Recent Posts by Sarah Kenyon

New Testament Use of the Old Testament

https://youtu.be/fF9mUqWYV_I By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] One of the important features of the NT is that it contains a number of quotations from passages in the OT. In order to appreciate this aspect of the NT scriptures, we need to understand the ways that the NT uses OT scriptures and how they fit into the message…
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Identity in Christ

https://youtu.be/F8Wnl8y6tUE By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] Ephesians 2:1-3   This is God’s appraisal of us before Christ. Our spiritual life was nonexistent for we were dead. God’s point of view, regardless of ours, is the truth. 2:11-12   In this state, we groped about in life trying to connect to some identity that provided some kind of significance.…
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14 Narrative Expositions

https://youtu.be/1IqsykF5x6E By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] The Scripture uses narration when conveying the details of a biblical account.   Dialogue can be seen when two or more characters are having a conversation.  In English, dialogue is enclosed in quotation marks. Narrative exposition is the insertion of background information within a story or narrative. This information can be about the…
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Scripture Build Up Acts/Epistles

https://youtu.be/yjrbSbW9Hjw By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] The records of the Christian church beginning in the Book of Acts dovetail with the NT letters that were written during that time period. We can gain much helpful background information and understanding by reading the historical records in Acts along with the NT letters. Paul’s First Missionary Journey Begun…
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Salt & Light

https://youtu.be/4z20Ou6qzkI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Matthew 5:10-12   Jesus fully expected that his followers would suffer persecution.  The world reviles, persecutes, and utters evil against us because of righteousness’ sake and because of our association with Jesus.  We do not seek negative attention, but when it comes, we can take comfort knowing that the world persecuted…
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Scripture Build Up Gospels Part Two

https://youtu.be/1HO4VL0VSuY By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] The Gospels share a common subject -- Jesus -- but present his life and ministry in four different portraits. Reading more than one Gospel can provide additional information about parts of Jesus' life and teachings from a different perspective or to highlight or emphasize certain things unique to a Gospel…
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Scripture Build Up Gospels Part One

https://youtu.be/4yU6s62VytY By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] Mount of Transfiguration Matthew 16:28 is a verse that has been misunderstood due to a failure to acknowledge the context of what comes before and after. The theology called “preterist” is rooted in this verse and others like it. A preterist is one who believes that the prophecies about the…
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God Is Still on the Throne

https://youtu.be/2_0WLfwiz0A By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] and [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Psalm 36:9   For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Galatians 5:13-14   Love is always the right action. 16   “Flesh” in this context refers to human reasoning and action contrasted with faith. Galatians 4:28-29 18   Every Christian has the choice…
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Scripture Build Up Old Testament

https://youtu.be/SUS5KMdyTpY By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] READ WHAT IS WRITTEN, AND AVOID READING INTO WHAT IS WRITTEN. FOCUS ON WHAT IS WRITTEN, NOT ON THAT WHICH IS NOT WRITTEN. Scripture build up - As we study the Bible, it is appropriate to look at other Scriptures that relate to the same subject. Full comprehension of a…
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Figurative Language

https://youtu.be/ylUlP0kdzRg By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] As literature, the Bible contains writing styles and conventions that are common in most languages. One of those conventions is the use of figurative language, which makes the words in the Bible more diverse, expressive, and impactful. Figure of speech – “A figure of speech is a word or phrase…
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Christ In You

https://youtu.be/hbY6iPf4_Cw By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Galatians 2:20   Christianity begins with a death and a birth.  We are crucified with Christ with the result that he now lives in us. Romans 8:7–13   God’s spirit and Christ are interchangeable ways of talking about the same reality.  Christ’s spirit within us brings life into us both now and…
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New Testament Context

https://youtu.be/kPYq7jTaslc By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] Context is required in order to properly understand a verse in the Bible, and there are several factors involved in determining the context. This session will focus on understanding context in the New Testament from both the Gospels and Epistles. Context — “the parts of a written or spoken statement…
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Old Testament Context

https://youtu.be/7kmY7BKbtrY By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] Numbers 22:1   Moab is a descendent of Lot and his daughter.   Genesis 19:36-38 Numbers 22:2   The defeat of the Amorites is recorded in Numbers 21. 6   Balak believed that there was no military means available to withstand the forces of Israel, so he sought to battle with pagan divination. He…
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Reaching Outsiders

https://youtu.be/vr5fY0MUqhs By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] In the times of the Bible, there were many kinds of outsiders: Foreigners (Leviticus 19:33–34) Widows, orphans (Exodus 22:22–24) Poor (Proverbs 14:31) Gentiles (Ephesians 2:11–13) Outsider 1: Leah Genesis 29:16–17, 21–35 Outsider 2: Moses Exodus 2:1–15 Outsider 3: Rahab Joshua 2:1–11; 6:23–25; Matthew 1:2–6 Outsider 4: Mary Luke 1:26–38; Matthew…
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The Importance of Genre

https://youtu.be/vjwWcG8GFoM By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] The Bible is filled with various types of literature called genre. Understanding the genre for the particular part of the Bible you are reading is very important so that you recognize specific characteristics and have the right approach to reading it. “There is a…sense in which the Bible, since it…
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Who, When, and Where

  https://youtu.be/RHgegF6Yhj0 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] The use of brackets in the New Testament and important markers to acknowledge while studying the Scriptures. BRACKETS John 7:53-8:11   The footnote from the ESV and NASB states: “Later mss add the story of the adulterous woman, numbering it as John 7:53-8:11 The website is codexsiniaticus.org. This website is very…
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Reaching Children

https://youtu.be/dYv-eTKGfy0 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] 1 Timothy 2:1-4   This series of teachings began with acknowledging what God desires. He wants a genuine love relationship with His children; therefore, He wants all to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. John 13:34-35   The attraction of the love we manifest to each other stands…
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Defining Words

https://youtu.be/7-OSxn_GRxA By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Acts 17:11   Receive the Word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily WORD STUDIES 2 Timothy 2:14-15   Focusing on a word while ignoring the context can be misleading. We do not want to determine our doctrine based upon word studies, rather on the overall scope of the…
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Additions to Text

https://youtu.be/2ZcWDlgIYKc By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; All Scripture is inspired by God.  The words “inspired by God” come from one Greek word–θεόπνευστος (theopneustos or “God-breathed”).  That which originally came from God was inspired by God. …
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Reaching Those with Disabilities

https://youtu.be/fHFFrP5c6-U By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] Disability—“a physical or mental impairment that substantially affects an individual in experiencing life in ways that other people typically do.” Major Types of Disabilities Physical disabilities Mental/cognitive disabilities Emotional disabilities Developmental disabilities Learning disabilities Disabilities in the Ancient World Individuals with disabilities were viewed as: Cursed by the gods A…
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Integrity of Scriptures

https://youtu.be/reEfz4kRH8Q By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] The Scriptures did not come by human will. Men moved by the holy spirit spoke for God. These original authorized writings, written in Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT), have been transmitted and translated to us with great fidelity. We can have confidence in the integrity of the Scriptures. 2 Peter…
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Correct Mindset

https://youtu.be/phGrEWItOJk By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND Deuteronomy 4:29; 2 Chronicles 15:2, 4, and 15; Matthew 7:7-11.   If you seek Him, He will let you find Him. The whole reason for the Scriptures is so you can know and love your God. He wants you to know, but you must seek Him.…
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Women of Integrity

https://youtu.be/SgXtFFKdM6o By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Psalm 1:1-6   Although it is sometimes difficult to resist going with the wicked, a person of integrity recognizes the value of doing life God’s way.  Indeed, His blessings are better than the fleeting accolades of people. Hagar Genesis 16:1-16   Hagar found herself in an extraordinarily difficult position.  After Sarai had…
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Reaching Alcoholics and Addicts

https://youtu.be/tPTlrfkoRlE By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] 1 Timothy 2:3   God’s desire is that all are saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Matthew 28:18-20   The great commission to the church is not only to help people receive salvation, but also to become disciples. John 8:31-26   Those who accept the Lordship of Christ and continue…
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The End Times

https://youtu.be/I5HKx7zXxOc By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] What we have presented so far throughout this class focused on historical events such as the covenants God made and their significance. In this session, we will look at the future and see what things are yet to come from a New Covenant Theology perspective. “Eschatology” — from Greek eschatos…
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Resurrection Reversal

https://youtu.be/x9bcNzuO6nw By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] John 11:47–50   The governing leaders saw Jesus’ popularity as a threat that they needed to eliminate. Mark 11:18   Between the triumphal entry and the temple cleansing, Jesus sealed his fate.  The council worked to discredit Jesus before the crowds but failed miserably. John 12:24–25   As difficult as it was, Jesus…
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New Covenant Identity Markers

https://youtu.be/EgNj3wA1Rek By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Today we’ll explore three major identifiers that distinguish new covenant Christians: (1) conversion (2) lord’s supper, and (3) the indwelling of the holy spirit.  The new covenant community differs from the old in that it is not a mixed group of believers and unbelievers, but a wholly regenerated people (Jer…
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Old Covenant Identity Markers

https://youtu.be/-B9YAqwVB-g By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] God commanded that his covenant people be identified by certain unique rituals, activities, behaviors, and characteristics. These are often referred to as “boundary markers.” They identify or ‘mark’ someone as being in the covenant. In order to be considered a covenant member, a person must exhibit the covenant boundary markers,…
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The Triumphal Entry

https://youtu.be/GI-ZTJOVfNQ By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] John 11:45 Chapter 11 is the record of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  This caused many to believe in Jesus. (The purpose of John is recorded in John 20:30-31 – to believe that Jesus is the Christ – the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you…
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The Land Promise

https://youtu.be/JWyQmH-iKxc By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] After looking God’s promises to Abraham and Sarah to inherit the land, we’ll dig into how the New Testament amplifies the land promise in light of what Christ has accomplished.  In the end, all of those with faith like Abraham (both Jews and Gentiles) will inherit the world (not just…
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Announcing How to Enjoy the Bible

We are excited to announce our newest class, How to Enjoy the Bible, which we will be live streaming for free, starting April 27th. Class Description The Bible contains everything we need to know for life and godliness. The Scriptures make known Yahweh our God, Jesus Christ our Lord, the purpose for our lives, and…
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Israel & the Church in Romans 9-11 (Part 2)

https://youtu.be/BpV2jNfGgvI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] With the new covenant in Christ, God's promises to Abraham are being fulfilled as a result of the inclusion of the Gentiles with Israel as God's covenant people. But this then raises the question, "What about God's promises to Israel?" In this session, we are going to continue examining Romans…
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James Five

https://youtu.be/Msa3640xayw By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] 1   “Weep and howl” are frequently used regarding the wicked in the Day of Judgment. 2   James 1:10-11; 2:5-6; Luke 6:24-25 Matthew 19:16-23   The unrighteous rich are the subject, not just the rich. James 5:3   Their emphasis was on saving up for their last days, but their actions will be…
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16 Israel & the Church in Romans 9-11 (Part 1)

https://youtu.be/n9EIM6gmTsg By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] With the new covenant in Christ, God's promises to Abraham are being fulfilled as a result of the inclusion of the Gentiles with Israel as God's covenant people. But this then raises the question, "What about God's promises to Israel?" In this session and the following, we are going to…
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Christ’s Death Inaugurates the New Covenant

https://youtu.be/NxUl5CWZMYg By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Jesus kept the old covenant perfectly even while exemplifying and teaching his disciples how to live out the new covenant.  However, when he died, he inaugurated the new covenant with his blood.  Not only did his sacrifice atone for sins committed under the old system, but it also brought it…
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James Four

https://youtu.be/IhGvXT4ZFMU By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] Wisdom from above vs earthly wisdom James 3:13-18 In James 1:5   We were encouraged to ask God if we lack wisdom.  What does godly wisdom look like? Wisdom from above is gentle, pure, peaceable, reasonable, full of mercy, full of good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. Wisdom of this world has…
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Jesus: New Covenant Exemplar and Teacher

https://youtu.be/aV9pr3ImBSQ By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Even while keeping the old covenant, Jesus also exemplified and taught his disciples how to live out the new covenant.  Just like Moses before him, Jesus explained the covenant requirements prior to ratifying the covenant with a blood sacrifice.  Following Christ’s example means embracing the future kingdom culture as a…
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Jesus: Faithful Israelite Under the Old Covenant

https://youtu.be/0EsvfhnN768 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] Jesus: Faithful Israelite under the Old Covenant Jesus the Messiah was born into a Jewish family and grew up learning and following Torah (the Law). He lived a faithful life of righteousness, obeying all the commandments of God and fulfilling the old covenant obligations as the model Israelite among God's…
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James Three

https://youtu.be/xonMvcUnFmI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] Three subjects – 1) teachers, 2) control the tongue, and 3) wisdom James 3:1   Based on the context, the primary qualification for a teacher is to be genuine, not a hypocrite. Teachers can lead people to or away from God, to eternal life or to death. They must discipline their…
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New Covenant Prophecies

https://youtu.be/OSgHvXMkCSw By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] In the midst of a failed covenant with Israel, God promises hope for His people through a new covenant that He will make. This new covenant will not be like the old covenant. Rather, it will accomplish the plan and purposes of God and fulfill all the previous covenant promises…
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Davidic Covenant

https://youtu.be/tr109DvywKM By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] God promised David that his dynasty and throne would endure forever.  Nevertheless, after approximately four centuries of rule, God ejected his people from the land, ending the reign of Davidic kings.  Does this mean God’s promise to David has failed?  Surely, our covenant-making God will fulfill what He said. 1.…
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James Two

https://youtu.be/C85r296tpMk By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] James chapter two continues with the context in chapter one.  The last topic covered was to be a doer of the word and not only a hearer (James 1:23-27).  Chapter two really expounds on this idea of what is a doer of the word. Chapter two emphasizes two major points:…
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Old Covenant Part 2

https://youtu.be/CwFn9TPbM2I By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] We pick up where we left off last time and cover the rest of the old covenant, stepping back to view it from a broad perspective.  In this session we’ll provide answers to the following: What is the old covenant as a whole? What is at the core of the…
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Old Covenant Part 1

https://youtu.be/LRa_cFOUUF8 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] This session will cover the deliverance and rescue of Israel from slavery in Egypt and God's covenant with them at Mount Sinai. We will look at the purpose for which the Old Covenant was made, the ceremony of the covenant, and how it functions in God's redemptive plan as the…
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James One

https://youtu.be/53hGL_44ba0 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] The Epistle was probably the first written after Jesus’ ascension and before Paul revealed the mystery. Many themes correspond with the Sermon on the Mount. First sent to the Christian Jews who dispersed from Israel into Asia Minor, this letter contains many practical concepts of truth which are applicable to…
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Abrahamic Covenant

https://youtu.be/CLK8wsc7fNE By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] One of the most critical events in the biblical narrative is God's covenant with Abraham. In this session, you will see how this covenant functions on a fundamental level in God's redemptive plan and purposes for the whole world. The Plot Story Thus Far (Adam → Noah → Abraham) Each…
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Creation Covenant

https://youtu.be/pTJHoeVU0Bo By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] As we begin part two of our class, we will consider God’s covenant with creation and the roles Adam and Noah play.  God’s commitment to the created order shows us his original intention as well as providing the foundation stone upon which he will build all subsequent covenants. Covenants Two…
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Relationships: Seeking Connection

https://youtu.be/OznAbw_NQs8 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] We are created to be in relationship! Genesis 2:15-18 From the very beginning, God saw that humankind needed companionship. For Adam, that was found in his wife, Eve. But our desire for relationships extends to every aspect of life. We desire to be in relationship with our family (parents, siblings,…
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Defining New Covenant Theology

https://youtu.be/skBLs8vVBq8 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] New Covenant Theology is a mediating position between dispensational and covenant theologies. This session will be focusing on defining Progressive Covenantalism, which is a form of New Covenant Theology, and how it seeks to answer difficult questions better than alternative theological frameworks. Covenantalism — a system of thought used to…
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Evaluating Covenant Theology

https://youtu.be/VeErvtv6fn8 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Last time you learned what covenant theology is, today you’ll see the benefits of the system, as well as some of the problems with it. Abbreviations: OT: Old Testament NT: New Testament CT: Covenant Theology Vocabulary: eschatology: the doctrine of the end times Benefits Clean logical system Recognizes continuity throughout…
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New Beginnings: Kill or Die

https://youtu.be/YBez7UtC_wU By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Romans 8:12   As a believer who has received God’s spirit, you are no longer obligated to live according to the flesh (Ephesians 2:1-3).  You have a choice! Romans 8:13   Living according to the flesh means dying; killing the flesh by the spirit means living.  This is the ongoing fight you…
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Defining Covenantalism

https://youtu.be/iQAuPt5DwCo By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] The second major type of biblical framework to be discussed is Covenantalism. This session of the class lays out this theological system including its major tenets, organizing principles, and unique features, and also how it is used as a hermeneutic for interpreting Scripture. Defining Covenantalism Covenantalism—“A system of thought used…
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Evaluating Dispensationalism

https://youtu.be/573203ogq-Q By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Evaluating Dispensationalism Last time you learned what dispensationalism is, today you’ll see the benefits of the system, as well as some of the problems with the three major types. Abbreviations: OT: Old Testament NT: New Testament CD: Classic Dispensationalism RD: Revised Dispensationalism PD: Progressive Dispensationalism Vocabulary: hermeneutic: an interpretive strategy…
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New Beginnings: A New Creation in Christ

https://youtu.be/iMaorUZO87s By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] 2 Corinthians 2:17 – ESV (English Standard Version) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. When thinking of “creation,” one often thinks of the Genesis creation.  Throughout Scripture, God hints at a new creation.  Ps 102:15-18;…
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Defining Dispensationalism

https://youtu.be/1PB16F2lACI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] The first part of this class that covers biblical frameworks, begins by giving an overview of Dispensationalism that includes an explanation of the principles, structure, and unique features of this biblical framework and how it operates as a hermeneutic for interpreting the story of Scripture. Dispensationalism — “Dispensationalism is a…
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Introducing Biblical Frameworks

https://youtu.be/io9bVOvPRS4 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] In this session, you'll learn the objectives for this class. You'll also see how the three major parts of this class fit together, including (1) biblical frameworks, (2) biblical covenants, and (3) new covenant theology. Introducing Biblical Frameworks Objectives to make sense of the Bible overall to understand how God…
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New Beginnings: When It’s Time to Hit Reset

https://youtu.be/ntrDdEVlCJE By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] The world is in a process of continual change. The sun rises and falls each day, and we grow older with each passing year. Our lives also consist of many seasons and times of change. Whether it is relationships, family, job, home, hobbies, etc. Almost every stage of life is…
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Announcing New Covenant Theology

We are excited to announce our newest class, New Covenant Theology, which we will be live streaming for free, starting January 26th. Class Description Like looking at the picture of a jigsaw puzzle before putting it together, this class will present a comprehensive biblical framework for understanding God’s plan of redemption from creation to final…
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New Beginnings: Coming Back

https://youtu.be/Duu1q0FP0XI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Throughout Scripture we find examples of those who fell away from their obedience to God and then came back.  Doing so requires honesty, repentance, and accepting God’s forgiveness. 2 Chronicles 33:1-6   Manasseh was not only the longest reigning king of Judah, but also the worst of all time.  He built…
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New Beginnings: Strong in Faith

https://youtu.be/EPdMomlHtAI By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] John 1:35-42 Faith begins when we “come and see.” Luke 5:1-10 Faith grows as we do what our Lord tells us to do. Faith grows with practice. Mark 1:29-34 Peter brought Jesus to his home. Faith grows as we incorporate it into our home life, school, job, and social life.…
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My Times Are in Your Hand

https://youtu.be/DeyqwLXuyOo By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="John Cortright"] Throughout our days, our years, our lives, no matter what the circumstance, God is in control.  All things were designed for His purpose. Revelation 4:8-11 For You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created Job 14:1-2; Psalm 90:1-12; 39:4-5; 144:3-4 A man’s life is…
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Resilience

https://youtu.be/xdmP25l_MQ4 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"]
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Jesus’ Birth, A Story of Miracles

https://youtu.be/dm6Im3fi8Jg By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Vince Finnegan"] Matthew 1:1-17 - Genealogy of miracles Abraham and Sara were past the age of having children. Romans 4:16-21 Isaac and Rebekah - She was barren; Isaac prayed. Genesis 25:21 Rebekah prayed, saw a vision. Genesis 25: 22-23 Jacob prayed, wrestled with an angel. Genesis 32:9-30 Judah with Tamar his daughter-in-law…
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The Manifestations of the Spirit Have Ceased

https://youtu.be/DTTAD1kHUs0 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Christians hold to two main views on spiritual gifts (healing, prophecy, tongues, etc.).  Cessationists believe such miracles have ceased with the death of Jesus’ original apostles while continuationists hold that these activities continued beyond the first century and will remain available until Christ returns. Five Reasons for Cessationism The gifts…
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Christians Must Keep the Law

https://youtu.be/VPwieuNA-fA By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Jerry Wierwille"] God’s Law Exodus 12:14, 17—God gave His Law to His people and commanded that they observe and obey it. Christ kept the Law Jesus never sinned. Peter—1 Peter 2:22 John—1 John 3:5 Paul—2 Corinthians 5:21 Paul kept the Law Acts 21:23; 25:8; 28:17 Christians must keep the Law Matt 5:17-18—Christ…
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If You Believe, You Will Receive

https://youtu.be/hB7KVSRXAz4 By [wbt_preacher_link preacher="Sean Finnegan"] Mark 11:24; Matthew 7:8; 18:19; 21:21-22; John 14:13-14; 16:23 Jesus spoke about having faith and expecting God to answer our prayers.  He told his followers to have faith without doubting.  Our Lord performed dozens of healings and miracles throughout his powerful ministry.  Does this mean that faith is sufficient to…
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In Everything Give Thanks

https://youtu.be/dUFT-haj8og by John Cortright 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks! This is God’s will for us – give thanks in everything. We have so much to be thankful for. Even, in what might seem to be terrible circumstances, we are told to give thanks in everything. What are you looking at? Where is your…
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Conclusion

https://youtu.be/vEE8f3bkf7g by Sean Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org
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Doctrine Doesn’t Matter

https://youtu.be/IUDFsQ7fZ6A by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Matthew 22:36-40   Love is the most important; doctrine is not as important. 2 John 1-4   Truth and love must have an inseparable connection. Our love must be in truth, in right doctrine. Truth is the foundation and thrust of love. Love is the aim of truth.…
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The Devil Is Not Real

https://youtu.be/lw63Sf_nZJM by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Genesis 3:1; Revelation 12:9; 20:2   The serpent is called the devil and Satan. Ezekiel 28:12   Did God create the devil?  Why was he in Eden? 14   Cherubim - Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 10; and Revelation 4:6-9 - four living creatures They were above the ark of covenant…
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Be Subject to Governing Authorities Romans 13:1-6

https://youtu.be/-vBq41CcIXY by John Cortright Romans 13:1-6 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. God is sovereign over the nations of the world.  He can cause governments to rise or fall. This can be seen throughout Scripture. Genesis 14:13-24 – God delivered Abraham defeating King Chedorlaomer and the kings of the east.…
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Jesus Must Be God to Pay for Sins

https://youtu.be/oNJtc66SgQc by Jerry Wierwille For more information visit lhim.org In 1098, Anselm of Canterbury wrote Cur Deus Homo (“Why God Became Man”) to demonstrate the rational basis explaining why Jesus had to be God incarnated as a human being. The basis of his argument can be summarized as follows: 1)    God is an infinite being.…
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God is a Trinity of Persons

https://youtu.be/HmsY89URDHo by Sean Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Definition:1. God is three persons2. Each person is fully God3. There is one God History: 1. Theophilus (184) 2. Tertullian (208) 3. Alexander (313) 4. Nicaea (325) 5. Constantinople (381) 6. Ephesus (431) 7. Chalcedon (451) 8. Athanasian Creed (500s?) Bible: God is one person (Deuteronomy…
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Obedience is Not Required for Salvation

https://youtu.be/a2serMqBAo8 by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Last week, we looked at the myth of “Once Saved, Always Saved” or that “Salvation is Permanent”. Continuing on in this same thought, this week we’ll look at the myth that “Obedience is NOT Required for Salvation” -- the idea that once you make a one…
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Serve the Lord

https://youtu.be/Nw8taqH2h9Q by John Cortright Romans 12:11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 1. not lagging behind in diligence 2. fervent in spirit 3. serve the Lord Not lagging behind in diligence “Not lagging behind” = “Do not be slothful” (ESV), “not procrastinating” (NEV). This word is translated as “lazy” in…
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Function in the Body of Christ

https://youtu.be/tIDuTZjyu80 by John Cortright We are one body with many members. We do not all have the same function. Romans 12:4-6 I Corinthians 12:12-27 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. Romans 12:7-8 Hebrews 2:4 I Peter 4:10-11 DO IT! Colossians 1:24 – Do your share! Matthew 8:5-10 Luke 17:5-10
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Salvation Cannot Be Lost

https://youtu.be/35whnushw1E by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org The myth we bust this morning is eternal security--the doctrine that people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior cannot lose their salvation. This is also known as "once saved, always saved.” This belief has many supporters in Christianity, and the biblical evidence for…
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The Saved Go to Heaven at Death

https://youtu.be/6SDroiBZYP8 by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Definition of a myth: a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events; a widely held but false belief or idea. 1 Tim 1:4; 2 Timothy 4:4 In the…
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Farewell

https://youtu.be/6fyyOJCdD9I by Jay Kline and Bill Yaconis For more information visit lhim.org
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Receive, Retain, Release

https://youtu.be/P_bLpSBUcBg by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Receive with Meekness; Retain with Conviction; Release with Boldness 1 Thessalonians 2:13   Receive and accept it as the Word of God. When you understand the Word of God, you are having an encounter with God. Psalm 19:7-10 Making wise the simple – do you feel like…
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Recommended Bible Translations (Which Bible Is Best?)

https://youtu.be/pXElg3YZ7ME by Sean Finnegan Today after a quick review and an appeal to learn the biblical languages, I’ll recommend a number of Bible translations.  Although I’m hesitant to do this, so many have written in asking for it that I would be negligent to avoid making some recommendations in this last episode.  Additionally, we’ll cover…
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Spirit Who or Which? (Translating the Holy Spirit)

https://youtu.be/m4FSF-50_Xw by Sean Finnegan This is our fifth and final example of bias in translation. After this episode, we'll have one more to conclude our class on How We Got the Bible.  Today our focus is God's spirit.  Should it have an uppercase 'S' or a lowercase 's?'  Should pronouns referring back to spirit be…
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Did Jesus Claim to Be “The Great I AM” in John 8:58?

https://youtu.be/jzheOdj0cFg by Sean Finnegan Did Jesus claim to be "The Great I AM" in John 8.58?  If not, what was he saying?  In this episode we examine the alleged parallel passage in Exodus where God reveals his name to Moses at the burning bush.  Next, we'll explore texts with the same Greek construction that Jesus…
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Fortified by Joy

https://youtu.be/V5lYHdsaB0g by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Nehemiah 8:1-3; 5-6; 8-12 There was weeping, yet the admonition was that the joy of the Lord was their strength! Ezra 3:10-13 – A similar experience of weeping and joy occurred when the foundation of the second temple was laid. Nehemiah 8:13-17 – They celebrated the…
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Firstborn Of or Firstborn Over

https://youtu.be/yo77X7P3rMg by Sean Finnegan Colossians 1.15 presents an interesting test case to examine translation bias.  Well meaning Bible students have taken this text in at least three different ways.  However, some translations, motivated by a fear that readers might see Christ as a member of creation, have increasingly pushed for seeing this text as proof…
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Fortified by Resilience

https://youtu.be/zqMdCHgUpD8 by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Fortified with Resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness) Acts 14:1-2 Wherever and whenever Paul spoke, resistance arose. 3 When there was resistance, Paul reacted with more boldness. 5 The attack intensified. 6-7 Therefore, Paul’s determination intensified. 8-12 Zeus was the sky and thunder…
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Bow or Worship?

https://youtu.be/UdflgOON-g4 by Sean Finnegan How should translators render the word προκσυνέω (proskuneo) into English? Since this word has a range of meanings from bowing as a sign of respect to worshiping God, translators sometimes decide what English words to use based more on their theological presuppositions than the grammar or textual context. For example, some…
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God’s Form or God’s Nature

https://youtu.be/r5VvpQaKlas by Sean Finnegan This is our first of five examples of bias in translation. Today we’ll examine Philippians 2.6-7, specifically focusing on how translators render two important words (ἁρπαγμός harpagmon and μορφή morphe). We’ll see how a couple of the most popular evangelical versions break free from the underlying Greek syntax in order to…
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Bias in Bible Translations

https://youtu.be/HEJohVFKxWg by Sean Finnegan Last time we evaluated two popular single-translator Bibles: the Message and the Passion Translation.  This time, we're switching gears to consider committee-based versions.  I want to shine a spotlight on the whole subject of bias in translation in an effort to point out what often goes unnoticed.  We'll consider both the…
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Evaluating the Message Bible and the Passion Translation

https://youtu.be/JZ1Gk7or_XY by Sean Finnegan Last time we looked at the King James version which is one of the strictest formal equivalence Bibles every made.  This time we are going to analyze two Bibles on the other end of the spectrum: the Message Bible and the Passion Translation.  These two versions share a number of characteristics…
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Evaluating the King James Version

https://youtu.be/nCaANNXT0Ps by Sean Finnegan What do you know about the King James Version?  Is it an accurate translation?  Does it have flaws?  Should you use it as a measuring stick for other translations?  In today's episode, we'll cover the making of the KJV of the Bible, going back to William Tyndale's courageous work before delving…
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Gender in Bible Translation

https://youtu.be/6bZugfhX0TQ by Sean Finnegan Did you know that controversies surrounding how to translate gender in the Bible had a major impact on Bible translation over the last 30 years?  In this episode we'll briefly overview various feminist movements before examining the NRSV, which proved to be a forerunner for gender inclusive Bible translations.  Next we'll…
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Bible Translation Default Decisions

https://youtu.be/HPKVeNFEvnQ by Sean Finnegan This time, we need to take a look at five major default decisions translation teams make at the outset. 1. Units of Measurement and Currency 2. Hebrew Idioms 3. English Vocabulary 4. Editorial Enhancements 5. God's Name By becoming familiar with these five topics, you'll be able to better assess English…
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Bible Translation Philosophies

https://youtu.be/OTalda3J_eQ by Sean Finnegan As it turns out, English Bible translators divide into two broad styles of translation: formal equivalence and dynamic equivalence.  In this episode we’ll explore these two translation philosophies and the trade offs each makes in order to produce English Bibles. For more information visit lhim.org
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Two Uncorrected Corruptions

https://youtu.be/sdWcvrXtmi4 by Sean Finnegan Last time we covered two corrected corruptions (1 Timothy 3.16 and 1 John 5.7).  This time we'll consider two uncorrected corruptions, including the long ending on Mark (16.9-20) and the passage about the adulterous woman that Jesus saves (John 7.53-8.11).  Although these two texts are not found in the earliest and…
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Two Corrected Corruptions

https://youtu.be/X3AksNPFVCY by Sean Finnegan Today we move from learning about manuscripts and textual criticism to actually doing textual criticism.  I've chosen two well-known corruptions to illustrate the process of textual criticism: 1 Timothy 3.16 and 1 John 5.7.  In each of these cases scribes have altered the text of scripture and we have the manuscript…
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Love in Times Like These

https://youtu.be/TwGk7WI_59Q by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Ephesians 1:4-5   God made a deliberate choice, predetermined by His love, for you to be His child. 1:15   The proper response to God’s love for us is to love all the saints. 2:1-9   His great love wherewith He loved us is entirely beyond human merit. 3:17…
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New Testament Textual Criticism

https://youtu.be/N1er5hDQAi0 by Sean Finnegan Last time we surveyed five hundred years of New Testament textual criticism.  Today we address the process by which these scholars have done and continue to do their work.  We'll see how they weigh internal and external evidence.  We'll cover reasoned eclecticism (Bruce Metzger), the refined documentary approach (Philip Comfort), and…
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Reconstructing the New Testament

https://youtu.be/gb0_2GeKTwI by Sean Finnegan Before we can understand how textual scholars do their work today, it's important to understand the history of how they have endeavored to reconstruct the Greek New Testament over the years.  In this episode you'll learn about the rich and important history of how our understanding of the Greek New Testament…
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Peacemakers in Times Like These

https://youtu.be/-MSzrmm3Rfk by John Cortright For more information visit lhim.org Jesus taught us how to live in his day and time, and these principles are still true today, even in times like these in which we find ourselves in 2020. Matthew 5:1-16 The beatitudes or “blessed attitudes” provide us with guidance as to how we as…
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Other New Testament Manuscripts

https://youtu.be/5v-PAT6dwe0 by Sean Finnegan We've been working our way through the various sources for our Greek New Testament.  We've looked at the papyri and the uncials, but there is so much more to consider.  In fact, the New Testament papyri and uncials combined make up less than 2% of our manuscripts.  Today, we'll consider the…
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Greek New Testament Uncials

https://youtu.be/Le2LuNJL8Dk by Sean Finnegan Today we are moving into our second group of New Testament manuscripts--the uncials.  However, before describing them, we'll need to focus on how Christian scribes went about their work.  As it turns out the situation is quite different than the Jewish scribes who preserved the Hebrew Bible.  Then we'll follow the…
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Greek New Testament Papyri

https://youtu.be/dWugeANgmR8 by Sean Finnegan Today we are shifting gears from the Old Testament to the New Testament, from Hebrew manuscripts to Greek ones.  We'll begin with the earliest evidence for the Greek New Testament, the papyri.  Made from the papyrus plant, approximately 130 of these manuscripts survive today in museums around the world.  In this…
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Jewish Bible Translations

https://youtu.be/GsWOaIgcKdQ by Sean Finnegan Today we are going to take a brief break from manuscripts and dip our toes into the pool of Bible translations.  Specifically, we'll take a look at six of the most prominent Jewish translations of the Hebrew Bible, including: Jewish Publication Society (1917) Koren Jerusalem Bible (1961) New Jewish Publication Society…
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Full of the Spirit

https://youtu.be/G4aT9lZ3nwk by Vince Finnegan For more information visit lhim.org Acts 6:1-5 The requirements: 1. Good reputation, 2. Full of spirit, and 3. Wisdom Stephen was a man full of faith and of the holy spirit. 7-8 Stephen was full of grace and power. He walked with the manifestations of the spirit. 10 Could not cope…
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Determining the Best Hebrew Reading

https://youtu.be/7Sg4zmH0cuo by Sean Finnegan For our Hebrew Bibles we have three main groups of manuscripts to compare: the Masoretic Text group, the Samaritan Pentateuch group, and the Septuagint group.  Each of these groups contain many manuscripts with the Masoretic Text group containing the most.  In this episode of How We Got the Bible, we're going…
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Samaritan Pentateuch and Ancient Translations

https://youtu.be/OXN5y30VsdE by Sean Finnegan In this class, "How We Got the Bible," we're continuing on in our quest to understand the sources for the Hebrew Bible.  We've already covered the Masoretic Text and the Dead Sea Scrolls, but we have one last important Hebrew source to look at before surveying several significant ancient translations.  As…
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Earliest Hebrew Manuscripts

https://youtu.be/p6KEcc2Rm5k by Sean Finnegan Last time we looked at the Hebrew manuscripts known as the Masoretic Texts from the middle ages. Today, we’ll focus on the earliest Hebrew manuscripts ever found, including those at the Cairo Genizah, the Ein-Gedi Scroll, the Nash Papyrus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Ketef Hinnom Silver Scroll. This is…
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The Masoretic Text

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E_9mmCXbMM&feature=youtu.be by Sean Finnegan This class covers the transmission of manuscripts as well as the translation process so you understand where Bibles come from. This episode focuses on the manuscripts that underlie the Masoretic Text. You’ll learn about the Aleppo Codex: probably the most accurate Masoretic Text on the planet. We’ll cover the Leningrad Codex…
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Pentecost: God’s Spirit Poured Out

https://youtu.be/9pfrKW8DwjM Acts 2:1-4 Pentecost is a Jewish festival (Feast of Weeks) celebrating the first fruits of the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22). Jewish men from all over the Middle East would make pilgrimage to Jerusalem to participate. This would be an ideal time to reach a maximally diverse group of Jews in one sermon! The fire…
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How We Got the Bible

https://youtu.be/Xe3sqndBhN0 Are you curious how we get our English Bibles? Have you ever wondered about the manuscripts and the translation process? Join Sean Finnegan as he leads you through a journey of discovery to understand where we get our Bibles from?
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God’s Spirit in Action

https://youtu.be/3iXSJB8mpKg God has always worked with individuals throughout history.  Here is a select list of examples of God working with people through His spirit in Old Testament times. Genesis 41:33-40   Joseph’s prophecy and wisdom to prepare for the famine Exodus 31:1-11   Bezalel endowed with ability and intelligence for master craftsmanship Numbers 11:14-17, 24-30   Moses and…
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Holiday Dinner

We're planning a holiday dinner; please say you'll be here.  Let's celebrate the season with good friends and good cheer! Please bring a dessert to share. Let the warmth of friendship take the chill from the air, and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear. Living Hope invites you and your family…
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Communion Service

Come to Living Hope this Sunday at 10:30 AM for a special Thanksgiving Communion service. This is such a great time of year to enjoy the family of God and to reflect on the blessings we have received. Let us take some time out this Sunday to remember the ultimate gift God has given us…
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Harvest Meal

Join us on Sunday for our Harvest Meal for a time to get together and enjoy the family of God. Please be sure to bring something to share with everyone, especially crock pots and pies. We look forward to seeing everyone there. Living Hope 458 Old Niskayuna Road Latham, NY 12110 Service begins at 10:30am;…
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Donald MacMillan Family Praise Service

Donald MacMillan of Scotland is visiting this weekend and will be sharing and leading us in a praise service at Living Hope on Saturday night at 7pm as well as helping out Sunday morning. This will be a great time to enjoy Christian music and extol our wonderful God together that you won't want to…
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