Week 3 – 1 John Bible Study (1 John 1:1-4)

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Hi friend,

And Happy Labor Day weekend!

CLICK HERE  for last Wednesday night’s teaching video —

And I’ve attached the handout we used in class….simply view the video for filling in the blanks. This handout is also saved in this group under FILES.

1 John Week 3 Handout

It was so nice to actually be able to teach and we not need to read as much from our notes. But the first 2 weeks, we just needed to know who vintage John was and who were these early church Christians in the region of Asia Minor. We had such a volume of material to cover in the 1st two weeks of “Introduction” to this powerful Epistle. So, thank you for all the reading you’ve been doing with me and on your own.

Just a reminder, if you ned to rewatch any of our class sessions you can find those HERE. 

If you want to join LIVE on Wednesday nights, you will need to download the ZOOM App on your phone, tablet, or computer. You will find the link to join life on that same website. If you have any issues, feel free to email Brian Rhodus at BRhodus@FBCMadison.org


View this video
Does the Doctrines of Divine Decrees Eliminate Human Will?  This is a 1 hour video packed full of teaching on what being ‘born from above” means. Because God has decreed (before the foundations of the world) whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, then what part does the human will play?

And if you have time, view / listen to any of these…these are all videos I have listened to as I would go run in Northbay for an hour!  Nothing motivates me more than coming to understand TRUTH! 

What Role Does Free Will Play in Salvation? –  (this is 11 minutes)
Why would God create people in His own image that He knows before their physical birth would not be with Him in heaven? For what purpose were they created?  If conversion (regeneration of the soul) is all His work, then what role does free will play in salvation?

All Christians Believe in Predestination – THE MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE I’ve ever heard that helps our biblical understanding of the doctrine of predestination. We want to see God as being morally obligated to provide saving grace to everyone, and when we hear the truth of the doctrine of election and predestination, our first response is, “That’s not fair. that God chooses to save some and chooses not to save others. Did He create them only to doom them?” But this message explains in great detail the truth of what Scripture teaches.

God’s Sovereignty, Man’s Responsibility is a 49 minute message that explains what we discussed in class – the twin truths pertaining to our being born again.

God’s Sovereignty: Chosen by God – Again, a 28 minute message that explains … Does God have the ability to save everyone? If He does, then why didn’t He? Dr. Sproul considers these questions in this message as he teaches us about the relationship between human freedom and “God’s Sovereignty.”

Last one — Is Calvinism Good for the Church?
Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of interest in the theology of John Calvin, but is this necessarily a good thing? Does Calvinism weaken and destroy churches as some contend? Is Reformed theology a hindrance to the church’s life and work? In this message 57 minute message, Rev. Burk Parsons will take a look at Reformed theology and explain.

“These doctrines should make us come to our knees and fall on our faces.” Burketts Parsons


Enjoy learning…enjoy theology! And your life will be gloriously made alive in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Redeemer, and King!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend,

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I’m Lisa Rippy, a happily married woman to my wonderful Rip. We have 5 children and we live right outside of Madison, MS. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a love for all things “homey” from decorating, simplifying, remodeling, organizing and simply turning a house into a "Home Sweet Home." My passion is helping families live the life they long for in the interior of their hearts and homes. It all requires thought, planning and work that Rip and I both love to do! But if there is anything at all I can do to help you and your home life, please reach out to me. Nothing would thrill me more than to inspire YOUR heart and home!

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