Wednesday, June 25, 2008
**In This Issue**
- Probing God's
What Does the Bible Say About...?
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Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory. RHG is a co-ministry
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Probing God's Word
talk about seeking spiritual growth. But are we
really serious about it? How
serious are you when it comes to dive into the Bible?
Let's assume that you already have made a
personal commitment to Christ Jesus.
Well, you began to study the Word of God,
and began to seek real growth "in the grace and knowledge" of our Savior.
How has it been going?
to let you in on a "secret." One of the most
rewarding things that you can do, and one that is
virtually guaranteed to help you on your path of true spiritual growth,
is a home Bible study. This type of home Bible study is
known as a Small Group Bible study. The intimacy, the family
atmosphere, and the personal accountability all combine to create an environment
of spiritual growth unequaled in more formal settings.
There are three key components to keep in mind for
our walk in Christ:
we must study of the scriptures, we
must prayer, and we need the fellowship of
other believers. While
the facilities and formalities of Sunday services have become the norm for many,
it was not always so. In the early church, the
fellowships were in the homes of the believers.
The church in the house of Philemon grew into
the church of Colossae (Philemon 2). The church
in the house of Nymphas became the church of Laodicea (Colossians 4:15).
The churches in the house of Aquila and
Priscilla, who seem to have made it their primary commitment, became the
churches of both Ephesus and Rome (1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:5).
If you are having a difficult time finding a group,
I encourage you to pray about starting one of your
own. For those of you who might like to
undertake leading a home Bible study, keep in mind that it
does not have to be done at your house. Very
often, a home Bible study can be held at another believer's home.
A great place to start is with a verse-by-verse study
of a book of the Bible. Pick a book of Bible
that interests you and acquire several commentaries on that particular book.
After reading the introductory background, it is
not hard to stay ahead of your group. The speed at
which the group moves through each book will vary. From
time to time, a particular background item, or special issue, will emerge which
can give rise to a little extra research. A
home library which might include a concordance, a Bible dictionary or
encyclopedia, etc., will be helpful.
Outfitting a basic home library is not that
expensive and can be one of the most rewarding things you can do.
By the time you have completed a particular book in such a program,
you will know that book better than you ever dreamed possible.
The commitment that you make
of teaching a home Bible
study group each week may be just the self-imposed 'pressure'
you need to really dig into the Word.
In all of my
Bible studies, I begin by saying, "As always, Acts 17:11 applies. Acts
were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with
all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the
Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.
If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having
printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to
send your question in an email to me at
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anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.
The question for this issue is,
"How could Satan have fallen into sin if he was in a state of innocence and
perfection? And how could he tempt Adam and Eve to fall, given that he
Like man, Lucifer, aka Satan, and
the angels were given free will to either follow God
or rebel against HIm. The fall of Satan is
recorder in Isaiah 14:12-17. of particular
interest is that within those 6 verses are the five
"I will" statements of Satan:
"For you have said in your
heart, I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the
stars of God; I will sit also upon
the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the
north, I will ascend above the
heights of the clouds, I will be
like the Most High. Isaiah 14:13:14
These statements, in addition to
demonstrating the pride of Satan, also show us us
that he was a free moral agent, capable of making a
decision to either follow or rebel against God.
If this was not the case, he would not have been
able to make the declarations.
God has given man free will.
He wants man to follow Him out of love, and not
because man has been programmed to do so. When
God forbid Adam and Eve from eating of the fruit of
the tree of tree of knowledge of good and evil,
found in Genesis 2:16-17, there would have been no
reason to impose this restriction if there was no
chance of their giving in to it.
Now at that point in time, Satan
was the only source of sin in the world. This
being the case, it was up to Satan to pose the
temptation. Adam and Eve had the option and
capability of just saying "NO". However, that
was not what they did. We all have the same
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested
from all His work which God created and made.
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