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   Can We Trust Our Bible?
   2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday School,  October 30, 2011
The Bible is under attack. We as Christians need to be armed and ready to defend the Scriptures. This lesson will help give confidence that we do have the Word of God in our hands.

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   Church Government
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  October 9, 2011
Church government is not a topic that usually captures our interest. Yet, as we will see from today's lesson, the topic of church government is one that has had a significant impact on church history and that abounds in significance for each one of us today.

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   The Local Church
   Acts 2:41-42
Sunday School,  October 2, 2011
Having established the universal church in the previous lesson, we discuss the local church and its importance in this one. The local church is very much tied to the idea of covenant. Moreover, God loves the church, and so should we.

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   The Authority of the Church
   Matthew 18:15-20; 28:18; 21:23; I Timothy 3:15
Sunday School,  September 25, 2011
The word authority causes many Christians to cringe in this day when genuine commitment to Christ is waning. The authority of the Church is really the authority of God the Father, Son and Spirit and God’s Holy Word. Jesus said, All authority is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. We need to ask ourselves if we really believe this and whether or not our lives indicate such by the way we live.

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   The Invisible Church and Regenerate Church Membership
   1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Sunday School,  September 18, 2011
What is a Church? We begin answering this question by looking at the use of the word "church" in the NT, the nature of the invisible church, and the importance of regenerate church membership.

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   Spiritual Gifts
   Romans 12
Sunday School,  September 11, 2011
There is much confusion today regarding spiritual gifts. In this lesson we will do a quick survey of the charismatic movement in relation to Scripture. We will then discuss how each Christian should be using the gifts God has given them.

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   The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Sanctification
   Ephesians 4:24
Sunday School,  September 4, 2011
Sanctification is the work of God's Spirit, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die to sin, and live to righteousness. Today we look at this crucial aspect of our Christian life.

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   The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  August 28, 2011
God's Word begins with the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2) and ends with the Holy Spirit (Revelation 22:17). II Peter 1:21 reveals that the Holy Spirit is the author of the Word of God. He is referenced in the New Testament more than 300 times. His ministry is so crucial - it must not be taken lightly. Someone said that if the Holy Spirit were taken out of the world, most of our churches would go right on functioning as they are currently. Let it not be said that this would be true of Bethany Bible Church.

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   The Doctrine of the Spirit: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
   Genesis 1:2
Sunday School,  August 14, 2011
Was the Spirit active in the Old Testament? We believe he was, in at least five ways: creation, divine disclosure, special enablement for service, theocratic anointing, and, in a way that pointed to his future ministry, as the subject of prophecy in the hope of Israel.

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   The Deity and Personhood of the Holy Spirit
   John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7-8; Romans 8:16, 26
Sunday School,  August 7, 2011
The Holy Spirit of God has been the subject of denial and neglect for centuries. Some consider the Spirit to merely be an impersonal influence or an energy force. It is blasphemy to think of Him in any other way than the third person in the Trinity possessing the same essential deity as the Father and the Son. He is to be worshiped, loved and obeyed as such, in the same way as God.

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   Justification and Union with Christ
   Romans 1-3
Sunday School,  July 17, 2011
Martin Luther said that justification by faith is the doctrine that determines whether the church is standing or falling. Justification deals with the heart of the gospel, for it answers the question, "How can I be declared righteous in the sight of God. A right understanding of this doctrine is essential to a right understanding of the gospel.

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   The Doctrine of Salvation: The Atonement and the Gospel
   Romans 3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 15
Sunday School,  July 10, 2011
We look at the heart of the Christian faith in this lesson exploring the doctrines of the atonement and the Christian good news. Some of the questions we answer are: Why was his death necessary? On what basis does God forgive sinners? How does Christ's death accomplish forgiveness? What are other understandings of the atonement and how do they fit with Scripture? And what is the Christian gospel? What is not the gospel?

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   The Doctrine of Salvation: Regeneration and Saving Faith
   Titus 3:5; Hebrews 11:1-3
Sunday School,  July 3, 2011
In this lesson, we look at what the Bible teaches about regeneration and faith. What does the Bible mean by being "born again"? What kind of faith saves, and how does faith save?

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   The Ministry of the Son of God
   Genesis 18; Luke 14:16-30; Acts; Hebrews; 1 John 2:28-3:1
Sunday School,  June 26, 2011
A ‘ministry’ is an act of service that one performs for the benefit of another. Therefore, to speak of the ‘ministry’ of God the Son is to recognize that that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, though He is God, has revealed Himself as a servant, a servant of God the Father and a servant on behalf of His own people. We study the ministry of the God the Son as meek and thankful disciples, desiring to follow the example of our Lord who serves us. The ministry of Jesus in traditional Christian theology since the Reformation is comprised of three offices: Prophet, Priest, and King. More recently, however, Millard Erickson (Christian Theology) has suggested that it is more helpful to consider the ministry of Jesus according to the functions of these three offices: Christ as Revealer, Reconciler, and Ruler. Keeping these functions in mind, we will look briefly at the ministry of the Second Person of the Godhead in the Old Testament, the Gospels, the Church, and the Eschaton.

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   The Historical Jesus
   Matthew 27:22
Sunday School,  June 5, 2011
Historians have noted that around any great person there are always legends that spring up about them, eventually making it difficult for us to discern fact from fiction. This is the principle at work in the distinction between what is termed ‘the Christ of history’ and ‘the Christ of faith.’ The questions that a study of the ‘historical Jesus’ seeks to answer are whether or not the Christ of history (the living, God-Man, Jesus) and the Christ of faith (what the Bible tells us to believe about Jesus) are the same, and whether or not it matters. This lesson will seek merely to introduce the study of the historical Jesus and to argue that our salvation is based, not upon empirical history, but upon the true witness to Jesus given to us by the evangelists who wrote our four gospels.

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   Christological Heresies
   John 1:14
Sunday School,  May 29, 2011
This lesson surveys the heresies concerning the person of Christ. We see that a heretical direction touching Christ's person ends in a heretical direction in other crucial areas of Christian doctrine. We affirm with the universal church one Lord Jesus Christ, two natures united in one person.

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   Who Is Jesus Christ?
   Matthew 16:13-15; Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8
Sunday School,  May 22, 2011
Jesus asked, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" Many people have no clue as to the answer of Christ's question because they choose to answer it apart from the only source that reveals the answer - God's Holy Word. There are also a number of different answers by men who were seeking to answer that question, seriously looking for truth. The orthodox answer is that Jesus is one Person. He has a complete human nature and a complete divine nature and yet these two natures can never be mixed, confused, divided, or separated. Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.

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   The Deity of Christ
   John 1:1; Matthew 11:25-27; Titus 2:3; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 8, 2011
The reason the doctrine of the Trinity, though veiled in the Old Testament, comes alive in the New, is the coming of Jesus Christ and His claim to deity. It was essentially the claim of Jesus that He was God which made it necessary for the church to put into workable terminology how it could be true that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equally God, yet there is only one God. In this lesson we will not so much examine how Jesus is God; instead we will examine the key biblical texts demonstrating to us that Jesus is God.

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   The Nature of Being Human and the Origin of the Soul
   1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:44; Luke 12:4-5; John 5:28-29
Sunday School,  May 1, 2011
There are many questions that surround our humanity, such as who we are, where we came from, what is our purpose, and where are we going. The Bible answers all of these questions. But the Bible also helps us to understand our nature or our substance—of what we consist. The answer to the question of our nature helps to inform our understanding about many other aspects of our Christian life. In this lesson we will look at the three leading views of the nature of humanity and also look briefly at the subject of the origin of the soul.

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   The Doctrine of Man: Original Sin
   Romans 5:12-19
Sunday School,  April 10, 2011
What is original sin? This lesson explores what the Bible says about this important doctrine of the Christian faith, including a brief defense and further discussion of how it relates to the salvation of children who die in infancy.

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   Total Depravity
   Romans 1:18-22
Sunday School,  April 3, 2011
Total depravity is a general term describing the effects of sin in the sinner’s life. It is sometimes called absolute total inability and refers to man’s unwillingness and inability to deal with his sin and secure salvation on his own.

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   The Doctrine of Man: Men, Women, and Roles
   Ephesians 5:21-33
Sunday School,  March 27, 2011
We continue studying the doctrine of man with a look at what the Bible says about men and women, and their roles in the church and home.

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   The Doctrine of Man: Creation, Image of God, and Historicity of Adam
   Genesis 1:26-31
Sunday School,  March 20, 2011
This first lesson on the doctrine of man discusses the creation of man, the image of God, and the historicity of Adam.

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   The Essence of the Trinity
   John 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:3
Sunday School,  March 13, 2011
Augustine said about the doctrine of the Trinity: "In no subject is error more dangerous, or inquiry more laborious, or the discovery of truth more rewarding.” His assessment is correct; for this doctrine asks us to reconcile three paradoxical statements that the Bible teaches about God: God is three Persons, each Person is fully God, and there is only one God. The articulation of how these three biblical observations can coexist is the doctrine of the Trinity. In this lesson we will merely introduce the doctrine of the Trinity and call attention to some its more important aspects.

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   The Doctrine of God: The Attributes of God – Part 3
   Genesis 18:4
Sunday School,  March 6, 2011
This final lesson on the attributes of God discusses God's omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, eternity, lordship, righteousness, justice, mercy, lovingkindness, and God's chief end.

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   The Doctrine of God: The Attributes of God – Part 2
   James 1:17
Sunday School,  February 27, 2011
As we continue to study the self-revelation of God in Scripture, we look at God's immutability, freedom, truth, holiness, love, omnipotence, and omniscience.

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   The Doctrine of God: The Attributes of God – Part 1
   Deuteronomy 6:4
Sunday School,  February 13, 2011
As we continue to study the self-revelation of God in Scripture, we look at God's spirituality, self-existence or aseity, divine simplicity, infinity, immutability, freedom, and truth.

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   The Doctrine of God: Existence
   Romans 1
Sunday School,  February 6, 2011
This lesson surveys the reasons often given to prove the existence of God. Yet, we conclude, as the Bible never embarks on such a project as proving God's existence, ultimately these proofs are inadequate by themselves to demonstrate the validity of Christianity or convince a person to turn from sin to Jesus Christ.

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   The Nature of Divine Illumination
   1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Ephesians 3:14-19; Ephesians 1:15-18
Sunday School,  January 30, 2011
Not only has God graciously given to us His very Word, leaving us with a witness to His will for the church, He has also given to us His Holy Spirit who aids us in our understanding of His Word. This ministry of the Spirit, commonly referred to as 'divine illumination,' is explained in different ways by varying denominations. In fact, it adds a touch of irony to this doctrine when we consider that there is little agreement about what the Bible actually teaches concerning illumination! Nevertheless, most Christians believe that the Bible teaches some form of ongoing, illuminating work of the Spirit, and it my purpose this morning to suggest the importance of this doctrine by setting forth what the church has believed concerning illumination, what the Bible has to say on the matter, and what conclusions we may draw based on the biblical text.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Authority & Canonicity
   Matthew 28:18
Sunday School,  January 23, 2011
Why do we have the books that we have in the Bible? Is the Canon opened or closed? This lesson looks at the doctrines of Authority and Canonicity.

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   The Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  January 16, 2011
The orthodox doctrine of inerrancy, that the Holy Scriptures are free from error of any kind as given in the original autographs, is one of the key teachings which undergirds the authority of the Bible. However, this doctrine has been challenged over the last century, both by those who desire to attack the Bible and those who claim to defend it. This morning my purpose is merely to introduce the doctrine of inerrancy: its definition, importance, and biblical defense.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Inspiration
   2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday School,  January 9, 2011
That “all Scripture is breathed out by God” teaches us that Scripture is a God-produced book. Ultimately, God produced the Bible, though He used men to write it. This lesson explores the doctrine of inspiration as taught in Scripture.

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   The Doctrine of the Word of God: Revelation
   Romans 1:18-32
Sunday School,  January 2, 2011
The Word of God teaches that God has revealed Himself in two ways. General revelation is never used properly by natural men. God's special revelation, properly defined, is not to be equated with Scripture, but Scripture is a special or particular revelation from God.

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