Teaching Notes: On The Enter-Rest Dynamic Of Prayer

I had the privilege of producing several Christian radio programs during the 1970s. God saved me from atheism when I worked in radio, so it was a wonderful opportunity to be involved in Christian radio for several years.

I began producing programs within months of becoming a Christian, so my work in Christian radio was primarily as a producer and announcer. I worked with several excellent Bible teachers and evangelists to produce their radio programs and schedule airplay on a network of stations in both North and South America.

I also had the opportunity to teach on the radio programs from time to time and these notes are from one of those programs.

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Teaching Notes: On Searching For The Knowledge Of God

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 57)

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” Romans 1:28

We are continuing our study in the section of Romans 1 that addresses God’s “wrath” and why He is so angry. If you have not read our previous studies from this section, you may want to look at them before continuing to read. The first part in the series is here.

We have most recently looked at what happened when God gave people up to “uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves” –

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:26-27

We move now to verse 28 to see what else we can learn about the righteousness of God, the unrighteousness of mankind, and God’s wrath outpoured on them.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Walk

We are coming to the end of our series in the Paul’s Letter to the Colossians. This series of studies was first taught more than 40 years ago as part of a verse-by-verse study that became a series of topical insights from Paul’s great Letters to the Christians in Colossae and Ephesus. If you have not read the previous parts of the series, we invite you to do that at your convenience:

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Power

The next part in our series of topical studies from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians is the power we have in Christ Jesus. This series of studies was first taught more than 40 years ago as part of a verse-by-verse study that became a series of topical insights from Paul’s great Letters to the Christians in Colossae and Ephesus. Our prayer is that this study will be clear and powerful and help you in your life.

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Inheritance

We move now in our series of topical studies from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians to the special inheritance we have in Christ Jesus. This series of studies was first taught more than 40 years ago as part of a verse-by-verse study that became a series of topical insights from Paul’s great Letters to the Christians in Colossae and Ephesus. Our prayer is that this study will be clear and powerful and help you in your life.

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Deliverance

We continue now in our series of topical studies from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians. As we explained in our last study, we studied Colossians carefully verse-by-verse, then presented our discoveries in a series of topical studies that came naturally from Paul’s Letter. Our prayer is that it will be clear and powerful and you will understand it and apply it to your life.

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Need

My favorite way of teaching from the Bible is “verse by verse.” After leaving atheism for Christianity I came across a variety of preaching/teaching styles. I didn’t know what they were called in my early months as a believer, but verse-by-verse ended up being the one that made the most sense to me. I knew what something meant not only because of the definition of words, but because of its “context.”

Expository preaching or teaching is the process of blending the best hermeneutics (Bible study method) to the best homiletics (preaching/teaching method) to present a sermon or lesson that is accurate to the text and context in a way that communicates the truth clearly and powerfully and can be understood and applied by the hearer. As one author has explained expository preaching: “expository preaching is preaching in which the content, intent, and structure of the passage determines the content, intent, and structure of the message.” (Matthew Harmon, Expository Preaching)

Once the preacher/teacher has carefully studied a Book of the Bible verse by verse, they can teach from it verse by verse or topically. The danger of topical preaching/teaching is when the preacher/teacher is not familiar with what the text means in its context. Many errors rise from that kind of topical preaching/teaching. To someone experienced in proper Bible study, it becomes fairly easy (and often painful) to tell when someone is preaching/teaching out of context. Teaching out of context leads to error and misuse of God’s Word. Teaching in context leads to truth and correct use of God’s Word. The extra time it takes to study a Book in context seems well worth the end result.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4:14

This next series of Teaching Notes is from a sermon series taught more than 40 years ago. We studied Paul’s Letter to the  Colossians carefully verse-by-verse, then presented our discoveries in a series of topical studies that came naturally from this great Letter. Our prayer is that it will be clear and powerful and you will understand it and want to apply the principles to your life. As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 56)

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:26-27

In the last part of our study we looked at what Paul meant by the use of the phrase “against nature.” We looked at it from two points of view: those who view homosexuality as a gift from God to men and women, and those who view homosexuality as a sin against God. We studied the text and context from three perspectives:

  1. Lead-in text
  2. Study text
  3. Follow text

If you did not read the previous study, we invite you to do so before moving on to the next part. It will help you to have that background for understanding.

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