Finally… Daniel!

danielThe book of Daniel has a wealth of wisdom for Christians today as well as amazing prophecy, some of which has been fulfilled and some of which may be yet to come.  Your time spent studying this precious book will not be wasted but will challenge your character and build your faith in the One who will bring all of His promises to pass.  After several years, the final lesson to this series for chapter 12 was completed and a revision to chapter 11 was made as well.  I hope this study will provide food for thought as you search the Scriptures to better see the glory of God and recognize His sovereign hand over human history.  Check out the lessons on this site under Lessons/Books of the Bible/The Book of Daniel, or click here.

New Lessons

The Lord’s Supper: A Case for Closed Communion

communion-bread-and-wineWhat do the scriptures teach regarding the proper way for a church to observe and administer the Lord’s Supper?  Lesson notes are provided summarizing the meaning and guidelines for observing the Lord’s Supper and a biblical rationale for celebrating this ordinance within the membership of a local congregation.

Fear: A Biblical Understanding & Response

Fear can take many forms in our heart and manifest itself in many ways.  Is fear always wrong?  Why do I fear?  What happens if I don’t try to control fear?  How do I control fear in a godly way?  The notes provided in this lesson provide a biblical response to these questions.

Proactive Parenting: Seeking to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Proactive Parenting

Ben Franklin coined the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  It applies to parenting too.  Proactive parenting requires more work up-front, but can potentially save us countless hours of reacting to problems and trying to recover lost ground.

While it is tempting to think that our children will escape the temptations faced by many youth, wisdom suggests otherwise.  This lesson focuses on the objective of parenting, leading the trajectory of our children’s growth and maturity, and our God-called role to prepare our children for the challenges and opportunities they will face as budding adults.

On Saturday, October 24th, Pastor Keen taught a break-out group session on Proactive Parenting at the Alaska Men’s Ministries 2015 Summit at Faith Christian Community.  You can download a copy of the lesson by clicking on the picture above.

Shooting for the Mark

SFTM-CoverThumbThe time our children have in our home is fleeting.

Our charge as parents is to prepare them to live as godly adults before the Lord.  For most of them, God’s plan will include marriage, a relationship that will shape the rest of their life and possibly future generations.

Shooting for the Mark lays out a spiritual roadmap by which we can focus on essential goals and character qualities we should seek to instill in our children before they leave our home as adults.

Shooting for the Mark is designed to be straightforward, a tool for family and personal devotion, and application-driven.  If the Lord has blessed you with arrows, make sure you are shooting for the mark.

To learn more, click here to preview the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 22.

Shooting for the Mark can be purchased for $8.50 plus shipping & handling by visiting the Bookstore.  All proceeds from sales will be directed to The Anchor Missionary Baptist Church building fund.  Bulk discounts can be arranged by contacting Pastor Keen at: pastor@anchormb.org

Preparing a People for Persecution – Sermon Series

persecuted-christians-bible-in-chainsThe waves of the American culture are rapidly shifting against Biblical Christianity. Those who would hold fast to God’s Word in this country must prepare themselves for increasing persecution in its various forms. God has provided us wisdom for these situations. The early church was strengthened and expanded in the fires of persecution. We must prepare ourselves to be faithful, even when it costs us.  In this three-part sermon series, we exposit 1 Peter 3:13-17.

In the first sermon we ask the question… are you ready to give an answer?  Do you have the conversation starter?

In the second sermon we acknowledge the certainty of slander and address two common slanders against Christians today: the accusation of hate speech, and the accusation of standing against women’s health.

In the final sermon we tackle a significant heart issue for the Christian: will you sanctify Jesus Christ as Lord of your life?  This is the fundamental questions Christians must answer as they face the opposition of culture to the truth of Jesus Christ and His Word.

You may listen to these sermons or download them by clicking here.

myBible – Translations

bible-translationsThe Anchor completed the lesson on the translation of the Bible from the original languages into the languages of the nations, with a special focus on the English language.  The earliest Bible translations likely occurred before the New Testament was even recorded.  Today, we have dozens of translations just in the English language.  What is the history of the translation process?  How do I make sense of all the English translations available today?  We broke this study into two segments: the history of Bible translation from the beginning to the King James Version.  We then devoted a second lesson to Contemporary English Bible Versions.  The latter lesson is based upon Chapter Two of the book, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Douglas Fee and Gordon Stuart.

These lessons are now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible
  2. Inspiration of the Bible
  3. Canonization of the Bible
  4. Transmission of the Bible
  5. Translation of the Bible up to the King James Version
  6. Contemporary Translations of the English Bible

Check out the myBible page to download the latest lessons on Bible Translations.

myBible – Transmission

manuscriptThe Anchor completed the lesson on the transmission of the Old and New Testament texts in the myBible series.  The newest books of Scripture are almost 2,000 years old; the most ancient are around 3,500 years old.  Needless to say, the original manuscripts of the Bible do not exist.  All that we have today are copies of copies.  Yet God has preserved His Word for us.  The process of the preservation of God’s Word is the study of the transmission of the Bible.

In this lesson we looked at how the Old Testament and New Testament were copied and transmitted, leading up to the translations we have today.  This study builds a foundation for our upcoming study, the English Translations of the Bible.  This lesson is now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible – Completed and posted
  2. Inspiration of the Bible – Completed and posted
  3. Canonization of the Bible  – Completed and posted
  4. Transmission of the Bible – Completed and posted
  5. Translation of the Bible  (Why are there so many translations?  Which ones are good?)

Check out the myBible page to download the new lesson on Inspiration.  Better yet, come visit us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm to join us in the series and the current lesson on the Canonization of the Bible.  We would love to have you join us.  Check out The Anchor’s website for more information.

myBible – Canonization

canon_scriptureWe just completed the lesson on canonization in the myBible series.  In this study we learn how the books of the Bible were recognized as sacred.  There are many questions that we tackle head on.  Why were some books included in canon and others rejected?  What was the standard by which they determined which books should be kept and which ones rejected?  When did the canon close and how do we know?  Where did the concept of canon come from?  This lesson is now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible – Completed and posted
  2. Inspiration of the Bible – Completed and posted
  3. Canonization of the Bible  – Completed and posted
  4. Transmission of the Bible – Coming Soon (How was the Bible passed on over time?)
  5. Translation of the Bible  (Why are there so many translations?  Which ones are good?)

Check out the myBible page to download the new lesson on Inspiration.  Better yet, come visit us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm to join us in the series and the current lesson on the Canonization of the Bible.  We would love to have you join us.  Check out The Anchor’s website for more information.

myBible – The Inspiration of Scripture

holding-bibleThe newest complete lesson in the myBible series addresses the Inspiration of Scripture.  How do we know the Bible is really inspired by God?  To what degree is it inspired?  How did this process work?  Each of these questions is important and deserves a thorough answer.  This lesson is now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible – Completed and posted
  2. Inspiration of the Bible – Completed and posted
  3. Canonization of the Bible  – Ongoing
  4. Transmission of the Bible  (How was the Bible passed on over time?)
  5. Translation of the Bible  (Why are there so many translations?  Which ones are good?)

Check out the myBible page to download the new lesson on Inspiration.  Better yet, come visit us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm to join us in the series and the current lesson on the Canonization of the Bible.  We would love to have you join us.  Check out The Anchor’s website for more information.