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Commands of Christ: "If you love me, keep my commandments"
Elkmont Baptist Church
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Commands of Christ
Church-Wide Sunday School Bible Study:
"If you love me, keep my commandments."
Our next study series in Sunday School will be on the Book of Genesis. The world calls this book a myth because they can't verify many of the events and characters in the book (and that's when they are being nice!). But what will we find?
- Many Bible "mega themes" are started in Genesis - such as how God created the universe and the earth and in what order - and why.
We are introduced to sin and man's disobedience to God as well as God's promise to send a Savior. And many more!
- We will be introduced
to many important truths that God wants us to understand: our need for modesty and clothing, God's instruction for marriage, the important
of family, the concept of covenants, the consequences of sin, and others.
- We will learn about the pre-flood world and the post-flood
worlds and all of the changes that occurred and how they have affected us.
- We will examine a large number of evidences that not only
point to proof that the world-wide flood known as Noah's Flood did indeed occur, but evidences that also point to a young earth.
will be answered like:
- Where did all of the people groups and families of the earth come from?
- Are we all separate races or are we all one family?
- What are
clean and unclean animals and why are they different?
- Must man work by the sweat of his brow? Why?
- Why is childbirth so painful?
is the world so messed up today, and is there any hope for a decent future?
Genesis means "Beginnings." One of the discoveries we will find very early in the book is that Jesus Christ Himself was deeply involved in the creation, and that the name of God used in Genesis is Elohim, a plural name (three or more in Hebrew) and yet meaning a single entity (can you say Trinity?). We hope you will join us for this adventure!
Special Wednesday Night Study:
The Revelations of Jesus Christ as dictated to the Apostle John.
If ever there was a book that is relevant to our times, it is the Book of Revelation. Events seem to be accelerating towards some final finish - but what will that finish look like? Christians are being persecuted around the world, and it would seem the world does not care. Even our media in the U.S. mostly ignores the atrocites committed against Christian peoples, churches, and our Jewish friends.
The Book of Revelation speaks to several key issues that are of great concern today:
- Is there any hope or encouragement for the future?
- Where does the church fit into the final chapters of the earth as we know it?
is God doing with the Jewish people and Israel?
- Is the U.S. in prophecy specifically or just another country in the background?
there ever be a heavenly kingdom on earth that lasts 1,000 years?
- What is all this business about "beasts" found in the Bible?
close are all these things?
- How may I prepare if at all?
Please feel free to join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 as we have a time of prayer and then open the Bible to explore these and other issues through the books of Revelation, Daniel, some of Matthew and others to build a solid composite answer for your questions and concerns.
Note: when John wrote the Book of Revelation, it was meant to encourage the persecuted believers of his time - seems like we need that encouragement today again.
Note: Studying the Book of Revelation has a special blessing placed upon it by God - and who couldn't use a special blessing?
Please join us on Wednesday nights!
Revelation: encouragment and endings
The Christian church in America today is focused and centered on "praise and worship" and have in many cases left off the more important areas of the Christian walk. No one would argue that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. No one would disagree that we need to worship Him. But the church has forgotten what true worship is and what true worship entails. Worship includes service and includes the attitude of humbly prostrating ourselves before Him. When is the last time you saw that at church?
How then do we serve Him? How then do we even know how to start? Romans 12:1 says: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
your reasonable service." Service is a Greek word that can also be interpreted as worship (Strong's G2999). So serving Him is simply just our "reasonable worship."
Then Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). But what are His commandments, and does keeping His commandments equate to true worship and serving? We will be exploring the many (nearly 50) different commands (a Greek word that means injunction, commandment, precept (Strong's G1785)) and how they relate to worship and serving. Does it seem reasonable for us to know what our Lord, Savior, and Master-Rabbi expects from us? Yes! We will for the next few months explore these various commands and how we may "keep" them (Keep - a Greek word that means to guard, to observe, to respect, to study, to value (Strong's G5083)).
Come join us as we "get back to basics" and study the very words of the Master and learn what He actually expects of us.