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Earlier in the year the BSF website posted a Scripture memory program to help people get the word of God into their lives. It was well received and for that reason we have chosen to expand it and include more verses on a broad range of topics. There are approximately 200 verses covering broad areas of theology and ministry. We hope you learn a ton and enjoy the material!

Let me reiterate a few comments I made about Scripture memory in the last program we offered. These are important and worth repeating:

First, memorizing the Bible is one of the best ways to "get the Bible into your life" on a daily basis. The moments spent in memorization and meditation pay off rich dividends in your relationship with God, with others in the body, and indeed in explaining the gospel to those who have not yet heard. I have personally seen the lives of countless people, including myself, enriched as a result of Scripture memorization and meditation. Second, some people want to memorize, but often fail as the result of lack of a plan. The following is an attempt to provide a plan/structure for Scripture memory. Third, seek God in prayer for the strength and the discipline to memorize his word. Find a friend and the two of you encourage each other to memorize verses. Fourth, when memorizing a verse, diligently read the context before and after in order to correctly understand what the verse means. I like to write out in a sentence or so, how a verse relates to its context (i.e., the paragraph or book as a whole). Fifth, repeating the verse aloud several times immediately after memorizing will help you retain it. Sixth, prayerfully reviewing a few of your verses daily will help you to remember them for present and future use. Seventh, meditate on the word of God as you memorize it, asking God what he means by the verse in its context and also what he wants to communicate to you through the verse. Prayerful meditation will lead to personal application which in turn, if done in a personal and honest way, leads to a deeper spiritual life and increased love for people. This is the goal of Scripture memory.

The outline below is composed of ten sections: I) The Bible; II) God; III) Jesus Christ IV) The Holy Spirit; V) Angels VI) Man and Sin VII) Salvation VIII) The Church IX) End Times; X) The Gospel. These categories are generally recognized as providing an organized structure for the main areas of scriptural revelation. Within each one of these sections we have a further breakdown, though more could be added. There is, nonetheless, enough material here to keep a person going for a long, long time. A few of the verses have been repeated a couple of times in the outline. If you come across a verse that you had previously memorized under a different category, try to understand what it is in the verse that allows it to stand under this new category as well. Many verses contain a lot of information that cannot be exhausted under a single category heading.

People often ask the pace at which a person ought to memorize verses. The best idea is to go at a rate that is manageable for you, but also challenges you to keep learning. For most people, the best plan is perhaps one or two a week. Generally speaking, I have placed two verses under each of the following sub-categories, though obviously the Bible has many verses that could be listed. By memorizing two and understanding their contexts you can complete one topic per week and begin the exciting process of comparing Scripture with Scripture. (The scripture text below is from the NET Bible. There are enough verses here, at the rate of two per week, to memorize for about two years!! So have fun!)

I. The Bible

A. Its Authority

1. Matthew 4:4

But he answered, "It is written, 'Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "

2. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work. The Need To Study and Meditate on the Bible

B. The Need to Study and Meditate on the Bible

1. Psalm 1:2

Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD's commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.

2. 2 Timothy 2:15

Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately..

C. Scriptural Examples of People Studying and Obeying God’s Word

1. Ezra 7:10

Now Ezra had dedicated himself to the study of the law of the LORD, to its observance, and to teaching its statutes and judgments in Israel.

2. Acts 17:11

These Jews were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining the scriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so.

II. God

A. He is Creator

1. Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2. Revelation 4:11

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, since you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created!"

B. He is a Trinity

1. Ephesians 1:3 (The Father is God)

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.

2. Hebrews 1:8 (The Son is God)

but of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.

3. Acts 5:3-4 (The Spirit is God. See below under IV. A. 1)
4. Deuteronomy 6:4 (His Essential Unity; there is only one God)

Listen, Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

C. His Power

1. Jeremiah 32:17

'Oh, Lord GOD, you did indeed make heaven and earth by your mighty power and great strength. Nothing is too hard for you!

2. Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse

D. His Knowledge and Wisdom

1. Jeremiah 10:12

But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

2. Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways!

E. His Presence

1. Jeremiah 23:24 (God is omnipresent)

"Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?" the LORD asks. "Do you not know that I am everywhere?" the LORD asks.

F. His Sovereignty

1. Ezekiel 12:28

Therefore say to them, 'This is what the sovereign LORD says: None of my words will be delayed any longer! The word I speak will come to pass, declares the sovereign LORD.' "

2. Ephesians 1:11

In Christ we too have been claimed as God's own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will

G. His Love

1. Psalm 33:18

Look, the LORD takes notice of his loyal followers, those who wait for him to demonstrate his faithfulness

2. 1 John 4:10

In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

H. His Holiness

1. Exodus 15:11

Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you? — majestic in holiness, fearful in praises, working wonders?

2. Revelation 15:4

Who will not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name, because you alone are holy?

All nations will come and worship before you for your righteous acts have been revealed."

I. His Faithfulness

1. Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The LORD's loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end. 23 They are fresh every morning; your faithfulness is abundant!

2. 1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord..

J. His Immutability (God does not change)

1. Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!.

2. James 1:17

All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change..

III. Jesus Christ

A. His Deity

1. Hebrews 1:8

but of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom

2. John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.

B. His Humanity

1. Luke 2:52

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.

2. John 1:14

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory — the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.

C. His Crucifixion

1. Mark 15:24

Then they crucified him and divided his clothes, throwing dice for them, to decide what each would take.

2. John 19:18

There they crucified him along with two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle.

D. His Resurrection

1. Acts 2:24

But God raised him up, having released him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power.

2. 1 Corinthians 15:20

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

E. His Exaltation

1. Acts 2:36

Therefore let all the house of Israel know beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ."

2. Ephesians 1:18-21

18 — since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened — so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength. 20 This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms 21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come

IV. The Holy Spirit

A. His Deity

1. Acts 5:3-4

3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of the land? 4 Before it was sold, did it not belong to you? And when it was sold, was the money not at your disposal? How have you thought up this deed in your heart? You have not lied to people but to God!"

B. His Personality

1. 1 Cor 2:11 (He Thinks)

For who among men knows the things of a man except the man's spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

2. Ephesians 4:30 (He Feels)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption..

3. 1 Cor 12:11 (He Acts cf.; we will learn this verse under the work of the Spirit in gifting believers, but go ahead and memorize it now if you like).

It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things.

C. His Work

1. In Revelation and Inspiration
      a. 2 Samuel 23:2

The LORD's spirit spoke through me; his word was on my tongue..

      b. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (cf. also Acts 1:16; 1 Cor 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16)

20 Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet's own imagination, 21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2. In Creation
      a. Genesis 1:2

Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.

      b. Psalm 104:30

When you send your life-giving breath, they are created, and you replenish the surface of the ground.

3. In the Life and Death of Christ
      a. Luke 1:35 (His Virgin Birth)

The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.

      b. Acts 10:37-38; Matthew 12:28 (Empowerment for Ministry and Miracles)

37 you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, that God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with him.

      c. Hebrews 9:14 (His death)

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

4. In the Church
      a. 1 Corinthians 12:13 (His Baptizing)

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit.

      b. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13 (His Sealing)

21 But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.

      c. 1 Corinthians 3:16 (His Indwelling)

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

      d. Ephesians 5:18 (His Filling)

And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,

      e. 1 Corinthians 12:11 (His Gifting)

It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things.

      f. His Sanctifying Work (cf. Romans 15:16; Galatians 5:16; but see under Salvation below)

V. Holy and Fallen Angels

A. Holy Angels

1. Daniel 12:1 (cf. Job 38:6-7)

"At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise.

There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation's beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape.

2. Hebrews 1:14

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?

3. 1 Timothy 5:21

Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands without prejudice or favoritism of any kind.

B. Fallen Angels

1. Demons
      a. Ephesians 6:12 (Led by and carry out the Devil’s wishes)

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

      b. 1 Timothy 4:1 (They teach false doctrines)

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings,

      c. 1 Samuel 16:14 (God uses demons for his own purposes)

Now the Spirit of the LORD had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

2. Satan
      a. Ezekiel 28:14, 17 (His nature and fall)

14 I placed you there with an anointed guardian cherub; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked about amidst fiery stones. 17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor.

I threw you down to the ground; I placed you before kings, that they might see you.

      b. Job 1:12 (God controls him)

So the LORD said to Satan, "All right then, everything he has is in your power. Only do not extend your hand against the man himself!" So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

      c. John 8:44 (He is a murderer)

You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

      d. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (The god of this world)

among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God

      e. James 4:8 (He can be and must be resisted by Christians)

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded..

      f. 1 Peter 5:8 (He is our enemy)

Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.

      g. 1 John 5:19 (The whole world is under his influence)

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

      h. Revelation 12:3 (He is compared to a dragon in terms of his fury)

Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns.

VI. Man and Sin

A. Created by God

1. Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth." 27 God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.

2. Psalm 139:13-14

13 Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in my mother's womb. 14 I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly;

B. Fallen and Sinful

1. Romans 3:23 (All have fallen)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

2. Ephesians 2:1-2

1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you formerly lived according to this world's present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,

3. James 3:9

With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God's image.

(Since James says that men after the fall are still made in the likeness of God, it follows that sin has not totally effaced God’s likeness or image in man.)

VII. Salvation (Grace underlies all that God does in our salvation)

A. Election

1. Acts 13:48

When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life believed.

2. Ephesians 1:3-4

3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 4 For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.

B. Calling

1. Romans 1:6

You also are among them, called to belong to Jesus Christ.

2. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

C. Conversion

1. Repentance
      a. Acts 17:30

Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent

      b. Acts 20:21

testifying to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.

      c. 2 Corinthians 7:10

For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.

2. Believing Apart from Good Works
      a. John 1:12

But to all who have received him — those who believe in his name — he has given the right to become God's children

      b. John 5:24

"I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.

      c. Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

      d. Titus 3:5

he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,

      e. Romans 4:5 (read entire chapter and 5:1ff)

But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness..

D. Justification

1. Romans 5:1 (cf. Romans 3:21-26)

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2. Galatians 3:24

Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith.

E. Redemption

1. Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

2. 1 Peter 1:18-19

18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed — not by perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.

F. Propitiation

1. Romans 3:25

God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed.

2. 1 John 2:2

and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.

G. Reconciliation

1. Romans 5:10

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life?

2. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20

19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people's trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.

20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God!"

H. Security

1. John 10:28-30

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand.

2. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

21 But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us,

22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.

3. Romans 8:30

And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.

I. The Spiritual Life

1. The Holy Spirit
      a. Two Positive Commands
      i. Ephesians 5:18

And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,

      ii. Galatians 5:16

But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.

      b. Two Negative Commands
      i. Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

      ii. 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not extinguish the Spirit.

2. Faith
      a. Romans 4:20-21

20 He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that what God promised he was also able to do.

      b. Hebrews 11:6

Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

3. Love
      a. John 13:34-35

34 "I give you a new commandment — to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples — if you have love for one another."

      b. 1 Peter 1:22-23

22 You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. 23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

4. Daily Forgiveness
      a. 1 John 1:9

But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

      b. Colossians 3:13

bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.

5. Humility
      a. Philippians 2:3-4

3 Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.

      b. James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

6. Good Works
      a. Galatians 6:9-10

9 So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.

      b. 1 Peter 2:12

and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears.

7. Dependence on God
      a. 2 Corinthians 1:9

Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

      b. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, "My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.

      c. 1 Peter 5:7

by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.

J. Ministry

1. Obedience
      a. John 14:21

The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him."

      b. Philippians 2:12-13

12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, 13 for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of his good pleasure — is God.

2. Preaching the Gospel
      a. Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth."

      b. Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

3. The Great Commission
      a. Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

      b. Colossians 1:28-29

28 We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. 29 Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me.

4. Using One’s Gifts to Serve the Body
      a. Romans 12:7-8

7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; 8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.

      b. 1 Peter 4:10

Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

VIII. Church

A. Universal and Local

1. Colossians 1:18 (The universal body of Christ)

He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things.

2. 1 Corinthians 1:2 (A local expression of the universal church)

to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

B. Leadership

1. Acts 20:28

Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.

2. Acts 14:23

When they had appointed elders for them in the various churches, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the protection of the Lord in whom they had believed.

3. 1 Timothy 3:1-13 (Know the context well and choose a verse or two that helps you understand and remember the passage as a whole.)

1 This saying is trustworthy: "If someone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work." 2 The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money.

4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 7 And he must be well thought of by those outside the faith, so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil's trap. 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not two-faced, not given to excessive drinking, not greedy for gain, 9 holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And these also must be tested first and then let them serve as deacons if they are found blameless. 11 Likewise also their wives must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in every respect. 12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife and good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

4. 1 Timothy 5:17

Elders who provide effective leadership must be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching.

5. Titus 1:7-9

7 For the overseer must be blameless as one entrusted with God's work, not arrogant, not prone to anger, not a drunkard, not violent, not greedy for gain.

8 Instead he must be hospitable, devoted to what is good, sensible, upright, devout, and self-controlled. 9 He must hold firmly to the faithful message as it has been taught, so that he will be able to give exhortation in such healthy teaching and correct those who speak against it.

D. Ordinances

1. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (The Lord’s Supper—cf. also Luke 22:15-20)

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread, 24 and after he had given thanks he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

25 In the same way, he also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of me."

26 For every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

2. Matthew 28:19 (cf. Baptism—cf. also The Great Commission above under VI.J.2.a)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

IX. End Times

A. Three Foundational Covenants in the Old Testament

1. Genesis 12:1-3 (Abrahamic Covenant)

1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father's household to the land that I will show you. 2 Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name."

2. 2 Samuel 7:12-16 (Davidic Covenant)

12 When the time comes for you to die, I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 14 I will become his father and he will become my son. When he sins, I will correct him with the rod of men and with wounds inflicted by human beings. 15 But my loyal love will not be removed from him as I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will stand before me permanently; your dynasty will be permanent.' "

3. Jeremiah 31:31-33 (New Covenant)

31 "Indeed, a time is coming," says the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them," says the LORD.

33 "But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land," says the LORD. "I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.

B. Inaugural Fulfillment of the Covenants through Christ and in the Church

1. Luke 24:44 (Christ’s Coming, Death and Resurrection is integral to the fulfillment of his plan)

Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled."

2. Acts 13:32-33 (“What God promised the fathers,” i.e., the Jewish people, he has fulfilled—but not entirely yet)

32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors,33 that this promise God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son; today I have fathered you.'

3. Acts 1:6-7 (The implication that in this verse is that there is still more fulfillment to come in regards to the nation of Israel; cf. Romans 11:25-32)

6 So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, "Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He told them, "You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

4. Acts 3: 19-21 (There is still more to come concerning Christ’s reign on the earth)

19 Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and so that he may send the Messiah appointed for you — that is, Jesus. 21 This one heaven must receive until the time all things are restored, which God declared from times long ago through his holy prophets.

5. Colossians 1:13-14 (The kingdom is present, but not consummated)

13 He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

C. Complete Fulfillment of the Covenants in the Millennial Kingdom

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (The Rapture of the Church)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

2. Matthew 24:21 (Great Tribulation)

For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen.

3. Romans 11:26-27 (The Regathering of Israel)

26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion; he will remove ungodliness from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins."

4. Revelation 20:4 (The Millennial Reign of Christ and His Saints—Church and Israel. Pay careful attention to Revelation 20:1-10. See also Revelation 5:10)

Then I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

D. Future Resurrection and Judgments

1. John 5:28-29 (All men will be resurrected and judged)

28 "Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and will come out — the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation

2. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (Choose a verse that captures the sense of the whole passage).

11 For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 each builder's work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done.

14 If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If someone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

3. 2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.

4. Revelation 20:11-15 (Choose a verse that captures the sense of the whole passage for you)

11 Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened — the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.

E. The Eternal State

1. Revelation 21:3-4

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: "Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more — or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist."

X. The Gospel (Summary Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

A. All Men Are Sinners

1. Isaiah 53:6

All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the LORD caused the sin of all of us to attack him.

2. Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

B. Death and Judgment Is The Penalty For Sin

1. Romans 6:23

For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2. Hebrews 9:27

And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment,

C. Christ Died To Pay The Penalty For Sin

1. Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2. 1 Peter 3:18

Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit.

D. Good Works Will Not Save (If you have followed the course above you probably already know these verses)

1. Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.

2. Titus 3:5

he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,

E. People Repent from their Sins

1. Acts 17:30

Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent

2. Acts 20:21

testifying to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.

3. 2 Corinthians 7:10

For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.

F. Must Believe In Him For Salvation

1. John 3:18

Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth.

2. John 5:24

"I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.

G. Assurance of Salvation

1. Romans 8:16

The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God's children.

2. 1 John 5:11-13

5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life. 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

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