Audio: Daniel 7 – Of Violence And Nations [Part 1 of 2]

 

Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another…” Daniel 7:2-3 ESV

 

Recorded Sunday March 10, 2013 at the Oxford Bible Chapel, Oxford, PA.

 

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Jottings – Let Us Speak of Jesus

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Commenting on Luke 24:13-35: “Let us learn a lesson from the two travelers to Emmaus. Let us speak of Jesus, when we are sitting in our houses and when we are walking by the way, whenever we can find a disciple to speak to. (Deuteronomy 6:7.) If we believe we are journeying to a heaven where Christ will be the central object of every mind, let us begin to learn the manners of heaven, while we are yet upon earth. So doing we shall often have One with us whom our eyes will not see, but One who will make our hearts ‘burn within us’ by blessing the conversation.”

J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke, Vol. 2. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1879), p. 499.

 

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Audio: The Temple – Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

The core of [this] study is the great spiritual truth that the God of Heaven chooses to make His dwelling, His home, in the midst of the people He has redeemed by grace. God does not live in splendid isolation– but lives in us and among us. It is the purpose of God to pull out of the world a people redeemed and called by His name and make His home among the people.

~~Thomas Schetelich. (February 20, 2011). The Temple – Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple. Sermon presented at Forge Road Bible Chapel, Perry Hall, MD. 12:12 minute mark.

 

This is the ninth and final message tracing the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

 

 

The Temple – Today & Beyond: Ezekiel's Temple from DigitalSojourner

 

Editor’s Note: I would like to express my appreciation to brother Tom for sharing this series of messages with Digital Sojourner. Thank you brother! ~~Scott

 


The Temple: The Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 7]

MicrophoneWe continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.

As we continue exploring what the Bible says about the Church, another truth becomes evident. The Body of Christ has priests! Yes, we see that there is a biblical concept of priests found in the New Testament.

Priests play a vital role in the church.

Let’s look at 1 Peter 2:4-9. There we read the following “AS you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.”

So, since Peter is talking about a group of people being priests, we need to go back to the beginning of the letter to see who this group of people was.

Surely, it must be some select, small, elite group of people if they are going to be addressed as priests! No, in fact, if we go back to the beginning of the letter, we see that the letter is addressed to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion”.

In other words, this letter was written to a large group of Christians scattered all over the region! There is no elitism involved, no special sub-group of Christians, just those born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3)!

So this letter is a general letter written to all believers, not a letter to a special group of Christians and that means that what is written in this letter must be for all the believers as well.

And that’s where we see some remarkable truths!

Every born again believer has also been made a priest – in fact, each believer has been made into two different types of priests – a holy priest and a royal priest.

As holy priests, we offer up spiritual sacrifices on behalf of others. We can see this in action on the Lord’s Day when the brothers in the meeting exalt the Lord Jesus while remembering Him and proclaiming His death.

As royal priests, we proclaim the glories of God to others. This can be seen as we present our bodies as a sacrifice to God and proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. This can be seen as we speak well of the Lord Jesus to others and as we speak well of the Body of Christ. God is not glorified when we speak ill of fellow believers.

We are blessed beyond measure.

We are part of the Body of Christ, members joined together with the Head, and now we find out that we are also priests, privileged to offer up sacrifices to God on behalf of others and to proclaim His glories to others. Let’s exercise our priestly responsibilities and in doing so, by God’s grace, may we bring glory to Him.

 

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Audio: The Temple – Jesus at the Temple

 

Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:11

 

This is the eighth in a series of nine messages tracing the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted every Friday through March 8th.

 

 

The Temple Part 8: Jesus at The Temple from DigitalSojourner

 


The Temple: The Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 6]

Open BibleWe continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.

We have been using Ephesians 5:25-28 – “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” as our theme verse.

We were reminded in Colossians 1, that Christ is the Head of the Body – The Church.

We recognized two basic truths contained in Colossians 1:

  • One of these truths is that if Jesus Christ is the Head than NO ONE else can be the Head of the Body. In order for someone else to be the Head of the Church, that would require that Jesus Christ abdicate His role. And He can not, nor will He ever do that. In that very same passage, we read how “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” Since the fullness of God dwells in Christ (because He is fully God), then He is eternal and His plan is to prepare the Bride for the great Wedding feast.
  • The other truth that is evident in this passage is that CHRIST is Head. Oh, I know that we have been talking about this, but I want the point to be very clear – Jesus Christ is Head over the Church! That ought to mean something. It ought to have a practical effect on all that we do or say.

What I mean by this emphasis is that many believers, after having read and studied the scriptures, have rightly concluded that there ought not to be a man (a mere man) as the head of the Church, either the universal church or the local church. However, the absence of a man recognized as the head does not satisfy scriptures. Only when believers recognize Christ as the Head are scriptures fulfilled. Now, I am sure many of you are thinking that you are following this principle. But, let’s think about this in an objective manner.

If Christ is the Head, have we carefully and consistently done that which is necessary to satisfy HIS commands and His directions for our lives as individuals, as well as, our corporate life? In other words, do we merely give lip service or do we actively and purposely follow His lead? I fear that for my own life and for many others, it seems like lip service can be easier than true devotion to Jesus Christ.

Next week, we will continue looking at what the Scriptures say about the Church and other New Testament Principles.

 

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Audio: The Temple – Herod’s Temple

 

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands – remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13

 

This is the seventh in a series of nine messages tracing the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted every Friday through March 8th.

 

 

The Temple Part 7: Herod's Temple from DigitalSojourner

 


The Temple: The Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:9-10 – The Fellowship of His Son

 

 

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:9-10 KJV

God has called us unto the fellowship of his Son! Absolutely Amazing… thrilling and exciting. How does this wonderful truth impact our day to day life as individual believers? This video begins to explore that very question.

Trust you are blessed as you consider these truths.

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NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 4]

Bride and GroomWe continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.

We have been using Ephesians 5:25-28 ESV – “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” as our theme verse.

Over the last few weeks, we reviewed some of the names that William MacDonald listed in his book “Christ Loved the Church.” Last week we looked at the terms dwelling place, house, and pillar and ground of truth.

This week, I want to look at my personal favorite. All of the phrases are amazing and reveal what God thinks about the Church, but the Bride of Christ reveals an amazing love and incredible sense of intimacy.

Let’s think about what John the baptizer said about Jesus Christ and His bride. “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete” John 3:29 ESV.

Two important points can be made from this short statement:

One is that the Bridegroom “has the bride”. In other words, there is an intimate relationship between the Bridegroom and the Bride. We often say, “we don’t have a religion, we have a relationship,” but do we really understand the significance of that statement. A religion is a series of beliefs/mores that define how God relates to man and man relates to God. But a relationship is about two living, intelligent beings that involve our emotions, our intellect, and our physical being. Relationships are living and can grow or can drift. Marriages get stronger or they stagnate. The same is true with our relationship with our Bridegroom, it ought to get stronger. Relationships take work. I like to say it takes investment, where we expend our time, emotions, and energy in something that is worthwhile.

The other fact contained in John’s statement is that there is great joy involved in a relationship between the bride and the Bridegroom. Now, John is saying that he has joy, so it is a joy that spreads. His joy is in knowing that the Bridegroom is rejoicing in His relationship with His bride.

I have to admit, that this concept is hard for me to grasp sometimes. I can understand, having experienced it myself, the joy of ME knowing Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. But, the Lord is rejoicing because He knows me?? How can this be? The answer is clear. It all has to do with His nature and His character and His attributes and it has NOTHING to do with me. He loves me (and His entire Bride) because He is love and because He loves us because of Who He is. We are unlovable, but He loves us anyway. I am so incredibly thankful that He loves me despite my numerous flaws, despite my falling short.

The Church is not a building, nor an organization! I hope we are starting to see this. The Church is the Bride of the Son of God and as such, it is the object of His special love and affection.

Praise God for His incomparable love!

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Jottings – The Priesthood of Christ

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Regarding Hebrews 4:11-16: “If the Word of God has full play in our understandings and consciences we shall become very conscious of our own insufficiency, and our weakness in the pilgrim way. How delightful then to turn to the second thing brought before us here — the priesthood of Christ.”

F.B. Hole, Hebrews, electronic ed.

 

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