"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
The Anointing That Assures
Monday, February 8, 2016
In First John we see more assurances of salvation: love for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, love for God the Father, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Who makes us know what we know spiritually. John also points out that the children of God do not make it a practice to sin. Our salvation is not based upon how our hearts may feel. Our salvation is based upon the fact that we believe the Gospel.
The Assurance Compass - Thursday, February 4, 2016
The Epistle of First John writes to those who believe, that they might know that they know they believe, and then really believe. In a word, we are looking for assurance, assurance of salvation. The two Gospel facts, remember, are these: the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was not just that God would forgive His people of their sins, but He would save His people from their sins. The evident assurance of your salvation is fruitfulness.
The Day Must Dawn - Monday, February 1, 2016
In Second Peter we learn that grace and peace can be multiplied to us through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ our Lord. We can come into the heavenly dimension and into the knowledge of God, and He endows us with everything we need for life and godliness. Peter explains how, when we come to the Light of the Word, and apply His Word to our lives, the Morning Star rises in our hearts and Christ is born in us.
The Storms of Life, the Word and the Witness - Thursday, January 28, 2016
Peter tells us the end of all things is near and in light of that, what kind of people should we be. We should be calm, self-controlled people of prayer; we should be hospitable; love one another, remembering that love covers a multitude of sins. The one thing that distinguishes one person from another is not whether they suffer but how they cope with their suffering. The purpose of suffering is to make you perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.
The Marriage Model - Monday, January 25, 2016
Peter gives a practical, relational, theological model for marriage; Christ and the Church. The number one problem in Christian marriages is men who will not assume their responsibility to shepherd their wives and children as Christ shepherds the Church. Peter pictures Jesus Christ as the Great Shepherd of the Church. God delegates the responsibility for the marriage and the home to the husband. Follow the Bible's model in all your relationships and allow God to make you all that you can be.
Reflections on Regeneration - Thursday, January 21, 2016
Peter wrote to the Jewish Christians scattered throughout Asia Minor who were suffering and being persecuted. Peter knew the persecution was going to get worse. As Peter addresses their suffering, he did not teach prosperity theology. Peter gave some wonderful insights into why God permits His people to suffer. Peter addresses election and being born again. According to Peter, there is such a thing as spiritual conception, a spiritual gestation period and the crisis of the new birth.
The Three Peters - Monday, January 18, 2016
In the New Testament we see three different Peters, but all the same man. In the Gospels his name is Simon, who is up and down, hot and cold, and impulsive, but Jesus called him Peter, a rock; after Pentecost we see a Peter who is full of power; finally an old and wise Peter, the apostle of hope. He wants to comfort and console those people in their suffering. The theme is truly knowing God through Jesus Christ.
The Sources and the Sequences of the Solution - Thursday, January 14, 2016
The theme of the epistle written by James the brother of Jesus, is sanctification that drives life and ministry. What you really believe, you do. All the rest is just religious talk. Works are as vital a part of a living faith as breath is to a living body. James tells us the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be the ultimate solution to all of the problems we have here on earth. James tells us to take our masks off and be honest with each other.
The Sources and the Sequences of Sanctification - Monday, January 11, 2016
James tells us about the sources and the sequences of sanctification. Jesus and James teach that the solution for the problem of sin, even sexual sin, is Scripture because the Word of God is alive and powerful. James emphasizes the importance of obeying and applying God's Word to our lives. James focuses the sources of discipline and that the tongue absolutely must be disciplined. We are to bring our life under the control of the wisdom of God, not earthly wisdom.
The Sources and the Sequences of Salvation - Thursday, January 7, 2016
The intensely practical Epistle of James has been referred to by some as The Proverbs of the New Testament. It is like a running commentary on the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially the Sermon on the Mount. James tells us about the sources and the sequences of salvation. James addresses suffering and tells you to "count it all joy" when you experience these temptations. We are to welcome our trials as friends because they can produce mature, spiritual character.
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