The Church VS The Ecclesia

            The word "church" is used in our English Bibles for the Greek word "ecclesia" which simply means "assembly or congregation". In the context of every place the word "ecclesia" appears in the original Greek, it refers to those who belong to the family of God. It hasn't anything to do with Sunday mornings or public places of worship. As a matter of fact, the more you read what the Bible has to say about the purpose of our assembling together, you'll discover that most (if not all) of those purposes are left unfulfilled in today's public places of worship. So if the Greek word "ecclesia" means "assembly or congregation," then why doesn't our English Bibles just translate it that way? Where did the word "church" come from and what does it mean?





13 Minutes
July 23, 2010


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RECOMMENDED VIEWING:
The Christian Walk


SESSION NOTES


I. Peter Confesses That Jesus Is The Christ; The Messiah; The Son Of The Living God.
A. Matthew 16:13-16
B. Matthew 16:20
C. Mark 8:27-30
D. Luke 9:18-21


II. Upon Peter's Confession, Jesus Introduces The Ecclesia (Unfortunately Translated "Church" In Our English Bibles).
A. Matthew 16:17-18
B. Hebrews 10:24-25


III. Flashback: When Jesus Was Asked About Where People Should Worship.
John 4:19-24


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The Tradition VS The Word

            When human beings take their man-made religious traditions and call them commandments of God, they're treading on dangerous ground. Jesus was mostly criticized not by secularists, atheists, or even the demon possessed, but rather the religious leaders who continually found themselves opposing him at every turn. They had taken Biblical principles and turned them into exaggerated, ceremonial, man-made traditions. This still happens today and unfortunately, people can get into the habit of blindly following religious ceremonies and traditions without ever stopping to consult God's Word and ask Him, "Why are we all doing this? What's the point?" Jesus said, "If you abide in My Word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free."





14 Minutes
July 16, 2010


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SESSION NOTES


I. Religious Leaders Complain To Jesus About His Disciples Not Washing Their Hands.
A. Matthew 15:1-2
B. Mark 7:1-5


II. A Religious View Of Sin VS God's View Of Sin.
A. Matthew 15:3-6
B. Mark 7:8-13


III. The Word Of Religion VS The Word Of God.
A. Matthew 15:7-9
B. Mark 7:6-7


IV. Jesus Redefines For The Religious Leaders What Makes A Man Unclean.
A. Matthew 15:10-11
B. Mark 7:14-16


V. The Blind Leading The Blind: Jesus' Remedy For Escape.
A. Matthew 15:12-14
B. John 8:31-32
C. Romans 12:2
D. Hebrews 4:12


VI. Jesus Explains To His Disciples The Meaning Of What He Said To The Religious Leaders.
A. Matthew 15:15-20
B. Mark 7:17-23



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How To Walk On Water

            In this study, we cover 2 scenarios that give us a whole lot to think about concerning how to overcome impossible and undesirable situations in our life. The first scenario involves Jesus feeding 5000 people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. The other scenario involves Jesus walking on water and Peter joining him! While these are obvious acts of a supernatural God, we often overlook what Jesus required of his disciples in order for these miracles to take place. Jesus required 2 things: (1) that his disciples follow his directions whether they made sense to them or not and (2) that they focus on HIM and HIS abilities, rather than focusing on the circumstances. Simply doing those 2 things is what led to 5000 people being fed with 2 fish and 5 loaves and it's also what led to Peter walking on water in the midst of a storm. The formula is very simple and yet it's easy to forget amidst all our many distractions. If your needs are greater than your resources, or if you're experiencing storms in your life that you'd like to rise above, then you might want to give this podcast a listen.





22 Minutes
May 28, 2010


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SESSION NOTES


I. Jesus Feeds 5000 People With 2 Fish And 5 Loaves Of Bread.
A. Matthew 14:13-21
B. Mark 6:30-44
C. Luke 9:10-17
D. John 6:1-13


II. Jesus Sends Away His Disciples & Withdraws To Pray.
A. Matthew 14:22-23
B. Mark 6:45-46
C. John 6:14-17


III. The Disciples Are Attacked By Another Storm At Sea & Jesus Walks On The Water.
A. Matthew 14:24-27
B. Mark 6:47-50
C. John 6:18-20


IV. Faith VS Circumstances: Peter Walks On The Water.
A. Matthew 14:28-31


V. Jesus Comes Aboard And The Winds Cease.
A. Matthew 14:32-33
B. Mark 6:51-52
C. John 6:21



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" My Name Is Legion "

            Many have tried to suggest that the classic scenarios of demonic possession recorded in the Bible are nothing more than a primitive culture's attempt to explain personality disorders and mental illnesses. It's because of that viewpoint that I believe Jesus chose to handle this next case in the way that he did to prove that these aren't cases of personality disorders or diseases of the mind, but are literal cases of demonic spirits oppressing and sometimes possessing their human victims to the point of entering their body to share their mind and in many cases, override it. Mark and Luke's record of this event was taken from memory. Matthew's record was recorded quickly by short-hand as it happened, if not soon after.

            Combining these three reports, we find that this particular individual had been known throughout his community. He had been possessed for a very long time, wandering around the community naked, screaming in the night, sleeping among the tombs and cutting himself with stones. The local authorities had attempted multiple times to subdue him. Nothing they had done could stop him. They had even resorted to binding him in shackles and chains, but he ripped them all apart! Apparently, super-human strength is another symptom of demonic possession when the demons have massed together. This is when Jesus chose to respond to this particular case for our educational benefit.

            Mark and Luke report that instead of casting out the demons as Jesus had done before, he asked, "What is your name?" and he said, "My name is LEGION for we are many." At the time, a legion was a military company of 6000 Roman soldiers. The beings possessing this man were soldiers of Satan, and they were at least 6000 in number. But standing in the presence of Jesus, the Son of God, they shrieked in terror and begged Him, "If you cast us out, please permit us to go away into that herd of hogs over there." A herd of 2000 hogs were quietly grazing in a nearby field. Jesus gave a nod of permission. The man immediately fell down as the entire herd of 2000 hogs suddenly became violent and stampeded over a cliff to drown themselves in the sea.





16 Minutes
May 7, 2010


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SESSION NOTES


I. Jesus Calms A Killer Storm That May Have Been Demonically Induced.
A. Matthew 8:23-27
B. Mark 4:35-41
C. Luke 8:22-25


II. Jesus Is Met By Two Individuals Possessed By Demons.
A. Matthew 8:28-29


III. Mark & Luke's Report Focuses On The One Possessed By 6000 Demons.
A. Mark 5:1-10
B. Luke 8:26-31


IV. Jesus Expels The 6000 Demons Into A Heard Of 2000 Hogs.
A. Matthew 8:30-33
B. Mark 5:11-16
C. Luke 8:32-36


V. The Frightening Power Of Free Will.
A. Matthew 8:34
B. Mark 5:17-20
C. Luke 8:37-39



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How To Blaspheme The Holy Spirit

            When you consider the extremes that God personally went to secure our safe passage into Heaven without any threat from Hell, it's hard to believe that there would exist any particular sin that could not be forgiven. What sin could possibly be unforgivable? It's given cute little labels such as "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" with hardly any further explanation as to what that really means. Which sin was Jesus referring to when he declared blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to be an unforgivable sin? Who was he talking to and what did they do? What sin could have possibly escaped the "PAID IN FULL" declaration that Jesus personally made before he died on the cross? Did Jesus make a mistake?





28 Minutes
April 16, 2010


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SESSION NOTES


I. Unraveling The Mystery Of The Infamous Unpardonable Sin (aka) Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit.
A. Matthew 12:31-32
B. Mark 3:28-30
C. Romans 1:18-25
D. John 3:16-19


II. Giving An Account For Every Idle Word.
A. Matthew 12:33-37


III. The Sign Of The Prophet Jonah.
A. Matthew 12:38-40
B. Luke 11:29-30


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Treasures In Heaven

            We've often heard it said that you can't take it with you when you die. But in Matthew 6:19-21, from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught that IT IS possible to send it on up ahead of you by laying up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust can corrupt and where thieves do not break through and steal. How is this done and how is it even possible? What are the treasures of Heaven? Jesus wasn't speaking metaphorically, but literally, as he emphasized the laying up of these treasures as if they were piling up and increasing. To further emphasize their reality and their incredible value, he said "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." What are these treasures and how do you lay them up?





15 Minutes
March 19, 2010


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SESSION NOTES


How To Make Investments Towards Our Future In Heaven.
Matthew 6:19-21



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How To Pray And How Not To Pray

            In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus gave us special instructions on how to pray and specifically HOW NOT to pray. He stressed the importance of keeping it private between you and God and then he stressed the importance of keeping it real without fake platitudes or repetitive phrases. As an example, he gave us a template to follow that's become known as The Lord's Prayer. In discussing these passages, we find enough material to offend just about everyone, the classic fundamentalists as well as the modern age charismatics. But as with all things, before accepting or rejecting what I say in this broadcast, keep an open mind while filtering everything through the scrutiny of Scripture.





36 Minutes
March 12, 2010


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SESSION NOTES


I. How To Pray And How Not To Pray.
A. Matthew 6:5-8
B. Public Hypocrisy VS Private Intimacy.
C. The Habit Of Heaping Up Empty Phrases: A Danger In Any Language.
D. Praying In The Spirit: The Biblical Way VS The Demonic Way.
E. Romans 8:26
F. 1st Timothy 4:1-2


II. What Has Become Known As "The Lord's Prayer".
A. Matthew 6:9-15
B. The Command To Pray For The 2nd Coming: "Thy Kingdom Come".
C. The Purposes Behind "Allowed" Trials And Temptations.
D. The Danger Of Holding Grudges & Unforgiveness.


III. How To Fast And How Not To Fast.
A. Matthew 6:16-18


RECOMMENDED READING:
LET NOTHING STOP YOU FROM PRAYING


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