The Power of Sentences

Bob Roane Bible Study, Church History, Counseling, Wise living

Adapted from John Piper and used at Belhaven University, Jester III Prison, other teaching, and pastoral counseling. I use this article to remind us to look for key sentences that impact us in the Bible, or in reading and listening to lectures or sermons. Use Piper’s ideas to help you with my articles and class lessons. I never pretend that …

Perpetua: Hero of Faith in the Strong Savior

Bob Roane Church History, Counseling, Death, Eternal Life, Heaven, Hell, Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God, Wise living

Excerpt from the class “Christ is Everything to His Followers.” Also used in pastoral care, counseling, and prison ministry. They triumphed over Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11) The Scripture above reminds me of Perpetua (180-203 AD), …

Following Christ in a World That Doesn’t (Part 1)

Bob Roane Church History, Counseling, Prayer, Praise, Worship, Service, Wise living

I used this in New Testament Survey class at Belhaven University and also in other teaching/training, pastoral counseling, and prison ministry. Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) was a Canadian missionary to China, serving with his wife, Rosalind. Goforth preached to large crowds and in small homes. He was stirred to serve Christ in China by the writings of Hudson Taylor. Jonathan was …

Joy in Jesus’ Incarnation (Scriptures & Quotations)

Bob Roane Church History, Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace

We are thinking about Christ’s incarnation from different angles. Incarnation is Jesus’ “en-flesh-ment” (literally), the truth that God’s Son became human. Jesus did not pretend, He truly took on our humanity with all its problems and weaknesses, except for sin. “It was to save sinners that Christ came into the world, not to help us save ourselves, nor to induce …

Thanksgiving: Give Me That Book!

Bob Roane Bible Study, Church History, Theology, Wise living

(Excerpt from teaching/training classes, used also in pastoral counseling and prison ministry) I used this first at Windsor Village Methodist Campus, then in other places. John Wesley’s love for the Lord and the Spirit-breathed Scriptures is contagious. His zeal for evangelism and for personal and social holiness continues to challenge us. He was a thankful man, cheerful even when he …

Celebrating God’s Reformation

Bob Roane Church History, Theology, Wise living

Used at Belhaven University and other places to answer the question: “What do Protestants believe?” It’s not the whole answer, but it’s a good start. In Old Testament times, the Lord used King Josiah to launch a great spiritual reformation near 622 BC.1 This reformation was sparked by discovering the book of God’s Law (all or part of the Pentateuch, …