Some Context for this Election (Cornerstone 11/06/2016)

Some Context For This Election

Thomas Keese

It may be true of every election, but it seems the case in this election it is unlike any other in our nation’s past. I know I am not alone in feeling gravely concerned for our nation’s future. There are so many things at stake as we approach November 8. No matter who is elected, we as Christians will continue to be confronted with major issues. 1st of all there is rampant immorality, fornication, adultery, lasciviousness and lovers of themselves, lovers of money, abortion, homosexuality, etc.… Which I doubt either candidate will deal with. This societies downward spiral started years ago and will likely continue for years to come. If God wanted to judge this nation based on its current moral state how can anyone argue it would not be deserved? No matter who is elected for most of us life will continue to go on without drastic changes. My goal for this article is to provide words of comfort and some context for this election cycle. Continue reading “Some Context for this Election (Cornerstone 11/06/2016)”

Some Rules For Bible Study

Eugene Britnell

1. Realize that the Bible must be studied and rightly divided. (2 Tim. 2:15.)

2. Realize that the Bible contains the mind and will of God. (2 Peter 1 :2 1.)

3. Approach the Bible reverently and humbly. (I Thess. 2:13.)

4. Have profound faith in ALL it says. One cannot accept only a part of the Bible as being inspired. We must accept it all or reject it all.

5. Let the Bible speak to you-not you to it.

6. Study for profit and with an earnest desire to know more of God’s will, and not just to argue or endeavor to justify yourself.

7. Be willing to obey implicitly what God commands of you. (Matt. 7:21 ; Lk. 6:46.)

8. Use common sense in your study. For example, some contend that the word “water” in John 3:5 does not mean water, but common sense will convince us that it does. The letters w-a-t-e-r spell water in any other book, and there is nothing to indicate that it is used figuratively in this passage.

9. Observe who is speaking. All of the Bible was written by inspiration but that does not mean that all the statements recorded therein are true or were spoken by inspired persons. Example: Job 2:9 and Psalms 14:1.

10. Observe to whom each statement is addressed. Whether to the alien sinner, Christian, unfaithful, etc.

11. Observe why each book was written. For example, the first four books of the New Testament were written to produce faith in Jesus as the Son of God, the book of Acts records the cases of conversion of the apostolic age and a history of the early church, the next twenty-one letters are instructions to Christians, and the book of Revelation is a book of symbolic teaching showing primarily thing., that are to come and offering encouragement to the early Christians under severe persecution.

12. Study and interpret each passage in light of its context or setting. Failing to do this, some have argued that Paul teaches in I Cor. 1:17 that baptism is not essential, but the context shows that he did baptize some, and the reason he was glad he hadn’t baptized more was “lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name.”

13. Realize that there have been three distinct dispensations of religion-the PATRIARCHAL (from creation to Sinai), the JEWISH (from Sinal to the cross), and the CHRISTIAN (from Pentecost of Acts 2 until the coming of Christ). The New Testament is our guide in this dispensation.

14. Study the meaning of the titles of the books of the Bible.

15. Consider the history and chronology of the events of each book in the Bible.

16. Do not interpret one passage of scripture so as to contradict the teaching of another. For example, one cannot correctly interpret Romans 5:1 or Acts 16:31 to teach salvation by faith only for that would contradict James 2:24 and Gal. 5:6.

17. Determine if the language is literal or figurative. Take all passages as literal unless the context forces a figurative interpretation. To illustrate, it is clear that the “water” of John 3:23 is literal, while the context and wording shows that the “water” of Rev. 22: 17 is figurative.

18. Don’t read something into the text which is not there. Be content with taking only what it says.

19. Harmonize the Scriptures, taking ALL God says on any subject, letting all obscure passages be understood in light of the plain.

20. Have the proper attitude toward the Bible and how it teaches. Produce the scripture for ALL you do in religion, and don’t appeal to the SILENCE of the Bible for authority for anything. The Bible furnishes us completely (2 Tim. 2:16-17). We must not pervert it (Gal. 1:6-9). We must not go beyond that which is written (I Cor. 4:6). We must not add to or subtract from its teaching (Rev. 22:18-19).

Truth Magazine III:10, p. 1
July 1959

Family Bible Reading

(Deuteronomy 6:7; Psalm 78:5-7)

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. – Deut. 6:7

I am quite confident no one would disagree with the idea that reading the Bible to your family on a daily basis is a good thing. The question I wish to focus on is just why then don’t we do more of it? When reading the above passage in Deuteronomy and the referenced passage in Psalms, one cannot help but notice the diligence and consistency God was trying to impress upon His people. If we truly desire to raise godly children, we must be diligent and consistent in training our children. The basis for the spiritual education of our families should begin with families reading the Bible together.

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Genesis 1 Answers . . .

An older friend of ours now deceased used to say, “If one doesn’t believe the first five words of the Bible, the rest doesn’t matter.” Truer words could not be spoken.

The stage for the universe, earth, man and woman, and their respective purposes is set from the beginning of the Bible. God doesn’t explain Himself; the inspired author (Moses) simply begins with facts concerning His creation of all things in an orderly fashion, and assumes the reader believes in Him.

Genesis 1 answers questions that plague many people, and one’s belief or disbelief of this chapter actually determines what one’s “world view” will be toward a number of topics. Consider the following questions definitely answered by Genesis 1.

1. From where did the material universe come? Logically, it has to be either eternal – it was always here, or it was made. Genesis 1 answers that God existed before the universe, and made it. The universe had a “beginning,” and it was begun by God.

2. Why are plant and animal life in existence? Plant and animal life were made for man’s use and are to be under his dominion (1:26-31).

3. What position does mankind have in relation to the earth? Evolutionists would have us believe that mankind is only a part of the earth, perhaps a higher link in an evolutionary chain of events, and was an accident, a product only of the earth times chance times millions of years. Genesis 1 teaches differently. The progression and organization of each day’s events indicate purpose. God created the earth and populated it with lower life forms the first five days and part of the sixth day. Finally on the sixth day, He created man and woman differently from lower life forms. He created them in His own image. Therefore, the lower creation (earth and lower life forms) is to serve man’s needs as stated above, and to be under his control. It was made adequate for man’s habitation, good, and sustenance. Furthermore, since man has dominion over the earth, is to “subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea,…birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (ch. 1:28), he is obviously not to worship the earth or any life form beneath him. Rather, he should thank God for His wisdom in making everything on earth for his good.

4. What position does mankind have in relation to the Creator? The fact that mankind was created by the very word of God to be “in His image,” indicates that God wanted this special creation to be like He is in character. “In our image, after our likeness” will be explained later. We also could infer from this, especially when considering the rest of the Bible story, that He wanted mankind to love Him, have a relation with Him, and that we would want to live with Him. Answers to evolution, theistic evolution, and the place of man in the grand scheme:

1. God created the earth full grown. It was miraculous. Therefore plants and trees created on the third day could appear to be months or years old on the fourth day, when in fact they were only a day old. God did not intend to deceive us; this was rather the result of the miraculous creation of the earth in a state ready to be inhabited immediately by mankind.

Based on uniform rates of pressure under the earth’s surface (which many believe are necessary to form coal, diamonds, and other deposits), and erosion that occurs above the earth’s surface now (caused by water forming channels, rivers, seas, etc.), and without any outside forces operating on them such as a global flood, geologists make tremendously long estimates as to years necessary for these things to occur.

However, these estimates are based on presuppositions. One is that matter must be eternal; it was not brought into existence from nothing, but has always existed in some form. However, opposed to this idea is the fact that the act of creation was instantaneous. Further, natural processes of erosion, uniform rates, etc., are only possible after matter, with all its properties and laws, is brought into being. Creation of the earth in a fully developed state answers the “time” evolutionists demand for the earth to have come to its present appearance.

A second supposition is that all living creatures had to evolve from a simpler to a more complex existence, and that nothing began fully grown.

However, this chapter teaches that God not only spoke the dry land, plants, trees, animals and man into existence in days, but that all things began fully developed. Therefore, a tree created on the third day and cut down on the eighth day, might have forty rings. Under uniform rates now, it would appear that the tree grew from a sapling at least for forty years, when actually it had been created fully grown only a few days previous.

The same principle would apply to various rocks found under the earth’s surface. Under uniform rates of pressure now, it might take millions of years for coal deposits to form. However, God could have created these deposits to be under the earth’s surface and for our use by the power of His spoken word on day three.

One must discount standard uniform rates of pressures and erosion now when considering what happened during the week of creation. Miracles suspend natural laws and explanations.

2. Some attempt to reconcile demands of evolution to the Bible account of creation. This is called theistic evolution. It basically states that God made the universe, but He did it through an evolutionary process taking millions, perhaps billions of years. Genesis 1 then must be bent to this view. The theory assumes that each of the six “days” of creation took millions of years. The “days” do not refer to our usual twenty-four hour periods, but to long epochs or ages, it is assumed. There are a number of flaws with this theory.  One would never derive the idea of the days of this chapter being ages from a simple reading of the text.  While the word “day” can sometime mean something other than a twenty-four hour period, the Hebrew word for day (“yom”) always means a twenty-four hour day when used in conjunction with a numeral such as first, second, etc.  The term “evening and morning” points to a twenty-four hour day.  What would be the evenings in a period of millions of years? If the theory is correct, then hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of years would pass for plants to be in darkness! They could not live.  Exodus 20:11 states: “in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” The seventh day was obviously a twenty-four hour day because a parallel or similarity had to exist between God’s “rest” and the day of rest for the Israelites. The context would demand the term “six days” to mean basically six twenty-four hour days.  Adam was created on the sixth day. If each day represents lengthy geological ages, then how long would years have been? According to this theory, Adam lived through part of one “age” (6th day), all of another (7th day), and evidently part of another (8th day)! If the days of Genesis 1 are to be understood as millions of years, then how old would Adam have been when he died (Gen. 5:5)?

3. Genesis 1 teaches the dignity of man and his elevated status over the lower creation. Evolution, either atheistic or theistic, denies this. According to evolution, man is simply a higher link in an evolutionary chain of events. This is not where the Bible places us! “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (vs. 26). “In our image, after our likeness” are not likely two different ideas, but synonymous phrases combined to intensify two related thoughts. First, the creation of man was patterned after God Himself. Man has similarities to God. This does not mean that God looks like humans, because God is an incorporeal spirit (John 4:24) and a spirit does not have a material body (Luke 24:39). Therefore, the phrase emphasizes the inner and spiritual essence of man as it relates to God. We understand many differences between ourselves and the lower creation – speech, higher degree of intelligence, self-consciousness, freedom of the will, ability to discern good and evil, and a part of us that is eternal, our spirits. Such attributes allow us to understand Who God is and to worship Him. While we are not immediately like God in moral characteristics, He made us with the capacity to be similar to His character (Col. 3:10). A second related idea is this: If God created man in His image and unlike His creation of the earth and other life forms, then it follows that man should be over the lower creation and use it for his good. This is emphasized in verses 28-31.

4. Genesis 1 also teaches that every piece of God’s creative work has its assigned place, its purpose. It answers at least two of life’s age-old questions: “Where did we come from?” and “Why are we here?”

5. There is organization and symmetry to God’s creation. God did not merely “throw” the earth together without organization. The structure and symmetry He used for each of the six days of creation is spellbinding. Genesis 1:2 states that the earth was “without form, and void,” or “empty.” The six days of creation can be divided into two corresponding divisions or triads, showing how God remedied the “formlessness” and “emptiness” of the earth.

It is always best not to attempt to reconcile the Bible to theories of men which often come and go. The safe route is to understand the meaning of Bible words in their primary and simple use first, then when a context demands a figurative use be understood, apply that use. From Genesis 1 we learn that the earth and everything living (excluding man) was made for man. Even the heavenly lights (sun, moon and stars) were made for us – to be for “signs, seasons, days and years,…and to give light upon the earth” (vss. 14-19). This staggering exalted position made the psalmist declare, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou has made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor” (Ps. 8:3-5). Rather than worship “Mother Earth” as so many do, we are to use what God created for us on earth for our good here, and use ourselves in His service and unto His glory for our spiritual good here, looking to eternal life in the hereafter. — Phillip Owens

Our Authority Is The Word

By Dan Gatlin

Jesus said, “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak” (Jn. 12:47-49). Since we are to be judged by the words of Jesus, we must follow everything that He tells us to do. If we should add to or subtract from His words, we will give an account on the day of judgment.

Before His ascension, Jesus instructed His disciples to teach “them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20). In Jn. 16:13, Jesus told the disciples that they would be guided “into all truth.” This guidance would come from the Holy Spirit and, as such, would come from the mind of God (1 Cor. 2:10). We will be judged by the words of Jesus, but also by the rest of the inspired writers of the New Testament.

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Bible Reading Schedule

January 

01 Gen 1‐3
02 Gen 4‐7
03 Gen 8‐11
04 Job 1‐5
05 Job 6‐9

06 Job 10‐13
07 Job 14‐16
08 Job 17‐20
09 Job 21‐23
10 Job 24‐28
11 Job 29‐31
12 Job 32‐34
13 Job 35‐37
14 Job 38‐39

15 Job 40‐42
16 Gen 12‐15
17 Gen 16‐18
18 Gen 19‐21
19 Gen 22‐24
20 Gen 25‐26
21 Gen 27‐29
22 Gen 30‐31
23 Gen 32‐34

24 Gen 35‐37
25 Gen 38‐40
26 Gen 41‐42
27 Gen 43‐45
28 Gen 46‐47
29 Gen 48‐50
30 Ex 1‐3
31 Ex 4‐6

May 

01 2 Sam 5:1‐10, 1 Chr 11‐12
02 Ps 133
03 Ps 106‐107
04 2 Sam 5:11‐6:23, 1 Chr 13‐16
05 Ps 1‐2, 15, 22‐24, 47, 68
06 Ps 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, 132
07 2 Sam 7, 1 Chr 17

08 Ps 25, 29, 33, 36, 39
09 2 Sam 8‐9, 1 Chr 18
10 Ps 50, 53, 60, 75
11 2 Sam 10, 1 Chr 19, Ps 20
12 Ps 65‐67, 69‐70
13 2 Sam 11‐12, 1 Chr 20
14 Ps 32, 51, 86, 122
15 2 Sam 13‐15
16 Ps 3‐4, 12‐13, 28, 55

17 2 Sam 16‐18
18 Ps 26, 40, 58, 61‐62, 64
19 2 Sam 19‐21
20 Ps 5, 38, 41‐42
21 2 Sam 22‐23, Ps 57
22 Ps 95, 97‐99
23 2 Sam 24, 1 Chr 21‐22, Ps 30
24 Ps 108‐110
25 1 Chr 23‐25

26 Ps 131, 138‐139, 143‐145
27 1 Chr 26‐29, Ps 127
28 Ps 111‐118
29 1 Kgs 1‐2, 37, 71, 94
30 Ps 119:1‐88
31 1 Kgs 3‐4, 2 Chr 1, Ps 72

September 

01 Ezek 18‐19
02 Ezek 20‐21
03 Ezek 22‐23
04 Ezek 24‐27
05 Ezek 28‐31
06 Ezek 32‐34
07 Ezek 35‐37
08 Ezek 38‐39
09 Ezek 40‐41

10 Ezek 42‐43
11 Ezek 44‐45
12 Ezek 46‐48
13 Joel 1‐3
14 Dan 1‐3
15 Dan 4‐6
16 Dan 7‐9
17 Dan 10‐12
18 Ezra 1‐3

19 Ezra 4‐6, Ps 137
20 Hag 1‐2
21 Zech 1‐7
22 Zech 8‐14
23 Est 1‐5
24 Est 6‐10
25 Ezra 7‐10
26 Neh 1‐5
27 Neh 6‐7

28 Neh 8‐10
29 Neh 11‐13, Ps 126
30 Mal 1‐4

Febuary 

01 Ex 7‐9
02 Ex 10‐12

03 Ex 13‐15
04 Ex 16‐18
05 Ex 19‐21
06 Ex 22‐24
07 Ex 25‐27
08 Ex 28‐29
09 Ex 30‐32
10 Ex 33‐35
11 Ex 36‐38

12 Ex 39‐40
13 Lev 1‐4
14 Lev 5‐7
15 Lev 8‐10
16 Lev 11‐13
17 Lev 14‐15
18 Lev 16‐18
19 Lev 19‐21
20 Lev 22‐23

21 Lev 24‐25
22 Lev 26‐27
23 Num 1‐2
24 Num 3‐4
25 Num 5‐6
26 Num 7
27 Num 8‐10
28 Num 11‐13

June 

01 Ps 119:89‐176
02 Sng 1‐8
03 Prov 1‐3
04 Prov 4‐6
05 Prov 7‐9
06 Prov 10‐12
07 Prov 13‐15

08 Prov 16‐18
09 Prov 19‐21
10 Prov 22‐24
11 1 Kgs 5‐6, 2 Chr 2‐3
12 1 Kgs 7, 2 Chr 4
13 1 Kgs 8, 2 Chr 5
14 2 Chr 6‐7, Ps 136
15 Ps 134, 146‐150
16 1 Kgs 9, 2 Chr 8

17 Prov 25‐26
18 Prov 27‐29
19 Eccl 1‐6
20 Eccl 7‐12
21 1 Kgs 10‐11, 2 Chr 9
22 Prov 30‐31
23 1 Kgs 12‐14
24 2 Chr 10‐12
25 1 Kgs 15:1‐24, 2 Chr 13‐16

26 1 Kgs 15:25‐16:34, 2 Chr 17
27 1 Kgs 17‐19
28 1 Kgs 20‐21
29 1 Kgs 22, 2 Chr 18
30 2 Chr 19‐23

October 

01 Luke 1, John 1:1‐14

02 Matt 1, Luke 2:1‐38
03 Matt 2, Luke 2:39‐52
04 Matt 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
05 Matt 4, Luke 4‐5, John 1:15‐51
06 John 2‐4
07 Mark 2
08 John 5
09 Matt 12:1‐21, Mark 3, Luke 6
10 Matt 5‐7

11 Matt 8:1‐13, Luke 7
12 Matt 11
13 Matt 12:22‐50, Luke 11
14 Matt 13, Luke 8
15 Matt 8:14‐34, Mark 4‐5
16 Matt 9‐10
17 Matt 14, Mark 6, Luke 9:1‐17
18 John 6
19 Matt 15, Mark 7

20 Matt 16, Mark 8, Luke 9:18‐27
21 Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:28‐62
22 Matt 18
23 John 7‐8
24 John 9:1‐10:21
25 Luke 10‐11, John 10:22‐42
26 Luke 12‐13
27 Luke 14‐15
28 Luke 16‐17:10

29 John 11
30 Luke 17:11‐18:14
31 Matt 19, Mark 10

March 

01 Num 14‐15, Ps 90
02 Num 16‐17

03 Num 18‐20
04 Num 21‐22
05 Num 23‐25
06 Num 26‐27
07 Num 28‐30
08 Num 31‐32
09 Num 33‐34
10 Num 35‐36
11 Deut 1‐2

12 Deut 3‐4
13 Deut 5‐7
14 Deut 8‐10
15 Deut 11‐13
16 Deut 14‐16
17 Deut 17‐20
18 Deut 21‐23
19 Deut 24‐27
20 Deut 28‐29

21 Deut 30‐31
22 Deut 32‐34, Ps 91
23 Josh 1‐4
24 Josh 5‐8
25 Josh 9‐11
26 Josh 12‐15
27 Josh 16‐18
28 Josh 19‐21
29 Josh 22‐24

30 Judg 1‐2
31 Judg 3‐5

July 

01 Obad 1, Ps 82‐83
02 2 Kgs 1‐4
03 2 Kgs 5‐8
04 2 Kgs 9‐11

05 2 Kgs 12‐13, 2 Chr 24
06 2 Kgs 14, 2 Chr 25
07 Jonah 1‐4
08 2 Kgs 15, 2 Chr 26
09 Isa 1‐4
10 Isa 5‐8
11 Amos 1‐5
12 Amos 6‐9
13 2 Chr 27, Isa 9‐12

14 Mic 1‐7
15 2 Chr 28, 2 Kgs 16‐17
16 Isa 13‐17
17 Isa 18‐22
18 Isa 23‐27
19 2 Kgs 18:1‐8, 2 Chr 29‐31, Ps 48
20 Hos 1‐7
21 Hos 8‐14
22 Isa 28‐30

23 Isa 31‐34
24 Isa 35‐36
25 Isa 37‐39, Ps 76
26 Isa 40‐43
27 Isa 44‐48
28 2 Kgs 18:9‐19:37, Ps 46, 80, 135
29 Isa 49‐53
30 Isa 54‐58
31 Isa 59‐63

November 

01 Matt 20‐21
02 Luke 18:15‐19:48
03 Mark 11, John 12
04 Matt 22, Mark 12
05 Matt 23, Luke 20‐21
06 Mark 13

07 Matt 24
08 Matt 25
09 Matt 26, Mark 14
10 Luke 22, John 13
11 John 14‐17
12 Matt 27, Mark 15
13 Luke 23, John 18‐19
14 Matt 28, Mark 16
15 Luke 24, John 20‐21

16 Acts 1‐3
17 Acts 4‐6
18 Acts 7‐8
19 Acts 9‐10
20 Acts 11‐12
21 Acts 13‐14
22 Jas 1‐5
23 Acts 15‐16
24 Gal 1‐3

25 Gal 4‐6
26 Acts 17‐18:18
27 1 Thes 1‐5, 2 Thes 1‐3
28 Acts 18:19‐19:41
29 1 Cor 1‐4
30 1 Cor 5‐8

April 

01 Judg 6‐7
02 Judg 8‐9
03 Judg 10‐12
04 Judg 13‐15
05 Judg 16‐18
06 Judg 19‐21
07 Ruth 1‐4
08 1 Sam 1‐3
09 1 Sam 4‐8

10 1 Sam 9‐12
11 1 Sam 13‐14
12 1 Sam 15‐17
13 1 Sam 18‐20, Ps 11, Ps 59
14 1 Sam 21‐24
15 Ps 7, 27, 31, 34, 52
16 Ps 56, 120, 140‐142
17 1 Sam 25‐27
18 Ps 17, 35, 54, 63

19 1 Sam 28‐31, Ps 18
20 Ps 121, 123‐125, 128‐130
21 2 Sam 1‐4
22 Ps 6, 8‐10, 14, 16, 19, 21
23 1 Chr 1‐2
24 Ps 43‐45, 49, 84‐85, 87
25 1 Chr 3‐5
26 Ps 73, 77‐78
27 1 Chr 6

28 Ps 81, 88, 92‐93
29 1 Chr 7‐10
30 Ps 102‐104

August 

01 Isa 64‐66
02 2 Kgs 20‐21
03 2 Chr 32‐33
04 Nahum 1‐3

05 2 Kgs 22‐23, 2 Chr 34‐35
06 Zeph 1‐3
07 Jer 1‐3
08 Jer 4‐6
09 Jer 7‐9
10 Jer 10‐13
11 Jer 14‐17
12 Jer 18‐22
13 Jer 23‐25

14 Jer 26‐29
15 Jer 30‐31
16 Jer 32‐34
17 Jer 35‐37
18 Jer 38‐40, Ps 74, Ps 79
19 2 Kgs 24‐25, 2 Chr 36
20 Hab 1‐3
21 Jer 41‐45
22 Jer 46‐48

23 Jer 49‐50
24 Jer 51‐52
25 Lam 1:1‐3:36
26 Lam 3:37‐5:22
27 Ezek 1‐4
28 Ezek 5‐8
29 Ezek 9‐12
30 Ezek 13‐15
31 Ezek 16‐17

December 

01 1 Cor 9‐11
02 1 Cor 12‐14
03 1 Cor 15‐16
04 2 Cor 1‐4
05 2 Cor 5‐9
06 2 Cor 10‐13
07 Acts 20:1‐3, Rom 1‐3

08 Rom 4‐7
09 Rom 8‐10
10 Rom 11‐13
11 Rom 14‐16
12 Acts 20:4‐23:35
13 Acts 24‐26
14 Acts 27‐28
15 Col 1‐4, Phm 1
16 Eph 1‐6

17 Phil 1‐4
18 1 Tim 1‐6
19 Titus 1‐3
20 1 Pet 1‐5
21 Heb 1‐6
22 Heb 7‐10
23 Heb 11‐13
24 2 Tim 1‐4
25 2 Pet 1‐3, Jude 1

26 1 Jn 1‐5
27 2 Jn 1, 3 Jn 1
28 Rev 1‐5
29 Rev 6‐11
30 Rev 12‐18
31 Rev 19‐22

Some Rules For Bible Study

 

Eugene Britnell Tuckerman, Arkansas 

1. Realize that the Bible must be studied and rightly divided. (2 Tim. 2:15.)

2. Realize that the Bible contains the mind and will of God. (2 Peter 1 :2 1.)

3. Approach the Bible reverently and humbly. (I Thess. 2:13.)

4. Have profound faith in ALL it says. One cannot accept only a part of the Bible as being inspired. We must accept it all or reject it all.

5. Let the Bible speak to you-not you to it.

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The Old and New Testaments

Introduction

“New Testament?  Old Testament?  What is the difference, and why does it matter?”  Understanding the difference between the Old and New Testaments is one of the most important foundations that must be laid to properly understand God’s Word.  Failing to realize the Bible’s teaching on this matter can lead to countless erroneous conclusions, possibly costing one’s own soul.  Therefore, let us turn to the pages of God’s Word for an in depth study to let it tell us the difference and significance of the Old and New Testaments.  You may rather prefer to first read a summary of the conclusions formed here in detail, with Scriptures.

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Bible Course Online

About This Study

The purpose of this study is to introduce students to a few very basic principles of Bible study using the convenience of the Internet. You will need to provide us with your e-mail address if you would like us to grade and return your answers. Your e-mail address will not be shared or sold to anyone. No one will visit you or contact you unless you provide us with your information and request we get in touch with you.

Each lesson consists of an article with several scriptures and a discussion of their meaning. The article may contain a quote from the Scriptures. You are encouraged to open your Bible and read along. Test what we say against what you read in your Bible. If what you read in your Bible does not closely match what we have quoted or it raises other questions in your mind, please add your comments or questions to the section at the bottom of the form.

Lessons

  1. The Bible Is All You Need
  2. The Old and New Testaments

The Bible is All You Need

Heath Rogers

We know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it is relevant to our lives today. Now we will consider the all-sufficiency of the Bible. “Sufficient” means “as much as is needed or required, enough.” Is the Bible enough, or do we need something in addition to it to know and understand God’s will? Please consider the following passages.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

“All Scripture” is all that man needs to make him complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work. What more could we need? “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” (2 Pet. 1:3). God’s word gives us everything we need to know. There isn’t anything else that we need.

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

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