Teaching

The “Rest” of the Story (Gen 2:1-3)

God’s Crowning Delight of Creation Why Did God Rest? Why Should We Rest?

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Our Great God Creates and Delights in the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth (Gen 1)

God forms the world God fills the world God makes man.

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The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 3)

Nebuchadnezzar erects a huge statue and requires every subject in his kingdom to bown down to it at the sound of instruments announcing worship.  It was unusual for pagan nations to require conquered nations to forsake the worship of their pagan deities and it is likely that the king is utilizing the worship of this common “god” as a symbol …

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The Genesis of Grace and Grace in Genesis

Introduction to the Book of Genesis

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Who Gets the Glory? Identifying Idols of the Heart

Identifying idols of your heart. Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven

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Dream of the Kingdom (Dan 2:1-49)

Daniel 2 occurs after Daniel and his friends had entered the king’s service as educated counselors, advisors, administrators.  A striking feature of Daniel 2 is not immediately evident to the English reader. When 2:4 says: ‘The Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic’, the entire text thereafter shifts from Hebrew into Aramaic all the way until 7:28. Why? Aramaic was …

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Exiles in a Foreign Land (Ps.137; Jer. 28-29, Dan 1:1-2)

Faithful Living in a Pagan Society Daniel was one of the Israelites exiled and living in Babylon after the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century B.C. They no longer lived in a secure believing society, under a believing cultural establishment. This book then gives guidance to those who live in a religiously pluralistic society which is at …

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People without a King (Judges 19:1-21:25)

This is the last part of the 5-chapter “appendix” to the book of Judges. In this appendix we have two “ground level” examples of what Israel’s life was like between judges. Last week, the case study revealed the “hollowness” and “weightlessness” of Israelite culture and religion. On the outside, it invoked the name of the Lord and utilized the forms …

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The Joy of the Gospel

The gospel is the ‘good news’ that through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection we have received full restoration to God through no act or record of our own.  In Jesus Christ, God has begun restoring beauty and dignity to all of His creation.  By trusting in Jesus’ work on earth and His record with God we each receive deliverance …

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Baptism

1.  God justifies the ungodly a.  Our righteousness is incapable of fulfilling the demands of a Holy God. (Rom 1-3, especially Rom 3:19-20) b.  Christ came to be our righteousness while we were His enemies. (Eph 2:4-9, Rom 5:1-6) c.  Faith is not the basis of our salvation.  Faith is what God gives to us that we can lay hold …

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