Category Archives: Scripture

Kevin Deyoung’s T4G Message: Never Spoke a Man Like This Before: Inerrancy, Evangelism and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible

If we are to share the gospel with confidence and preach with authority, then we must know that the gospel we are proclaiming and the book we are expounding are true. If you think you can magnify grace by shrinking truth, you will find you make people blind to both.

When you teach your children about the creation, the flood, Moses, Jesus walking on water, etc… When you stand behind the pulpit to preach and share the gospel with your friends there is one question that towers above all others… Are you you telling the truth?

Our two boys came in from the snow and my wife said that I needed to talk with the boys and that she was so frustrated. Our older son hit our younger son with a snowball and when we confronted him he said that he rubbed the snow into his own face. So we gathered for family devotions and opened up 1 John 1. We needed a little law that night! So we went around the room and everyone shared some sins. When we got to my older son he said that he needed to confess he did not respond well to his mom when confronted. We asked if there was ANYTHING else he needed to confess and he said no. Then we asked our younger son and he started crying and confessed that he in fact did rub snow in his face. We did not know whether we should cry or laugh.

We don’t have anything if we do not have the truth! Many might say, “here you go again! You Christians think you have a monopoly on the truth.”

We have no monopoly on the truth, the truth is on free parking and it is for everyone. We do not have the truth, God has the truth and he has given it for us all. Continue reading

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Walking In Truth – Walking Through 2 John Pt. 1

The following are my notes for a bible study I am currently teaching through 2 John.

Introduction

I have three goals for this bible study:

(1) I want us to study in great depth just a few verses of 2 John.

(2) I want us to learn basic bible study principles so that you can learn how to study on your own and how to teach others how to study God’s word.

(3) I want us to spend some time prayerfully meditating on these truths from 2 John.

A Couple Questions Before We Begin

Can you think of any benefits of studying the bible with this kind of depth and specificity? Are their dangers of studying the bible this way?

In sum, we want to try and exhaust and squeeze all that we can out of these verses, but without losing the context. Continue reading

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Is Homosexuality A Sin?

The following post is the 1st of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 1st post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality A Sin?

I think before we answer this question we need to first ask ourselves “What is a sin?” If we are going to call homosexuality a sin we should probably make sure we know what is a sin so that we can know whether or not homosexuality deserves to fit in that category.

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Outline of Romans

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS.

Ch. 1-3 – Depravity of Man

Ch. 3-5 – Justification by Faith

Ch. 6-8 – Abiding Results of Salvation

Ch. 9-11 – God’s Sovereignty, Israel and Salvation

Ch. 12-15 – Christian Living in Light of Salvation

Ch. 15-16 – Conclusion

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Principles of Giving

The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS on 2 Corinthians 8-9.

1. Giving is a spiritual / theological endeavor. (2 Cor. 8:8-10)

This is the most important principle. Giving is gospel-centered. Paul calls us to consider the example of Jesus’ generosity and give all of himself to us.

We need to be careful to connect material blessing with generosity. We cannot “out give” God because of how much God gave us with sending his son Jesus.

2. Giving takes discipline and commitment. (2 Cor. 8:10-11)

It takes discipline to follow through on their desires. It takes discipline to give and Christians will always put us one or two steps behind the culture in our finances. For example, if you tithe you will be at least one step behind those who do not give 10% of their salary away.

(See comments below about the context of the chapters.)

3. Giving should be in proportion to your abundance. (2 Cor. 8:12-15)

It would be foolish to give in such a way that you do not have any money yourself that now other church members would need to help you.

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Heaven Fuels Radical Obedience

Notice in the teachings of Jesus the connection between Christian obedience and our hope in heaven:

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11, 12)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19, 20)

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:28, 29) Continue reading

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Outline of 2 Corinthians

The following outline was provided by Ed Gravely in a lecture at SEBTS.

I. Greeting & Thanksgiving (Ch.1)

II. Paul’s Apostolic Ministry (Ch. 1-7)

A. Paul’s Plan (Ch. 1-2)

B. The character of his ministry (Ch. 3-7)

III. The Collection for the Saints (Ch. 8-9)

IV. Paul Defends his Apostleship (Ch. 10-13)

V. Conclusion (Ch. 13)

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