Springville Road Community Church
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Text: John 17:1-21

What does the Lord want us to do in prayer? We are to "pray without ceasing". Obviously this will require labor so what are some of the areas that Christ prayed for?

I. Pray for Protection - (vs.15) Jesus prayed for them to be kept from the evil one. In vs. 20 he expands his request to all believers.

II. Pray for Sanctification - (vs.17) "Through your truth"  This is the truth of God's word (the Bible)

III. Pray for Unity - (vs.21) "that they all may be one".  This is the unity of the truth of the gospel and also the unity of having the same eternal destination.

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Is It Reliable - 7

Just how reliable is the Bible? Is it just a collection of books written by men or is it the holy word of God? How did the collection of 66 books come together as the Bible we know it today?  Have some books been left out of the Bible? Listen to this muti-week study as we explore these questons and more about the bible and how reliable it really is.

This week's discussion includes a general overview, the Dead Sea Scrolls, slavery and the Bible, and how did people in the Old Testament live for 700, 800 to even 900 years?

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Text: Revelation 2:8-11

The Message to Smyrna-this letter puts to rest the heresy that “God does not allow those who are His to suffer.”

I. Encouragement - (vs. 8) the opening description of Jesus is so appropriate to their situation.

   A. The first and the last-

   B. The One who was dead, and has come to life-

II. Knowledge - (vs. 9) the author of Hebrews says, “all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews4:13)

   A. Tribulation-

   B. Poverty-

   C. Enemies-

III. Demand (vs. 10) God’s desire for our lives is that we glorify Him. (Eph. 3:20) One of the main ways Christians glorify Him is through obedience.

   A. Fear-

   B. Faith-

IV. Promise - (vs. 11) the Lord Jesus was so good and   gracious to give them the big picture!

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Is It Reliable - 6

Just how reliable is the Bible? Is it just a collection of books written by men or is it the holy word of God? How did the collection of 66 books come together as the Bible we know it today?  Have some books been left out of the Bible? Listen to this muti-week study as we explore these questons and more about the bible and how reliable it really is.

This week's discussion includes a look at the Gospel of Mark.  Where did Mark get his information and what impact did the Gospel of Mark have on the other Gospels? Is it possible that there could still be undiscovered books that are inspired and could be added to the cannon today?  Can someone who does not speak Hebrew and or Greek trust in English translations of the Bible? How was membership determined for the councils that confirmed the cannon?

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Text: Revelation 2:1-7

I. Jesus’ Praise of Them-(2:2-3, 6)
       They were hard workers, discerning Christians, not tolerant of evil men, and steadfast for the name of the Lord.

II. Jesus’ Problem with Them-(2:4)
        “They left their first love.”  The word left points to a completed action.  In other words, they had left Him and were still in that condition.  What are some contributing factors to this slippery slope?

III. Jesus’ Prescription for Them-(2:5a)
        A. Remember-this meant reflecting on the past.
        B. Repent-turn toward Me and turn away from your current condition.
        C. Repeat-the key word here is first.  In other words get back to your love relationship with Me.

IV. Jesus’ Pronouncement-(2:5b) Judgment. You will lose your witness (presence) as a light if there is no repentance.

V. Jesus Promise-(2:7)- “to the one who is victorious, he will eat from the tree of life.”

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Is It Reliable - 5

Just how reliable is the Bible? Is it just a collection of books written by men or is it the holy word of God? How did the collection of 66 books come together as the Bible we know it today?  Have some books been left out of the Bible? Listen to this muti-week study as we explore these questons and more about the bible and how reliable it really is.

This week's discussion includes an look at the Old Testament and its reliablity. A look at additions that have been made to the bible (example: the last part of the book of Mark) and does the apocrypha have any value in the Christian life?

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Text: Revelation 1:12-20

Son of Man –a title that was used in the life and ministry of Jesus.  This title was also expressed in Daniel 7:13 in anticipation of the Messiah.

I. The Position of the Lord Jesus-Revelation 1:13 clearly points to the fact that the Son of Man (Jesus) is in the midst of the churches.

II. The Picture of the Lord Jesus
* He is the High Priest.  The long robe and golden sash point to the priesthood as clearly revealed in the Old Testament. (Exodus 28:4; Lev. 16)
* He is the Holy One.  The blazing white is a picture of the Purity or the Holiness of the Lord.  The Bible clearly reveals His Holiness. (Is. 6; I Peter 1:13; Rev. 4)      
* He Sees Everything.  Nothing is hidden from the One in the midst of the church. The author of Hebrews says, “all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb. 4:13)
* He is the Judge.  John’s gospel records that “He (the Father) has given all judgment to the Son.” (John 5:22; II Cor. 5:9-10; Rev. 2:18)
* His voice is Powerful. Those belonging to the Lord know His voice. (John 5:25-29; John 10:27)
* He is Sovereign over His church. The right hand pictures His control over the church. (Rev. 2:1)
* He is the Protector of the church. Revelation clearly conveys this truth. (2:16; 19:15)
* He is Brilliant/Glorious in Appearance. John equates looking at His face to the sun shining in its brilliance/strength.

III. His Response to the Lord- John’s response is no different than any who have been confronted with the glory of the Lord. (Is 6. Acts 9)


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Is It Reliable - 4

Just how reliable is the Bible? Is it just a collection of books written by men or is it the holy word of God? How did the collection of 66 books come together as the Bible we know it today?  Have some books been left out of the Bible? Listen to this muti-week study as we explore these questons and more about the bible and how reliable it really is.

This week's discussion includes some suggested study helps, the role, if any, that councils played in determining the books included in the cannon and how we can trust the writings of the Apostle Paul.

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