Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY BIBLE GEOGRAPHY

1. The Middle East has most of the world’s supply of what resource?
2. Most of the land is dry _____________.
They need _____________.
3. Name the rivers of Egypt, Israel and Babylon.
4. Name all bodies of water of Israel.
5. Moab and Edom are located on which sea?
6. What is the last word in the book of Genesis?
7. In which part of Egypt did Israel live?
8. Which body of water today separates Egypt from the Sinai?
9. Which 4 bodies of water border the Sinai Peninsula?
10. Name the 12 tribes of Israel and the two tribes of Joseph.
11. Why is Bible Geography important to me? Why must I know it?
12. In which 5 places can I find Bible maps?
13. Which 2 seas are named for colors?
14. From where did Israel send out 12 to spy the land? What did Israel do when they heard the report? What is their punishment?
15. Name 7 Bible mountains and tell why they are important.
16. Which New Testament book covers the geography of the Roman Empire?
17. Why do you need maps in your study of Acts?
18. Name 15 cities mentioned in Acts.
19. Name the 7 churches of Asia to which Christ writes 7 letters in Revelation.
20. Name the 2 rivers of Babylon.
21. Into which bodies of water do these rivers flow: Nile, Jordan, Euphrates, Tigris
22. From the Bible names, identify the modern names of these 9 places: Rome, Asia Minor, Melita, Persia, Babylon, Moab, Phoenicia, Achaia, Joppa.
23. Which two kings are born in Bethlehem?
24. Which two cities describe the length of Israel, North to South?
25. What is southern Judah called?
26. In a vision, Paul saw a man from what country ask for the Gospel?
27. Which Hebrews became high government officials in foreign countries?
28. What is a Tell?
29. Paul was born in what city? Where was the Temple of Diana?
30. Name 10 cities that Christ visited.

Pillars of the faith

Because Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, many Christians remember that day and the major changes, or Reformation, that resulted.

Luther's theses contained three main pillars, which have stood for almost 500 years:

1. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) - The Bible is the sole authority in matters of faith, life and conduct. "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16, NRSV).

2. Sola Fide (Faith Alone) - Christians are justified, or declared righteous, only through believing in Jesus Christ as Savior. Although morality and good works are important, they alone cannot lead to salvation. "A person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ" (Galatians 2:16, NRSV).

3. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) - Grace is God's unmerited, or undeserved, favor. Salvation is a free gift from our gracious God. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9, NRSV).

BREADTH AND LENGTH AND HEIGHT AND DEPTH
meditation on Ephesians 3:18,19M

There are some realities that are so mind boggling that if we had to describe them to someone, we would be at a total loss. For example, how do you describe the Grand Canyon, or Mt. Rainier, or the night time sky on a clear, moonless night when it almost appears that you can touch the Milky Way? You can’t describe these things … you just experience them and stand in awed silence before them.

Likewise, there are some Biblical passages and truths we are totally inadequate to comprehend and to describe. In Ephesians 3 there are references to the riches of God’s glory (Eph 3:16), the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (Eph 3:19), and all the fullness of God (Eph 3:19). How can we totally comprehend the riches of God’s glory or His fullness or the love of Christ? These things are infinite and you can’t comprehend the infinite by means of the finite. It won’t work, no matter how hard you try. It is like trying to pour the Pacific Ocean into an 8 ounce glass, except the contrast between God’s infinite perfections and our small, sinful minds is even greater than the Pacific Ocean and a glass.

Shan Reed
North American Baptist Conference
Ibukino 3 Chome 14-9-903
Izumi Shi, Osaka Fu
594-0041 Japan
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Komyo Christian Church

For the past two years we have been hosting seminars three times a year at Komyo Church for the ladies of our regional Japan Baptist Conference (JBC) churches, as well as for ladies from other area churches. The theme for July’s seminar was thirst. We talked about the thirsts of our heart and how we try to quench them on our own rather than with God’s love and grace. As the ladies get to know each other and their desires for knowing God deepen, the discussion around the tables also deepen. It is such a joy to see these women delving into God’s Word and sharing their hearts with each other.

A CHRIST-CENTERED CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY OF HOW TO FULLY EQUIP GOD’S PEOPLE TO SERVE HIM IN LOCAL CHURCHES

The Master Teacher is our example and we want to follow His model in our teaching. In the Great and Glorious Commission He handed out teaching certificates to all who love Him. “All power is given to Me … Go … and teach, make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:18-20).

Our encouraging example, Christ, spent most of His time instructing twelve apostles. Having no other plan, Jesus is commanding us to carry out His commission. Our views on education, on making disciples, on Bible doctrine, and on eternal life come directly from Christ, the greatest of all philosophers. “In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). His inherent genius as Master Educator is seen in Jesus at age 12 in God’s temple, “sitting among the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions” (Lk. 2:46). This concise verse on the Lord’s interactive teaching is the scriptural method for us to follow. Jesus often sat among His disciples knowing that a relaxed and informal outdoor classroom encourages active student involvement. He listened to their questions and problems, and asked probing questions. Read the four Gospels, counting the number of questions Jesus asked, and the students asked.