Paul in Ephesians told us more about the Holy Spirit than he did anywhere else.
The Holy Spirit is more than part of the Trinity, the power of our regeneration, and behind the gifts of Pentecost. He has many ministries and levels of blessings. The Ephesians were elect in Christ (1:3-6) and regenerated (2:1-3), but they needed much more as Paul showed.
Peter explained the first gift of tongues as fulfilling the prophecy of Joel 2:28-32.
Jews hearing Galileans speak their languages knew something big was up. Scorners said the apostles were drunk. Peter boldly declared fulfillment of Joel 2:28-32 had begun and only those believing on Christ would be saved from the overthrow of Jerusalem by the Romans.
Grasping prophetic language, like in Acts 2:17-21, takes study and believing God.
First, see the prophecy limited to then (this is that). Then see the right day of judgment (2:40; Mal 4:1,5). Applying the gifts of the Spirit is easy (2:17-18). The other language is metaphorical and symbolic (2:19-20). History says Christians escaped Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
Acts 2 describes one of the most important events of the New Testament kingdom.
After Jesus ascended, God gave Him authority and gifts for His victory, and He gave them to the church. The event here changed the course of the world, explains many things about the gospel, and gives a great description of the character and conduct of a Spirit-filled church.
Jesus Christ gave His church the gift of tongues to enhance their evangelism.
Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Ghost (John 7:37-39; Acts 1:4-5,8). Now glorified, Jesus sent Him with power to speak any language as a sign to draw a crowd and means to speak truth. It was nothing like Charismatic adoration of babbling gibberish, barking, and laughing.
PowerPoint slides to review the life of Abram and his acts of faith and works.
Most think Abraham was saved in Genesis 15:6 when he looked at the stars and believed God. But he had done many things by faith and was a righteous man long before that event. Sola Fide is heresy without works. Abraham gave evidence of justification when he offered Isaac.
9:18-34 for the Pharisees examining the man born blind and his parents.
The Pharisees had a problem. Neighbors had brought the man born blind to them saying that Jesus of Nazareth had healed him on the Sabbath. They intimidated the parents into not answering. But they did not intimidate the man himself - his responses to them are wonderful!
9:35-41 Jesus found the man born blind and condemed the Pharisees arrogance.
The Jews kicked the man born blind out of the synagogue. But Jesus found him and converted him by revealing Himself to him. Jesus then condemned the Pharisees for their arrogant self-righteousness, which kept them from admitting their blindness and believing on Him.
Money Matters (1)
Meeting of men to review basic rules of financial management from God in the Bible.
The Bible teaches money management; the Bible expects money management. A measure of a man is how he handles his money. God desires the best for His children, and His rules for money are in their best interests, but most foolishly and habitually do it their own way.
9:4-7 as Jesus healed the blind man in His zeal to His mandate from God in heaven.
Excellent foundational matter is found in 9:1-5 before Jesus healed the man born blind. Jesus had six months left on earth, and He had zeal to fulfill the will of God with all His might. He used spittle and clay to exalt miracle power, confound the skeptics, and test the blind man.
9:8-17 for neighbors and others and then Pharisees examining the man born blind.
When the blind man returned from the pool of Siloam, he was questioned and taken to the Pharisees for even more questions. Instead of celebration, he had to endure persecution by religious leaders that adored their Sabbath ordinance over healing and also hated Jesus.
PowerPoint slides for a very simple review of starting to learn what texts do mean.
Bible Christians believe God inspired scripture, led apostles to confirm the canon, preserved scripture, and gave the rules to rightly interpret it. The second rule is context - the material around a passage. It is more important than word definitions, grammar, or most else.
9:1-2 for background and philosophy about the right perspective of a man born blind.
Jesus cares for individual men, even if traveling for other purposes. Never forget this fact. He sees; He sees individuals; He helps. Do not think or ask foolish questions about trials of men. Give God the glory like Job (Job 1:20-22; 2:9-10) and Elihu (Job 33:12-13; 36:15-18).
9:2-3 for background and philosophy about the right perspective of a man born blind.
Bad things happen to Christians - and to this blind man and his parents - for more than just punishment for sin. There are four reasons bad things happen to good men. Your trials are not worse than others. God is faithful, and you can even prosper in trials by the right responses.
8:48-55 for Jesus defending Himself against the rebellious and wicked Jews.
Jesus continued to debate Jews about Himself. They slandered Him, because they could not overthrow His doctrine or condemn His life. Expect such treatment yourself, if you follow the truth. He promised eternal life to those that obey Him. Are you sure of heaven this way?
8:56-59 for Jesus exalting Himself over heretical confidence by Jews in Abraham.
Abraham saw Jesus from afar, and it gave him great joy to know a Redeemer was coming. The Jews mocked Jesus about Abraham, so He told them He was I AM THAT I AM - far superior to Abraham and his life and death. The Jews tried to stone Him for it, but He escaped from them.
8:38-47 as Jesus told the Jews they were ignorant-depraved children of Satan.
The Jews continued to debate Jesus in this section. They had no spiritual ability or desire to grasp His heavenly lessons. They claimed Abraham and God as their fathers, but Jesus proved they were children of the devil. Here are rare and distinguishing points of doctrine.
Jesus died for the sins of His people, but do they really grasp the evil of their sins?
Other aspects of Jesus death include the why, when, where, how, whom. But we must know the what - Jesus died for sins. Sin is very terrible! Even one! Do you know how many you are guilty of? Here is a long list. Thank you, blessed God, for taking away our sins by Jesus.
8:21-29 for Jesus confronting the Jews about dying in their sins for not believing.
Faith in Christ is evidence of eternal life and how we lay hold of it. The Jews rejected Jesus, so He told them they would die in their sins. He told them when they crucified Him there would be enough evidence God was His Father and He had been on a divine mission from Him.
8:30-37 exposes false believers by slavery to sin and rejection of the word of Jesus.
Like other places in John, Jesus knew many believers were not sincere, so He exposed their hypocrisy (Jn 2:23-25; 6:15,26,64). He defined discipleship and true conversion resulting in new creatures, which caused the Jews to reject Him and His warning of hell. Beware, reader.