Have you noticed that Facebook, especially the theological forums, can bring out the worst in us? My first experience with a theological forum was about 20 years ago when I was in college. Being excited to throw in my two cents, I jumped into the theological discussion. So exciting to see something I had written … Continue reading Facebook Etiquette
Note: Read verses 1-10 in order to get the context in mind. Introduction: Consider the following illustration from a past edition of Today In The Word: Harvesting was a far more difficult task before Cyrus McCormick invented the mechanical reaper. Even laboring long hours, farmhands using sickles could harvest no more than one acre per … Continue reading Being Generous and Doing Good (Galatians 6:6-10 Teaching Outline)
Note: As I have pointed out before, I have a habit of including references to Greek terms in my notes, whether I actually refer to them or not, so I have left them in with transliterations. Introduction: Remember that in last week's post we saw that Paul describes the Christian life as a battle between … Continue reading Bearing One’s Own Load (Galatians 6:3-5 Teaching Outline)
Note: Begin reading the passage at 5:16 and read through 6:5 in order to get the context in mind. Note also that I have a habit of including references to Greek terms in my notes, whether I actually refer to them or not, so I have left them in with transliterations. Introduction: These days it … Continue reading Bearing One Another’s Burdens (Galatians 6:1-2 Teaching Outline)
Introduction: One of the central passages of the New Testament concerning Jesus' obedience is found in Philippians 2. In it the Apostle Paul sets forth Jesus as our example of obedience: NKJ Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did … Continue reading The Wisdom of Obeying Your Parents (Luke 2:39-52 Teaching Outline)
I also highly recommend Jeff's book The Church: Why Bother? In fact, it is a good book to give to friends or other people in your church. See also: The Church: Why Bother? by Jeff Johnson and episodes of the Confessing Baptist podcasts here and here.
Sadly, there are far too many inconsistent Calvinists who need to hear this rebuke! The booklet James mentions -- "The Practical Implications of Calvinism" -- may be downloaded for free here.
Note: In our previous examination of the Parable of the Budding Fig Tree, we saw that the disciples asked our Lord Jesus about the time when the destruction of Jerusalem would occur. We also saw that He gave them a two-part answer. The first part of His answer dealt primarily with the coming destruction of Jerusalem … Continue reading Parable of the Doorkeeper (Mark 13:32-37 Teaching Outline)
Introduction: As our Lord Jesus prepared to ascend to the Father, His disciples still did not fully understand all that He had taught them concerning the kingdom of God, so they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6b). Jesus’ reply was one which we should all take … Continue reading Parable of the Budding Fig Tree (Mark 13:28-31 Teaching Outline)
Note: The Parable of the Growing Seed is found only in the Gospel of Mark, and Mark indicates that it was told in the context of two other well known parables, the Parable of the Sower, which precedes it earlier in the context, and the Parable of the Mustard Seed, which immediately follows it. It is important, … Continue reading Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29 Teaching Outline)