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.