The work of God continues…this is part 2 of “Fire and rain, Northern Exposure”
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The work of God continues…this is part 2 of “Fire and rain, Northern Exposure”
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“But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.”
Titus 2:1 NASB
This class is a chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse study of the book of Daniel. Known as the “Apocalyptic Book of the Old Testament,” Daniel holds the keys that unlock understanding of the book of Revelation, as the two partner each other.
Some of the main topics of the book are the sovereignty of God, the biblical accounts of secular historical events, the preservation of Israel while in exile, and detailed accounts of major prophetical events.
The Pastoral Epistles of 1&2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon are indispensable guides for contemporary ministry. In this course, each book is exposited in order to gain an understanding of the biblical material. Additionally, major themes from the books and practical application are discussed with the goal of better equipping the student for ministry.
New Testament Greek 1
This is designed to equip the student with the basic skills of reading and translating Biblical Greek at the beginning level. The emphasis is upon building vocabulary and learning the basics of biblical Greek grammar so that the student acquires the necessary skills to read and translate selected biblical texts. Students are introduced to the pronunciation, morphology, and syntax of biblical Greek.
Beginning with learning the basic building blocks of the language such as the alphabet, vowels, nouns, adjectives, articles, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs, etc. Through building vocabulary throughout the course and learning basic sentence syntax, the students begin to use their acquired skills in translating selected texts.
This class consist of a survey of the main doctrines of the Christian faith. Attention will be given to the topics that include: divine authority and revelation, the nature and theological role of the Bible, the existence and nature of God, the three Persons of the Trinity, angels, man, sin, salvation, church, and eschatology.
All relationships involve communication and our relationship with God is no different. To grow in that relationship we must spend time in His presence and there is no greater opportunity available to the believer than prayer. One cannot be equipped to do the work of God without a rich prayer life. This course takes a broad look at prayer using the Bible as the primary source of instruction.
This class is designed to instruct students in the foundational principles and practices of Bible interpretation, giving you a framework with which to view all of Scripture. The inductive method of Bible study will be taught with attention paid to the various features of a text that contribute to the interpretative process. A special emphasis will be given to the role of biblical inerrancy, inspiration, objective meaning, problems in Hermeneutics, and the nature of Scripture itself.
Teachers, pastors, and various speakers, share from Scripture and exhort the men coming alongside them in their Christian walk. Topics pertaining specifically to men and their role as Scripture indicates are discussed.
“…so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine…”
Genesis (Greek for ‘Beginning‘) called Bereshith in Hebrew, meaning “In the Beginning”, the key to the entire Bible. The Book of Beginnings shows the origin of Creation, Man, Sin, Sacrifice, Worship, Languages, Races and Nations of the world and Redemption.
The Heart of God is to have continuous fellowship with His creation. When fellowship with man was broken because of sin, He demonstrates His love by revealing His plan to maintain continuous fellowship with Him-by the origin of sacrifice and offering. Genesis reveals the creation of the earth for the exclusive purpose of man’s existence, and revelation of His nature, “the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
1 and 2 Samuel (Life of David)
David holds the unique title in scripture, wherein God said,”I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.” Acts 13:22 He was a shepherd, a type of Christ, a prophet, a warrior, a musician, a hymn writer, a notorious sinner, a lousy father, and yet one of the greatest leaders in the history of Israel.
In this class we want to take an in-depth look at this man with this unique title and learn what we can discover about God, about leadership, and about what it means for us to be a man or woman after God’s own heart. This will be an interactive class, combining lecture with spirited class discussion.
1 and 2 Kings
In this chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse study of the books of I and II Kings, you shall have an understanding of the main theme of the books and develop a working knowledge and application of the main character studies of some of the kings and prophets of Israel More importantly to see God work in and through people of the two divided kingdoms, Israel (Samaria) in the North, and Judah in the South.
This class is a verse by verse study of the book 1Corinthians. This letter addresses the problems that plagued the Corinthian church and are still of great concern to the Church today: division, marital conflicts, sexual immorality, Christian liberty, spiritual gifts, money, and offended believers.
This class is a verse-by-verse study of the book of Romans, a book long regarded as the most systematic presentation of doctrine in the Bible. Students will look carefully at how the saving life of Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, can transform lives.
By the end of the course, students should be familiar with Paul’s Romans epistle and how it fits in with his other writings, especially Galatians. You should also have a greater understanding of such glorious truths as God’s sovereignty, the work of the Holy Spirit in matters of salvation, sanctification, pre-destination, justification, free will, grace and the law. The greatest goal, however, is for Jesus Christ to become more central in of your life.
Through this verse by verse study of Revelation, we’ll explore the meaning of the Bible’s final book. We will discover great encouragement and hope as we see God’s plan for the world unfold today. Some of the topics we’ll investigate include the Rapture of the Church, the Tribulation and Great Tribulation, Armageddon, Christ’s Return, Millennium, and the Eternal State.
Inductive Bible Study
The way we read and understand the Bible affects the way we live. Since we make decisions based on how we understand the Bible, it is important that we read the Bible in a way that lead us to the right conclusions about God, ourselves, and the world we live in. In this course, you get to learn how to study the Bible for yourself, to learn to biblically interpret and apply the Bible soundly through a variety of Bible study methods that will prove relevant in the very fast-paced culture of today.
“And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure,
for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.”
In our theme verse, 1Peter 3:15, 16, the students of MFHBC learned and dug for gold nuggets of truth what it means to “sanctify” or “honor” Christ the Lord as holy. Looking back on our rear view mirror, it is as important as keeping our eyes ahead to 2018.
The goal that every man/woman be presented complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28) Here at “My Father’s House“, God continues to do the work He promised we (that includes you)get to be a part of. The fall of 2017 saw us planted in the heart of the city of Silang, about 10 kilometers away from Tagaytay, we came alongside Kingdom Ministries to pass on how to mine God’s truth to group leaders.
When classes began on September 5, the room was filled to capacity. The excitement of something new proved too much to resist for these men and women. They flocked to this “old” new thing, studying the Word of God as He intended for all. The sense of joyous expectancy were with these students, coming to learn NT Greek, Inductive Bible Study, Theology, and the Gospel of Luke. They shot off from the gates like a rocket…and then…the truth of the parable of the Sower soon was manifest over the coming weeks, beginning in mid October leading to December. Keep praying with us for these (Jude 20-24).
Glory and praise belongs to the Lord in all that has been accomplished in Fall 2017. The prayer of the Lord in you are being realized in this area of ministry here with us in the Philippines, such as:
1. The Lord opening the offsite teaching ministration at Kingdom Ministries in Silang.
2. The continuing partnership with the Rock of Refuge Christian Church testifies to the unique relationship that exist amongst God’s children without focusing on the “brand.” They are co-workers to the BJMP inmates in Biñan, Laguna, and together we all have been blessed by many fruits of salvation.
3. Then there is the women’s Bible fellowship, Joyful Ruthies faithfully come together. Praise God for all that He has done, is doing, and will continue to do.
Towards the start of December, Pastor Ren Sabio, one whom God has used in our lives, visited us along with his niece and parents,”Pops” and Mom. Every year since we’ve been here, God is faithful to press us forward through visits from the church, His body, through folks like you, and this year the Sabios.
Not only that, MFHBC hosted aspiring film maker Melissa, her cast Janine, Jude, TJ and Kevin for the weekend before Christmas. The Indie film titled “Enough” in English will be entered in 2018’s Cine Malaya Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
* For the next place of God for us. Pray with us for the right place in wisdom, that His will be done on the where and when, that the how be manifest by Him (Hebrews 11:10).
* For the coming Off Site Spring 2018 semester; for current and future students to be wholehearted and steadfast in their trust and dependence upon Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Pray for churches to be single minded towards Christ, that we all come united in His Body being the Bride until He returns. Jude 20-24
* Pray For the BJMP prison ministry; for the inmates and the officers who are hearing the Gospel, to be transformed as they hear and believe and make confession with their mouth Christ Jesus in their lives. Romans 10:10
* Pray For our ministry partners, Rock of Refuge Christian Church(RRCC) and Kingdom Ministries of Silang (KMS), their pastors and leaders in training to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. 2Peter 3:17
* Pray For the Ladies of Joyful Ruthies Women’s Bible Study that by their model, other women(young and old) will know Christ in the teaching of His Word, and in their actions win many to Jesus. Titus 2:3,4
* Pray the Philippines be transformed by the Word of God. For us not to be weary in this field of dreams and to keep on being joyful in His strength as we continue to sow in the fallow grounds. Hosea 10:12
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
Is the daily grind (life) more than you can handle? Jesus says…
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“And He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
“…If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
The question is, what “season” are you in? We don’t pick and choose where we are born in, but the same statement given by God to two men in the Bible, we find to be true in our own lives, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you…I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5; and the salutation of Romans 1:1, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…”
Both Jeremiah and Paul were called by God, just as you are called by God. He has revealed Himself to us in His written Word, the Bible; He has revealed Himself in creation; and more importantly, He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…”
Where do you find Jesus Christ? In the pages of the Bible, in Scripture! In a Messianic Psalm, in 40:7, the Lord through David says, “Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of Me“, in the King James it is rendered, “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me…” A verse later repeated in Hebrews 10:7.
Whatever season you may be in, know that God is involved! He reminds us of this in Ecclesiastes 3. God knows all about us, what He desires is for us to know Him, not in the intellect, but as intimate as possible. That begins by knowing what His Word says, the Bible.
The people around us ought to know the truth of the Word of God not just by what is written, but in the life we live. If we believe God is revealed in Jesus Christ, is He glorified in the life we live? Do they see Christ in us? Do we preach Him not just in words, but actions as well? How? We…you begin by knowing Who it is you worship, know truly what the Bible says. Not a regurgitated response from someone else (priest, pastor, deacon, teacher etc…says), but the truth the Holy Spirit reveals, He is both Author and Revelator of the Bible. It begins with you making the time.
We should not pick and choose where and when we exhibit our Christianity, but as the Lord orchestrates…any time…any place…that is the moment. Paul reminded Timothy, and by extension…us, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” How can one “convince, rebuke, exhort, if you do not make the time to study God’s Word to communicate by word and deed God’s truth.
As my wife fervently reminds me about reading and studying the Bible, it’s not just a have to…it is something we get to. “The purpose of the Lord is His will for you.” (or vice versa) Let His life manifest in yours by studying the Word of God. Jesus promises, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
God says in Isaiah 55:11…”So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”