• Ephesians emphasizes the body of Christ, the church. We Christians are the body of Christ. We are the temple, the dwelling place of God. The church is a mystery, a new man, a bride, a soldier. We are to lead lives worthy of the calling to which we have been called.

  • Galatians emphasizes what it means to live as a righteous person, justified in Christ. Talks about what is life as a Christian like. We live by faith, not works. Our works come from the desire to do what God wants us to do.

  • Paul writes to the Corinthians because three major problem areas had developed: there were divisions in the church, scandals (immorality), and matters such as marriage and the single life, offending the weaker Christian. He covers areas that we call “Law of liberty”, “Law of Love”, and the “Law of expediency”.

  • Romans contains almost every Christian doctrine in some form. Some of what Paul covers is justification and sanctification. At the end of Romans he gives us practical ways to apply in daily living, the truths which we have been taught. Our relationships are very important and they will change as we grow closer to God.

  • Acts-Acts is about how the Holy Spirit continues to do in us what Jesus began to do on earth. The Holy spirit can direct our lives, communicate with us, but we must listen and do what he asks us to do to continue Jesus’ work.

  • John-John wants us to see that Jesus is the Son of God and that he was with God in the beginning. When we look at Jesus, we are seeing God. John wants us to know that Jesus is the sustainer of life, he is our source of wisdom and knowledge, he has life-giving power.

  • Luke-The theme of Luke is the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which is lost. Jesus became man in order to enter man. We get a picture of man through the tabernacle: outer court, the body; Holy Place, the soul; Holy of Holies, the spirit. When Jesus enters the spirit of man, man can begin to really discover himself and become what God…[Read more]

  • According to RSM, Mark contains primarily the teachings of Peter. Mark 10:45a(RSV) sums up the theme: “for the son of man also came not to be served but to serve.” Jesus shows his authority as servant: authority over the forces of darkness, power over disease. He teaches that he must suffer and be rejected, killed and three days later rise again.

  • Matthew is about Jesus, our King. Matthew presents the genealogy of Jesus to show he was heir to the line of David. Our King was tested by the powers of darkness; his body, soul and spirit. His first ministry was to tell the people to repent, because the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He teaches in parables. He gives instructions as to what to do…[Read more]

  • It is interesting that the 400+ years from the end of the Old Testament to New Testament were called the Silent Years. God may have been silent as far as the written word, but I see his hand working history to accomplish his plan…to prepare the timing for the appearance of the Messiah.

  • Obadiah
    We see the conflict between flesh and the spirit. Pride has many forms, all of which separate us from God. I never thought of violence as a form of pride, or indifference, gloating or exploitation but Ray Stedman explains it well. I can see where self-sufficiency is a form of pride because we think we can take care of ourselves and…[Read more]

  • Ezekiel
    Again we see that man fails to obey God, which results in deterioration of man. God keeps trying to get our attention by pointing our our foolishness and disobedience. As a result, we have heartache, disappointments and punishment for rejecting God. But God is always there waiting for his children to return to him. We need to allow the…[Read more]

  • Lamentations
    No matter how much devastation Jeremiah sees from the judgment of God on Israel and the other nations, he stills shows his steadfast love for God. No matter what life brings us, we need to remember God loves us, that no matter what the circumstances, we can turn to him. If we sin we will be judged, but God is a forgiving God and…[Read more]

  • Jeremiah
    I found interesting the two themes that Stedman points out: 1. the prophecy, fate of the nation-judgment and 2. the feelings of the prophet. To see that the nation did not even know where there was a copy of the law was incredible. At least King Josiah tried to revive the nation when a copy was found. Jeremiah emphasizes that God judges…[Read more]

  • Isaiah
    Poor Isaiah sees God’s purity and holiness and wonders how God cannot destroy man. But he begins to see the answer: God’s love, Jehovah’s salvation found in the One to come, the Messiah. The figure of Christ appears in Chapter 53 where we see how God will accomplish our salvation, being despised and rejected by man, only to be seated at…[Read more]

  • I thought it was interesting that we learn in Ezra that in order for Israel to be restored, a descendant of King David, Zerubbabel, and a descendant of the priestly line of Aaron, Ezra, were required to bring this restoration about. As the author says, the king rebuilds, the priest cleanses. Both help restore the nation of Israel. This works…[Read more]

  • I had never heard the terms orthopraxis, or orthopathos. The study begins talking about orthodoxy and moves on to the other two terms. These are considered primary goals in building one’s theology. And they are all interdependent. Many of us start with orthodoxy, studying the word. But we can become very intellectual people, quoting…[Read more]

  • Lesson five: discusses the “church”. In this lecture the definition of “holy” is given. I guess I really never knew the exact meaning…a. morally pure, free from sin and corruption AND set apart for use in special service to God …. this is what surprised me….things can be holy even if they are not morally pure! I thought it was also…[Read more]

  • Lesson four: discusses the divinity of the Holy Spirit. That is something I wouldn’t have considered – that the Apostles’ Creed does not explicitly state that the Holy Spirit is divine. But it “implicitly” affirms the Spirit’s divinity because of the Trinity which equates the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son and that the creed’s…[Read more]

  • Lesson three: in early Christian times hell was considered the place where the underworld held the souls of the dead. The Apostle’s Creed intended to teach that Jesus’ soul really descended into the underworld between the time of his death and resurrection. Hell in the Old Testament was commonly called sheol; the in the Greek New Testament it was…[Read more]

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