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18 April 2019

New Christian Handbook Part 9

I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is CC BY NC ND

The New Christian’s Handbook Part 9

Pray at the start
Read the material
Answer the questions
Pray again

Basic Christian Life


B1 What is prayer?
C1 Talking to God, our God, in Jesus’s name.
C2 Examples
D1 By evil spirits: Matthew 8:30-32 NKJV Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." 32 And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. [Edited by me]
E1 The evil spirits: demons begged Him, saying
E2 Their prayer: "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine."
E3 The Lord Jesus gave them their request, but they were destroyed along with the pigs. God gives no blessing to evil.
D2 By both evil and good people: Luke 18:9-14 NKJV Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." [Edited by me]
E1 The “holy” man, the Pharisee, talked to God, but he was rejected and not justified by God.
E2 The truthful man, the tax collector, talked to God, but he was accepted and justified.
D3 By good people:
E1 Formal prayer by King Solomon: see 1 Kings 8:12-53.
E2 Informal prayer by Peter: Matthew 14:30 NIV But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
B2 Principles
C1 Prayer is talking with God.
C2 God cannot be manipulated with special language, ritual, following some author’s plan, flattery, talking for a long time, etc.
C3 God will not answer us at all if we
D1 Treat our wife badly (1 Peter 3:7)
D2 Refuse to forgive someone (that is, not to seek revenge. If they have commited a crime, they must, MUST, be reported, for there is no such thing as forgive and forget. Forgive and forget is used by abusers to silence people) Matthew 18:35, Colossians 3:13, etc.
D3 To satisfy our evil lusts (James 4:3)
D4 If we are evil (Proverbs 15:29)
D5 If we have unconfessed sin (Isaiah 59:2, John 9:31, Psalm 66:18)
D6 Hate the Bible and refuse to obey anything in it (Israel has the ~613 laws of the Old Testament, while Christians have over 1,000 rules in the New Testament, for example, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22 NLT Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil. [Emphasis is mine. In the passage, in there are 14 rules]
D7 If we doubt His existence or His ability to answer (James 1:6-7).
C4 He will answer our prayer in his time and IF it is His will (1 John 5:14). Some prayers He will answer for sure as:
D1 Asking for forgiveness of sins (1 John 1:9)
D2 If we ask for wisdom (James 1:5). He does not say WHEN he will answer, but that He WILL answer.
D3 For salvation (Romans 10:13)
B3 Questions
C1 What is prayer?
C2 Do we have to follow a formula?
C3 Does God always answer prayer? (This is a trick question).
C4 Name some reasons God does not answer prayer?
C5 If prayer becomes boring, what should we do?
C6 Is praying with others important?
B4 For further study on prayer see here. Here is a general list of prayer verses.
B5 Answer to Does God always answer prayer? Yes, the answer is yes, no, wait, or a different way and time than we expect.


B1 Question: Why did God create us? Answer: To have fellowship with God and serve Him forever. (Fellowship: 1 John 1:3, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Corinthians 1:9, also see here and here. Serve Him: Colossians 3:23-24, John 12:26, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, also see here).
B2 Are some types of fellowship wrong? Consider
C1 1 Corinthians 10:20 NKJV Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
C2 2 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
C3 Ephesians 5:11 NKJV And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
B3 Some things about fellowship (Manser Theme #7025) Study the passages in one of the following topics and share something you have learned. 7025 — church, unity and fellowship of
C1 The church is one in essence, because it is founded on one gospel, united to one Lord and indwelt by one Spirit. Its unity is under constant threat because of the tendency to division that is inherent in fallen humanity, and needs to be continually maintained and actively expressed in fellowship.
C2 The unity of the church
D1 The church is one Romans 12:5 See also 1 Corinthians 12:12, 1 Corinthians 12:20; Ephesians 4:25
D2 The church transcends all barriers Colossians 3:11 See also John 10:16; Acts 10:28-29, Acts 10:47; Acts 15:8-9; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:14-16; 3:6 The great divide threatening the first Christians was between Jew and Gentile, but the church was able to unite the two into one body in Christ.
D3 The church’s unity reflects the unity within the Trinity Ephesians 4:4-6 The unity of the church is built around the persons of the Trinity: one Spirit, one Lord, one Father. See also John 17:11; Romans 3:29-30; Romans 10:12-13; Galatians 3:27-28
D4 The church’s unity is the work of the Trinity Ephesians 2:16-18 See also John 11:52; Acts 10:45-47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:22; Ephesians 4:3
D5 The purpose of the church’s unity
E1 To lead others to faith John 17:23 See also John 17:21
E2 To lead believers to maturity Ephesians 4:13
D6 The nature of the church’s unity Philippians 2:1-2 Emphasis is placed on an inner unity of mind and spirit rather than external uniformity. See also 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 2:2
D7 Appeals for unity in the church Ephesians 4:3 See also Romans 12:10; Romans 15:5, Romans 15:7; 1 Corinthians 12:25; Colossians 3:14; 1 Peter 3:8
D8 The church’s unity is expressed in fellowship
E1 Fellowship with God 1 Corinthians 1:9 See also 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 1:3,
E2 Fellowship expressed by meeting together Acts 2:46 See also Acts 2:1, Acts 2:42; Acts 5:12; Acts 6:2; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Hebrews 10:25
E3 Fellowship expressed through sharing resources Acts 2:44-45 See also Acts 4:32, Acts 4:34-37; Acts 11:27-30; Romans 15:26; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:2-5, 2 Corinthians 13-14; 2 Corinthians 9:13; Philippians 4:14-18
E4 Fellowship through suffering Revelation 1:9 See also Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 1:7; Philippians 3:10; Philippians 4:14; Hebrews 10:33-34; Hebrews 13:3
E5 Fellowship through shared spiritual blessings 1 Corinthians 9:23 See also Romans 11:17; Philippians 1:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 1 Peter 5:1; Jude 1:3
D9 Specific actions which express fellowship and unity in the church
E1 Sharing in the Lord’s Supper 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 See also Acts 2:46; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:33
E2 Baptism as an expression of unity Ephesians 4:4-6 See also 1 Corinthians 12:13
E3 Extending hospitality Acts 28:7; Romans 12:13; Romans 16:23; 1 Timothy 5:10; Titus 1:8; 1 Peter 4:9; 3 John 8
E4 Greeting one another Acts 18:27; Romans 16:3-16; 1 Corinthians 16:19-20; Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:17
E5 Welcoming former opponents Acts 9:26-27; Galatians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 2:5-8
C3 Divisions in the church
D1 Causes of division in the NT church
D2 Personal ambition: Mark 9:34; Mark 10:35-41 pp Matthew 20:20-24
D3 Ethnic tension: Acts 6:1
D4 Differences of opinion: Acts 15:37-40; Philippians 4:2
D5 Troublesome heretical leaders: Romans 16:17; Jude 19
D6 Partisan spirit: 1 Corinthians 1:11-12; 1 Corinthians 3:3-4 1 Corinthians 6:1-6 litigation and disputes
D7 Greed: 1 Corinthians 11:18, 1 Corinthians 11:20-21; James 4:1-3
C4 Warnings against divisions in the church 1 Corinthians 1:10 See also Romans 12:16; Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Ephesians 4:31; James 4:11
D1 Acceptable differences in the church
E1 In secondary matters of conscience, Christians are to respect rather than judge each other. These things need not impair the essential unity that is in Christ: Romans 14:1-3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13
E2 In varieties of spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 1 Corinthians 12:14-25; Galatians 2:7
D2 Necessary divisions in the church
E1 Between the true gospel and heretical alternatives: 2 Corinthians 11:2-6, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians 1:6-9; Colossians 2:8, Colossians 2:16-19; 1 Timothy 4:1-6; 1 John 2:18-19; 2 John 9-11; Jude 1:18-20
E2 Between those truly committed to Jesus Christ, and those apparently part of the church but living sinful lives: 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:2-9; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Revelation 2:20, 24; Revelation 3:1, 4
E3 Over essential gospel principles: Acts 15:2, Acts 15:5-6, Acts 15:19; Galatians 2:11

1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Adam Clarke writes concerning this passage:
...they had these privileges that they might show forth the praises of Him who had thus called them; αρετας, the virtues, those perfections of the wisdom, justice, truth, and goodness of God, that shone most illustriously in the Christian dispensation. These they were to exhibit in a holy and useful life, being transformed into the image of God, and walking as Christ himself walked.

17 April 2019

New Christian Handbook Part 8

I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is CC BY NC ND.
I cannot get the formatting correct, but it is correct in the original.

The New Christian’s Handbook Part 8

Pray at the start
Read the material
Answer the questions
Pray again

Basic Christian Life

Bible Study

B1 Some of the better places online to study
C2 Bible Atlas:
C5 Bible Helps:
C6 Bible History Site:
C7 Bible Hub:
C8 Bible Org:
C9 Bible Prophecy Blog:
C11 Bible Study Downloads:
C14 Biblia:
C15 Blue Letter Bible:
C18 Word Search Bible:
B2 The 2 Question method, which is what I use in my 3 year Bible study. It goes through the Old Testament in 3 years and the New Testament 1 time each year for a total of 3 times in 3 years). The answers don’t have to be in detail, but the main idea. Try to concentrate on one or more of the verses for a few minutes. Examples:
C1 Questions
D1 What does this mean?
D2 How do I apply this to my life?
C2 Example 1
  • Reading: 2 Kings 11
  • What does this mean?
    • Athaliah attempts to kill all the royal family, reigns for 7 years, then dies. She killed all the descendants of the king except one--Joash.
  • How do I apply this to my life?
    • God hates sin.
  • Reading: Luke 18
  • What does this mean?
    • The persistent widow (persistent prayer), the Pharisee and tax collector, blessing of the children, the rich, young ruler, Jesus predicts His death (3rd time), and Jesus heals the blind beggar,
  • How do I apply this to my life?
    • God doesn't like quitters. God doesn't approve of braggarts. God loves children. God wants to be the first priority in our lives. Jesus has compassion and can do miracles.
C2 Example 2
D1 MORNING of 3 Apr 19
  • Reading: 2 Kings 16
  • What does this mean?
    • Ahaz rules in Judah; he was evil. If he wasn't evil enough, he imitated the Assyrian gods, which doomed him.
  • How do I apply this to my life?
    • If you see rebels being punished for the words and deeds, then do not do those same things, yet unfortunately most do.
D2 EVENING of 3 Apr 19
  • Reading: Luke 23
  • What does this mean?
    • The Lord Jesus is taken to Pilate, who finds nothing criminal in him, but he sends Him to Herod. The Lord Jesus didn't answer the questions, because it wouldn't have done any good. This is seen by the mockery, and how Jesus was despised. Herod and Pilate find nothing worthy of death in Jesus. The Jewish leaders and their followers lust for Jesus' death. Pilate gives in to them and orders Jesus' death. Two others are crucified with Him. In verse 34, maybe the Father did forgive them and maybe not. Note, this is a prayer, not a judicial decision. Most people at the crucifixion of Jesus mock Him, hating God, hating Messiah, for which they are today paying serious consequences. One criminal believes. Jesus died willingly, not from His wounds. Jesus is buried with the women watching.
  • How do I apply this to my life?
    • There are times when we should not answer questions. Be thankful that He did this for us.

16 April 2019

New Christian Handbook Part 7

I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is CC BY NC ND

The New Christian’s Handbook Part 7

Pray at the start
Read the material
Answer the questions
Pray again

Basic Bible Overview

Bible Summary Charts

Courtesy of Swartzentrover Bible Study Web Rather than reading the whole book, read the questions and review the chart.

New Testament

Gospels & Acts

B1 What are 4 things that the Lord Jesus has commanded us? What is the importance of His statement “I am with you always?” Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
B2 Name some reasons that the Lord Jesus was accepted by many in His earlier ministry but saw increasing rejection later?

B1 Whom are we to serve? Why does the word “many” instead of “all” in the latter part of the verse? Mark 10:45 NKJV For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
B2 Why did Jesus have to suffer?

B1 Why did Judas betray Jesus? Luke 22:4 NKJV So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.
B2 Jesus did many miracles. Why didn’t the miracles lead to the conversion of most people?

B1 Why is it only through Jesus can we be saved, forgiven, and after death be in heaven? John 14:6 NRSV Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
B2 Why did Peter deny the Lord Jesus? John 18:17 NRSV The woman said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."

B1 Is the book of Acts descriptive or prescriptive? Acts 3:6-8 NRSV But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk." 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
B2 Why isn’t the death of Paul, Peter, or the fall of Jerusalem recorded in the book of Acts? Acts 28:30-31 NRSV He lived there two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
Pauline Epistles

B1 Why is the resurrection of Jesus so important? Romans 1:3-4 NRSV the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
B2 How do we give our bodies to be living sacrifices? Romans 12:1 NRSV I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

1 Corinthians
B1 How do these actions show love applied to life? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 WEL Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn't brag about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn't behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn't easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, 6 Doesn't rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends, but whether prophecies, they will be inactive; or languages, they will stop; or knowledge, it will be inactive.
B2 Why is this verse included in the Bible, regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ? 1 Corinthians 15:6 NRSV Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.

2 Corinthians
B1 Why is transparency so important in ministry? 2 Corinthians 4:2 NRSV We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.
B2 Name some of the teachings from this passage? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NRSV Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments 5 and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.

B1 What are some differences between law keeping and faith? Galatians 3:2 NRSV The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard?
B2 Why do people leave the truth of God? Galatians 5:7 NRSV You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?

B1 Why do we have to preach the importance of the shed blood of Jesus Christ? Ephesians 1:7 NKJV In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
B2 Are these rules for us to obey today? Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

B1 Is it true that EVERY knee will bow in Jesus’s presence? Do that mean they are saved? Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
B2 Name some truths from this passage. Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

B1 Does this passage teach that Jesus was created? Explain. Colossians 1:15-16 NKJV He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
B2 How do we let Christ’s peace rule in our hearts? Colossians 3:15 NKJV And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

1 & 2 Thessalonians
B1 What are some of the ways we can live this instruction? Are we still to report crimes or is reporting seeking revenge? 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
B2 Why are people so susceptible to deception? 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 NKJV The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

1 & 2 Timothy & Titus
B1 Why are these books called “The Pastorals?”
B2 Do most ministers, pastors, religious leaders meet these requirements?

B1 What does this book teach us about making an appeal?
B2 Is this book a good example of the word “intercession?”

B1 Why is the author so insistent on the superiority of Jesus Christ?
B2 What does the list of heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11) teach us?
General Epistles

B1 Why is faith tested by God?
B2 How do we prove that we have faith (Christian faith)?

1 & 2 Peter
B1 How can any Christian survive emotionally from persecution?
B2 What are some dangers of false teachers listed in these books (especially 2 Peter)?

1, 2, & 3 John
B1 How does 1 John show some tests and signs of what a true believer is?
B2 Why does John mention “love” so much?

B1 What are some problems with railing against leaders? (Jude 1:9-11)
B2 Name some characteristics of false teachers?

B1 A blessing is given to those who read, study, and believe this prophecy. Why do many people even pastors oppose teaching this book?
B2 Why do many people accept many terms in chapter 20 as literal but not this verse: Revelation 20:3 NKJV and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

15 April 2019

New Christian Handbook Part 6

I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is CC BY NC ND

The New Christian’s Handbook Part 6

Pray at the start
Read the material
Answer the questions
Pray again

Basic Bible Overview

Bible Summary Charts
Courtesy of Swartzentrover Bible Study Web Rather than reading the whole book, read the questions and review the chart.

Old Testament


B1 Is philosophy still important?
B2 What are some philosophical points we can learn from this book?

Song of Solomon
B1 How can reading the Song of Solomon help our marriage?
B2 Are the physical descriptions of the bride vulgar? See Song 4:1-6 for an example.

Major Prophets

B1 How is this an important prophecy? Isaiah 7:14 NKJV Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
B2 How does this verse bless you? Isaiah 9:6 NKJV For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

B1 How do we search for God with our whole heart? Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
B2 Why do prophets often bring a warning of judgment?

B1 What important principle can we learn from this verse? Lamentations 3:22 NKJV Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
B2 Do Christians feel defeated? How can we stay steadfast with God when we feel defeated?

B1 How does God do this? Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
B2 What are 3 things God does in this passage? Ezekiel 11:19 GNB I will give them a new heart and a new mind. I will take away their stubborn heart of stone and will give them an obedient heart.

B1 How does Nebuchadnezzar’s prayer show a change? Daniel 4:35 NRSV All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does what he wills with the host of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can stay his hand or say to him, "What are you doing?
B2 What does this verse teach us about happenings after death? Daniel 12:2 NRSV Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Minor Prophets

B1 Why would God tell the prophet to do this? Hosea 1:2 GNB  When the LORD first spoke to Israel through Hosea, he said to Hosea, "Go and get married; your wife will be unfaithful, and your children will be just like her. In the same way my people have left me and become unfaithful.
B2 What can every Christian apply from this verse? Hosea 6:6 GNB I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my people know me than burn offerings to me.

B1 Why does God want these things and not sacrifices? Joel 2:12-13 NRSV Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;  13  rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.
B2 What does it mean to call on the name of the Lord? Joel 2:32 NRSV Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

B1 What can Christians, churches, and governments learn from this passage? Amos 5:14 NRSV Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said.
B2 Is this true? Explain. Amos 3:3 NKJV Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Agreed means to set an appointment also meeting first.

B1 Why does God hate pride? Obadiah 1:4 GW Even though you fly high like an eagle and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you down from there," declares the LORD.
B2 Why does God hate people or others who rejoice at someone’s misery or suffering? Obadiah 1:12 GW Don't gloat over your relative's misfortune or be happy when the people of Judah are destroyed. Don't brag so much when they're in distress.

B1 Can God in His sovereignty decree a condition? Jonah 3:4-5 GW Jonah entered the city and walked for about a day. Then he said, "In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed."  5  The people of Nineveh believed God. They decided to fast, and everyone, from the most important to the least important, dressed in sackcloth.
B2 Can God decree events and situations for people to freely choose? Jonah 1:17 NKJV Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

B1 Why does God judge and punish sin?
B2 Can we do the requirement of this passage without a new birth and God’s help? Explain. Micah 6:8 NKJV  He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

B1 What does it mean when Scriptures state that God is good? Nahum 1:7 NKJV  The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
B2 Is there a time when people cross God’s line and there is mercy no longer? Nahum 3:19 GNB There is no remedy for your injuries, and your wounds cannot be healed. All those who hear the news of your destruction clap their hands for joy. Did anyone escape your endless cruelty?

B1 Is it right to question God? Habakkuk 1:2-4 GNB O LORD, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence?  3  Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarreling everywhere.  4  The law is weak and useless, and justice is never done. Evil people get the better of the righteous, and so justice is perverted.
B2 How can Habakkuk rejoice in severe troubles? Habakkuk 3:17-19 GNB Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no grain, even though the sheep all die and the cattle stalls are empty,  18  I will still be joyful and glad, because the LORD God is my savior.  19  The Sovereign LORD gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed as a deer and keeps me safe on the mountains.

B1 Can we save ourselves? Zephaniah 3:17 WEB Yahweh, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.
B2 How does God calm us?

B1 Why do people look for our own rather than God’s desires? Haggai 1:4 WEB Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies waste?
B2 When God can do something Himself, why does He require us to do it? Haggai 2:4 GNB But now don't be discouraged, any of you. Do the work, for I am with you.

B1 Is this a genuine command? Explain. Zechariah 1:3 GNB but now I say to you, 'Return to me, and I will return to you.
B2 Is this literal or figurative? Explain. Zechariah 14:4 GNB At that time he will stand on the Mount of Olives, to the east of Jerusalem. Then the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west by a large valley. Half of the mountain will move northward, and half of it southward.

B1 Is it true that God never changes? Explain. Malachi 3:6 GNB I am the LORD, and I do not change. And so you, the descendants of Jacob, are not yet completely lost.
B2 What is God’s opinion of proud people? Malachi 4:1 GNB The LORD Almighty says, "The day is coming when all proud and evil people will burn like straw. On that day they will burn up, and there will be nothing left of them.

14 April 2019

New Christian's Handbook Part 5

I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is CC BY NC ND

There are many other pamphlets and courses for new Christians that are much better than this, but perhaps this might help, encourage, stimulate, and ground someone in the faith. That is my only intent. This copy is Copyright © 2019 by Len Gane All rights reserved but the pdf download version 10 April 19 only is

There are many other pamphlets and courses for new Christians that are much better than this, but perhaps this might help, encourage, stimulate, and ground someone in the faith. That is my only intent. This copy is Copyright © 2019 by Len Gane All rights reserved but the pdf download version 10 April 19 only is

The New Christian’s Handbook Part 5

This version doesn't have the charts, so you can go to Swartzentrover Bible Study to view them. The 10 Apr 19 pdf does.

Pray at the start
Read the material
Answer the questions
Pray again

Basic Bible Overview

Bible Summary Charts

Courtesy of Swartzentrover Bible Study Web Rather than reading the whole book, read the questions and review the chart.

Old Testament

The Law

B1 What are some of the main questions Genesis answers?
B2 Name some of the importants points of life and faith from Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

B1 What does Exodus teach you about Israel, Moses, and sin?
B2 How can we apply the focus of slavery, salvation, and sanctification to the Christian faith?
B3 What do we learn from this verse: Exodus 34:6-7 NKJV And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,  7  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation."

B1 Many find Leviticus to be very boring. What might some be things we can learn?
B2 How do we worship God?
B3 What is holiness and is it important? Leviticus 20:26 GNB You shall be holy and belong only to me, because I am the LORD and I am holy. I have set you apart from the other nations so that you would belong to me alone.

B1 Why did Israel have to wander 40 years?
B2 What does this teach us about belief vs unbelief and obedience vs disobedience?
B3 Why is it important that God does not lie? Numbers 23:19 NKJV "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

B1 Why did Moses have to repeat the Law to Israel?
B2 Explain how this verse is a blessing to you? Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."


B1 Why is reading the Bible and thinking about it important? Joshua 1:7-8 NKJV  Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.  8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
B2 Why did Israel have to war?

B1 How does God raise up deliverers today? Judges 3:9 NKJV When the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
B2 Discuss the relationship between religious laxity and moral anarchy?

B1 What can we learn from this verse? Ruth 1:17-18 NKJV Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me."  18  When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.
B2 Does Ruth give a good example of love? Explain.

1 Samuel
B1 How can we look at the heart instead of outwardly, when deciding someone’s character? 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
B2 Israel asked for a king. How did this show their rejection of God? How do we apply that to us?

2 Samuel
B1 How is God great? 2 Samuel 7:22 NKJV Therefore You are great, O Lord GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
B2 Why did David rape Bathsheba?

1 Kings
B1 Why did Solomon fall away? 1 Kings 8:22-24 NKJV Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven;  23  and he said: "LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.  24  You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.
B2 What is the danger of marrying a non-Christian? 1 Kings 11:4 NKJV For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.

2 Kings
B1 What is humility, and why is it important to the Christian? 2 Kings 22:19 NKJV  because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you," says the LORD.
B2 How does sin ruin nations?

1 Chronicles
B1 Why is David’s genealogy given?
B2 Do we have to obey any rules today? Explain. 1 Chronicles 22:13 NKJV  Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.

2 Chronicles
B1 When people quote this verse, what is usually left out? 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
B2 Ezra, not Moses, is the traditional author.
B3 How does Manasseh’s life show Biblical repentance? (2 Chronicles 33).

B1 Ezra is a teacher. Why do Christians need teachers today?
B2 What are some things important to be a teacher?

B1 How is God’s joy our strength? Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
B2 Is repentance important? What should be seen if someone has repented?

B1 How can we be brave in the face of possible death? Esther 4:14 NKJV For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
B2 Name some ways God has delivered you from something.


B1 Why did Job suffer?
B2 Do we have the same confidence Job had? Elaborate. Job 19:25-27 NKJV For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;  26  And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,  27  Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

B1 Discuss some things we can learn from the shortest Psalm. Psalms 117:1-2 NKJV  Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!  2  For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
B2 Name some ways we can use the Psalms today.

B1 Does the book of Proverbs still have benefit today? Explain.
B2 How can we apply this verse to our lives? Proverbs 22:3 NKJV A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.

13 April 2019

The New Christian's Handbook Part 4


I'll be posting a part each day, then when done will post a link to a downloadable pdf that is .

There are many other pamphlets and courses for new Christians that are much better than this, but perhaps this might help, encourage, stimulate, and ground someone in the faith. That is my only intent. This copy is Copyright © 2019 by Len Gane All rights reserved but the pdf download version 10 April 19 only is .

The New Christian’s Handbook Part 4

Basic Doctrine

B1 Statement
1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary:
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit:
9. I believe in the holy Christian church: the communion of saints:
10. The forgiveness of sins:
11. The resurrection of the body:
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
B2 You can read my comments on the Apostle’s Creed here.
B3 Study the material. Look up the Bible verse to know the context. You might want to look up the topic in Torrey's New Topical Textbook . If you go to the link, look up the topic (the first one is God). Hover over the verse and the reference will be readable. You can also find more themes of these topics from Manser’s Dictionary of Bible Themes. For further study with explanations, consider Great Doctrines of the Bible by Evans. If you want more in your study consider the Society of Evangelical Arminians Links and Books.
C8 Statement 8: I believe in the Holy Spirit: (further study)
D1 Acts 5:3-4 NKJV But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.
D2 Acts 13:2 NKJV As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
D3 1 Corinthians 2:13 NKJV These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
C9 Statement 9: I believe in the holy Christian church: the communion of saints:
D1 I believe in the holy Christian church (further study)
E1 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 NKJV For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
E2 Romans 12:4-5 NKJV For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
D2 the communion of saints: (further study)
E1 1 John 1:3 NKJV that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
E2 John 14:23 NKJV Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
E3 1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C10 Statement 10: The forgiveness of sins: (further study you might want to scroll down. Also see here)
D1 Ephesians 1:7 NKJV In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
D2 Hebrews 10:17-18 NIV Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
C11 Statement 11: The resurrection of the body: (further study here and here)
D1 1 Corinthians 15:12-13 NIV But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
D2 Romans 6:5 NKJV For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
D3 John 5:28-29 NKJV Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice "and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
C12 Statement 12: And the life everlasting. Amen: (further study)
D1 John 6:40 NRSV This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.
D2 John 3:36 NRSV Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God's wrath.
B4 Questions
C1 Define the term (each line) in your own words.
C2 Do the Scriptures offered explain and give reasonable credence to the statements? Explain.
C3 How does knowing the creed and what it means helpful to your Christian faith?
C4 If any of the creed is not believed, can that person be a Christian? Explain.