The book of Joel is quite short but uses the phrase “day of the Lord” repeatedly throughout the prophecy. What is meant by this phrase that is used here but also around 30 times throughout the Old and New Testaments? We hope to get a better idea of that in this class.
Videos of Facebook Live studies
These videos have been recorded of classes done over Facebook Live. We have completed several series of lessons and are now looking at various topics.
Fasting is something that we find done fairly frequently in some circles of the denominational world. Most brethren I know don’t spend a lot of time discussing fasting in much detail. In this class we hope to shed some light on the purpose of fasting as seen in the Bible and see that it is still useful for God’s people today.
So-called “main-line churches of Christ” band together as organisations of churches through sponsoring churches or separate organisations that the churches operate or support. In this class we look at how to view these things and apply some principles we have seen about necessary conclusions and the difference between what Christ expects from a local church and an individual Christian.
October 13, 2020
Sometimes the argument is made that since the church is the people, anything Christ wants the people to do, the church can do. We want to examine the different uses of the word “church” in the Bible and then focus on a particular usage (the local church) in seeing that it is not just the sum of the people that are its members.
In this class, we examine some arguments that are made to justify fellowship meals–common meals eaten as a church.
October 6, 2020
In this class, we look at how to properly use necessary conclusions (also known as necessary inference) and see the difference between this and how we sometimes draw conclusions that are not necessary and even some that are impossible to be true. We spend most of the time applying this to the question of who must do the baptising for someone to be saved.
October 1, 2020
In this class, we look at Psalms 22, 110, and 45, which are very powerful prophecies of Jesus, the Messiah.
September 29, 2020
In this class, we begin looking at some of the Psalms that made prophecies about Jesus. We look at Psalms 8, 2, 16, and 40.
September 24, 2020
In this class, we finish our examination of the imprecatory psalms (those that ask God to bring curses on our enemies) and look at Psalms 69 and 109 in particular.
September 22, 2020
In this class, we look at an example of imprecatory language (calling down curses on someone’s enemies) in Psalm 58 and discuss how this type of language fits with the teaching of Christ. Lord willing, we will look at more Psalms that focus on this type of language in the next class.
September 17, 2020
There are a few Psalms that have the history of God’s work with Israel as their main focus. We want to look at some of those today and see what purpose there can be for looking at this history. We will use Psalms 135, 105, 78, and 106. We may not have time to get through them all, but we will see.
In this lesson we look at a few of the Psalms that focus on praising God and giving thanks to Him and see what the reasons are that are given in these Psalms. Today’s Psalms are 100, 103, 87, 148, and 136.
A great many of the Psalms express trust in God. Some of them have trust in God as their central idea. These are what we want to look at today. We will use Psalms 3, 4, 23, and 121 as examples.
September 8, 2020
In this class, we look at some of the Psalms that demonstrate how to properly “complain” to God. We look at Psalms 6, 12, 38, and 79.
September 3, 2020
In this class, we a couple of the Psalms that focus on the king of Israel and what we can learn from them. We will save the clearly Messianic Psalms that fit into the kingship or royal Psalms for another class.
In this lesson, we look at some of the Wisdom Psalms and see what kind of wisdom they teach us. We also should see some more details about Hebrew poetry and how God uses that structure to teach us.
In this class we look at an overview of the Psalms. What is the purpose of the Psalms? What do we have to know in order to understand the Psalms properly? What do we know about the men who wrote the Psalms?
August 20, 2020
In this class, Robert Buchanan again joins me and we discuss the remaining questions we could not get to last time. What should be the individual Christian’s relationship with music in relation to worship and entertainment?
August 18, 2020
Robert Buchanan from White River, South Africa, helps us understand God’s will in relation to some questions that have been asked about music connected with worship–especially the authority or lack of authority for certain practices.
I messed up by not showing the slides for the first part and then not having audio for another part, but it does eventually get fixed! Sorry for that.
Can maps help you understand the Bible? I think so. Let’s take a look.
June 30, 2020
This Facebook Live class began on June 30 and finished on August 11. Classes on other topics are planned to continue. You can join the live classes on Facebook at joelsbiblelessons.
May 26, 2020
Recorded on Facebook Live from May 26-Jun 25, these classes examine a few of the different laws, people, and stories found in the Old Testament that represent Christ.
April 9, 2020
Recorded on Facebook Live from April 9-May 21, these classes go through some of the basics of the gospel and some words involved in understanding the gospel as well.