Sunday, October 23, 2016
Just a quick note on this lovely Fall day, to tell you what the lessons were about. I think of these messages as 'Cliff Notes' on the lessons, and I am so glad that Cliff Notes were invented and were available when I was being tortured studying literature in school!
The Bible study today was from Isaiah Chapter 53. Isaiah was the Messianic prophet. He had more prophesy about Jesus than any, perhaps, all other prophets combined. He was a prophet for 60 years for the Lord. In Chapter 53, we see two types of prophesy about Jesus: 1) specific details about His life and death, and 2) His heart. The specific prophesy was to demonstrate that Jesus was and is the Messiah, but the other, they show us who He was and how much He loved us. We understand the physical, emotional, and social pain of the trails, rejection, and crucifixion, but do we know what the spiritual pain the Son of God suffered was about? Not really. Jesus was one of the Holy Trinity forever past, and when He became sin for us, He was rifted from the Trinity and became the thing that God hates the most....sin. The Father had to turn His back on Jesus as He became sin on the cross. We have no idea what this pain and suffering was all about, but I think, when we get to heaven and experience God face-to-face in the spirit, we will understand this. Anyway, Isaiah did a wonderful job of communicating the prophesy regarding Jesus, including His heart for us.
The sermon from Acts was a continuation of the apostolic mission trips, Chapter 15, and also of the disputes between the first Christians, most of whom were ex-Jews. Some of the Jews taught that the Gentiles had to become a Jew first in order to be a Christian. Not so. But it did cause quite a stir. This had to be settled in 'one accord' by James after clear evidence was presented that the gospel message and salvation, complete with the giving of the Holy Spirit, was available 'by faith' to the Gentiles. In the same chapter, Paul and Barnabas got into it over taking Mark on the second mission trip; Paul would not take him. After much debate, the two apostles split company thus have two mission trips occur instead of one. Just like church splits, God can be in it. This chapter speaks to the leading of church by the Holy Spirit, and unity of the church despite differences of opinion....so long as the Holy Spirit settles the matters in dispute!
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.
Thank you for visiting this website; we pray that it is a blessing to you.