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Beginning Friday, May 26th, 2017
Hard Passages

Everyone who is a student of the Bible — or even a casual reader — has come across one or more — usually more — passages that are hard to understand … or difficult to reconcile with what we have come to understand.

So that’s what we’re going to be doing each Friday, and over the next number of Fridays. Bob Christopher and Richard Peifer may be able to help you with some of those passages that sometimes defy understanding … and in some instances, send cold chills down your spine as we take a revealing look at Hard Passages.


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Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

What does it mean in the Lord's prayer to "forgive as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12)? Why did Jesus use wine and wineskins to illustrate the difference between the New Covenant and the Old Covenant in Matthew 9:4-17? What is the discipline spoken of in Hebrews 12:5, 6. Is it something to fear or something to be grateful for? These three hard passages make up today's teaching series.

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Categories: Hard Passages Holy Spirit Forgiveness/Repentance

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis

The hard passages we are looking at today speak to grieving the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians we are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit, In 1 Peter 1 we are called to be holy in all we do, and in 1 Peter 4 we are warned that "the end of all things is near". How do these Scriptures relate to one another and how can a believer be confident in their eternal security when faced with these seemingly impossible commands? Those are the questions we deal with on today's Hard Passages.

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Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

These hard passages often cause great confusion:

  • Matthew 5:48- "You therefore must be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect." The context is in the Sermon on the Mount; a sermon where Jesus deals with subjects like anger, lust, divorce, retaliation, loving our enemies. All of this leads up to this command, be perfect. Jesus is teaching us that we cannot be perfect in our own power ... only the blood of Jesus makes us perfect inside and out.
  • Malachai 3:10. "Bring the full tithe .... I will open the windows of heaven for you..." This verse has been used as what amounts to extortion for generations. People are in fear that God will not provide if they don't pay tithe. Instead we are called by grace to give generously.
  • Matthew 23:23, 24 is often used as a verse for tithing. Really it is Jesus' encouragement to grow in the grace of God and learn to excel in the grace of giving, not a command to tithe.

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Categories: Hard Passages Christian Living Money/Giving

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

One of the most confusing passages in the Bible is 1 John 1:9. We have been asked about this verse about a million times in our 35 years of ministry because it seems to contradict all the other verses that proclaim forgiveness of sins. Do we have all the forgiveness or do we need more? Is 1 John 1:9 the Christian "bar of soap"? Understanding this passage is key to clearing up any confusion about forgiveness. It's all about context ...

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Categories: Hard Passages Forgiveness/Repentance

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis

Today we're looking at three hard passages.

  • Romans 3:31 "Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law."
  • Romans 4:15 "For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression."
  • James 2:24 "You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone."

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Categories: Hard Passages Law

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

We continue with our Hard Passages series. Today we look at two passages that often become a stumbling block to our assurance of salvation. Many times we might overlook the book of Hebrews, thinking it's only applicable to Jewish people. If we will pay attention to the words of that book, we will find it to be an incredibly beneficial, practical instruction in the Word. The book of Hebrews is written primarily to assure us that the New Covenant is superior to the Old. Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-29 must be filtered through the truth of eternal security. Once you become a child of God, there is no going back. You are eternally a child of God because Jesus lives forever and he has given his life to you. You can rest in that truth.

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Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Today we look at hard passages that speak to being filled with the Spirit, tongues of fire (Acts 2:2-4), the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-11), and being filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18 ). Sunday is Pentecost Sunday - one of the most significant celebration of the Christian calendar. When we come to Christ by faith, we experience our own personal Pentecost. The Holy Spirit's whole purpose is to point us to Jesus. Anything we do "in the Spirit" that diverts our eyes from Jesus can't be truth.

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Categories: Hard Passages

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

Our new Friday teaching is "Hard Passages". No matter if you are a Bible scholar or new to reading the Word, there are passages that we have trouble understanding. Today we look at passages that people use to question eternal security. It causes us to question, "Have I done enough?" or "Is God so mad at me that he will remove my salvation." The key is to keep your eyes on Jesus and you will be secure in the Lord. We look at Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 12:32, and Revelation 3:5 as they pertain to eternal security.

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Categories: Hard Passages

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

There is no good news apart from the grace of God. The simple gospel is simply grace. The new life you have in Christ, the forgiveness you have in Christ, and the freedom you have in Christ are all gifts of grace, given freely and without conditions. His presence in you is grace. He freely chose to abide with you and to open the way for you to abide with him. The gospel is grace from start to finish.

  • Acts 20:24 "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."

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Categories: Grace

Bob Christopher, Bob Davis, Richard Peifer

The gospel message calls us to be free...in Christ. This allows us to serve one another in love. Consider the apostle Peter. He denied the Lord three times. Yet, Jesus lifted him out of his despair. That's grace. Peter knew the Lord. The love of God compelled him to break away from long held sentiments toward the Gentiles and tell them about Jesus. The gift of grace is Jesus Christ. You have the joy and privilege of knowing him and walking in his love. You have the privilege of making him known in this world of darkness. Rejoice. In Christ you know the God of the universe. Even more amazing, the God of the universe knows you. And as Jesus said, this is eternal life.

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