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"Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "

The Character And The Culture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Beatitudes are the essence of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. They describe a godly character that can change the world. Next, Jesus provides commentary and application to teach the role His followers are to have transforming the culture and society in which they live. When disciples with Christ-like attitudes are “rubbed into” the people of the world, they are like salt rubbed into meat; their influence will keep the world from total corruption, and are a valuable commodity Jesus uses. 


Persecuted Peacemakers and - Monday, April 14, 2014
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” There is a reason the beatitude about peacemakers is followed by the beatitude about persecution. Those who become ministers of reconciliation often suffer; even lose their lives, because they have identified themselves with Jesus Christ. The true disciple, who is like Jesus, who has the “beautiful attitudes,” confronts people with a model of what they should be and often suffers for Jesus.
Ministers Of Reconciliation - Thursday, April 10, 2014
The seventh beatitude (Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God) speaks to the mission of those who are part of God’s solution. Mankind is alienated from God. If we have been reconciled with God—made right in our relationship with Him—it is only right that God would use us to help others be reconciled with Him. He will also help us find reconciliation in our own relationships and use us to help others find reconciliation in theirs.
Channels Of Love, Catharsis of the Heart - Monday, April 07, 2014
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The word “mercy” means “unconditional love.” This is the kind of love for others that disciples must have to become channels of God’s love. When we are merciful, our motives are often questioned because unconditional love is hard to understand, especially for people who have never seen it before. When we love unconditionally, as God loves us, our motives are pure.
Exceptional Righteousness - Thursday, April 03, 2014
To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to zealously desire to know what is right. What you do and how you act are important to God. We are called to do what is right—not just what is expedient. We see a pattern in the beatitudes. They come in pairs. We mourn while we are learning to be poor in spirit, and when we become meek, we will hunger and thirst for righteousness. The promise is we will be filled completely.
Ministers Of Comfort and Recipe For Rest - Monday, March 31, 2014
Disciples must learn what it means to mourn and be meek. Believers sometimes think it is wrong to show signs of mourning. God wants to use our mourning to help us ask the right questions, to seek God’s answers, and help us accept the blessing God provides. The Bible describes Moses as the meekest man who ever lived. Meekness is power under control – yielded to the Master’s control. A meek disciple disciplines himself to live under the yoke of the Father. 
I Can’t, But He Can - Thursday, March 27, 2014
Jesus begins teaching His disciples eight attitudes—called, the “beatitudes”, or “blessed attitudes.” Jesus gives a promise to bless the disciple who has each one of these attitudes. These blessed attitudes profile the mind-set, or way of thinking, that affects the behavior of a disciple of Jesus so he can be part of the solution and answer of Christ to all the suffering in the world. The first is “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The Context Of The Sermon On The Mount, Part 2 - Monday, March 24, 2014
Jesus preached this pivotal sermon on a mountaintop in Galilee when He challenged people who professed to be His disciples, to be strategically placed between the love of God and the pain of the hurting people in the world. He challenged His disciples to partner with Him and be conduits of His love. He concluded His sermon with a call to commitment and He appointed 12 of those people apostles, or “sent ones” who lived and died for Jesus. 
The Context Of The Sermon On The Mount, Part 1 - Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Sermon on the Mount is considered the essence of Jesus’ teaching and training for His followers so they could go into the world with His message and in His strength. In this lesson we learn the context of perhaps the most well known and yet misunderstood passage in the entire Bible. Many followed Jesus because of His healing ministry and Jesus invited some of His followers to be part of His solution to all the problems of humanity. 
Sex [Part 2] - Monday, March 17, 2014
God intended sex for many purposes. One of the first purposes is procreation, but it is also meant to be a vehicle of expression for married couples. Unfortunately, what God designed for a joyful expression of oneness often becomes one of the greatest obstacles to our oneness. God’s Word shows us what our attitudes and expectations about sex should be in the context of the God-ordained institutions of marriage and family; to bring fulfillment and pleasure to both husband and wife.
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