When Nebuchadnezzar moves the temple treasures into the temple of his God, he makes it all about who is God, instead of about his personal wealth. Good. The battle is now joined. Next, he tries to erase the captives’ culture by changing their names. But their personalities are unchanged. There will be conflict.
We see with more than just our eyes; we see with our minds. Christians have a different mindset. This allows them to see things non-Christians don’t see — God’s hand in things, His purposes, His kingdom. Through the examples of Paul and Silas, Ananias, Simon the sorcerer, and Martha, we explain the difference between regular eyesight and seeing with Christian eyes.
Romans is Paul’s most thorough treatise on systematic theology. Paul’s opens it with his usual salutation, referring to himself as a bondservant (doulos) of Christ. Then he launches into a blistering criticism of hedonistic behavior, which he ascribes to idolatry. Paul doesn’t spare believers either, saying that we who condemn others are guilty of the same things.
- Romans Week 1: The Foundation of the Gospel
- Romans Week 2: Sin and Judgment
- Romans Week 3: The Structure of Grace
- Romans Week 4: The Genesis of Faith
- Romans Week 5: Liberation
- Romans Week 6: Sin's Residue
- Romans Week 7: Life in the Spirit
- Romans Week 8: Justice and Mercy
- Romans Week 9: Spreading the Gospel
- Romans Week 10: Remnant Theology
- Romans Week 11: The Spirit Led Life
- Romans Week 12: Christian Posture
- Romans Week 13: Using Judgment
- Romans Week 14: Accepting What Comes Our Way
- Romans Week 15: Binding Fellowship
The things of God are wonderful, beautiful, and glorifying. We should thank God for His cleverness, creativity, holiness, and mercy every day. But Job said that he spoke of things “too wonderful for me.” Is there something we’re supposed to avoid talking about, or even thinking about?
We investigate that in this series.
Judgement is coming to Nineveh. They were once mighty, and once repented, but all will be destroyed—completely. This prophesy was fulfilled perfectly. Nineveh, which was once a great city, is now just and archeological dig.
Jonah introduced the concept of “Thinking Like a Christian.” Specifically, we saw how to have the right mindset. In Hosea, we’ll learn the right heartset. Hosea gets set up as an example of how God’s love and grace work. Unfortunately for Hosea, that will mean displaying love and grace in tough situations (just like God does).
God calls Jonah to preach repentance to a people he doesn’t particularly care for. He refuses to do it and runs away and boards a ship for Tarshish. That doesn’t work any better than we’d expect, and he ends up getting tossed into the sea. Eventually, Jonah finds himself in the stomach of a fish. Now he has time to think.