This week’s memory verses are John 14:15, 21 & 23. In them Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep is commandments. But what are His commandments? This can be confusing because Jesus was under the Law himself, taught on the Law of the Millennium and taught on the age of Grace.
Once we have this answered we can better understand what He is telling us to do.
Before we get into the text let’s take a brief look at the theme and purpose of John’s Gospel. Then we will quickly overview John 13 & 14 to set the context.
The purpose of the book of John can be found in John 20:30-31 – 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
John wrote the book to record the signs of Jesus in order that the reader may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. In believing that Jesus is who He said He is the believer obtains eternal life!
The theme of the book of John is that Jesus is the Son of God and believing in Him will produce eternal life.
Now that we have the purpose and theme we have the appropriate context to view John 13 & 14 briefly to set up our memory verses.
The Last Supper John 13:1-5
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Are you looking for a short and concise New Testament survey for theWord? Then this is for you!
I orginally found this New Testament Introductions and Outline online at Bible.org.
I was trilled when I found it for theWord Bible Software.
This is a concise new testament survey. It contains introductions and outlines to each book of the New Testament. By Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D. who is Professor of New Testament Studies Dallas Theological Seminary. Enough said right?
You can get the New Testament Introductions and Outlines for theWord here!
The the New Testament Introductions and Outlines for theWord contains information on:
Wallace gives detailed internal and external evidence for each author of the New Testament. He lays out the arguements against them and answers those arguments.
He gives up to date background information for the date of each book. Citing what most scholars believe and then what he believes the date to be. Backing up his dates with solid evidence.
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This week’s memory verse is 2 Cor. 9:6-7 which speaks on the believer’s posture in giving. Before we get into the text we are going to take a look at Paul’s purpose for writing the letter, the theme of the letter and a quick overview of 2 Corinthians 8-9:5 to understand the background.
“The purpose of this letter was threefold: (1) to express joy at the favorable response of the church to Paul’s ministry (2 Cor. 1-7); (2) to remind the believers of their commitment to the offering for the Christians in Judea (2 Cor. 8-9); and (3) to defend Paul’s apostolic authority (2 Cor. 10-13).” Charles Ryrie Charles Ryrie NASB Study Bible
In contrast with the self-interest of the false apostles is the self-effacement of Paul. As he both answers his critics and affirms his own apostleship, we see God’s glory shine through Paul’s sufferings. If there is in fact a theme verse it is 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Daniel B. Wallace “2 Corinthians” in New Testament
2 Cor. 8-9 An Appeal to Give to the Jerusalem Church
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This is a commentary I use almost daily. Dr. Utley has done a fantastic job. Though I do not always agree with everything he says I definitely want to hear it.
The commentary is a word study commentary, often word by word, giving the meaning in the original language and context. He writes in such away that allows you to do the interpretation.
I found it for theWord bible software and wanted to share it with you. Do yourself a favor and go get it.
Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary
Here is the description from theWordmodules.com website.
You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary
While teaching hermeneutics in an OMS seminary in Haiti, God spoke to Bob’s heart about providing his Bible studies free to the world.
He structured this verse by verse and passage by passage commentary to provide an in-depth resource for churches, pastors and lay people. Dr. Utley provides scholarly and even technical commentary without losing a non-scholarly audience. While Dr. Utley uses word studies to examine context and original language, no knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is expected from the reader. This commentary is designed to be understood by everyone!
Dr. Utley emphasizes the original author’s intent, by analyzing and discussing: context, history, word studies, grammar, genre and parallel passages.
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I have been meaning to get this post out. I have played around with a few bible softwares and a came across theWord. It is by far the best!
Install the best free bible software theWord!
In fact there is so much free quality content (modules) that you can get with theWord that I am going to be writing a lot more posts on the modules.
Most of my links to products that I use will be transitioning to theWord. If I use a tool that is not offered by theWord then I will link to Christianbook.com otherwise all links to tools will be to theWord.
This really is the best software I have found thus far for Bible Study.
I have used it almost everyday and it has revolutionized how I dig into the original language of the Scriptures. I know it will do the same for you!
Here is some information from their site explaining the software.
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This week’s memory verse is 1 Cor. 13:10. Before we get into what the text has to say to us today, we are going to take a look at Paul’s purpose of writing 1 Corinthians, the audience, the theme, a quick overview and then an overview of the literary unit that we find the verse in.
This way we have a lens to view the scripture with. Once we see what Paul was saying to his audience we can then see how it relates to us today.
“What occasioned the writing of 1 Corinthians was apparently three things.
Paul had written a previous letter (1 Cor. 5:9) which was misunderstood by the Corinthians. In that letter he told them not to associate with immoral persons and they took this to mean all immoral persons, while he only meant immoral professing believers (5:10-13). The matter needed to be cleared up.
The apostle also got news from members of Chloe’s house that there were divisions arising among the Corinthian believers (1:11). Presumably the report included other problems such as attitudes toward the apostles (4:1-21), incestuous behavior (5:1-5), and lawsuits between Christians (6:1-11).
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What is the New Covenant? Who was it for? Is it in effect now? What does it have to say about believers today? These are some questions that arise when one looks at Hebrews 8.
Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 7:11-28 A Better Hope through Which We Draw Near to God. We saw that the priesthood has been changed and therefore the law also, Christ’s priesthood was established according to the power of His indestructible life, how the fact that the Law has been put away impacts us, the better hope Christ brings us, what this hope is established on and why Christ is able to save all who come to God through Him forever!
This lesson we will be taking a look at Hebrews 8:1-13 and the New Covenant.
Let’s take a quick look at an introdcution just to get us warmed up.
Introduction to Hebrews 8
Hodges’ introduces the chapter by stating:
“In chapter 7, the writer had considered the superiority of the new priesthood. It follows that such a priesthood must have a superior priestly ministry. That it does is unfolded in this section of the epistle. In the process, the letter reveals that the New Covenant underlines this newer priestly service.”
Zane C. Hodges. “Hebrews” In The Bible Knowledge Commentary
Without further ado let’s get into the text shall we?
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Is there an answer to timidity in the Christian life? What is the key to walking in the power of God? What is the key to living boldly in the midst of suffering and persecution?
These are questions that God answers in 2 Timothy 1:7.
This week’s memory assignment is 2 Timothy 1:7. As you know before we get into the verse we need to look at the background of the book, its purpose, theme and audience.
Then we will look at the first and some of the second paragraph in chapter one to draw out the context. We can then see how 2 Timothy 1:7 applies to us today!
Let’s get started.
“This Second Epistle to Timothy was written from a dungeon death cell… We learn from the book of Acts that Paul was sent to prison in Rome, charged with endeavoring to incite an insurrection against the Roman government.
For two full years he remained a prisoner under guard in his own hired house until he appeared before Caesar, and then he was set free because the charges which the Jews had brought against him were not sustained.
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Does the Law have an impact on blievers today? Has the Law been put away? What is the better hope that Christ brought? How should it affect me?
These are jsut some of the questions that will get answered in our lesson today in Hebrews 7:11-28 on a better hope through which we draw near to God.
Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 7:1-10 and learned about Melchizedek. We saw that he was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, that he was greater than Abraham, that Abraham tithed to him therefore Levi tithed to him and that he established a continual priesthood. He was either a type of Christ or the pre-incarnate Christ.
To introduce our text for this week listen to Hodge’s quick overview.
Introduction to Hebrews 7:11-28
“Having established Melchizedek’s greatness both personally and in comparison with Abraham and Levi, the writer was ready for a new point. This superiority was needed, since the Law was superseded. The inadequacy of the legal Levitical systems had to be replaced by something better.” Zane C. Hodges. “Hebrews” In The Bible Knowledge Commentary
Now that we see how our text in this lesson ties into the previous chapters let’s get into it.
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What is the proper response of a Christian to government? Do my thoughts and actions to my government have any eternal significance? What does the Bible say about how a Christian should view and respond to government?
These are some questions we will answer today in our scripture memory verse.
The scripture meditation for this week is Matt. 22:21. We will be looking at the whole paragraph of Matt. 22:15-22 to better understand the context and see how Matt. 22:21 relates to us today.
Before we get into the text let’s take a look at a brief introduction, Matthew’s purpose and the theme. To do so we will see how John Walvoord lays it out.
“The Gospel of Matthew has commonly been considered one of the most important books of the New Testament, and properly a gospel to be placed first in the New Testament. Although the order of the books came from human choice rather than divine inspiration, this gospel, a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, fittingly introduces the books that follow.
Matthew deals primarily with the life of Jesus Christ as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies relating to the coming King, and, on the other hand, it explains why the prophecies relating to the kingdom of Christ on earth are delayed in fulfillment until the second coming.
Anyone desiring to master the New Testament may, accordingly, well begin with the gospel of Matthew, which fulfills the divinely intended purpose of being an introduction to New Testament truth…” John Walvoord in Matthew: The John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries
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