Sunday July 3, 2011 Adult Sunday School

We were blessed to have Evangelist Tony Petronico in our class this past Sunday morning.

He came to us to teach the adult class but preached to us as well.

In a nutshell, here is what we heard.

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

There is a judgment at the end of it all.

PREACH the WORD!

2 Tim 4:5 tells us to endure affliction…to do the work of an evengelist.

What is an evangelist?

A preacher or publisher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Are you doing your job? This is required of us all.

 

Belief determines behavior. How much do you believe?

Are you a salesman?

Use your sales talent and gifts to win souls! God is our witness. He knows what you’re doing for His Glory.

Thank you, Bro. Petronico.

The Name of Jesus

Evangelist Sam Gipp throws out so many gems, that it’s hard to catch them all. This week’s Adult Sunday School class was taught by Brother Gipp and he led off with several quips, but also with insightful thoughts. After this past Saturday’s debate with Calvinists, he said “pride leads them to be Calvinists”, thinking their education and degrees put them above others with their deep thinking. Brother Gipp also advised us not to read through the verses in the Bible too quickly or too lightly, but to take the time to ponder their meanings.The Name of Jesus” was the thrust of Sam Gipp’s teachings, saying that Jesus is an ordinary man’s name. He said we have a problem with the name “Jesus” because the world calls him Jesus without thinking of him as God. No other religion in the world sees Jesus as God. “The world does not like equating Jesus with God”, Brother Gipp said. He pointed out that Jesus humbled himself, coming down from heaven to live life as a man. As a man, Jesus experienced pain, disappointment, betrayal, abandonment, and temptation. Followers of other religions can say to their gods, “You don’t know what it’s like”, but we as Christians cannot say the same thing.

  • We learned that “Jesus” is His name as a man, “Christ” was given because He is the anointed one of God, and “Lord” is His position an king and master. Jesus is all three.
  • We learned that the Apostle Peter takes Jesus and welds him to Christ and Lord. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” Acts 2:36.
  • We learned what a Jew needs to open his heart to for his salvation. “The eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” Acts 8:36-37.
  • We learned about the Apostle Paul’s 3-point message of suffering, rising from the dead, and Jesus as Christ. “Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ” Acts 17:3.


 

Sunday School with Dr. Stauffer

Adult Sunday School at Gospel Light featured our guest for the day, Dr. Doug Stauffer. He is considered an expert on dispensational theology and is the author of “One Book Rightly Divided”.The first topic that was introduced was the difference between the Kingdom of Heaven (a physical realm) and the Kingdom of God (a spiritual realm). In Matt 3:2, John the Baptist announces, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, meaning that Jesus is to be ruler of the kingdom on earth. Later in Matt 4:17, Jesus likewise says, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. He “went about all Galilee … preaching the gospel of the kingdom”, Matt 4:23, a kingdom that would have to wait until after the tribulation because of Jesus’ rejection by the Jews.

Dr. Douglas Stauffer

A transition occurs in Matthew chapter 12 where the spiritual kingdom becomes the focus. Jesus says, “if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”, Matt 12:28. Dr. Stauffer spent time answering questions on this topic of the two kingdoms.

Calvinism became the source of discussion at this point. Dr. Stauffer was amazed by the Calvinist’s acceptance of the concept that unelected “people are birthed to die and go to hell”. He explained that the “elect” spoken of in 1 Peter 1:2 are only elect due to “the foreknowledge of God the Father”, who knows the beginning and end of all things. He said you are “not elect until you are elected.” We read 2 Thess 2:13, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” to understand that we have the choice to believe or not to believe. (See also Rom 8:28-29 and Rom 9:11.) God knew who would accept and who would not, but all men were given free will. “God will give you the tools if you want to disbelieve the Bible”, Dr Stauffer assured us. Pastor Vince Giardino was quick to add that Calvinism relies on twisting the scriptures and that we need to properly use the scriptures to dispel their doctrines.

The discussion turned to modern versions of the bible and their distortions, especially the NIV. The initial focus was on the controversy around the “voice” that the Apostle Paul heard in Acts 9, passages that critics claim show errors in the KJV. The common sense explanation to this “error” was what cemented Dr. Stauffer’s belief in the Bible. Acts chapters 22 and 26 clear up the matter; the voice only spoke to Paul and the others with him just heard a voice like thunder. Dr. Stauffer also spent time on Titus 2:13, a verse that some believe shows the NIV to be stronger on the diety of Christ. Not only did Dr. Stauffer debunk the idea using Titus 1:3-4 & 3:4-6, but he showed how the NIV version kills the originally intended meaning. He said that evidence destroys the ability to have faith in modern bibles. (Pastor G. mentioned Isaiah 43:11 as a cross reference.)Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev 4:11. Dr. Stauffer called this a “life changing verse”, one which we should all memorize. “’I want to please God’ should be our focus”, he said. We should realize that nothing is more important in our lives than to use our free will to please God.

How is a person saved in the tribulation period?

A favorite topic to many of us, the rapture, was brought up as the topic in adult Sunday school at Gospel Light this weekend. Pastor Vince Giardino had been listening to a dubious radio broadcast on the Family Network and heard the preacher predict that the rapture would occur on May 21st (his latest prediction, the previous dates having passed) and that the world would end this coming October. Despite the eye-rolling and the chuckles, Pastor warned that we do know that “things are going to get real rough”. He then challenged us with this question: “How is a person saved in the tribulation period?

1.) In the Old Testament, righteousness was imputed by faith. In Hebrews 11, the faith of Enoch, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and many others is written of. Likewise, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac” Heb 11:17. Although Abraham did not now about the future resurrection of Jesus Christ, he did believe what God had promised him and believed, concerning Isaac, that God would “raise him up, even from the dead” Heb 11:19. The Apostle Paul wrote that “faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness” Romans 4:9.

2.) Christ, before his death and resurrection, needed to prepare his disciples to be his instruments in the coming church age. Pastor G. read for us John 16: 23-28. The disciples at this point did not know who Jesus really was and did not yet know about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that he would no longer speak to them in proverbs, but would now “shew you plainly of the Father” John 16:25. In John 16:29-33, the truth begins to sink in and the disciples begin to understand that Jesus was not a normal prophet. Jesus then, in John 17, prays to the Father for the protection of His disciples as He will soon be sending them out into the world to spread the gospel. Thus in the church age, the gospel of salvation through grace is preached. Those who after hearing the Word of truth, trust and believe in Jesus Christ, are saved and are sealed by the Holy Spirit (refer to Eph 1:13).

3.) Pastor Giardino explained that the books in the Bible after Philemon “will be applicable from the rapture on.” They are preparing the world for the reign of Jesus Christ after the time of Jacob’s trouble. A whole different dispensation when the church age comes to a sudden close and the saints are called up to be with the Lord.

After the rapture, in the seven years of the tribulation, the way of salvation changes. In this post-church age, the gospel of grace is replaced by the “everlasting gospel” Rev 14:6. So how then is a person saved? We do know that, no matter what a person may do or believe, “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone” Rev 14:9-10. The answer to the question of salvation is then given in Rev 14:12. For the “saints” to be saved during the tribulation, they need to both keep the commandments and have faith in Jesus (i.e. faith and works). People will no longer be quickened by the Holy Spirit and can lose their salvation. We learn in Rev 14:13 that there will be martyrs that die in faith and that the Holy Spirit is still working, but it’s not the same work as in the church age. There will not be an indwelling of the Spirit.Hang on to your hats because this Sunday school lesson will we continued next week. Read 1 John 5 for sneak peak at what is coming up next.

The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Poor Erminio. There is never enough time in Adult Sunday School to get through all that needs to be taught. Erminio graciously postponed his presentation in order to allow Pastor Vince Giardino to sufficiently plow through his lesson on baptism and heresy. Even Pastor’s plans to show us a video took a hit. We only saw a few minutes of the video debate about baptism.Pastor wanted to make clear that the gospel of salvation is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although baptism by water symbolizes the gospel, it is not part of the saving grace, like too many churches try to teach. We were baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ. Jesus was baptized as an example so we could follow in believers’ baptism (Math 3:13-16). What sticks in Pastor’s craw is the NIV’s treatment of Christ’s divinity.

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:6-7 (KJV)

Using 1 John 5:6-7 to state his case, Pastor G. pointed out that supporters of the NIV say they are using the correct manuscripts and that the KJ version of verse 7 is wrong. The NIV removes the “Word” from the trinity, as though Jesus is not God, and replaces it with “water”, as though water is saving. However, in several places, the rest of the scriptures clearly show that the “Word” is Jesus Christ and He has His proper place in the trinity. The NIV is proven wrong:

  • Jesus said to his disciples to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. Matt 28:19 (KJV) Who would dare argue with Jesus himself. Peter tried that and was duly rebuked (Matt 16:23).
  • Of course, the gold standard in proving Christ’s divinity: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (KJV)
  • What could this passage be referring to if not Jesus Christ?: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” John 1:14 (KJV)
  • And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” Rev 19:13 (KJV)

New versions of the bible are not faithful to the real Word of God and are inspired by the devil. Newer versions that remove Jesus as the “Word” are satanic, Pastor Giardino insisted. As prophesied in the book of Amos, there is a dearth in the land in hearing of the gospel. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11 (KJV). Pastor G. taught that it is God that sends the famine because of the waywardness of His people. Thus, in many of today’s churches, you are not hearing the Word of God as intended, but diluted revisions to the delight of the devil.

Acts 20:28 admonishes those in the ministry to properly “feed the church of God”. I Cor 11:19 then speaks of recognizing heresies and exposing them. “Words in the bible are very important”, our pastor clearly showed. We need to be educated so that we are not duped by watered down versions of the bible and by ministers who teach heresy. The enemy is constantly attempting to erode and destroy the foundational truths of the Word of God using distortions and modern “interpretations”, for he knows that “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3 (KJV)

“How is a person saved?”, Pastor Giardino asked.

Adult Sunday School at GLBBC began with the question, “How is a person saved?” Pastor Vince Giardino solicited answers to the question from his students, who came up with somewhat varying responses. He indicated that there are people who say that individual effort is required to be saved. It was mentioned that a newborn babe in Christ, born of the Spirit, is not going to understand everything. So to clarify the issue, Pastor read from these verses from John 3, where Jesus spoke of being born again:

  • John 3:3 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”, which is the first time in the Bible that being “born again” is mentioned.
  • John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
  • John 3:5 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Paul makes the issue clear in Acts 16:31 while speaking to the keeper of the prison “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”. Thus, being born again, which is to “be saved”, is that simple – trusting in Jesus Christ with all your heart and mind as your Lord and Savior. Period.

The question of whether a new born believer must fully understand the divinity of Christ to be saved came up. Pastor pointed out that the Jesus’ disciples first understood that Jesus was God in John 16:28-31, “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.”

In John 3:5, Jesus mentions man being “born of water”. “What is the water?”, Pastor G. asked us. Pastor explained that this cleansing water refers to the Word of God, but not before he explained what it does not mean. With most religions, he said, “once they see ‘water’, they equate it with baptism.” He had with him a Catholic Bible, the New American Bible, and read its version of John 3:5. The footnote for this verse was from the 16th-century Council of Trent and stated “that water here is not a metaphor but it is real water”. Thus Catholicism and many other religions are teaching the heresy that, in order for a person to be born again, they have to be baptized with water. Jesus Christ’s words prove otherwise:

  • John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  • John 3:15 “Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Baptism is just a testimony and witness that a person is trusting in Christ and is not necessary for salvation. Further, the Book of Acts teaches that believing in Jesus is necessary before you should be baptized: Acts 8:35-37 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The Catholic Bible, however, removes verse 37, allowing a heresy to be taught – that people need not believe in Christ before they are baptized, e.g. infant baptism.Sunday school closed with Linden O. Sr. finishing the New Testament walk through he began last week. He highlighted the four watches in the bible, saying that we are at the end of the fourth watch and very close to the rapture of the church.

Adult Sunday School: Heresy in Baptism

Heresy in baptism teachings was the topic at adult Sunday school this past weekend. Before he introduced the guest teacher, Pastor Vince Giardino read from Romans 6:1-6 to lay the foundation for the topic at hand. When we are baptized, it is through the Holy Ghost that we enter into the body Jesus Christ, the body being the church. There is no water present. Further, “There is no washing away of sin by water”, Pastor pointed out.Brother Vince Massa stepped forward then to teach on the heresy of a group of believers called Baptist Briders. They believe that the church began with John the Baptist (or in some cases, Jesus Christ) and an unbroken succession of Baptist ministers has existed. However, the church could not begin until Christ died on the cross, ending the dispensation of the law and starting the New Testament. John the Baptist, therefore, was an Old Testament Prophet.

They also believe that any references in the scriptures to baptism entails the physical process of water immersion. Eph 4:4-5 is an example of how Baptist Briders misapply the scriptures. The “one baptism” the verses refer to is baptism by water, they say.

If perchance you were to join a Baptist Brider church, you would most likely be required to be baptized again. They would argue that your initial baptism was not performed by a pastor who was connected to the line of succession coming out of the Baptist church. Any such baptism is what they call an alien baptism. The body of Christ, the “Bride”, they think, is only made up of saved individuals baptized by them. All other saved individuals will only be guests at the marriage supper, i.e. just part of the family. Similarly, they have a closed communion, available only to those of their church.

Seeking to uncover the truth, Brother Massa read the following verses: Eph 1:22-23, Eph 5:30-32, Eph 5:27, and 1 Cor 12:12-14. There is a spiritual baptism by which we all become members of Christ’s body. The church is His body and the body is His bride. The spirit baptism puts you into Christ’s spiritual body. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” 1 Cor 12:13.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he said to His apostles, “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost”, Acts 1:5. The day of Pentecost is when the first spiritual baptism occurred and the body of Christ (i.e. the church) began. The church will continue and grow until the rapture. All who are saved during this interval of time are the bride of Christ.

 

“The Life of the Apostle Paul” continued…

Pastor Vince Giardino was teaching once again on the Life of the Apostle Paul at Adult Sunday School. A handout was passed around to the class titled “Similarities in the Book of Acts”. It provided an uncanny list of parallel events between the apostles Peter and Paul within the book of Acts. It clearly demonstrated that the manner by which God used these men, Peter to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles, was the same.

1 Thess 5:14 was cited as a checklist given by Paul: “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” A few verses later, Paul writes, “Prove all things” 1 Thess 5:21, exhorting the saints to be set for the defense of the gospel. Certainly, given Paul’s education and his acquaintance with the arguments of the day, he was more than equipped and ready to defend the Word. Some aspects of Paul’s ministry were given as follows:

  • Paul’s Power – Power to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul was always saluting Jesus Christ, Pastor G. said. Paul understood that the power in his possession was not from himself, but from God. Concerning his prayers to rid himself of his “thorn in the flesh”, Paul said Jesus answered saying, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.2 Cor 12:9. Other verses cited were Rom 1:16, Rom 15:19, I Cor 1:24, and I Cor 9:12, 18.
  • Paul’s Passion – His passion was for prayer. Paul travailed in prayer, our pastor said. Phil 1:8-11 was read as an example of Paul’s prayers.
  • Paul’s Prophecy – Paul was waiting on Christ, setting his eyes on Jesus’ return. Pastor read I Cor 15:51-54 and 1Thess 4:14-17.
  • Paul’s Miracles – Paul’s miracles in the book of Acts were not to fight a physical battle. He was confirming the Word to Israel with signs in order to lead them to the gospel. Acts 19:11-12 was read as an example.

Brenda D. continued with her New Testament walk-through at the giant white board in front of the class. She would come to tears as she progressed through Revelation. The passages that told of the fate of the lost poignantly reminded her of loved ones who faced that very same fate.

Adult Sunday School: The Journeys of the Apostle Paul

For the past few weeks at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church, our adult Sunday school class has been focusing on the life of Paul the Apostle and his missionary journeys. To help visualize the scope of each of Paul’s journeys, maps have been created tracing the likely routes that Paul took. Some maps have been presented during the class. Many are available on-line at various web sites. Among the better maps that can be found, we present here a series of four maps found at LookLex Atlas. These maps provide a better grasp of the distribution of churches popping up in the early church age and the distances Paul was required to travel.

Paul’s First Missionary Journey: ~ 46-48 AD

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey: ~ 49-52 AD

Paul’s Third Missionary Journey: ~ 53-57 AD

Paul’s Journey to Rome: ~ 60 AD

Was Paul the perfect choice to be sent to the Gentiles?

We welcomed Pastor Vince Giardino back from his travels today at Adult Sunday School. To help Pastor rest up and recharge his batteries, Bernie Wheater was asked to lead our Sunday school session, just as he did last week. This gave Brother Bernie a chance to finish last week’s lesson on Paul the Apostle since he had so much material to get through. Bernie’s focus for the morning was to explain why Paul was so important in the New Testament.

Again like last week, he assigned scriptural verses to individuals in class to read. This time, prophecy verses dealing with Gentiles were chosen, most of which came from Isaiah. Bro. Bernie pointed out that 30 times in the Old Testament Gentiles is mentioned, 15 of which are in Isaiah. These verses deal with the salvation that is to come to the Gentiles. In Isaiah 60:3, we read “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light”. That someone will bring the Word of salvation to the Gentiles is more than implied and that someone was Paul.Last week’s teachings were reviewed, such as Paul’s Hebrew background, Jesus appearing to Paul, Paul’s conversion, and Paul’s ministry journeys. “Outside of Jesus, Paul was the most significant person in the early church.”, Brother Bernie said. The reasons for this was Bro. Bernie’s point of emphasis.

1. Paul’s Roman citizenship allowed him to preach the gospel throughout the Roman Empire, including Rome itself. The other apostles did not have this advantage. Paul knew the law of Rome and how to word things to keep him out of trouble. For example, this what Paul said as he was about to be scourged,“And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?” Acts 22:25. When the chief captain and the centurions understood Paul was “free born”, they released him. Paul knew when to claim to be a Roman, Christian, or Jew.

2. Paul was born and grew up in Tarsus, which was a prosperous trading center of a quarter million people largely influenced by Greek language and culture. Merchants from Tarsus were well know, the area had many resources, and Paul was a maker of quality tents. The city was a university town with many educated people and Stoicism (i.e. the rational unemotional investigation of questions) was a major influence on the population. Thus, Paul took advantage of the education system. Paul was fluent in Greek and his writing style and terminology showed Greek influences. This made Paul’s letters in the bible stand apart from the rest, having a unique style. Many of the cities Paul taught in were predominately Greek speaking, so knowing Greek was an important advantage for Paul. Paul used his Greek style of teaching and his broad knowledge to reach the Greek Gentiles.

3. Paul knew the Hebrew law like no other. Prior to his conversion, Paul was a zealous Jew and a “Hebrew of Hebrews” in regard to the law. Because of this, it is thought Paul is the person most likely to and most capable of writing the book of Hebrews. The letter’s audience was to Jewish Christians. With the Jewish people, Paul often used the old testament prophecies to show the relationship to the risen Christ.With Paul’s Roman citizenship, his knowledge of the Greek language and culture, and his broad knowledge of Hebrew law, “he had the ability to do what no other apostle had the ability to do.”, Brother Bernie explained. Nobody in the bible could come close to his capabilities to reach the Hebrew, Roman, or Greek. “Paul had all the tools he needed to establish churches throughout the empire.” Bernie taught, “He was the perfect choice to be the apostle to the Gentiles.”

The Life of the Apostle Paul

Yesterday, with Pastor Giardino away, Bernie Wheater was our adult Sunday school teacher at GLBBC. Bernie’s first “official” act was to introduce Gail H. for her New Testament walk through. Rather than use the white board, Gail used a whole different method: flash cards. For each New Testament event, she held up a flash card with the event name, described the event, and gave scripture references. Her presentation was instructive, fun and unique. “Iron sharpeneth iron” (Prov 27:17), Bernie reminded the class.Bernie’s topic for the morning was about the life of the apostle Paul. He explained right off the bat that his research on the topic in the last week had led to him accumulating over 20 pages of notes so far. He realized that he was going to have to just touch on the high points. He also explained the difficulty in arriving at exact dates for many of the events in Paul’s life.Taking no chances with class participation, Bernie assigned passages of scripture, most of which were from the book of Acts, to several men in the class. As he went through the chronological sequence of Paul’s life, he called upon his “volunteers” to read the assigned verses. Some of what was touched upon is as follows:

  • Paul was well trained in the law, which allowed him to be strict in the law.
  • Paul’s father was a Pharisee and a Roman citizen, thus Paul was “free born” Acts 22:28.
  • Paul was a Hebrew from the tribe of Benjamin.
  • The events leading to Steven’s stoning, where Paul (Saul) first appears, were discussed.
  • Steven’s vision in Acts 7:55-56 and the beginning of the church age were discussed.
  • Paul was converted in Acts 9:1-9, was baptized, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Paul was blind for three days, just as Jesus was crucified, buried and rose in three days.
  • In Acts 9:15, God asks Pail to preach first to the Gentiles, then the Jews.
  • Paul visited Jerusalem, Tarsus, and Caesarea, preaching and healing.
  • Humbled, Saul takes on the name of Paul in Acts 13:9.
  • Paul’s three missionary journeys were discussed.
  • In Acts 14:19-21, Paul is stoned at Lystra, tossed out and near death, but turns around and reenters the city.
  • Every time Paul turns to the Jews, he is rejected (Acts 13:46, Acts 18:6), thereby turning back to the Gentiles.
  • Paul is a Prisoner in Caesarea for two years.
  • Paul journeys to Rome, but is shipwrecked on the way.
  • Acts 28:3-6, Paul is bitten by a snake but no harm comes to him.
  • Paul is a prisoner in Rome but is allowed to preach.
  • Paul writes many of his letters; Bernie believes Hebrews was among them since Paul had the legal knowledge to write it.
  • In 2 Tim, Paul appears to be aware he would be killed.
  • Paul is martyred with no certain information in history on how, where or when it took place.



A Musical New Testament Walk-Through

WE PRESENT THE FOLLOWING NEW TESTAMENT WALK-THROUGH FROM LAST SUNDAY (Adult Sunday School) FOR YOUR EDIFICATION AND EDUCATION. ANDRES C. READ THE NEW TESTAMENT EVENT AND MATEO V. SANG THE CORRESPONDING HYMN (Title in Red).Birth…@ Bethlehem Hark The Heralds Angels Sing Glory to the Newborn King

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Also Luke 1…

Baptism…@ River Jordan To Jordan Came Our Lord The Christ

Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.

Jesus’ Ministry Savior like Shepard Lead us

Found in the 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Crucifixion…@ Golgotha On A Hill far away stood an Old Rugged Cross

Matthew 27: 50-51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent. Also John 19:23….@ Golgotha

Resurrection…Joseph’s Tomb He Arose

Luke 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

(a) Ascension / Arrival of the Holy Spirit….

Luke 24:50-51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

(b) Pentecost…Jerusalem The Comforter has come

Acts 2:3-4 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance

Saul’s Conversion We sing the Glorious Conquest

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

(a)Salvation to Gentiles

Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

(b)Church Age The Church is one foundation

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Rapture/ Gathering of the saints The Sands of Time are Sinking

Rev 4:1…….Come up hither…..

Judgement Seat of Christ Search me O god and know my heart today

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive

the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Great Tribulation/ 7 Years/ Jacobs Trouble

Rev 7:14, Daniel 7

2nd Coming Of Christ/ Battle of Armageddon Christ Returneth Alleluia

Revelation 19:11-14 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean..

1000 Year Reign of Christ… we reign with HIM Handel – Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

White Throne Judgment Crown Him With Many Crowns

Revelation 20:11-12 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

New Heaven, Earth, Jerusalem Just over into Gloryland

Revelation 21:1-2 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.



Class Topics: Substitution and Reformation

Pastor Vince Giardino began our adult Sunday school session with Genesis 12:1-4 and the promise given to Abraham. God established a covenant with Abraham that would influence the future of world events. Pastor said “world history has to be looked at from God’s perspective”. Because Abraham “believed on the Lord”, Gen 15:1-6, world history was sent on its path that led, as seen in prophecy, to the 10 kingdoms, principalities and powers, Daniel’s 70 weeks, the pause button at 69 weeks, and the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer 30:7). The Davidic covenant in II Sam 7:12-16 initiated the purposes of God, with God’s people being “where it all happens”, Pastor taught, “It’s all about Israel.” The covenant established David as rightful King and led to the future reign of Jesus Christ, the throne of His kingdom established forever. Events surrounding the return of the Jewish people to Palestine and the creation of the nation of Israel in 1948 were contemplated in regard to the coming rapture of the Gentile church.Each week, someone comes forward to the New Testament time line at the white board to conduct a walk-through. This week, we had a partnership; Tito and Mateo teamed up. For each New Testament event, Tito announced the event and then Mateo sang a line from a hymn related to the event. Their performance was unique, entertaining, and edifying.Also each week, starting with last Sunday, Pastor Giardino will be teaching about important “ION” words (words that end with “ion”) and their place in Hebrews chapters 9 and 10. This week included “substitution” and “reformation”. The handout with the list of words and their meaning was made available in class. Some of what was covered is as follows:

  • Substitution – the word is not in the bible, but is one of the major themes throughout. Heb 9:7, “the high priest … offered for himself and for the errors of the people”, expresses what Christ will do for us, Jesus substitutes himself on the cross for our sins. In the Old Testament, “the blood of bulls and of goats” … were used for “purifying of the flesh”, Heb 9:13. However, Christ is a more perfect substitute, “How much more shall the blood of Christ … purge your conscience”, Heb 9:14. Another example of substitution is found in Lev 16:8-10 where one goat is offered for the Lord so that the other, a “scapegoat”, may live; this reflects Jesus being offered in our place. 1 John 2:2 and 1 John 4:10 speak of Jesus being “the propitiation for our sins”. Refer to the class handout for more information.
  • Reformation – is a change for the better, such as a reformed alcoholic. Heb 9:10 mentions “carnal ordinances, imposed on them (i.e. Israel) until the time of reformation”. The time of reformation is the coming of Christ as the high priest, obtaining eternal redemption for us. By accepting Jesus as our savior, a restoration takes place in us, making us perfect in the eyes of God through the atoning blood of His Son Jesus.

We arrived this morning to attend Adult Sunday School at Gospel Light and found an expanded white board! The Total Picture New Testament time line was now extended across double the length as before, providing much more room for the time line events, thanks to the hard work of Rey Caletz. Pastor Vince Giardino began by marching us through the time line, from the 1st advent of Christ straight through to the New Earth. “Repetition is a good teacher” he said.

Gabriel G. also had a chance to run through the time line. He spoke of the 7 churches in Revelation, being both actual churches of the time and the seven ages of the Gentile church. He added detail to the four gospels, briefly mentioning each book’s point of view:

  • Matthew was about Jesus as king,
  • Mark was written to show Jesus as a servant,
  • Luke saw Jesus as the Son of Man,
  • John was written with Jesus being the Son of God and was from the “perspective of the church looking backward”, Gabriel said.

Many points were made this morning and your blogger tried to catch as many as he could. In no logical order, I’ll list them as such:

  • In the Old Testament, it was not possible to be perfect. But in the New Testament, we are made perfect through Christ’s death and resurrection. Pastor G. emphasized that “perfect does not mean flawless.”
  • Pastor spoke of the apostasy of the church at the beginning of the last century, where many false bibles were introduced and many break-away churches were formed based on false teachings and bad doctrine.
  • Matt 15:27 was cited to reiterate that Jesus came to save the Jews first. “There is a lot going on in Matthew that does not apply to us”, the church, taught Pastor Giardino. We need to “rightly divide the Word”.
  • Two passages, Acts 13:46 and Acts 18:6, were used to show how, after being rejected by the Jews, Paul turned toward the Gentiles, which was his mission.
  • As seen in the book of Acts, signs were used “to energize the early church”, Pastor reminded us, but these signs went away as the Gentile church became mature (see 1 Cor 13:10).
  • In the old testament, the temple was built according to God’s ordinances and when complete, was filled with God’s glory. Today, we are God’s temple and are filled with His Spirit.
  • Pastor G. defined “parable” as a heavenly truth told in an earthly, familiar form.
  • A table of ION words, taken from Hebrews 9 & 10, was introduced and a handout was passed out listing some of them. (More handouts with ION words will be made available in the next few weeks.) Pastor called these words “the nuts and bolts of proper theology” and are helpful in properly navigating in the bible.
  • The first of the ION words, Ordination, was discussed. The ordinances spoken of were from the “first covenant” (Heb 9:1) in the Old Testament and describe the heavenly pattern being copied on earth. But this was just “a shadow of good things to come” (Heb 10:1) with Christ as the “high priest” of “a greater and more perfect tabernacle” (Heb 9:11).

Approaching other religions with the true gospel.

Adult Sunday School at GLBBC was about how to approach religious people with the true gospel. We talked about the many flavors and stripes of so-called Christian religions and denominations and how some followers are very religious and devoted to their faith. “How do you confront them?”, Pastor Vince Giardino asked his class. The first point he wanted us to be aware of is that if we are not prepared with the knowledge and understanding of our Bibles, then we face the real possibility of being shot down in our attempts to persuade. The second point was that we need to be able to put our finger on the important issues and to go deeper in order to successfully approach those of other religions. You need to go to the scriptures to theologically dislodge ministers or priests and “you better know what you are talking about”, our pastor warned.

Examples of useful scriptures were Eph 2:8-9, Heb 1:1-2, Rom 14:17, and John 6:63.

Pastor G. had Bernie pass around a handout. It was a copy of Hebrews chapters 8, 9 and 10. We were given a homework assignment! For next week’s class, we are to identify passages in the chapters that would be useful in confronting people of other religions. In addition we are to find related passages elsewhere in the Bible. Pastor suggested using highlighters and making notes right on the handouts.

Dwelling With The Word

Our Total Picture bible study this Sunday morning was lead off with Brother Rey Caletz walking us through the New Testament time line. This was followed up by Brother Bernie Wheater who spoke about an “amazing” handout from a few weeks back. It uses the alphabet to sequentially go through the life events of Jesus Christ. Our shepherd, Pastor Vince Giardino, reiterated the purpose of our Sunday school class, which is to equip us to know the bible and answer gainsayers.

Pastor’s study this December morning was about Dwelling with the Word:

  1. Initialize the Word: Pastor said we need to initialize the Word, where initialize means to start from the beginning. In I John 1:1, the word “That” refers to Jesus. Pastor used this verse to show that we need to be handling the Word of life, to take seriously the bible.
  2. Identify the Word: We should identify where we are according to prophecy. We also need to “identify who we are” and “who we really need to be”, Pastor G. said.
  3. Investigate the Word: “Study to show yourself worthy”, Pastor Giardino reminded us, and “rightly divide the Word.” We need to have a desire for knowledge and know where to find it. Pastor spoke of his library for study and devotion and recommended that we also read as much as we can.
  4. Interpret the Word: “The bible is a big puzzle”, our pastor said. Isaiah 28:9-13 teaches how to understand doctrine, “precept upon precept; line upon line”. We are to be “weaned from the milk” or the easy things of the Word of God. (See also I Peter 2:2.)
  5. Internalize the Word: We need the bible inside of us, in our hearts. We should be memorizing scripture and meditating on the Word of God day and night. Please refer to Psalms 1:1-2 and Joshua 1:8.
  6. Incarnating the Word: We should be living and breathing the Word of God. It should be “part of your anatomy” our pastor inferred. Just as “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”, John 1:14, so also should we be embodied with the Word.
  7. Imparting the Word: Talking about Jesus should be part of our lives. We are impelled to preach the Word to the world, imparting truth to others. Read Luke 14:23.

Sunday School Discussion – Eternal Security

Adult Sunday School Class, GLBBC, December 12, 2010

Topic 1: The Seven Churches of Asia – Rev 2-3

  1. Church at Ephesus – to 100 AD
  2. Church at Smyrna – to 313 AD
  3. Church at Pergamos – to 500s
  4. Church at Thyatira – to mid 1500s
  5. Church at Sardis – to late 1700s
  6. Church at Philadelphia – to mid 1800s
  7. Church at Laodicea – the end-time church

For a copy of the full chart handed out in class, click HERE.

Topic 2: Eternal Security – Which verses prove the new birth process is irreversible, ironclad, and can’t be debated?

Please read Col 2:8-13 and note “ye are circumcisedputting off the body of sins”. Please also read I John 3:9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”.

Pastor Giardino taught that when you are saved, “the Holy Spirit came inside you and put his seed in you.” There was a “spiritual operation” where sin was cut away from inside you, a circumcision with a “spiritual scalpel”, he said. Pastor continued, saying “Once you are in Christ and the incorruptible seed is in you, it’s irreversible – you can’t undo that … there is spiritual DNA planted inside you!”

We were warned that some churches get in trouble by removing “eternal security” from their doctrine. An example of this is when they misinterpret Matt 12:31. This passage does not apply to a saved Christian, who can’t grieve the Holy Spirit, being born of the Spirit and sealed. This scripture was meant for Israel and the Pharisees.

Adult Sunday School: 12-05-10

Adult Sunday school, 12-05-10, at Gospel Light saw Grayson K. and Steve D. each have a turn at walking through the New Testament time line at the white board in front of class. Pastor Giardino noted the differences in each walk-through, saying each person will have their own perspective of what to touch on and way of presenting the highlights. An important function of the time line is “understanding how things are through the ages”, explained Pastor G.

Pastor Giardino took a few minutes to read to us a poem (circa 1993) by Perry Rockwood, a pastor who founded the Peoples Gospel Hour radio show. The theme was contrasting the book of Genesis with the book of Revelation. For example, Genesis is the book of beginnings and Revelation is the book of the end.

Another highlight of the class was when Pastor had us find the 8th (read), 16th (sheep), 24th (dumb), and 32nd (his) words in Acts 8:32. When read backwards, one gets “His dumb sheep read.”

Pastor G. stressed the importance of “rightly dividing the Word of God”. He said, “Christianity is always full of wingnuts who pervert the Word of God.” His example was churches that misinterpret Eph 4:11-12, where offices of the early church were defined. “This age hinges on heresies”, our pastor said. One mistake churches make is with apostolic succession, which ended in the early church. Pastor reminded us of what is written in I Cor 13:10, “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Authority was passed on to the maturing church and sign gifts were done away with. Regarding the churches that practice signs, Pastor G. said, “It’s all flesh”. The perfecting of the saints is maturity, not signs.

Adult Sunday School: Nov 21, 2010

Did you have a chance to attend Adult Sunday School this past weekend at Gospel Light? No? Well, here is what you missed:

Pastor Giardino started by asking for a volunteer to go through the New Testament time-line at the white board in front of the class. After getting the name straight, our volunteer was Gabriel Jeremiah, who walked & talked us through the significant events. Erminio is our volunteer for next week. This was followed by a general discussion on many of the points along the time-line.

  • Rev 4:1 introduces the”things which must be here after” the time of the seven churches. We are in the time of the Laodicean church, which Pastor G. said started in the 1850s. Rev 4:1 is he point in which prophecy begins again. The words “come up hither” in the verse refers to the rapture of the church. As the 7 years of tribulation begin, the church is presented before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom 14:10, II Cor 5:10) to be cleaned up before the marriage supper of the lamb (Rev 19:9).
  • After the tribulation, the nations are judged. This at at the beginning of the millennium (Matt 25:31-33).
  • It was shown that both John the Baptist (Matt 3:2) and Jesus (Matt 4:17) both taught repentance.
  • Pastor G. had us read from Matt 1:22-25, Matt 2:1-6 to show that Jesus was the legal heir to be King through Joseph and the physical line through Mary (via David). The problem was, Jesus was rejected by the Pharisees. King David is told “I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom” 2 Sam 7:12. But the Jews are blind and reject the very one that can set up the kingdom. “The Pharisees knew the law but had problems with the spirit of the law”, Pastor Giardino explained, calling them “religious con artists”.
  • In Matt 12:22-32, when Jesus healed “one possessed with a devil”, the people saw something extraordinary in Jesus: “Is not this the son of David?”. However, the Pharisees claimed that Jesus cast out devils “by Beelzebub the prince of the devils”. Jesus was a threat to the Pharisees who wanted the power. Jesus says that the Pharisees crossed the line into blasphemy (v 32). The power of the Holy Ghost was being attributed to Satan. The kingdom is rejected and Jesus begins to make the transition in his ministry to the disciples and the Gentiles.

The topic of blasphemy will be taken up at next week’s class. We hope you will come and join us.

New Testament Time Line

This past Sunday (11/14), Pastor Giardino continued with our Total Picture study in the adult Sunday school class. Pastor mentioned that, while we witness to people, we should consider telling them about the judgment that is coming. We should speak from the perspective of prophecy, perhaps saving them with fear, or as Pastor said, “pulling them out of he fire.”

On the white board in front of the class, Pastor G. drew an empty New Testament time-line and had the class participate in filling in the important events. Among those events, in no particular order, were:

The birth of Christ, crucifixion at Calvary, ascension at Mt. Olivet, 2nd coming (advent) at Mt. Olivet, rapture of the church, burial and resurrection, angels announce the birth to Mary, Christ’s baptism, Jesus as a boy preaching in the temple, Christ’s 1st miracle, Christ’s public ministry to the Jews, the 12 apostles, drawing lots to replace Judas, Holy Spirit coming in Acts, time of the Gentiles (586 B.C.), fullness of the Gentiles, Daniel’s 70th week, age of grace, the great commission, time of Jacob’s trouble, 1000 year millennium, sign gifts cease, great tribulation, judgment seat of Christ, great white throne judgment, marriage supper of the Lamb, renovation of the earth, new heavens and new earth, and where we are now.

Continuing with his use of the letter”M”, Pastor Giardino added another heading to those of the past two weeks:

Marks:

  • God brought salvation to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46).
  • No longer a yoke upon the neck of believers, but by grace we are saved (Acts 15:5-12).
  • Paul finally departs from the Jews and goes to the Gentiles (Acts 18:5-6).