The Foundation of All Bible Doctrine

Introduction: What will happen to a large building which doesn’t have a good foundation? Is the foundation the most beautiful or memorable part of the building? What is the foundation of all Bible doctrines? If the Word of God was written by men, no matter how good they were, how good is our Christian foundation? Who wrote the “Book of Mormon” and the “Pearl of Great Price?” Who wrote the Torah and the Talmud? Who wrote Gill’s Commentary? Matthew Henry’s Commentary? If Jehovah is not the Author of the Word of God, what should we do? The Circumstances culminating in what we call God’s Word. Approximately how long did God take to write His word? Approximately how many different men were used by God to write His word? Were any priests used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any prophets used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any kings used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any statesmen used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any uneducated men used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any highly educated men used to write God’s Word? If so who? Can you name any tradesmen who used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any sinners used to write God’s Word? If so who? Were any infamous sinners used to write God’s Word? If so who? Was any of the Word of God written outside of Israel? Was any of the Word of God written in Persia or Babylon? What was written there? Was any of the Word of God written...

The Doctrine of God – Isaiah 45:22

His Existence: When you write a letter or an email, do you try to prove that you are the author? Do people with Facebook accounts have to constantly prove who they are? How do people know that Facebook posts and email letters are from the people they claim to be? Is it possible for imposters to post things to a Facebook account? Does the Bible go out of its way to prove the existence of God? Why? What sort of person denies the existence of God, or the working of God (Psalm 14:1)? Almost every important Biblical doctrine is introduced to the student in what book of the Bible? What is the meaning of the name of that book? What is that book’s very first statement? If the Bible doesn’t try to prove the existence of God, should we be forced to do it? Since the Bible assumes the existence of God, perhaps the responsibility for proof lays on the atheist. Is there evidence for the existence of God? How universal are the evidences for the existence of God? What percentage of humanity believes in the existence of God (25%, 50%, 65%, 95%)? Does this prove the existence of God? What does this suggest? Is belief in God’s existence confined to any one segment of people (ignorant, educated, rich, poor, etc.)? If there are tribes of people who do not believe in God, does this prove that there is no God? If there are tribes of people who do not use multiplication and division does that prove that mathematics is not a science? If a child refuses to eat...

The Trinity – Matthew 28:19

Introduction: In our memory verse, we see God described as three distinct persons. There are other verses which show this distinction as well. And there are many scriptures which show each person of the Trinity with one or more of the characteristics of deity. What is another term often used as a synonym for the Trinity? (God-head, Triunity, Deitific triopoly) When talking about God, what is a common synonym for “characteristic”? (similarity, peculiarity, attribute) God – or God the Father. God’s power and might. Which scripture does not declare the might and power of God (Isa. 40:12-31; Job 42:2; Matthew 19:26). Of what kind of power does Romans 13:1 – strength or authority? Of what kind of power does Psalm 62:11 – strength or authority? Which scripture declares that by God’s power men have power? (Rom. 1:4; I Chron. 29:12; John 17:2) How many times does the Bible describe God as “almighty” (28, 48, 108? What theological word is a synonym for “almighty”? (Omniscient, powerful, omnipotent) God’s knowledge. In which Psalm does David speak of God’s great knowledge of things? (Ps. 137, Ps. 138; Ps. 139) Compared to the thinking of God, the thinking of man is (limited, vain, weak) – I Cor. 3:20. If God sees all our ways, according to Jere. 16:17 what else does God see? (Thoughts, hopes, iniquities) “Neither is there any which is not in his sight, but all things are and unto the eyes of Him whim we have to do.” According to Jere. 23:24 what is the reason for God’s infinite knowledge? (Smart, omnipresence, vision) What theological word is a synonym for...

The Attributes of God – Job 42:2

Introduction: How would you define the word “attribute”? What is the difference between God’s attributes and God’s essence or nature? (Nothing, expression, deity.) Many theologians say that God has ten attributes, but some of these seem to overlap; name seven of them. (Omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, eternality; holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, mercy, loving kindness and love.) Some theologians divide God’s attributes into two varieties – moral and natural. What would you guess is the difference between these two varieties? (Nothing, expression, deity.) God’s Natural Attributes. God is “________________________ in knowledge” (Job 37:16, Ex 4:11; or Job 42:2). God’s “_____________________ is infinite” (Daniel 4:35, Psa. 1:1; Psa. 147:5). “How __________unsearchable _______ are (God’s) judgments, and his ways past _________________” (Romans 11:33.) “God knoweth __________________ things” (I John 3:20). Of how much and how many of our deeds is God unaware? “The ____________ of the Lord are in every place….” (Prov. 15:3). Will God be bound to the testimony of witnesses when He judges all the people of His creation? How many stars did God create? Does God know how many? (Ps. 147:4.) Does the Lord know how many sparrows froze to death last week, or how many were caught by hawks? On what do you base your answer? If the Lord is aware of details like hairs and hares, what is the likelihood that He is unaware of the really important things in our lives? What verse speaks of God’s knowledge of our downsitting (Psalm 1:4; Psalm 14:1; Psalm 139:2-3)? What verse reminds us that God knows every word that we have ever uttered (Psalm 1:8; Psalm 141:1; Psalm 139:4)? In Isaiah...

The Humanity of Christ – John 1:14

Introduction: Would you say that there is a difference between the “Doctrine of Christ” and the “Doctrine of Jesus?” How many “Jesus’es” have there been throughout the centuries? How many “Christ’s” have there been? What is the difference between the two? What is the unity between the two? What theological word is used to describe the first coming of the Son of God to earth? (Parousia, incarnation, birth) The family of Jesus Christ. What makes something a human being? (Being a person; the ability to think; being part the species “homo sapien;” having the characteristics of other humans)? Was Jesus of Nazareth a human being? Based upon what would you say that Jesus was a human being? Did Jesus have ordinary human flesh? (Quote a verse.) John 1:14 – “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” Did Jesus have an ordinary, natural human mother? (Quote a verse.) Matthew 2:11 – “The young child was with Mary his mother.” Did Jesus have ordinary, natural brothers? (Quote a verse.) Matthew 12:47 – “Behold, they mother and they brethren.” Were there other members of Jesus family like sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or cousins? Jesus had sisters, and at least one aunt. Mary, “behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age” and he will become John the Baptist. Does having a human mother, and having human flesh make something a human being? What about the necessity of a human soul? From where does a human soul come? The birth of Jesus. Did Jesus have a human father? Which does the Bible not say? Jesus...

The Deity of Christ – John 1:1-4

Give me three synonyms for “deity” Is there a difference between saying that Jesus is divine and declaring that Jesus is deity? In the days when Jesus of Nazareth ministered on earth, was He recognized as deity? What percentage of the Jewish population considered Jesus to be divine? What percentage of modern Americans would say that Jesus is divine? How many of those people understand the deity of Christ? Does the Bible teach the divinity of Christ Jesus? Do you accept the divinity of Christ Jesus? Are you prepared to declare or to teach that Jesus is divine? Divine names are given of Jesus Christ. Does the Bible ever directly say “Jesus Christ is God?” John 1:1 says that “the Word was God.” What verse in this chapter proves or indicates that “the Word” is Christ? (Verse 29; 32, 10, 7; 14; 34) What verse says “Thy throne, O God, is for ever” and how does that prove Christ’s deity? What was the Apostle Thomas’ testimony of Christ’s deity? (“You are the one,” “Christ is God,” “My Lord and my God,” “the Messiah is divine” or “God has said that you are God.”) Where is that verse in the Bible? In the context of that verse, or anywhere else, did Jesus correct Thomas in regard to this statement? Paul made a statement declaring Christ’s deity which is debated by some; what did he say? (“You are the one,” “Christ is God,” “God blessed for ever,” “the Messiah is divine” or “God has said that you are God.”) Why is I John 5:20 not found in a lot of modern...

The Work of Christ – Romans 5:6

Introduction: A lot of books on Systematic Theology begin to speak of the work of Christ at His crucifixion. Why is this correct, but then the other hand how is this misleading? Christ – Son of God Do you suppose that the Son of God “worked” during eternity past? When did the work of the Son of God begin? Creation Did He rest until the time of His crucifixion? If not, what was He doing? Sustaining all things How involved was the Son of God in the lives of Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Examples? How involves was the Son of God in the government of Israel? What does the title “Christ” mean? (Messiah, Saviour, God, Anointed one) What was the appointed work of Jesus Christ? (Healing, saving, sacrificing, teaching) In what sense is the death of Christ His work? Anointed for this task The importance of the death of Christ. Wherein is the uniqueness of Bible Christianity? (Christ, God, atonement, morality, eschatology, ecclesiology) If we eliminated the doctrine of the death of Christ from Christianity what would we have? How many moral teachers have we had in human history? Was Jesus a teacher of morality and ethics? Yes Did Jesus Christ establish a “kingdom?” How so? (His teaching, His birth, His disciples, His death) What was the purpose of the incarnation? (Christmas, Easter, atonement, teacher, church leader) “He was manifested to ————- ———- our———————-” “Christ ———– ————- ————— ————– to give His ——————- a ransom for many.” Why is the virgin birth of Christ is important? (Christmas, Easter, sinlessness, Mary, union with us.) What is the meaning of...

The Resurrection of Christ – I Corinthians 15:3-4

The Importance of the Resurrection of Christ. Which world religion which bases its claim to acceptance on the resurrection of its founder? (Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism) How strong, or important, is the relationship between the death of Christ and His resurrection? (Secondary, tertiary, quaternary, inconsequential) If Christ be risen then our preaching and your faith is what? (Sane, jain, wane, vane, urbane) If Christ be not raised we are yet in what? (Idaho, pain, poverty, ignorance, sin) If Christ be not risen then they which are fallen asleep in Christ are what? (Dreaming, perished, vanquished, sluggish, hungry) The resurrection of Christ is (an appendage to, a constitutive part of, an after thought to, an essential part of) the gospel message. How quickly after the resurrection of Christ, was that resurrection being preached by the apostles? Which is the first verse after the resurrection, where the resurrection was preached? (Acts 10:41-42; Acts 17:2-3; Acts 4:33; Acts 3:14-15; Acts 2:23-24) Which of the following verses does NOT prove that the apostles preached the resurrection of Christ? (Acts 10:41-42; Acts 17:2-3; Acts 4:33; Acts 3:14-15; Acts 2:23-24) In what way could we say that Christ’s honor depended upon His resurrection? (All His miracles would have been void, those He resurrected would have instantly died; He promised His own resurrection; the Father would have been disappointed) Which of the following does not promise Christ’s resurrection? (Matt. 12:39,40; John 2:20; 22: Matt. 28:9-20) How long did Jesus spend on earth between His resurrection and His ascension? ( a week, a month, 13 days, 40 days). Why did Christ spend that much time on earth...

The Ascension and Exaltation of Jesus Christ – Acts 1:9-11

Introduction: What do we mean by Jesus’ ascension? (His incarnation, His resurrection, His transfiguration, His glorification) To “ascend” means to do what? (To glorify, to magnify, to climb, to reside) Which of these scriptures DO NOT refer to Christ’s ascension? (Matt. 17:1-3; Matt. 28:6; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:9-11) By what means did Christ ascend? (The Holy Spirit, God the Father, by His own power, angels) What do we mean by Jesus’ exaltation? (His incarnation, His resurrection, His transfiguration, His glorification) What is the place of Christ’s ultimate exaltation? (Jerusalem, Galilee, Glory, Heaven) Who was primarily responsible for Christ’s exaltation? (The Holy Spirit, God the Father, Himself, angels) Which of these verses describe Christ’s exaltation? (Phil. 2:9; Eph. 1:20-21; Heb. 1:9; I Pet. 3:22) Did Jesus anticipate His exaltation? Yes Who are the two subjects of Psalm 110:1? (David and Christ, God and David, Satan and Christ; God the Father and God the Son) How do we know that? (Matt 22:42-46; Mark 12:35-37; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 2:34) Does Psalm 2:6-9 refer to the exaltation of Christ? Yes Could Psalm 68:18 possibly refer to the exaltation of Christ? Yes Did the Lord Jesus anticipate His final exaltation? Yes Did Christ ever speak of this in prayer? Where? (Matt 11:25; Luke 3:21; John 11:41; John 17:1; 50) Did Christ ever speak of His ascension or exaltation to His disciples? Does John 6:62 suggest that the disciples were excitedly anticipating Jesus’ ascension? No What was on Jesus’ mind when “he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem?” (His crucifixion, the last supper; His ascension; His mother) Where was Stephen when he had...

The Person of the Holy Spirit – John 16:7-11

Introduction: Should Christians have more than a passing interest in the Holy Spirit? Absolutely When Paul says in I Cor. 12:1 – “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant,” what is the Greek word for “gifts?” (“doron” – gift; “charisma” – gift; “dorema” – gift; nothing) Could I Cor. 12:1 be interpreted, “Now concerning the things of the Spirit, brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant?” Yes, it could Does the Holy Spirit go out of His way to magnify Himself in God’s Word? No Does God want us to be unaware or ignorant of the ministry of the Spirit? No What is the likelihood that ignorance plays a roll in people’s sin against the Spirit? Very likely\ The personality of the Holy Spirit. What is the definition of “personality?” That which makes someone a person – a living being How easy is it to believe in the personality of the Son of God? (Very easy, slightly easy, somewhat difficult, impossible) How easy is it to believe in the personality of God the Father? (Very easy, easy, somewhat difficult, impossible) How easy is it to believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit? (Very easy, easy, somewhat difficult, impossible) How many people believe that the Holy Spirit is merely the power of God? (Everyone, many, few, none) Do the descriptions of the Spirit as “breath,” “wind” and “power” help people to think of Him as a person? Which of the following are symbols or names of the Son of God? (Lamb, Prince, King of Kings, Servant) Which of the following are symbols of...

The Work of the Holy Spirit – Job 33:4

Introduction: What is the relationship between God the Father and the Holy Spirit? (Friends, relatives, co-equals, inseparable) Does the fact that certain deeds are first ascribed to one Person of the God-head and then to one of the others prove the inconsistency or inaccuracy of the Word of God? What does that prove? (The Father, the Son and the Spirit are one Person; that the Father and the Spirit are one in essence; that the God-head acts in unity; that the Spirit is the power of God displayed) If the Holy Spirit does the same things as God the Father it proves that (the Holy Spirit is divine; the Holy Spirit is deity; the Holy Spirit is God; the Holy Spirit is obedient to the Father) In which of these areas does the Holy Spirit never work (the universe, salvation, the wicked, the believer) The work of the Holy Spirit in the universe. How might Psalm 33:6 be interpreted to say that the Holy Spirit created the Heavens? (God commanded the Holy Spirit to create; the word of the Lord is the Holy Spirit; God spoke the world into existence; the breath of God is the Holy Spirit) Gen. 1:2 has the same Hebrew word. What does Job 33:4 say is the Holy Spirit’s relationship to Job? (Teacher, Judge, Creator; Executioner.) Who did not participate in creation? (Lucifer, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) Lucifer witnessed and rejoiced in at least a part of the creation. How might Isaiah 40:7 be interpreted to say that the Holy Spirit is active in the maintenance of God’s...

The Doctrine of Man – Romans 3:10-26

Man’s Creation: If given enough time (a billion years; a trillion years; a hundred trillion years) could man have evolved from an amoeba or a bit of protein? (No; yes; maybe; in some people’s dreams) Has modern science, with all of its learning and technology, been able to create life from non-living things? (No; yes; maybe; in their dreams) Has modern science been able to change some simple living thing, like an amoeba, into something more complex, like a dog, horse or human being? (No; yes, maybe, not yet but some are trying) Do the differences between various human beings, such as size, strength or intellectual ability prove the existence of evolution? What do those differences prove? (There are differences; God has a sense of humor; not much at all). How did human beings come into existence? (Divine creation; divine intelligence and design, alien interference; evolution) What came first (The Creation of man; the plan to create man; the creation of woman; sin) – Gen. 1:26? To whom was God speaking in Genesis 1:26? (Angels, men, Satan, Himself) Is there a difference between “image” and “likeness?” (No; yes, maybe, in your dreams) “Image” refers to what? (Duplicate, outline, shadow, reverse and backwards) “Likeness” refers to what? (Resemblance, similitude, difference, duplication) How important is it that God made man in His image and likeness (Eph. 4:21-24; Col. 3:10; James 3:9; I Cor. 11:7)? (Somewhat important, not important, important, extremely important) God is ________________; and they that ________________ him must ______________him in __________ and in _________________. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and...

Faith and Repentance – Luke 13:1-5

Repentance. What was the foremost subject in the preaching of John the Baptist? (Rome, Jesus, the Kingdom, himself) What was the foremost exhortation in John’s preaching? (Joyfulness, glory, rebellion, repentance). What was the foremost subject in the early preaching of Christ? (Rome, John, the Kingdom, Himself) What was the foremost exhortation in Jesus’ earliest preaching? (Joyfulness, glory, rebellion, repentance) When Christ sent His disciples out in their early ministry, what was their primary exhortation? (Joy, faith, repentance, godliness) After Christ’s death and resurrection what did He command His disciples to preach? (Joy, faith, repentance, godliness) What was Peter’s exhortation on the Day of Pentecost? (Believe, trust, join up, repent) What two exhortations summarized Paul’s ministry? (Look up and get ready; clean up and get ready; repent and trust; join up and start tithing) What is it that God has “commanded all men everywhere” to do? (Pray, believe, sacrifice, repent) What will happen to those who refuse to obey these exhortations? (Peace, joy, judgment, death) How prominent was the preaching of repentance in the days of the New Testament? (Prominent, very prominent, not prominent, absent) Has the need for repentance diminished since the days of Christ? In your estimation how prominent is repentance in general Christianity? (Prominent, very prominent, not prominent enough, absent). In your estimation is repentance as prominent in our church as it ought to be? If repentance, by definition, involves a change, using the prodigal son as an illustration, repentance involves (a change of condition, a change of mind, a change of heart, a financial change) When Peter preached repentance on the Day of Pentecost, he exhorted...

The Doctrine of Regeneration – Titus 3:5-8

Introduction: How often is the word “regeneration” used in our Bibles? (2, 22, 122, 222 – times)? 2 How often is regeneration taught in the Word of God? (Seldom, once in a while, often, never) Often “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the ______________________ when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Regeneration – Matthew 19:28) Of what is Christ speaking in this verse? (Salvation, the parade, Millennium, Heaven) Millennium Why does the Lord use this word in this context? (Confusion, new life, cover-up, salvation) New life. In English what ideas are not involved in the definition of “regeneration”? (Do over; kill; generate again, give birth again) Kill What Bible term is the doctrinal equivalent of regeneration? (Forgiveness, justification, sanctification, the new birth) New birth How is that we become human beings? (Parents, storks, adoption, birth) Parents, birth How is it that someone becomes a member of the family of God? (Angels, birth, God, dying to self) birth The nature of regeneration. Which of these facts must be kept in mind when thinking about regeneration? (Man was created by God; man is essentially good; he is as morally strong as he wills himself to be; he is spiritually dead.) spiritually dead. Why are people today in this condition? (Stupidity; Adam’s sin; drugs; bad government) Adam’s sin. Is the above truth mysteriously hidden in the Word of God? Into what sort of trouble do people get when they don’t understand this...

Spiritual Adoption – Galatians 4:1-6

Introduction: Which is an accurate synonym for “regeneration?” (Forgiveness, salvation, the new birth, justification)? Birth To which of the following does regeneration most closely relate? (forgiveness, life, peace, eternity) Life Primarily, why do living people need re-generation? (God’s wrath, stupidity, weakness, death) Death Explain. “Regeneration” is related to “salvation” as a (Synonym, antonym, antigen, constituen) Constituent List as many segments of salvation as you can recall. Forgiveness, regeneration, adoption, atonement, justification, sanctification, glorification Adoption. In the natural world, some of the ways in which a child may enter a family include (birth, osmosis, surgery, adoption). All but osmosis. In life, has there ever been the adoption of a child which was not preceded by a some sort of birth? Has there ever been a conception and birth which was not deliberately planned by the parents? Would you say that most births are planned and welcomed by the parents? Has there ever been an adoption which was not deliberately planned by the adoptive parents? Have you ever heard of a child who forced a couple to adopt him? Which is more valuable to a family {not which is more loved} (a new born son, a new born daughter, a rebellious teenage, a mature, strong, healthy child and heir)? Heir Is adoption an aspect of God’s salvation? Has anyone ever been adopted into the family of God who was not also born of God? Which came first – adoption or birth? Has anyone forced God to adopt him? From what you know, is “forgiveness” the same thing as “justification”? Is “sanctification” the same thing as “atonement?” Is “regeneration” the same thing...