Dec 21-27-08 The Bible Getting The Big Picture

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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org …

Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Dec 21-27

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  • 1. The Bible: Getting the Big Picture
    • 2 Timothy 3:16 NET Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.
  • 2. The Bible: Getting the Big Picture
    • As Paul indicates to Timothy and many other passages affirm, the Bible is the ultimate authority for Christian faith and practice. It is crucial to interpret Scripture in light of its overall context.
  • 3. The Bible: Getting the Big Picture
    • The Bible as it has come down to us is laid out in two parts: the Old Testament, covering the period before Christ, and the New Testament, the period after Christ. The biblical record is a three-part story:
  • 4. Part I: God's Original Creation ( Genesis 1-2 )
    • The eternal God created a perfect, beautiful world and put it under the management of Adam and Eve and their successors. ( Gen. 1-2 )
  • 5. Part I: God's Original Creation ( Genesis 1-2 )
    • No one knows how long this part of the story lasted, but Scripture devotes only the first two of its 1,189 chapters to telling it.
  • 6. Part II: The Human Dilemma & God's Response ( Gen. 3—Rev. 20 )
    • The second part of the story takes up all but the last two chapters of the Bible. Two story lines weave throughout the record.
  • 7. Part II: The Human Dilemma & God's Response ( Gen. 3—Rev. 20 )
    • One reveals how the balance and beauty of cre­ation is terribly damaged by sin and rebellion. The other unfolds God's response to rescue His creatures and the creation from this dilemma.
  • 8. Part II: The Human Dilemma & God's Response ( Gen. 3—Rev. 20 )
    • His redemptive work is promised through Israel (as recorded in the Old Testament), provided through Christ (as recorded in the Gospels), and then applied in and through the church (as told in Acts and the letters).
  • 9. Part II: The Human Dilemma & God's Response ( Gen. 3—Rev. 20 )
    • The Book of Revelation's first 20 chapters display events related to Christ's return to earth.
  • 10. Part III: The Achievement of God's Original Design ( Rev. 21-22 )
    • The last two chapters of the Bible tell the final third of the story. They offer great hope to the reader by promising a new heaven and earth.
  • 11. Part III: The Achievement of God's Original Design ( Rev. 21-22 )
    • God's original intentions for the creation will finally and fully be achieved. This parallels and fulfills Genesis 1-2 and also reflects the values of Christ, who is the focus of the whole Bible.
  • 12. Reading the Bible
    • Because the middle third of the account comprises 99 percent of the text, it grabs most of the attention of Bible readers. But to properly understand it, one must keep the first and third parts firmly in mind.
  • 13. Reading the Bible
    • Like two bookends, they frame and anchor the big picture of God's work throughout history, as shown by the diagram on the next slide.
  • 14. Part II Revelation 21 & 22 Genesis 3 Revelation 20 God's Provision of Salvation: Our Rebellion and Fall from Function and Work in God's Image Genesis 1 & 2 Part I Part III God’s Plan Begun God’s Plan Achieved Jesus Christ
  • 15. Reading the Bible
    • They provide the crucial context for the double story line of rebellion and restoration etched through the middle of the account.
  • 16. Reading the Bible
    • That middle part often makes for rather painful reading. With forceful realism it shows the cruelty that sin unleashes on all of creation.
  • 17. Reading the Bible
    • Some readers would prefer to skip over or dismiss that aspect of the story. But God refuses to distort reality or put a positive "spin" on it.
  • 18. Reading the Bible
    • He includes the horrors of sin in His record as "examples to avoid.“
    • 1 Corinthians 10:6 NET These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did.
  • 19. Reading the Bible
    • He lets nothing escape either exposure or resolution in Jesus Christ.
    • (Word In Life Study Bible)
  • 20. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Wherever people accept the truth of God and begin practicing it, counterfeits soon surface. That's what Paul found at Ephesus, and what he warns Timothy about.
  • 21. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 2 Timothy 3:8 NET And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people — who have warped minds and are disqualified in the faith — also oppose the truth.
  • 22. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 9 But they will not go much further, for their foolishness will be obvious to everyone, just like it was with Jannes and Jambres.
  • 23. Counterfeit Christianity
    • He mentions two characters, Jannes and Jambres, whose names mean "he who seduces" and "he who is rebellious."
  • 24. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Neither name is in the Old Testament, but Jewish legend held that these were the names of two Egyptian magicians who opposed Moses' demand of Pharaoh to free the Israelites.
  • 25. Counterfeit Christianity
    • They tried to duplicate the miracles of Moses in an attempt to discredit him. But God showed that Moses' authority was more powerful.
  • 26. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Exodus 7:11 NET Then Pharaoh also summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the magicians of Egypt by their secret arts did the same thing.
  • 27. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 12 Each man threw down his staff, and the staffs became snakes. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
  • 28. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Exodus 7:22 NET But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts, and so Pharaoh's heart remained hard, and he refused to listen to Moses and Aaron — just as the LORD had predicted.
  • 29. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Paul faced a similar experience at Ephesus. For two years he taught the message of Christ there, in a culture heavily steeped in pagan idolatry and occultism.
  • 30. Counterfeit Christianity
    • God confirmed his teaching through powerful miracles and the release of many from evil spirits.
  • 31. Counterfeit Christianity
    • But local exorcists attempted to duplicate the miracles. Their scheme backfired, however, to the benefit of the gospel.
  • 32. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Acts 19:11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul's hands, 12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
  • 33. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 13 But some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were possessed by evil spirits, saying, "I sternly warn you by Jesus whom Paul preaches."
  • 34. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 14 (Now seven sons of a man named Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were doing this.) 15 But the evil spirit replied to them, "I know about Jesus and I am acquainted with Paul, but who are you?"
  • 35. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 16 Then the man who was possessed by the evil spirit jumped on them and beat them all into submission. He prevailed against them so that they fled from that house naked and wounded.
  • 36. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks; fear came over them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised.
  • 37. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 18 Many of those who had believed came forward, confessing and making their deeds known.
  • 38. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 19 Large numbers of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them up in the presence of everyone.
  • 39. Counterfeit Christianity
    • When the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. 20 In this way the word of the Lord continued to grow in power and to prevail.
  • 40. Counterfeit Christianity
    • Counterfeits to the truth of Christ abound today, as Paul predicted they would. If we effectively communicate the gospel to friends and coworkers,
  • 41. Counterfeit Christianity
    • we can virtually count on the fact that competing systems and worldviews will soon appear.
    • That's why we must,
  • 42. Counterfeit Christianity
    • "continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of," basing our lives and our witness on the firm foundation of Scripture.
    • (Word In Life Study Bible)
  • 43. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 2 Timothy 3:14 NET You, however, must continue in the things you have learned and are confident about. You know who taught you
  • 44. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
  • 45. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
  • 46. Counterfeit Christianity
    • 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.
  • 47. The Bible, God’s Word, Only Guide
    • We started this lesson with Paul’s statement to Timothy about the ultimate authority and usefulness of The Bible, God’s Word. And we bring it to an end at the same point.
  • 48. The Bible, God’s Word, Only Guide
    • The fact is The Bible, God’s Word, is our only guide into the hope and security of Jesus Love which brings us salvation.
  • 49. Salvation In No One Else
    • Acts 4:11 NET This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone . 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved."
  • 50. Salvation In No One Else
    • I hope we all grasp the key to these two articles. Throughout all time, since the beginning of creation, God had a plan. He gave glimpses of His plan through Prophets.
  • 51. Salvation In No One Else
    • Then when the time was right he showed us his plan for redeeming humans through His Son, Jesus. At His chosen time He will Restore humans to Himself as we see in The Revelation to John.
  • 52. Well done, good and faithful slave
    • The question is this: Are we who claim to belong to Him reaching out to others who need his saving grace? When the day arrives will He say to each of us:
  • 53. Well done, good and faithful slave
    • Matthew 25:21 NET His master answered, 'Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.'