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