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How We Think
For we preach not ourselves,
but Christ Jesus the Lord;
and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
[2 Corinthians 4:5]
Christianity distilled down to its most basic elements, creates two eternal points.
1.) There is only one true God, and . . .
2.) Of all so called gods, Jesus Christ is the only true Lord and the only true Savior.
The God of Heaven
The Bible says: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" [1st Timothy 2:5]
There are not many Gods, there is just one God. You think the world is in a mess as it is, it would be MUCH worse if there were many Gods! Can you imagine each god coming up with a different way to arrange the atoms to make gold or a person or anything else? And, for them all to declare what truth is, would mean there would be no truth! Yet we know there is truth.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the only true lord and savior. Before we come to the point of believing the Bible, Jesus was not our Lord & Savior. Until we truly know who this Jesus is, then we are not qualified to determine if He actually is the son of God.
The Bible says that "To him (Jesus Christ) bear all the prophets witness, that through his name every one that believeth on him (Jesus Christ) shall receive remission of sins. [Acts 10:43]"
In other words this Jesus Christ is the answer to our sin problem. If we keep living just like we have naturally in the past, we will not overcome our sins, our sins will overcome us, eventually ending in death.
God desires for us to not be under the power of sin because when we sin it cause us to live a life far short of the life God designed for us. If, after study, we come to the conclusion this Bible is true, and this Jesus Christ is the only true lord and savior, then we have a choice to make. Keep living as we have or make this Jesus Christ "our personal" lord and savior. If we want the pure, righteous, overcoming life God promises in the Bible, the only way to have this life is for us to decide to make this Jesus Christ our own "personal" Lord and Savior. Since a life based on a belief in this Jesus Christ is completely different than our natural born perspective, our decision needs to be an all encompassing decision to learn and live life according to God's design. Or we will just be living like we were before we heard about God subject to sin. As we read the Bible, we come to realize that this Jesus Christ isn't just another religious man. This Jesus Christ is different. He is much more than even a prophet. Even the best of men abilities cannot accomplish what this Jesus Christ has done. This Jesus Christ is the scriptures (the Bible) made alive in the flesh so we could relate to God through a person. Without this foundation it is hard to bridge God, our lives will fall short of the life God intended for us and we just live an existence.
When studying the scriptures,
there comes a realization that God,
the God that created the universe,
personally knows and deeply loves me.
God's desire is to change us from the inside out. These Bible lessons will challenge people to choose to trust God and in turn we will be chanded starting on the inside. We do not dodge the deeper issues. The goal is to provide clarity to what the Bible says without adding or subtracting anything. We try to open that depth up to the reader in a way that can be understood. We work hard to edit out any non-Biblical assumptions any author would try to include. The results are the lessons contain verifiable and trustworthy depth. Some people initially reject the depth that's in the Bible. Yet over time their resistance gives way as the truth and the common sense of God's word trumps their own natural man centered beliefs and doctrines. This is the ongoing struggle that takes place in the transition from a natural man centered life to a God centered life. Every good ministry sees people go through this process.
If people use these lesson to open their understanding and make the God of the Bible, their God, then we have succeeded.
If people enjoy our lessons without making the God of the Bible, their God, then our work has failed. God instructs us to trust Him, not man. If we see God flowing through man, then it should strengthen our trust in God. If we divert the trust to man, we have missed what God intends. Obviously there will be some of that with babies in Christ. Our work here is to educate people to believe on and trust in, the God of the Bible.
Where does that leave the vessel that brought the illumination? We highly respect those who have selflessly opened the scriptures to us. We support them with prayer and our resources as directed by God. A word of thanks also encourages them to continue what they do.
These are in-depth Bible lessons. What is meant by that is the words of the scriptures are studied for their God given meaning in relationship to each other and in context to the other scriptures in the Bible. God used each word to explain precisely what He means from His perspective. To those new to the Bible, the Bible may not seem to make sense, based on their assumptions and prior beliefs. Once one starts to grasp God's perspective, we often realize how blind we were and how much more God wants to impart to us in order for us to have this new righteous new life and have it more abundantly.
We try not to teach facts and figures or a list of do's and don'ts. That is preaching. We are a Bible lesson site and not a preaching site. We believe God's intent is for the believer do just as the salvation prayer says. That give our lives to God. All of it. We believe if a person is sincere and takes the time to study the scriptures enough, they will recognize the truth. Our efforts are to help people to that point. Some will come to where they realize that they have believed one thing and know, yes truly know something else. We should give more weight to what we truly know, over what we think or believe. This is how God calls us out of false beliefs. We "may" have tons of justification for our previously held doctrines. God himself will bear witness with His word so we pay attention to what we know.
Soul and spirit are not the same, even though we may be unaware that these are completely different. Beware of churches or religions that consider the soul and spirit as the same thing! The Bible teaches otherwise.
In Christ we become a new creation, with a new life that is real, pure, righteous and overcoming. This new life is only available through trusting this Jesus Christ as our God.
In giving man a free will, God desires each of us to choose whether we will live our lives "man centered" or "God centered". If we do not make a choice to be "God Centered" then then we will continue living the same existence we were born with, which is "man centered".
These in-depth Bible lessons are designed to lead one into a deeper "God Centered" relationship and will help us overcome our non-Biblical views and man centered religious beliefs.
God does not want us to remain as we were, for the natural life in end death. He desires that we understand how much He loves us and that He has made a way for us to be a child of God.
What the Bible actually says, may challenge you, even if you regularly attend church. This concept of being challenged by the scriptures is not new. The religious leaders of Jesus' day did not believe the scriptures. They killed the Son of God.
Many people do not believe that God wants a personal relationship with them. However, once a person has studied the Bible enough, in context and in proper perspective, then it becomes crystal clear, it can only be by a personal relationship with God, that one can have the real life that God desires to impart to us.
Our life with God is as a new creation. We do not do things because of a list of do's and don'ts. We do them because we have chosen to be a child of God and we want to do things God's way. It is a choice made in love and supported by verifiable truth. Its our love responding to the love God has shown towards us. It is a commitment to God like a marriage. Neither the bride nor the groom does the will of the other based on what they have do, but they honor each other out of love, doing so willingly and unselfishly. In like manner we take on the will of God, putting it above our own. It is a completely new life.
We want to live life as our creator intended. Our previous natural life may seem normal to us but is not God's normal. We desire what God considers normal.
To accomplish this we recognize that some things are needing to change. God will expose areas of our life and expect us to seek out His will and deal with those areas, His way. Then, line upon line, precept by precept, we learn how God wants us to live. He is Emanuel, God with us, for all the events through out the rest of our lives.
Previously our style has been to handle events in life by what we want, what we think, what we feel or by our education and culture. The question arises, how do we handle situations that are beyond our natural strengths or intellect? What do we do when overcome by our fears, grief, our desires and lusts, or situations beyond our control? What do we do when we are caught and made almost helpless in life's battles or even addictions or bondages? All these and more come up for most people at some time in life. And this is where a relationship with God sets Christians apart. Through our new relationship with a loving, powerful, yet gentle and loving God, we are over-comers. The need for a God may not be evident to the Biblically uneducated, until trouble comes in like a flood. How much wiser are those that that seek and learn of God before the storms of life hit. They may even have been able to avoid the flood or greatly reduced their damages. This is much better than learning in the middle of the flood what to do. Or worse yet, to learn after the flood has taken everything away.
God has programmed all mankind to know that there is a God. We are responsible for what we know. So during our time on this earth, we should find out who this God is that we already "know" exists. Obviously its too late once we die, even though some religions deceive people on this point.
The Bible is written from God's perspective so that all mankind could understand things from how God looks at them. In addition, God has already established a plan to bring all people to Himself. No, not all will come to Him, but they could if they would. There is a horrible eternal consequence if we never choose the life God designed for us. If we don't choose God, then all that is left is death with its punishment for rejecting real abundant life God offers to any that will come. So anyone choosing to believe that God does not exist is practicing foolishness. For those choosing God, in the end even when death overtakes us, we still win. God lifts us up to Heaven.
"I (Jesus Christ) am come
that they (any of us that would receive Him)
might have "life", and
that they might have it more abundantly."
The entire Bible can be summed up in this verse. Add to that 2nd Timothy 3:16 which states that the scriptures are the inspired word of God and you have our focus for this site.
Study the Bible, in context, without adding or subtracting anything and weed out personal and denominational doctrines. Sounds like a real novel approach to life. Those that try it, say it works, and so do we!
We are not part of a denomination, although some authors are in various Bible based denominations. We make every effort to edit out personal or denominational doctrines. We are human, but we do think that we do a pretty good job. We are not a cult, we do not have our own private interpretation of the Bible. We are not espousing our own or any new doctrine. As one's decision to trust God with their life, is the most important decision one makes in their entire lifetime, we want the most accurate translations that are readily available. We use primarily the King James translation with the goal of being as literal as possible. Other translations may not be as precise as they have been translated with the intent to be easy to read and some meaning is lost or missed. If you use a different translation, that's fine, use it and follow along with us. If you want to see examples of the differences in the different translations, click Here.
Our efforts to not be under any denominational headship is that many Bible based ministries and churches need this type of resource. We are a clean strictly Bible resource that can be trusted to not have a conflicting denomination's doctrine. While our studies may differ from a church's existing position, the Bible itself will prevail and in due season we pray these lessons may cause confused doctrine to be replaced with clean Biblical doctrine. What we publish is open for anyone to examine. The scriptures and the discussion. If you feel we have made an error, please categorize the error as to whether 1.) it violates either the scripture as the scripture is translated, or 2.) if it violates not the scripture but your own set of beliefs. Of these two, only contact us for the first type, as we will not respond to the second. Include enough detail for us to understand the issue. Your input is welcomed and appreciated.
What We Believe :
We believe the Bible as God's infallible Word, inspired and supremely authoritative in all matters. [2 Tim 3:16, John 20:31, Rev 22:18-19, 2 Peter 1:2-21]
We believe that God is One, living, eternal, almighty, personal and the only true God, known as God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit. [Gen 1:1-3, Titus 2:11-13, 1 John 5;7]
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that mankind is separated from God by what happened in the garden with Adam and Eve. Every person born into the world inherits this fallen state, being alienated from God, and naturally inclined to evil. [Gen 2 1-13, Rom 5:12, Eph 2:1-3]
We believe that Jesus Christ, was born of the virgin Mary and was fully God and fully man. He is the Word of God come in the flesh. He lived a perfectly righteous life though tempted as all other men, then offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of mankind according to the predestined plan of God. He suffered, was crucified, died and was buried, but then was raised from the dead and appeared on earth before ascending to heaven. This resurrection demonstrates His complete authority over sin, life, death and the devil and that He is Lord over all things. [2 Cor 5:21, Acts 2:23-24, 1 Cor 15:3,4, Heb 4:15 Eph 1:20,21, Matt 1.18-23, Acts 1:9-11]
We believe that every person who repents from their sins and turns to God by faith in Jesus Christ, is forgiven of their sin and is justified before God. This salvation is by God's grace alone. [Acts 3:19, Jon 3:16, Rom 5:9, Col 1:13, Matt 24:13, Eph 2:8-9]
We believe that every Christian "should" be baptized in water by total immersion, if possible, as a public declaration of His identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. Baptism by water is not a condition required for salvation or for going to Heaven. The one thief on the cross beside Jesus, entered into paradise (Heaven) without baptism. One should just do it out of obedience to God. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a huge point of division in the church. It should not be. We should just believe what the Bible says. Like many issues, people fight over the doctrines they have been taught, or for their particular denominational positions. Instead, what one should stand on, is what they know the Bible actually says. In the Bible Lessons we open the scriptures on this topic, and let the scriptures speak for themselves, so one can see if their belief is, or is not, scripturally valid. [Acts 2.38-41, Rom 6:3-4]
We believe that there is only one true Christian Church with Jesus Christ at its Head, which is made up of all those who have been born again by giving their life to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. We grow as believers, by responsibly studying the Bible, which, in time, produces the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, & temperance) flowing from our lives. It is the responsibility of each believer to be, if possible, to be joined to a local Bible believing church. [Eph 4:1-16, Heb 10:25, Gal 5:22]
Who We Are:
The Senior Editor of this site is Alan Henderson. He has studied the scriptures for over 35 years and is completely convinced the entire Bible taken in context, is true. He was camping with a Pastor of a small church several years ago and after a couple of days realized the Pastor had very little Bible knowledge. He made the comment that maybe the Pastor should go to Bible college. The Pastor replied that he had graduated from 4 years of Bible college. What a shock. Also a shock was Alan's own experience in Bible college where the college taught heresies such as: that people are born good, the big bang theory, that parts of the Bible are a fable or myth, that the earth is an old earth, that lust is good in marriage, that the mind is the most noble part of man, etc, etc, ad nauseam. That is not to say that all instructors in all Bible colleges are teaching junk, some teachers taught the Bible with great depth and understanding. Bible colleges that desire to be "Accredited" have to include certain classes that teach the godless Greek styled thinking, of the man centered, mind sciences. Most of these end in . . .ogy or . . .phy. They are man centered and look real good, until they are compared closely with the Bible. They include some partial truths, however the end result is to supplant the truth of the Word of God.
We are always looking for qualified writers that can write clean Bible lessons, without preaching, to our format. Contact us if you think you can write clean Bible lessons.
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