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                    Biblical Passion                                                                                 September 3, 2014

 

               Passion: Any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling as love or hate, sexual desire or lust

 

For this semester we will be discussing passion and how it plays out in our daily lives. Does it help us or hurt us?

Make us to gullible or to aggressive?

            We will try to identify what are we passionate about and what are we doing to pursue our passions

Is passion important to you? Which one would you prefer an intellectual or passionate leader

 

We will examine human passion from biblical passion.

In world war 2, General George Patton one of the greatest military leaders of all time, said about battle “God I love it" King David, also a warrior, said “God I love you!”

Who would you rather be led by?

 

King David was a passionate warrior: 2 Samuel 5:18-25, 21:15, 22:3-4, 22:29-32) Psalm 18:2-3, 18:30-40, 60:10

 

How did David express his passion? What did his passion do for him? What has yours done for you?

                 Biblical Passion                                                                                                      September 17th 2014

 

             As we start the topic discussion tonight, let’s focus on the life of King David and see how his passion for

             God and the things of which God orchestrated, dominated and directed his life.

 

                We will break down David’s passion into three areas of his life:


  • As a passionate prayer warrior

  • As a passionate noble leader

  • As a passionate warrior and defender of the faith

     

    We don’t have to look very far to see David’s prayer life and how he lived. What makes him such a passionate person is revealed in Psalm 1.

     

    The Book of Psalms or the book of praise as it is called by the Hebrew Rabbis shows people living real lives in a real world, where two dimensions of reality operate simultaneously.

     

  • Horizontal or temporal realities

  • Vertical or transcendent realities

     

    The people of God (us) without denying the pain of the earthly dimension are to live joyfully and dependently on the Person and Promises standing behind the heavenly eternal dimension. Because the cycle of all human trials, tribulations and triumphs provide occasions for expressing complaints, confidence, prayers and or praise. Passion

     

    Psalm 1: The theme of this psalm is as big as the whole bible, it tells of people’s paths and their ultimate destination based on the path they choose. This wisdom psalm is an introduction to the whole book of psalms

    It separates all people ethically and morally, it shows a clear picture of the godly and the ungodly.

     

    It also separates all people judicially, the failure of the ungodly and the fruition of their lifestyles. The recognition of the godly and the ruination of the ungodly

     

    Let’s consider the type of person that would look at all of humanity and of all of the things one could use to divide and separate people (color, race, ethnicity, gender, economics, nationality, geography) this man uses morality.

     

    Psalm 4 (The Evening Psalm)

    In this psalm we David besieged with suffering, injustice, and oppression. Heavy circumstances and emotions that can sap the will and motivation right out of you.

     

    But we see changing attitudes of the worshiper in his most difficult circumstances. The psalm is divided into three categories:

     

  • Praying for Gods Preservation

  • Reasoning with his enemies about Repentance

  • Praising God for true Perspective

     

    For our next class, please read the following psalms 9 and 112 and be ready to discuss the similarities between them and psalm 1

     

    Also Read psalm 23 and be ready to discuss the differences in David’s attitude and character from psalm 4.

     

     

     

    October 1st 2014

     

    Biblical Passion:

    In our last class we started discussing the role passion played in three aspects of David’s life. His:

     

  • His Prayer life

  • His Leadership skills and decisions

  • His battles

     

    Tonight, let us look at and compare his character in Psalm’s 9 & 112 as to the broad scope and foundation that was laid down in psalm 1. Let’s keep an eye out for the two realities of life (horizontal/temporal realities & vertical/transcendent realities)

     

    Psalm 9: In this psalm we see that something bad is going on, we can’t tell what it is, but it’s bad enough for the writer to be very busy in deep praise and prayer.

     

    Let’s breakdown the theme of the psalm: David almost seems incoherent in this psalm, he is going back and forth between the individual and corporate perspectives

    The title of the psalm is (A Death of a Son) so is he writing from a current personal experience.

     

    Because of the depth of the pain of the horizontal reality, it drives him into an exuberant determined praise:

     

    I will praise you:  (My individual commitment from my heart)

    I will tell all of your marvelous works:  (About you extraordinary interventions into history of your people (The Exodus)

    I will be glad and rejoice:  (My spirit will stay on you)

    I will sing praise to your name:  (You are still the source of my strength)

     

    The psalm is broken down into, individual praise for divine justice, verses 1-4

    Corporate praise for divine justice, verses 5-12 and then individual prayer for divine justice, verses 13-16 and corporate prayer for divine justice verses 17-20

     

    We see the tree that is planted by that river drawing more and more strength from the water no matter if the trouble is on the individual tree or the whole forest. Praise and prayer are the tools and weapons used to keep the mind focus, spirit encouraged, and passion alive.

     

    In psalm 112 we see the writer not extolling the person who fears God, it’s about the blessed state of the Righteous.

    As psalm 1 opens up with (Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly). Psalm 112 starts off with:

     

     Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. We are talking about the (Blessings of Obedience) Verses 1-9 and the (Emptiness of Sin) Verse 10.

     

    As this psalm begins where psalm 111 leaves off (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom) and blessed is the man who fears the Lord.

     

    The connection here is it takes a wise man to fear and obey God, Why? Because the desire of every human being on the planet for prosperity can only come through obedience to the commands of God.

     

    Psalm1 verses 1-3 (Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But his delight is in the Laws of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its seasons, whose leaf shall not wither. And whatever he does shall prosper).

     

     

     

    October 15th

    Biblical Passion:

     

    The following are biblical images of God, where are these images used in the Psalms and how do inspire passion:

     

  • Shield: a broad piece of armor, varying widely in form and size, carried apart from the body, usually on the left arm, as a defense against swords, lances, arrows

     

    Rock: a firm foundation or support:

    The Lord is my rock.

     

  • King: a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.

     

  • Shepherd: a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people.

 

  • Judge: a public officer authorized to hear and decide cases in a court of law; a magistrate charged with the administration of justice.

 

Refuge: shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:

to take refuge from a storm.

 

  • Fortress: any place of exceptional security; stronghold.

     

     

    Let us look at where some of these terms are found and the context in which they are used;

     

    Psalm 3:3 But You O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

    This is symbolizing defensive security for the believer as they fulfill the call of God in their lives. Christ said, that because the world hated Him, we should expect no less. So in our belief system in our mind, we know that God has a shield all around us and lifts our heads up with the utmost confidence in Him.

     

    Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and shield. My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him

    The heart of the believer must trust God. Because the heart represents our nature and character, this is where the leap of faith starts. Not in the mind but in the heart, the mind will list the pros and cons but the heart knows like it knows.

     

    Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word

    There is hope in knowing that God sees all, and makes a way for the righteous, and one day there will be a reckoning of justice.

     

    Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliver; My God my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation my stronghold

    The solid firmness of Holy Ground, while in the exceptionally secure stronghold of that is ultimately cover with the shield of protection. Boost confidence and inspires passion knowing that our salvation is protected, covered and defended.

     

    Psalm 42:9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

     

    Psalm 5:2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, for to You I will pray.

    Like King David, no matter how big we get. We must take solace in knowing us to answer to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Obedience can be a very liberating thing

     

    Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob.

    When our King speaks everything must obey. How can this not invoke a passion filled life knowing that our King and God just has to send a word our way, and everything must cease and obey?

     

    Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    The wonderful thing about this psalm is, even though the Lord is our shepherd, we will still have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but we must fear no evil while walking through.

     

    The concept here is; we must be completely optimistic about God while being pessimistic about our circumstances. Having both of these in your life is a very good thing.

     

    Optimism built the Airplane while Pessimism built the Parachute. (Rubin Hurricane Carter).

     

    Next Classes Assignment: Read Psalms 3, 5, 23 28, 18, 42, 44, identify the optimism and pessimism.  BE READ TO PRESENT AND SUPPORT YOUR FINDINGS TO THE CLASS.

     

     

    Biblical Passion                                                                                   November 5th 2014

     

    Maintaining Optimism:

     

    The statement (Maintain Optimism) will focus on verse 4 in Psalm 23 (Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.

     

    So let us describe what the valley of the shadow of death can and would be, first let’s examine the terminology’

     

    (Yea though I walk): It will be journey through, so pack a change of clothes and bring a tooth brush

     

    (The Valley of the shadow of death): A valley is typically described as a low plateau between two mountains. Meaning one must descend into the depths of a low lying perilous place. Valleys are always typically inhabited by predators because it’s easier to gain the element of surprise under the thick cover of trees, bushes, rivers and swamps.

     

    Predator represent the shadow of death, this could be anything that would interrupt the normalcy of life. From a flat tire on the way to work, to sudden death in the family and anything in between.

     

    (I will fear no evil) Your attitude in the valley’s environment

     

    (For You are with me) Your beliefs in the valley’s reality

     

    (Your rod and Your Staff they comfort me) Your secure belief in protection and direction’ 

     

    OK now, these are very easy dynamics to type on a page, but let’s open up the floor for a discussion:

     

  • How long into the journey before most of us start questioning God?

  • The emotional strain of this kind of journey. (disgusts, self-pity, self-doubt, trust, anger, depression, frustration,)

  • Have you been in this kind of Valley before, what did you learn?

  • What are your weakness and vulnerabilities in this valley?

  • What are you most afraid of in this valley?

  • How do we overcome our fears? (Faith over Fact, Spirit over mind)

  • Outside realities verses internal beliefs

     

                                                                                                         December 17th 2014

    Biblical Passion

     

    Belief Systems, Civil Disobedience & the Law:

     

    With the national public response over the outcomes of the Ferguson & Staten Island police killings, the country is waiting on nervous anticipation to see the outcomes of the Gurley and Rice cases. But what I want to discuss tonight is how does biblical passion fit into all of this’

     

    In all of the confusion we see and hear a lot of people praying, quoting scriptures, clergy are marching and preaching on and about these issues. So let’s go back to the beginning, and identify what passion and biblical passion is.

     

    Passion: Any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling as love or hate, sexual desire or lust

     

    Biblical Passion: All powerful motivations for the things of God, in word and deed

     

    So let’s start with our belief system which is found in Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”.

     

    The Christian not only believes in Christ deep down in his heart which is the nature and character of who he is, they will and are required to proclaim this part of their transformation.

     

    So the question now is can earthly issues know matter how passionate we are about them convert us back to old behaviors, old thinking and old perceiving.

     

    Civil Disobedience: To publicly disobey the immoral laws in a polite and civil manner, with an intention towards conversion rather then destruction.

     

    The Law: have any laws been broken by the police, are these issues policing issues, racial issues or judicial issues.

     

    If it’s about policing tactics and policies like (Broken Window) and who it’s applied to, then we have a moral an immoral issue.

     

    If it’s about race and equal treatment under the law like (Jim Crow) then there is a moral an immoral issue. But if it’s about the judicial system and sections like the grand jury process, there is no moral or immoral issues but rather a judicial process that needs an amendment resolution via an election.

     

    Christendom’s foundation is found in the teachings and practices of Christ, which is always servitude to somebody, anybody, and everybody. This service has always been categorized as sacrificial due to the hardships endured while helping people. So the questions that I would like to address and answer tonight are: 

  • Are the protestors protesting an immoral issue or a judicial one?

  • Are the protestors demonstrating Christlikeness in their passion for change?

  • Is protesting a spiritual weapon?

      

    Let’s look to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament & New Testament as they rebelled against oppression.

    In the New Testament the Hebrew people choose the criminal and rebel Barabbas over our Lord.

    In the Old Testament the Hebrew people choose the paranoid young King Saul over the anointed prophet, priest and pastor Samuel. 

The Study of Faith                                                                                             January 14th 2015 

  • The study of Faith: Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. (Hebrews 11:1). The study of faith is really about the study of our beliefs systems, how solid are our beliefs, can they be tempted, provoked, bought, frightened, worn out.

    • What is it?

    • How does it work

    • What are the obstacles to it 

      Faith & Attitude: 

    • Attitude and the scriptures (Faith come by Hearing)

    • The Attitude of the mind

    • The wrong Attitude

      Hard times and Faith: 

    •  In Relationships

    •  On Jobs

    •  In the family

    •  In the Church


      The Bible is full of scriptures about faith, and during this semester we will review a lot of them, but before we start quoting scriptures we will identify and discuss the above topics while interjecting faith into each one from a psychological and emotional perspective

WHAT IS FAITH?

When I asked this question, I am asking for the biblical definition found in Hebrews 11:1 but am also asking for a description of it.

What does the bible mean by (Now Faith), why not just faith or yesterday’s faith or last night’s faith?

Remember, when we study faith we are talking about belief systems, and these systems always work best in the present while projecting into the future.

 

The Study of Faith:                                           1/21/15

 

As we begin to explore a little deeper conversation to our discussion from last week’s class, let us continue in the vain of:

What is Faith? As we discussed, the bible gives us a very clear meaning of faith (Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. (Hebrews 11:1).  But for class purposes I would like to explore this a little more.

This Biblical meaning seems to fit best when one is dealing with long term uncertainties, like terminal illness, sever loss, of love ones, jobs, homes, etc.

But how does it work in daily living, to help us in our daily growth in God. If salvation comes by it, surely so should learning, maturing and sanctified living also be benefits of it.

What does it mean, when the bible in 2 Corinthians 5:7 says” We walk by faith and not by sight”. Or

Romans 8:24 for in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have.  Or

2 Corinthians 4:18 so we fix our eyes not on what is seen. But on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal

How can we see what is unseen, what are we looking for? What is this hope that we don’t know about? Why is it not so appealing until after the storm wrecks our lives?

Are we supposed to be looking at our lives more collectively as it pertains to other people, rather than individualistically as it pertains to our problems?


 

 

Pastor Williams Winter 2013 Bible Study: THEOLOGICAL TREATISE

  • CHRISTOLOGY: The study of Christ

    CHRISTOS:  Christ

    OLOGY: Study of

    The preexistence of Christ as the eternal son of God:

    John 1:1-3 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that were made.

    But also in these verses in the gospel of John we also find this SIX BASIC TRUTHS ABOUT CHRIST:

    • His eternity as stated at the beginning of this gospel (In the beginning was the word and the word was with God)

    • His incarnate (In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1: 4-5). The theme of life and light are qualities shared among the God head and are personified and typified as the main theme of the Word and those who respond to it.

    • His forerunner (There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe. He was not the Light but was sent to bear witness of that Light. John 1: 6-8).  After 400 hundred silent years John the Baptist was sent to bear witness of Christ. He was the agent of belief representing the object of belief.

    • His Un-recognition (That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own and His own did not receive Him. John 1:9-11)

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    • His omnipotent (But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1: 12-13).

    • His Glory (And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried our, saying. “This was He whom I said, “He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.” And of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1: 14-17).  Jesus and the Father display the same essential nature with the same one mindedness purpose (the protection and preservation of those given to Him). This is done by full grace and truth. God displays super abundance grace to mankind, especially believers.

    Colossians 1:16 for by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Categories of Angels whom Christ created and rules over, there is no mentioned of whether they are holy or fallen.

    Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds;  

    God has spoken to mankind through prophets, visions, symbols and parables now He speaks through Jesus  who is heir to everything that exist because he made all things in all ages including time, space and energy,

     

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    JESUS CHRIST WAS TRULY GOD:

    Christ is God, has always been God and will always continue to be God.

    Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

    This is Christology as well as His Incarnation: while being in the form of deity He did not consider it robbery to take the form of humanity, here is why He has always been God for even in humane form the essence and nature of who His never changes. This is why we are asked to let the mind of deity also be in our humanity.

    John 17:5 And now, O father, glorify Me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

    Here we see Christ looking past the cross to be returned to the glory He shared with the Father before the world.

     

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    THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST:

    Incarnate: To give embody in the flesh, to give bodily form, to give concrete or solid shape or form to.

    Incarnation: The art of becoming Incarnate

    John 1:14 And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth. As God, Christ was uncreated and eternal but when the word “became” He took on

     

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    human form, the infinite became finite, the eternal was conformed to time, space and matter, the invisible became visible, the supernatural was reduced to natural.

    Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water. The God said, Beloved we live on the Incarnated word of God

    1 John 4:2 By this you know the spirit of God, every spirit that confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. The incarnation process takes us from the importance of the Love of Christ to the equally importance of the belief in God’s truth. It focuses us on doctrine and the need to obey sound teaching. Because from his temptation of Eve in the garden, Satan has sought to distort and distract Gods word, He is the ultimate demonic source behind all false teachings and teachers. (Gen 3:1-5)

    2 John 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

    The constant and habitual denial of His Deity & Humanity (He was fully God and fully man and came for redemptive reasons only. To redeem back that which was lost), Are all false religions, heresies and cults center on when denying His true nature of being Fully God and Fully man.

    Why did He come?:  To redeem that which was lost, why?

    Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh The law was suppose to deliver us or make us righteous but it was weak and powerless because of corrupt unregenerate flesh/nature. The Incarnation happened to deliver us, He took on the outward appearance of man but remained the all powerful God on the inside. To defeat sin in sin’s own back yard (flesh) He had to show us how to be man on the outside but holy and divine on the inside to defeat sin from the inside out.

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    So as we receive the Holy Spirit on the inside while maintaining the outward appearance of man on the inside, we too can get the victory.

    The incarnated flesh personified/represents the human qualities of sinlessness.

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    THE FORERUNNER:

    John 1:6-8 there was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness to bear witness of the light that all through him might believe. He was not the light but was sent to bear witness of that light.

    After 400 hundred years of relative silence John the Baptist burst on the scene preaching “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. He was the agent of belief representing the object of belief.

    Agent: One who or that which acts or has power to act, one who acts for or on behalf of another, a steward, deputy.

    This man was assigned the tasked to bear witness (to Him as the Messiah) and the son of God. He was sent to establish the legality of the scripture that had come to life.

    Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel.

    He came to bear witness in the court of the people, where the truth of this matter was to be established on the basis of multiple witnesses.

    WITNESSES: John the Baptist, the Samaritan woman (John 4:29), the work of Jesus (John 10:25), the father (John 5:32-37).

    That all of us through him might believe: that through the testimony of the Baptist we all might produce faith in Christ as the Savior of the World.

     

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    He was not the light but was sent to bear witness of the light: he was the agent of belief not the object of that belief.

    THE UNRECOGNIZED CHRIST: John 1: 9-11

    That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to his own and His own did not receive Him.

    Light & Life are the foundational relationship between the God Head. And light & life are knowledge, understanding, and awakening, eternal life, eternity.

    So when the true light came into the world it gave light to every man. This was a HIGHLIGHTED affect of the INCARNATION.

    Which gives light to every man: God has planted in the hearts of every man enough light/knowledge to be held responsible. He planted His knowledge in man through general revelation of and in creation and in mans conscience (his internal moral compass to differentiate between light and darkness, good and evil).

    General revelation does not produce salvation, belief in Christ does. But it will lead to a complete understanding of Christ or condemnation in those who reject Him. Those who have knowledge and still reject are condemned which is all non believers.

    He was in the world: the word world here means( He was among humanity, on the planet earth, in the midst of the invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers in opposition to God, His Word and His People.

    He came to His own and His own did not receive Him:  He came to mankind as well as to the Jewish nation. As Creator the world belongs to the Word as His property yet the world did not recognize their owner due to spiritual blindness. He came to His own physical lineage, the Jews and they who possessed the scriptures that testified of His person and His coming; they still did not accept Him.

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    Mankind rejects Him as well as His own people who knew about Him and were told to expect Him. This Jewish rejection of the promised Messiah receives special attention in John’s gospel (12:37-41).

    THE OMNIPOTENT CHRIST:  John 1: 12-13

    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of the will of man, but of God.

    In spite of the wide spread rejection of the creator and owner of the world, the Word still offers an open invitation to as many as receive Him.

     Here we see the clear contrast between Christ, His attitude and behavior in contrast to man. These two verses run counter to the sweeping rejection of Him in verses 10 & 11 and set the theme for the second half of this Gospel. While chapters 1-12 stress His rejection, verses 13-21 focus on the believing remnant who receive Him.

    To receive Him as the Word of God is to acknowledge His claims, place one’s faith in Him and thereby yield allegiance to Him.

    To these remnant He GAVE : Beloved if you ever feel like you are living good enough to earn salvation, read this scripture. It highlights the grace of God involved in the gift of salvation.

    The right to become children of God:  To those of us who receive Jesus, The Word we also receive full authority to claim the exalted title and position as children of the most high God.

    Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man but of God? The divine side of being saved is not because of the blood, the flesh or the will of man but only because of God’s will.

     

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    THE GLORIOUS CHRIST: JOHN 1: 14-18

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, we beheld His glory, the glory as of the begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This is He whom I said, He who comes after me, is preferred before me, for He was before me.” And of His fullness we have all received and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ, No one has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

     

    Beloved in these four verses there is a lot of information that is revealed about His glory:

    The Word Became Flesh: As God Christ was uncreated and eternal, this is referring to His taking on humanity, infinite becoming finite. Eternal was now conformed to time and space, invisible became visible. The supernatural one reduced Himself to natural. Even though the Word was in human form it did not cease to be God, but became God in human flesh.

    Dwelt among us: When you think about this phrase, think about pitching a tent or tabernacle to live in

    Exodus 25:8 and let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.

    This place was called the tabernacle of meeting or tabernacle of witness; it’s where Moses met God face to face as man speaks to his friend.

    In the New Testament God choose to dwell among His people in a far more personal way, through becoming a man.

    In the Old Testament, upon completion of the tabernacle God’s Shekinah presence would fill the entire tabernacle.

     

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    We Beheld His Glory: even though His deity was veiled in human flesh, glimpse of His divine majesty are seen in the Gospels

    In Matthew 17: 1-8 On the Mountain of transfiguration the disciples saw His glory.

    In this scripture we see Him in His eternal state while being visited by the Law giver (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah), both of whom foretold of His death.

    His glory was not only seen through the eye but also seen and experience through His spiritual life attributes and characteristics of grace, goodness, mercy, wisdom, truth and love (Exodus 33:18-23)

    The Glory as of the Father: Because Jesus and God are one, they both display the same essential glory. They are one in nature, attributes and character.

    The only Begotten of the Father:  The term means (The only beloved one) it points to the idea of His single uniqueness of being beloved like no other. This is an exclusive relationship between the father and the Son so much that no one comes to the Father except the Son brings and announces them.

    Full of Grace and Truth: These attributes of Christ glory emphasizes the goodness of His character especially in relationship to salvation.

    Exodus 33:18 -19 And he said, “please show me Your glory.”  Then He said “I will make my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 

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    John Bore Witness of Him: John the Baptist statement corroborates John the Apostle statement regarding the eternality of the incarnate Word.

    We Have All Received Grace for Grace: God has dispensed superabundance of grace towards mankind especially believers.

    Who is in the bosom of the Father: Mutual intimacy, love and knowledge exist in the Godhead. So every thing that Jesus, does and says is an interpretation and explanation of who the Farther is.

    The Law verses Grace: The law was given by Moses and it was not a display of Gods grace but rather it was designed to show man how unrighteous he was and his desperate need for a savior (Jesus Christ) Romans 3rd Chapter.

     

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    Lent: The meaning and the myth

    Matthew 4:1-2Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

    Mark 7: 6-9 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

    “This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

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    “For laying aside the commandments of God, you hold the tradition of men, the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God that may keep your tradition.

    The Myth:

    Now as you are all aware, in today society most Christians celebrate the Lent season from Ash Wednesday with the mark of ashes on the forehead to Easter or resurrection Sunday. And they will make a commitment to God to give up something in their lives for these forty days. This is done as a self sacrificial act that they are making to God, and most of these saved sinners are sincere in their faith and belief about this behavior but they are also sincerely wrong on this.

    The True Meaning:

    As you read the above scriptures from where we get the Lent celebration, note unlike Christmas, Halloween and St. Valentines Day, Lent is a true Christian holiday worthy of our understanding and time. It lays a foundation of getting prepared to do something, not giving up something. Yes physical food and water was abstained from but as a sacrifice but to move a distraction so one truly get closer to God and hear Him. Like Christ we all have ministries to fulfill and also like Him we will all die so the lent celebration is an opportunity to die completely fulfilling your ministry in the manner that God designed it and not in the tradition of man.

     

 

The Pastor’s bible study is conducted every Wednesday evening from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM eleven months a year with the month of August off. We recently finished a four month study of PNEUMAOLOGY the study of the  Holy Spirit: The promises of the Holy Spirit: (Greater Works, Greater Message, Greater Ministry, And Greater Miracles)
Our current Bible Study is on CHRISTOLOGY:
CHRISTOS:  CHRIST
OLOGY:     The study of
What are the six basic truths about Christ?

  • He is the Eternal Christ
  • He is the Incarnate Christ
  • The forerunner of Christ
  • He is the unrecognized Christ
  • He is the Omnipotent Christ
  • He is the Glorious Christ

It is extremely important for us to believe in and have faith in Christ but equally as important is to have sound, correct knowledge and or doctrine of Him. So we will clearly know and understand the expectations He has for us

 In 2012 Pastor Williams taught a year long series on biblical leadership development to three leadership ministries in the church:

Deacons Ministry

Missionary Ministry

Pulpit Ministry

For 2013 our current study is on :Christian Beliefs vs. Church Behaviors

Overview Introduction: For the next thirteen (13) weeks we will study the scriptures on four (4) foundational tenants of Christian Belief and examine how the church behaves in conjunction to these principals. We will discuss the pros and cons to living by your beliefs in the real world, what are some of the obstacles that hinder faithful compliance. We will also discuss what influence church behavior has on personal behavior.Four Christian Tenants or Pillars that are paramount for a victorious life:

  • Prayer
  • Study
  • Fellowship
  • Praise

There are many Christian principals that are very important in the development of Christian character but the above four are critical because they deal with your behavior and relationship with God and other believers.

Overview summaries are available upon request


Pastor Williams teaching the Pastor's Bible study in October 2011

Pastor Williams teaching the Pastor's Bible Study in October 2011

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