You may be familiar with the Christian radio program “Through the Bible” with J. Vernon McGee. Well, I’m not going to tackle that daunting task. However, beginning in January, I’ll start the Bible study, “Through the Lineage” which will take us from Genesis all the way into Revelation.
“Through the Lineage” carries us from the first Adam to the last Adam (i.e., Jesus). We will learn about God’s callings and the value of acting through faith. We’ll see the dangers that come with God’s blessings. We will uncover the continual, unrelenting work by God to bring His people to Himself through repentance. And, we will study many other truths as we trace the lineage of Adam to Abraham to Jacob to King David to Jesus (see Mt. 1:1) and on through the Bible to the grafting in of the Gentiles into the true lineage of God’s children.
This study will conclude in the Book of Revelation with the first Adam’s children being given the opportunity to enter into the lineage of faith. So, if you are interested, we’ll start this study on January 2’ish. And, I hope you will ask questions, and we can have some dialog as we journey along God’s ancient road.
Some important points:
- This is a non-denominational study.
- We will not argue. Christians are to be known by our love towards each other, not by our ability to demean others or elevate ourselves.
- Any clarification concerning a word or words will be done through my reference to well-regarded theologians and/or Bible commentaries. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:14, “Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.”
- We will minimize rabbit trails. It’s okay to peek at the path but we won’t wander off into it.
Let me leave you with a few words of encouragement.
Psalms 32:10 (Living Bible) reads, “Many sorrows come to the wicked, but abiding love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.” In this context, abiding means, surrounded, compassed about.”
If we trust in God, His love surrounds us. Like thunder rolling in before a storm, we can feel God’s love and power; it surrounds us. So be at peace for Jesus has placed the Holy Spirit’s presence upon us and in us. Though chaos may reign all around us, the love of Christ compasses us about and brings us quietness and comfort.