Study Guide on 2 John

A 7-page study guide from the New Testament Book of 2 John with 9 parts, including two puzzles.

6300.WebsiteGraphicThe New Testament book of 2 John is another of the five one-chapter books in the Bible. Small but powerful! It has great value. The VITAL exhortation of  verse 9 should cause us all to be thankful and prayerfully careful to accept its beautifully stated wisdom. The Lord would have you and me to ABIDE IN the doctrine of Christ! There simply is no better way to live life on earth! It is the ABUNDANT LIFE of John 10.10.

Please use the study guide on 2 John carefully to study these wonderful words from the Apostle John. If you find it helpful, please tell others where they can come find it. btc2John

Study Guide for 2 John… 6300sg

At Thy Word

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In Luke 5.5 we have Simon Peter using the words of the title above. He did not come close to understanding the reason for letting the net down, as the Lord had just directed him (he openly questioned its wisdom), but he would do so at His word. He presents to us here one of the most remarkable instances of unquestioning obedience that is to be found in all of Scripture. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net (Luke 5.5).

I found some interesting comments about this incident from the late and great Bible scholar, Franklin Camp. He writes…

When one considers that Christ was a carpenter and Peter a fisherman one can imagine Peter’s thoughts. Just think of a carpenter telling a fisherman how to fish. It is even more suggestive in view of the fact they had fished all night and caught nothing. I think I can sense how Peter felt. It is as though he would say, “I do not think it will do any good, but we will do what you say.” The way to overcome doubt and questions about divine commands is to obey what the Lord says. Think what would have happened if Peter had just flatly refused to obey. Christ would not have forced him to let the nets down.

Discipleship is a challenge to faith. A disciple is a learner. Christ is the teacher. One does not learn by refusing to do what the Lord commands. Multitudes have found to their joy that blessings come when faith accepts the challenge and launches out in obedience to His will [Franklin Camp, Studies in Luke, Thomas Eaves, editor, p. 68-69].

I really like brother Camp’s statement: The way to overcome doubt and questions about divine commands is to obey what the Lord says. That seems to me to be quite a simple and yet elegant approach to life. The fact of the matter is, we will NEVER go wrong in following that prescription.

If we will only partake of the spirit of obedience demonstrated on this occasion by Simon Peter, we will certainly be the winners as a result! The result for Peter was that he hauled in such a multitude of fish that the nets began breaking (v. 6) and the boats began sinking (v. 7). The result for us is that we will live eternally in the beautiful home of the soul (John 14.1-6).

I have always been moved by the words Peter exclaims after seeing the Lord show His great power in the field which was Peter’s specialty. Listen to his statement of awe: Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord (Luke 5.8). Peter seems to me to be acknowledging that he was unable to show Jesus the respect and reverence He deserved and that he thus was not suitable to be in Jesus’ presence.

Thankfully, the Lord intervenes with words of encouragement to Peter, James, and John: Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men (v. 10). Read a little further and see that Peter, James, and John were ready to forsake all and follow Jesus (v. 11). They knew well that one who could do what they had just seen done would be able to provide anything they might possibly need.

Notice also, brother Camp’s statement: Multitudes have found to their joy that blessings come when faith accepts the challenge and launches out in obedience to His will. On one occasion an attempt was made to praise the mother of Jesus. His response at that time was to redirect the praise: Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it (Luke 11.28). The importance of unquestioning obedience to the will of the Lord needs to be emphasized more and more.

What advantage you and I have as we open our Bibles and have so freely available the amazing, completed, written, revelation from God! We can read about this miracle performed by Jesus and so many more. John tells us that there is a REASON for the recording of such powerful signs—John 20.30-31… And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Having LIFE through the name of Jesus is dependent upon believing that Jesus is the Christ! When we truly believe that fact, is it really any challenge to behave in the same way that Peter did in giving such a faithful response to the Lord’s command in Luke 5.5? Let us be challenged by the beautiful response of the Apostle Peter and say to the Lord, regarding whatever command might be given: AT THY WORD.

And They Were Astonished

A link to an article written by Tom Wacaster as he reflects upon the words of Matthew 13.54.

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Tom Wacaster is a great Bible student, preacher, teacher, and writer. I am thankful to own his commentaries and to have benefited from sermons I’ve heard from him. He has a website and I have it loaded into my RSS-reader. I always pay attention when I see something new he has written. Today I saw links to four articles. I would like to recommend you read them all. The one I will link to below is the one entitled: AND THEY WERE ASTONISHED. In this article the Lord Jesus Christ is exalted and praised and I am convinced that we NEVER can see enough of that kind of writing. Please visit Tom’s site to read this outstanding article by clicking HERE.

Well Named

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As part of a larger discussion online, I ran across a very thoughtful poem. It is entitled: “Bar,” and was written by the famous author: Anonymous. I Googled it, but found no answer as to the poet. If you know, please inform me.

 

 

The name of each saloon’s a bar,

The fittest of its names by far.

A bar to heaven, a door to hell.

Whoever named it, named it well.

A bar to manliness and wealth,

A door to want and broken health;

A bar to honor, pride, and fame,

A door to sin and grief and shame;

A bar to hope, a bar to prayer,

A door to darkness and despair.

A bar to honored, useful life,

A door to brawling, senseless strife;

A bar to all that’s true and brave,

A door to every drunkard’s grave;

A bar to joys that home imparts,

A door to tears and aching hearts;

A bar to heaven, a door to hell,

Whoever named it named it well.

How to Ruin Your Children

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by J.K. Gossett

Several years ago the Houston, Texas Police Department distributed a leaflet entitled: “Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children.” It is reprinted here for your thoughtful consideration.

  1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.
  2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he’s cute. It will also encourage him to pick up cuter phrases that will blow off the top of your head later.
  3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is twenty-one and then let him decide for himself.
  4. Avoid use of the word “wrong.” It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing, that society is against him and he is being persecuted.
  5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around like books, shoes, and clothes. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
  6. Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.
  7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they will not be too shocked when their home is broken up later.
  8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you had them?
  9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.
  10. Take his part against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
  11. When he gets into real trouble apologize for yourself by saying, “I never could do anything with him.”
  12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will likely have it.

HOW TO REAR YOUR CHILDREN

And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6.4).

A FAVORITE Sermon

Tim Rice writes: “The effect of Bob’s preaching is well described by Oliver Goldsmith in a classic poem about a village preacher: ‘Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.'”

Bobby Duncan, Gospel Preacher
The Late Bobby Duncan from: https://acoconline.com/duncan.htm

One of my all-time favorite sermons EVER, from one of my asbolute favorite preachers is available from the link below. Paul Sain is doing a great service to make these Voices from the Past come alive in this 21st Century! Bobby Duncan uses an illustration about obedience from the pioneer preachers (even mentions Kentucky), in this lesson which has two vital qualities: (1) simplicity; (2) power! You should listen immediately and share it with others. Go to the Voices from the Past Podcast site.

You can read more about Bobby Duncan and listen to 20 other great sermons from this departed servant of the Lord by clicking H-E-R-E.

How to Love Life

Larry Acuff teaches us from Hebrews 13.1-8 how to love life.

I found an interesting presentation by my friend, Larry Acuff, from a link on Twitter. It is absolutely true that you can find GOOD things on Twitter if you are careful! This was posted by Truth for the World. Larry fills his presentation with Scripture. In this short lesson he directs our attention to Hebrews 13.1-8 and gives to us suggestions from that text on how to love life: (1) Love one another; (2) Respect marriage; (3) Learn to be content; (4) Imitate those who lead us; (5) Trust in Jesus. I think if you will watch this short video it will help you to love life!

How Long Were Israelites in Egypt?

A study of an alleged contradiction between Galatians and Exodus.

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Sometimes we will post something on this site which was a part of the previous site. Today is one of those times. This post was originally placed on the web on November 29, 2012. Alleged contradictions of the Bible always seem to be an interesting and faith-building way to approach Bible study. The atheists and non-believers have only STRENGTHENED our faith by their attacks upon the Bible. We have had to study more diligently and have through that study become even stronger for the spiritual battle Satan wars against us (Ephesians 6.10-18).

Mickey Spiceland is doing a GREAT job teaching the Book of Exodus to our Wednesday Night Auditorium Class. I appreciate so much his good efforts. He makes the class interesting and seems obviously to enjoy teaching us. I enjoy the class a great deal!

Two times this week I have found in my RSS-reader articles from our brother Stephen R. Bradd that had to do with matters discussed in our class. Stephen’s blog: AudioEvangelism.com is an excellent one that I can recommend to you. You can reach that discussion by clicking H-E-R-E and H-E-R-E.

Study Guide on Philemon

This is a link to a 10-page LemmonsAid Study Guide on the New Testament Book of Philemon. It has 9 sections: Outline, Summary, Chronology, Words/Phrases to Study, Lessons and Applications, 15 Questions, A Seek-A-Word Puzzle, A Crossword Puzzle, Extra Credit Section.

5700.WebHeaderForSGIf every member of the church would study Philemon before writing to another brother, the church would benefit greatly. This letter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is a gem to be treasured as a MODEL in the matter of courteous discourse. Paul had a specific object in mind and that was for Onesimus, a runaway slave, to be received warmly by Philemon. Who could doubt that, Philemon, having read this letter, would do anything but submit to Paul’s request?

Please study Philemon with the study guide by clicking HERE: 5701sg