Calvinism

Watch our October 2, 2022 adult Sunday school class taught by Tom Cantor (Matthew 26:14-16)

Watch our September 18, 2022 adult Sunday school class taught by Tom Cantor from Matthew 26:14-16.

Tom Cantor taught from Matthew 26:14–16. In this passage, Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus. Tom first gave the background on how important the twelve apostles were and how close they were to Jesus. This emphasized how much of a betrayal and painful this was for Jesus. He also noted there wereTo Judy says among the apostles. Only Judas Iscariot was a bad one. He took this to be a type of Jews who follow Jesus and those who do not.

Tom also pointed out that Jesus had a choice and betraying Jesus. He strongly critiqued Calvinism and I noticed the biblical passages that point out God’s desire for all to be saved. He emphasized it was Judas’s choice ultimately that led him to betray Jesus.

Tom gave personal applications including dealing with dealing with “the Judas to each of our hearts.”

Watch our August 7, 2022 Worship/Communion service, sermon by Tom Cantor (Erza 1)

Watch our August 7, 2022 Worship/Communion service (Ezra 1). It includes prayers, singing, announcements, special music and a sermon by Tom Cantor from Ezra 1.

Tom Cantor started a new series giving a sermon on Ezra 1. He gave the theme, “Doing the will of God will be met with great opposition.” He pointed out that only a small number of jews return to build the temple.

Tom also gave background about Babylon‘s treatment of Israel (Psalm 137). Next, he pthe prophecies of the prophet Jeremiah about their return (Jeremiah 25:12).

He noted king Cyrus‘s respect for Jehovah and connected this to the importance of us understanding that Jesus is Jehovah, Jesus is God (exodus 3:13–15; John 8:59–9; Deuteronomy 6:4).

Tom then pointed out that Cyrus was fulfilling prophecy (Isaiah 44:28) by having the Jews return. He then gave the application that like Cyrus, we need to ask God what he wants us to do.

Tom gave the application that Cyrus is called for Israel to return his like gods call to the Jews today. God calls to the Jewish people, and all of us, to turn to him and believe in him. But like Cyrus, he doesn’t force anyone to. Tom connected this message with our missionary giving calling are giving box our “Cyrus box.” He also gave a critique of Calvinism and its TULIP theology on limiting God’s desire and call for all to be saved.

He concluded with an application of Ezra 1:3 that we may all go up and go higher in following the Lord.

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Watch our June 19, 2022 adult Sunday school class taught by Tom Cantor (Matthew 23:14)

Watch our June 19, 2022 adult Sunday school class taught by Tom Cantor (Matthew 23:14).

 

Widows

Tom Cantor started by reading Matthew 23:14. Then Tom covered three main points. First, he spoke of the prayers and promises to widows in the Bible. Tom reference passages like psalm 68:5, Luke 7:11, Deuteronomy 14:28, and the widows mite.

Prayer

Next, he spoke of pretense in prayer. He noted that there are good and bad ways of praying. We shouldn’t pray to show off or use vain reputations. He gave the rosary as an example of vain repetitions. Tom compared prayers like the way his wife would write letters. She would take great care in what she said. He gave three points from her letter writing that might help prayer. First, be clear. Second, be to the point. Third, use the best words. He referenced passages of people who believed what they would receive (Matthew 20:29–34; Matthew 9:27–30) and those who struggled with belief (Mark 9: 20–24).

Judgement

Finally, Tom addressed the last part of the verse about the “greater damnation.” He gave some biblical descriptions of hell, and pointed out no one needed to go there. He critiqued “fatalistic predestination” (Calvinism) as being not true and that everyone has a chance to go to heaven. Tom pointed out that hell was not created for us but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Next, he stressed how Christ died for everyone and there is provision for everyone. He used to do an Old Testament passages including those about Jesus being “the Lamb of God” for the world (John 1:29) and the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:21). Why hell? They choose to hold onto their sins. He critiqued Calvinism and TULIP using passages like Isaiah 53:4 and Romans 5:8, talking on “the unbelievable love of God.”

Tom closed referring to the Gopsel, “A person has to fight his way into Hell”, and God‘s will that all be saved.

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