Honor God (Exodus 19:3-5; 20:1-5, 7; Acts 19:13-17; Matthew 19:13-15, 16-30)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all you mind and all your strength.
(Matthew 19) With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
(Matthew 6) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
(Philippians 2:9-11) Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Rest and Worship (Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-15; Mark 16:2-6; Acts 20:7)
Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy.
JESUS' LIFE AND MINISTRY
Jesus teaches Nicodemus (John 3; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Numbers 21:4-9; John 9:39, 7:50-52, 19:38-40)
The work of the Spirit, the work of the Son, the work of God himself, and the place of faith. Contrast judgement, light, moral and spiritual darkness.
(John 3:15) “Everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life."
Born of the Spirit. To see the kingdom of God was to participate in the kingdom at the end of the age, to experience eternal, resurrection life. The kingdom, God's saving transforming reign, inaugurated in the person, works and message of Jesus. Regeneration is required before the end of the world in order to enter the kingdom. To be born again or to be born from above, that is, to become children of God, to be born of God by believing in the name of the incarnate Word.
Jesus expected Nicodemus to grasp the significance of the new birth out of his background as a distinguished teacher of Scripture. Participation in the resurrection life of the new order, new birth was a requirement for entrance into the kingdom.
Jesus talks with the Samaritan woman at the well. (John 4) A well of living water springing up from within for eternal life.
(Philemon 6) I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.
Jews and Samaritans by history and religion. The woman in shame and isolation. Jesus promises living water, by the Spirit giving eternal life. Not that Abraham built an altar on Mount Gerizim, rather the object of the Samaritans' worship is not known to them. To worship the Father in spirit and in truth in and through the person and ministry of Jesus as God revealed. My food is to do the will of him who sent and to finish his work (Deuteronomy 8:3). The Samaritans heard for themselves, and judged the witness to be true.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man (Mark 2:1-12)
Some men came, brining to Jesus a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Jesus said, "Which is easier: to say tot his paralyzed man, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sin."
(2 Corinthians 9:8)
(Matthew 9:1-8, 9-13; Mark 2:1-12, 13-17; Luke 5:1-11, 12-26, 27-32)
Jesus shows how he can cleanse physical ailments as well as restore people to a walk with God. The Lord has power to heal. A group of men try to bring a paralyzed man to Jesus for healing. Jesus declares the man's sins to be forgiven. Is it easier to declare sins are forgiven or tell a paralytic to get up and walk? ... so that they can know the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins. The paralyzed man gets up and walks to show the power to forgive sin. The crowd praises God.
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats with Sinners (Luke 5:27-32) The call to repentance of a tax collector. Levi responds to the invitation, leaving his vocation and financial security. Levi then throws Jesus a great feast.
(Romans 5:8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Matthew 9:1-8, 9-13; Mark 2:1-12, 13-17; Luke 5:1-11, 12-26, 27-32)
Jesus reaches out to those suffering physical limitations and those perceived as social outcasts. A healthy person does not seek a physician; the sick do. Repentance is a change of direction that shows a difference by coming into the grace God offers them.
Salvation and healing for sinners in restoring their relationship to God. (Ephesians 5:7-14; 4:30-5:2)
The Seventh Sign: Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead
(John 11:25-26) 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Jesus gives life. It will end in resurrection from the dead, and that God's glory may be revealed so God's Son may be glorified through it.
Jesus loved Martha and her sister Mary and Lazarus. Four days between Lazarus' death and resurrection, Jesus powerfully demonstrates himself to be the resurrection and the life, and establishing the faith of his disciples, some Jewish onlookers, and the Bethany family. Those who are Jesus' friends and who fall 'asleep' will one day be awakened by him who is the resurrection and the life.
From an abstract belief in what takes place on the last day, to a personalized belief in Jesus as Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God. He not only raises the dead on the last day but is himself the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in him will immediately possess eternal life.
The same sin and death, the same unbelief, that prompted his outrage, also generated Jesus' grief. (John 11-12)
Jesus is God's Son and our Savior. (Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 16:13-16; 1 John 4:14-15)
(1 John 4:15) "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God."
Jesus fulfilled prophecies of the coming Savior throughout the Old Testament. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled God's plan of redemption that God planned from the beginning of the world. (Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 52-53; John 1:1; 8:56-58)
Jesus traded His life for our sins (Matthew 27:1-50; 28:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Hebrews 4:14-16)
(2 Corinthians 5:21) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jesus was, and is, God the Son -- one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave His life willingly. It was not taken from Him by His enemies. As the Lamb of God, He gave His life for our sins. Jesus died in our place. he traded His life for our sins. He is alive now! He conquered death.
The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:1-12, 13-35, 36-53)
Two disciples were going to a village called Emmaus from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. Jesus appears but they were kept from recognizing him. "Jesus of Nazareth was a prophet, powerful in word and dee before God and all the people. The rulers crucified him; but we had hoped that he he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. The women went to the tomb but didn't find his body. They old us that they had seen angels, who said he was alive. Our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said." ... "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the scriptures concerning himself... When Jesus was at the table with them, then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem.
(John 20:31) But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
(Hebrews 1:1-4) God has spoken to us in his Son, who, as heir of all things, has sat down at the right hand of the Father, having made purification for sins and become superior to the angels, reflecting in the process the same, natures, and role of Son. Knowing the Son of God is through that God raise him from the dead to be the center of his promise and plan.
miracles and restoration
The purpose of Bible miracles, lead not simply to cognitive belief, but to worship, to awe and wonder. Jesus used miraculous power to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead.
We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus' miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.
(Timothy Keller, The Reason for God p.99)
the Reality of the Resurrection
"If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead."
If the resurrection is true it meant we can't live our lives any way we want. It also meant we don't have to be afraid of anything. It changes everything.
(Timothy Keller, The Reason for God p.210)
the word of god
The person of Jesus Christ; speech by God as God's decrees, personally speaking directly to people; speech through humans as in prophets; and the Bible in written form.
The Christian faith requires belief in the Bible.
Exegesis is the original intent of the words of the Bible, then and there. The true meaning of the biblical text for us is what God originally intended it to mean when it was first spoken. Hermeneutics also seeks the contemporary relevance of the text's meaning in the here and now.
Foretelling prediction of what is to come.
God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisedom, justice, and truth. nothing happens except through him and by his will.
incommunicable Attributes of god and time
Incommunicable attributes of God are those attributes of God that are less shared by us, or less communicated with others. God has existed for all eternity, but we have not. God is everywhere present but we are present only in one place at one time.
God has no beginning, end, or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time. To be infinite is to be unlimited, and time does not limit God.
God is timeless in his own being. God sees all time equally vividly. God sees events in time and acts in time. We will always exist in time.
God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places. God is present everywhere. God does not have spatial dimensions.
God is not divided into parts, yet we see different attributes of God emphasized at different times.
Prayer is personal communication with God.
Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.
Genesis 1-2, 3
(Albert Mohler, The Briefing)
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)
God created the entire universe out of nothing; it was originally very good; and he created it to glorify himself.
Animals and man were both created on the sixth day.
Death was introduced as part of the curse of the fall.
(Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology p.262-309, 439-450,)
(Kenneth Richard Samples, A World of Difference)
we can be saved only by faith in jesus christ and in his substitionary atoning death on the cross. (Ephesians 2:8-9, "for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of god -- not by works, so that no one can boast.")
What is heaven?