• Session 14 - Hope Sanctification, Assurance, Adoption, Glorification Notes

    Terms Describing the New Future Hope Meaning: Hope (elpizw elpij) refers to looking for or expecting something in the future. The idea of a confident expectation is a good rendering. Key Uses The noun occurs 53x in NT. The verb 31x.   Read More...

  • Session 13 - Justification Notes

    Justification Meaning: Dikaiwsij and its forms is based on the simple root dik meaning point, show, or right. Therefore, it verb for it is to deem right. Theologians have thus spoken in terms of declaring righteous. Key Uses The family of words is used 200+ in the New Testament.   Read More...

  • Session 12 - Faith, Repentance Conversion, Conviction Audio

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  • Session 12 - Faith, Repentance Conversion, Conviction Notes

    Terms Describing the New Life Faith Meaning: Pistij, from the root, piq (bind), means a confident trust or belief. Also πιστός an adjective normally meaning trustworthy or faithful. The verb (πιστεύω) form means to believe.   Read More...

  • Session 11 Make Alive, Born Again, New Creature, Regeneration Audio

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  • Session 11 Make Alive, Born Again, New Creature, Regeneration Notes

    Terms Describing the New Birth Make Alive  Meaning: Zwopoiew is the combination of zwo meaning alive and poiew meaning make, do, or work. Thus, it is to make alive. The KJV is “quicken”.   Read More...

  • Session 10 Calling Notes

    Calling Meaning: The term is based on the root kal meaning call or name. So the verb kalew is to call or summon; the noun klhsij is a calling or a call; the noun klhtoj is called or invited.  Uses: 166 times in the New Testament.Primarily “call” refers to the effectual call of God which brings men to salvation. It is a summons that delivers us to the destination.   Read More...

  • Session 9 Propitiation Audio

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  • Session 9 Propitiation Notes

     Propitiation Meaning: The term propitiation is built on the simple root il meaning favorable. In the verb form, ilaskomai, means to appease resulting in favor or mercy. The noun ilasmoj means an appeasing; whereas the noun ilasthrion means the place of appeasing.Uses (Propitiation connections…) Propitiation is part of God’s foreordination.   Read More...

  • Session 8 Reconciliation Audio

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  • Session 8 Reconciliation Notes

     Reconciliation Meaning: The basic verb, katallassw, means to change or exchange such as in money exchanges. Thus, when applied to salvation the idea is that the relationship between man and God changes. The word itself is made up of the preposition kata meaning according to and the verb allassw meaning to transform or change (1 Cor 15:52) which in turn is from meaning alloj another as in something different.   Read More...

  • Session 7 Ransom/Redemption Audio

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    Ransom/Redemption Meaning: The terms ransom and redemption are used almost interchangeably in the NT and in theological writings. However, the two distinct words have slightly different connotations.This family of seven words is built on a basic root word that focuses on the concept of deliverance or release - Luw simply means “to loose”.The basic word in this family, lutron, (Matt 20:28, Mark 10:45) and antilutron (1 Tim 2:6) mean a price paid to effect release or deliverance. Note al...  Read More...

  • Session 6 Election and Concerns Audio

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  • Session 6 Election and Concerns Notes

    Concerns and Questions about Predestination DoctrinesA. These doctrines are for mature audiences only, and therefore, shouldn’t be actively taught.If this is true, then who determines what parts of Scripture should be taught and what should not. Who determines what is profitable and what Is not profitable.To practice this selective teaching is to take the first step toward liberalism in theory and/or practice, as well as pragmatism (doing only that which has favorable results or that which Is po...  Read More...

  • Session 5 Foreknowledge/Election Audio

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  • Session 5 Foreknowledge/Election Notes

    Foreknowledge and Election I. The Words Foreknowledge Meaning: The Greek noun (prognwsij) is built on the noun (gnwsij) meaning “knowledge” {root gno meaning know} plus the preposition (pro) before. Therefore the simple meaning is prior knowledge or in the verb (proginwskw)  to know beforehand.Uses: Acts 2:23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to deathGNT&nbs...  Read More...

  • Session 4 Predstination/Foreordination Audio

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  • Session 4 Predestination/Foreordination Notes

    Predestination and ForeordinationI. The Words PredestinationMeaning: The Greek term proorizw is built on the verb orizw meaning to determine or mark off by boundaries {root or oros meaning boundary} plus the preposition pro before (A/S 323). Therefore the simple meaning is to mark off before hand or to predetermine. Only the verb form appears in the NT and it is unique to the NT; there are no LXX or classical uses.Uses: The term “predestination” (* indicates orizw for which the “in adv...  Read More...

  • Session 3 Order of Salvation and Belief and Practice Audio

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    Order of Salvation Overview (Ordo Salutis)Just how are the various aspects of divine salvation generally applied to the sinners God saves? And is there a Biblical order in which these aspects intersect with these sinners? If yes, then the question per se is, in what order do they are they applied?To my knowledge, the Bible does not specifically list an exhaustive order of the aspects of salvation.   Read More...

  • Session 2 Overview of Salvation Audio

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    Overview of Salvation I. The Nature of SalvationA. The term “saved” basically means to rescue or deliver from danger.B.  Read More...

  • Session 1 Understanding Man Audio

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    For Fun Salvation QuizTrue or False _____ 1. All men are basically good. _____ 2.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 11

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 11Making the Decision - the TemplateSupporting Concepts  I present the following observations and concepts that I have not directly addressed or only been mentioned in passing in our study. Some have been assumed. Nonetheless, I believe them to be helpful in the decision making process. God honoring decisions can only be made by those who are genuine believers. Unfortunately, genuine believers also can mak...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 10

    Exploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 10Foundations for Decision MakingThe following is my shortened version of  “Principles for Decision Making” by Garry Friesen. It is used by permission, Garry Friesen.  Also my clarifications are noted in brackets [ ].The full text can be found at gfriesen.net.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 9

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 9Wisdom and Decision MakingThus far we have learned that there are some things that we just can’t know in advance. These things are held tightly by God who hasn’t chosen to reveal them to us. He has every right to do this.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 8

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 8Prayer and Decision MakingNAU  James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 7

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 7God’s Guidance and Extra-Biblical MeansLast week we learned that the Bible is all we need for living a life that pleases God. I hope you got the point that we need to be content with the scope of the Bible, we need to know the Bible, and we need to apply the Bible. Decision making flows from this rudimentary spirituality.I pounded hard on the doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture because it is desperately needed in o...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 6

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 6God’s Guidance and the BibleBelievers have always understood that God has promised to lead, guide, and teach His people. This knowledge is the source of great comfort for Christians everywhere and in sundry circumstances. A sampling of texts:NAU  Psalm 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.NAU  Psalm 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 5

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 5Problems with Decision Making Using the Traditional Method A Reminder: By the “traditional method” we mean that a detailed individual will of God exists for every believer that is distinguishable from God’s decreed will and His desired will. He reveals this will to the believer primarily by means of inward impressions and outward signs. The believers task is to discover this will and then to make decisions accordin...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 4

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 4The Individual Will of God Basic Definition of the Individual Will of God (Traditional View): God’s detailed plan for each individual person that He reveals to the believer by means of inward impressions and outward signs. Other names for this will are: Personal, Specific, Perfect, Undeclared, Detailed, DirectionDeYoung describes what he calls “God’s will of direction” under the heading “Does God Have a Specif...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 3

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 3The Desired Will of God Basic Definition of the Desired Will of God: God’s commands and statements in the Bible that express His wishes and attitude regarding His creatures and creation. Other names for this will are: Moral, Revealed, Declared, Ideal, PreceptiveDeYoung describes what he calls “God’s will of desire” as “God Points Out the Way” (p 19-21). He notes several things about what we are calling the Desired ...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 2

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 2The Decreed Will of God Basic Definition of the Decreed Will of God: God’s plan that determines and includes everything in the universe (all events, circumstances, and creatures). Other names for this will are: Determined, Ordained, Sovereign, Secret.DeYoung describes what he calls “God’s will of decree” as “God Always Gets His Way” (p 17-19). He notes several things about what we are calling the Decreed Will of Go...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 1

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 1IntroductionThis course deals primarily with two large questions:First, how does a believer make decisions in a manner than pleases God?Second, what is the concept of the will of God and how does it relate to decision making?Of course there are related sub-issues such as how does God guide us and does He have a detailed plan for every individual believer that we must discover.Perhaps more importantly we need to fo...  Read More...

  • Session 14 - Toolkit for Lasting Change Master

    Tools for Lasting Change Master ListRomans 6-7Note 1: During class discussion of each tool the instructor should select a sample area/issue with which people typically struggle. He should then lead a discussion regarding how the  particular tool can be used to help resolve the issue. A few possible specific areas or issues might be:PornographyKindnessDisciplining childrenAngerTime use PrayerMisusing mediaWeightWorryLazinessStewardship of moneyTaking the Lord’s name in vainCo...  Read More...

  • Session 13 - A Real War Romans 7:21-25

    Lesson 13A Real WarRomans 7:21-25IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be.Illustration: A mother told her son not to go swimming. However, when he came into the house his mother noticed that his hair and bathing suit were wet.   Read More...

  • Session 12 - I Will but I Don't; I Won't but I Do Romans 7:13-20

    Lesson 12 I Will but I Don’t; I Won’t but I DoRomans 7:13-20IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be.Illustration: At the end of their first date, a young man takes the young lady back to her house and they are standing on the front...  Read More...

  • Session 11 - Who Struggles with Sin? Romans 7:14-25

    Lesson 11Who Struggles with Sin?Romans 7:14-25 OverviewIntroductionBy understanding the sinfulness of sin as put forth in 7:13, we have set the table for the fourth question raised in these of two chapters. What then, should we give up the pursuit of spiritual maturity in light of our constant struggle with sin? 7:13-25. He answers “no; absolutely not.No matter how dominant sin is; no matter how deadly it’s effects; no matter how bleak and discouraging; we must never give up.   Read More...

  • Session 10 - The Sinfulness of Sin Romans 7:13

    Lesson 10  The Sinfulness of Sin Romans 7:13IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be.We have organized our thoughts around four questions:A. What then, should we sin habitually so that God’s glorious grace is lavishly displayed?   Read More...

  • Session 9 - Sin and the Law Romans 7:7-12

    Lesson 9Sin and the LawRomans 7:7-12IntroductionLet’s remember that the larger subject still is sanctification or living a godly life. Our reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be.   Read More...

  • Session 8 - The Christian and the Law Romans 7:1-6

    Lesson 8The Christian and the LawRomans 7:1-6IntroductionIllustration: Thelma and Victor Hayes struck it rich. In August of 2005, the Canadian couple won more than $7 million in the lottery.There are a few additional facts that make the story interesting.At the time they won, the Hayes' had been married 63 years, and both of them were 89-years-old.During a televised interview, Thelma and Victor were asked the typical question, "What are you going to do with the money?" The cou...  Read More...

  • Session 7 - Slavery and Freedom Romans 6:20-23

    Lesson 7Slavery and FreedomRomans 6:20-23IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be..Vs 19 commanded us to present ourselves “…as slaves to righteousness…” that is, slaves to ethical conduct or obedience.  Do it now ...  Read More...

  • Session 6 - Does Free Grace Mean Freedom to Sin? Romans 6:15-19

    Lesson 6Does Free Grace Mean Freedom to Sin?Romans 6:15-19IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be. We have organized these two chapters around the four questions found in 6:1; 6:15; 7:7; 7:13.The first question was,  Should we sin habitua...  Read More...

  • Session 5 - Serving God Romans 6:12-14

    Lesson 5Serving GodRomans 6:12-14IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be. Before we look at the imperatives in v 12-14 let’s think about the significance of the “in Christ” concept that concludes v 11. The phrase appears 141x...  Read More...

  • Session 4 - Alive with Christ Romans 6:8-11

    Lesson 4 Alive with Christ Romans 6:8-11IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live our lives here on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be.Illustration: Two old fellows were walking along the shoreline of a lake when a frog came hopping up to them.Creaking with age, one of the old-timers slo...  Read More...

  • Session 3 - United with Christ Romans 6:5-7

    Lesson 3United with ChristRomans 6:5-7 IntroductionThe overarching issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be. llustration regarding change: When Ole quit farming and moved, he discovered he was the only Lutheran in his new town of all Catholics. That was okay, but the neighbors had a problem with his barbecuing beef every Friday. They were not allowed to eat red meat on Fridays, but the tempting aroma was getting the best of th...  Read More...

  • Session 2 - Being Dead to Sin Romans 6:2-4

    Lesson 2 Being Dead to SinRomans 6:2-4IntroductionOur reminder: the primary focus of Romans 6/7 is -  how can we live on earth in a manner that approximates our righteous standing before God in heaven? So the real issue in these chapters is Change or how to move from where we are to where we ought to be. Dying to sin… Could this be a scene in a study group? This lady’s contribution to the group certainly misses Paul’s teaching!   Read More...

  • Session 1 - Justification to Sanctification Romans 6:1

    Lesson 1 From Justification to Sanctification Romans 6:1Introductory MattersAsk if any class member speaks or reads French. Give written statement with instruction to read when asked. Today we embark on a study of Romans 6 + 7.  In order to adequately grasp the teaching of these chapters we must first understand their place in the larger argument of the book.   Read More...

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