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Series: Biblical Study While Living with Corona
Biblical Study While Living with Corona
With a worldwide pandemic with COVID-19, the world slowed down as people practiced social distancing. This meant that the churches, a body of believers, had to find worship through different methods. At a time when the internet is crucial to life, worship went on line. This is Biblical Literacy's response as Mark Lanier teaches scriptural truths in light of fear and uncertainty. Youtube playlist with all of the video lesson as well as Mark's video thoughts of the day devotionals can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRJZ8-ohk26s1PlSwohT9OfF2D9xfs3QT PHIL KEAGGY and Mark Lanier parody,
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Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 1 03/15/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark taught this week’s class titled: The Time of the Season -The Church During Times of Crisis and Change. God is sovereign, but we are to take precaution for thewelfare of others. Throughout time, the church has faced challenges in meeting for worship. The church has always and continues to figure out ways to adjust. The church knows God is in control. According to the church’s liturgical calendar, weare in Lent, a season of reflection renewal, preparation, repentance,and looking for ways to grow closer to God. Listen to Mark teach this season through Lent: Mark12:26-27, Palm Sunday: John 12:12-15, and Good Friday: John 19:28-30
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 2 03/22/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark taught this week’s online class, Lesson 2 of Biblical Study While Living with the Coronavirus, from The Stone Chapel at The Lanier Theological Library. The number one issue facing most people during the worldwide pandemic is fear and uncertainty. The Bible speaks about these concerns. Those in biblical times shared similar anxieties: life, health, loved ones, jobs/finances, economy, life changes, supplies to exist, and more. Psalm 42 & 43 speaks to our concerns. The psalmist was having a tough time holding his stressful life together. He learned surviving emotional turmoil means engaging the head and not just the emotions of the heart. Even Jesus quoted passages from these Psalms while in the Garden of Gethsemane. Mark points out that God isn’t finished with us yet. Let’s continually put our fears and uncertainties before God.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 3 03/29/2020 Mark Lanier
Biblical Study While Living with Coronavirus, lesson 3. Mark taught from Isaiah 40: Comfort for God’s people. In this text, we read and understand God’s broken heart for His people. Israel had lived unfaithful to God, and He would tear Israel apart. Jerusalem walked away from God, but Jesus is the return of God to His people. Matthew 28:20 tells us that Jesus is with us always to the end of the age. In applying the text to today: In Isaiah 40:29-31, God promises power to the faint, strength, and His presence. Mark concludes with a list of some of God's promises taken from the Bible. Comfort ye my people. God is in control.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 4 04/05/2020 Mark Lanier
Biblical Study While Living with Coronavirus, lesson 4. This is Palm Sunday and this week, Mark weaves together 3 strands of thought:
Jewish Exile in Babylon
: Jeremiah: 29:1-14. The people had to live through the crisis.
: The Sunday before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Zach 9. & John 12:12-16. Many people looked for a king who’d free them from the tyranny of the Romans, not save them from their sins.
Through both of these times, we see God’s message to keep going because He is at work and will bring good out of a bad situation.
: The same three points that applied to those times also apply to the current Corona Pandemic: We must 1. Keep Going recognizing 2. God is at work and that 3. God brings good out of every bad situation.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 5 04/12/2020 Mark Lanier
On Easter Sunday, Mark continued his series: Bible Study While living with the CoronaVirus. His lesson focused on the Empty Tomb with three questions for all of us: Was the death of Christ necessary? Why the empty tomb? What does this mean for me? Mark shared solid answers to these questions using Scripture passages to strengthen our faith. Listen to his reasoning with an in-depth study of what the empty tomb and Christ’s victory over death means for our faith.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 6 04/19/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continued with Bible Study While Living with the Coronavirus. This week’s lesson focused On the Road to Emmaus from Luke 24:13-35. Easter Sunday has the power to change our lives, who we are, how we live, and how we interact with others through the power of the risen Savior. Mark provided three points from the Emmaus story: 1. Journey of Luke. He tuned into journey and structured his writings like an hourglass. 2. Journey of Emmaus. The journey to faith is a journey from sad thickheadedness to enthusiastic joy. 3. Journey of Life. Not to lose sight of the Resurrection. The last people that should experience sadness in this world are the ones who understand God resurrected His Son Jesus Christ from the dead. We are the children of God. The power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us from the dead. Listen to Mark teach how the two men on the road to Emmaus rose from darkness to hurry back to Jerusalem to share the light of the risen Savior.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 7 04/26/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark taught Part 2 of the Road to Emmaus from Luke 24: The Story Behind the Story on the Road to Emmaus.Luke 24:27 is a reflection of what Moses in the Old Testament says about Jesus.Through Moses, we read the prophetic words of who and what Jesus would be, live, and do. Mark shares the Israelites weren’table to free themselves from slavery. Slavery begat slavery and sin begat sin, absent the redemptive hand of God. It’s impossible to have redemption of sin without death so redemption for the Israelites came from God. During the passover, the blood of the lamb was painted on the doors in the shape of a cross, showing the Passoverforeshadowed Jesus’ death on the cross. Listen to Mark show through Scripture the prophetic meaning of the Israelites freedom from death and our Lord and Savior Jesus.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 8 05/03/2020 Mark Lanier
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 9 05/10/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continued with his series: Biblical Study While Living with the Corona Virus by continuing a focus on - The Story on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24). In this lesson, Mark continues with the Book of Ruth, a love story that previews the love of King Jesus for His people. We learn that Naomi and Emilech, a Hebrew family, left Bethlehem for Moab during a famine. Emilech and the two sons die, leaving Naomi alone. One daughter in law, Ruth refuses to return to her family and remains lovingly loyal to Naomi. The two women return to Bethlehem. Ruth meets a distant relative landowner Boaz who takes an interest in her. Listen to Mark tell Ruth’s story that links to the lineage of Jesus Christ and how Boaz as the redeemer of Ruth foreshadows Jesus’ redeeming his people the church.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 10 05/17/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continues the series - The Story on the Road to Emmaus. He references the name of God as noted in the familiar Psalm 23 passage, Exodus 3, Isaiah 40, and John 10. We learn Hebrew and Greek usages for YHVH, LORD, and I AM which all reflect Him being The Good Shepherd. Mark concludes the lesson by encouraging believers to search the Old and New Testaments to quench our burning desire to love and know Him better with each day.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 11 5/24/20 Mark Lanier
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 12 5/31/20 Mark Lanier
Mark continued his series: Bible Study during the Coronavirus with an emphasis on The Road to Emmaus in Luke 24. Mark related the racial unrest in the US due to the death of George Floyd with how Jesus addressed violence and racial inequality. We have three things to learn from how God instructed Israel to live: 1) The purpose of Israel 2) The focus of Israel 3) The key for Israel. Mark elaborated on each of those points and how they should be applied today so we are blessed to be a blessing to others.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 13 6/7/20 Mark Lanier
Mark continued his series: Bible Study during the Coronavirus by focusing on The Road to Emmaus in Luke 24 with an emphasis on the Ark of the Covenant. Mark covered three points in this week’s lesson: 1) An explanation of the Ark of the Covenant and God’s detailed instruction for man to build the Ark, 2) How Jesus speaks through the Ark as the Messiah, and 3) How the Ark of the Covenant and Jesus as Messiah affects us today. Listen to Mark teach on the construction, meaning, and purpose of the Ark of the Covenant that contained the Ten Commandments or covenant with Israel, and how it applies to us today
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 14 6/14/20 Mark Lanier
Mark continued with The Story on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24 series).Today’s lesson continued with a focus on what the Bible says about the Ark of the Covenant and what it means to us. Mark structured the lesson as a three-piece puzzle: 1. Understanding the 3 pieces of the Ark of the Covenant—The chest containing the 10 Commandments, the Covenant, and the Mercy Seat. 2. A Review of key concepts: 1) everyone living under the law has an insurmountable problem; no one can live up to the Law perfectly. 2) Atonement for sin is through blood. 3) Jesus became our atonement. 3.Lessons to learn: 1) God meets everyone at the mercy seat. 2) We should follow God in life through Jesus. 3) All things are possible in the presence of God. 4) Take the Lord into battle and the victories in life belong to the Lord. 5) Only the true God rescues us from sin. Listen to Mark teach a powerful lesson that shows why and how we need atonement for our sins through God’s grace
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 15 06/21/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continuedBible Study During the Corona Virus with more of what Jesus might have said to His followers on The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24). Mark taught additional insight into the tabernacle. The context of the tabernacle began in Genesis. Mark shares that peopleare hard-wired to be in a relationship with God. God provides meaning, significance, and purpose to our lives. Without God, people create answers to fill that emptiness/void which is sin.We learn that theconcept of the tabernacle shows we are unholy and the law is an expression of God’s morality. We need to know the difference between who we are and who God is. Where do we as unholy people meet God? Listen to Mark answer this and other questions related to the tabernacle.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 16 06/28/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continued with week 16 of Bible Study While Living with the Coronavirus: On the road to Emmaus from Luke 24 -What Jesus may have said to His disciples, part 2 of a focus on the tabernacle. This week’s topic shows how the tabernacle was an earthly shadow of a heavenly reality. Mark expands on aspects of God as revealed thru the tabernacle: 1. The uniqueness of God. God revealed Himself unique to all pagan gods. Everyone meets God in one place (the cross of Jesus). God grabs our attention but on His terms. 2. The holiness of God. Set apart like no other. A brightness that we can’t fathom. Utterly holy. Utterly purity. Utterly present. Utterly love. 3. The unity of God. God is one. One God in three persons. The goat skins around the tabernacle were clasped together, creating one unit. Listen to Mark detail the construction of the tabernacle to reveal who God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 17 07/05/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark taught Part III on the series about the Tabernacle as Jesus may have explained on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24). This week’s focus is the Tabernacle Service and what went on inside there. Marks address three questions: 1. The ministry of the priests in the tent of meeting. 2. The ministry of the high priest in the holy of holies. 3. The relationship of the earthly shadow (tabernacle) to the heavenly reality of Jesus as our perfect High Priest. Listen to Mark compare and explain the responsibilities of the tabernacle priests and Jesus Christ, our Messiah
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 18 07/12/2020 Mark Lanier
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 19 07/12/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark starts with a review of past lessons that show Jesus in the tabernacle, temple, and sacrifices of the Mosaic system. He explains theBiblical story arc is one of evil and deception which finds its victory in Jesus. Mark then focuses on Ezekiel 27, thestory of the dry bones which shows a story steeped in foreign language andculture, death and life, suspense and advent, plus love. We find God’s story becomes personal as it is shownover and over in different shapes, forms, and colors through the narrative of Jesus Christ
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 20 07/26/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continued with Part 2 of Ezekiel 37, The Valley of Dry Bones. The book of Ezekiel can be viewed as two books: judgment and redemption. Markoffers three points to consider with anin-depth look at Ezekiel 37. 1) Context:Putting our minds back into the people and culture who lived 2,600 years ago. 500 to 600 years before Jesus. 2) Scripture:God spoke His Spirit into dry bones that brought the dead to life and 3) New Testament colors: Scripture that shows how Ezekiel 37 is fulfilled in the New Testament through Jesus.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 21 08/02/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark continued with The Story on the Road to Emmaus and what Jesus may have said to His followers. Mark used Isaiah 6 where it captures Isaiah’s vision of the Lord. The class focused on Isaiah’s calling in three areas: 1) Historical context 2) Detailing the vision 3) How to find Jesus in the passage. The passage shows how Isaiah’s vision provides a picture of the characteristics of God, the angelic worship of God, and Isaiah’s reaction to God’s call. Listen to Mark show howIsaiah’s calling parallels with our response to Jesus
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 22 08/09/2020 Mark Lanier
The Road toEmmaus Series (Luke 24) continues with Mark showing us pictures of Jesus from the Old Testament. Mark focused on Jesus, Abraham & Us from the passage: John 8:48-59.
Jesus as the power of resurrection, the great I Am.
Abraham who exceedingly rejoiced to see Jesus’ day -Genesis 22:1-14 in comparison with John 3:16 and John 15:9.Comparisons betweenIssac who carried the wood like Jesus carried his cross until he was fatigued.God provided the lamb for Issac & Abraham saw the day when Jesus as the lamb of God would provide the sacrifice to take away the sins of the world.
Us, who God has always had in mind with a plan of redemption to bring sinful humanity to Himself.Mark concludes the connection of Abraham in the Old Testament with the coming of Jesus in a grand love story of joy, intimacy, and eternity.
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 23 08/16/2020 Mark Lanier
Mark’s lesson focused on Knowing God, based on the book by J. I. Packer. Mark provided the different meanings of the wordknowin Hebrew and Greek. He taught three points: 1. Perspective: Be a watcher not a doer. We want to knowGod, not simply know about God. 2. Practical: Wegrow our relationship through Jesus, fellowship, the Holy Spirit, and personal exercise of faith. 3.Payoff or Result:We were created for intimacy with God, true peace, contentment, confidence, joy, and purpose to bring glory to God.Listen to Mark show us through many Scriptures the importance of knowing God in the sense of all the Hebrew meanings of the word
Biblical Study While Living with Corona - Lesson 24 08/23/2020 Mark Lanier
This week Mark taught on the power of singing praises to God. The lesson had 3 areas of focus: 1.Biblical instruction -The Bible tells us to sing, to worship God, to bless, honor, and praise what God has done. 2. Historical practice -Worship is giving God His natural place. Singing affects the way we shape thoughts, actions, and feelings. 3. Practical exercises -Worship and singing needs to focus on our target: God. Worship is not entertainment, but a place of holiness. We learn that singing requires both sides of the brain. Mark highlights Bible passages that show our singing impacts how we think, act, and feel toward God, personally and corporately.