First Baptist Amelia

to know Jesus and make Him known

Watchmen Bible Study 01/14/2017

Key verse:

     1 Cor. 16:13-14- “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.”

 
Purpose:
     The goal of this bible study is to equip us with the biblical tools necessary to become watchmen who are able to effectively encourage believers to persevere in the faith, engage false teachings that shipwreck the faith of believers, and evangelize this lost and dying world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, all for the glory of God.  

 
Definition:
     What is a watchman? Ezekiel 3:17-19, 33:1-33; Isaiah 52:7-8, 58:1, 62: 6-7; Jeremiah 6:16-17
     A watchman in the OT was one appointed to stand guard. These watchmen had 2 main responsibilities: 1) to sound a warning if an enemy approached 2) to guard the vineyards and fields during harvest from animals and thieves.
     The position of watchman demanded mandatory obedience, fidelity, and heavy accountability.
     The prophets of Israel were watchmen whose job it was to warn the nation of God’s approaching judgment if the people did not repent.
     But are watchmen for today? Luke 21:36, 24:47; Romans 16:17; Heb. 13:17; 1 Peter 4:7; Jude 3; Rev. 16:15
     
What is our mission as watchmen today?

Watch- to stay awake, be alert, be vigilant, to take heed lest through remissness and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly over-take one. Jesus commands us to watch- Matt. 24:42, 26:41; Mark 13:37.
Stand Fast- to persevere, and in particular to persevere in godliness and fellowship
with Jesus. Gal. 5:1; Phil. 4:1; 2 Thess. 2:15
Be Brave- literally means to “act like a man,” more appropriately a mature man that is responsible and courageous by taking the initiatives God reveals through faith (biblehub). This speaks of our need to “grow and mature in the grace and knowledge of Jesus” and “to press on to maturity (Heb. 6:1).” As we mature in Jesus, our faith will grow and strengthen so that we have the courage to face the enemy.
Be Strong- to be made strong, to increase in strength, to grow strong. Again, as we mature in faith, we will increase in strength as Jesus Himself causes us to grow strong in Him, empowering us with His strength. See Ephesians 3:16, 6:10
     “The terms in this verse are all military: Watch and be continually on guard, lest you be surprised by your enemies…stand fast in the faith-keep in your ranks; do not be disorderly but be determined to keep your ranks unbroken; keep close together….act like men-when you are attacked do not flinch but maintain your ground; resist; press forward; strike home; keep compact; conquer…be strong-if one company or division be opposed by too great a force of the enemy, strengthen that division and maintain your position….summon up all of your courage, sustain each other; fear not, for fear will enervate you” (Clarke).
Love- agape- divine love. We can do all of the watching, standing, and growing in faith, but if we do it without love for God and love for others, then it all means nothing-1 Cor. 13. Everything we do must be done in a meek, humble spirit of love!


Focus:
     This bible study will focus on several areas aimed at developing well-rounded, mature watchmen.
     These focus areas are:
     Prayer- 1 Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Rom. 12:12; Phil. 4:6
     Doctrinal Study- 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17
     Apologetics- 1 Peter 3:15
     Polemics- 2 Cor. 10:3-5
     Theology- Ps. 119: 15-16
     Prophecy- 2 Peter 1:19

This week’s topics:
Group Discussion Question:

     What is the biggest problem in the church today?

Prophecy:
     Headline-“Koran Verse Denying Jesus was the Son of God Sung in Scottish Cathedral” (1 John 2:22)
     Headline- “Christian Church in D.C. hires married lesbians to lead flock”- Calvary Baptist Church, ex-SBC member, just hired the pair who are scheduled to start on Feb. 26th. (Luke 17:28-30)

Heresy of the Day: Arianism

     Developed by Arius, a North African priest. He was condemned in 325 for his heretical teachings, which gave way to the Council of Nicaea and led to the Nicaean Creed. Arius taught that and believed in Logos Christology in which the Logos, first born, created of God, was incarnate in the Christ, but that there was a time when Jesus not existent, or “there was when he was not.” He felt Jesus was of a substance like the Father (homoiousios) rather than of one substance with the Father (homoousios). He taught that Jesus was not God the Son, but rather he was called the Son of God as an honorary title. He believed that only God the Father alone is 

​uncreated and eternal, everything else has come into being by His act of creation through the Word, His first and highest created being. By placing Jesus on this level, Arius is saying that Jesus not only changes but can also sin. Arius and his teachings were vehemently combated by the church father Athanasius who argued that “only God, very God, truly God Incarnate could reconcile and redeem fallen humankind.” His work along with Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus developed the church’s resolution that God is one substance in three persons, therefore Jesus shared the same substance as God the Father, while both remain distinct persons. Today, Arianism is a thriving belief in extreme Unitarianism and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Theology discussion: The Deity of Jesus
     The deity of Jesus-one of the most crucial, yet controversial topics in Christianity today.
Both Scripture and Jesus Himself serve as witnesses to His deity.
     See John 1, Hebrews 1, Is. 9:6,
     Compare Is. 44:6 with Rev. 1:17
     Claims of Jesus-John 14:9, 10:30, 8:58
     Jesus is omnipresent like the Father- Matt. 18:20, 28:20
     Jesus is omnipotent like the Father- Matt. 28:18; 1 Tim. 6:15
     Jesus is omniscient like the Father- Matt. 16:21
What are the implications regarding the deity of Jesus?

 Next Meeting Preparation:
Study Romans 1
Group Question: What does it mean to test God?
Heresy: Modalism
Apologetics: get information concerning beliefs of J.W.
Theology: The humanity of Jesus and what are the implications
Prophecy-Find 1 or 2 news stories that have prophetic implications