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Matt. 1:1-17 - The Genealogy of the King PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 07 December 2008 15:15
  1. Introduction

    1. The Purpose of Genealogies Earthly, Biblical, and Messianic

      1. Matthew's gospel begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ. An earthly king's genealogy can demonstrate his right to the throne. Often we think genealogically when we say "She has her mother's eyes," or when you say "That habit didn't come from my side of the family!" "He's just a chip off the old block. Like father, like son." Our genealogies explain some of how we got to be the way we are. And many Biblical genealogies work that way—in Genesis the genealogies describe the origins of all nations, highlight faithful line of God's covenant people, and provide the foundational structure of the 12 tribes of Israel. For those captives returning from exile the genealogies in 1 Chronicles established their right to an inheritance in the land, and to membership in the covenant community.

    2. The Purpose Jesus Christ's Genealogy

      1. God's Gracious Provision. The genealogy of Jesus Christ bears some of these marks, but it is less concerned with what Jesus received from his ancestors and more with what He will give them. "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matt. 20:45) Though God visited the iniquity of Jesus' fathers upon Him, how much more does God also show His gracious lovingkindness to a thousand generations of those who love Him through Christ their Savior!

      2. Fourteens: The genealogy is intentionally structured in 3 sets of 14 to focus on Abraham, David, and Christ, who were faithful covenant representatives, after explicit givings of the covenant.

      3. Representatives: As such it is a covenant history of Israel, in terms of good covenant representatives leading up to Christ, the last faithful covenant representative. More than merely demonstrating Christ's right to membership among God's people, this genealogy declares Him to be the great coming Savior in whom all before had hoped. Abraham rejoiced to see His day (John 8:56), and though David's son, David called Him "Lord." (Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:34)

      4. Promises: Christ's lineage demonstrates He is the fulfillment of God's promises to bless His people and all nations through Abraham, and to provide a perfect king through the line of David.

    3. Outline. We will consider the passage under four headings. Jesus is the:

      1. King of All Nations vv. 1, 17

      2. King of the Jews vv. 2-6a

      3. King of the Kings vv. 6b-11

      4. Hope of the Exiles vv. 12-16

 
James 2:1-7 - Show No Partiality: Why You Need God's Law PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 December 2008 14:07

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

Show No Partiality – Why You Need God's Law

James 2:1-7

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    1. The Word of God 1:19-27

  1. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

      1. The Focus upon Partiality 2:1-7

        1. The Injunction against Partiality 2:1

        2. The Illustration of Partiality 2:2-4

        3. The Argument from Sanctified Sense 2:5-7

      2. The Nature of Partiality 2:8-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

 

James 2:1-7

The Injunction against Partiality

1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

The Illustration of Partiality

2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,

3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place," while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet,"

4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

The Argument from Sanctified Sense

5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?

7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 1 – James says "show no partiality." What can keep you from showing partiality? ________

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  1. V. 1 – James calls Jesus (his brother!) "the Lord of glory." Why does Christ's glorious lordship give the church reason to "show no partiality?" ______________________________________

  2. Vv. 2-4 – For what wrong reasons do we give some people special treatment? ______________

_____________________________________________________________________________

  1. V. 4 – Are all distinctions wrong? _________________________________________________

  2. V. 4 – By what law do "judges with evil thoughts" judge? ______________________________

  3. V. 5 – Why are poor Christians worthy of honor? _____________________________________

  4. Vv. 6-7 – Why are rich unbelievers comparatively unworthy of honor? ____________________

  5. By what principles should you honor a person in "your assembly," the church? _____________

_____________________________________________________________________________

 
Psalm 104: Thanksgiving to the Glory of God PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 23 November 2008 14:14
  1. Introduction

    1. Thanksgiving is a time of year when we remember all of the great bounty of provisions God has given us in His creation and providence. Because God provided for the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts in the harvest of 1621, our nation set aside Thanksgiving Day stating explicitly that its purpose is to give thanks to God for His providential blessings to us. But as WikiPedia will tell you, as year by year our Presidents have continued to proclaim a national Day of Thanksgiving, the Presidents who explicitly mention God's providence as the reason for the day have become fewer and farther between. And we as Americans have filled the Thanksgiving holiday with many good things which God created to be received with thanksgiving—turkey, family and friends, vacations & travel, parades, football, Thanksgiving TV specials, and the beginning of Christmas shopping—but I tell you, our culture and our commercialism are bent on filling Thanksgiving with everything but true thanksgiving that gives glory to God. It is so easy to exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship the creature, rather than the Creator, who is forever blessed.

    2. God calls you in Psalm 104 to worship not the creature, but the Creator. In fact, Psalm 104 imitates parts of the pagan Egyptian Akhenaten's great Hymn to the Sun—it is partly a parody of a pagan hymn of thanksgiving! —for this specific purpose: to demonstrate "the incalculable difference between worshiping the sun and worshiping its Maker."1 In v. 2 the light comes from God, not the sun; in v. 19 the sun is given second place to the moon, and the sun follows orders given to it by God.

    3. But the Psalm is more than just a rip-off of a pagan Egyptian song; no, this Psalm's construction and contents proclaim the glory of the true God and the true nature of His creation. The whole Psalm follows the pattern of the six days of creation in Gen. 1, moving from the light in the heavens to the division of heaven and earth, land and sea, and the many creatures that dwell in each of those realms, all of which God declared "very good" and designed to return their praise to Him on the seventh day through man, their chief caretaker and the one creature who alone was made in the image of their Creator. The Psalm declares without question that the glory in all of God's marvelous creatures is not first their own, but it is the glory of God.

    4. This Psalm tells you two key truths:

      1. God's Glory Is in All for which We Give Thanks! vv. 1-30

      2. Therefore, You Are Called to: Give Thanks to the Glory of God! vv. 31-35

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 November 2008 14:23
 
James 1:26-27 - The Evidence of the Word PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2008 14:05

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Evidence of the Word

James 1:26-27

 

General outline of chapter 1:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials: Joy & Wisdom 1:2-8

      2. The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches 1:9-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials: Confidence, Defeat, Victory 1:12-18

    1. The Word of God 1:19-27

      1. The Confrontation with the Word 1:19-21

      2. The Objective of the Word 1:22-25

      3. The Evidence of the Word 1:26-27

 

James 1:26-27

Negative Evidence – the Tongue

26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,

this person's religion is worthless.

Positive Evidence – Orphans, Widows, the World

27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:

to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,

and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. Is James defining all aspects of true "religion" here? What aspects of "religion" does he mention? t______, h________, v________ o________ & w_________, w___________

  2. V. 26 What is the evidence of "worthless" religion—the evidence God's word has had no effect? _________________________

  3. V. 26 What does a person's tongue reveal? Consider vv. 19, 24, and Luke 6:45 ____________

  4. V. 27 Why will a Christian visit orphans and widows? ________________________________

  5. V. 27 In what ways can the world stain a person? ____________________________________ In those situations, what does it mean to be "in the world, but not of it"? __________________

  6. What is one place you don't see evidence that your religion is pure and undefiled? __________

 

  1. Review & Summary:

    1. What should you do when confronted by God's word? See vv. 19-20 __________________

    2. What is the word's objective? See vv. 22-25 _____________________________________

    3. What is good evidence God's word has reached its objective in you? See vv. 26-27 _________________________

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2009 15:17
 
James 1:22-25 - The Objective of the Word PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2008 14:03

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Objective of the Word

James 1:22-25

 

General outline of chapter 1:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials: Joy & Wisdom 1:2-8

      2. The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches 1:9-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials: Confidence, Defeat, Victory 1:12-18

    1. The Word of God 1:19-27

      1. The Confrontation with the Word 1:19-21

      2. The Objective of the Word 1:22-25

      3. The Evidence of the Word 1:26-27

 

James 1:22-25

The Requirement of Obedience

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

 

A Hearer Only

A Doer

23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,

he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

25 But the one who looks into the perfect law,

the law of liberty,

and perseveres,

being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,

he will be blessed in his doing.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 22: When we face a trial, when we need wisdom, when we are confronted with God's word which could give us wisdom, what two actions does James say we should do? ______ & _____

  2. V. 22: Why does James say being a hearer only is "deceiving yourselves"?

    • V. 23: How do we deceive ourselves about God's word? ___________________________

 

    • V. 24: How do we deceive ourselves about ourselves? _____________________________

 

    • V. 25: How do we deceive ourselves about God's law? ____________________________

 

    • V. 25: How do we deceive ourselves about God's blessings? ________________________

 

  1. What are good, practical ways to guarantee you will be a "hearer only" of God's word? ______

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. What are some good, practical ways to guarantee you will be a "doer" of God's word? _______

_____________________________________________________________________________

  1. Do them! : )

 
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