Acts (Program #13) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (9)
In Acts chapter 3, the apostle Peter tells us that if we turn and repent, we can enjoy seasons of refreshing from the Lord. What a blessed promise this is! Who can pass up such an offer? And, what are these seasons? And, how can we really enjoy the Lord in this way? Stay with us today for a marvelous and very practical life study of the Bible.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #3) – The Highest Point of God’s Gospel
It is clear from the first two chapters of the Bible that the center and focus of God’s creative work was man. Genesis 1:26 “and God said let us make man in our image after our likeness.” In Zechariah God focus is even more graphic, in chapter 12 verse 1 it says “the burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel thus said Jehovah who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth forms the spirit of man within him.” God’s goal was with man. His eternal purpose was with man. But Old Testament declaration like these refer to man’s status before he fell. So the question for us today is “did the focus, the center and the plan of God changed with the fall of man or is the original purpose still intact?” The New Testament answer this question with crystal clarity. Ephesians 1:9 “making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself unto the economy of the fullness of the times to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth in Him.”
Acts (Program #12) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (8)
Early in Acts chapter 3, the apostle Peter performed one of the great miracles of the New Testament, healing a man lame from his mother’s womb. This mighty deed drew the attention of a sizable crowd, and Peter seized the opportunity to preach. But, it is interesting to note that he did not preach a sermon about divine healing. Rather, he preached Christ, and Christ alone. His focus was not the healing, but the healer. And that will be our focus as well today on this life study of the Bible.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #2) – The Reproduction of God
The books of 1 & 2 Chronicles are unique among the books of history in the Old Testament in that they traced the history of God’s move in man, all the way back to Adam. We know the story, “in the beginning God created the universe”. But one in that universe rebelled against God, corrupting and ruining His entire creation thereby. So God came in and restored the spoiled situation and in the process, created man in His image and with His likeness. This makes man unique in all of God’s creation. For man’s destiny as revealed in God’s word is that “he is of God’s kind” with the capacity to contain God’s life and nature, making him not just a good man but making him through God’s full salvation, a duplication of Christ, the first God-man.
Acts (Program #11) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (7)
It may seem strange to us today, there was a time when the Church was a new thing on the earth. Acts chapter 2 records the initiation of the Church and the lives of the believers at the beginning of the Church age. Stay with us today for an insightful view into the early life of the Church which may shed light on our own current practice of the Church life on today’s life study of the Bible.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #1) – An Introductory Word
The 12 books of history in the Old Testament occupy an unique portion in the Holy Scriptures. They give us the story of God’s chosen race Israel in some of their glorious times as well as show us the degradation and fall of God’s people to their lowest condition overtaken by idolatry and the hardness of their hearts. Ten of these books deal almost exclusively with Israel, God’s chosen people in the Old Testament. But the two books of Chronicles show us not only God’s move within the history of Israel but also His move within the history of the entire human race.
To fully understand the burden and get into the heart of these books, we need what the Apostle Paul prayed for in Ephesians and that is a spirit of wisdom and revelation and that the eyes of our heart would be enlightened that we could see how these are not just books of history but how these books are books of types and pictures that can more clearly reveal to us the very center of God’s heart desire, His eternal economy which is fully centered and focused on the excellent Christ.
Acts (Program #10) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (5-6)
After Pentecost, there is a new creation on the earth, and that is the most monumental fact of that day. God poured out of His Spirit to create a new entity on the earth, and this is called the Church.
On the day of Pentecost, the first gospel message was preached by a New Testament apostle. Peter, standing with the eleven, unveiled a clear and prevailing word that brought thousands to Christ on that monumental day. The content of Peter’s message remains powerful today, and presents an example of gospel preaching worth our full examination. We continue that examination today on the life study of the Bible.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #20) – Concluding Word of the History of the Kings among Israel
During the 400-year period when the kings rule in Israel, God witnessed the hearts of His people drifting farther and farther away. Except for a very few exceptions this degradation was actually led by the kings themselves. Idolatry, immorality and general hardness of their hearts were the things that characterize this dark dark period in the history of God’s people. But actually there is much that we can learn even from the failures of those kings. Because as we have seen so often in this life study, the Old Testament is a book of types of typology and the New Testament is the fulfillment of those types. We will explore the New Testament fulfillment of the type shown to us by the kings in this final program in the life study of Kings
Acts (Program #9) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (4)
Today, we come to the tremendous preaching of the apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost. We’re going to spend several programs to get into this message that he gave. But today particularly, we want to focus on one generally overlooked, but altogether tremendous point. And, that’s mentioned in verse 21 of Acts chapter 2, calling on the name of the Lord.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #19) – The Reign of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, & Zedekiah over Judah and the Governing of Gedallia
In the final chapters of 2 Kings, the Lord was ultimately forced to give up His people Israel because of their continual degradation and the hardness of their hearts. Even when He allowed the Syrians to conquer the northern kingdom of Israel and carried them away into captivity those in the southern kingdom of Judah refused to heed this warning and continue in their evil ways. Eventually the great king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar invaded Jerusalem, destroyed the temple and the walls of the city and took the king Zedekiah to Babylon. Soon the entire nation of Israel was taken in captivity. But through the following several hundred years though the nation of Israel was never again fully restored, Jehovah maintained a linage of the descendant of King David until ultimately Christ, the promised seed of David could be brought forth in Israel. This maintained God’s original intention and made possible both our redemption and our regeneration.