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April 17, 2016, 9:25 AM

Is the Bible Progressive?


With the presidential debates I started wondered exactly what is progressive?  A quick web search provided:   "1) happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step, and 2) (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas."  Now this isn't about politics....

One of the main attributes of a healthy business is that it constantly changes with the competition, technology, and society.  Imagine a company that manufactured 8-track tapes, and didn't change to cassettes, imagine if they didn't move from cassettes to CDs, or from CDs to MP3 players.  ....but this isn't about the health of a company or business.

It makes sense to reference the immutable Word of God.  Maybe Paul was progressive when he said "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some".  Jesus certainly brought change in ushering out the old, corrupt, hypocritical Jewish hierarchy of the time and bringing in the new covenant. 

Its much easier to identify scripture that anchors our salvation.  So much advertising focuses on "new", but Paul wasn't speaking well of the audience on Mars Hill in Acts 17:21when he said “For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.”

Psalms 119:89 "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."  Heb 13:8: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."  Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."  Jeremiah 6:16 "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

We improve our technology and businesses, but the word of God and His Salvation is perfect.  Any effort to change it become a facsimile or copy.  No wonder our forefathers commonly prayed "Lord choose out our changes". 

Now on the politics, Benjamin Franklin said  "He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.”  Its a deeply meaningful statement.  Maybe he perceived some difference between primitive Christianity and progressive/modern some 200 years ago?

Bro. David Cosby




March 22, 2016, 7:09 PM

Thursday Night Bible Study Week 7


God's Testimony Regarding Jesus

(1 John 5:1-21)

 

Q1. (1 John 5:4-5) How does a defeatist mentality differ from a belief that in Christ we have overcome the world?  What part does faith have in this overcoming?  What part does unbelief have in a defeatist mentality?

 

Q2. (1 John 5:11-12) What is the difference between saying "this life is in the Church" and "this life is in his Son"?  What should we be doing differently so that we teach a faith relationship rather than a religion?  What is the difference between "faith" and "faith in Jesus"?

 

Q3. (1 John 5:14-15) What are the two conditions to answered prayer in 1 John? (See also 3:22.) How do we determine God's will so that we can pray boldly, confidently?  How often will our prayers be answered when our main motive is to achieve our will?

 

Q4. (1 John 5:21) Why does John exhort his "children" to "keep yourselves from idols"? What idols distract us from the true God?  What idols compete with God for attention in your life?




March 14, 2016, 7:49 PM

Thursday Night Bible Study Week 6


God Is Love (1 John 4:1-21)

 

Q1. (1 John 4:1-3) Why is believing that Jesus was God in the flesh so important?  Why doesn't Satan want us to believe that?  What are the implications of the fact that Jesus could live out his divine life in a human body like ours?  What significance does it bring to the crucifixion and to the resurrection?  What is the significance for your Christian life?

 

Q2. (1 John 4:4) What in us is greater than false prophets and even Satan?  In what sense have we overcome them?  In what way will we overcome them in the future?  How should this truth affect fear in our lives?

 

Q3. (1 John 4:7-8) Why is the statement, "God is love," so important?  What does it say about God's nature?  How does love being the essence of God's nature affect us?  Why does love demand a willingness to forgive?

 

Q4. (1 John 4:11-18) What kind of fear should we have towards God?  What kind of fear is extinguished by his love perfected in us?  What kind of attitude should we have towards future judgment?




March 1, 2016, 11:49 PM

Wednesday Night Bible Study Week 4


Sin Is Lawlessness (1 John 2:28-3:10)
 

Q1. (1 John 2:29-3:2) In what sense are we "children of God"?  What does the Holy Spirit have to do with this "new birth"?  How does the new birth change us?

 

Q2. (1 John 2:28; 3:2-3) In what way does our expectation of Heaven motivate us to purify ourselves from sin?  How does purifying ourselves from sin relate to God's grace?

 

Q3. (1 John 3:4) How does lawlessness show up in a person's attitude and actions?  In what sense is an attitude of lawlessness the cause of sin in our lives?

 

Q4. (1 John 3:6, 9) How does the presence of God's seed in us keep us from habitual lawlessness and sin?  How does the Holy Spirit sanctify us and make us like Jesus?

 

Q5. (1 John 3:3-10) How does John's teaching on sin and righteousness in this passage relate to combating the false teachers?  What did they seem to be teaching about sin and righteous living?




February 28, 2016, 9:36 AM

The Anti-Christ?


1 John 4 says,  "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

As younger person I always thought this referred to Jesus coming in the flesh as the Christ-child; perhaps almost by definition, all Christians agree that Jesus was born.  As the chapter continues "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God", I think it refers more to confessing that the Spirit of God can dwell in our hearts and lives, lead us, and keep us free from the beggarly elements of sin.  Perhaps it extends the definition of antichrist more than I'm initially comfortable, but it seems to follow that without that indwelling, this is the spirit of antichrist.  

Bro. David Cosby


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