Pillars of Our Faith

July, August, September 2001

Want to learn more about Pillars of Our Faith? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: The Lord Our Righteousness (Romans 5&6, James 2)
This quarter we turn our attention to the topic "Pillars of our Faith." These studies should make for interesting discussions. What one person considers a "pillar" may be viewed by another as a non-essential fence. As usual, we will take a careful look at what the Bible says on each subject. This week we turn our attention to Jesus, which, as the lesson notes, is "the foundation of the pillars." Let's dive in!

Lesson 2: The Sabbath (Genesis 1-2, Exodus 20, Micah 6:8)
The Lord's Day? The Sabbath? Does God call on us to rest one day of the week? If He does, does it matter which one? Speaking of "one," should we being keeping all days "holy?" Maybe all our time is now holy because we now live in the "Sabbath rest" era of history? What, exactly, does God require of us? Is this issue a "pillar" of Christian faith? We will spend this week and the next two looking at this interesting issue of the Sabbath. Let's jump in to see what God has to say!

Lesson 3: The Sabbath - The Sign of Our Relationship With God (Deuteronomy 5, Hebrews 4, Revelation 14)
Last week we started our series of three lessons on the Sabbath. We studied the issue of which day is the Sabbath and why it is important. We concluded that "to walk humbly with our God" means that we should just obey Him when He tells us what He expects. This week we further explore the idea of how the Sabbath reflects our relationship with God. Let's dive in!

Lesson 4: Keeping the Sabbath Holy (Exodus 20&34, Leviticus 25, Isaiah 58, Mark 2)
If I asked you to describe a specific man or woman, would you do it by saying what that person is not? "She is not short, not fat, not blond, not beautiful, not dark and not big boned." Would that description help? Wouldn't you rather have a positive description? One of the problems with describing how to keep the Sabbath holy is that the Bible contains several statements(that we often repeat and expand upon)about what we should NOT be doing on that day. This week we will attempt to positively describe the Sabbath. Let's jump in.

Lesson 5: The First Angel's Message (Revelation 14:6-7)
The book of Revelation is generally considered to be a book of "last day" events. Among those events is a message from God brought by three angels. This week, we turn our attention to the important message of the first angel. Let's jump in!

Lesson 6: Crisis of Loyalty (Revelation 14:8-12, Ephesians 1 and Daniel 7)
This week we have more angels with a message! Last week we studied the message of the first angel of Revelation 14 and this week we continue our study by considering the messages of the second and third angels. Let's jump into our study!

Lesson 7: God's Gift of Immortality (Genesis 3, 1 John 5, 1 Corinthians 15)
Next to the question of "Where did we come from?" is the question, "Where do we go after we die?" The older you get, the more interest you would logically have in the second question. There is much confusion today about the Biblical answer, so let's dive in to see what the Bible has to say about it!

Lesson 8: Light and Shadows: The Earthly Sanctuary (Exodus 25, Hebrews 8-9)
Have you ever asked yourself, "How do I know Jesus was God?" "Why would God die on the cross?" Is there a link between Jesus and the God of the Old Testament?

I have a dear Jewish friend who tells me (with a smile) that Christians have "hijacked" his religion and we should leave the Jewish religion alone. I respond by telling him his religion is incomplete, he needs our Messiah to complete his theology. To prove my point, I ask him what he thinks all those animal sacrifices were about?

At the core of the answer to all of these questions and the debate with my friend is the sanctuary of the Old Testament. Let's dive into this study and find out why this is a "pillar" of our faith!?

Lesson 9: The Heavenly Sanctuary (Hebrews 4 & 7, Revelation 15)
Last week our study was the sanctuary built by Moses in accordance with a "pattern" given to him by God. We learned that this "pattern" was an actual sanctuary that presently exits in heaven! We also learned that the sacrificial system of the earthly sanctuary pointed to the future sacrifice of Jesus, our Savior. Further, we learned that Jesus, after His life, death and resurrection here on earth, is presently in the heavenly sanctuary acting as our High Priest! This week we dive deeper into the heavenly sanctuary and exactly what it is that Jesus is doing for us in heaven.

Lesson 10: The Hour of God's Judgment (John 5, Hebrews 9, Romans 8)
Would you want to be hauled before a court? I assume not! We hate to have to go to court even on routine traffic charges. On the other hand, when we have a controversy with someone else that we cannot resolve, we want to have the right to go to a court to resolve the dispute, right?

Is it that same way with God's final judgment? Do we fear being judged, but at the same time want a final judgment on sin? This week we turn our attention to the final judgment. Let's dive in to see if we can avoid the final judgment!

Lesson 11: The Remnant (Genesis 6, Romans 11, Revelation 12)
God has a history of working through a people He selected. For example, in the Old Testament we see God working through Noah, then Abraham and then Israel. Jesus worked through His 12 disciples. Is there a select group today through which God works? If so, are you a part of it? Let's dive into our lesson and find out!

Lesson 12: The Days of the End (Matthew 24, 2 Timothy 3)
Are you looking forward to Jesus coming a second time to take you to heaven? Do you want Him to end the problems in your life and the sin problem in general? Are you beginning to wonder if this will ever happen? Is there some way to know when Jesus will come? Let's jump into our study this week and find out!

Lesson 13: Behold, He Comes! (2 Peter 3, 1 Thessalonians 4&5)
Last week we discussed the end times and ended with Jesus' Second Coming. This week we continue with our look at the Second Coming. How can we be sure Jesus is coming again? Why does He delay? What will it be like when He comes? Let's jump into our study and find out!

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