This study focuses on the great controversy between good and evil down through centuries. Revelation 12 presents four great episodes in this conflict. In each of these conflicts, Christ is revealed as our victorious Lord, our triumphant Redeemer, and our mighty Conqueror.
Though we can never earn salvation, the Bible uses the hope of reward as a motivation for faithful living as undeserving recipients of God’s grace, for in the end whatever we receive is, always and only, from God’s grace.
Sometimes our world seems to be spinning out of control: wars, bloodshed, crime, immorality, natural disasters, pandemics, economic uncertainty, political corruption, and more. There is a strong urge for individuals and families to think first of their own survival. This study will look in to how to manage during times that are tough.
This study looks at certain cases of individuals who were resurrected prior to the crucifixion of Christ. Of all these individuals who died, only Moses went straight to heaven. All the rest were brought back to life here on earth. As we look into these accounts we will find clues that help us form a clearer picture of death.
Christ’s resurrection is central to our faith, because in His resurrection we have the surety of our own. But before Christ was resurrected from the dead, He, of course, had to die. This is why, amid the agony of Gethsemane, in anticipation of His death, He prayed: “ ‘Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? But for this purpose I came to this hour’ ” (John 12:27, NKJV). And that purpose was to die. This STUDY will focus on Christ’s death and what it means for the promise of eternal life.
The Cross is Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil; and His resurrection is the culminating triumphal event. Death could not retain Jesus, for He never committed sin and was sinless in all His actions. Jesus’ death is the central point of His accomplishments; however, the Cross without the resurrection would become only a beautiful philosophy of unselfish service and have no salvific significance. Furthermore, the Cross without the resurrection would be a demonstration of sacrificial love but have no power to transform lives and bring a decisive solution to the problem of sin and death. It would be incapable of providing eternal life for believers (Rom. 3:21–26).
This study will delve into the New Testament passages about the resurrection from the dead. Whether from Paul and the other apostles or from Jesus Himself, none say anything about immortal souls or spirits already being in heaven. The New Testament hope is found in the resurrection and the Second Coming.
This study examines biblical passages that have been proposed by some as promoting the immortality of the soul and/or the existence of a foreverburning hell. These reflections should strengthen our own convictions and help us to answer kindly those who question this crucial teaching.
The eternal destinies of the righteous and wicked are described in sharp contrast to each other. The first group receives everlasting life, and the other group will experience God’s painful judgment of condemnation and be totally annihilated. The big lie of eternal punishment and of the perpetual suffering of the wicked in hell is built on the satanic deception expressed in the Garden of Eden: “ ‘You will not surely die’ ” (Gen. 3:4, NKJV) Another teaching that has arisen through this is the concept of purgatory which removes accountability for personal actions in this life and provides a false sense of security of a second chance, which is never mentioned in the Bible.
Our world increasingly has accepted manifestations of the supernatural. Mysticism, accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs), belief in reincarnation, necromancy, ancestor worship, and spiritism all contribute to the normalization of such things in our society and to the confusion about the afterlife. This study will focus on what we can do to fortify ourselves against the schemes of the devil.
The biblical worldview of human nature is a unity of all aspects of our existence, namely, physical, mental/intellectual, emotional, volitional, spiritual, and social, aspects that do not exist separately or independently from each other. All are put together by our Creator God in a marvelous and unseparated unity, and everything needs to be sanctified by God (1 Thess. 5:23).
God is our Judge (Isa. 35:4). As our Judge, He is impartial in His judgment. This is good news for us. As fallen beings with imperfect judgment and a tendency toward partiality and prejudice, we tend to transport some folks into heaven and then refuse others entry. God knows human hearts, thinking, and motives; thereby, He alone can deliver to every human being an unbiased and just sentence. Through His judgments, God restores His glory and vindicates His character. He does so openly and consistently so that everyone can know who He is (Ps. 34:8). God wants all intelligent beings in the universe to understand His purposes and to know that He deals with evil fairly, punishes the wicked appropriately, and saves sinners justly (Ezek. 18:21, 23, 32; Ezek. 33:11; Rom. 3:21–26).
This study will reflect upon God’s promise to us of new skies and a new earth. It will also look into the topic of the temple in heaven and the end of death and tears. As we shall see, God’s love wins in the end.
As Christians, we are God’s children and part of His family. God blesses His children with many wonderful gifts. One of these gifts is His trust. God trusts us to manage His work on this earth. God also blesses the church with money. God wants us to support His work. He also encourages us to spend our leftover money on the things we need. God wants us to help the needy, too. He also trusts us to raise His children, build His buildings, and teach new Christians Bible truth. This study will consider what it means for us to be part of God’s family.
This study will discuss some very important two-part promises between God and His people. GOD MADE SPECIAL AGREEMENTS with us. Most of God’s promises have two parts. So, both God and humans have a part to do.
In Genesis 14, Abram gives to Melchizedek 10% of everything he owned. Right after Abram gives his tithe, the Lord says, ‘Abram, don’t be afraid. I will defend you. And I will give you a great reward’ What do these Bible truths about tithing mean for us today?
This study will review what the Bible has to say about offerings as part of our management of God’s business on the earth.
If you are stuck in the debt trap, the Bible speaks about debt. It tells us to flee from it. It’s a deadly trap. But in our study, we’ll discover how you can find freedom from debt and how you can find freedom in Jesus.
Do you want a heart for the kingdom of God? If so, then put your money where it will reap eternal rewards. Put your time and your money and prayer into God’s work. If you do, you will soon become even more interested in that work, and your heart will follow, as well. This study will review texts and illustrations that show us how to store up treasures in heaven and, ultimately, reap an eternal reward.
The Savior’s mission included spiritual and material relief for those who suffered financially (Luke 4:18, 19; Luke 7:19–22). Loving others and helping others in need is a divine commandment for those who follow the Savior (Deut. 15:11). And because we are managers of God’s business, helping the poor is not just an option. It is following the example of Jesus and obeying His commands.
This study looks at the idea of “success” in the context of basic stewardship and financial principles. What are some practical steps, that we can take along the way that, though not guaranteeing “success,” can nevertheless help us avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that can make financial success a bit more difficult?
Covetousness has been defined as an inordinate desire for wealth or possessions that really don’t belong to you. Covetousness is a big deal, big enough, in fact, to be right up there with not lying, stealing, or murder. It’s so damaging that God chose to warn against it in His great moral law. This study will look at examples of just how bad it is and what we can do to overcome it.
Many thinkers have tried to explain the origin of evil. Some suggest that evil always has existed because, in their view, good can be appreciated only in contrast to evil. Others believe that the world was created perfect but, somehow, evil emerged. For example, in Greek mythology, evil started when the curious Pandora opened a sealed box out of which flew all the evils of the world (this myth, however, does not explain the origin of the evils supposedly hidden in that box).
This study will reflect on the fall of Adam and Eve, on how sin and death took over our world, and on how God planted a seed of hope for humanity even back in Eden.
This study will consider how the Old Testament defines human nature and the condition of human beings at death.
The Old Testament teaches about the resurrection. The resurrection is the time when God will wake up His dead followers at the Second Coming. This teaching fills us with hope. But how does the resurrection happen? How can a body that is burned to ashes or that rots in the grave come alive again? In this study we look at what some Old Testament writers say about the final resurrection.
This study begins a long but all-important journey this quarter—a journey into the meaning of suffering, evil, and death. Yes, suffering can be studied as a separate phenomenon of human existence; it can be studied from a scientific or psychological perspective in such terms as perception, affections, and consequences. However, the biblical view on suffering is much deeper. The Bible explains the origin of suffering—an origin that exonerates God from any responsibility for bringing sin into existence. The Bible also shows how God uses suffering as a transformational framework for our own enrichment, victory, and eternal life.
This study will highlight some reasons we may suddenly find ourselves under pressure and experiencing tests in places in which circumstances cause us to change, develop, and grow in character. This will help to give us an awareness of what God is doing in our lives so that when we enter a crucible, we will have an idea of how to respond.
This study focuses more on crucibles of maturity. While it is true that many of our troubles are created by us, God is ultimately the Sovereign of the entire universe and the history of nations, as well as our individual lives. God not only wants us to grow as individuals but also as families, as communities, and as nations. In the context of our fallenness, growth takes on additional dimensions.
Amy Carmichael took a group of children to a traditional goldsmith in India. In the middle of a charcoal fire was a curved roof tile. On the tile was a mixture of salt, tamarind fruit, and brick dust. Embedded in this mixture was gold. As the fire devoured the mixture, the gold became purer. The goldsmith took the gold out with tongs and, if it was not pure enough, he replaced it in the fire with a new mixture. But each time the gold was replaced, the heat was increased. The group asked, “How do you know when the gold is purified?” He replied, “When I can see my face in it.”
When things become really painful, some of us reject God completely. For others there is the temptation to change our view of God and imagine all sorts of bad things about Him. The question is, Just how hot can it get? How much heat is God willing to risk putting His people through in order to bring about His ultimate purpose of shaping us into the “image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29, NIV)?
How do you handle the crucibles that you go through?