“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
When we say that the Christian life should be “dynamic,” we’re saying it should be “powerful.” The Greek word Paul used in his letter to the Christians in Corinth is δύναμις (dunamis). The English word “dynamic” comes from the Greek and means “power, might, ability, energy” (the French word is dynamique). A dynamic life is a “powerful” life, a life with the energy and ability to achieve mighty things.
The idea of the Christian life being powerful is a central theme of the Bible. With that introduction, I’d like to share a series of Bible studies taught in churches more than 40 years ago. We invite you to read and share with others in any way God leads you.
We are sharing notes from discipleship seminars taught in churches more than 40 years ago. You can look through previous studies by searching for “disciple” or “discipleship” in the Search box toward the bottom of this page.
Our next study is about Parents As Disciples. This is where discipleship begins.
The term “seeker” is used a lot in Christian circles today (e.g. seeker friendly, seeker sensitive, seeker focused). I found this Bible study about being a seeker from more than 40 years ago that may be helpful as you consider the proper use of the term.
So far in our Teaching Notes series we’ve looked at these topics:
We move next to The Need For Salvation.
Teaching God’s Word is one of the highest privileges and responsibilities on earth. I’ve been looking through some Teaching Notes from the 1970’s to see what I studied and taught in the early years of ministry. So far, we’ve looked at Teaching Notes On Teaching, On God, On The Sovereignty of God, On The Holiness Of God, On The Trinity, On Jesus Christ, On Why Jesus Came, On Jesus’ Death And Resurrection, and On The Judgment Seat Of Christ. If you haven’t looked at these notes yet, we invite you to read them and to use them in any way that helps in your teaching ministry.
We turn now to Teaching Notes On The Holy Spirit.
The sermons and lessons that have been and will be preached and taught about Jesus Christ must number in the hundreds of millions, if not billions. Jesus is our life and light, our heart and soul, our reason and purpose, our hope and goal.
In our last Teaching Notes we looked at Jesus Christ as the Second Person of the Trinity. We now look at why He came to earth from Heaven.
We’re excited to announce that our GraceLife book is now available on Kindle!
Fifth Estate Publishing made the paperback version of GraceLife: Words of Hope and Encouragement available 8 years ago for the purpose of sharing the Gospel of Christ with people who need hope and encouragement in their lives. Both versions on Amazon.com include the Table of Contents and Sample Chapters.
We invite you to buy a copy for yourself and another to share with friends and family who need hope and encouragement in their lives.
Every person on earth has the same basic needs: food, water, safety, clothing, lodging, and a purpose for living. Enter any culture and you’ll find men and women, boys and girls trying to find enough of each basic need to survive. But none of these is their greatest need.
The greatest need of every human being is to have a personal relationship with God! God created human beings for the purpose of having a close, loving relationship with Him. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, had that kind of relationship with God at the beginning of their lives, but it ended suddenly when they disobeyed God (Genesis 2 & 3). Their sin placed a barrier between God and humanity. Human beings would die in their sins and be separated from God forever, unless God did something to reverse the effect of sin. God had a plan to do just that and revealed it through His Word.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17.
As we shared in our last article, “the righteousness of God is revealed” in the Gospel of Christ. That is the “judicial verdict, approval,” of Almighty God. Since God is Supreme, Sovereign and Perfect in this universe and beyond, His judicial verdict (approval) carries an absolute weight. There is nothing comparable to His approval.
We move now to the words “from faith to faith.” What impact does it have on our understanding of how “the righteousness of God is revealed”?
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.”
We are currently looking at God’s Eternal Plan for Overcoming the World – a plan Father, Son and Holy Spirit designed together before time began, before God created “the world.”