2 Peter 1 Links

2 Peter 1 Links…

Chapter… Bible Lesson and Questions, by Timothy Sparks and Ben Bailey.

1:1-11… Graces to Supply… Frank L. Cox.

1:1-11… The Christians Must Know and Grow, several authors.

1:1-11… Christian Growth, by Ron Graham.

1:1-4… The Promises of God, a sermon outline, I think written by Lenny Santee.

1:3… Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant… John Godfrey Saxe.

1:5-8… Wanted–A Man… Frank L. Cox.

1:5… Virtue… Alan Highers.

1:5… Knowledge… Basil Overton.

1:6… Self-Control… David D. Davidson.

1:6… Patience… J. Noel Merideth.

1:6… Godliness… Dub McClish.

1:7… Brotherly Kindness, by Mark Copeland.

1:7… Brotherly Kindness… Clarence DeLoach, Jr.

1:7… Love… Paul Forshet.

1:8-10… What Must I Do to Stay Saved?, by Dee Bowman.

1:10… Make Your Calling and Election Sure, by J.C. Bailey.

1:10-11… Ye Shall Never Stumble… Tom C. Brown.

1:12-21… Why Peter Wrote, by Ron Graham.

1:13-15… Peter’s Work of Stirring Up… DRL.

1:16… We Have Not Followed Cunningly Devised Fables… Daniel Denham.

1:19… What is the Morning Star?, by Wayne Jackson.

1:20… Your Interpretation… Marvin Rickett.

1:20… Inspiration, not Interpretation, by Eric Lyons.

1:20…Not a Matter of ‘One’s Own Interpretation,'” by David McClister.

Hebrews 11


The Time Would Fail Me

Adam B. Cozort

“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets” (Heb. 11:32). This short verse in Hebrews eleven provides us with a glaring nugget of reality when it comes to God’s view of mankind.

Hebrews chapter eleven is often called “the Hall of Faith.” It is called such because of the numerous men and women of faith mentioned in this chapter and the wonderful depictions of their faith offered by the Hebrews writer. However, such a title has also often served as a source of misunderstanding and apprehension in the minds of many people as they look back on the lives of these faithful men and women. There tends to be an awe and admiration in effect for these faithful individuals that engenders a perceived pedestal to which “normal men” cannot reach. This was never the intention or insinuation of the chapter.

These individuals are being offered as examples to those in the first century, as well as us today, of what it means to be faithful to God. They are well known for their faith, having had it recorded in the Scriptures previously. Nonetheless, the humanity of these individuals is also shown. They were not perfect, nor did they claim to be. They fell short, faltered, and even brought about the wrath of the Lord on occasion. Yet they did not turn from God, but continued with all of their might to serve Him to the best of their ability.

That being said, God is not offering them as evidence that we can never be as good as they were, or that we will never attain the level of faithfulness they attained. In fact it is quite the opposite. The Hebrews writer would encourage his readers by stating, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1-2a). That great cloud of witnesses referenced is the individuals mentioned in chapter eleven, who serve to show us how we can be faithful as they were faithful. They are not present to intimidate us, but rather to encourage us forward to greater faithfulness in service to God.

The most important point for each of us to understand is that there are only two groups of people in the sight of God: the faithful, and the unfaithful. Jesus would compare these two groups to sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46. Yet there is never described a dividing of the sheep into strongest and weakest, most accumulated sins and least accumulated sins, or any such thing.

When we stand before God, we will be judged based upon one criterion, how we lived in comparison to His word. We will not be compared to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Moses. Instead we will be compared to the book, and whether we have lived our lives in service to Him, and reverence to His will.

When it came to giving examples of the faithful, time would not allow a full listing of the wonderful examples found in the Old Testament. Instead, the writer lays before us a few examples to whet our appetite to want to have the faith of these men.

Because time would fail us to list and examine the lives of all that have lived faithfully, both during and since Bible times, may we always remember the lesson those lives of faith deliver to us every day of our lives; so that, when that day of judgment arrives, our names may be listed with theirs.

LA Past Posts

LemmonsAid Posts from the Past

From time to time we will be listing a few posts that were originally sent out on the LemmonsAid Email List, and then posted to my website.

  • A good place to begin would be an excellent outline presented by the late Wendell Winkler to our Prison Epistles Class back in 1981, entitled: “We CAN Understand the Bible.”  It was posted in two parts because of its length.  Part 1: H-E-R-E; Part 2: H-E-R-E.
  • I prepared a sermon for Dick Sztanyo’s class on Apologetics entitled: “Is the Sword Dependable?”  I have used it often.  Perhaps it could be helpful to you.  Find it H-E-R-E.
  • I like the lesson J.L. May pointed out from A SLICE OF BOLOGNA, which appeared in The Friend of Truth a few years back.  See what you think about it by clicking H-E-R-E.
  • John Gipson gave a great illustration regarding: “What’s in a Name,” H-E-R-E.
  • How I wish I knew who wrote the thought-provoking poem, “Little Barefoot Buford,” but to me it has remained anonymous.  What a powerful lesson it teaches about the importance of inviting others to gospel meetings!  H-E-R-E.

More to come later…

Tradition versus Reason

A new husband watched his bride prepare a ham for the oven.  he noticed she cut off a few inches of the end.  When asked by, she replied that the only reason she could give was that her mother had always done it that way.  They called her mother who admitted she always cut off a few inches, because “my mother did it that way.”  Finally, they consulted Grandma, who said, “Oh, I always did that because my pan was too small.”

This illustrates that we may follow customs without even considering if we are doing the right thing!

Even in religion, some follow family customs and traditions without real personal convictions.  Many have inherited their religion from their family instead of basing their faith upon the Word of God.

Friend, your mother and father could have been wrong in what they learned and what they taught you.  Study your Bible for yourself!

–From: the bulletin of THE SAKS CHURCH OF CHRIST, 11/16/08.

1 Peter 3 Links

1 Peter 3 Bible Study Links…

Book… Books of Value for Church Libraries, by David R. Kenney.

Chapter 3… Video Numbers 7-10 deal with portions of 1 Peter 3, by Chuck Horner.

3:01-07… Less than Ideal Situations — Christians Can (must) Deal With!, by William Sexton.

3:03-04… Fashion Oddities and Public Worship, by Wayne Jackson.

3:04… 1 Peter 3:4–The Incorruptible Spirit, by Wayne Jackson.

3:05-07… The Role of Women, by Robert R. Taylor, Jr.

3:14-16… Sanctify Christ as Lord in Your Hearts, by Jon W. Quinn.

3:15… Be Ready to Answer, Alan E. Highers.

3:15… Jesus and the Hope of Heaven, by Jody L. Apple.

3:15… Blind Faith, by Dave Miller.

3:15… How to Be Ready to Give an Answer, by Jack Williams.

3:15-16… An Answer for the Hope, by Zeke Flores.

3:18-20… Did Jesus Go to Hell?  Did He Preach to Spirits in Prison?, by Dave Miller.

3:18-21… Is Baptism a Symbol?, by Dave Miller.

3:20-21… In the Days of Noah, by Jon W. Quinn.

3:20… God’s Longsuffering is not Eternal, by Eric Lyons.

3:21… Please Explain 1 Peter 3:21, by Wayne Jackson.

3:21… 1 Peter 3:21, by Hugo McCord.

3:21… A Study of Biblical Typology, by Wayne Jackson.

3:21… Baptism and the New Birth, by Dave Miller.

1 Peter 3 Handout

1 Peter 3 Puzzle

Mid-Week Bible Study

A Dozen Reasons Why I Attend Mid-week Bible Study

by Todd Clippard

This week I received a question from a member of the church (via the Internet) asking, “Do I have to attend mid-week Bible study?” This was my response.

  • 01. I love God and don’t believe he ever asked, “Do I have to send my son to die for Todd’s sins?”
  • 02. Though Jesus prayed for another way, he willingly submitted himself when his Father said, ‘You are the only way.’
  • 03. I love my elders and appreciate their wisdom in providing any opportunity for me to grow spiritually.
  • 04. I love my brethren and am always encouraged when I am able to spend time with them.
  • 05. I still have much to learn about the Bible, so my preparations for and participation in class help me to be more Bible literate.
  • 06. I hate to consider what my brethren would think of me if I willingly absented myself from them.
  • 07. I want everyone to know whose side I’m on, including my wife, my children, the world and the Devil!
  • 08. I don’t know a single person whom I would consider a dedicated Christian who willingly absents himself from the mid-week Bible study.
  • 09. I can’t think of any good reason that I could give God as to why I shouldn’t attend.
  • 10. I can’t think of a single activity whereby I can be strengthened by God’s Spirit in my inner man than through Bible study and personal devotion.
  • 11. Like most folks, I can always use a “shot in the arm” to strengthen, exhort and invigorate me to finish my week strong so I am ready to assemble again on Sunday.
  • 12. I believe in the presence of God in our assemblies; therefore I want to be where God is!