Walkthru

1 Corinthians

>

Paul wrote to Corinth to correct moral, ethical and doctrinal problems within the church. He refutes improper attitudes toward sin and promotes a spirit of unity and worship among the Believers.

2 Corinthians

>

Paul wrote his second epistle to Corinth to defend his calling, character and conduct. He also explains his ministerial views and th need to amass relief funds for saints in need.

Acts Facts

>

Beginning with Christ’s ascension, Luke provides the early historical record of the growth of the Church. Over a 30-year period, he traces the rapid spread of Christianity from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

Colossians

>

Written while Paul was incarcerated, Colossians focuses on Christ’s vicarious atonement. This epistle stresses His supremacy and the completeness of the salvation He has provided. His doctrines are superior to all other teachings. The beneficent way we treat others is the real proof of the transformation Christ makes in the lives of Believers.

Ecclesiastes

>

This book observes life from the human perspective and draws logical conclusions. Its purpose is to show the futility, emptiness and meaninglessness of a life apart from God. Solomon proves that man was created to find true satisfaction only in Him, for He alone can bring joy into every aspect of human existence.

Ephesians

>

Ephesians was written while Paul was in jail. It sets forth the doctrines of adoption, redemption, forgiveness, grace and our heavenly citizenship. This epistle describes plan for the unification of all Believers. Our love for Christ is best demonstrated through interpersonal relationships.

Hebrews

>

The book of Hebrews addresses the superiority of Christ and His atoning work. Jesus is shown to be above any person, institution, ritual or sacrifice. Pointed warnings throughout the epistle caution Believers against apostasy.

Jeremiah

>

Jeremiah’s 50-year prophetic career is astounding. He lived in an era when Judah experienced threats from Assyria, Egypt and Babylon. He ministered under the reigns of five kings of Judah. He saw both Assyria and Egypt defeated by a new superpower and became an exile during the Babylonian captivity. His work was contemporaneous with the prophets Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Daniel and Ezekiel.

Four centuries earlier, Solomon had erected shrines to false gods and idolatry had taken its toll on the nation. Sins included: apostasy, idolatry, moral depravity, and hypocrisy. Superficial reforms could not avert God’s judgment. Radical spiritual surgery was inevitable and Babylon was God’s instrument.

Jeremiah’s book divides itself into three parts. In the first 33 chapters, Judah is in focus and prophecies center on the impending fall of Jerusalem. In the next segment, surrounding nations are prophesied against during the fall of Jerusalem (Ch. 34-45). The final chapters center on prophecies regarding Babylon after the fall of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah had a “zero-tolerance” policy concerning the religious bigots of his day. He preached to princes, paupers, kings, servants and beggars. Jeremiah revealed the true character of the nation and as a result suffered great opposition. He was persecuted, ridiculed, cursed, betrayed, threatened, ignored, rejected, publicly humiliated, starved, beaten and imprisoned.

Conflict was the watchword of Jeremiah’s career. His own home town turns against him. A coalition of priests and false prophets charge him with blasphemy. He is branded as a traitor. People plan to kill him. He is put in the stocks. He is left to die in a muddy cistern. But through it all, Jeremiah never compromised. He continued to prophesy through times of great national and personal stress. The prophet was always faithful, but he was not always happy. Although he is tempted to give up his mission, he never does.

His messages are marked by a hatred of social injustices, idolatry and false prophecy. Jeremiah was a selfless man of faith, courage, and prayer. He was a heart-broken man with a heart-breaking message. He was willing to suffer for and with his people. He was gentle, meek, patient, compassionate, honest, and devoted to his ministry.

The personality of “the weeping prophet” did not match his task, for he was a timid person with bold words to share. He had great empathy for the people’s sufferings, but knew their wounds were self-inflicted. He is called to predict the downfall of his own nation and the divine imperative prompted him to preach a straightforward message. However, his speeches are sprinkled with the messianic hope of a better future. During the darkest days of Judah, the brightest star shining was Jeremiah.

This series of questions is designed to take the student on an inductive journey through the book of Jeremiah. This exercise will allow the student to read and interact with virtually every verse in this magnificent prophetical book. All questions and answers are based on the KJV and NKJV.

John

>

The focus of John’s Gospel is the deity of Jesus and consists chiefly of His discourses and conversations. John primarily draws from events not recorded in the Synoptic Gospels in order to prove that Jesus is the Son of God and the sacrifice for our sins.

Luke

>

Luke, a Gentile physician, focuses on Jesus’ humanity and His acts of kindness to the suffering and the outcasts. He wrote to the Greeks, appealing to their love for philosophy, wisdom and logic. In order to strengthen the faith of the Gentiles, Luke presents a comprehensive and chronological account of the life of Christ.

Mark

>

Mark provides a succinct, fast-paced account of the life of Christ. The special emphasis of this Gospel is the dynamic power of Christ who demonstrates His deity through His miracles.

Matthew

>

Matthew provides a bridge between the Old and New Testaments. Christ’s prophetic roots, genealogy, messages and miracles present Him as the Messianic King. This Gospel has a strong interest in eschatology, showing Jewish Christians the nature and requirements of the Kingdom of God.

Philippians

>

Philippians is the preeminent epistle of joy and encouragement amid adverse circumstances. The four chapters deal with suffering, submission, salvation and sanctification. In this epistle, Paul lovingly urges his readers to center their actions on the person of Jesus Christ.

Revelation

>

As Genesis is the book of commencement, Revelation is the book of consummation. In this book, God’s plan of redemption is brought to completion. Revelation focuses primarily on prophetic events, centering around visions regarding Christ as our Supreme King.

Romans

>

The book of Romans provides us with a complete and comprehensive doctrine of justification by faith. This epistle is the most detailed and systematic exposition of theological truth in the Word of God. The style of the book is vigorous, logical, clear, relevant and magnificent. The first eight chapters are doctrinal, declaring our justification by faith. Chapters nine through eleven set for God’s eternal plan for Israel. The final five chapters focus on practical guidelines for Christian living.

Maxim of the Moment

Faults are thick where love is thin.