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. read less
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The Helper, The Holy Spirit
Mar 18 2024
The Helper, The Holy Spirit
In our last study, we ended with the question "Is the Holy Spirit a person?" A series of passages in the Gospel of John chapters fourteen to sixteen would seem to indicate that this is true. Jay and Tim dig a little deeper, discovering Old Testament parallels that reveal who Jesus is referring to when he mentions sending "The Helper, the Holy Spirit..." Key verse: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 Outline: IntroductionThe Gender of the Holy Spirit Neuter in Greek, feminine in Hebrew, male in Latin – Does it matter? We have to be careful with grammar in other languages.The spirit is used in many ways – but why in some passages is it personified like it can be lied to (Acts 5:3), resisted (Acts 7:51) or grieved (Eph. 4:30)?There is a Spirit of God the Father and a Spirit of the Son but there is one passage in particular where the Spirit is personified in the masculine gender separately from the Father and Son.The Helper of John 14-16 The Parakletos (par-ak'-lay-tos) in John 14-16, The Helper (ESV, NKJV, NASB), Comforter (KJV), Advocate (NIV, NET, NLT) (14:16-18, 26; 15:26; 16:7, 13)The angels = ministering spirits (Heb. 1:13-14)Old Testament comparisons (Ex. 23:20-22; Isa. 63:9-11)Jesus and the angels (1 Pet. 3:22; Rev. 1:1-2)Angels and Spirit in the Acts (Acts 8:26, 29)ConclusionFollow us on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialbiblestudies Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essentialbiblestudies/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bible_podcast Get it... Get an invite to our Tuesday night Bible Studies at essentialbiblestudies.org Request a free Essential Bible Studies media kit
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Mar 11 2024
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
In our continuing studies on the Spirit, Jay Mayock is back to talk with me about the relationship between God the Father, his Son the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. This is popularly known as the Trinity but since that word is not in the Bible we are going to need a little help from some historical creeds to get a definition. From there we open our Bibles, comparing the creeds to what the Scriptures teach us about the Godhead. Key verse: “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6) Outline: Introduction Jewish belief – One God - MonotheismThe popular belief of Christianity - The TrinityThe Trinity defined by the Creeds Apostle’s Creed (Old Roman)Nicene CreedThe Trinity would be a radical new teaching for Jews. Where is it taught in the Bible? (Acts 2:22)The Spirit in relation to the Father and Son One Spirit… One Lord… One God and Father (Eph. 4:4-6 cp. 1 Cor. 8:6-7).The Spirit sanctifies (1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 1 Cor. 6:11) = The word of truth sanctifies (John 17:17; Eph. 5:26)Thus, the Spirit is important in baptism (Matt. 28:19)The Spirit of God and Christ in us (Rom. 8:9-11; Gal. 4:6)Cliff hanger - But what about the passages where the Spirit is personified as the Helper?Follow us on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialbiblestudies Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essentialbiblestudies/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bible_podcast Get it... Get an invite to our Tuesday night Bible Studies at essentialbiblestudies.org Request a free Essential Bible Studies media kit
The Sabbath (Part 1)
Feb 19 2024
The Sabbath (Part 1)
In this episode of the Essential Bible Studies Podcast, hosts Tim Young and Ted Hodge embark on an enlightening exploration of the Sabbath day. They delve into its significance as reflected through four major biblical epochs: the Genesis times, the Mosaic Law period, the post-Christ era, and the anticipated future in the Kingdom Age. The intricate weaving of the Sabbath principle within these periods unfolds as they analyze its transformation from a day of physical rest to an era of spiritual rest in Christ. Key verse: “For whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” (Hebrews 4:10) Outline: Introduction What is the Sabbath? Should we be keeping it now?How do we determine the answer to such a question?Epochs of time – what changes over time and what remains the same? First Epoch – The Beginning The Sabbath at Creation (Genesis 2:2-3, 15)After the fall of man (Genesis 3:17-19)The Rest of GenesisSecond Epoch – Law of Moses The Law a shadow of things to come (Heb 8:5; 10:11)Details of the Sabbath Laws (Exodus 31:13-18)The Principle of the Sabbath (Isaiah 58:13)Third Epoch – Law of Christ The rest that Jesus give (Matthew 11:28-30)Jesus’ contention over the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-12)Fourth Epoch – The Kingdom of God Observance in the Kingdom (Ezekiel 44:24; 46:1-3)The future Sabbath rest of God (Hebrews 4:8-11 )SummaryFollow us on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialbiblestudies Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essentialbiblestudies/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bible_podcast Get it... Get an invite to our Tuesday night Bible Studies at essentialbiblestudies.org Request a free Essential Bible Studies media kit
The Ages of the Spirit
Feb 12 2024
The Ages of the Spirit
In this episode of the Essential Bible Studies Podcast, hosts Jay Mayock and Tim Young take a big picture look at the work of the Holy Spirit through the ages of time. There have been some hallmark epochs were the miracles, signs and wonders were off the charts. What does this mean in how the Holy Spirit works today? Key Verse: “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10) Outline: Introduction Hebrews 6:4-6 What does it mean by powers of the world to come?Why does Peter in Acts 2:16-21 quote Joel 2:28-31 on the day of Pentecost?Ages of Miracles Moses and the ExodusElijah and ElishaJesus and the ApostlesPeriods of drought (Mic. 3:5-8)What sort of period are we in now?The Cessation of First Century Gifts 1 Cor. 12-14 The types of gifts (ch. 12) contrast with love (ch. 13)Defining “that which is perfect” (13:10 cp. 14:20)Ephesians 4 The gifts (v. 11)Their purpose (v. 12)When they would cease (v. 13), the perfect manConclusion – The Holy Spirit is still active but the gifts of miracles have ceased.Follow us on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialbiblestudies Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essentialbiblestudies/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bible_podcast Get it... Get an invite to our Tuesday night Bible Studies at essentialbiblestudies.org Request a free Essential Bible Studies media kit
Saved!
Feb 5 2024
Saved!
In this episode of the Essential Bible Studies Podcast, co-hosts Tim Young and Rob Alexander embark on a comprehensive exploration of the concept of salvation. The discourse is spurred by an intriguing short online video questioning the necessity of baptism in the process of salvation and leads the hosts to tackle the popular belief, 'once saved, always saved'. Overall, the episode aims to provide listeners with an amplified understanding of the salvation process, emphasizing that it is a journey rather than a singular life-transforming occurrence. The hosts examine relevant biblical verses to articulate a broader understanding of salvation as having a past, present and future aspect. They initially study passages depicting salvation as a past event in 2 Timothy 1:9 and Titus 3:4-5, which emphasizes Jesus Christ's role in saving us. The talk then delves into verses that present salvation as an ongoing process, including 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Corinthians 15:2. Finally, there is discussion on salvation as a future event through Matthew 10:22 and 1 Timothy 4:16, where the concepts of endurance and ultimate salvation for faithful followers are revealed. So what do you need for salvation? First, Bible passages are reviewed stressing that salvation is God's loving gift, independent of our actions (Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 10:9,13). Next, The hosts explore the critical role of faith and the need to believe in Jesus Christ's resurrection for salvation, shining a spotlight on Romans 10:9-13. The hosts also touch upon the importance of active listening to the word of God and acting upon it, showcasing the integral bond between obedience and eternal salvation, referencing Hebrews 5:8-9. The episode concludes, emphasizing both God's and our roles in salvation through a compelling discussion baptism and works (1 Peter 3:21; Philippians 2:12-13). The hosts urge listeners to wholly appreciate the intricate yet rewarding means of God's salvation. Follow us on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialbiblestudies Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essentialbiblestudies/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bible_podcast Get it... Get an invite to our Tuesday night Bible Studies at essentialbiblestudies.org Request a free Essential Bible Studies media kit
Forgiveness
Jan 15 2024
Forgiveness
Welcome to a new season of the Essential Bible Studies podcast. In this first episode of season six Steven Macfarlane and Tim Young talk about the vast subject of forgiveness in the Bible. Why Forgive? Part of who God is – Ex 34:6-7; Num 14:18 “God is forgiveness”Part of the example of Jesus – 1 Pet 2:23Ultimate Example – Forgive them, for they know not what they do – Lk 23:33-34Condition of God’s forgiveness to us – Mt 6:14-15Eph 4:30-32 – forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave youWe all sin – Jn 8:7So others will forgive us – golden rule James 2:8Only response to God’s forgiveness – Col 3:12-15 Principles of Forgiveness: Faith – Gal 3:6 (believe God forgives us) – Heb 11:6 Helps lift the burden of guilt/shame Repent – Acts 2:38 (change) Recognize sin, confess sin, changeRepent is changing…but not our ways, our thinking. That’s the definition of the word ‘the think differently or afterwards’ – from ‘meta’ – to transfer (metamorphosis) + ‘noieo’ – the mindConviction & Conduct (Islip Collyer) – ‘every deliberate act is the outcome of deliberate thought, and it therefore follows that control of thought must lie at the root of all reform’Back to the garden – forgiveness didn’t mean there was no consequences for sin (Gen 3:16-19); Forgiveness is based on repentance (3:21) Forgiving Attitude – Mk 11:26 (forgive others)Why is Forgiveness so Difficult: We’re hurt – solution: time, suffer ourselves to be defrauded (emotionally)What we struggle with is harder to forgive in others – solution: God forgave our fault/struggleMakes us vulnerable – solution…exactly. This is the solution!“To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover the prisoner was you.” Colin Attridge (Fruit of the Spirit)Mt 12:34 – forgiveness we think is outward, we say it, we show it…but out of the heart, the mouth speaks – forgiveness if really inward focused. We can say things and not mean them…then not truly forgiving someone. How do we Forgive? No discussion – unintentional offence, little consequence, minorTwo-Way communication – danger of repeating offence, affects our faith, sin through ignorance (Mt 18:15)With witnesses – Mt 18:16 – if not responding to v15Forgiveness is… Being aware of what was wrong, and choosing to forgive Not keeping a record of it (story of Moms little black book)Not punishing, but being merciful (Lk 6:36) Unlimited and immediate – Lk 17:3-4. Don’t demand anything back, don’t expect anything back, don’t hope for anything back (Lk 6:35) -- Keep forgiving…forever. Pray for them.Additional Verses: Col 3:12-13 – so you also must forgiveMatt 6:9-15 – as we also have forgiven our debtors – Christ spoke often of forgivenessRom 12:17-19 – vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the LordPsa 103:11-12 – as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us2 Cor 5:18-19 – Message of reconciliation…1 Cor 13:4-5 – Love is not resentful…keeps no record of wrongs
The Work of the Angels
Mar 20 2023
The Work of the Angels
The Bible mentions angels at work from Genesis to Revelation. What are they doing? Turns out they're doing a lot. Jay joins Tim to summarize the important role that the angels fulfill to bring about God's will. Theme Verse – Psalm 103:20 “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” Re-cap from “Equal unto the Angels” Why study angels? (Luke 20:35-36)They represent and reveal God – “God manifestation”. They bear his name (Exodus 23:20-21)We are made in the image of God/Elohim/angels (Genesis 1:26 cp. Heb. 2:7) What they are called Angels, ministers, eyes, watchers (2Ch. 16:9; Da. 4:17)Destroyers (1Co. 10:10), flaming fire (Heb. 1:7)… burning bush (Ex. 4) How they do it Visibly – Abraham, Jacob, Exodus, Canaan, Daniel, birth and resurrection of Christ, book of RevelationInvisibly – through most of history, even our day (Hebrews 13:2; Dan. 5) What they are doing Ministering to the heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14) Guardian angels (Matt. 18:10; Gen. 28:12; 48:15-16; Psa. 34:7)Rejoice when men and women repent from their sins (Luke 15:10) Obediently carry out the will of God (Psalm 103:20) Strength is a notable characteristic: Elohim, inexhaustible energy, read thoughts, blind or destroy armies, reveal certain future events, help the faithful (ESV Psalm 103:20)They are limited in knowledge (Mark 13:32, 1 Peter 1:11)Evil angels are not morally evil, but bring about the judgments of God – ex. wilderness wanderings, Assyrian army (2 Kings 19:35; Psa. 78:49 “destroying angel”; Ex. 12:23) Directing the affairs of the nations Through their work, God exercises His dominion over the kingdoms of the earth (Psalm 103:19, Da. 4:17->Dan. 10)Jesus Christ now has the authority to command all these beings (Mat. 28:18; 2 Thess. 1:7-8) Lessons for Us Today Today, the immortal heavenly angels follow the commands of Jesus Christ, working faithfully behind the scenes, invisibly preparing the earth for his return. They are involved in setting up and taking down governments, just as they were in the book of Daniel.They also minister in more personal ways, working invisibly, but powerfully, to help the heirs of salvation.We believe that great salvation is coming soon.
The Problem with Pride
Mar 13 2023
The Problem with Pride
A big part of what God's word warns us about is pride. There is a problem with pride especially if it goes unnoticed in our lives. Join Steve and Tim as they highlight some of the key passages in the Bible about this particular sin and how to overcome it. Key Verse: "For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15 Introduction Words and terms – arrogance, presumptuous, haughty, lifted up, puffed up, conceited, boastingOpposite – humility, modesty, abase, make low, lowliness, contrite, broken heart God’s assessment of pride He hates it (Prov. 6:16-17) therefore so should we (Prov. 8:13)Judgment because of pride (Prov. 16:18; Mal. 4:1; Isa. 2:12,17)Key aspect of the flesh (Mark 7:20-22; 1 John 2:16; 2 Tim. 3:1-2) The problem with pride Pride is prevalent when God is not (Psa. 10:4).Blocks our relationship with God by making us forgetful (Hos. 13:4-6)Considers self more than God or others (Ezek. 16:49; Psa. 10:2)Creates contention (Prov. 13:10)Opposite of faith (Hab. 2:4) Recognizing pride in ourselves and our lives Individually - The love of praise (John 12:43), self-righteousness (Luke 18:9,14), lofty self-sufficiency (James 4:16)Collectively - Nationalism, patriotism, racism, human rights, sports The antidotes – the frame of mind needed, humility God is big, we are small (Gen. 18:27; Psa. 8:4; Ecc. 5:2)The servant mind set (Luke 17:10), being thankfulBeing Kingdom seekers, not of this world (1 Chr. 29:11-14ff) God is the one who exalts If we try to do it ourselves God will oppose us (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5-6)The greatest example in Jesus (Phil. 2:5-9) Final conclusion
In Remembrance (Part 2) - The Cup
Mar 6 2023
In Remembrance (Part 2) - The Cup
During the last supper, Jesus gathered with his disciples and shared bread and wine with them in a very significant way. He declared that the bread represented his body and the cup of wine his blood. This meal was not just a one time event but something Jesus commanded his disciples to do often. Nick and Tim continue the study by looking closely at the symbology of the cup and the importance of the new covenant. Study aids Bread & Wine Parallel Records Handout Bread & Wine Summary Handout Key verse "In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”" 1 Corinthians 11:25 Cup of Wine Cup symbolizes ones portion or lot in life (Psalm 16:5; Psalm 11:6) The word “wine” is never used… cup or fruit of the vine. New Covenant Christ said, this cup is the new covenant in my blood. The book of the law was the book of the covenant (Ex 24) But there was a problem, with the old covenant it could not save.  Gal 3:11,21 The new covenant was then established in Faith and could offer salvation. Heb 8:7-13 This cup of wine therefore spoke of this new covenant that could save and provide forgiveness of sins. How was it possible? Christ said, new covenant “in my blood” Blood in scripture represents life Lev. 17:11-14. Could not eat blood under the law. Christ lived a perfect life of obedience 1 Peter 2:21-24 cp. 1 Peter 1:19 “precious blood of Jesus Christ.” Thereby we have forgiveness of sins 1 John 1:7 for it cleanses or purifies the conscience. However not available to all Must be in Christ Gal. 3:14 How? By baptism Gal. 3:27 Share in fellowship 1 Cor. 10:16 Fellowship with God Eph. 2:13
In Remembrance (Part 1) - The Bread
Feb 27 2023
In Remembrance (Part 1) - The Bread
During the last supper, Jesus gathered with his disciples and shared bread and wine with them in a very significant way. He declared that the bread represented his body and the cup of wine his blood. This meal was not just a one time event but something Jesus commanded his disciples to do often. We welcome Nick to this episode to discuss his in-depth studies on the symbolism involved and what it means for our lives. Study aids Bread & Wine Parallel Records Handout Bread & Wine Summary Handout Key verse "And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”" Luke 22:19 How did it begin? Night before Jesus died, upper room Matt 26:26-30 (also recorded in Mark 14, and Luke 22) Why the bread and wine? Luke 22:19, 1 Cor 11:24,25 “Do this in remembrance of me” and 1 Cor. 11:26 “to proclaim the Lord’s death.” Jesus was known for this (Luke 24:35) The believers continued in this Acts 2:42, when and how often? Acts 20:7 What does it mean? Bread in scripture is a symbol of food, and is seen as the fundamentals for life. As such it became a symbol of man’s labour to produce food.  Gen 3:19; John 6:26-27          Christ took this bread, he broke it and said this my body which is given for you, this do in remembrance of me. He wanted the disciples to remember how he lived his life in giving himself for others. Christ just demonstrated this literally as he washed their feet (still stuck in their minds John 13:15-17) Symbol of body Christ said “this is my body” Represents a body of believers 1 Cor 10:16-17;  1 Cor 12 (beautiful analogy of a group of believers working together as one body) ends with v27 Taking of the bread we therefore examine ourselves (1 Cor. 11:28), how we are helping the body of Christ (1 Cor. 11:29) Fellowship Conclusion of self examination (1 Cor. 11:28) - we are all sinners Thereby have fellowship as realizing the need to work together 1 Cor 10:16-17