The first half of this study addresses questions asked after the previous study, viz.,
The second half introduces the need to understand the plan God is undertaking in order to understand the Bible, make Christianity relevant, and create a sense of repentance.
We continue our discussion of the overall plan of salvation by examining how utterly impossible it is for us to live as God lives and what sin is.
This study continues examining the role of the Holy Spirit in Christian transformation and how understanding it prevents us from building a Christianity without Christ. We explore how we are transformed from insanity to sanity and conclude with a discussion of God's rest and the Sabbath.
As we continue to explore the role of the Holy Spirit in our transformation we focus on the implications for Christian growth, dispel some misperceptions about Christian growth that can lead to misguided discouragement, and see even more clearly the centrality of a living Christ to Christianity.
In this study, we continue our examination of the centrality of Christ to Christianity and then transition to discuss the mechanics of Christian growth.
We continue through James chapter two and the discussion of works and faith. We spend time comparing Paul, James, and John, digress briefly on Anti-Christs, and conclude discussing friendship with God.
In the first half of tonight's study, we examine the historical and cultural setting of God's promise to gather and prosper Israel in Jer 31:10-14. We chose this particular section of scripture because it is the second psalm in the Morning Office of the first Thursday of the four week Psalter. The first half concludes with a discussion of sections of scripture that can make us uncomfortable about God such as killing 185,000 Assyrians as they are getting ready to attack Jerusalem.
The second half continues this discussion and branches into questions about who are Christians and the necessity of the organized Church.
Psalm 16 points to Jesus' death and resurrection. It also points us to Him as the path of life, our inheritance, our everything. We examine the difference between the Israelite and Christian perspectives on this psalm as well as some of its cultural and linguistic nuances. We then stopped recording and prayed the Thursday Night Office for which this is the psalm.