This week, we continued the study of Faith.  Our Song Ministry Leader, Josh LaBelle, led us in our song "At the Cross", by Chris Tomlin.  After our opening song, we started our study with defining a few spiritual terms. 

  • Theology- "Theos" comes from the Greek word meaning God and Logos comes from the Greek word meaning Word. Theology is the study of the word of God.  
  • Justification is "God's act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time declaring a sinner righteous through Christ's atoning sacrifice." (Wikipedia, n.d.).  

Our Scripture was from Hebrews 11:30.  Below, you will find our scriptures in English and Spanish.  

Hebrews 11:30-39New International Version (NIV)

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[a]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.37 They were put to death by stoning;[b] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 11:31 Or unbelieving
  2. Hebrews 11:37 Some early manuscripts stoning; they were put to the test;
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Hebreos 11:30-39Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

30 Por la fe cayeron las murallas de Jericó, después de haber marchado el pueblo siete días a su alrededor.

31 Por la fe la prostituta Rajab no murió junto con los desobedientes, pues había recibido en paz a los espías.

32 ¿Qué más voy a decir? Me faltaría tiempo para hablar de Gedeón, Barac, Sansón, Jefté, David, Samuel y los profetas, 33 los cuales por la fe conquistaron reinos, hicieron justicia y alcanzaron lo prometido; cerraron bocas de leones, 34 apagaron la furia de las llamas y escaparon del filo de la espada; sacaron fuerzas de flaqueza; se mostraron valientes en la guerra y pusieron en fuga a ejércitos extranjeros. 35 Hubo mujeres que por la resurrección recobraron a sus muertos. Otros, en cambio, fueron muertos a golpes, pues para alcanzar una mejor resurrección no aceptaron que los pusieran en libertad. 36 Otros sufrieron la prueba de burlas y azotes, e incluso de cadenas y cárceles. 37 Fueron apedreados, aserrados por la mitad, asesinados a filo de espada. Anduvieron fugitivos de aquí para allá, cubiertos de pieles de oveja y de cabra, pasando necesidades, afligidos y maltratados. 38 ¡El mundo no merecía gente así! Anduvieron sin rumbo por desiertos y montañas, por cuevas y cavernas.

39 Aunque todos obtuvieron un testimonio favorable mediante la fe, ninguno de ellos vio el cumplimiento de la promesa.

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Some Key Points of Discussion were as follows:

  • All of the stories in the Bible, while not necessarily directed to us in our day, are still relevant.
  • Bible stories often have a literal meaning, but also a meaning in Typology, or symbolically.  For example, the story of Joseph was a literal story about a literal man that was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and went on to save his people during a famine.  But typologically his heart of forgiveness is representative of Christ forgiving and saving man who wronged Him.  
  • Dr. Chuck Missler said, "The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed." (Missler, C., 2005, para. 9).  
We then examines some more scriptures, which are listed here in English and Spanish. 

Romans 3:28New International Version (NIV)

28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

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Romanos 3:28Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)

28 Porque sostenemos que todos somos justificados por la fe, y no por las obras que la ley exige.

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Resources:

Justification (theology). (2016, May 3). In 
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:56, May 17, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Justification_(theology)&oldid=718365344

Missler, C. (2005, March). An Easter Devotional: His Unfamiliar Face. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://www.khouse.org/articles/2005/573/