27 February 2017

Types of Forgiveness

Ever wonder about forgiveness? If we forgive someone, does that mean God forgives them, too?

Barbara Roberts, a writer at the web site A Cry for Justice has written such an article to answer this question. It is a good read.

Would it be be an act of unforgiveness to decide not to eat with that hypocrite? That reviler? That person who holds to a form of godliness but denies its power? Would it be a lack of Christian love?
The answer to these questions is...
Read the rest here:  https://cryingoutforjustice.com/2017/02/27/three-kinds-of-forgiveness/ 

23 February 2017

Love Guides All

Sunday School Lesson

Theme: The Law of Love

Scriptures: 1 John 4:7-1 John 5:5

Notes and questions
B1 What is love?
B2 Love words in the New Testament
  • Good loves
    • ἀγάπη agápē. This is the love of choice. It is the highest and deepest love.
      • ""And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." (Matthew 24:12 NKJV)
      • "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 NKJV)
      • "Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love [is] the fulfillment of the law." (Romans 13:10 NKJV)
    • φιλέω philéō which is the love friends have for each other.
    • φιλόστοργος philóstorgos. This is the natural affection seen between spouses, parents and children as in "[Be] kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;" (Romans 12:10 NKJV)
    • Eros which is emotional love. It is used for emotional and physical love. That blast of feelings with emotions. One writer describes it this way, “Eros love is that insatiable desire to be near the target of this love – the exciting, passionate, nervous feelings that sweep over people in the appropriate circumstances.”
    • The list:
      • φιλάγαθος philágathos--love for good people (Titus 1:8).
      • Φιλαδέλφεια Philadélpheia--a city named for brotherly love (Revelation 1:11 and Revealation 3:7).
      • φιλάδελφος philádelphos (φιλαδελφία philadelphía)--love as brothers or sisters, fellow citizens (Hebrews 13:1, 1 Peter 3:8).
      • φίλανδρος phílandros--love for husbands (Titus 2:4).
      • φιλανθρωπία philanthrōpía--love for people, kindness (Acts 28:2 and Titus 3:4).
      • φιλανθρώπως philanthrṓpōs--love of others as in being courteous (Acts 27:3).
      • φιλάργυρος philárgyros (φιλαργυρία philargyría)--love of money (Luke 16:14, 2 Timothy 3:2, and (1 Timothy 6:10).
      • φίλαυτος phílautos--love of self (2 Timothy 3:2).
      • φιλέω philéō--friendly love (John 21:15, etc.).
      • φιλήδονος philḗdonos--love of pleasure (2 Timothy 3:4).
      • φίλημα phílēma--kiss (Luke 7:45, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, etc.).
      • Φιλήμων Philḗmōn--one who kisses (Philemon 1:1).
      • Φίλητος Phílētos--beloved (2 Timothey 2:17, he was a heretic).
      • φιλία philía--friendship (James 4:4).
      • Φίλιπποι Phílippoi--lover of horses (Acts 16:12, etc.).
      • Φίλιππος Phílippos--loves horses (Phillip as in Matthew 10:3, etc..
      • φιλόθεος philótheos--lover of God (pious) as in 2 Timothy 3:4.
      • Φιλόλογος Philólogos--lover of the word as in Romans 16:15.
      • φιλονεικία philoneikía--lover of strife and contention as in Luke 22:24.
      • φιλόνεικος philóneikos--love to argue as in 1 Corinthians 11:16.
      • φιλονεξία philonexía--love for strangers as in hospitable (Romans 12:13 and Hebrews 13:2).
      • φιλόξενος philóxenos--lover of guests as in generous and hospitalbe (1 Timothy 3:2, etc.).
      • φιλοπρωτεύω philoprōteúō--love of being first, wanting the pre-eminence as in 3 John 9.
      • φίλος phílos--friend as in Acts 10:24 and James 2:23, etc.
      • φιλοσοφία philosophía--love of wisdom, so zeal for skill, knowledge, etc. (Colossians 2:8).
      • φιλόσοφος philósophos--philosopher as in Acts 17:18.
      • φιλόστοργος philóstorgos--mutual, natural love of parents to children, etc. (Romans 12:10).
      • φιλότεκνος philóteknos--love of children (Titus 2:4).
      • φιλοτιμέομαι philotiméomai--love of honor, study, as in eager to do something. (1 Thessalonians 4:11 (aspire).
      • φιλοφρόνως philophrónōs--kind and friendly as in Acts 28:7.
      • φιλόφρων philóphrōn--courteous, humble minded, kind (1 Peter 3:8).
  • Bad loves
    • φιλαργυρία philargyría as in "For the love of money is a root of all [kinds of] evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV)
    • ἄστοργος ástorgos which is without natural affection. Natural affection is as parents for children, siblings, etc.
      • Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 2 Timothy 3:3.
      • Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Romans 1:31
  • What are some English words? (love and like which cover many different areas).
B3 What is the love chapter in the Bible most think of?
B4 How do others know love based on 1 Corinthians 13.
  • The actions towards others.
  • The motivation for our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
B5 15 Things to love (from Dake’s Bible. Be careful with Dake’s for he teaches the false doctrine of adoptionism and has a faulty doctrine of the Trinity).
  • God (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37-39)
  • Neighbors (Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 22:38-39)
  • Strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19)
  • Salvation (Psalm 40:16)
  • God’s name (Psalm 69:36 and Psalm 119:132)
  • Wisdom (Proverbs 4:6)
  • Good (Amos 5:15)
  • Mercy (Micah 6:8)
  • Truth (Zechariah 8:19)
  • Peace (Zechariah 8:19)
  • Enemies (Matthew 5:44)
  • One another (referring to Christian brethren) (1 Peter 3:8)
  • Husbands (Titus 2:4)
  • Wives (Ephesians 5:25)
  • Children (Titus 2:4)
B6 How and how much to love (from Dake’s Bible with the same cautions)
  • With all the heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37)
  • As one loves himself (Matthew 22:39)
  • As Christ loves us (John 15:12)
  • Enough to lay down life for others (John 15:13)
  • Without hypocrisy (Romans 12:9)
  • Unfeigned (2 Corinthians 6:6)
  • Sincere (2 Corinthians 8:8)
  • By service to one another (Galatians 5:13)
  • Forbearing one another (Ephesians 4:2)
  • With a pure heart fervently (1 Peter 1:22)
  • As brethren (Romans 12:9 and 1 Peter 3:8)
  • Not in word but deed (1 John 3:18)
  • Without fear (1 John 4:18)
B7 Can we love God by performing rituals and sacraments?
B8 Do we love the way God wants us to? (The work of the Holy Spirit with our cooperation. Galatians 5:22-26)
B9 1 John 4:7-12,
  • Do non-Christians have real love? What is the difference between how a Christian loves and a non-Christian?
  • Who loved first? Did God love us first or did we love God first?
B10 1 John 4:13-18,
  • What is one way we know that we are Christians?
  • If someone says, “Jesus is the Son of God,” is he/she a Christian?
  • How does perfect love drive out fear?
B11 1 John 4:19-21
  • What is the problem with hate?
  • How do we love our Christian brother and sister?
B12 1 John 5:1-5,
  • How does obeying God’s rules show that we love God?
  • What rules is the Apostle talking about?
  • Is this happening today (Christians obeying God’s rules)?
  • Do we feel overwhelmed by all the evil that is happening today? How does this passage bring comfort to us?
B13 Next week
  • Surviving Jericho
  • Theme: Acting in faith
  • Scriptures: Joshua 2:1-24

16 February 2017

Giving Grace

Theme: Grace based relationships

Scriptures: Romans 14:1-23

Notes and questions:
B1 The issue is
  • To judge or not to judge
  • On what basis do we judge?
B2 Outline
  • Different opinions Romans 14:1-6
  • The Lord’s opinion is what is important Romans 14:7-13
  • How to handle different opinions Romans 14:14-23
B3 Judging
  • Matthew 7:2, For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
  • There are two ways of judging something.
    • God’s way
    • Other
      • The other I/we usually use is myself, my standards and opinions.
      • Other methods (not necessarily totally wrong) are doctrine, philosophy, experience, supernatural experience, science, authority (the gov’t or an expert), etc.
  • I will be judged with the same standard I used to wrongly judge others.
  • We are weak in that we do not usually know the full circumstances.
  • Our hearts are easily deceived. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
  • There are narcissists and others who are good at deceiving. Proverbs 18:17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.
  • The only sure, 100% true way is the Bible properly interpreted.
  • Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
  • God’s judgment is true. John 8:6 “And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.
  • Ezekiel 18:8 If he has not exacted usury nor taken any increase, but has withdrawn his hand from iniquity and executed true judgment between man and man;
B4 What is the difference between an opinion and conviction?
B5 What is the basis for God’s law? What is the basis for any other law?
B6 Why would God’s law be superior, better, than any other?
  • God’s law is based on His total character as in truth, love, goodness, mercy, grace, holiness, justice, and many more.
  • Part is based on God’s holiness.
    • In Hebrew the word holy, holiness, etc. is קדש, qôdesh, ko'-desh
    • It means to be clean (ceremonially), separate, and set apart.
    • It means a being with no flaws in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds, thus separate from anything less than perfection.
    • The Greek word is ἅγιος hagios. It means sacred, pure, blameless, and consecrated.
    • The Greek word has the idea of perfection in doing what God requires, so a perfection in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
    • God is the absolute perfect in holiness.
  • Part is based on justice.
    • The Hebrew word is צְדָקָה tsᵉdâqâh, tsed-aw-kaw
    • It includes: no bias, equal decisions without favoring one over another, based on a standard, doing what is right, conformity to God’s law.
    • The Greek has a number of different words from decisions, judgment, righteousness, etc.
B7 Romans 14:1-4,
  • Specifically, the issue is one who eats anything, or at least most things, versus one who eats only vegetables.
  • This can be applied in many different ways and issues.
  • It seems that the one person would not accept the other as a good Christian.
  • What other examples can you think of?
  • What does the term weak in faith mean?
    • Some feel that it applies to the Jew who is saved but still believes that they must adhere to the Old Testament dietary laws.
    • Some feel that it applies to newly converted Christians. The change from unsaved to saved makes their conscience too tender. They want to honor God as much as any Christian.
    • It does not refer to saving faith. These people are saved.
    • 1 Corinthians 8:7 However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. (NASB)
    • Concerning Abraham: Romans 4:20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God
    • How do we grow in faith?
      • Think of food:
        • 1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with solid food: for until now you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able. KJ2000
        • Hebrews 5:12-13 For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. KJ2000
        • 1Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. KJ2000
      • Think of training:
        • Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it. KJ2000
        • Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. KJ2000
      • Think of godly preaching/teaching:
        • 1Corinthians 2:6 But we speak wisdom among them that are mature: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nothing. KJ2000
        • Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto maturity; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. KJ2000
      • Think of prayer:
        • Mark 14:38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. KJ2000
        • Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. KJ2000
      • Think of asking for wisdom:
        • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him. KJ2000
        • 1 Kings 3:7-9 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people? KJ2000
        • 1 Kings 3:10-12 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life; neither have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies; but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice Behold, I have done according to your words: lo, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like you before you, neither after you shall any arise like unto you. KJ2000
  • Why do some become impatient with new Christians?
  • How can we avoid this?
B8 Romans 14:5-9,
  • If someone feels that they must worship on Saturday, is that OK? (Yes, as long as they understand worshipping on Sunday is not the mark of the beast or proof that someone is NOT a Christian.
  • Should we correct faulty beliefs as this?
  • Should we get angry at one who has this belief?
B9 Romans 14:10-13,
  • What should we remember about judging others? (We have to give an account to God).
  • Is there any place for judging others?
  • Can the church judge others?
  • Is there a place for church discipline?
B10 Romans 14:14-23
  • What is the danger to the new believer if we judge them harshly by our standards?
  • According to Romans 14:17, what is the greater priority?
  • According to Romans 14:19, what should we be attempting to do for each other?
  • What does Romans 14:23 teach us about sin?
B11 Next week

  • Love guides all.
  • Theme: The Law of Love
  • Scriptures: 1 John 4:7-1 John 5:5