Isaiah 14:1-17

June 19, 2022
The promise to restore Israel after the exile also points to a larger, final, restoration of God’s people at the end of fallen humanity’s rule. This final gathering will include…

Isaiah 12 & 13

June 12, 2022
Isaiah 12 inserts a song of salvation and relief from the scolding words of the coming punishment. It promises that God’s wrath will be turned away. Isaiah 13 is a…

Isaiah 11:1-16

June 5, 2022
Isaiah has a vision of the end-times, of the coming Branch of David, the Messiah who will: • Have God’s Spirit rest on him • Judge the earth in righteousness…
What things are appropriate to discuss in church? Is it appropriate to share our views? How should we share them? How should we react when others speak? Or choose NOT…

Isaiah 10:5-34

May 22, 2022
Of the four prophetic sons mentioned in chapters 7-9 we see references to 3 (or possibly 4) in chapter 10. The nations are tools in the hands of God. They…
God’s nation had ignored the divine warnings and in pride, trusted in their own military strength rather than in God’s covenant. The people were selfish and destroying their own nation.…

Isaiah 9:1-7

May 8, 2022
God delivers his prophetic word through sons given to Isaiah. Their lives direct attention to God’s plans to redeem his covenant people. In Isaiah 9 God gives to all his…

Isaiah 8:1-22

May 1, 2022
The birth-names of Isaiah’s children are living proof of what was to come. The life of one particular son indicates the timing of the coming events. The three events are:…

Isaiah 7:1-25

April 24, 2022
Ahaz is a vile king. For political reasons the northern two kingdoms want to punish Judah for not joining them in an alliance against Assyria. This is terrifying for Judah.…
Our sins were healed by our King on the Cross (1 Corinthians 15:3). Sin is breaking God’s commandments and standards for right living (1 John 3:4). This violation of God’s…
Isaiah continues to foretell the judgement on Jerusalem. God will call nations to render judgment (Assyria and then Babylon) They will utterly destroy Jerusalem and Israel. Isaiah finishes the introductory…
The prophetic Judgment is now specific to Judea and Israel. God loved his people, did everything that was reasonable to show is love and his power, but it was not…
Judah had made alliances with foreigners and trusted in their wealth and military strength instead of Yahweh. Because they have broken their covenant they are due for judgment. God’s people…
[This is a re-recording of the sermon] The covenantal people have violated the covenant and now their city houses murderers. The leaders are thieves, they have violated their assignment to…

Isaiah 1 :1-20

March 13, 2022
When God’s people are still in rebellion, their acts of repentance are hollow and worthless. Instead learn to love your neighbor, help the poor and the vulnerable.
Prior to man falling in sin, God had direct contact with sinless humans. Once they sinned, the ‘hiddenness’ of God began. After that it was rare that God was in…

2 Peter 3:1-18

February 27, 2022
Peter reminds us that God has a different time-table and he is being patient, and we should be too. God will keep his promise. God is patient so that more…

2 Peter 2:10-22

February 20, 2022
False teachers - typically despise authority - are typically arrogant & ignorant - use opportunities in close fellowship to corrupt and harm others - scoff at what they do not…
As you, a Christian, stay focused on the Christ and his second coming recognize false teachers who spread doubts about clear teachings and divide the church and approve of sin.…
Peter strongly encourages the Christians in Asia Minor to ... Stay strong and continue growing in faith, adding in 7 characteristics to keep strong. Be productive in their ministry to…
Chapter 5 speaks of Church “polity” and how elders have authority and how they are to use it rightly. Abuses by Church leaders is a factor in why people turn…
Peter prepares these Christians in Asia Minor for the persecution and troubles ahead as implied in Proverbs, as foretold by Christ (John 15:20; 16:1-3) and possibly foretold in Daniel 11…
Peter reminds the Christians in Asia Minor of what they already knew: Christ suffered for our sins Christ was put to death in the flesh Christ was made alive by…
We are called to suffer at the hands of the unjust, and following Christ’s example. If there is a way to minimize the suffering, take those steps. But we still…
What does it mean to say that ‘The Bible is all about God's ethics and promises’? From Genesis to Revelation it is all about God’s high standards that he has…
Peter discusses relationships with non-believers, especially to those in authority. We are all called to follow Christ’s example. Just as Christ suffered at the hands of unjust men we are…
This passage is Trinitarian because of its references to Yahweh in the OT that are now fulfilled in Jesus. Fulfills John 16:14 “He [the Holy Spirit] will glorify me” If…

1 Peter 1:1-25

December 19, 2021
1 Peter is accepted as a book written by Peter, the apostle of Jesus. It is a very Trinitarian book, referring to the Father, Son and Spirit all acting closely…
This doctrine started being developed the final night of Jesus’ life. (Hinted at in the OT - starting with Genesis 1; but described in John) It started taking shape over…
Paul concludes his letter. Do you test your understanding of Scripture and your faith? Is your faith genuine? Do you navigate life while keeping your eyes on Jesus? Do you…
Paul wraps up his letter with his testimony, his “boasting”, that he is truly a blessed apostle that Christ is using. The false teachers do not have the same testimony.…
Paul discusses more marks of cultic leaders. Some in the Corinthian church claim that Paul does not have the marks of an apostle. The cultic teachers have apparently made accusations…
Paul carefully exposes (traveling, cultic) teachers who appear to be skilled Christians but who have great self-esteem and use their arrogance when speaking and want to pull disciples after themselves.…
Paul continues discussing the donations for the Christians in Jerusalem who were in a very difficult situation. Paul gives guidance in how to decide how much to donate to this…
Paul discusses arrangements for the Corinthian church to continue in making donations for the Christians in Jerusalem who were in a very difficult situation. Paul gives guidance in how to…
Paul knows how to counsel, even when it is painful. Paul also knows how to follow his counsel with kind and comforting words. This helps the recipients keep to their…
Paul wraps up his long list of encouraging viewpoints with this final point that we should realize we are priests who will be serving in God’s temple in the Kingdom…
Paul continues to add to our list of what is encouraging to us as we face difficult times: Although we groan in our bodies we look to being present in…
When we compare the life of non-believers ... Although the gospel of Jesus being the Christ and the image of God is veiled for those who are perishing, we see…
Non-believers have a veil over their eyes. But Christians are granted to see the glory of the Christ! Who removes the veil over the mind? In Exodus 34:34 Who did…

Paul has had a difficult time since writing 1 Corinthians. Did the Corinthian church know what has been happening to Paul? Was he asking for money ... or what? In…
Who are the “sons of God”? Are there “sons of God” who have authority and have faithfully kept their position in God’s court? Is it possible for humans to be…
Who are the Sons of God? In this part 3, we will continue to examine possible implications that spirit sons of God have influenced human history and human governments down…
Who are the Sons of God? In this part 2 we will continue to examine possible implications that spirit sons of God have influenced human history and human governments down…
Who are the Sons of God? We will first examine what the Old Testament says on this and find some puzzling verses that are debated by scholars. We will see…
The Book of 1 Corinthians is loaded with refinements of ethical thinking. Much is still debated today. Today we will look at a highly debated topic in the church today:…
We have been looking at chapters 8-10 Chapter 8 - 9:19 Is about interacting with insiders (in the New Covenant). Chapter 9:20- 10 Is about interacting with outsiders. We will…
Chapter 8 - 9:19 Handling conscience matters - Interacting with those in the New Covenant. A strong Christian DOES have moral freedom to do many things but the strong MUST…
We now face questions regarding who can teach in a church? Some believe it is restricted to males. Some think women can be pastors and elders. Some choose which view…
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