The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | 1 Peter 1

By: Daniel Goepfrich God's Eternal Protection Chapter one begins with a celebration of our salvation in Christ. Peter called it a “new birth,” a “living hope,” and “an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” that “is reserved in heaven for [us]”(1 Peter 1:3-4). Additionally, those who are believers in Christ “are protected” for a deliverance that will come in the future (1 Peter 1:5). It was important that his readers knew of God’s eternal protection because Peter reminded them that it might be necessary [...]

By | 2018-10-11T05:56:31+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |0 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | This Poor Man Cried

By: George Zellar Psalm 34:6-18 “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). “I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me” (Psalm 40:17). “O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy” (Psalm 86:1). “I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying” (Psalm 70:5). “I am poor and needy, and my heart [...]

By | 2018-10-07T14:10:14+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jumpstart: A Dispensational Devotional | The Single Eye

By: George Zellar Matthew 6:19-24 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness” (Matt. 6:22-23). We need to return to the simplicity that is in Christ and have the proper focus and goal. The single eye refers to single-minded devotion, single undivided loyalty. The heart’s eye is fixed on Christ alone, and thus the body is [...]

By | 2018-10-01T06:23:15+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

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