Bible Study Lesson on Galatians chapter 6

In this video, TOD Johnston teaches from Galatians chapter 6, at Paran Baptist Church in Lake City, SC. He has been teaching from the New Testament at Paran on Sunday nights at 6 pm, since 2004. All of the Bible study lessons on Galatians will eventually be published online for free in PDF book format. Please go over to our Bible Study Lessons page to see all of the books we have published so far – holybiblestudies.blogspot.com Our church is located at 1603 Johnsonville Hwy., Lake City, SC. For more about us, go to – www.paranbaptistchurch.com

Chapter Update: The New RUI Web Store

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The launch of our new and improved RUI Web Store! Reformers Unanimous is pleased to announce the coming launch of our new and improved Web store.  Friday April 30th we will unveil a completely redesigned E-Store.  This RETAIL portion of our new E-Store launch will be followed two weeks later with a launch of our proprietary E-Store for supporting chapter purchasers.  The store improvements will boast an incredible increase in speed; include better search engines, and a greatly improved navigation system to help individual addicts find what they may need to experience lasting recovery.  To commemorate our Grand Opening we will be offering a 30% discount off our entire line of books by Bro. Curington, Dr. Kingsbury and Dr. Crabb. We will also offer huge discounts on our highly effective addiction recovery and Christian discipleship curriculum, and offer brand new audio and visual products of great quality and content!  This special will last past Mothers Day till May 30th. If you have never or have not recently visited our web store you may be missing out on over 700 products that could be the catalyst in helping you to overcome a stubborn habit or enjoy a more intimate walk with God.    More details to follow.

Ok, two quick thoughts for this week.  Remember, nothing new under the sun, so don’t expect me to give you ideas for chapter growth or student retention when you may not even be doing what you have been trained, taught, told or tempted by the Spirit to do.  Here you go:

CANT GET STUDENTS TO JOIN YOUR CHURCH?!

The 300 CLUB promotes students into church members. A wonderful tool of Reformers Unanimous is the 300 Club.  This “club” was introduced at the 2003 RU International Conference, yet many chapters are still not maximizing this effective tool.  Students work to receive the monthly 300 Club certificate by attending class, wearing their awards, attending church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, mid week service, passing out RU or Church brochures, doing their challenges, and using the Daily Journal.  The 300 club is vital to for a leader to see the “thermostat” of participation of each student.  This “club” is more than just an award; it truly helps a leader to monitor the growth potential of a student and help them to see areas in which they may need to improve.  On Friday night, a leader in each group should reference the 300 Club scores on the Weekly Attendance Sheet so they can praise those who are doing well, as well as challenge others in areas where the score is low.  In addition, it would be advantageous for every Director (and even Pastor) to see student’s scores, so they can counsel similar to that of the leader.  Students will develop under this accountability of the 300 Club with confidence – not in the doing of each element of the “club”, but in Christ, Who is magnified in each aspect of this wonderful tool of RU.

CANT GET PEOPLE TO VISIT YOUR CHAPTER

No Better time than the present…There is no better time to increase attendance at RU   than the present time!  With school breaks approaching, seasonal changes, and intense economic pressures, people find themselves in a transitional stage.  Many addicts begin to realize they are functioning less and begin seeking help for themselves and for their loved ones.  Will they find out about an addiction program in your community called RU?  Please follow these simple suggestions so those in need will find the Truth that can make them free:

Check your RU banner or sign to make sure it is visible and noticeable.  You might even consider tying balloons to it to draw more attention or place a light on it at night.
Get your students involved in distributing fliers each week.  Place 7 brochures in an envelope and take a few moments before the offering to encourage individual distribution of RU literature.  Recognize those who do so each week and create positive peer pressure to get involved in reaching out to others. The only alternative to soulwinning is disobedience to God.
Make sure your RU is listed in the free ads of the local newspapers.  If you have already done this, please check it or adjust its wording.  Many times these types of ads end after a certain amount of time and need to be renewed.
Check into radio advertising on Christian Radio.  It works!  Many times they will give you several free after hour slots for ever prime minute purchased.  Negotiate the rate and find ways to get it sponsored.  You will not be sorry. (Pre-recorded commercials available on our web store)
Get posters up!  Place them in all sorts of businesses where addicts frequent.  Get your students and church members to help you by giving opportunity and instruction on where and how to gain permission to hang them.  Set up a table in your RU and fill it with your EXISTING stock of posters, handbills and tracts.  Many chapters have never reordered stock that was received in starter kits.  Could it be because it was never placed out for distribution by individual students and leaders?  Set up appointments with Personnel Managers in large companies.  Equip them with posters, fliers, and business cards to place in break rooms and give to employees who may need the help.  Many businesses are looking for options that will help them keep employees long term.
Don’t forget loving the unloving.  Those who care only for themselves and have ceased to function as Christians or in society.  Visit your backsliding church members or advertise among people who occupy rescue missions, unemployment offices, Salvation Armies, Transitional houses, and reach out with a helping hand of hope.
Ask other churches in your community to place the new bulletin inserts in their Sunday bulletin.  Give these to the church along with a typed out announcement introducing this Bible-centered addiction program in their community to help their family, friends, and loved ones overcome stubborn habits.  Many pastors will be glad to help a Bible-centered program with this request.

Let’s all strive to reach out to those who are hurting in our communities.  Remember, there is someone near you who needs Him.  Let’s make it as easy as possible.  Put forth the effort; get the tools you need; and watch God give the increase!

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Paul says, in Rom. 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning” (NKJV) as he writes to the saints (Christians) in Rome (Rom. 1:7 NKJV).  The prophetic book of Isaiah written hundreds of years before Christ can teach us much about God – what pleases him, what displeases him, his nature (who he is, what or how he feels, his thoughts), his sense of justice, etc.  I think most of us would like to know God better and Isaiah gives us that opportunity.  There are lessons for the church, God’s people, found in the very first chapter of Isaiah.

As Isaiah chapter one opens (Isa. 1:1) we learn that we are being told of a vision Isaiah saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem (God’s people in that Old Testament time).  I mention that for we must remember that we who are Christians are God’s people today so in terms of broad principles at least, versus specific laws, there is application for us here in Isaiah as well as for those who lived back then.  Here are some of the lessons found in the first chapter.

(1)  God’s people can cease to know him or understand him.  “The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider.” (Isa. 1:3 NKJV)  Under the Law of Moses a child was born a Jew, a child of God, by physical birth.  He/she would have to grow into a knowledge of God and his will as they grew and matured and were taught.  Under the Christian dispensation one cannot become a child of God, a Christian, without first having obtained a knowledge of Christ.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’  Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” (John 6:44-45 NKJV)

However, I do not believe Isaiah is talking about an ignorance of God like I might have an ignorance of Chemistry or of Physics but rather a rejection based on the idea that things do not matter to God.  They had gradually, and it seems almost totally, drifted away from God in their belief that what he had said mattered or that he really cared about the things he had told them through the law and the prophets. 

Here is the great lesson for the church and individual Christians today.  Have you ever heard it said, “I know what it (reference to the word of God) says but I don’t believe … it matters.”  I have heard it.  I wonder if people in Isaiah’s day were saying that sort of thing?  I once knew a lady who was gung ho on women preachers.  Paul said, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man.” (1 Tim. 2:12 NKJV)  What an inspired preacher had to say about the subject did not matter to her.  She rejected Paul but would have argued all day with you that she believed the Bible.

The Jews of Isaiah’s day had recreated God in their own image.  He would become what they wanted him to be.  We have to be very careful today lest we do the exact same thing.  When we begin to say things like that was then this is now, we have to adapt the Bible to modern times, etc., we are starting to travel a dangerous road.  Who is the man who is qualified to tell us what changes need to be made in the Christian faith and practice of today versus that of the first century as found in the pages of the New Testament?  There are many who feel they are qualified for they are busy telling us all the time what is allowable today even though unheard of in the New Testament but I have always been a little afraid of blind guides leading blind people.  That man has created his own brand of Christianity today to suit himself is found in the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of denominations.  They all argue they know God.  Do you believe it?  I don’t.

Reminds me of the church of the Laodiceans in Rev. 3:14-19 in that Jesus said of them, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-“. (Rev. 3:17 NKJV)  The fact an individual or a church calls itself Christian and feels good about itself amounts to about 2 cents if that much.  The measuring stick is not man nor men (singular or plural) but the word of God.  Even Sardis had a name but Jesus said they were dead (Rev. 3:1); the majority of them like the people in Isaiah’s day had defiled their garments (Rev. 3:4).    

There is only one way to know and understand God.  One must become a faithful and diligent student of the word of God, not just an occasional and casual reader.  One must believe what he reads which involves not only faith in facts that are presented but a trust in God and his promises.  One must act upon what he has learned which is to say he must be obedient to it and that from the heart.  To know and understand God is to accept God as God which means God over me – my God.  In Isaiah’s day God had been forsaken and despised (Isa. 1:4 ESV) for what he had taught no longer mattered.  A person or a group’s attitude toward the word of God can tell you a lot about them.

(2)  People who reject God may still hold worship services but do so in vain.  If one will read Isa. 1:11-15 it becomes clear that the people were still offering sacrifices, burnt offerings, incense, holding to the appointed feasts, observing the Sabbaths, etc.  These were divinely given acts of worship but God was not pleased for neither the heart nor the life was right in the worshippers.

God says, “I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.” (Isa. 1:13 ESV)  He says their incense “is an abomination to me.” (Isa. 1:13 ESV)  Of the new moons and the appointed feasts he says he hates them (Isa. 1:14).

Worship is not acceptable to God that does not first come from a life of purity based on belief of and obedience to God through his word.  Please do not let my use of the word purity mislead you into thinking perfection.  Perfection is the goal but while man can obtain maturity in the Christian life he cannot obtain perfection in the sense in which we use the word today.  The idea Isaiah presents to us is of a people who were practicing iniquity.  Sin was a way of life with them.  Hypocrites cannot please God nor worship him in a manner acceptable to him.  To worship God acceptably one must be making a sincere effort to obey God and live the life.  “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.” (Prov. 28:9 NKJV)

We all would do well to memorize Prov. 28:9 just quoted for that is our status with God when we become involved in sin and have not or will not repent of it.  I would like to have people pray for me as I am sure you would as well if you are a believer but that said I know the prayers of a certain class that might pray for me would all be for naught.  Is your life such that if you had a family member in need of prayer you could pray with hope that the prayer would be accepted by God?  Are you the righteous man or woman whose prayer avails much (James 5:16)?

We also need to remember that while the application of the lesson is to the individual Isaiah was talking to people who as a group had almost all fallen into this category of iniquity.  The point is an entire body of people can fall into this classification, continue to worship God outwardly, and yet the worship be in vain.   “In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt. 15:9 NKJV)  Jesus spoke those words in Matthew but he said it was a prophecy of Isaiah and applied it to the people of his own time.  That said it is a truth that will always be applicable to those who will teach “as doctrines the commandments of men” and who still try to worship God while doing so.

(3)  A third lesson we can take from Isaiah 1 is that God gives man the ability and the opportunity to cleanse himself of sin.  “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes.  Cease to do evil, learn to do good.”  (Isa. 1:16 NKJV)  A little clarification is in order lest there be misunderstanding.  God is not saying that man has it in his own hands to cleanse himself of sin apart from God.  God is saying he will conditionally forgive them if they will meet the conditions and it is in their hands as to whether or