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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #12
Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Twelfth lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we complete chapter 6 and begin chapter 7.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
Direct download: Romans_012.mp3
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Text: Matthew 9:35-38

Do you see people as God does?  We all love to share good news in life but what is our role in telling the good news of the gospel?  We cannot be good at sharing the good news until we have a heart of compassion. Compassion is defined as a feeling of sorrow or pity for someone in trouble.  To effectively share with others we must first see them as Jesus did (Matt. 9:36)  Here we see that people are without a way and without a sheppard.  Looking at 2 Timothy 3:1-4 we can see what keeps us from having compassion. First selfishness  and second lovers of money (vs. 2). (Book referred to is Marks of a Healthy Church by Dr. John MacArthur) People today are more focused on their best life now but the truth is the best is yet to come!

We need to see the multitudes and that they are in trouble (Matt. 9:37) While the workers are few the answer can be found in prayer.  Prayer that the lord will send more workers by the power of his Holy Spirit working in the lives of the laborers. We see in vs. 7 (1 Thessalonians  1:2-10) that they were examples and were so effective that Paul didn't need to say anything.
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Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

So many times the busyness of life keeps us from saying "thank you"!  The next time we have a few moments to pause in the busyness of life: let's say thank you to God.  The following are prayers as recorded by Charles Spurgeon.  These prayers (from  Prayer-a-Phrases) would be a tremendous place to begin our journey of consistent prayer before the throne of grace.

Direct download: 11-18-2007-am.mp3
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #9 This is  lesson #9 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

1.  Inspiration = Authority of God’s Word
     Canonicity = Acceptance  of God’s Word 
     Transmission = Accuracy of God’s Word
2.  The unique features of the Hebrew and Greek languages:
    Hebrew – Very emotional, pictorial, personal language
    Greek – Universal , intellectual language, a language of the mind
3.  Advancements in Writing – Four Stages of Development
    A.  Pictograms  (7000 B.C. – 3500 B.C.)
    B.  Ideograms  (3500 B.C. – 2100 B.C.)
    C.  Phonograms   (2100 B.C. to 1400 B.C.)
    D.  Alphabet  (1450 B.C.)
4.  Writing Materials:
    A.  Clay  (Jer. 17:13, Ezek.4:1)
    B.  Stone  - Rosetta stone
    C.  Papyrus - Egyptian form of paper
    D.  Vellum – (Calf skins)
    E.  Parchment – (Lamb skins)
    F.  Leather -  (Cowhide)
    G.  Metal  - Only thin sheets, of soft materials like lead
    H.  Ostraca - Potsherds
    I.   Paper  (Alabama is 3rd leading producer in the world)
5.  What is a manuscript?  A copy  - The original letters are called autographs.
6.  Manuscripts are a key link in understanding the chain “from God to us.? They provide tangible and very important evidence about the transmission of the Bible.
7.  No manuscripts or portions of manuscripts exist that were written before the  Babylonian captivity (586 B.C.) but there are quite a few scripture copies dating from the Talmudic era (300 B.C. to 500 A.D.)
8.  Two General Classes of Old Testament Manuscripts:
    A.  The Synagogue Roll
    B.  Private copies
9.  The New Testament has a tremendous amount of manuscripts in whole or fragments (as many as some 14,000) some dating back to 125 A.D.
10.  Major Manuscripts of the Bible
    A.  Cairo Geneza Manuscript
    B.  Masoretic text
11.  The Old Testament text owes its accuracy to the commitment, ability and reliability of the scribes and scholars who transmitted it.
12.  The “Great Debate?
      Older is Better vs.  More  is better
13.  Uncials had no punctuation, all capitals, and no divisions
Minuscule manuscripts were written during the age known as the     “Queen of the Cursive.?
15. In the fullness of time, God in His sovereignty and grace brought together all of the ingredients to preserve His Word and to propagate His gospel message.
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Bible Institute: Romans - Class #11 Springville Road Bible Institute

This is the Eleventh lesson in a study of the book of Romans.  This week we continue chapter 6.

The Textbook used in the class is the Smart Guide to the Book of Romans
Direct download: Romans_011.mp3
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Church Conference 2007
There are many ministries at here at Springville Road Community Church and we like to take time every year to talk about some of these ministries.  This year rather than having several speakers come and talk about these ministries one of our Deacons, Brian Reed, created some short videos.  These videos are about our English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry, the Springville Road Bible Institute, and the AWANA program at SRCC (note: some of the AWANA video was shot on "crazy hair night" and the people shown want you to know that this is not their everyday hairstyles.)  (Click on the links to watch the videos.)

After the videos Teresa Blount, our Pastor Thad Blount's wife, came and shared her testimony and some insights into her walk with God as a pastor's wife, mom, and teacher. Listen to this podcast to hear Teresa and Pastor Thad.
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Bible Institute: Canonicity - Class #8 This is  lesson #8 in a study of canonicity, a study about where we get our Bible.  Your instructor is Elder David Nichols.

*Three historical developments in the area of Biblical transmission:
       A.  The invention of writing before 3000 B. C.
       B.  The beginning of translation before 200 B.C.
       C.  The development of printing before 1600 A.D.
*Eight ways God has spoken:
       A.  Through Angels
       B.  Through a loud voice
       C.  Through a still, small voice
       D.  Through nature
       E.  Through the mouth of an ass
       F.  Through dreams
       G.  Through visions
       H.  Through Christophanies – a pre-Bethlehem appearance of Christ
*What Old Testament languages did God choose to use?
     A.  Hebrew – Williamington’s Guide to the Bible: “Hebrew is a pictorial language, speaking with vivid bold metaphors,  which challenge and dramatize the story.?
     B.  Aramaic was the language of the Syrians and was used throughout the near east.
*New Testament Languages
     A.  The Semitic language – Jesus and His disciples used it as their native tongue.
     B.  The Hebrew language – also had influence in the New Testament through more idiomatic expressions
     C.  The Latin or Roman – We see “loanwords? such as “centurion?, “tribute?, and “legion? as well as the inscription on the cross.
      D.  Greek – The Koine Greek was the most widely used language throughout the world during the first century
* The Greek alphabet was derived from the Phoenicians (they developed the first known written language sometime prior to 1450 B.C. and as early as 3500 B.C.
* The Greek vocabulary was representative of several cultures as well as a vast geographical expanse and it became the official language of the empires into which Alexander the Great’s conquests were divided.
* The Koine Greek language was uniquely suited to relay the revelation of Christ in theological terms.
* Greek is an intellectual language.  It is more a language of the mind than of the heart.
* As demonstrated in the writings of the great Greek philosophers  Geisler and Nix state: “Greek possessed a technical precision not found in the Hebrew language.?
* In addition, Greek was a universal language – well suited for  delivery of the gospel to a lost world.
* Whereas Hebrew was particular to the Jewish people – the Old Testament truths about God were initially revealed to one nation (Israel) in its own language.
* The fuller Revelation given by Christ in the New Testament was not so restricted.    Instead, the message of Christ was to be “preached in His Name to all nations.?  Luke 24:47
* Galatians 4:4  - Paul said, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son.?
*    Inspiration = authority
*    Canonicity = acceptance                   
*    Transmission = accuracy
Direct download: canonicity_08.mp3
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Bible Conference 2007: "How the Race is Won"
Text: Hebrews 10

This is the second message of our 2007 Bible Conference.  Don Barrett continues the series on Running the Race with Purpose in this session by preaching on  how the race is won.

To win the race we must finish.  What is it that drives you? What are your passions and motivations in life? How do I know if I'm going to finish?

1st by careful examination.  (Hebrew 10:19) This will require me to jettison things that hold me back.

2nd I must have evaluation. (Hebrew 10:22-24) "Let us..." Let us what? Draw near, hold fast. Back in Hebrews chapter 2:1-3 we see some of the things to evaluate, "Lest we drift". Are we prone to wander? yes, so we need to be earnest.  We need to exhort one another daily by asking each other how we are doing spiritually. Have you become dull of hearing and unwilling or able to eat anything but milk (Hebrews 5:11- ).

3rd A prayerful Exhortation - (Hebrews 10:24-25) We must get our mind in the game. To get down and focused we must sometimes be zapped.  If you are disinterested in these things then you might not be in a position to finish the race.
Direct download: 11-04-07-am2.mp3
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Bible Conference 2007: "How the Race is Run"
Text Hebrews 12:1-2

The theme for our Bible Conference this year is "Running the Race with Purpose". and we were pleased to welcome Don Barrett as our guest speaker.  Don has served in the ministry for over 30 years and was pastor of Lake Charles (La.) Bible Church for almost 17 years before becoming Executive Director of Camp Pearl Ministries in 1996 until the present. Don and his wife Angie are the parents of 3 grown children.

In this first session of our conference Don speaks about how the race of faith is run. First the race must be run with focus. Heaven is not a prize or reward because all who believe in Jesus Christ and trust in him as savior and lord will go to heaven because it is a free gift given by grace.  Heaven is not the issue but rather what we will do when there.

When do we start the race? Upon the day of our salvation and even though the life of a Christian has many pitfalls and difficulties a judgment still awaits the Christian with regard to what he has done in this life. What is it that holds us back in the race?  We all have 168 hours in our week and we need to evaluate what we do with our time.  Is what you're doing with your time wise? The things that you spend your time on are weighing you down and burden you as you run the race.

Second, how do we run the race? By running it in Christ because he started our faith, continues our faith and he will complete our faith. Our goal should be to live for Christ so that one day he will say "Well done my good and faithful servant."

Third, the distinction. We are not running the race against one another but together.  Are you just getting by (See 2 Peter 1:3) or are you running the race with a purpose so that others will also want what you have?
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