God’s Sovereign Mercy

God’s Sovereign Mercy

Lesson on Romans 9:19-24 Originally delivered on 4/8

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Four Truths:
    1. Israel has the same standards for salvation as Gentiles (It is the Gentiles who are grafted in)
    2. Ethnic Israel’s failure to obey does not mean God/God’s Word has failed
    3. God has chosen to use Israel to bring about His specific will
    4. Because of this, we cannot charge that God is unjust
  • Justice depends on correctness
  • God’s Character
    • Hebrews 3:12-15, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 12:25, Ezekiel 18:30-32, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4, Revelation 2:21, Romans 2:4
      • God is patient, wanting all to repent and hoping none perish
      • John 3:17, 1 Timothy 4:10
    • Now is the time for salvation
    • Our worth to God is not changed by what we do or do not do
    • Jeremiah 18:1-12
      • God’s standard does not change — Mercy comes with our obedience
    • V. 22-23: What if we don’t understand the application of His mercy
      • Now is the time for mercy and compassion
        • Joel 2:13, Jonah 3:10, 2 Timothy 2:21-22, Exodus 34:6-7, Ephesians 2:3-5
  • God does not harden someone’s heart unless they have first gone astray
  • Ultimately, God’s mercy comes from His love for us
    • Deuteronomy 7:7-8

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What is Hermeneutics?

What is Hermeneutics?

Hermen…what?

My first semester in seminary involved a lot of crying. Yes, it was a lot of spiritual stretching and loads of work but mainly I could not understand what my professor was saying in class. Half of the words I heard were either Greek, English, or Hebrew, so it made the class even more difficult. Hermeneutics was one of those words that I had no idea what it meant. Not only was it a foreign word to me, but it was going to be a class I needed to take my first semester. I quickly learned what Hermeneutics meant and discovered that the class was going to be the best and most helpful class I would ever take in my schooling.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Freshe Poke

Sunday Lunch Blog : Freshe Poke

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Freshe Poke -1102 Huger St, Columbia, SC 

Freshe Poke is one of those places that kind of does for sushi what Chipotle, Moe’s, etc. have done for the burrito, which is deconstructed the rolled food, put it into a bowl, and make it choose your own ingredients fast food style. Just as burrito places were taking over around ten years ago, now is the age of the sushi bowl. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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Episode 12 : Missions with Zach Pippin

Episode 12 : Missions with Zach Pippin

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Caroline and April get to talk with Zach Pippin about working in the government, mission trips, and the importance of forming a relationship with communities you serve around the world and frequently returning to those locations. Hear the impressive story of how Zach made it to Haiti his first time and tales from subsequent visits. Find out ways that you can get involved with missions at First by listening below.

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God’s Salvation – Part 7

God’s Salvation – Part 7

Lesson on Romans 8:26-39 Originally delivered on 3/25

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Not only are we given a different identity in Christ, we are given new power
    1. We have the Holy Spirit
    2. The HS gives us the power to walk in newness of life
    3. Through the HS, we must live in the spirit and put to death the things of the flesh
  1. The Holy Spirit’s Ministry in Salvation (V. 26-27)
    • Not only does the Spirit enable us to walk, it also intercedes for us.
      • John 14:16, Hebrews 7:25
  2. God’s On-going Work in Salvation (V. 28)
    • We often misinterpret this verse
    • “For those who love God”
      • John 14: 15, 21, 23; John 15:10
      • 1 John 5:3, 2 John 6
      • This is not a general encouragement, but a specific encouragement to live the life we were called to live
      • Genesis 50:20- Even when we do not understand, God is working things for good
  3. God’s Purpose in Salvation (V. 29-30)
    • “Moral conformity to the likeness of His Son” — Robert Mounce
  4. God’s Assurance in Salvation (V. 31-39)
    • God is for us
    • Paul uses plural pronouns (“us”/”we”) 11 times — We are called to live communally
    • We need to be persuaded to cherish the church enough that we want to bring others in

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God’s Salvation – Part 6

God’s Salvation – Part 6

Lesson on Romans 8:1-25 Originally delivered on 3/18

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans 5:10-6:6 tells us we were saved not just from sin, but also so we can walk in newness of life
  • Living under the law < Living under grace
  • New reality of Christ: Regenerate Man
    • V. 1-12
    • Holy Spirit + Jesus’ sacrifice enable me to live differently
    • V. 13: We have a flesh mind, but when we trust in Jesus we are given the mind of the Spirit
  • Galatians 5:16-24
  • Are you living by the Spirit?
  • V. 16: When living in the Spirit, we’re not relying on the flesh
    • Who are your guiding voices?
    • We must put Scripture in our minds to help us stop gratifying the flesh
    • Am I fighting sin, or just giving in?
  • V. 17-19: We must actively engage the Spirit
    • My sin also affects others. We must understand what sin does and why it’s so disastrous
  • V. 22-23: Fruit of the Spirit
    • When living in the Spirit, we will exhibit these traits.
  • V. 24: I must crucify the flesh
  • Put to death desires that are not of God’s Kingdom/righteousness
    • 1 Peter 4:1-4
  • Romans 8:14- Spirit led –> Child of God
  • V. 15-16: Spirit of Adoption
  • V. 17-18: Suffering is worth it. We are fighting sin now with the promise of future glory
  • V. 24-25: We have the power to live by the Spirit by spending time with God.

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What is Propitiation?

What is Propitiation?

What we believe about God and the Bible is important. Throughout the history of Southern Baptists we have done a good job with evangelism, but have failed in discipleship. The word doctrine simply means, “A set of beliefs held by a church.” One of the most important doctrines of our faith is the doctrine of propitiation. The word propitiation is found 4 times in the New American Standard Bible. It is used in Romans 3:25, Hebrews 2:17, I John 2:2 and I John 4:10. The Greek word used for propitiation in the Greek New Testament is hilasmos and hilasterion as a noun. According to Dr. John F. Walvoord the word propitiation means, “The biblical doctrine embodying the concept that the death of Christ fully satisfied the demand of a righteous God in respect to judgment upon the sinner.” God is holy and just, because of that fact He must have a suitable sacrifice for sin that will satisfy His holiness. Only Jesus can meet the satisfaction of God’s demand for a pure sacrifice for our sin. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him for baptism, he said in John 1:36, “and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, Behold, the Lamb of God.” Jesus is not just a lamb sacrifice, but He is the Lamb of God. Only that Lamb can atone for sin and satisfy God’s righteous holiness. God has judged my sins at the cross. When I accept His offer of salvation my sins not in part, but all of them are forgiven. In Romans 3:25 it says, “Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;” The text in Hebrews 2:17 using the word propitiation says, “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” The doctrine of propitiation tells me that Jesus is my merciful and faithful high priest.

Let me close by looking at perhaps the greatest verse in the Bible on propitiation. In I John 2:2 it says, “and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” Jesus is the suitable sacrifice for my sin, but also for the sin of the world. H.G. Spafford and P.P. Bliss said it wonderfully in the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul,” when in verse 3 it reads, “My sin oh the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

Blessings,

Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister

Episode 11 : Serving with the Raybons

Episode 11 : Serving with the Raybons

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Caroline and April get to talk with Jim and Ada Raybon and hear about all of the areas of ministry that they’ve served at First Baptist since joining in 1975. They are a true example of commitment, both in the church and to each other. Find out what it takes to make a marriage happy, successful, and sold out to Jesus, despite the obstacles and road blocks that life throws in the way. Have fun with Jim and Ada by listening below.

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