Essential Bible Studies
The Joy of Bible Marking

The Joy of Bible Marking

January 18, 2021

Why would you write in your Bible? Marking our Bibles is a great way to make it personal. It helps us to get it into our heart and to have a ready answer. Tim and Josh discuss different types of Bible marking with lots of examples of what they've found to be helpful.



  • What is Bible marking? Why do it?
  • Wide margin Bibles
  • Getting into a routine

Why Personalize Your Bible?

  • Duty of a King to write out the law (Deuteronomy 17:18)
  • It is about getting it into your heart (Proverbs 7:1-3)

Types of Bible Marking

  • Identifying words

    • Love – Agape / Phileo (1 Peter 1:22)
    • God – El / Elohim
    • Church – Ecclesia
    • World – Kosmos / Aion
    • Character traits of God (Exodus 34:6)
  • Contextual repetition
    • Seeing the context (Genesis 11:1-9; Luke 12:16-21; Mark 12:30,33 cp. v.44; Matthew 4:1-10)
    • Understanding organization and structure (Revelation 1-3; Matthew 5; Zechariah 1-6)
  • Topical notes / Theme studies
    • Using the back of your Bible
    • Chain reference marking
Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer

December 7, 2020

Season 3 starts on January 18th, 2021. Listen in as Tim and Jay discuss what is ahead for our new studies and some other goodies!

Testimony and Reflections Season 2

Testimony and Reflections Season 2

April 20, 2020

Martin Mostacedo joins Tim Young to wrap up season two. Martin talks about his beginnings in Bolivia, his Catholic upbringing and how he came to a changed life by reading and studying the Bible. Martin shares his favorite episode and his impressions on season two.

Key verse from John 4:23, "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him."

Martin mentions Wrested Scripture which can be found in book form and a website.

Cover image from Wikipedia “La Paz Skyline” which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 4.0.

Using Lexicons: A Word Study of “Church”

Using Lexicons: A Word Study of “Church”

April 6, 2020

The word “ecclesia” has been said a few times on the podcast without any definition. We fix that in this episode. Matt Colby rejoins the podcast to talk about one of his favorite Bible study tools, the lexicon. As a practical example, we look up the word “church” in different lexicons to see what sort of definitions they provide. The Greek word for church is “ecclesia” and we delve into the significance of this word and why we prefer to say “ecclesia” instead of “church”.

Scripture mentions:

  • 1 Corinthians 11:18
  • Romans 16:5,23
  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-2 (key verse)

Lexicon resources mentioned:

Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words

Louw & Nida
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains

BDAG (Bauer, Danker, Arndt, Gingrich)
A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition

The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (English, Hebrew, Aramaic and Aramaic Edition)

New Testament Words
by William Barclay (Author)

With What Judgment You Judge

With What Judgment You Judge

March 30, 2020

Our last study of the "eternal judgment" by our Lord Jesus Christ made us reflect on how we are judging now. We might read one verse that says "do not judge" and another one that instructs us to judge righteously. Frank Abel joins Tim Young to discuss these passages and how we have to take them all together to get a balanced view.

"Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”  (John 7:24)



  1. Many passages about the future judgment relate to how we are judging now (e.g. Rom. 14:10-13)
  2. Essential Bible studies are so we might exercise our discernment between good and evil (Heb. 5:14)
  3. We have to be wise about how we judge. Contrast between 1 Cor. 4:3-5 and 5:3; 6:5 (1 Cor. 11:28-32)

When Not to Judge

  1. When you are judging motives (1 Cor. 4:3-5)
  2. When you are a hypocrite (Matt. 7:1-3, see also James 3:1)
  3. When you are judging outward appearances (John 7:24; James 2:1-4; Isa. 53:2-3)
  4. When you have only heard one side of the story (Prov. 18:17; Deut. 19:18)

True Judgments

  1. God loves judgment
    • To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD (Prov. 21:3, see also Psa. 51:16-17)
    • In judgment he delights (Jer. 9:24; Micah 6:8; bonus Zech. 7:9; 8:16)
    • One of the weightier matters of the law (Luke 11:42)
  2. The need to balance love and judgment
    • What is a true friend? (Prov. 27:5-6)
    • How to love your neighbor (Lev. 19:17-18)
    • Loving like Jesus (Rev. 3:19)

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Eternal Judgment

Eternal Judgment

March 23, 2020

In Hebrews 6:2, one of the essential bible studies listed is that of "eternal judgment". Frank Abel joins Tim Young to discuss the subject of the coming judgment. It is important for us to understand the Bible's teaching on this as it says we will all have to stand before the "judgment seat of Christ". Will you be ready?

Passage discussed:

  • Romans 14:10-12 – Key verse: Everyone to give an account at the judgment seat of Christ
  • Mark 16:15-16 – The gospel preaching to all the world is the basis of responsibility
  • Acts 10:40-48 – Jesus will be the judge
  • 2 Timothy 4:1 – The judgment will be at Christ’s appearing and kingdom
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 – The basis of judgment to come
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – The dead rise first, then the living
  • Acts 24:14-15 – A resurrection of the just and unjust that causes Felix to tremble
  • Romans 2:3-11,16 – A whole chapter on the judgment day
  • Matthew 22:11-14 – Final thoughts on many called, but few chosen
Ted’s Top Eight Baptism Passages

Ted’s Top Eight Baptism Passages

March 16, 2020

Ted Hodge is here to share with us his top eight passages on baptism.

  1. Mark 16:15-16 – Belief and baptism for salvation
  2. Acts 8:12 – Men and women (not children) who believed the gospel were baptised
  3. Acts 8:36-39 – Baptism is an immersion in water (see also John 3:22-23)
  4. John 3:5 – Cannot enter the kingdom if not born of water and spirit
  5. Acts 22:16 – Past: Baptism is for the forgiveness of past sins (see also 1 Cor. 15:31)
  6. Romans 6:3-6 – Present: Baptism is for walking in a new life (see also Matt. 3:17)
  7. Galatians 3:26-29 – Future: Baptism makes us heirs of the promises
  8. 1 Peter 3:20-21 - Conclusion

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The Coming of the King (Part 2)

The Coming of the King (Part 2)

March 9, 2020

This is the second part of our study on the Coming of the King in 1 Thessalonians. Paul encouraged the Thessalonians in their hope of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven. This is our hope too. Tim and Stephen converse on the importance of making this a reality and living our lives as if we were already in the Kingdom of God.

The music at the end is "Crown of Rejoicing" from the "Even So, Come" CD. Used by permission.

Overheads with "the royal triplet" can be found here.

You can listen to the full set of classes on Thessalonians by podcast or online


The Coming of the King (Part 1)

The Coming of the King (Part 1)

March 2, 2020

This episode is broadcast from a special place, the Manitoulin Island Christadelphian Bible Camp with a special guest. You'll have to listen in to find out who it is. He shares with us his studies in Paul's epistles to the Thessalonians with its emphasis on the coming of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ. The word "coming" is the Greek parousia and has a special cultural and historical significance. Our guest also shares with us an essential Bible study concerning faith, hope, and love, which he calls "the royal triplet". This is part 1 of 2.

Overheads with "the royal triplet" can be found here.

You can listen to the full set of classes on Thessalonians by podcast or online

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

February 24, 2020

Jesus' parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is a difficult one to understand. Jay Mayock and Tim Young delve into the background and meaning of the parable. Out of this study comes a deeper appreciation of how and why Jesus was condemning the Pharisees and Sadducees with such a story and what we are to practically learn from it.


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