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Why did I name this site "Berean Workman"?

(Acts 17:11 KJV) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
(2 Timothy 2:15 KJV) Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

One thing I have learned is that not only do I need to search the scriptures and see if what was said by someone to see if what they are saying is so, but I also need to rightly divide the scriptures. So I chose the name "Berean Workman as a combination of Acts 17:11 and 2 Timothy 2:15.

I have learned that without the proper division of the scriptures, it is impossible to have a working knowledge of God's word to us today and without a working knowledge of God's word to you it is impossible to have faith.

(Romans 10:17 KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Matthew 15 gives us an illustration of faith:

(Matthew 15:21-28 KJV) Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. {22} And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. {23} But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. {24} But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. {25} Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. {26} But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs. {27} And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. {28} Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

This Gentile woman understood the word of God to her as a Gentile in relationship to Israel. Christ told her He was not sent but to Israel and He cannot give the blessing to her as a Gentile. He said the blessing belongs to Israel. She said, "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their master's table." The Lord said to her, "Woman, great is thy faith", or in other words, "Great is your understanding of the word of God to you and your position as a Gentile in the program of God."

As this Gentile woman understood where she fit in God's plan based on God's word to her, we, too, need to understand God's word to us and where we fit in the program of God. Faith is understanding God's word to you and your position in God's program.Today, in the dispensation of the grace of God, we, as Gentiles, are blessed apart from Israel. We are not Israel nor do we take Israel's place in God's program. We have a unique position in God's plan and purpose and Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, tells us that Israel has fallen temporarily and today, in the dispensation of the grace of God, Gentiles are blessed of God apart from Israel.

(Romans 11:11-13 KJV) I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. {12} Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? {13} For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

However, once this dispensation of grace is over, God will resume His dealings with the nation Israel and Israel will be the channel of blessing God has meant her to be in the ages to come.

(Romans 11:25 KJV) For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

It is only when I came to understand what happened to Israel and how God began to do something new and different with the Apostle Paul that I was able to truly appreciate God's word to me and where I fit in what God is doing today.

I have created this web page as a means to share my notes from teachings I have heard from some faithful men who are committed to preach the things our Apostle Paul taught and the scriptures rightly divided. One of those teachers is Duane Gallentine, who has graciously allowed me to post the audio of his teachings.

Read and/or listen to the studies on my website, then search the scriptures to see if it is so. But most important, study to show yourself approved unto God as a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth, that is, understanding God's word to you and where you fit in God's plan and purpose.

Thank you for visiting my website and as "Berean Workmen" we can labor together with God in what He is doing today.

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