The remnant thread runs throughout the entire story of the Bible. God calls Noah and rescues him from a world under judgment. God rescues Abraham from the judgment on Ur and calls him to build the nation of Israel. Even when the world appears corrupt and evil, as it did during the Divided Kingdom Era when many turned their backs on the Lord, there is always a remnant. Isaiah reminded the people of God’s remnant in the Old Testament - “Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah” (Isaiah 1:9).
In the New Testament Paul also testifies of the Lord’s remnant - “Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:5). It is no surprise that God has a remnant even today: they believe that God’s word is true, that they are saved by grace through faith, and they depend not on their own works for salvation but trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, as He laid down His life for us on the cross.
- This remnant knows that they are only declared righteous based on Christ’s righteousness.
- This remnant lives aware of their failures, grieving over their sin, and daily striving to die to the flesh and walk in the Spirit.
- And while not perfect, this remnant knows that the only thing that pleases the Lord is faith - “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
- This remnant recognizes God’s call upon their lives, a call to bring hope to the hopeless by making disciples, beginning with telling His story.
Jesus modeled story-telling on the road to Emmaus when he encountered two hopeless travelers. In order to reveal that their hope is found in Him, He told them His story, the story of the Bible, beginning with Moses. Later those men said, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). As the story progresses, one disciple after another shares the story of Jesus to defend the faith, to preach to individuals or to the masses, and ultimately to make disciples as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19.
This is why Chronological Bible Teaching Ministries exists. We teach the remnant to discover, understand, and retell the story of the Bible so they in turn can fulfill Jesus’ command to go and make disciples. Many in this world are without hope. Our call, as Christ-followers, is to share with others the hope found in the Scriptures—a hope that reveals Jesus as Lord and Savior.
We have new groups and classes beginning in January 2021 in churches and homes in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Our prayer is for multiplication of these groups and classes in the years to come. If you are interested in joining one of the CBT discipleship groups or classes in 2021, please contact us through our website: https://chronologicalbibleteaching.com/contact. If you are interested in starting a group or bringing CBT to your church, please click on this link and a CBT trainer will help you get started: https://chronologicalbibleteaching.com/connect-with-a-trainer.
Paul says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it” (1 Corinthians 9:24). Let CBT help you run your race well, pressing on “toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).