Wednesday Night Bible Study

The Titles and Descriptions of Jesus. 

October 5th:  Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6) – Ken Boyd
  • October 12th:  Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) – Brian Jones
  • October 19th:  The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6) – Brad Winkler
  • October 26th:  The Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6) – Charlie Emerson
  • November 2nd:  The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) – Ed Harris
  • November 9th:  King of Kings & Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15) – Mark Dill
  • November 16th:  Our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1, 4:14, 6:20, & 8:1) – Larry Woodhall
  • November 23rd:  The Bishop/Shepherd/Overseer of our Souls (1 Peter 2:25) – Wes Henson
  • November 30th:  Prayer Meeting 
  • December 7th:  The Prophet (Acts 3:22-23) – Bill Nichols
  • December 14th:  Mediator/Advocate (1 Timothy 2:5 & 1 John 2:2) – Ron Newcomer
  • December 21st:  Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23 & Colossians 1:18) – Jeremy Betts
  • December 28th:  Son of David (Matthew 21:9) – TBD

God Loves the Leper

Brother Jeremy Betts shares two accounts of Jesus healing lepers and relates them to his own experience battling and healing from Covid-19 and leukemia.

Matthew 8:1-4 (ESV):  When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Luke 17:11-19 (ESV):  On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

What Science Could Have Learned from the Bible

Brother Bill Nichols shares some scientific discoveries that could have been discovered much earlier had scientists looked to the Bible.

Romans 1:20 (ESV):  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Self Deceptions of the False Teacher

Brother Shannon Pfleiderer delivers a message about the destructiveness, depravity, and doom of false teachers.

2 Peter 2:18-22 (ESV):  For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

Open Mouths Open Doors to Open Hearts

Good things happen when righteous people open their mouths. If we open our mouths, God will open doors for us to study with those with open hearts. Here are a few questions to assist us and to prompt a Biblical discussion of one’s need to be saved. (Video in two parts)

Acts 18:5-11 (ESV):  When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Rebukes from the Rich

A look at three rich men in Scripture: 1 – the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-22), 2 – the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21), and 3 – the rich man with Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). What would they have to say to us? Would they praise us or rebuke us?

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV):   Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

It’s a Slow Fade

Morgan Nichols speaks about how our enemy, the devil, attempts to convince us that a life of worldliness is better than the promise of salvation in Jesus. Morgan presents two main points: 1) Lambs & Lions – viewing ourselves in a spiritual context, and 2) Atomic Habits – the little things are the big things.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV):  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Do You Believe God Enough to Obey?

Bill Nichols asks us to examine our belief in God. Faith requires obedience. When Moses disobeyed God and struck the rock rather than speaking to it (as recorded in Numbers 20), he was reprimanded for not believing or trusting God enough to obey. What kind of faith do we have? Do we believe God enough to obey His Word?

Numbers 20:11-12 (ESV):   And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.  And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”

Easter Eggs in Matthew

This sermon was basically in two parts. First, the introduction is a discussion of “Easter Eggs including some in Matthew. The second part was a discussion of Gods plan for salvation as presented in Matthew. Of course, the second part of the sermon is the more important aspect of the teaching in Matthew. Central to Gods plan for us (to hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized for the remission of sins, and to live faithfully) is that we should believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that we should confess our belief to others. 

Matthew 16:16-19 (ESV) Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The Power of Praise

God's Provision
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
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