The meaning of Sacrifice
Christology , Soteriology / August 7, 2013

The concept of sacrifice begins at the fall of mankind from innocence in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:21 tells us that before banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, he clothed them in animal skins. God sacrificed the life of an innocent animal to cover the nakedness of the guilty. (As a side note, I don’t imagine it was easy. God loves His creation, every bit of it, even the parts that have turned…

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FULL Salvation
Resources , Soteriology / August 6, 2013

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24:  “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (NASB)   Many Christians do not have a complete picture of what a full salvation experience means.  I have heard everything from “you get saved when you’re…

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Revelation 2 and 3 Introduction
Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

Welcome back to our study in the book of Revelation! The next section of the book encompasses chapters 2 and 3, and before we begin looking at them in detail, I want to cover off some things that are important in the study of the Bible in general. The first of these things is that there is a very contentious debate about an event that John terms “harpazo,” or the Rapture, a calling out of…

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Revelation 1 – Verse-by-verse Analysis
Christology , Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

Revelation 1 Key verse 3: Read, Hear, Heed 1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ 4-8 A Message to the Churches from God the Son 9-17 A Vision of Jesus Christ As this study of the book of Revelation begins, I want to point out a few things to keep in mind. This is what I see in the Scriptures and not necessarily the “right” belief. I want to encourage you to do your own study…

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Revelation 2:1-7 – The Letter to Ephesus
Ecclesiology , Eschatology / July 30, 2013

As we begin, I want to expand on something I said in the introduction to this section of the study.  In our reading of scripture, the Holy Spirit leads us to understand that there is often more than one level of focus than just the words of the text.  In every one of the letters, we will see that there is a local message to the named church that deals with the need that church…

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