Bible Studies

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 19: Moving Forward 2

By luther | August 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

With this class, we continue looking at the “Four Points Raised in John Warwick Montgomery’s article, ‘Christian Apologetics in the Light of the Lutheran Confessions.’”  Today’s class looks at points three and four. 3. After the fall, man has a bound will in spiritual matters (Ephesians 2:1, “dead in trespasses and sins.”)  Nevertheless, man still […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 18: Apologetics Moving Forward

By luther | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

In previous classes we have defined Apologetics as the scientific validation of the truth and absoluteness of the Christian religion against unbelief on the basis of human reason and science.  We previously looked at 1 Peter 3:15 and Jude 1:3, but these came up short as proof texts to support apologetics.  It would seem that […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 17 Apologetics 2

By luther | August 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Another passage used to support the task of apologetics is Jude 1:3, “…Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly (ἐπαγωνίζεσθαι) for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”  In context, the […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 16 Apologetics

By luther | July 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Those who encourage apologetics almost always cite First Peter 3:15,  “… always be ready to give a defense{ἀπολογίαν} to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you….”  The Greek word, apologia {ἀπολογία}, simply means to give a defense against objections.  In context, there is nothing to suggest anything other than a […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 15: Not Confusing the Estates

By luther | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The several descriptions of American culture given in the book, Gospel Reset, imply that the former cooperation between public schools and the church (e.g. the Bible, prayer and Christian worldview, see page 17) gave American society a foundational knowledge for understanding morality and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  Page 14 says, “… many in […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 14: Worldview vs. Three Estates

By luther | July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Usually we speak of the Ten Commandments as the law of God which shows us our sin.  Furthermore, we know that only believers can do good works, because without faith nothing is pleasing to God (Heb. 11:6).  Good works flow from faith.  Nevertheless, when Luther describes the Ten Commandments as the fountainhead of all good […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 13: The Three Estates

By luther | June 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although others have explained the three estates (church, family, and state) exclusively, the Word of God teaches these estates theologically and ethically.  Each and every person, believer or unbeliever, finds themselves to be a member of each estate.  The church was instituted in the Garden of Eden, before Eve was created and before the fall […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 12: Not a Christian Nation

By luther | June 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although the American culture has indeed changed, we need to be careful how we describe this change.  The illustration on pages 53 and 82 seems to teach that the United States formerly had God’s Word as her foundation, but now the foundation is man’s word.  Let’s be clear:  The United States has never been a […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 11: Worldview

By luther | June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

We need to understand the difference between trying to prove the Bible is true by extra-biblical evidence and showing that the extra-Biblical evidence agrees with or confirms (or at least doesn’t contradict) the teachings of the Bible.  The problem with trying to prove the Bible is true is that the person’s trust now is built […]

Gospel Reset Bible Class, Pt. 10: Evangelism

By luther | June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are differences between St. Peter’s address in Acts 2 and St. Paul’s address in Acts 17.  The speaker proceeds differently because of the knowledge or lack of knowledge of the hearers with regard to the true God and Creator, sin, death, and the promise of the Savior.  Nevertheless, both speeches use the Bible alone […]