Sunday, September 25, 2016
Just a note about the lessons today- it always amazes me just how relevant these lessons are, even the old testament lessons.
The Bible study was on a story taken from the book of Judges, one of my favorites...SAMPSON. We certainly know the story- he was set apart as a judge from birth and told by an angel that his hair was not to be cut. God used him with all is faults (loved the ladies, was an instigator and trouble maker and trickster) ...or was this how God made him for His purpose (to start the overthrow of the Philistines)? When the Holy Spirit 'fell on him' he could do great feats of strength for God's cause....start the rebellion and free the chosen people. Everyone thinks that it was actually his hair that gave him his strength, but in reality it was his obedience to God in NOT cutting his hair as a Nazarite that allowed him to receive the strength to do these great things in the physical for the Lord. To serve Him we must 'trust and obey'. His story is ours. We don't have to wait for the Holy Spirit to 'fall on us'...He is IN us! We just have to trust and obey, and then God can use us, just as He made us, to serve Him and His purpose. I think our challenges are actually great than Sampson's....he had to loose his sight in order to regain the sight of his purpose in God's plan for him. We don't!
The sermon was on Chapter 11, where poor Peter...once a devote Jew...now a devote Christian, is trying to figure out how to navigate in these new waters...Christianity. God shows Peter that what He calls clean is clean, and that the gospel is open to the Gentiles. Peter and the first church composed mostly of Jewish converts, had to make the leap away from Jewish traditional custom and practice in following Jesus and His teaching. Once the boys back home leaned Peter went into a Gentile's house and preached the gospel, they called Peter to the carpet. He and the six witnesses he brought with him (smart boy) told the story and everyone realized that God was reaching all people. The first church had big trouble over this issue. The Jews now Christians, actually wanted the Gentiles to become Jews in order to become Christians. Peter later had more difficulties with this, and this issue was a huge problem for the church, and it was eventually settled by James, brother of Jesus. Scriptures says the here in Antioch at this time, people following 'the Way' were called Christians, which was a derogatory term which meant 'little Christ'. You know, that is exactly what God wants...for the world to see Him....in us!
Chuck Schmidt leads an adult Bible study on Sunday morning at a retirement home in the Red Bluff area, followed by two church services. Since November, 2011, Chuck has been recording the messages and sending them out to friends that are interested in them.
These teachings are presented online on this website in the form of Streaming MP3 audio.
How to navigate this web site
If you are on a laptop or desktop computer: Links to Bible studies are listed in the left column of each page, while the sermons are listed on the right side of the page.
If you are on a tablet or smart phone: Links to Bible studies are listed near the top of the page, and the sermons are listed near the bottom of the page.
Simply click the title of the lesson or sermon you would like to listen to.
How to listen to the studies and sermons:
After clicking the title of the lesson or sermon you would like to listen to, the page for that lesson or sermon will open.
Near the top of the page that opens, you will find icons for the MP3 audio player below the title of the lesson or sermon. The MP3 audio player icons look like this (non-functional example shown):
Click the Play arrow on the MP3 player icon on the lesson or sermon page to begin listening to the message. After it begins playing, the arrow turns to a "pause button" ( || ); if you click this you will be able to pause the audio at any time. As the message plays, a white circle travels along with the message on the Progress Bar. You may click and drag this white circle back to the left if you want to hear a portion of the message again, or forward to the right if you want to skip ahead. You may adjust the volume by clicking and dragging the Volume Slider.
Written notes appear below the player so that you may follow along with the message.
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