Sectarian groups of the 1st century
Pharisee – Torah (written and oral)
Sadducees – Temple
Essenes – Land (Qumran and library of Dead Sea Scrolls)
Zealots – Kingship (Sicarii — extreme measures)
Herodians – Regime (Mark 3:6)
Scribes – Text (Shammai & Hillel; Mark 12:34)
Samaritans – Sectarian past (see 2 Kings 17; John 4)
Christians – Messiah (Christ)
Remnant of Jews joined the Christian movement (Romans 9-11).
Escalating antipathy, esp. after 70 AD. Anti-Christian curses.
Did not deny Christian miracles, but rejected Jesus’ divinity.
Expected a political Messiah (John 6:15).
Heirs of Pharisees (rabbinic Judaism) codify oral law in Mishnah, c.200 AD.
Descendants of the Pharisees
Three main divisions
Divisions into sects — each with its own take on the Messiah — was not just a Jewish phenomenon of the first century.
As we shall see, division will come round again in the course of church history, and perhaps nowhere more so than in our generation – about 20 lessons from now.
This violates God’s ideal that his people remain one (John 17:22-23).
* the uncleanness of materialism
* the pollution of sexual temptation
* a general lack of holiness and fire for the things of the Lord
It’s normal to feel unclean in the presence of God. But once we’re
cleansed, we should be ready for service (Isa 6:1-9; 2 Tim 2:19-22). Yet
at times we all come short in the area of discipleship.
With this in mind, the goal of this series accords with Paul’s intention
in writing to Timothy (1 Tim 1:5-7). We all need three precious things
— without which we may shipwreck our faith (1 Tim 1:18-19).
* a pure heart
* a good conscience
* a sincere faith
Seekers are attracted to God when they see a truly sacrificial spiritual
life (Rom 12:1-2; John 12:32). While none of us wants to shipwreck our
faith, the disaster normally begins with (greater and greater) moral
Get ready for an entire month of focus on
* Cleanliness in the OT (Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah)
* Cleanliness in the NT (James, Peter, John, Paul)
* Walking in the Light a terribly misunderstood concept
* OT and NT lepers
* NT exorcisms
* OT and NT reanimations
* Jesus’ (unique) resurrection
* Purity and Transformation in the history of Christianity
Hence the full title of the 31 parts series:
CLEAN IN ’17 Purity, Cleansing, Leprosy, Exorcism, and Reanimation.
Join us in this life-changing series, starting 1 January!
1 Purity and Cleansing in the Psalms
2 Purity and Cleansing in the Proverbs
3 Purity and Cleansing in James, Peter, and John
4 Purity and Cleansing in Paul (and Jesus)
5 Walking in the Light (seldom understood)
6 The Leprosy of Miriam
7 The Leprosy of Naaman
8 The Leprosy of Gehazi
9 The Leprosy of Uzziah
10 The Four Starving Lepers of Samaria
11 The Ten Lepers of Luke 17
12 The Leper of Mark 1
Exorcism series begins
13 Mary Magdalene
14 Gerasene Demoniac
15 Mother and Child
16 Father and Child
17 The Synagogue Demoniac
18 Slave Girl of Acts 16:16
19 The House Swept Clean
20 Widow of Zarephath and Son
21 Wealthy Shunammites’ Child
22 The Man Reanimated by Elisha’s Bones
23 The Old Testament Saints of Matthew 27
24 The Widow of Nain and Son
25 Jairus and Daughter
27 Tabitha (Dorcas)
Why This is so Important
30 Purity and Transformation in the History of Christianity
31 Concluding challenges
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02 7 Compact Evidences Arguments Christian Apologetics
03 Angelic Beings as Angels Cherubim Seraphim Demons
05 Capital Punishment
06 Decision Making And The Will Of God
07 Godly Parenting
09 Interview with Douglas Jacoby about his Life Legacy
10 Islam and the Bible
11 Jeroboam and Rehoboam OldTestament Character Study
12 Jesus New Testament Character
13 Modesty what to dress today
14 Original Sin aka TULIP
15 Philip the Apostle
16 Prayer and Fasting
17 Questions On Genesis
18 Speaking In Tongues
19 Staying Single
20 The Problem of Suffering