The Pursuit of God

Serious Topics for Serious Christians

In Depth Bible Study: NT

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This site contains many articles which are based on specific passages of Scripture.  Those articles vary in depth.  For those who are really wanting to dig into the text of the New Testament, expand their understanding of Scripture, and sharpen their discernment skills, we recommend the following articles.


COMMON TOPICS OF INTEREST INSPIRED BY THE NT GOSPEL BOOKS
Understanding the Virgin Birth: Context & Mechanics
Defining THE WORD OF GOD: Its Biblical & Modern Day Meanings
JESUS: The Illegitimate Lion of Judah
Understanding Jesus’ Use of Titles: Son of God, Son of Man, I AM
How the Cross Broke the Law
Debunking the Great Guilt Trip: It’s Not Your Job to Save the World (The Great Commission)
Untaught Lessons of the Cross: Facing the Dark Side of God
Beyond Atonement: Understanding the True Purpose of the Cross
Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God
Choosing the Right Priorities: How does God want us to treat our brothers?
Salvation Concerns: Why does God block some souls from coming to Him?
Understanding God’s Justice: Inequality in Hell
Practicing Discernment: Jesus Lies
Guidance for Serious Catholics: What does God think about Lent?
In Jesus’ Name, Amen: How does God feel about the traditional Christian sign-off?
All About Fasting

COMMON TOPICS OF INTEREST INSPIRED BY THE NT EPISTLES
Defining THE WORD OF GOD: Its Biblical & Modern Day Meanings
Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed
Godly Submission: Guidance for Alpha Women
Yearning for More Spiritual Fruits: Wrong Focus, Wrong Priorities
Are all sexual perverts going to Hell?
Predestination & Objects of Wrath: Are some of us created for Hell?
The Laying On of Hands
What’s holy about holy water? (Understanding Labels in the Church)
How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human
Did Jesus spend three days in Hell?
Who raised Jesus from the dead?
The Great Offense of Paul: Rejecting the Divinity of Christ
Intercession: Exposing the Lies
Learning from the Prayers of Paul
Lifting Each Other Up in Prayer
Giving to the Poor: Cautions for Christians
Sacrificial Giving: A Favorite Teaching of False Shepherds
Who should be the spiritual leader in a Christian home?
You’re Sick Because You Sinned: Dealing with Misguided Christians
Praying for the Sick
Satan Q&A
Angel Q&A
Spiritual Warfare in the Church: Delusions vs. Truth
The Resurrection Myth: Why the Dead in Christ Won’t Really Rise
Understanding Spiritual Gifts: The Labels & the Lies
Speaking in Tongues
Spiritual Gifts: How can we label you?

COMMON TOPICS OF INTEREST INSPIRED BY REVELATION
Your New Name in Heaven
The Dreaded Day of Judgment: Is God going to humiliate us in Heaven?
Will all Christians be equal in Heaven? 
No Antichrist in the End Times: Can it really be true?
The Real End Times: Why Israel is Irrelevant
Blood Moons: The Mechanics, the Hype & the God-Honoring Response
Change the Bible, Go to Hell: Debunking Christian Superstitions


Historical Books

MATTHEW
Messianic Passages According to Matthew
CH 4: When God Leaves Town: Lessons Learned from John the Baptist
CH 4: Impressing the Devil: Jesus’ Self-Exalting Temptation Story
CH 5-6: Know Your Bible Lesson 49: The Sermon on the Mount
CH 6: Why Serious Christians Shouldn’t Pray the Lord’s Prayer
CH 6-7: Know Your Bible Lesson 50: Finishing the Sermon on the Mount
CH 7: Recognizing Wolves: By Their Fruits You Won’t Know Them
CH 10: Understanding Jesus: “Whoever denies Me before men…”
CH 11: Understanding Jesus: “Take My yoke upon you…”
CH 11: Understanding Jesus: The Kingdom of Heaven is Under Attack
CH 11: Jesus Is Not Humble
CH 15: Jesus: The Arrogant Lawbreaker
CH 15: An Indifferent Savior: Lessons Learned from a Canaanite Woman
CH 18: The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (or, How many times should we forgive?)
CH 19: Understanding Jesus: For God All Things Are Possible
CH 21: Parables of Jesus: The Two Sons & The Evil Tenant Farmers
CH 22: Trapping Jesus – Part 1: The Pharisees Ask About Taxes
CH 22: Trapping Jesus – Part 2: The Sadducees Ask About Resurrection
CH 22: The Parable of the Wedding Feast
CH 24: Know Your Bible Lesson 63: The End is Near (The Olivet Discourse)
CH 25: Know Your Bible Lesson 64: Finishing the Olivet Discourse

MARK
CH 3: Understanding Unpardonable Sins: Lies vs. Truth
CH 4: Jesus: The Bewildering Teacher
CH 5: Lessons Learned from a Bleeding Woman
CH 8: What does it mean to take up your cross?
CH 13: The Parable of the Talents
CH 16: Mark 16: The Signs of Believers

LUKE
CH 10: Understanding Jesus: More Workers for the Harvest
CH 10: Understanding Jesus: Do we have authority over demons?
CH 11: Jesus: The Volatile Guest
CH 13: Jesus: The Mean Messiah
CH 13: Understanding Jesus: Many Will Try To Enter But Won’t Be Able
CH 14: Understanding Jesus: All who Exalt Themselves will be Humbled
CH 14: The Parable of the Great Feast
CH 15: The Parable of the Lost Sheep
CH 16: The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
CH 17: The Parable of the Unworthy Servant
CH 18: The Parable of the Persistent Widow

JOHN
CH 3: False Formulas for Salvation – John 3:16
CH 4: The Woman at the Well: What’s wrong with Samaritans?
CH 10: Analogies of Jesus: The Good Shepherd
CH 11: Jesus Wept: Lessons Learned from the Resurrection of Lazarus

ACTS
CH 1: Know Your Bible Lesson 71: Acts Begins
CH 2: Know Your Bible Lesson 72: The Third God
CH 2-3: Know Your Bible Lesson 73: Peter Reduces Christ
CH 4: Know Your Bible Lesson 74: Fishermen vs. Priests
CH 5-7: Know Your Bible Lesson 75: The Wrath of Priests
CH 8: Know Your Bible Lesson 76: The God Dispensers
CH 9: Know Your Bible Lesson 77: Debunking the Conversion of Paul
CH 9-10: Know Your Bible Lesson 78: Foolish Leaders & False Converts
CH 11: Know Your Bible Lesson 79: Tolerating Gentiles
CH 12-13: Know Your Bible Lesson 80: The Wrath of Agrippa
CH 13: Know Your Bible Lesson 81: Trouble in Antioch
CH 14: Know Your Bible Lesson 82: The Stoning of Paul


Epistles

ROMANS
CH5: Romans 5: Paul Leads Us Astray on Sin & the Character of Yahweh
CH 6: Romans 6: Paul Baptizes Christians Into Despair
CH 7-8: Salvation According to Paul: If You Sin, You’re Damned (Romans 7-8)
CH 8 (part 2): Romans 8: Pretty Promises for Perfect People
CH 9: Understanding Divine Election: Jacob I Loved, Esau I Hated (Malachi 1 & Romans 9)
CH 10: False Formulas for Salvation – Romans 10:9
CH 10: Romans 10: Paul’s Racism, His Pride & His Beautiful Feet
CH 11: More Lies from Paul: God Loves Jews More Than Gentiles (Romans 11)
CH 13: Romans 13: How should Christians respond to governing authorities?

1 CORINTHIANS
CH 1: Applying 1 Corinthians 1: A Church in Crisis
CH 2: Applying 1 Corinthians 2: What Yahweh Has Revealed
CH 2: Can demons read our mind?
CH 3: Applying 1 Corinthians 3: Team Paul vs. Team Apollos
CH 4: Applying 1 Corinthians 4: Paul is Da Man
CH 5: Applying 1 Corinthians 5: Remove the Rebel
CH 6: Applying 1 Corinthians 6: Stop with the Suing & the Sex
CH 7: Applying 1 Corinthians 7: Paul Talks Sex & Marriage
CH 8: Applying 1 Corinthians 8: Idol Meats
CH 9: Applying 1 Corinthians 9: Roasting Paul
CH 10: Applying 1 Corinthians 10: More Beefing About Idol Meats
CH 11: Applying 1 Corinthians 11: Gender Foolishness & The Lord’s Supper
CH 12: Applying 1 Corinthians 12: A Bunch of Guff about Gifts
CH 13: Applying 1 Corinthians 13: A Love that Misses the Mark
CH 14: Applying 1 Corinthians 14: Sunday Morning Mayhem
CH 15: Applying 1 Corinthians 15: Paul Demotes Christ
CH 16: Applying 1 Corinthians 16: The Wrap Up

GALATIANS
Know Your Bible Lesson 79: Tolerating Gentiles

EPHESIANS
CH 5: Boundaries in Marriage: Inappropriate Submission

1 THESSALONIANS
CH 5: Pray Without Ceasing: More Bad Advice from Paul

1 TIMOTHY
CH 6: Light vs. Darkness: Where does God dwell?

TITUS
CH 1: Titus 1: The Cult of Paul
CH 2: Titus 2: Cult Rules

HEBREWS
CH 1: Applying Hebrews 1: Exposing the Lies
CH 2: Applying Hebrews 2: Confusion About Christ
CH 3: Applying Hebrews 3: Yahweh’s Rest
CH 4: Applying Hebrews 4: Stretching a Metaphor
CH 4: How do we know that Jesus really understands the human experience?
CH 5: Applying Hebrews 5: More Lies About Christ
CH 6: Applying Hebrews 6: To Doubt Is To Be Damned
CH 7: Applying Hebrews 7: Melchizedek Madness
CH 8: Applying Hebrews 8: Yahweh Speaks
CH 9: Applying Hebrews 9: Refusing to Let Go
CH 10: Applying Hebrews 10: Old vs. New
CH 11: Applying Hebrews 11: The Faith Hall of Fame
CH 12: Applying Hebrews 12: Threats & Warnings
CH 13: Applying Hebrews 13: Concluding Remarks
CH 13: Understanding Jesus’ Sameness (Hebrews 13:8)

JAMES
CH 1: Applying James 1: The Many Ways You’re Failing God
CH 2: Applying James 2: Faith without Works is Dead
CH 3: Applying James 3: Warnings to Teachers
CH 4: Applying James 4: Railing at Rebels
CH 5: Applying James 5: Concluding Foolishness
CH 5: The Power of a Righteous Man’s Prayer

1 PETER
CH 3: Gentle & Quiet: The Ideal Wife According to Peter
CH 3: Can your prayers become hindered by the way you treat your wife? (Guidance for Christian Men)

1 JOHN
CH 1: False Formulas for Salvation – 1 John 1:9
CH 2-3: Salvation According to 1 John
CH 4: Spiritual Discernment According to John
CH 5: The Ruler of Our World: Is it God or Satan?


Prophecy

REVELATION
Applying Revelation: Some Background

Applying Revelation 1: The Greeting (vs. 1-8)
Applying Revelation 1: Jesus’ New Look
Applying Revelation 2: Ephesus & Smyrna (vs. 1-11)
Applying Revelation 2: Pergamum & Thyatira (vs. 12-29)
Applying Revelation 3: Sardis, Philadelphia & Laodicea
Applying Revelation 4: Yahweh’s Turn
Applying Revelation 5: Jesus is Awesome
Applying Revelation 6: The First Five Seals
Applying Revelation 6: The Sixth Seal
Applying Revelation 7: The 144,000
Applying Revelation 8: The First Four Trumpets
Applying Revelation 9: The Locusts
Applying Revelation 10: End Time Games
Applying Revelation 11: The Two Witnesses
Applying Revelation 12: Miss Israel & Devil Dragon
Applying Revelation 13: Two More Beasts & 666
Applying Revelation 14: Harvest Time
Applying Revelation 15-16: Invincible Rebels
Applying Revelation 17: Rome Gets It…Again
Applying Revelation 18: Seven Songs About Rome
Applying Revelation 19: Warrior Jesus
Applying Revelation 20: Millennial Madness
Applying Revelation 21: A Disturbing Paradise
Applying Revelation 22: The Last Chapter
Applying Revelation: Its Warning for Modern Day Believers


 

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