Something Old, Something New

From GraceThruFaith, Part 1 of 2.

Something Old, Something New

Part 1 of 2 in the series Old and New

From GraceThruFaith

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley


“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, O God.’”
(Psalm 40:6-8, from the Septuagint translation. Attributed to Jesus in Hebrews 10:5-7).

People who don’t think of the Bible as one message for everyone, but see the Old Testament as the part for the Jews while the New testament is the part for the Church miss out on a lot. They don’t see that while the two parts of the Book are obviously different they are also tied together.

The Old Testament explained how the Israelites were supposed to behave while the New Testament takes some of those behavioral imperatives and presents them in the spiritual sense to show us what we’re supposed to believe. If you look closely you’ll find that things that obviously call for external, physical, and national behavior in the Old Testament often become internal, spiritual and personal beliefs in the New.

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This cannot be posted often enough (reblogged from Isaiah 53:5 Project)

This is from The Isaiah 53:5 Project blog and is too good not to share with you!

This cannot be posted often enough

I have posted this before but it’s an important message and sharing it is the sole reason this blog exists so…

How Can you become a Christian?

Realize Who God Is

It all starts with a realization of Who God is. The Bible says He is the creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1) and creator of man (Colossians 1:16). God is holy (1 Peter 1:16), righteous (Psalm 145:17), perfect (Matthew 5:48) and is the judge (Romans 2:16) of all mankind. He is all-powerful (Luke 18:27), all-knowing (Psalm 139:2-6), and is everywhere (Job 28:24). God is eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (Psalm 102:25-27), and unchanging (Hebrews 13:8). He is sovereign (Romans 8:28-30), good (Psalm 25:8), merciful (Daniel 9:9), and gracious (Psalm 103:8). Understanding these attributes helps build a proper foundation to our need for Him.

Realize That You Are A Sinner

To become a Christian, you must realize that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23) and that your sin is rebellion against God (Psalm 51:4). Think about every time you have lied, stolen, lusted after someone, hated someone, disobeyed your parents or used God’s name disrespectfully. You will never be good enough to enter Heaven on your own merit (Ephesians 2:8-9) because committing even one sin deserves judgment (Revelation 20:12) according to God’s law (James 2:10). No amount of good deeds can ever erase your sin.

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4 Great Reasons to Read Romans

Reblogged from Challies.com.

4 Great Reasons to Read Romans

By Tim Challies

Many Christians have declared Romans to be the finest book of the Bible, the high peak of Scripture. J.I. Packer echoes many pastors and theologians when he says, “All roads in the bible lead to Romans, and all views afforded by the Bible are seen most clearly from Romans, and when the message of Romans gets into a person’s heart there is no telling what may happen.” He goes on to give 4 reasons that we ought to read, study, and know the book of Romans.

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The Sequence Of Events In Rev. 20-22

The Sequence Of Events
In Rev. 20-22

From GraceThruFaith

A Bible Study by Jack Kelly  

In this study, I’d like to take another look at Revelation 20-22 specifically for the purpose of clarifying the sequence of events that are contained therein. This won’t be a verse by verse study, but will focus on what I believe to be the way John wanted us to understand what he was telling us.

Let me begin by stating once again my belief that the book of Revelation is laid out chronologically for the most part. But there are places where John followed a particular scene to its conclusion and then back tracked to pick up the story where he left off. A good example of this concerns the account of the two witnesses. Their entire 1260 day ministry was compressed into 11 verses between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments (Rev. 11:3-13) and yet it will actually span most of the Great Tribulation.

Many of us were taught that Rev. 20 gives us a brief look at the Millennium before describing eternity in Rev. 21 and the first part of Rev. 22. From the questions I get, it appears that lots of people still believe that’s what these three chapters are saying. But that can’t be correct and here’s why.

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Happy Anniversary to my Beloved

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I can believe 15 years have passed since Rick and I promised our lives to each other in a covenant marriage ceremony. To me, it feels like yesterday. In the photo above, my son Alan is on my right; my daughter Kathy is on Rick’s left.

So much has happened in these 15 years. As most marriages, we have had our highs and are thankful for all God’s blessings in our marriage and in our lives.

Because of the shadow of chronic illness over us, we have also experienced enough lows to last a lifetime. But we have always tried to remember that God is at the head of our marriage. And as long as that is true—and it definitely is!— we know without a shadow of doubt that He will continue to guide us as we keep looking to Him for His will in everything we do.

If there is one lesson I can share with you about holding tight to your marriage vows, it is this: be kind to each other! To me this involves:

  • thanking each other for everything, even the little things
  • cutting the other person some slack at times because all of us have our “moments”
  • forgiving each other for those “moments”
  • keeping your love for each other alive

I know there are more but this is all my mind could come up with right now.

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To Rick, my Beloved:

You are such a huge blessing to me! I thank God every single day for the blessing and gift of you in my life. Here’s to the next 15 years… and beyond!

Ephesians 5:21-33:

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—

30 for we are members of his body.

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

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Thankful for My Church Family

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Rick and I are part of a wonderful church family. There are many weeks that I am unable to attend worship services but I know without a doubt that many of my church family pray for me on a consistent basis. When I walk into church after not having been there for several weeks, it feels as if I haven’t been gone at all. I am so blessed by all those who seek me out for a hug and ask how I’ve been. I truly appreciate their love and prayers!

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Stained glass cross at the front of our church

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. —Hebrews 10:24-25

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Our Church Treasure

As Rick and I sat in church recently, I realized just how much of a treasure this particular church is in our lives. And so on this Treasure Tuesday I’d like to thank Pastor Wayne and all the pastoral staff of Grace Baptist Church for being diligent to teach and preach the entire Word of God rather than seeking to tickle our ears with what we think we want to hear:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;

but wanting to have their ears tickled,

they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

—2 Timothy 4:3-4

Here is their Statement of Faiththe reason Rick and I are so blessed to be members:

  • “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”  -Proverbs 30:5
  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men divinely inspired and that it is the supreme, infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (I Corinthians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21).
  • We believe in God the Father, perfect in Holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 8:6; I Peter 1:16; Psalms 139:8; Matthew 6:8, 32; Matthew 5:45; Romans 5:8).
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of Virgin Birth, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death and shed blood on Calvary’s cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension and visible, personal and imminent return to the world according to His promise. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin; of righteousness and of judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, help and comfort all those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:18-20).
  • We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 We believe, therefore, that those who receive Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence, and those who refuse to receive Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. Those who receive Christ as Savior are kept by His power eternally. The punishment of unbelievers and the reward of the righteous are both everlasting and conscious. (Romans 5:12; Psalms 51:5; John 3:18; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; I Corinthians 1:8-9).
  • We believe in the church- a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that the local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to those local churches were committed for perpetual observance, the ordinances of Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion in water is the public confession of Christ as Savior and Lord; it is a symbol of one’s union by faith with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper should be observed by all believers and symbolizes the death of Christ for the remission of sins and continual dependence upon Him for our sustenance. The Lord’s Table is open to all believers who are in a right relationship with God. Or, who after self-examination are seeking to be restored to a right relationship with God in the communion experience. (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Acts 2:42-47; I Corinthians 11:24-26; Romans 12:5; Colossians 1:18; Acts 8:36-38).
  • We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in matters of faith; and that this church is autonomous and free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore, church and state must be kept separate having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation of each other. (Matthew 22:21).

Be blessed!