Showing posts with label freedom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label freedom. Show all posts

12 February 2019

Jesus' Teaching and Truth Sets Us Free


John 8:31-32 WEL Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, "If you continue in my teaching, you are truly my disciples, 32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

The formula
  1. Continue in my teaching
  2. Truly my disciples
  3. Know the truth
  4. Being set free

Continue in my teaching
B1 What Jesus taught IS the teaching of God: John 7:16 NKJV Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
B2 Everything that Jesus taught was founded in the Old Testament: Luke 24:27 NKJV And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
B3 The Lord Jesus fulfilled all the requirements in the Old Testament: Luke 24:44 NKJV Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.
B4 His teaching is based on the same summary: Mark 12:28-31 NRSV One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" 29 Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.
B5 The future: Mark 14:62 NRSV Jesus said, "I am; and 'you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,' and 'coming with the clouds of heaven.
B6 He exposes false teaching and false teachers: Matthew 7:15-20 NRSV Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.
B7 He gives an invitation to join Him and learn: Matthew 11:28-30 NRSV Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
B8 He teaches that we must obey what He taught either directly or through His apostles: John 14:23-24 WEL Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man loves me, he will obey my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling place in him. "The one who doesn't love me doesn't obey my word, and the word you hear is not my own but the Father's who sent me.
C1 No one can obey unless they have placed their faith and trust into Jesus Christ alone. Our works are trash and garbage.
C2 Obey is the fruit of a new creation, which is a creation of the Holy Spirit. It is a totally different nature than the one we were born with.
C3 If there is no obedience, there is no salvation, because obedience is the fruit of a born again, regenerated, person.
C4 He is the King of kings and Lord of lords and reigns forever.
C5 He is a loving shepherd leader, not a controlling, selfish dictator.
B9 Acknowledge His words are eternal and are life.: John 6:68-69 WEL Simon Peter then answered him, "Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life. "And we are convinced and have come to know that you are the Christ, the son of the living God.
B10 What He taught, He lived, so should we: Luke 9:23-24 WEL He said to all, "If any wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me, For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same one will save it.

Truly my disciples
B1 If we are truly His disciples, what He taught, we will believe, we will do, and we will teach others.
B2 We have to show consistency in what we say and do both in public and private.

Know the truth
B1 God understands truth as reality.
B2 The words
C1 Hebrew:
D1 The Hebrew word is H571 אֶמֶת 'emeth.
D2 It means (TWOT): This very important concept in biblical doctrine gives clear evidence of the biblical meaning of “faith” in contradistinction to the many popular concepts of the term. At the heart of the meaning of the root is the idea of certainty. And this is borne out by the nt definition of faith found in Heb 11:1. The basic root idea is firmness or certainty.
C2 Greek
D1 The Greek work is G225 ἀλήθεια aletheia.
D2 It means (TDNTa): A. The OT Term for Truth.
1. The common OT word for truth appears some 126 times. It denotes a reality that is firm, solid, binding, and hence true. With reference to persons it characterizes their action, speech, or thought, and suggests integrity.
2. In law the word is used for a. the actual truth of a cause or process as shown by the facts (cf. Dt. 22:20; 1 Kgs. 10:6; Dan. 10:1).
C3 The Greek word for know is G1097 γινώσκω ginosko. According to TDNTa, it means The Greek Usage. The ordinary use is for intelligent comprehension (“to perceive,” “to understand,” “to know”), at first with a stress on the act. As distinct from aisthánesthai, ginṓskō emphasizes understanding rather than sensory perception, and as distinct from dokeín it is a perception of things as they are, not an opinion about them. Related to epistḗmē, gnōsis needs an objective genitive and suggests the act of knowing rather than knowledge as such.
B3 Thus, knowing truth is an intelligent understanding of reality.

Being set free
B1 Free from what?
C1 Lies
C2 False teachers
C3 False teachings
C4 Lies used to manipulate us
C5 Lies used to hurt and shame us
C6 False guilt
C7 False doctrine
C8 False preachers
B2 The more we know and study the Bible; the more we are set free.

We learn:
B1 The importance of the teaching of Jesus Christ.
B2 The importance of continuing in His teaching.
B3 The importance of avoid “new” words of faith, “new” words of doctrine, and “new” ways of living.
B4 If we really are a disciple or not.
B5 What truth is.
B6 How to be set free.
B7 How to stay free.

25 November 2017

Free to Love



Theme: Freedom in Christ

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 8:1–9:23

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: Christ has set us free to put other’s needs and well-being ahead of our own.
Think: I consider other’s well-being as more important than my own desires.
Do: Use my freedom in Christ to choose what is best for others.

Notes and questions:
B1 What is freedom?
C1 Not under or following any laws
C2 “I can do what I want.”
C3 Freedom means getting rid of desires except one and that is, to love — the kind of love which doesn’t demand anything, even love in return. Source (in the comments).
C4 Freedom is the ability to resist.
C5 What else?
B2 Freedom lost
C1 Can freedom be lost?
C2 How is it lost?
B3 Freedom regained
C1 Are either of the following choices Scriptural?
C2 Second Council of Orange, Canon 13: The freedom of will that was destroyed in the first man can be restored only by the grace of baptism
C3 “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it”—Malcolm X Source
B4 Who is free?
C1  His (God–editor) will is completely free, because He cannot be forced to will, reject or permit [anything] either by the inward necessity of His nature, nor by external power either of some force or the efficacy of an object which either are outside Himself, or will be. (Arminian Confession of Faith (1621), Chapter 2.9)
C2 No person is free who is not master of himself.—Pythagoras
C3 "I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free."—Nikos Kazantzakis Source
C4 In an irreverent TV commercial for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Ron Reagan quips that he is "an unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell." Source
C5 After reading these, who is free?
B5 Consider
C1 Is the first, second, or third quote freedom, or is it something else?
D1 Isaiah 14:12-13 NKJV  How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!  13  For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north.
D2 Malachi 3:15 NKJV  So now we call the proud blessed, For those who do wickedness are raised up; They even tempt God and go free.
D3 John 8:33 NKJV  They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'?"
C2 The context of the third quote: John 8:33-36 NKJV  They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'?"  34  Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  35  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
D1 Who is a slave in this passage?
D2 Is one who commits sin free?
B6 1 Corinthians 8,
C1 The Corinthians had a question about food and idols.
C2 Could they eat food that had been dedicated to an idol?
C3 Can we eat food offered to idols?
C4 Could we eat halal or kosher food?
C5 What is the weaker conscious that might be offended?
C6 What should the motivation be for the one who is free to eat towards the one who does not have that freedom?
C7 How does having love (God’s definition of it) change our perception of freedom?
C8 Are we our brother’s keeper?
C9 Could someone use this as an excuse to manipulate others?
C10 How else can we apply this principle today?
C11 Why is it necessary to limit our freedom?
B7 1 Corinthians 9,
C1 Rights
D1 What are rights?
E1 Some suffer for the greater good?
E2 What the rich and power want?
E3 What the government gives and takes?
E4 What we protest for?
D2 Who gives rights? Is it government, ourselves, peer pressure, or something else?
C2 Did Lucifer have the right to rebel against God?
C3 Did Adam have the right to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
C4 Did Jesus have the right to lay down His life voluntarily as a sacrifice for our sins?
C5 1 Corinthians 9:11-12 NKJV  If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?  12  If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
D1 The Apostles have a right to not work and have the financial assistance from believer’s gifts. They gain something.
D2 What rights do the givers have? They lose something.
D3 How does this apply, or maybe it doesn’t? 1 Corinthians 9:14 NKJV  Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
C6 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 NKJV  and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;  21  to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;  22  to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  23  Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
D1 Does this make Paul a hypocrite? He lives like a Jew when with Jews and a Gentile when with Gentiles.
D2 Does this help answer the question? Acts 16:3 NKJV  Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
D3 Or this: Galatians 2:3 NKJV  Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.
D4 Does a missionary to a foreign country have to live by the culture they know or the culture of the people they are ministering to?
D5 What is more important—the Gospel or “my rights?”
D6 How can we apply this today?
D7 When should we not adopt the culture of those we minister to?
B8 Questions
C1 How do we find the balance between tolerance and intolerance?
C2 When do “my rights” cause a problem for spreading the Gospel?
C3 How do we decide what activities I can do that others cannot?
D1 Alcohol
D2 Movies with cursing and the Lord’s name taken in vain
D3 Movies with just one sex scene (implied or otherwise)
D4 Doing the drug scene as an undercover police officer
B9 Next week