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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Sunday Lunch Blog : Blaze Pizza

Sunday Lunch Blog : Blaze Pizza

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Blaze Pizza -275 Park Terrace Dr Columbia, SC 

Ok, so Blaze Pizza is a chain, but it’s a chain that I’ve decided that I really like. The “make your pizza in front of you” restaurants are popping up all over the place, just like frozen yogurt stores were a few years ago, so it can be difficult to know which one has the best taste for your buck. Before going to see a movie with some friends from the First Young Professionals group, we decided to grab dinner. I had had a tumultuous few days and played no part in the decision making, but pizza sounded as good as anything.  Continue reading →

God’s Salvation – Part 5

God’s Salvation – Part 5

Lesson on Romans 7 Originally delivered on 3/4

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Dead to the Law
    • Death alters the law
    • Since we have died to sin, we have also died to legalism
      • We have been released from the law, so we can serve in newness of spirit
    • The law reveals sin. Through the law, we can recognize our sin.
      • Colossians 3:5
      • We live with a tension of His will vs. Our sinful nature
      • We need to know when we miss the mark
        • Leviticus 18:5, Psalm 19:7-10, Ezekiel 20:11
    • Sin has kills me, not the Law
      • Sin took advantage of the Law
      • The Law is what it has always been (A good thing), but sin creeps in and entices us to break the law. (V. 13)
  • The Conflict of Two Natures
    • Christians are a hybrid of created and fallen man — we have experiential knowledge of good and evil and we’ve been reconciled to God through faith.
    • There’s a tension — my inner self wants to do right, but my sinful nature holds me back.
    • V. 25 should encourage us

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God’s Salvation – Part 4

God’s Salvation – Part 4

Lesson Originally delivered on 2/25

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • What now?
    • We’ve died to sin, how can we still live in it? Doing so would be hypocritical.
    • We have a personal responsibility for ministry
    • We’ve been baptized into Christ’s death
      • Mark 10:38, Luke 12:50
      • We who have died no longer rejoice in sin – we have a newness of life (V. 4)
        • As we place out faith in Jesus, we die to ourselves
        • We are justified so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin (V. 6-7)
        • His death is what enables us to live differently.
  • What does this look like?
    • Titus 2:14
    • Romans 6:11- Paul’s first exhortation to the Roman Christians comes midway through the sixth chapter. In light of what he’s said in chapters 1-5, we should consider ourselves alive in Christ
    • We are free of the debt we have accrued, but sin may still exist
      • Based upon grace, do not let sin reign in your life (V. 12)
      • We now have the ability to live righteously
    • We are slaves to whom (or what) we obey
      • Obedience leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to sanctification.

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Episode 10 : Reading The Bible Through Neuroscience

Episode 10 : Reading The Bible Through Neuroscience

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

Why don’t we hear God’s voice like God’s ancient people (Old Testament Israelites) did? Has God quit speaking or have we quit listening? Does our culture impact the way that we hear, see, and interact with God? Or maybe it’s the way our brains are wired? Caroline and April discuss these questions raised by James Kugel, Professor Emeritus in the Bible Department at Bar Ilan University in Israel through an article in The Atlantic, “Reading the Bible Through Neuroscience.” You can read the article here.

What are your thoughts? Join the discussion by commenting in the comments section at the bottom of this page or head over to Facebook and comment on this article.

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God’s Salvation – Part 3

God’s Salvation – Part 3

Lesson Originally Delivered on 2/18

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Since we have been justified
    • We have peace – Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we can be rightly related to God
    • God’s reconciliation is unlike human reconciliation – only we have transgressed
      • In our sin, we are the ones who run. Yet it is God who reconciles us to Himself
  • We are in a state of grace
    • Ephesians 2:18, 3:12
      • We’ve been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his son
    • Hebrews 10:19-22
      • Even in suffering, we can hope in God’s promise
        • That hope becomes a testimony of God’s love to the world
    • God’s love goes beyond our own, because Christ died for the unworthy
    • Since we have been reconciled, let us live as free people
  • Adam and Christ
    • Adam sinned, and through it, death entered the world. However, we’re all just as guilty
    • Christ brings grace and grace is greater than sin.
    • Grace leads to righteousness

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