The period of restoration consists of three returns: the people return to rebuild the temple under Zerubbabel; they return to purify the worship of God under Ezra; and they return to rebuild and refortify the city of Jerusalem under Nehemiah.
God and His glory and His kingdom and His rule are all part of the Old Testament story line. Therefore, all Christians must be disciplined to frequently read from it.
Christ and His atonement for sin and the basic gospel of justification by faith alone, are at the heart of Old Testament revelation.
Everyone is on a spiritual journey that leads one of two gates. One gate will eventually lead to heaven; the other gate will eventually lead to hell. However, there are only two gates.
How should you respond to the reality of these two gates that Jesus describes? Every human being will pass through one of them. Which one will you pass through?
The two gates that Jesus describes picture two points of entry. These points of entry describe two distinct lifestyles. What does your lifestyle look like? At this rate, which point of entry will you go?
The road of obedience to Jesus Christ will eventually end in life; the road of your own way, whatever that is, will eventually end in your eternal destruction.
The Scripture calls Christians to deny worldly wisdom and to pursue biblical wisdom.
If we want to live in biblical wisdom, we can’t waste the opportunities God has given us to pursue it.
The way of the righteous is the path to biblical wisdom. The way of the wicked is the path of the fool.
How can you identify if you are living a truly righteous life? By how you respond to God’s way as it’s revealed in the Bible.
What role does the Spirit play in believers’ lives in the New Testament? In order to be filled with the Spirit we must know exactly who He is.
Why is there so much controversy among professing Christians on the person and work of the Holy Spirit?
Since Christians are commanded to be filled with the Spirit and to walk in Biblical wisdom, we need to understand exactly what that means.
What is the Christian’s responsibility as it relates to his relationship with the Holy Spirit? In other words, how can Christians grow in their relationship with Him?
Why did so many people think that Jesus was completely out of His mind for making claims of deity?
In an attempt to discredit Jesus, many in the crowds slandered His name and even attributed His works to Satan.
What is the unpardonable sin, and how does it directly relate to the person and work of the Holy Spirit?
The disciples believed that Jesus was Lord. Therefore, they willingly subjected their wills and lives to Him.
If you have repented from your sins and believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, you have been adopted into God’s family as a son or daughter.
For the Christian, prayer is absolutely crucial, and prayer is especially important when we find ourselves in the middle of life’s troubles and trials.
Where did King David go when he found himself discouraged and the emotion of absolute and utter discouragement came upon him? He went to the Lord in prayer.
What does the Bible actually teach about illnesses and sickness? Are believers exempt from such trials?
Believers must never hold on to patterns of sin. Instead, they must continually repent of them and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.
When God’s people pray, He truly hears and responds according to His will. A great example of this is in the life and ministry of the prophet Elijah.
The same God who decreed what would be the ends also decreed the means through which those ends would be accomplished, including our prayers. When we pray, we become part of God’s sovereign, eternal plan.
What does Paul mean when he uses the word mystery? In order to understand Paul’s line of thought in Ephesians 3 and God’s great secret, a proper understanding of mystery must be established.
How should you respond to the fact that God kept a great secret for some time, and has now revealed it to us? How do you respond to the secret who is our Lord Jesus Christ?
How did God broadcast His secret to the entire world? It is one thing to have a secret and to reveal it, but it’s another thing to make sure the secret gets out as planned.
The church of our Lord Jesus Christ is absolutely essential to the gospel and God’s plan of the ages.
What are the results of God’s great eternal secret being revealed to the world?
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.
Christians must be constantly be on guard against sinful thinking, because it is unbiblical thinking that ruins a thankful heart.
The Bible provides ways in which believers can continually cultivate a thankful heart and attitude, and thus live a truly thankful life.
The Bible teaches that God will completely destroy the planet we are currently living on. After that supernatural event, God will create a new heaven and a new earth.
When the Lord Jesus Christ makes a new heaven and a new earth, it will reveal the full expression of His beauty and His creative power.
In Revelation 21–22 the apostle John records a vision of the new heaven and the new earth.
What will Christians do for all of eternity in the new heaven and earth?
In order to best understand the concept of human depravity, one must first understand what human depravity is not.
From God’s perspective, all humanity is equally guilty and condemned because of their sins against Him.
Paul strings together a number of Old Testament texts to prove the sinfulness of mankind.
No person on this planet seeks God by their own initiative. Rather, mankind is so depraved that they actually seek everything but God.
Man’s depravity manifests itself with toxic speech that does not honor nor glorify God.
Unredeemed humanity shows their wickedness by using words that are full of cursing and bitterness.
Another way in which mankind manifests its wickedness is through violent, rebellious acts.
True Christians acknowledge that Jesus Christ saved them from the debt and consequence of their wickedness and sin.
Unbelievers demonstrate their unbelief by continuing in their sins. Believers demonstrate their belief in Christ by obeying His Word.
Sinners do not fear God because their sin blinds them from truly understanding who He is.
There are two circumstances that provide the backdrop for this glorious vision: 1) The apostle John documents the vision, and 2) He records such a vision from the island of Patmos.
The Lord Jesus Christ has an intimate relationship with every church that proclaims the biblical gospel. In particular, He uniquely serves as our Great High Priest.
How do finite creatures respond to being in the presence of the infinite God? The apostle John’s actions reveal the awe and wonder of a holy God.
Christ is the head of His church and He exercises that headship through biblically qualified elders and leaders.
Instead of choosing the most wealthy and prominent people of the day for His Son’s birth announcement, God chose the most unlikely people to be there. And not just to be there, but to be His witnesses to the event.
Our spiritual rescue was initiated by the sovereign work of the Father in eternity past. It was accomplished by the sovereign work of the Son in His voluntary death for sin. And it is applied to individuals by the sovereign work of the Spirit who, like the wind, blows wherever He wills.
Jesus of Nazareth was a real person, born in a real place at a real point on the timeline of human history. He actually existed.
When a person truly believes in Christ, there is always an eagerness to obey what God has said—it is a sign of truth faith in God’s Son.
Jesus boldly confronts the Pharisees’ wrong interpretation and understanding of the Old Testament command to keep the Sabbath holy.
Christians are not bound by the rules and regulations of either the Old Testament Sabbath or the “Christian Sabbath.”
The story of the man with the withered hand exposes the sinful hearts of the Pharisees in comparison with the righteous, compassionate heart of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All men, whether religious or irreligious, are united in one thing: their hatred of the true Jesus. It doesn’t matter if they are caught up in false religion, or if they are rank secularists.
If you have repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, you can enjoy absolute security in God because He has delivered you from condemnation.
There is only one way that condemned sinners (unbelievers) can ever get rid of their condemnation: it is through the Lord Jesus Christ who can be their legal representative.
Upon repenting and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, God changed the verdict from condemnation to no condemnation, because of what Christ did on the cross.
God’s ultimate purpose behind the incarnation and the atonement of Christ was not just your salvation, but your sanctification (Romans 8:1–4).
What does the Bible say about when the church began? Throughout church history five options have been offered.
There are three primary positions today in evangelicalism about the relationship between Israel and the church.
Scripture is clear that while there are great similarities between Israel and the church, there are also clear distinctions between them.
There are two distinct promises that Israel has and the church does not: a promise of obtaining certain land in the future, and a leading role in the Millennial Kingdom.
What is the relationship between the New Testament church and the Kingdom that is to come?
The present aspect of Christ’s Kingdom is that He rules over the hearts of the people He redeemed on the cross.
Every kind of temptation we face will ultimately spring from one of these three root temptations: the lust of the flesh; the lust of the eyes; the boastful pride of life.
God’s Word is both authoritative and sufficient for dealing with the spiritual issues of this life.
During Jesus’ earthly life, He was tempted to pursue His own personal glory, separate from the glory of God.
Christians are made to promote God’s glory, not their own.
Although Jesus’ temptations were unique, they were also typical of the root temptations that every Christian faces.
Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness demonstrate to us that He is fully qualified to rescue us from sin because He Himself was never touched by it.
It is critical to understand different forms of church government that have been prevalent through church history.
The biblical pattern for local church government is through a plurality of qualified men.
What are the primary arguments against a plurality of elders leading a local church?
There are four major obligations that local church members must fulfill in regards to the qualified elders that lead their church.
What are the biblical qualifications for a man to become an elder at a local church?
A biblically qualified elder must demonstrate excellence in the way he shepherds his wife and kids.
What role does a deacon play in the local church, and what are the qualifications to become one?
Even believers who aren’t an elder or deacon in a local church must still apply these character qualifications (1 Tim. 3:1–13) to their own life and ministry.
The first hallmark of a biblical church member is that you must be involved in corporate worship.
The ‘Regulative Principle’ of worship defines corporate worship as only doing what Scripture specifically prescribes the local church to do.
Every member of a local church must be committed to using their spiritual gifts to minister other believers.
Believers must seek to fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ in the context of the local church.
Repentance not only describes a change of mind and heart, but a change of mind and heart that leads to a changed in life.
Jesus was baptized with a baptism that had to do with sin, repentance, and forgiveness. But it wasn’t because of His sin, because He had none. Instead, it was for all those who would ever believe in Him.
Our Lord commends the church of Ephesus for their good works and recognition of false teachers.
Our Lord exposes the sinfulness of the church of Ephesus: they had lost their first love, Jesus Christ.
The church of Smyrna received commendation from Christ because of their faithfulness in enduring persecution.
God rewards faithful believers who remain loyal to His Son during this life.
Our Lord exposes some of the idolatrous teaching that had crept into the church in Pergamum.
The Lord calls the church in Pergamum to repent from their sins and to reject all doctrines that oppose the true teaching of Scripture.
Our Lord exposes the church of Thyatira for allowing extra-biblical authority to infiltrate their church.
The Lord calls Thyatira to repent from their evil deeds and to hold fast to sound doctrine.
Our Lord exposes the empty spiritual life of the church of Sardis and their need of repentance.
The Lord knows that there are some faithful believers in Sardis and they will walk with Him in heaven.
Our Lord commends the church in Philadelphia for their faithfulness in keeping God’s Word.
The Lord will eternally reward Christians who are faithful in serving Him in this life.
Our Lord exposes the false gospel that the church of Laodicea had fully embraced.
The Lord calls the Laodiceans to repent from their embracement of a false gospel and to turn to the truth of Christ.
Jesus says that one of the deadliest dangers of materialism is being completely consumed by it.
Our Lord requires that Christians use their resources for the gospel and the advancement of His kingdom.
All earthly wealth is uncertain and fleeting, so Christians must never be mastered by it.
Jesus commands His people to invest their resources in the local church and the evangelism of the lost.
Christians must be on guard against materialism because it can ultimately lead to spiritual blindness.
Christians can not worship both God and wealth. Jesus says it is only one or the other, but not both.
What has God done to make reconciliation with Himself possible? The answer is found in the person of Jesus.
Reconciliation is a complete and final action that removes all hostility and brings true and lasting peace between God and man.
If Christ Himself is our peace, then what exactly did He do to gain that peace for us?
When Christ Himself brings reconciliation with God, He also brings reconciliation between people.
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.
Because Christians have been reconciled to a holy God, they can now approach His throne in full confidence.
Biblical worship that truly honors God is built on three foundation principles that every Christian must understand and apply.
It is important to understand the biblical history of idolatry in order to learn how to combat and avoid it.
All forms of idolatry ultimately find attractiveness in self-centered gratification. This is a common factor in all pagan worship.
The apostle John explains several crucial truths about the person of Jesus Christ.
The apostle John identifies Jesus as the coming Messiah of the Old Testament.
The apostle John gives several reasons why we can trust the apostolic message about Christ.
The apostles were legal representatives of Christ that were directly appointed by Him.
The apostle John highlights specific reasons for the purpose of the apostolic proclamation of Christ.
Christians must continually grown in their knowledge and understanding of the Lord for the purpose of knowing Him and living for His glory.
The foundational sin that has created our culture’s many problems and moral confusion is the abandonment of the true God.
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.
There are several explanations the word of God gives for our culture’s efforts to silence the Scripture.
Scripture calls every Christian to abandon all other authorities and to embrace God’s word alone as our sole authority.
The culture continues to adapt the idea of moral relativism on their continued downward spiral of rejecting God.
According to Scripture, all morality is rooted in the character and nature of God.
Our culture has actively continued attempting to erase all traces of what the Bible teaches about sexuality and gender.
The foundational truths for both sex and gender are found in the inerrant word of God.
The biblical gospel has the power to save anyone who repents of their sins and puts their trust in Jesus Christ.
The social justice movement does not use traditional definitions in their arguments. It is critical to establish biblical definitions when dealing with this issue.
The only permanent solution to racism is individual conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
How is the social justice movement and Critical Race Theory expressing itself in the culture?
Jesus Christ is the only person who can grant us peace with God and with the people around us.
Christians must pray that God be glorified in all things. This theological reality ought to govern every aspect of our prayers.
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.
The plan and purposes of God must be a consistent focus in the prayer life of every believer.
Christians must pray that the reign and rule of Christ be extended across the world today.
True believers must reject any and every will except that of our heavenly Father, including our own self-will.