Tonight's study started with the background of the pictured destruction of Rome and the harlot upon the beast that set the stage for Revelation 19. We briefly discuss the word "Hallelujah" and its evolution into "Alleluia". We spend some time examining the idea of eternal punishment and what the earliest Church believed about it. We conclude with an exploration of the bride making herself ready.
Tonight we study the Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55. We discuss what God is teaching us about humility, grace, and exaltation in Mary. We examine Mary's need for a Savior and look at some of the earliest Church writings to examine the ancient practice of the veneration of Saints. There is a question about the Rosary and we talk about being great and the importance of obscurity as we grow in grace.
We resume a discussion of questions raised in the last study and new questions tonight. We address the difference between Baptism and Confirmation as two sacraments involving the Holy Spirit. We begin an overview of Grace, Faith, and Salvation and digress into the topics of Original Sin and Infant Baptism.
Tonight's study consisted entirely of comments and questions. The initial questions sprang from our reading of James 5 and deal with the idea of saving a soul by bringing them back to the practice of the faith. We then proceed to a discussion about the roles of faith and grace in salvation.
In this study we examine the letter of Paul to Philemon as an example of a mature Christian relationship and a model of our relationship with God.
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Foundations of Bible Study