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The Proper Mindset

I. In these verses, Paul focuses on the attitude which:
A. befits the saint.
B. matures the saint.
C. coheres the church.
D. best emulates Jesus Christ.
1. God's election concentrates on making saints to be like Christ. ROM 8:29
2. The ministry of the word is to form Christ in us. GAL 4:19
3. The saint's plea ought ever to be, "He must increase, but I must decrease." (JOH 3:30)
4. The characteristic of christ which is emphasized here is condescension.

That Which Works Good Part 2

That Which Works Good
I. This study considers things that work good (particularly for the saint’s soul). ECC 6:3.
A. This touches on the sovereignty of God: His never-thwarted government over all things,
good and evil. PSA 76:10; PRO 16:4.
B. God is in no way the author of sin, nor is He the positive promoter of sin.
JAM 1:13-14; JER 19:5.
1. God never makes a person sin. The responsibility of sin is always attributed to the sinner. PRO 5:22; GAL 2:17-18.

The Bible: Why? How? Part 4

The Bible: Why? How?
I. The invisible God and Creator has revealed Himself by three means.
A. General revelation in nature. ROM 1:20 c/w PSA 19:1; ACT 14:17.
1. Nature only reveals His existence and power (creative and destructive).
2. Nature does not reveal His purpose or will, nor does it reveal specifics about sin,
forgiveness, reconciliation, the afterlife, etc.
3. Nature’s message is subject to ambiguous interpretation, as is evident by the variety
of superstitions derived from natural phenomena.

That Which Works Good Part 1

That Which Works Good
I. This study considers things that work good (particularly for the saint’s soul). ECC 6:3.
A. This touches on the sovereignty of God: His never-thwarted government over all things,
good and evil. PSA 76:10; PRO 16:4.
B. God is in no way the author of sin, nor is He the positive promoter of sin.
JAM 1:13-14; JER 19:5.
1. God never makes a person sin. The responsibility of sin is always attributed to the sinner. PRO 5:22; GAL 2:17-18.

1 Timothy 2:1-6

1 Timothy 2:1-6
vs. 1-3.
A. Paul here recommends heavenward pleas for all men, particularly for civil authorities.
1. He opens this section with a conjunctive adverbial phrase, “I exhort therefore...,” after
having written about two disciplined brethren. 1TI 1:19-20.
2. There is a connection between rebuked brethren and civil oppression.
JOH 13:21, 25-27; ACT 17:5-8.
3. It is conceivable that Hymenaeus’ and Alexander’s “blasphemy” consisted of a distorted rejection of authority (c/w 1TI 6:1), against which notion Paul here encourages prayers for those in authority.

The Gospel Is Not Involved In Regeneration

The Gospel Is Not Involved In Regeneration

I. This study treats of regeneration as an integral part of the eternal salvation of sinners which is the work of God alone and does not depend upon the gospel.
A. regeneration: The action of regenerating; the process or fact of being regenerated; re-creation, re-formation, etc.
B. regenerate: In religious use; to cause to be born again in a spiritual sense; to invest with a new and higher spiritual nature.

II. The condition of man precludes it.
A. The gospel cannot help those who are dead. GEN 2:17; EPH 2:1-3; COL 2:13; 1CO 2:14.

The Parable of the Two Debtors

The Parable of the Two Debtors
I. The parable is recorded in MAT 18:23-35.
A. This is a parable pertaining to the kingdom of heaven. As such, it especially applies to
conduct among brethren in the church.
B. It follows on the heels of obvious church instruction in the area of personal offenses.
MAT 18:15-17.
C. It was prompted by Peter's inquiry about the extent or frequency of forgiving an offending brother. MAT18:21-22.
II. In overview, this parable teaches us:
A. we are indebted to God because of sin.
B. the wisdom of avoiding debt and humbling self with creditors.

The Bible: Why? How? Part 3

The Bible: Why? How?
I. The invisible God and Creator has revealed Himself by three means.
A. General revelation in nature. ROM 1:20 c/w PSA 19:1; ACT 14:17.
1. Nature only reveals His existence and power (creative and destructive).
2. Nature does not reveal His purpose or will, nor does it reveal specifics about sin,
forgiveness, reconciliation, the afterlife, etc.
3. Nature’s message is subject to ambiguous interpretation, as is evident by the variety
of superstitions derived from natural phenomena.

Am I Saved?

Am I Saved?
1. This study concerns the eternal (not temporal) salvation of sinners.
2. It should be a matter of concern to believers.
A. All men are sinners and are deserving of eternal damnation. ROM 3:9, 23.
B. Relatively few are God’s children. MAT 22:14; LUK 13:23-24.
C. Many who think they are God’s children are not. MAT 7:21-23.
D. Considering the horrors of hell heightens this concern. ROM 2:8-9.
3. Being a child of God is a matter of the greatest importance. If we can but know we are children of God, it puts all other losses in perspective. ROM 8:16-18.

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