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Your connection to the local church defines and reveals the nature of your relationship to the whole church of Jesus Christ. In other words, your connection to the church reveals whether or not you truly understand God’s great secret.

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Christ made Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians one in Christ. He did so by breaking down the wall that divided them: the ceremonial part of Mosaic Law.

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Our culture is trending in the wrong direction on all the moral questions of our times because of its fundamental departure from and dismissal of God.

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The social justice movement does not use traditional definitions in their arguments. It is critical to establish biblical definitions when dealing with this issue.

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The Bible teaches that God glorifies Himself in a variety of ways in our world today. As believers we must embrace these realities during our prayers.

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Christians must rely upon the grace of God to provide everything necessary for this life. At the same time, believers are supposed to work hard and be diligent with what God provides.

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The Olivet discourse is one of the most difficult passages to interpret in all of Scripture. Therefore, as we begin, we must understand why the disciples are asking Jesus about the future.

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In the Olivet Discourse Jesus addresses three particular issues:
1) The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem,
2) the signs of Jesus’ return, and
3) the signs of the end of the age.

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The New Testament identifies and defines two categories of spiritual gifts. The first category is miraculous sign gifts.

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The New Testament identifies and defines two categories spiritual gifts. The second category is permanent, edifying gifts.

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In order for Christians to determine their spiritual gifts they must read and study the Scripture, and pray for God’s leading and direction.

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The gift of prophecy was God’s way of communicating His revelation through the apostles to the people of the church.

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Every believer has a unique blending of spiritual gifts that are to be used in the local church for the glory of God.

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Jesus explains how the scribes and Pharisees misinterpreted and misrepresented the Old Testament teaching on “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”

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Jesus isn’t teaching that Christians should retaliate. Rather, He is teaching a foundational principle for the just legal system: the punishment must fit the crime.

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To seek personal revenge is either to desire to act, or actually to act, to inflict harm on someone because of a past insult or injury.

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God is infinitely worthy to sit on the universe’s throne and to judge its treacherous rebellion against Him, and He will delegate that judgment to the Son.

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The 24 elders around God’s throne are representatives of redeemed humans, specifically of both Old Testament and New Testament believers.

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Revelation 4 describes a distinct class of angelic beings not mentioned elsewhere in Scripture—they are the exalted guardians of God’s throne.

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In the great hymn at the end of Revelation 4 God is described as the Creator God who has the right to redeem His creation and to judge it.

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In Revelation 5 God holds a mysterious scroll that becomes the centerpiece for the entire book of Revelation.

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God’s scroll is most likely a title deed to the entire earth. The scroll’s seals are the judgments our Lord will unleash on the earth to redeem it from its curse and restore it to its rightful owner.

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Revelation 5 describes the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ, as being enthroned with God the Father and being the One who is worthy of breaking the seven seals on the scroll.

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By His sacrificial death the Lamb has taken control of the course of history and guaranteed its future. He alone is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll.

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Jesus is the only Savior of this world, and His satisfaction of God’s wrath at the cross is the only propitiation for all people everywhere. There is no other way for God’s wrath to be satisfied than by the person and work of Jesus.

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Jesus’ and Paul’s warnings about false teachers are just as crucial for us to understand as they were in the first century. False teachers always exist and they must be identified.

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In their attempts to keep people from breaking God’s Law, the Pharisees put fences between the people and God’s Law. They created an artificial system of rules and regulations that had almost nothing to do with God’s commandments.

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Christians must be careful not to distort or twist the meaning of Scripture—that is exactly what happened with the Pharisees of the first century.

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The Pharisees were the superficially religious leaders of the day. In fact, Jesus called them hypocrites because they were pretending to be something they were not.

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First-century Judaism had become completely worthless because the religious leaders had truly abandoned the authoritative Word of God.

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Legalism and human tradition ultimately lead to the view that salvation can only be received through works and human righteousness.

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Those who teach false systems of religion and enslave others in them receive the most extreme condemnation from our Lord Jesus Christ.

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God demonstrates Himself to be a Savior by restoring the land from drought and famine to food production, by restoring Naomi from sin to repentance, and by converting Ruth from idolatry to salvation.

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The providence of God is greatly manifested in the series of events that unfold in the book of Ruth. In fact, God’s providence is one of the major themes of this book.

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Boaz does what God commands righteous people to do in His word: he looks out for those in need and he cares for those who find themselves in difficulty. That’s how God met Naomi and Ruth’s needs.

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Naomi urged Ruth to be obedient to the Scripture and then patiently wait for God to fulfill His plans. This type of timeless counsel and response ought to be modeled by every Christian.

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The book of Ruth reminds believers of the spiritual and eternal way God rescues His people—through the one Redeemer He has appointed, the ultimate descendant of Boaz and Ruth, His Son, Jesus the Messiah.

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Although abortion is a horrible sin, it is not unforgivable. The gospel of Jesus Christ offers forgiveness of sins and salvation for all those who repent and believe in Him.

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There are several methods that doctors and medical staff use to facilitate an abortion. But behind such wicked acts is Satan himself, who was a murderer from the beginning. He is the one who is ultimately behind the abortion movement.

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There are several biblical arguments against abortion that all Christians need to fully understand. Because believers live in a culture that overwhelmingly supports abortion, we must know how to respond from the word of God.

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Since the war between God and Satan takes place in the minds of men, the war focuses on thoughts and ideas. These things need to be brought under the power of the word of God and the Spirit of God.

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In Ephesians 6 the metaphor Paul uses to describe Christians is ‘soldiers in the Lord’s army.’ As soldiers we have been given very specific orders to follow and fulfill.

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Regardless of how old or young you are, how long or short a time you’ve been a Christian, how spiritually immature or mature you are, if you’re a Christian then you are in a spiritual war for your entire lifetime.

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Sadly, most Christians think that the Christian life is all a matter of ‘my will power, my decisions, and my expending the right amount of human effort.’ Paul rejects that idea and teaches that Christians must put on God’s armor.

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The armor of God is built upon objective truths about who God is and what God does. In addition, the armor is directly related to what God has done in and through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Daniel desired for God’s people to be truly restored to Him—his prayer ultimately sought to bring glory to God. Likewise, Christians should pray with the goal of God’s glory in mind.

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The Corinthians had so corrupted the Lord’s Table that the apostle Paul had to intervene in order to save them from God’s judgment, and to redirect their spiritual life.

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The two elements that are used in the Lord’s Table are to remind God’s people of their spiritual rescue from slavery to sin and God’s holy wrath.