But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Exploring the Truth - Apologetic Report

As we are preparing for the planting of Abounding Grace Baptist Church, It is important to know that Exploring the Truth will remain the Bible teaching ministry of Pastor Matt Sherro. Beginning in January, the guided study notes will reflect what is being taught in the pulpit.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:12

ESV Systematic Theology Bible Review

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It’s not the Bible I expected…I had visions of a juggernaut along the lines of Crossway’s ESV Study Bible, a massive tome that I could literally use to beat the heathen out of someone. Instead what I got when I opened the box was more like a mini me for the ESV Study Bible. The...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 02:48

Progressive Dispensationalism: Our Theological Lens Featured

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As I am preparing for church planting in January, I want to clarify a theological position. I affirm Progressive Dispensationalism.

Tenets of Progressive Dispensationalism include:

Tenents of Progressive Dispensationalism

  1. Is not Replacement Theology; Progressive Dispensationalists assert that God will...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 11:22

Jacob’s Ladder

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Genesis 28 (NLT)

28 So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said, “You must not marry any of these Canaanite women.Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of your uncle Laban’s daughters.May God Almighty[a] bl...

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In Revelation 17 we see one of the great mysteries of the ages laid bare. Finally, the Agent used by Satan to deceive millions will be stripped of all her splendor and her filthiness will be exposed to all the world. John looks and sees that a woman (false religion) rides the beast (a false church.)...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 02:00

Jacob and Esau

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Genesis 27 (NLT)

Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing

27 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”

“Yes, Father?” Esau replied.

“I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:30

paralambanō/take to oneself

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paralambanō 

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:

1) to take to, to take with one’ s self, to join to one’ s self

1a) an associate, a companion

1b) metaphorically

1b1) to accept or acknowledge one to be such as he professes to be

1b2) not to reject, not to withhold obedience

2) to...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:36

Paralambano/Take to oneself

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paralambanō

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:

1) to take to, to take with one’ s self, to join to one’ s self

1a) an associate, a companion

1b) metaphorically

1b1) to accept or acknowledge one to be such as he professes to be

1b2) not to reject, not to withhold obedience

2) to receive...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:34

Harpazo/Catch Away

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harpazō 

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

1) to seize, carry off by force

2) to seize on, claim for one’ s self eagerly

3) to snatch out or away

Part of Speech: verb

Usage:

This word is used 13 times:

Matthew 11:12: “suffereth violence, and the violent take it by...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 23:37

Swindoll Study Bible Review Part One: The Actual Bible

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In 1996, Chuck Swindoll and Zondervan released the Living Insights Study Bible; 21 years later is it back (sort of) as part of the NLT Family in Tyndale’s Swindoll Study Bible. I say it is sort of back because it would appear that Tyndale not only updated the translation but they also updated...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 02:00

The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah

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Genesis 24 (NLT)

A Wife for Isaac

24 Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh.Swear by the Lord, the God of...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 03:47

Abraham’s Faith Tested

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Genesis 22 (NLT)

Abraham’s Faith Tested

22 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.

“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”

“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:40

Kippur (atonement)/kaphar (to atone/cover)

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kippur: atonement

Original Word: כִּפֻּרִיםPart of Speech: Noun MasculineTransliteration: kippurPhonetic Spelling: (kip-poor’)Short Definition: atonement

 

Related to:

Original Word: כָ&#1468...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 03:45

God Calls Abraham

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Genesis 12 (NLT)

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 02:00

The Tower of Babel

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Genesis 11:1-9 (NLT)

11 At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words.As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia[a] and settled there.

They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:21

Using NLT in Bible Study

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Since we have decided to make the NLT a main translation, I wanted to share some helpful tips on using NLT in Bible study and getting the most from your time…

 

  1. Always read in a word for word translation first.I admit this may pose a challenge but when you get to step 2 and beyond it...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:31

Metanoia/Metanoeo/Metamelomai (Repentance/I repent)

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This weeks Word Wealth is a triple play looking at repenance, which is the core of the Christian Life…

metanoia (repentance)

Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡPart of Speech: Noun, FeminineTransliteration: metanoiaPhonetic...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:17

On Choosing NLT

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Over the last couple years, I have made overtures to change the main translation that I use, and, after talking with several readers of this site, and consulting with my pastor, I have chosen to post all Scripture from the NLT, moving forward. We came to this conclusion for a few reasons:

  • Translated...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 02:00

God Confirms His Covenant

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Genesis 9:1-17 (NLT)

Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth.All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:00

The Inductive Three

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First up in our series on Methodologies of Bible Study are what I call the Inductive Three. These are the three questions at the heart of Inductive Study and indeed, are foundational to expository teaching. They are:

  • What does it say?
  • What does it mean?
  • What do I need to do about it (Sometimes phrased...

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Increasing Corruption on Earth

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in[a]...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:12

NLT Select Reference Bible

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imageThis review was from 2015 but was “lost” as a result of a server failure. It has been recovered and is being shared again for your enjoyment.

NLT Select Reference Bible Review

On a recent trip to the Philippines, I was invited to take another look at the NLT. While there, the...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 02:00

Word Wealth: Sanctification

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This week’s Word Wealth is Sanctification
hagiazó: to make holy, consecrate, sanctify

Original Word:ἁγιάζωPart of Speech:VerbTransliteration:hagiazóPhonetic Spelling:(hag-ee-ad’-zo)Short Definition:I make holy, sanctifyDefinition:I make...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 02:00

The First Murder (Genesis 4)

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Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten[a] a man with the help of the Lord.”And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.In the course of time Cain brought to the Lor...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 08:33

Final Judgement Begins

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Revelation 14

14:1 the Lamb. Our focus quickly shifts back to Jesus, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Mount Zion. The city of Jerusalem, where Messiah will return and plant His feet (Psalm 2; 48:1, 2; Isaiah 24:23). In this passage, though, we are probably looking forward...

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