"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
Our Suffering Substitute
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Isaiah foretold how the Messiah, the promised redeemer, would be our suffering substitute; and of His ministry to give sight to the blind, freedom to those in bondage, and healing to the broken. Isaiah also prophesied of His death. For the sake of all human beings who, like lost sheep, have turned to our own way, God laid our iniquity on Jesus the Christ, who bore the punishment for our sins. Isaiah describes the crucifixion of Jesus hundreds of years before it happened when he wrote that the Suffering Servant would be despised, rejected, afflicted, and pierced for our transgressions. But by his wounds, we would be healed.
The Manifesto of the Messiah - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Isaiah prophesied that God needed a “highway” on which to travel into this world. That highway would be the Messiah, God in human flesh. Isaiah said that the Christ would be the perfect expression of the Spirit of God. When Jesus described His ministry, He quoted Isaiah’s prophesy. He came to bring good news to the afflicted and healing to the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to captives, and declare the time of the Lord’s favor had come.
The Coming and Going of Isaiah - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Why was I born in this time and in this place? Where do I fit in God’s plan? Answers to these questions, and many like this, are found in the book of Isaiah, the longest prophetic book in the Bible. Isaiah is quoted more in the New Testament and gives more prophecies of the coming Messiah than any other prophet. Isaiah makes us aware of our need for a Savior and then introduces us to the Savior who would come.
Profiles of Prophets - Monday, January 16, 2017
The prophets were men from many different backgrounds who were called to speak for God. Most of the prophets warned of judgment to come. In all of their warnings, during the darkest days of God’s people, there is a message of God's grace and hope. Hope in the coming Messiah. God is calling every Christian to model His grace and truth to a dying world, just like He asked the prophets to do a couple thousand years ago.
Jesus Loves Me - Friday, January 13, 2017
The Song of Solomon is the last of the poetry books and is a love song that records the romance of two lovers and is a beautiful allegory of what the relationship is between Christ and His Church. The Song contains important truths. One is God considers the sexual relationship in marriage to be a very good part of His creation. Another important truth is it teaches us much about our intimate relationship with the risen, living Christ.
Solomon's Final Message - Thursday, January 12, 2017
Ecclesiastes speaks to the hearts of God's people when they are searching for answers to the perplexing dilemmas of life. Solomon urges the younger generation to learn from his experience as he searched for the meaning and purpose of life. The only worthwhile purpose he found in life was to fear God and keep His commandments. He told young people to remember God and live their lives well, because everyone will face Him and eternal judgment in the end.
The Wisdom of Solomon - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The book of Proverbs is the most practical book in the Bible, so that God's people might know how to live. Solomon was considered the wisest man in the world. Much of Solomon's wisdom was learned from his failures. He wanted to teach young men not to do as he did. His purpose was for the wise to become wise leaders, the simple-minded to become wise, and for all people to discern how to live right.
Taste and See - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Hopelessness is a huge problem in our world, but God's desire is for the hope He has planted within us to lead us to faith and a personal relationship with Him. God invites us to taste and see that He is good to follow Him in obedience and trust His Word. Those who trust in God will be blessed as they grow strong in hope and faith as they experience God's faithfulness to provide, protect, and deliver them.
The Coming and Going of Worship - Monday, January 9, 2017
David described the only appropriate way to enter into God's presence is with thanksgiving and praise, and one of the best ways to express those attitudes is through music. In God's presence, we can experience how good He is, we learn of His desire to be worshiped by all people in all nations, and we learn to joyfully serve Him. Worship leads us to greater depth in our relationship with Him and results in greater growth and fruitfulness for Him.
The Blessedness of Forgiveness - Thursday, January 5, 2017
In Psalms 32 and 51, among others, David speaks of emotions we can all relate to: the feelings associated with guilt. Psalms of confession and forgiveness show us the relief and joy found in God's forgiveness of our sin and the blessings of God's grace and restoration. Psalm 139 describes the God to whom we pray. God knows and understands everything about us, so He is the perfect counselor in times of difficulty.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
the Second Week after Epiphany