Remember
In this lesson, we will use the examples of the Israelites to give us warning. We want to look at what God wants us to remember, what we actually remember most of the time, and finally what God will remember about us.
Continue to article...
The book of Job teaches us a lot of wisdom and a lot about wisdom. Especially, it shows us our position before God. In the book, there is a debate between Job and his three friends. Job's friends were arguing that Job must have done something sinful and that was why God was punishing him. Job maintained that he had not sinned and that God was not treating him fairly. Then Elihu begins speaking.
Continue to article...
Do you read the Bible every day? What about maybe 3 days a week? Do you only read it when you are at church? I know of a number of people who leave their Bibles at the church building where they attend. While some may have other Bibles they use during the week, it is often a sign that they do not read at all during the week. Does that describe you?
Continue to article...