Biblical Literacy Podcast
Biblical Literacy Podcast
Biblical Literacy @ CF
Session 6 ,  Revelation Chapter  TWO
2-18-24 -Biblical-Literacy Mark continued in the series A Study of Revelation which was a comfort to the church in its struggle against the forces of evil. Christ wins over Satan. 1. Symbolism -a quality or an idea that showed the church how God desires a complete relationship with them. Not all images are symbols. Never lose focus of the message. 2. The Letters -content structured in similar way for each. The symbolism of the number 7, which means completion. Ephesus -You have abandoned your first love. Smyrna -No condemnation but a warning of what the devil will do. Be faithful. 3. Points for home •Christ is with us •Love is the key •Be always faithful Listen to Mark discuss the symbolism in Revelation and the meaning of the number 7 in the setting and letters to the 7 churches. Listen also to the accounting of Polycarp’s faith through arrest and execution. He was Bishop of the church in Smyrna.
Feb 17
Session 5 , Continued and deeper look at Revelation
2/11/24. Biblical - Literacy Mark continued in The Study of Revelation series with a study of the first chapter in Revelation. His lesson had three areas of focus: 1.The Exalted Christ is depicted as the Alpha and the Omega. We find that He is referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments. 2. The Setting of the Book of Revelation is more than a book John wrote on the island of Patmos, but it’s an accounting of God who was, who is, and who is to come. 3. Points for home: a.The Exalted Christ is in the center of life b.Fear is a liar c.It’s not over so live the promise Listen to Mark talk teach how the human mind cannot comprehend the depth of God’s truth, power, sovereignty, and characteristics. He highlights and expands on various passages throughout the Bible that link to the Book of Revelation.
Feb 10
Session 4, Study in Revelations continues with Chapter 1 moving into Chapter 2
02/4/24 Mark continues the study of Revelations by going into detail about how decisions were made about which scrolls and writings were to be put into the Bible Library as we know it. Mark discussed the meaning of Canon and Canonization of the bible. Was Canon to Jesus and the Apostles? Mathew 15:3 Was Canon to the Church? Mathew 15:6 The Church’s recognition of the Canon. Acts 15 Mark then discusses the history of the Canon in some detail Mark reviews in detail: Symbolism Use of numbers 3 and 4 and 7 and 12 Angels and Demons Mark reviews Rev: 1-1-2 Points for Home: We can rely on Scripture for life God reaches all of you Rev 1:8 Let's serve our King Rev 1:6
Feb 3
Session 3, Study in Revelations continues
1/28/24 Biblical Literacy Mark continued with Lesson 3 in the Study in Revelation series setting the stage to dig deeper in study. He divided the lesson into three sections then share some Points for home: 1. Review of past two lessons: the Bible as a library, the apocalyptic genre, and apocalyptic traits. 2. Approach to studying Revelation: how to understand symbols and how the book flows. 3. Study of first 3 verses of Revelation 1:1-3: an uncovering or revealing of Jesus Christ by Jesus. Points for home  God is bigger than I realize God cares Let’s enjoy the blessings Listen to Mark review the foundation of studying Revelation by introducing a literal and symbolic approach.
Jan 27
Session 2, A look at Daniel as a Key in understanding Revelations
Listen to Mark explore the Old Testament and other writings that show the ancient peoples' understanding of apocalyptic writing. Mark continued with a Study in Revelation sharing a brief review of the foundation class from two weeks ago. He encouraged the class to not be afraid of Revelation; we have this. The book of Revelation is apocalyptic, which means it uses dreams, visions, and symbols. Mark expanded on typical features of apocalyptic writings both Biblical and non - biblical writings including those contemporary with the time of Jesus. Points for home: - Christ is the center of life - Understanding this book co mes with a blessing - We rightly praise Jesus as we read and understand this book Listen to Mark explore the Old Testament and other writings that show the ancient peoples' understanding of apocalyptic writing
Jan 20
SE-Mark Lanier Interviews  Fred Gray, lawyer who represented Rosa Park
1-14-24 Biblical-Literacy In today’s class, Mark had Pastor Jarrett Stephens interviewed the highly respected Fred Gray, the civil rights attorney who represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and is a young ninety-three years old. Mark began the interview with a statement about MLK weekend and the reconciliation of races noting: Regardless of the color of skin, all humans are created in the image of God. Mr. Gray’s mother told him he could be anything he wanted as long as he did three things: 1. Kept Christ first. 2. Remain in school. 3. Stay out of trouble and avoid the criminal justice system that isn’t always fair. Listen to Mr. Gray, also a preacher since the age of twelve, talk about God’s continuous provision throughout his education and career and how he will never stop working against racial discrimination
Jan 13
Session 1, A Study in Revelation; Apocalyptic
Mark began the New Year with a new series on The Study of Revelation, a focused study. The book has varying points of view, but Mark will teach from his perspective after life long study. Revelation is a part of the apocalyptic genre, a type of writing, that involves discerning divine secrets by dreams, visions, and/or angelic explanation. Mark had three points in today’s lesson. 1. Apocalyptic overview: deals with the past, present, and future, and features symbolism, numerology, warring angels and demons, end times, and new age. 2. Apocalyptic books: Biblical and pseudepigraphal. 3. Points for home: a.There are treasures in God’s Word b.We seek knowledge and understanding c.God loves you Listen to Mark begin to explore the apocalyptic genre, what it means, and what we can look forward to in future lessons.
Jan 6
Session 11, Matthew's use of Genesis
Dr David Capes 12/17/2023 Dr. Capes wraps up the study on Genesis by taking us to Matthew 1:1, the Book that that takes us back to the genealogy of Jesus Christ DR Capes reviewed, in detail, how various versions of the Bible address the genealogy of Christ identified in Genesis, for example, KJV: The Book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham NLT: This is the record of the ancestors of Jesus, the Messiah, a descendant of David and Abraham Other version: RSV,NASV,NIV In a search for the most understandable translation of the Greek writings of the “beginning” in Genesis, Dr. Capes discussed, in detail, the meaning and understanding of the “Act of Generation”, the “Act of the Beginning.” The six days of creating and the day of rest in Genesis Chapter 5 were discussed in detail with focus on Man (male and female) being made in the Image of God and addressing the beginning of Humanity. A detailed discussion followed about the Book of Matthew Matthew 1:1- The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Dr. Capes addressed the various interpretations of the original Greek translations with respect to how they convey the meaning and implications of terms like genealogy, man, women. Wrap up: At Christmas 1.Celebrate new creation. 2.Extended family a.Remember ancestors. b.Remember those that have passed on c.What the future holds
Dec 16, 2023
SE- Merry Christmas; Devotionals
Mark shared nuggets from each of his published daily devotional books including a preview of one that will be published in 2024. His newest devotional, Minor Prophets for Living, is number four in a series of five daily devotional books published in partnership with 1845 Books, an imprint from Baylor University Press. Mark read excerpts from each book with Scripture, content, and prayer. Psalms for Living, Torah For Living, Jesus For Living, Minor Prophets For Living, Epistles For Living-2024 Publication Listen to Mark talk about the focus and theme of each devotional book as he shares his heart and love for God.
Dec 9, 2023
Session 10, Noah & Sons  after the flood and the Tower of Babel
Mark continued his teachings in the Genesis series sharing the highs and lows after the flood. We learn: 1. Blessings: Noah and his sons were blessed 2. A sad and disturbing story:  Sin resulted in Canaan’s curse. 3. The Tower of Babel: man attempted to build a tower for God to visit, and God chose instead to confuse their language and divide the people. Points for home: 1. Honor your father and your mother 2. God is not a genie 3. Pride is not your friend Listen to Mark offer insight into the world after the flood and how it relates to our world today.
Dec 2, 2023
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