Essential Bible Studies

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The Essential Bible Studies podcast is an introductory discussion around Biblical first principles. The Bible is a complex book. It’s easy to misunderstand and get off track if you don’t grasp its basic teachings. The show engages in key passages and unpacks them in a lively conversation to reveal how they touch on our core beliefs. Your hosts bring with them years of experience as presenters from the Learn to Read the Bible Seminars. Hosted by the Book Road Christadelphians.

The Ways of Providence (Part 2) - God’s Hand Among the Nations
Apr 11 2022
The Ways of Providence (Part 2) - God’s Hand Among the Nations
Our study of God’s providence continues this time with a focus on how God works among the nations. The Bible gives us key insights on God’s view of the kingdoms of men and how he is ultimately in control to bring about his kingdom on earth. Join Dan and Tim as they grapple with difficult questions about how God’s rules in the Kingdoms of men, how these rulers are still responsible to God and what this means for the believer’s involvement in politics. Visit the Bible Basics Webinar   Key Verse: “The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.” Daniel 4:17  Show Notes: God is in control of world events God, Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar (three times Daniel 4:17, 25, 32 cp v. 35; 2 Chronicles 20:6)Proverbs 21:1 - God turns the heart of kings like a stream of water God’s use of Kings Cyrus, God’s anointed (Isaiah 45:1-3; Ezra 1:1)Nebuchadnezzar revisited (Ezekiel 30:21-25)They are unaware (Daniel 4:29-31)They are still responsible for their actions (Jeremiah 25:8-9,12-13) One of the reasons that Christadelphians are not involved in politics Our awareness that God is in controlA great comfort to know that all things will work out according to God’s willDaniel’s advice to Nebuchadnezzar (4:27)We shouldn’t get caught up in the criticism of government but pray for them (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
The Ways of Providence (Part 1) - God’s Hand in Your Life
Apr 4 2022
The Ways of Providence (Part 1) - God’s Hand in Your Life
For the first time we have Dan from the Bible Basics Webinar (www.biblebasicswebinar.com) here to talk with us about the providence of God. This is an essential Bible study because it gets at the heart of how we perceive the circumstances of our life. Are events just by chance or can God manipulate them for his purpose? This question leads us to consider many examples from the Bible of how God works behind the scenes in the lives of believers. Key Verse: “But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him.” Ecclesiastes 9:1 Show Notes: What is Providence? the invisible hand of God working in our livesExample of Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17)The angels (Psalm 34:7)The book The Ways of Providence by Robert Roberts (hardcopy here or here)Awareness of God in our lives Providence vs. Miracles  Providence is more applicable to todayExample of the healing of the man blind from birth in John 9His healing = a miracle His circumstances = providence “that the works of God might be manifest in him” Providence vs. Time and Chance Ecc. 9:1 “the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God” vs. Ecc. 9:11 “time and chance happens to them all”“God has control of chance, but not all chance is controlled by God” (The Ways of Providence, Robert Roberts., pg. 5)Proverbs 3:5-6 - God will direct our paths, if… 1) we acknowledge Him. 2) trust in Him. 3) lean not on our own understandingGod’s direction over our lives can be lost (e.g. Saul 1 Samuel 18:12; 28:15) Life Won’t Always Be Easy Because of Providence Example of Job - “shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:9-10)God promised to keep Jacob in all his ways (Genesis 28:15; 41:9; 48:16)“All things work together for them that love God…” (Romans 8:28-32) The Importance of Knowing God’s Will Danger of assuming that circumstances in life are clearly a result of God pointing us in a certain direction (e.g. of David with Saul in 1 Samuel 26:7-11,18-19)We must make life decisions based on Biblical discernment, not on what appears to be a direction God is sending us We Might Be the Instrument of Providence for Others God uses various means to accomplish his willControl of natureThe angelsUs! Examples of Abigail (1 Samuel 25:26,32-34 and Esther 4:14)
The Word was made Flesh
Mar 28 2022
The Word was made Flesh
In conjunction with last week’s podcast from John 1:1, Jay and Tim consider the context and the importance of verse 14, “the Word was made flesh”. What is it about Jesus being flesh that is so crucial to his sacrifice? Does it contradict the doctrine of the Trinity? How are we to understand this glory that was seen? The scriptures lead us to the wonderful conclusion that we will all eventually share in the divine nature, Jesus being the first among many. Key Verse: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Show Notes:  The Importance of Jesus Being Flesh Flesh and blood  the same as our nature (Hebrews 2:14) the key to the sacrifice of Christ.Had to be tempted like us (Hebrews 4:14-15). God cannot be tempted (James 1:13).Flesh is sinful! This is why his obedience is such a wonder. He had to overcome the temptations of flesh like no other man. Made Flesh: What it Doesn’t Mean Revisiting the definition of the Trinity and the nature of Jesus and GodWas Jesus the God-man? Is he just a man? Neither is true.Jesus was a special creation made strong by his Father (John 3:34; 2 Cor. 5:19) We Have Seen His Glory What is glory? Both moral and physical.The moral glory (Exodus 34:6 cp. John 1:14). The wider purpose of God to fill the earth with this glory (Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14).His physical glory – the example and meaning of the transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-18). Jesus the first to be transformed (Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Peter 1:4).The Apostle saw both of these glories (1 John 1:1-3)
In the Beginning was the Word
Mar 21 2022
In the Beginning was the Word
John starts off his gospel by saying “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. This is a key verse for what many refer to as the Trinity. Jay and Tim discuss an attempt at a simple definition of the Trinity and whether this verse supports it. They then get into looking at what John is truly saying about the Word and Jesus by his use of the principle of personification found in other scriptures and the New Testament concept of a new creation in Christ Jesus. Key Verse: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 Show Notes: The Trinity in a Nutshell ( Word was God The Word is the expression of the thoughts and wisdom of GodThe Word is Who He is, Love is Who He is, Light is Who He isGod is light (1 John 1:5) – intelligence, understanding, purity, truth, righteousness, lifeGod is love (1 John 4:8,16) – reconciling, slow to anger, tender care, rebuke and correctionIt all starts with God. We come to know Him – His love, His light – through the Word.Everything that Word is – love and light, grace and truth – was revealed in flesh and blood – when the Word was made flesh. The Word in the Beginning of Creation The Greek word for “Word” is LogosThe Word is the expression of the thoughts and wisdom of God (Psa. 33:6)An appeal to consider Genesis“Light” is the first spoken word that the Bible attributes to God! (Genesis 1:1-3) The Word was with God in the Beginning Personification of the word (Isaiah 55:10-11)More personification (Psalm 107:20; 147:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:1)Personification of the wisdom of God (a woman!), that was WITH God (Proverbs 8:1-2; 22-31) Christ and the New Creation The new creation (Colossians 1:13-20; 2 Corinthians 4:5-7)The new beginning (Mark 1:1; Luke 1:2; John 1:12-13)
The Curse of the Serpent
Feb 28 2022
The Curse of the Serpent
After the fall of man, God pronounces a curse upon the serpent which includes an enigmatic statement concerning a future enmity. Jesse joins Tim for the first time to discuss this earliest of prophecies about the Lord Jesus Christ and how he would crush the head of the serpent. Listen in as we break down each of the characters and what the allegory all means. Key Verse: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Gen 3:15 Show Notes: Introduction The Edenic covenant in Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy and promise of the Bible. It is an allegory using events to represent another spiritual meaning.Quick overview of what is represented by the serpent, woman and the two seeds. The Serpent More subtle than any beast of the field that God had made (3:1)Spoke based on animal instincts to speak a lie therefore represents the mind of the flesh at enmity with God (Rom. 8:7) The Woman She proclaimed the truth of God’s revelation even though she was beguiled.The woman represents the mind of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5) The Seed of the Serpent The wicked are described as a generation of vipers (Psalm 58:4; 140:3; Matt 23:33; John 8:44)The seed of the Serpent are therefore those ruled by the mind of the flesh. The Seed of the Woman Represents those who have the mind of the Spirit.First of all, this is Jesus (Gal. 3:16; 4:4)Second, it is all those who seek to be like Jesus, transforming their minds (Rom 6:11-13; Gal 3:26-29; Eph 4:22-24) The Defeat of Sin “Bruise” = crush. The difference between a wound to the heel and head.How that relates to Christ’s death and resurrection (Heb. 2:14) Conclusion
The Greatest of these is Love
Feb 7 2022
The Greatest of these is Love
Could there be any more beautifully expressed words then Paul's exposition on love in 1 Corinthians 13? Join Brian and Tim and as they talk about the Greek words for love to get a better understanding of how to love like Christ. They then go on to explore each phrase and consider what it means for us in our life of discipleship. Key Verse: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 Handouts: 1 Corinthians 13 Version Comparison Spreadsheet 1 Corinthians 13 Comparison with Exodus 34 1 Corinthians 13 Comparison with Galatians 5 Show Notes: Definitions of the Greek words for love Agape (Strong G25, G25 and G27) - to love (in a social or moral sense)Phileo (Strongs G5368) to be a friend to (fond of (an individual or an object)), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while agape is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as G2309 and G1014, or as G2372 and G3563 respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head) Root G5384 philos - properly dear, ie. a friendUsed as a root of several other words. G5386 philosophos - philosopher, fond of wise things Quotes about love Agape is “the love that flows from a person’s association with God’s purpose in Christ, a principled love that is not free from passion, but is not driven by passion.” - Michael Ashton, The Christadelphian Magazine, 2002.“the Greek agape takes on a special meaning: it is used to designate a volitional (or relating to one’s will) love as opposed to the purely emotional kind. It is a self-sacrificial love, a kind naturally expressed by God.” – Stephen Whitehouse, The Christadelphian Magazine, 2009. Special verse that define agape love as self sacrificing (John 15:13; Rom. 5:8; John 3:16). The beautiful definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13 Appreciating the context and comparing different versions.Similarities between 1 Cor. 13 and the character of God in Ex. 34:6-7 and the fruits of the spirit in Gal. 5:22-23. Breaking down 1 Corinthians 13 “Love is patient and kind” compare Eph. 4:1-3. “Kindness is love communicating” Dennis Gillet, Genius of Discipleship“love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant”. KJV “not puffed up”. This was a problem with the Corinthians (4:6, 18, 19; 5:2; 8:1)“love is not rude”“It does not insist on its own way”, not self-centered“it is not irritable”, that is, not easily provoked to anger.“or resentful” literally mean to not keep a record of wrongs. Doesn’t hold grudges.“it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”Two ways of interpreting this – love does not gloat over the wickedness of others (Ezek. 33:11) and love does not overlook error but speaks the truth (2 Tim. 2:17; Eph. 4:15)“Love bears all things”. Literally means to cover over like a roof. Compare Prov. 10:12; 17:9“believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”Love includes faith (belief) and hope In the Kingdom there will be no need for faith (Heb. 11:1) or hope (Rom. 8:24) but love will endure. J.B. Phillips translation of 1 Cor. 13:7-8 “Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.”