Category: Bible Teachings

Christine Caine, one of Australia’s greatest speakers on Christianity and Christ presents “Into The World.” This video is exactly what Christians need to hear TODAY. Her message of being salt and light is well worthy of listening to. Christine points out what a Christian should be doing in today’s world. Are you doing Christ’s work….. really doing it? This is a message for today when bringing a revival is so necessary.
The question rises: “Are we “in” the world and not of it”? Or are we “of this world and claiming not to be in it?”

Simcha suggests some very intriguing motivations behind Constantine’s adoption of Christianity as the Roman state religion. I have long believed that Constantine was at his core an opportunist…

Author: 1, 2, and 3 John have from earliest times been  attributed to the apostle John, who also wrote the Gospel of John. The content,  style, and vocabulary seem to warrant the conclusion that these three epistles  were addressed to the same readers as the Gospel of John.

Date of  Writing: The Book of 1 John was likely written between A.D.  85-95.

Purpose of Writing: The Book of 1 John seems to  be a summary that assumes the readers’ knowledge of the gospel as written by  John and offers certainty for their faith in Christ. The first epistle indicates  that the readers were confronted with the error of gnosticism, which became a  more serious problem in the second century. As a philosophy of religion it held  that matter is evil and spirit is good. The solution to the tension between  these two was knowledge, or gnosis, through which man rose from the mundane to  the spiritual. In the gospel message, this led to two false theories concerning  the person of Christ, Docetism—regarding the human Jesus as a ghost—and  Cerinthianism—making Jesus a dual personality, at times human and at times  divine. The key purpose of 1 John is to set boundaries on the content of faith  and to give believers assurance of their salvation.

Author: This gospel is known as the Gospel of Matthew because  it was written by the apostle of the same name. The style of the book is  exactly what would be expected of a man who was once a tax  collector. Matthew has a keen interest in accounting (18:23-24;  25:14-15). The book is very orderly and concise.  Rather than write in  chronological order, Matthew arranges this Gospel through six  discussions.

As a tax collector, Matthew possessed a skill that makes  his writing all the more exciting for Christians. Tax collectors were  expected to be able to write in a form of shorthand, which essentially meant  that Matthew could record a person’s words as they spoke, word for  word. This ability means that the words of Matthew are not only inspired by  the Holy Spirit, but should represent an actual transcript of some of Christ’s  sermons. For example, the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in chapters 5-7,  is almost certainly a perfect recording of that great  message.

Date of Writing: As an apostle, Matthew wrote  this book in the early period of the church, probably around A.D. 50. This  was a time when most Christians were Jewish converts, so Matthew’s focus on  Jewish perspective in this gospel is understandable.

Purpose of  Writing: Matthew intends to prove to the Jews that Jesus Christ is the  promised Messiah. More than any other gospel, Matthew quotes the Old  Testament to show how Jesus fulfilled the words of the Jewish prophets.  Matthew  describes in detail the lineage of Jesus from David, and uses many forms of  speech that Jews would have been comfortable with. Matthew’s love and  concern for his people is apparent through his meticulous approach to telling  the gospel story.

Christianity’s second Milinium

A complete history of the Christian church for the first 1000 yrs. With a thorough prospective of the Roman Empire, and the Papacy, Rome never died. And the Papacy is not the True Church of God.

Acts 1:4-8, 12-14 – 2:1-4,14-24,32, 36-46 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit Promised

4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Upper Room Prayer Meeting

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Acts Chapter 2

Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.

32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

A Vital Church Grows

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly[m] received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church[n] daily those who were being saved.