December 6, 2020

What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31)

No Private Interpretation

When the proper methods of Bible study are employed, the interpretation of the Bible should not be a difficult endeavor,  Remember that
“…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20),
and Joseph (one of Jacob’s 12 sons) stated,
“Do not interpretations belong to God?” (Genesis 40:8). 
Therefore, we must rely on God’s methods of interpretation rather than man’s.  In many cases, the interpretation is obvious without having to consult the Greek or Hebrew.  Below are a few examples.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23)

And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. (Mark 5:41)

And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. (Mark 15:22)

And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,  (Acts 4:36)

There are several more like the examples above, see Mark 15:34; John 1:38, 41, 42, 9:7; Acts 9:36, 13:8; and Hebrews 7:2.  Remember that the best commentary on the Bible is… the Bible!

Memory Verse

This morning – Genesis 3:15
Next week (December 13th) – Isaiah 7:14

Keep Praying!

Keep several of our church members in your prayers as they are dealing with sickness due to the virus.  Diana is currently hospitalized in Ormond Beach, but appears to be doing better.  Also pray for wisdom as we all navigate the current situation in our world on many different fronts and how it affects, or may affect, our church.

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (Colossians 4:2)

Echoes From Glory

“There are a lot of Christians who are halfway fellows. They stand in the door, holding on to the Church with one hand while they play with the toys of the world with the other. They are in the doorway, and we can’t bring sinners in.”

“I read the newspaper to learn what man plans to do; then I read my Bible to learn what God intends to do.” – Mordecai Ham (1877-1961) American Independent Baptist evangelist

Christmas Caroling

At this time, the choir and Sunday School children are still planning to go Christmas caroling on Saturday, December 19th.  We will meet at the church at 5:00 pm.  For more information, contact Joyce or Judy.