Title: The New Covenant 4 – One Sacrifice for All Time
Subject Matter: This week we spent more time in the book of Hebrews exploring the ramifications of Jesus work on the cross in relation to the New Covenant. We looked at how a proper understanding of the New Covenant will have a very positive, Continue reading →
Subject Matter: Though He is God, Jesus became a man and came to earth to show us what it looks like when a “man” cooperates with the Holy Spirit to bring God’s will to earth. In this class, we explore what it this truth means for us personally as believers. Continue reading →
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians is a letter that was written to some people that had become Christians as a result of Paul’s preaching in their region. When Paul first came to these people, he told them the good news about Jesus. Jesus had died for their sins, and now God was offering eternal life to them. They believed the message, accepted the offer, and were born again (John 3:3-8) into God’s family and kingdom. Continue reading →
Title: The Full Gospel part 2 – Grace and Faith vs Law and Religion
Subject Matter: Christianity is about man relating to God through Christ. It is a relationship, not a religion. This relationship is part of the gospel message, and it is a result of what Christ did on the cross. In this teaching we explore the contrast between relating to God through religion, as opposed to relating to Him as our Father in heaven.
Growing up in church, one of the words I heard used from time to time that I didn’t really understand was “sanctified” or “sanctification.”
Based on the way I heard it used, I came to believe that sanctification meant something like this: “A change in behavior that occurs over time where the Christian sins less and less.” It was often referred to as “the process of sanctification.” Basically, it seemed to mean that you were growing in your ability to avoid sin, both externally and internally. Continue reading →
Title: The New Covenant part 7 – Righteous by Faith
Subject Matter: God makes us righteous when we choose to put our faith in Jesus. Our righteousness comes to us as a gift from God, not as an accomplishment that we work toward. That is the subject of the final teaching in this series.
Title: The New Covenant part 6 – Eternal Redemption
Subject Matter: In this class we spend nearly the entire time in Hebrews chapters 8-10. We were talking about how revolutionary this letter would have been to the original audience. We used the historical and cultural context of the letter to help us grasp the gravity of this fact: Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, and then sat down (Hebrews 10:12). We also used all of this context to help shed light on some passages that sometimes are difficult to understand.
Title: The New Covenant part 5 – Jesus Our High Priest
Subject Matter: In this class, we read through Hebrews 8 and 9, and we looked at how the ordinances from the Old Covenant can tell us about the reality of the New Covenant. In particular, we contrasted the old system of priests and sacrifices in the tabernacle, with Jesus as the Great High Priest who made one sacrifice for all time. It is a truly amazing thing to think about. I hope this blesses you.