Teaching Notes are Bible studies written and taught before 1995, before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online.
Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way that God leads you.
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.
I was raised by Christian parents and attended both a Christian church and school as a child, but did not understand Christianity until after I became an atheist and investigated the true meaning of Christianity as an adult. It is Christ living in us – “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
It is Christ living in us that enables us to comprehend God’s deep love for us and be filled with all the fullness of God –
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
Christianity is not dull, it is not lifeless; it is exciting and full of life! Christianity comes to each of us through the power of Christ’s resurrection from the dead –
“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:3-4
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10
We continue with the second part of our special series from more than 40 years ago about Dynamic Christianity. We invite you to read and share with others in any way God leads you.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
As we saw in the Discipleship series, obedience to Christ is central to the theme of being a Christian. We recently found this study from the 1970’s that shared “steps” to disciplined obedience as a follower of Jesus Christ.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” Romans 1:18-23
Paul makes many powerful points in his opening remarks to the church in Rome. The current context is God’s wrath revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.
Though I was involved in Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism prior to becoming an atheist, I didn’t think of that as being part of the occult. However, the definition of the word might lead you to think of Eastern religions as being part of the occult –
Definition of “occult” (Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster, Oxford Dictionary, Cambridge English Dictionary)
- of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies
- Mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena
- relating to mysterious or supernaturalpowers and activities
- beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious
- Communicated only to the initiated; esoteric
- not revealed
- hidden from view
I saw the connection between Eastern mystical religions and the occult soon after becoming a Christian. As I learned more about that connection, I shared my findings in Bible studies and other speaking opportunities.
I was a well-known atheist in the area where I lived in the late 1960’s and early 70’s because of hosting a daily radio talk show where religion was often a topic of discussion. I was a “strong” atheist and used my position to challenge and mock the beliefs of religious people, especially Christians.
After becoming a Christian, I received many invitations to share my story at churches, religious group meetings and on Christian radio programs. The earliest notes I’ve found from my talks about atheism is from a talk I gave on radio more than 40 years ago. I share these notes with the hope they might help you understand the thinking of atheists and the great privilege we have to share Christ with them.
In our last Teaching Notes, we began looking at Biblical Hermeneutics – how to study the Bible for correct interpretation and application of God’s Truth. We started with Observation.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Correct “observation” is vital to handling the Word of Truth accurately. In these Teaching Notes we look at what follows Observation.
One of the best classes you can take in Bible college is Biblical Hermeneutics – how to study the Bible for correct interpretation and application of God’s Truth. The next two Teaching Notes will look at some of the basic aspects of Hermeneutics.
So much of what we know about God comes from the Bible. We’ve already seen what the Bible teaches about God, the Trinity, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We now look at what the Bible teaches about the Word of God.