“The consistent theme throughout the book of James is genuineness. Essentially, the entire letter is an attempt to cause members of the Lord’s body to recognize the ramifications of one’s becoming a new creature in Christ. It is as if James were simply saying that a real Christian will do such and such, and that he will refrain from responding in this or that way! It is an appeal to the Lord’s people to consider seriously whether or not they are living as true disciples should. Jesus had told believing Jews, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8.31). Since Christ’s disciples came to be called Christians (Acts 11.26), that is exactly what James was inspired to instruct his brethren to be—Christians indeed!” [“James—An Introduction,” by Garrell L. Forehand, in Studies in James, Valid Publications, 1990, p. 26].
The links below will take you to study guides based upon the wonderful Book of James. I hope they might be useful to you in mining the jewels to be found in this great treatise. If you will, please tell others about where they might come to find these guides.
Study Guides on Titus will help you in your study of this great New Testament Book. We will soon have a study guide for each of the 260 New Testament Books. We have a NT Study Guides Page, where the guides are listed in Bible order. If you are helped by them, please tell others to come study them also.
The Basic Message of Titus and How it Lives for Men Today…
Luke does not mention Titus in the book of Acts, but this able and devoted companion of Paul is referred to in other places. We do not know his place of birth, but probably was in Antioch of Syria. At least, this is the conviction of many great scholars. Titus played a great part in the early history of the church and was of such character that the church could depend upon him for working to advance the spread of the gospel.
Titus Was a Valuable Servant
It is remarkable to note the prominence which Titus enjoyed in Paul’s epistles to the churches, showing the fact that Paul did regard him highly. Paul mentions him some nine times in Second Corinthians, and always with marked affection and appreciation. The difficult tasks which Paul gave him demonstrated Titus’ strength of character and ability to deal with people. For instance: (1) The collection for the Jerusalem Saints. When Paul needed someone to motivate the Corinthians in their duties toward aiding the saints in Judea, which they promised, he called upon Titus for that task. (2) He used Titus as a peacemaker. The church at Corinth was not void of her problems and Paul sent Titus there according to 2 Corinthians 7.5-16, to help this situation. (3) He was used to demonstrate a principle (Gal 2.1-5). When Paul and Barnabas left Antioch to go into the Galatian area to establish churches, some Judaizing teachers came to Antioch and taught that circumcision was still binding. It is at this point and time that Paul uses Titus to teach a great lesson to the Jews. (4) His work on the Island of Crete. Sometime after Paul’s release from his first imprisonment he and Titus did some evangelistic work at Crete. Whether this was the first effort among these people we know not. We do know however, that on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, there were representatives from Crete. Certainly it is possible that some of them obeyed the gospel, and later returned to their homeland and established the work. Be that as it may, we see from Titus 1.5 that Paul had left Titus there to set things in order.
Purpose of this Book…
When Paul left Titus in Crete, Titus had a big job on his hands. The task which Paul committed to him was a most difficult one. The immorality of the Cretans had reached such a low ebb that they gave themselves over to greediness, licentiousness, lying, and drunkenness; they were a people who were unsteady insincere, and factious.
Among such a people Titus’ assignment was no easy task. He had to to carry forward that work which Paul had already started. He must set in order the affairs of the churches which had arisen there. The first thing Paul instructed Titus to do was to select men who qualified for the work of elders. A task necessary to the growth of a congregation as men develop the requirements for such an office. Paul urged Titus to teach sound doctrine to all classes; including the old as well as the young, taking heed meanwhile that he himself is a pattern of good works. To stimulate faith in God’s chosen people and to lead them on to a more complete knowledge of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life was of utmost importance [William A. Wilder, “The Living Message of Titus,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Edited by Garland Elkins and Thomas B. Warren, pp., 244-245].
For a PDF copy of the Study Guides on Titus, click below:
Truth 2017 is now available on this site. One of my friends whom I truly admire, respect, and appreciate is Roger D. Campbell. He has spent many years in the foreign mission field. During that time he took it upon himself to learn two of the most difficult languages on earth: Mandarin Chinese and Russian. I was present in the assembly when he preached his first sermon in the Russian language in Kiev.
Roger is a great student of the Bible. For many months I have received from him his monthly publication, Truth, by Email. On the previous Maple Hill website I posted many of his Truth issues (with permission). Since we now have this new site I am combining all of last years’ issues into one PDF file. I then will begin posting the monthly.
Each issue of Truth 2017 contains four one-page articles. Each will have an Old Testament article and one New Testament article, plus two other topical articles. I am listing those Bible text articles with page numbers as found in the combined issue. I am listing them in Bible order. Please download this PDF, read and study it, and then tell others where they can come to receive it, as well.
Bible Texts Covered in Truth 2017
Genesis 50.24-26… The Bones of Joseph (2).
Hosea… The Book of Hosea: A Brief Overview (6).
Joel… The Book of Joel: A Brief Overview (10).
Amos… The Book of Amos: A Brief Overview (14).
Obadiah… The Book of Obadiah: A Brief Overview (18).
Jonah… The Book of Jonah: A Brief Overview (22).
Micah… The Book of Micah: A Brief Overview (26).
Nahum… The Book of Nahum: A Brief Overview (30).
Habakkuk… The Book of Habakkuk: A Brief Overview (34).
Zephaniah… The Book of Zephaniah: A Brief Overview (38).
Haggai… The Book of Haggai: A Brief Overview (42).
Zechariah… The Book of Zechariah: A Brief Overview (46).
Matthew 18.23-35… The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (12).
Acts 9.31… The Churches of Galilee (20).
Acts 27… Lessons from Paul’s Journey by Ship to Rome (48).
2 Corinthians 5.10-15… Judgment Matters (36).
Ephesians 4.25-32… The Bible’s Teaching is Just Not Very Practical (8).
Philippians 3.3… For We Are the Circumsision (32).
2 Thessalonians 1.3-4… Thank God for Brethren! (16).
1 Timothy 4.11… These Things Command and Teach (24).
1 John 2.3-6… Knowing God (4).
1 John 3.16-18… Loving in Deed and in Truth (40).
3 John 1.9-10… Diotrephes, the Preeminence Lover (44).
Finally, we would suggest that there are also four fine articles in the July 2018 issue: (1) Pointing Fingers at Others; (2) What Do You Remember about Abigail?; (3) Lord, Help Me Have a Spirit of Sacrifice; (4) Two Paths which Lead to Two Eternal Destinies. We encourage you to read and be edified by these four articles. Find them by clicking here… Truth1807
One of the things we want to do on this site is to link to other good Bible study material online. Garland Robinson has long been providing such. He is the producer and editor of the periodical: Seek the Old Paths. The May 2018 issue is now available online. We recommend it to you for your study…
Study Guides for 1 Peter will help in the study of this important epistle from the Apostle Peter.There is a separate guide for each of the five chapters of 1 Peter. We have divided each guide into nine parts. Each includes outline, summary, commentary, applications, questions to answer, etc., and two puzzles.
The Apostle Peter obviously has concern for his brethren and wants to motivate them faithfully to endure persecution which will surely come (if not already present). Peter’s powerfully persuasive arguments should provide a strength to saints of all ages! He attempts to help the brethren to appreciate more their own salvation by showing others (prophets & angels) had/have great interest in it. Peter urges us to prepare for meeting temptations and persecutions and to keep it in perspective that these sufferings are only temporary. You will see Peter take us to the Cross to remind us of the great cost of our salvation. Also, we see the importance of having sincere love of our brethren, who have so many things in common with us.
A Summary of 1 Peter
“The basic message of 1 Peter concerns suffering. It is obvious that the people to whom Peter wrote were suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Undoubtedly, this persecution took many different forms. We know that some of what they were subjected to involved being falsely charged with evil (1 Pet. 2:11-12). Those who have been wrongly accused of something know that it is not easy to endure. False accusations take a great toll on one emotionally. However, it seems that their suffering involved more than mere talk, for Peter calls it a “fiery trial” that was testing their faith (1 Pet. 4:12).
“One of the things Peter sets out to do in this epistle is to instruct God’s people on how to handle persecution. They must not react by retaliating (1 Pet. 2:21-25; 3:9), nor should they justify their adversaries by engaging in the things of which they are being accused (1 Pet. 4:15-16). Rather, he says, they must “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet. 2:11-16) by living pure lives that do not justify the slander. Also, he says Christians should rejoice that they are suffering because they are Christians (1 Pet. 4:13).
“Not only is Peter instructing them on how to deal with suffering for the sake of one’s affiliation with Jesus, but above all else he teaches them that they must remain faithful to the very faith that is bringing the persecution. This is a high price to pay, and, undoubtedly, a price they had not counted on when they became disciples.
“If people are asked to pay a price, they must be convinced that what they are getting is worth the price they are paying. In this way 1 Pet. 1:1-12 fits into the persecution theme of this letter. These words are Peter’s effort to convince his readers that the Christian faith is worth holding on to despite their suffering. What does Peter tell them about Christianity that makes it worth suffering for? He tells them about the future hope they have as Christians (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Then, he tells them that their present trials will serve to prove that their faith is genuine (1 Pet. 1:5-9). Finally, he looks at Christianity from the past (1 Pet. 1:10-12). The prophets and even the angels were greatly interested in the faith they have had the honor of receiving.” [Summary & Theme are from: Gene Burgett, in Studies in 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude, Edited by Dub McClish, Seventeenth Annual Denton Lectures, 1998, p. 29].
We produced these study guides for 1 Peter in combination with our radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. It is our goal to present on this site a study guide for each of the 260 New Testament chapters. We will post those study guides in the coming days to this site. If you benefit from these Study Guides for 1 Peter, will you please spread the word on social media by using the links below this post?
15 Bible periods appear obvious as one opens, reads, and studies the Bible. I do not know who first came up with this categorization. However, I know that it has been a GREAT help to me in my own personal Bible study to use the 15 periods of Bible history.
I was first exposed to these 15 Bible periods when I entered preaching school at Brown Trail in 1980. As we studied the course, “Old Testament Survey,” we were required to memorize these periods. We also were to place the 66 Bible books into the appropriate period.
Others have divided Bible history into more or less than 15 periods. This is the arrangement that makes the most sense to me. During ALL of these periods God was dealing with mankind. He has given to us an amazing record to study. There are many lessons for our consideration. Through this study, we can derive tremendous benefits.
It really does help a LOT to know HOW these Bible events hook into the recorded history of the world through God’s written revelation! I am confident that the study and then memorization of these 15 Bible periods will enhance your Bible study efforts.
Importance of baptism and ministering to the young and the mature are two topics I received instruction concerning in the school of the walk.
I have spent many years in an organized school environment (actually 12.5 years past high school). I continue to be in school in many ways. One of the ways is that I attend the School of the Walk. I listen to podcasts and other mp3 files as I walk for exercise. Today I had a couple of good classes. One was a class I have enjoyed quite often on Thursdays, for about five years from the podcast: PREACHERS IN TRAINING, by Robert Hatfield. The subject matter was: “Ministering to the Young and the Mature,” with Jacob Rutledge. This podcast is excellent and always helpful to those who carry on the work of a preacher and others whose interests include understanding preaching.
For my second class, I listened to another podcast. This was the regular recording of sermons provided by the West Huntsville church of Christ. The message I heard on “Importance of Baptism,” preached by Dave Miller impressed me. I could use many adjectives to describe how wonderful the message was. It was certainly one of the greatest messages on baptism I have ever heard. It was so well developed; easily understood; powerfully potent with truth; impossible to refute; and, I recommend that you pause what you are doing right now and take a listen: by clicking H-E-R-E.
Please check our SALVATION page on this site. The page contains audio, video and written material which is supportive of this theme of the importance of baptism.
I hope this site will be one that proves to be helpful to you and one you will want to visit regularly. I’m David Lemmons, and I preach for the Maple Hill Church of Christ in Benton, KY. We will seek to post items in the category of Bible study and activities of the church. We welcome you here and hope you will tell others where they can find us. We have many files we want to present here, but we ask for your patience as we begin the process of starting a site. It will be our desire to encourage you to go back to the Bible for answers to questions and problems you confront day by day.