Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | Law and Grace

By: George Zellar “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The law reflects God’s holy and righteous standards to which we have all miserably failed to measure up. Grace involves God’s love and unmerited favor, freely bestowed on wretched sin- ners who do not deserve one drop of kindness. They deserve judgment and wrath instead. The law demands righteousness; grace freely justifies (Rom. 3:24). The law utterly condemns the best person; grace [...]

By | 2018-09-24T05:41:57+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | 1 Peter Overview

By: Daniel Goepfrich The Audience Peter’s intended recipients were people scattered throughout Asia Minor. The word διασπορά (diaspora, “dispersion”) is used elsewhere in the New Testament only twice. In James 1:1 the “twelve tribes”are specified, and in John 7:25 it refers to Jews dispersed “among the Greeks.”Although 1 Peter contains principles available for all Christians of all time, since Peter was acknowledged to be the apostle to the Jewish people (Galatians 2:7) and since the word διασπορά was used to refer to [...]

By | 2018-09-19T19:41:06+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | James 5

By: Daniel Goepfrich Final Encouragements Chapter five concludes this letter with a series of topics, all designed to be final encouragements to James’ readers. James 5:1-6 contain a two-part negative encouragement, patterned after the Hebrew prophets who would encourage their immediate listeners by prophesying judgment on their oppressors (e.g., Amos and Nahum). First, James’ oppressed readers would certainly be encouraged to know that God knew of their suffering. Second, James’ oppressive readers would be encouraged to change their ways (do good deeds) [...]

By | 2018-09-13T06:40:40+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | Lessons from the Repentant Malefactor

By: George Zellar Luke 23:39-43 In this brief yet highly significant passage, a number of vital truths are revealed, especially as relating to salvation: † 1) God specializes in saving wretched sinners. This man was an evildoer (Luke 23:39), guilty of a crime punishable by death. He knew he deserved his fate. He admitted “we receive the due reward of our deeds” (Luke 23:41). †2) Wicked unbelievers can repent and have a genuine change of heart. Earlier, this man had joined the other [...]

By | 2018-08-28T14:03:17+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | James 3-4

By: Daniel Goepfrich The Power of the Tongue Chapter three’s teaching on the power of the tongue seems to be disconnected to its context (James 3:1-12). However, its “size-to-impact ratio” concept could point back to chapter two, where not loving one’s neighbor (a “small” sin) has a profound impact within the Christian community. Likewise, the tongue, a small member of the body, can greatly affect those around us, either building up for good or tearing down for bad. The life change that [...]

By | 2018-08-27T06:22:57+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | The Fatal Mistake

By: George Zellar Luke 12:16-21 A believer depends completely on Jesus Christ, just as a skydiver depends fully on his parachute. No matter how sincere we are, no matter how well we have tried to live, without the Saviour we will surely perish: “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36). Likewise, the parachutist’s life depends on one vital piece of equipment. He must not trust his own ability to [...]

By | 2018-08-27T05:41:28+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | James 1-2

By: Daniel Goepfrich Growth through Trials James 1 begins very abruptly with a short greeting and quick encouragement. These believing Jews had been displaced from their homeland and had lost their close-knit Christian family. Even though their immediate persecution had stopped, they found themselves facing a new persecution that was both anti-Semitic and anti-Christian. They were certainly tempted to give up their faith to blend into their new communities as much as possible. James offered them three reasons to not give up [...]

By | 2018-08-23T13:24:33+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | Salvation and Discipleship

By: George Zellar John 8:30-36; Luke 14:25-33; John 6:60-69 (1) Salvation is free and “without price” (Rom. 6:23; Isa. 55:1), although salvation is certainly not cheap (1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 6:20). Discipleship is costly and the cost must be counted (Luke 14:25-33). (2) Salvation takes place in an instant of time (Acts 2:47). Discipleship is a life-long process (John 8:31; Matthew 28:19-20). (3) Salvation is believing on Christ (Acts 16:30-31). Discipleship is following Christ (Matt. 4:18- 22) and learning from Him [...]

By | 2018-08-27T05:24:03+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | The Authorship of James

By: Daniel Goepfrich James was probably the first or second (behind Matthew) New Testament writer (approximately the early- to mid-A.D. 40s). He followed the pattern of Old Testament exhortation (especially the prophets and proverbs), and his letter has been compared to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount for that reason. James wrote this letter to Christian Jews who had been dispersed from Israel during the early persecution of the Church (see Acts 8) to encourage them to live out their Christian faith, especially [...]

By | 2018-07-19T16:03:54+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | The Plague of Pluralism

By: George Zellar John 14:1-6 We are sometimes told that it does not really matter what people believe, as long as they are sincere in their beliefs. Yet, does it matter if a sincere pharmacist puts the wrong pills in a bottle? Does it matter if a surgeon sincerely believes he removed a kidney when, in fact, he removed the liver? Does it matter if a woman eats a poisonous mushroom, thinking it would be nourishing? What a person believes makes a [...]

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