Posts Tagged ‘Church’

II Thessalonians 3

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


June 23, 2011

In Chapter 3, we see our reasonable Christian response to The Hope we have in Christ. Prayer, speaking God’s Word, keeping God’s commands and reproof to help those who are not walking rightly are among the topics addressed. We also examine some of the process God used to have The Bible written down and conclude with a brief examination of Grace (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense).

Verses:
II Thessalonians 3:1-2
James 5:16
II Thessalonians 3:3
Mark 14:57-58
II Thessalonians 3:4-5
Proverbs 3:6
II Thessalonians 3:6
Haggai 2:11-14
II Thessalonians 3:7-9
I Corinthians 11:1
II Thessalonians 3:10-17
Jeremiah 36:1-4
II Peter 1:20-21
II Thessalonians 3:18

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II John

Thursday, February 10th, 2011


February 10, 2011

If you’ve ever wanted to have a glimpse back into the early Church, II John provides such a view. Here, in our study, we see that the 1st Century – much like today’s Church – had problems. To us, this can be encouraging because God did so much with those Believers then inspite of their imperfections, God can do that with us too, in our day.
Whether this epistle is written to an actual lady or if that “elect lady” is a codename for a Church – we find in our examination of II John that this study holds tremendous understanding and application to our lives as 21st Century Believers.

Outline to II John:
In Verses 1-4 we see an elect lady commended.
In verses 5-6 we see an elect lady commanded.
In verses 7-11 we see an elect lady cautioned.
In verses 12-13 we see an elect lady comforted.

Verses:
Revelation 3:20
II John 1:1-2
I Peter 1:23-25
II John 1:3-4
Ephesians 4:15
II John 1:5-6
Galatians 5:14
II John 1:7 – (see NIV or ESV versions for better rendering)
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
II John 1:8
I Corinthians 3:11-16
II John 1:9
Romans 10:9-10
John 15:1-7
II John 1:10-11
John 4:6
II John 1:12-13

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Vision for the modern Christian Church

Thursday, January 20th, 2011


January 20, 2009

Acts 19 declares the wonderful movement of the Word of God in the early first century church. With a beginning of around a dozen believers the Word ends up reaching all ears in Asia, a remarkable feat and a testimate to the power and truth of God’s word. It is only thus that this chapter should serve as a modern text book on how we can grow the Church mightly. When we receive the Word we must speak it boldly and not be discuraged when people do not believe and not be surprised when people do! When we speak the word, signs will follow and all will be to the glory of God. We must also check our own hearts to see if there is anything standing in the way of having a burning relationship with the Lord. When we do these things it is possible that the Word of God will grow mightly and prevail.

Verses:
Acts 19:1-5
Matthew 28:18-19
Acts 19:5-6
Acts 10:44-46
Acts 19:7-9
Mark 16:15-20
Acts 19:10-17
Revelation 17:14
Acts 19:18-19
Psalm 139:23-24
Acts 19:20

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Titus 1

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In this first installment in our teaching segment on Titus we begin to examine an overall theme in the book: truth matches with godliness and sound doctrine goes hand in hand with good works.

Titus was a young minister whom Paul wrote this epistle (letter) to in approximately 63 A.D. while Titus was on the Island of Crete. In it we see Paul’s heart toward Titus, what credentials a church leader must possess and a strong endorsement to be a Bible centric people. Although at times stern, an understanding of Titus 1 is a strong foundation for those who want to serve God in the Church.

Verses:
Titus 1:1-2
John 17:3
Titus 1:3
I Corinthians 1:21 – preaching of Word seems foolish to unbelievers
Titus 1:4-7
I Corinthians 4:1-2 – stewards must be faithful
Titus 1:8-9
II Samuel 23:9-10 – Eleazar: a picture of someone clinging to “The Sword” (also see Ephesians 6:17).
Titus 1:10-15
Romans 16:19 – be wise in good and simple in evil.
Titus 1:16
Matthew 7:1,16 – (”Judge” in Greek: “krinō”)
Mathew 12:46-50 – we want our identification to be a believer.

Text on Reinhold Messner:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/2006/11/reinhold-messner/alexander-text

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