The Doctrine of Justification – Romans 3:10-26

Introduction: In the printing industry to “justify” means to (explain; adjust spacing; center text; embezzle company profits). Adjust spacing; center text When people “justify” themselves, they are trying to (win a law suit; explain themselves; prove themselves to be right; given themselves validity). Prove themselves to be right; given themselves validity In another way, when people “justify” themselves they are trying to (free themselves from blame; limit themselves; absolve themselves; get away with murder). Free themselves from blame; absolve themselves Can these uses of “justify” be found in God’s Word? (Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know) Yes. What is the meaning of Job 9:20 – “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse”? (Absolve myself; prove myself to be righteous; center my text; adjust the spacing my life). Absolve myself; prove myself to be righteous What is the meaning of Isa. 5:23 – woe unto them….. “which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”? (Center them; give them validity; absolve them; adjust their spacing). Give them validity; absolve them. Would you say that attempts to justify ourselves are (non-existent; common;, rare; foolish) among men? Common and foolish Why should human justification be considered to be foolish? (Earthly impossibility; human incapability; divine omniscience; lack of profitability) Omniscience Soteriological justification. What is “Soteriology”? (Hopefulness; searchfulness; so-so-ness; the doctrine of salvation) Salvation Which of the following is not an effect of sin? (Spiritual death; physical death; separation from God; the loss of fellowship with the Creator) All How could the...

The Doctrine of Sanctification – I Corinthians 1:24-31

Introduction: Is I Corinthians 1:24-31 talking about the saving (ie. redeeming, justification) of people? Instead of the “saved” what word does Paul use? (Justified; redeemed; calling; glorifying) Calling Relatively speaking, how many of the savants of humanity does the Lord save? (None, few, many, all) Why is this so? (Savants are so rare; they are so smart; they are unsaveable; to confound) Confound Why has God chosen to save few of the world’s elite? (To glorify them; to glorify Himself; to defeat Satan; to justify Christ’s sacrifice) His glory Through whom has this salvation been accomplished? (The wise; the mighty and noble; the weak things; Christ Jesus) Which of the following is Christ is to the saved person? (Our redemption; our wisdom; our righteousness; our sanctification) All If Christ is wisdom for the unwise, and righteousness to the wicked, and redemption for those who are slaves to sin, how is He sanctification? Through Him (we are forgiven; we are washed; we are set aside; we are made eternal) Set aside “Saints” are (beatified church-men; people set-aside by God; dead Christians; angels). Set aside by God. Approximately how many times does the Bible use the words “saint” or “saints?” (10, 50, 100, 150) 100 What percentage of those scriptures come from the Old Testament? (10%; 25%; 33%; 50%; 75%) 33% Which of the following did not occur at Jesus’ death? (Earthquake; hail-storm; veil torn; many saints arose) The Bible specifically speaks of saints living in (Jerusalem; Rome; Achaia; Lydda; Corinth) All (not dead) According to Eph. 1:18 God’s saints may look forward to (eternity; glory; painlessness; inheritance) Inher According to...

The Doctrine of Soteriology (Summary) – Romans 5:6-11

Introduction: Soteriology is the study of (Saturn; Satan; soterion; salvation). Soterion (Greek) for salvation. Hamartiology is the theological term for the (the doctrine of harm; the Monroe doctrine; the doctrine of sin; the doctrine of art) Doctrine of sin. The Greek word for “sin” is (sin; iniquitius, stupiditius, hamartia). Hamartia. Why should any study of soteriology begin with hamartiology? (The righteous don’t need salvation; salvation deals with sin; an improper estimation of the human condition distorts the need of salvation; God commands such a study). salvation deals with sin; an improper estimation distorts the need of salvation. Which is not an aspect of salvation? (Forgiveness; redemption; satisfaction; reconciliation; pardon; election; justification; conversion; regeneration; adoption) All Regeneration deals specifically with (forgiveness, deliverance, covering sin, the new birth) Birth Justification deals with (forgiveness; the declaration of God; covering; imputation) Declaration & imputa Adoption deals with (God’s family, inheritance; stray pets; full acceptance). Family, inheritance, acceptance Sanctification deals with (separation; holiness; Christ-likeness; isolation) Separatn, holiness, likeness. Are there other terms which have a bearing on soteriology? (Yes, no, maybe, I sure hope so) Redemption. By common definition, to redeem something is to (save it; buy it back; crush it; transpose it) Buy it. The sinner is “owned,” so to speak, by (Satan; God; the IRS; the law). Law Wicked Israel “caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the __________, and used divination and _______________, and ____________themselves to do _____________ in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” II Kings 17:17 Rom. 7:14 says that Paul was (as well as the rest of us) carnal and sold (for...

The Biblical Doctrine of Election – Ephesians 1:3-6

Introduction: “For by _________________ are ye _________________ through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the ___________________ of God: not of __________________, lest any man should _________________.” “Grace” in Eph. 2:8 refers to (that cute girl you knew back in the 11th grade; prayer before meals; salvation; the unmerited favor of God). Favor. In order to receive a gift, someone must first (give a gift; be worthy of the gift; at least be friendly toward the giver; scale Mount Everest). None of these Eph 2:1 is related to Eph. 2:8 (as the cause of grace; as the result of grace; as the reason and need for grace; as the glory of grace) Reason, need and in some ways as the glory of grace. According to Eph. 1:3-6 God determined to adopt people into His family (as each was saved; when they repented; when they put their faith in Christ; before the foundation of the world). Eternity past The word “predestined” (Gr. “proorizo” – pro-or-id’-zo) means (preordain, predetermine, decide ahead of time; to decree). All. The word “proorizo” is found six times in the Bible and is translated (predestinate; determine before; ordain; write in a date planner). All but date planner. The people predestinated to be adopted were (dead in trespasses and sins; religious people; gracious people; chosen by God in Christ Jesus). Dead in sin and chosen by God. How closely related are Eph. 1:4 and I Pet. 1:2? (Remotely, closely, very closely, not at all) Very closely What words might be freely exchanged between those verses? (Foundation & foreknowledge; according & according; sanctification & holy; chosen &...

The Doctrine of Angels – Hebrews 13:2

Introduction: Are there different levels of life between plankton and the maple tree? Are there different levels of life between an amoeba and a man? Can you name them all? Could there be different levels of life between man and God? What was the pinnacle of God’s original creation (Man, humming birds, blue whales, angels)? Angels What scripture proves your answer (Gen. 1:31; Gen. 1:26; Ps. 8:5; Rom. 3:23)? Psalm 8:5 Why would anyone refuse to believe in angels (ignorance, pride, rebellion, wisdom)? All but wisdom The English word “angel” comes to us from which original language (Latin; Swahili; Anglo-Saxon; Greek) “Aggelos” literally refers to (angles; angels, messengers, servants) Messengers Because “angel” is not a Hebrew, we shouldn’t expect to find it in the Old Testament, right? Of the 284 times that “angel” or “angels” is found in the Bible how often is it found in the Old Testament (57; 107; 207; 277)? 107 The Hebrew word translated “angel” literally means (angles; angels, messengers, servants) Messengers The existence of angels. How often can the words of Jesus Christ be trusted as true (sometimes, only when speaking about spiritual or moral things, always,, never)? Always In Matt. 18, Jesus referred to the angels (of God; of children; of the saints; of Satan)? Children 18:10 That suggests the thought that (they serve God; they are assigned to specific people; they cannot sin; they keep the wheels of the world spinning). Guardian angels??? In Matt. 13 Christ shall send angels to (destroy the earth; teach all nations; gather the saints; gather the wicked)? Gather all that offend and commit iniquity. 13:41 Of...

The Doctrine of Eternal Security – John 10:22-31

Introduction: God makes two kinds of promises; they are (male & female; good & bad; conditional & unconditional; black & white). Conditional & unconditional Of the things Christ tells us in John 10:27-28, what kind of promise does it contain (male, female, conditional; unconditional)? Unconditional. We know this to be true because (the word “if;” the earlier “verily;” Jesus’ hesitation; no qualifications). This scripture teaches us that (we determine if they come to pass; God guarantees them; Satan can destroy them; they will be cancelled after a thousand years). God guarantees them. In John 10:27-29, Christ’s sheep represent (a source of revenue; supper; His people; potential sacrifices) How did those sheep attain this position, they (made the choice; heard the voice of Christ; wandered into the Lord’s field; were chosen)? They were chosen by God and they heard the voice of Christ. Christ has given to His sheep (lice; eternal life; health; luck). Eternal life. What verse earlier in John 10 tells us how Christ gave this gift to His sheep (verse 3, 9, 11, 16)? Verse 11 How many people born two hundred years ago, are alive and well upon earth today (3, 9. 11, 00) Zero So “eternal life” speaks of something (beyond this world; impossible; imaginary; spiritual). Spiritual. Christ Jesus died for His sheep (v.11), and so today He is (asleep; buried; entombed, alive). Alive. As it is true of Christ, His sheep have been given (hope; grace; a proper burial; eternal life) Eternal life. Salvation is eternal. The word “eternal” means (everlasting; the opposite of internal; without fail; never ending). All but internal. The wise...

The Doctrine of the Devil – Matthew 4:1-10

Introduction: In the context of World War Two, the “enigma” was a (disease; code; battleship; challenge) Enigma code Was that enigma (an accident; a coincident; deliberate; a mistake? Deliberate That enigma was a great focal point, because (a cure was important; we’ve got to sink the enigma; pride; understanding the enemy is important) Knowledge is power The idea that a devil exists in the world is often (ridiculed; ignored; denied; disbelieved). All of these Among the reasons for this are (ignorance; deception; confusion; revelation). All but revelation. The one most benefitted by this denial is (our children; the Devil; God; Hollywood). The Devil The greatest source for the confusion about Satan is (television, the movies, Jehovah, Satan). Satan Does Satan exist? To science the Devil is (an open question; a demonstrable fact; a mystery; a challenge). An non-entity. The greatest source of information about Satan is (television, the movies, John MIlton, the Bible) Bible. In speaking about Satan, the Bible is (confusing; mystic; clear and concise; antiquated). Clear & c. The Bible spells Satan’s title (“evil;” “devil;” “drivel;” “snivel”). Devil If someone calls Satan “evil” that person casts doubt upon his (personality; existence; power; goodness) Which is more clear (that God exists; that Satan exists; how Satan became the Devil; that the Bible is true)? Which is more likely – that (God sins; God can sin; God created the Devil; God created sin)? None. Among the Devil’s names there are (Satan, the dragon, the old serpent; Lucifer). All of these. According to Isaiah 14:12-14 Lucifer (was the son of the morning; was the creator of demons; was a mighty...

Doctrine of the Church (Definition) – Matthew 16:17-19

Introduction: The first place where “church” is found in the Bible is (at John’s baptism; at Jesus’ baptism; in the Sermon on the Mount; Matthew 16:18). 16:18 – I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The English word “church” comes from the Greek word “kuriakon” which means (assembly; the Lord’s house; curiosity; kirk). Late Greek k riakon, the Lord’s (house), of the lord, from k rios, lord. The English “church” comes from (kurios; churchios; ecclesia; surprise me) in the Greek New Testament. That Greek word is a compound meaning (called out from; baptized in; joined up; tithed out). Called out Who was the first person to use that word (Christ; Jehovah; Alexander the Great; we don’t know)? Unknwn Who was the first person to use that word in the Bible (Christ; Moses; Alexander the Great; we don’t know)? Christ Jesus. The disciples (didn’t understand its meaning; did understand; despised it because it was foreign word; rejoiced)? Understood its basic meaning. To the disciples, an “ecclesia” could have been (a rabble mob; any called out assembly; a legislative government body; the disciples themselves)? Any assembly, and particularly themselves. When Jesus spoke of “His church,” He implied (that there could be others; there were others; His was special; His would be victorious)? All of these Today the word “ecclesia” is commonly (repeated; accepted; misunderstood; reverenced). Misunderstood. Today the word “church” is applied to (religious denominations; religious assemblies; social clubs; state legislatures). Religious organizations generally by those who don’t understand the word.. Scriptural churches today are made of (wood, hay and stubble; brick; people;...

The Doctrine of the Church (Origin) – Matthew 16:17-18

John the Baptist. What was the relationship between John the Baptist and Christ (Saviour/sinner; cousins; Master/servant; forerunner/King)? All John’s father and mother were (Jacob & Rachel; Abraham & Sarah; Zach & Lizzi; Zacharias & Elizabeth). John’s father was from the tribe of (Levi, Issachar; Judah; Dan). Levi John’s mother was apparently from the tribe of (Levi, Issachar; Judah; Dan). Judah John’s family was apparently living in the area of (Galilee; Samaria; Gaza; Judah) Judah Zachariah was a (prophet, priest, king, tailor). Priest Jesus’ mother and step-father were (Jacob & Rachel; Abraham & Sarah; Mary & Joseph; Zacharias & Elizabeth) Jesus’ mother and step-Father were from the tribe of (Levi, Issachar; Judah; Dan). Judah Apparently, for some time, Joseph’s family had been living in (Galilee; Samaria; Gaza; Judah). Galilee From where had Joseph’s family originally come (Galilee; Samaria; Gaza; Judah) Judah What city was that (Hebron; Jerusalem; Vancouver; Bethlehem)? Bethlehem John could have been a (king; priest; tinker; tailor), but God called him to be a (prophet; priest; king). John’s message was (“prepare for the King;” “prepare for the Kingdom;” “repent;” “give evidence of your repentance with baptism”). All Was John expecting to see the Messiah (yes, no)? Why was John called “the Baptist? (Christ; Matthew; Herod; the Holy Spirit) called John “the Baptist.” All When he began his ministry, did John know that Jesus was the Messiah (yes; no; probably: I don’t know)? What was the event which appears to have launched the ministry of Christ (His election; His ordination; His foreordination; His baptism)? Baptism. Who baptized Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit; Elijah; John; Peter)? John Why was Christ...

The Doctrine of the Church (Baptism) – Matthew 28:18-20

Introduction: The word “ordinance” in our Bible literally means (ammunition; baptism; communion; tradition). Tradition The Greek word translated “ordinance” refers to something (wet, passed down, holy, special). Passed Which verse clearly speaks of baptism as an ordinance (Lk. 1:6; I Cor. 11:2; Col. 2:14; Heb. 9:1)? None Which verse clearly speaks of the Lord’s supper as an ordinance (Lk. 1:6; I Cor. 11:2; Col. 2:14; Heb. 9:1)? In the New Testament “ordinance” is used (indiscriminately; positively; negatively; religiously). Last three The Corinthians were (praised; raised; razed; rebuked) for keeping the ordinances. Praised Zacharias and Elizabeth were apparently (praised; raised; razed; rebuked) for keeping the ordinances. Pra The Colossians were (praised; raised; razed; rebuked) for keeping ordinances. Rebuked. Keeping ordinances can be (a good thing; a bad thing; nothing but a habit; very helpful). All of these Christ (approved; blotted out; fulfilled; encouraged) the ordinances mentioned in Heb. 9:1, 10. Blotted & fulfld They included (baptism; communion; priestly rites and ceremonies; foot washing). Priestly rites. “Having _____ abolished________ in his ______flesh_______ the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ______ordinances_______; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.” “_______Blotting _______out the handwriting of _____ordinances______ that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it ______out______ of the way, _______nailing___________ it to his cross.” The Biblical word “ordinance” may be (bad, good, helpful, confusing). All. Since “baptism” is never called an ordinance in the Bible, we should (never; carefully; always; dogmatically) use it. Carefully. The ordinance of baptism. “Baptism” is a translation of the word (“baptizo,” John the Baptist; ordinance; none of these)....

The Doctrine of the Church (Communion) – I Corinthians 11:23-34

Introduction: The word “ordinance” in our Bible literally means (baptism, communion; ammunition; tradition). Tradition The Greek word translated “ordinance” refers to something (holy, special, passed down, eaten). Passed-– Which of the following are ordinances of our church (baptism; foot washing; communion; Lord’s supper)? Which verse clearly speaks of “communion” as an “ordinance” (Matt 26:26; Mk. 14:22; Lk. 22:19; I Cor. 10:16; I Cor. 11:23). None of these Which verse clearly speaks of “the Lord’s Supper” as an “ordinance” (Lk. 1:6; Rom. 13:2; 1Cor. 11:2; Col. 2:14; 1Pe 2:13)? None of these The difference between “communion” and the “Lord’s supper” is (spelling; ingredients; administrator; the time of day when it is observed)? They are interchangeable terms Is the Lord’s supper one of the traditions of our church? Which verse clearly speaks of “the Lord’s Supper” as a “sacrament” (Lk. 1:6; Rom. 13:2; 1Cor. 11:2; Col. 2:14; 1Pe 2:13)? None of these What is the root word underlying “sacrament” (sack (pillage); sac (pouch); sacred (holy); sacrifice)? Sacred What is the modern meaning of “sacrament” (baptism; communion; Lord’s supper; a means of grace)? Should baptism be considered holy? Should the Lord’s supper be considered sacred? Grace is (wonderful; a blessing of God; unmerited favor; a debt which God owes to you)? Not the last Are either baptism or communion some sort of way to obtain the grace of God? Is communion a sacrament? The ordinance of communion, also called the “Lord’s supper.” The Lord’s Passover is described in detail in (Ex. 12; Ex. 34; Lev.23; Num. 9) Exodus 12 and Numbers 9 After (200, 300, 400, 500) years in Egypt, the Lord...

The Doctrine of Judgment – Hebrews 9:27

Introduction: God (Jehovah) is (sovereign; omnipotent; all-knowing; holy). All of these Which attribute underlies all of God’s other attributes – His (grace; omnipotence; holiness; omniscience)? God (can; cannot; must) overlook those things in creation which are not holy. Cannot Man was created (by God; immutable; innocent; sinful). Innocent by God The first man (liked living in Eden; listened to Satan; chose to sin; fell). Chose to sin – fell God (smiled; rejoiced to know that He would be forced to save a few sinners; rejoiced to know that He could now display His grace; judged Adam) for his sin. Judged Adam Adam (rejoiced; died; was expelled; had a dozen kids) after he sinned against God. Died – was expelled God had been (obligated; moved by compassion; required by law; gracious) in warning Adam about what would happen if he sinned. Gracious God warned the man about eating the forbidden fruit (in order to prepare His defense for when the case came to court; intensify the man’s guilt; establish a precedence; teach an eternal truth). Teach When Adam was 930 years old, he (came to his senses; died; held his first grandchild; repented). Died Death is a part of (God’s original plan for life; God’s judgment for sin; extinction; God’s glory). Judgment Judgment of the sinner. “For (52%; 99%; all; none) have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” All If we say that we have not sinned, we (are confused; lie; deceive ourselves; condemn ourselves). All “Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” “We are all as an unclean...

The Second Coming of Christ – Acts 1:6-11

Importance. There are (several; dozens, hundreds, many hundreds) of Biblical references to the coming of Christ. Many Biblically, the coming of Christ includes (the translation of the saints; the incarnation; the coming in glory; the second coming). All Bible students sometimes confuse (the translation and second coming; the first coming and the second coming; the incarnation and the parousia) All The Greek word “parousia” is translated (second; presence; coming; advent). Presence & coming It is claimed that one out of every (10, 20, 30, 50) verses in the Bible mentions the second coming. 30 For every mention of the first coming of Christ, there are (2, 5, 8, 10) references to the second. 8 The second coming is the theme of (I & II Cor.; I & II James; I & II Thess.; I & II John). Thessalonians Whole chapters deal with the second coming, such as (Matthew 24; Mk. 13; Luke 21). All three Even though it was often the theme of Old Testament prophets, they often confused it with (the incarnation; the parousia; the shekinah; the trinity). Incarnation – first coming The Lord Jesus (often; rarely; squarely; cryptically) spoke of His second coming. Often & squarely The testimony of the angels of God should be considered (confusing; trustworthy; spiritual; secondary). Because the Apostles were so filled with thoughts about Christ’s first coming, and they were so expectant of His second coming, they (never, often, ignored, rarely) spoke of seeing Him again. Often What is the Christian’s greatest hope and for what should he be looking (death; judgment; the second coming of Christ; the coming of Christ for...

The Second Coming of Christ (Part II) – Hebrews 9:28

Introduction: Where do we find the first Biblical prophecy (Gen. 1:1; 1:26; 2:16-17; 3:14-15)? Why not 2:16-17? It was (Adam; Satan; Jehovah; God) who uttered that prophesy. Jehovah God Where do we find the first Biblical prophecy uttered by a man (Gen. 4:14; 5:24; 5:29; Jude 14-15) Jude “Prophecy” might refer to (foretelling; preaching; speaking for God; intelligently guessing). Not “guessing” Jude’s prophecy included (the incarnation; darkened sun; the coming of the Lord; judgment). Coming- judg That not a prophecy of the incarnation because it (said “Lord;” it included saints; it came after the birth of Christ; it involved judgment). Included saints and judgment “Saints” generally refers to (demons; angels; Old Testament believers; redeemed people). The redeemed The first recorded prophecy uttered by any man was (about 30 minutes long; part of a gospel message; spoken by Enos; about the second coming of Christ). Second coming The last prophecy in the Bible is found in (III John; III Peter; Jude; Revelation 22:20). Rev. 22:20 In some Bibles it is printed in red ink, indicating (it is more important than Enoch’s prophecy; it is more important than John’s prayer that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all; that it was spoken by Christ; that deserves the greatest possible emphasis). Spoken by Christ By Rev. 22 Christ had already been (born, crucified; resurrected; glorified). All of these Jesus Christ is (returning to earth some day; old; not finished with His creation; too busy to bother with us). Based upon these prophesies we should be (diligently making money; concerned about our souls; expecting Christ; worried about tribulation). Living...

The Translation of the Saints – I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Introduction: The Second Coming of Christ has what two major aspects – (incarnation & ascension; translation & rapture; rapture & advent; tribulation & millennium)? Rapture and advent We find the word “rapture” in (Matt. 26:64; Acts 1:11; Heb. 9:29; I Thess. 4:17-18). None of these The word “rapture” is from the Bible in (Hebrew; Latin; Greek, Swahili). Latin It could be argued that “the rapture” is a (Biblical doctrine; Catholic doctrine; glorious doctrine; beloved doctrine). All of these “Rapture” is used to translate (“escape;” “resurrection;” “death;” “caught up”) in I Thess. 4:17. Caught up The word “synonymous” means (having the same meaning; equivalent in connotation; closely related; having nothing to do with one another). Same meaning; equivalent The “rapture” is synonymous with (the return of Christ to establish His millennial kingdom; resurrection of the saints; the glorification of the saints; the glorification of Christ). To be exact, none of these The word “translation” means (to render in another language; to change from one form to another; to transfer from one place to another; to put into simpler terms). All of these The words “to translate” are found in I Thess. 4:16-17; Matthew 26:64; Col. 1:13; Heb. 11:5) Col. & Heb. Col. 1:13 is talking about (the rapture; death; physical resurrection; a part of salvation). Salvation. Enoch was (cremated; translated; buried; raptured). Translated, raptured Enoch was (caught up to Heaven; changed to meet God; transferred; forgotten by the Lord). Not forgotten First Thessalonians. I Thessalonians 1:6-10. The believers in Thessalonica were (enduring persecution; evangelizing their community; physically dying; waiting for the physical return of Christ) All of these They were...