Gideon

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Gideon the Coward (Judges 6:1 - 24)
Gideon the Challenger (Judges 6:25 - 32)
Gideon the Conqueror (Judges 6:33 - 8:3)
Gideon the Compromiser (Judges 8:4 - 35)

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Outline of Joshua

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Joshua 1-5 : Crossing the River
- Commission to Joshua (Jos 1)
- Covenant with Rahab (Jos 2)
- Crossing of Jordan (Jos 3-4)
- Circumcision at Gilgal (Jos 5)

Joshua 6-12 : Conquering the Enemy
- Downfall of Jericho (Jos 6)
- Disobedience of Achan (Jos 7)
- Destruction of Ai (Jos 8)
- Deception of the Gibeonites (Jos 9)

Joshua 13-21 : Claiming the Land
- Allotment of Tribal Territory (Jos 13-19)
- Appointment of Priestly Precincts (Jos 20-21)

Joshua 22-24 : Concluding Issues
- Controversy at Jordan (Jos 22)
- Challenge of Joshua (Jos 23)
- Covenant at Shechem (Jos 24)

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Brief Outline of Mark

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Mark 1:1-13 Sanction of the Servant
- John Came (Mark 1:1-8)
- Jesus Came (Mark 1:9-13)

Mark 1:14-8:30 Service of the Servant
- His Works (Mark 1:14-3:35)
- His Words (Mark 4:1-5:43)
- His Ways (Mark 6:1-8:26

Mark 8:27-15:47 Sacrifice of the Servant
- Anticipation (Mark 8:27-10:52)
- Approach (Mark 11:1-14:42)
- Accomplishment (Mark 14:43-15:47)

Mark 16:1-20 Supremacy of the Servant
- Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8)
- Revelation (Mark 16:9-14)
- Responsibilities (Mark 16:15-20)

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Paul's Sermon in Antioch of Pisidia

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Audience of Israel (Acts 13:16)

Antiquity of the Jews (Acts 13:17-21)
- Fathers as Strangers in Egypt v17
- Forty Years of Sojourning v18
- Four Hundred and Fifty Years till Samuel v19-20
- Forty Years of Saul v21

Anticipation of the Messiah (Acts 13:22-26)
- Promise to David concerning the Seed v22-23
- Preaching of John concerning the Saviour v24-25
- Proclamation of Paul concerning Salvation v26

Advent of the Messiah (Acts 13:27-31)
- His Trial, Condemnation v27
- His Tree, Crucifixion v28
- His Tomb, Burial v29
- His Triumph, Resurrection v30
- His Testimony, Appearance v31

Accord of the Scriptures (Acts 13:32-37)
- Jesus was raised to be Saviour v32-33
- Jesus was raised from the Sepulchre v34-35
- David rested in his Sepulchre v36-37

Announcement of Justification (Acts 13:38-41)
- Call for Faith  v38-39
- Caution against Faithlessness v40-41

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The King in the Gospels

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Matthew - The Shepherd King (Matt 2:6 DARBY, Matt 25:32, 26:31)
Mark - The Servant King (Mark 10:45, 11:9-10, 14:61-62)
Luke - The Saviour King (Luke 2:11, 19:38, 23:3)
John - The Son King (John 1:49, 18:37)

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Supremacy of Christ Part 2

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"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church:  Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell." Col 1:15-19

Christ is supreme in the
Uncreated Realm - Image of the Invisible God
Created Realm - Firstborn of every creature
Pro-created Realm - by Him all things consists
Re-created Realm - Head of the Body, the Church

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Brief Outline of Philippians

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Phil 1 - The message of our ministry is the gospel of Christ
Phil 2 - The model for our ministry is the example of Christ
Phil 3 - The motive for our ministry is the reward of Christ
Phil 4 - The means of our ministry is the provision of Christ

Read Christ in Philippians.

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Three Problems with Three Pictures

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"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" 1 Cor 3:3
"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." 1 Cor 3:9
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" 1 Cor 3:16

In God's husbandry, no envying
In God's building, no strife
In God's temple, no division

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Parable of the Sower Part 4

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Four Kinds of "Christians"
1. Non-Christian (Luke 8:12)
2. Professed Christian (Luke 8:13)
3. Carnal Christian (Luke 8:14)
4. Spiritual Christian (Luke 8:15)

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Elymas the Sorcerer

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"And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,  And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?" Acts 13:6-10

Sorcerer - His deception
False Prophet - His depravity
Jew - His descent
Barjesus - His disparity
Elymas - His defiance

Deception - full of all subtilty
Depravity - and all mischief
Descent - child of the devil
Disparity - not cease to pervert
Defiance - enemy of all righteousness


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Holy, Unblameable and Unreproveable

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"And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight" Col 1:21-22

Sanctified - holy
Spotless - unblameable
Scrupulous - unreproveable 
 
"These three adjectives give a marvellous picture of complete purity (positive and negative, internal and external) in a believer.  This is Paul's ideal when he presents the Colossians 'before Him', right down in the eye of Christ the Judge of all." A T Robertson

Nothing bad to see and to say

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Supremacy of Christ

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"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church:  Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell." Col 1:15-19

Pre-existence - Image of the Invisible God 
Prototype - Firstborn of every creature
Power - By Him all things created 
Purpose - All things were created by Him
Prerogative - and for Him
Predominance - He is before all things 
Providence - By Him all things consist
Presidency - Head of the Body, the Church 
Precedence - Beginning 
Prominence - Firstborn from the Dead 
Pre-eminence - All things He might have the preeminence 
Plentitude - In Him should all fulness dwell

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Three Announcements of His Death in Mark

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Mandate of His Death
"And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again." Mark 8:31

Manner of His Death
"For He taught His disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day." Mark 9:31

Miseries of His Death
"Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again." Mark 10:33-34

Four Common Things
Designation - Son of Man
Death - Be Killed
Duration - Three Days
Defeat - Be Raised Again

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Woe unto the Scribes and Pharisees

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Matt 23:13 Woe on their Antagonism
Matt 23:14 Woe on their Acting
Matt 23:15 Woe on their Activities
Matt 23:16 Woe on their Administration
Matt 23:23 Woe on their Assertion
Matt 23:25 Woe on their Attitude
Matt 23:27 Woe on their Appearance
Matt 23:29 Woe on their Action

Read also Woes unto the Pharisees, Scribes and Lawyer.

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Parable of the Sower Part 3

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Read Part 1, Part 2.

"ears to hear" Matt 13:9 - The Means of Hearing
"what ye hear" Mark 4:24 - The Materials we Hear
"how ye hear" Luke 8:18 - The Method of Hearing

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Brief Outline of Micah

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Micah 1-3 Proclamation of Retribution
Micah 4-5 Promise of Restoration
Micah 6-7 Plea for Repentance

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He Gave

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He gave His flesh (John 6:51)
He gave His body (Luke 22:19)
He gave His blood (Luke 22:20)
He gave His life (John 10:11)
He gave all that He had (Matt 13:46)

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The Saviour in the Gospels

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Matthew - The coming of a Promised Saviour
Mark - The life of a Powerful Saviour
Luke - The grace of a Perfect Saviour
John -The possession of a Personal Saviour

W. H. Griffith Thomas

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Think on These Things

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"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil 4:8

No deception - true
No dishonour - honest
No discrimination - just
No defilement - pure
No discord - lovely
No defamation - good report
No depravity - virtue
No denunciation - praise

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I shall not Want

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"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake." Ps 23:1-3

Not want of Security - lie down in green pastures
Not want of Serenity - beside the still waters
Not want of Strength - restoreth my soul
Not want of Sagacity - leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
Not want of Satisfactionfor His name's sake

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Outline of Psalm 23

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Ps 23:1-3 Presently a Happy Life
Ps 23:4 Possibly a Happy Death
Ps 23:5-6 Prospectively a Happy Eternity

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Chiastic Outline of 1 John

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A The Word of Life with the Father, God is Light (1John 1:1-10)
Advocate with the Father, Propitiation for the World's Sins (1John 2:1-11)
B   As He walk, Love of God perfected when keeping His Word  (1John 2:5,6)
C    Victory over the Wicked One (1John 2:12-17)
C     Three Dear Parties of our Family & Three Weaknesses of the World (1John 2:16)
C       The Word of God and doing His Will (1John 2:14,17)
D         Anti-Christs – Denial of Christ Jesus (1John 2:18-27)
D          Unction to know all things – Acknowledgeth the Son (1John 2:20,23)
E            Believers' Confidence before the Son (1John 2:24-29)
E              The Anointing abideth in you (1John 2:27)
F                Love of the Father (1John 3:1-3)
G                  The Nature of Righteousness (1John 3:4-7)
X                    The Manifestation of the Son of God (1John 3:8-10)
G'                 The Nature of Evil (1John 3:11-15)
F'                Love of God (1John 3:16-18)
E'              The Spirit abideth in us (1John 3:24)
E'            Believers' Confidence before the Father (1John 3:19-24)
D'          Test every spirits – Confesseth that Jesus Christ (1John 4:1,3)
D'        False Prophets – Denial of Jesus Christ (1John 4:1-3)
C'       The Witness of God and keeping His commandments (1John 5:3,9)
C'     Three Divine Persons of our Faith & Three Witnesses in Earth (1John 5:7-8)
C'    Victory over the World (1John 5:1-9)
B'   As He is, Love of God Perfected when loving one another (1John 4:12,17)
B'  Saviour of the World, Propitiation for our sins (1John 4:7-21)
A' The Eternal Life in the Son, the True God (1John 5:10-21)

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Holiness in Peter's Epistles

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"But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15-16

God (1Pet 1:16)
Holy Spirit (1Pet 1:12, 2Pet 1:21)
Holy Mount (2Pet 1:18)
Holy Commandment (2Pet 2:21)
Holy Nation (1Pet 2:9)
Holy Prophets (2Pet 3:2)
Holy Priesthood (1Pet 2:5)
Holy Men (2Pet 1:21)
Holy Women (1Pet 3:5)
Holy Conversation (1Pet 1:15, 2Pet 3:11)

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Five Woes in Habakkuk

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Hab 2:6 Judgement on Invasion
Hab 2:9 Judgement on Insatiableness
Hab 2:12 Judgement on Iniquity
Hab 2:15 Judgement on Intoxication
Hab 2:19 Judgement on Idolatry

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Brief Outline of Habakkuk

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Prophet with a Problem

Hab 1 Perplexity of Faith - Trial of the Prophet
Hab 2 Patience of Faith - Tutelage of the Prophet
Hab 3 Praise of Faith - Triumph of the Prophet

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Christ in the Major Prophets

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Isaiah - Christ is our Sufferer
Jeremiah - Christ is our Standard
Lamentations - Christ is our Sympathy
Ezekiel - Christ is our Scrutinizer
Daniel - Christ is our Stone

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