Studies

Before the Beginning

Derek McCammonThis study followed the "From the Beginning" study and began to look at the word "foundation".  This study explains that the context of this word is different from the foundation spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:11 KJV "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."  This foundation in this verse is the Greek word "themelios"  The foundation identified in this study is found in Ephesians 1:4 KJV "4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:".  The word "foundation" in this verse is "katabole" and is the context for this study.  It looks at the beginning of time in Genesis 1:1 and teaches what went on "Before the Beginning" of time.  You will want to take note what this study reveals for the Christian today.

Lessons

The lesson on June 26, 2011 was the first lesson in the "Before the Beginning" study and opened with the scripture reading in Acts 28:23-27 KJV "23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."

The lesson on July 10, 2011 was part 2 of the study "Before the Beginning" and opened up with the scripture reading in Ephesians 3:1-5 KJV "1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;".  This lesson provided a good review and then dived into the mystery, which was revealed to the apostle Paul by direct revelation from God.

The lesson on July 31, 2011 was part 3 of the "Before the Beginning" study and opened up with the scripture reading from Colossians 1:24-29 KJV "24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily."

The lesson on August 7, 2011 was part 4 of the study "Before the Beginning" and started with the scripture reading from Ephesians 4:1-4 KJV "1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;"

The lesson on August 14, 2011 was part 5 of the "Before the Beginning" study and opened up with the scripture reading in Ephesians 4:17-24 KJV "17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

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