Romans, Lesson 22: Life with Others, Both Christians and Non-Christians

Glowing Coals

In Chapter 12, Paul brought us to his great “therefore” in the book of Romans.  This “therefore” followed his presentation on God’s grace for our salvation, since all things are “from [God] and through Him and to Him.”  Paul continues his exploration on what this means on how we live as God’s people, listing a […]

Romans, Lesson 21: God’s Mercy and Grace Propels the Christian Life

making pottery

With his use of an olive tree, Paul compared people to tree branches, using “cut off” to show that someone is removed from the tree (the Church) through unbelief.  Through faith, God will “graft” in those branches, whether “natural” (of Jewish ancestry) or “contrary to nature (of Gentile ancestry).  Paul provides a warning not to […]

David, Lesson 5: The Rebellion and Its Aftermath

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The prophet, Nathan, confronted David about his adultery and murder of Uriah.  More and more miserable David’s life now becomes.  His son, Amnon, becomes smitten with his half-sister, Tamar, and decides to have sex with her, which did not turn out well (2 Samuel 13:1-22).  Absalom, Tamar’s brother, soon found out what Amnon did, waiting […]

Romans, Lesson 20: The True Israel includes Gentiles

Olive Tree with Grafted Branches

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find: Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along Within this section focusing on Israel, we find a chronological arc:  Israel’s past (9:1-29): God’s fidelity to Israel revealed itself through Him choosing Israel. […]

David, Lesson 4: Sinner and Repentant

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David unites both north and south.  The capital is now Jerusalem, but Israel is still not without rancor.  The former king, Saul, is dead; yet, some of his sons still survive.  How will David deal with their threat to his rule?  2 Samuel 21 reveals further information, which took place earlier in the chronology of […]

Romans, Lesson 19: Jesus Comes to You in the Word and Does the Doing

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When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find: Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along Paul still deals with the question, “How do we understand the role of Israel in the New Covenant?”  Today’s lesson delves into Paul’s second […]

David, Lesson 3: As King

David before the Ark

David’s days as the privately anointed king on the lam are over.  During those years, several psalms describe where David was and how he was doing: Psalms 34, 52, 54, 56, 57, 63, 142. The Philistines killed Saul, allowing David now to step into his role as king.  Not all will be easy, for Saul […]

Romans, Lesson 18: Not unto Us, but God

Mercy and Compassion

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find:   Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along   Has God’s Word Failed?  A Look into the Past Read Romans 9:6-9 “counted”: Greek, logizmai, credited, “reckoned.”  This is the same word […]

David, Lesson 2: A Man Fleeing for His Life

David and Abigail

Relations between Saul and David worsen while it grows stronger with Saul’s son, Jonathan.  Jonathan talked some sense into his father and his pursuit to murder David stopped.  Still suspicious, however, Saul again tries to kill David, the “rival” to his throne.  David was not safe at the royal court or any permanent residence.  He, […]

Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old

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This lesson is part of individualized instruction in adult catechesis.  A deeper understanding of the origins of Christian worship and how it developed was desired.  Here it is. Cultural Assumptions in Worship Today, many in the Church assume if God doesn’t forbid something, we may incorporate such a practice into worship.  Such a view is […]