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Exploring The Bible

66. Old Testament

Genesis

 

G'day and welcome to our series, "Exploring the Bible" This is also the title of our latest book available on Amazon by clicking here or visiting PulpTheology.com

Key Verses:

  • Genesis 3:13-15
  • Genesis 12:2-3

The first 11 chapters of The Book of Genesis tell of the creation of the world. They tell the story of the first human beings and their fall into sin. Sin spreads throughout the world, occasioning the flood.

The second part of the book, chapters 12 to 50 concentrates on God’s dealing with Abraham, the man he chose to correct the problems that human sin was causing, the one man through whom God promises to bring salvation and blessing to the whole world.

From Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to Joseph, God’s promises begin to result in the nation whose mission it is to bring back the world of mankind to the love and service of the Lord. (They fail – Jesus is necessary!)

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Gems in the book of Revelation
(Authored by Roger Kirby)

Part 149 - Revelation 20:1-15
 
Cleansing and Judgment


And so we come to the great but perplexing chapter on judgement. We are glad to read of the final demise of the dragon and the beasts, which reflect all the evil on the earth, but it is difficult to know what to make of some of the circumstances. We have to remember that it has been fairly impossible to take almost anything in this book literally so far. It is strange if we can suddenly start to do so here.

I have neither the space nor the desire to say anything about the possible implications of the thousand years which have caused so much argument over the centuries. There are 3 major approaches known as the pre-millenial (the events described and those possibly discovered elsewhere in the New Testament occur before the thousand years), the post-millenial (the events occur after the millenium, and the a-millenial (the thousand years are not to be taken literally).

There are at least 5 things that follow from what is written in this chapter regardless of which belief (or none!) that you hold as to how it is all going to happen.

1. At some date in the future all evil will be eradicated from this world of ours. (Revelation 20:10)


2. This will not happen all at one clean sweep. There will be many problems before that final, very desirable, event occurs. (Revelation 20:1-9)

3. It will not all happen at the cosmic level. Human beings will be involved at certain stages before the evil is completely eradicated. (Revelation 20:4, 9)

4. Once evil is removed there will be a time of judgement. No one will be exempt from this. (Revelation 20:12, 13) My picture of how this will happen is: arrival at an airport in your home country. First you have to show your passport. If you have the right passport (we are citizens of heaven says Paul in Philippians 3:20) you are immediately welcomed into your home country, but you still have to go through the luggage checkpoint to see that you have no contraband in your cases. So, we too although welcomed because we are justified by faith - we have been promised now that we shall be welcomed by the Lord when we go to meet him - we are still to give account of what we have done in the years allocated to us since we set out to follow Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10-12). Like all illustrations, that one of mine is not perfect but it should help you to see what the scripture is saying. It is not the case that we are born again and need worry no more that all our future is without concern. That is a popular misunderstanding of the implications of being ‘born again’.

5. Not everybody is guaranteed a comfortable after life. (Revelation 20:15) what exactly will happen to them is much debated. A literal ‘lake of fire’ scarcely seems compatible with a God who is Love.

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Partakers Friday Prayers

20 July 2018

 

Order of Service

 

Welcome to Partakers Friday Prayers on Friday the 20th of July, 2018. Let us pray together!

Father, as we commence, let our hearts and minds be right before you.  May your everlasting mercy, grace and love be shown in hearing these petitions! Father, we come before you now as your children. We thank you that you are a personal and intimate God and that we can call you Father. We thank you that you are interested in every facet of every person. We thank you that you are an active and dynamic God and not a mere block of wood or stone that is placed on a shelf. Amen

2. The Prayer Jesus taught us

3. The World!

4. For church services and this world

 

 

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Thursday Story

Jackie - God helps me overcome!

We continue apace into the twenty first century. Today, Jackie shares with you about her life and her inspirational relationship with God! Come, listen and be inspired!

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WOW Word - Adoption

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Adoption

The word for today is adoption. Imagine you are an orphan left on the streets. You are hungry and thirsty. Begging for scraps of food. Your last job you were treated like a slave, so you escaped. Even your only friend, a stray dog, has abandoned you! You are friendless, lonely and miserable.


Then one day a big stretch limousine pulls up beside you. You recognize the limousine. It is the one you scratched with a key because you were bored and belongs to the enemy of your former boss. The driver asks you to get in, and reluctantly you do. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The limousine drives and eventually goes through some large gates and there is a huge house on top of the hill. The owner is there to greet you. He tells you that you are now part of his family now, if you want to be. You have no need to go back to begging for scraps. You are part of his family now, with all the legal standing as one of his children.

That is adoption in the Christian sense. If you are a Christian, God has accepted you as a member of His family with all the legal standing of an heir and a true son or true daughter.

The bible says in Galatians 4:7 "Now you are no longer a slave b ut God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir."

Because of adoption, we know that:

  • God purchased us from slavery into a family (Ephesians 1:7)!
  • God will supply all our needs, just as all good fathers always do!
  • God comes to live inside us!
  • We are reconciled with God, even though once we were His enemies (Romans 5:9)!
  • We have transformed relationships with others and ourselves!
  • We now seek His honour rather than our own!

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POD - Psalm 85

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Psalm 85

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For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

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85:1 Yahweh, you have been favorable to your land.

You have restored the fortunes of Jacob.

85:2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people.

You have covered all their sin.

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Selah.

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85:3 You have taken away all your wrath.

You have turned from the fierceness of your anger.

85:4 Turn us, God of our salvation,

and cause your indignation toward us to cease.

85:5 Will you be angry with us forever?

Will you draw out your anger to all generations?

85:6 Won’t you revive us again,

that your people may rejoice in you?

85:7 Show us your loving kindness, Yahweh.

Grant us your salvation.

85:8 I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak,

for he will speak peace to his people, his saints;

but let them not turn again to folly.

85:9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,

that glory may dwell in our land.

85:10 Mercy and truth meet together.

Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

85:11 Truth springs out of the earth.

Righteousness has looked down from heaven.

85:12 Yes, Yahweh will give that which is good.

Our land will yield its increase.

85:13 Righteousness goes before him,

And prepares the way for his steps.

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