Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | July 27, 2006

It’s All Greek to Me

Well, Greek class is consuming all of my blogging time.  So, for the next 5 weeks or so the entries will be limited.  However, in order not to disappoint my reader (s?) I can post some of the Bible studies I’ve recently had the opportunity to lead.  Here was the first one:

Why do you or do you not believe in God?  State a reason personal to you. 

Rescued, The Good News – Part 1: Zechariah 3:1-10 

1.      Who would you say is a good person?

2.      Have you ever thought you were not good enough for God’s grace? 

Zechariah 3:1-7 

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.  The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan!  Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!  Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel.  He spoke and said to those who were standing before him saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.”  Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”  Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”  So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.  And the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here… 3.      What role did Joshua serve in?  In what period did this happen in redemptive history?4.      The spiritual leader of the nation is not good enough to represent the people.  What does this tell us?  Would any of the good people previously mentioned be in the same boat?5.      How is Joshua able to be plucked from the fire and receive clean clothes? 

…Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you – indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch.  ‘For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes.  Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it;’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.’  ‘In that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘every one of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’ 

6.      Who is this Branch?

7.      What mission does the Branch accomplish?  2 Corinthians 5:21

8.      What happened to our sins?  Colossians 2:13-14

9.      By whose righteousness may we enter into heaven?  What does Scripture have to say about ours? Isaiah 64:6

10.  Do we have to be good to get into heaven?

11.  What does this mean about the salvation of the saints in the Old Testament? Were they saved by the blood of bulls and goats or by Christ?

12.  How can we obtain the benefits of this?  Romans 10:8-913.  What do we call this message?

14.   Have you been plucked from the fire?  

2 Corinthians 5:21:  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

Colossians 2:13-14: And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross 

Isaiah 64:6: Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. 

Romans 10:8-9:  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved 

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