The lesson on May 2, 2021 was part 13 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study. Wayne opened up with a review of the previous lessons and what we have learned in studying the Acts and determining what epistles that were written by the Apostle Paul in performing his Acts ministry of going to the Jew first and then to the Gentiles. This lesson eventually gets into looking at when Corinthians was written. Prior to that, Wayne took time to show how he mentioned his trip to Ephesus in Acts 19 (second missionary journey) and there were many examples of powers that were manifested to confirm the message that Paul was carrying to Israel as Jesus Christ was the Messiah. He then showed how when you cross the great divide of Acts 28, PAul reveals the Mystery in Ephesians and Colossians. This was a fresh revelation not in the scriptures but hidden in God! PAul had the challenge to speak to the group of believers that were in Acts and then explain that they now have a new hope, but it was not found in the Old Testament scriptures. To help with this, God gave gifts after Acts 28 in the form of Apostles and Prophets to help "adjust" the believers into this new hope. Even PAul said in his prayer in Ephesians 1:18 that "the eyes of their understanding being enlightened..." realizing that it would require a spiritual unveiling of this new truth so they would be able see the final body of truth that was revealed by Paul. This Mystery completed the word of God (Colossians 1:25-26 KJV). This lesson was a good review of the transition of hope found in Acts to the new hope revealed in Ephesians and Colossians. The scripture reading was Acts 18:1-11 KJV
This study was taught by Dr. McLain in June, 1986 and is about knowing the "Will of God" in your life. As Paul is our example, we should be filled with joy, in whatever state we find ourselves and to glorify God. Each day, time should be set aside for an appointment with God to talk over plans for the day and to ask Him to energize His purpose through us. God hasn't asked us to "do" anything.
Many books have been written about Romans because of its importance. In the canon, Romans follows the Gospels and the Acts because it is so important that has so many great themes in it. Romans talks about the wrath of God, the Gospel of God, it talks bout Sin and Sins, and takes us back to the covenant with Abraham at Sinai, then to back to Adam. When it takes us back to Adam, it brings us forth to the one man who destroyed sin.
This study was presented on May 6, 1984 regarding the complexity of God. The Apostle Paul expressed this best when he wrote in 1 Timothy 3:16 "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." Further Paul says in Colossians 2:2b-3 "2 ...
This study series looks at the Family responsibilities discussed in Ephesians 6:1-9. It is taught after the Ephesians 5 Study by Derek McCammon. Ephesians 6:1-9 KJV "1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Paul’s prison epistles is a crucial study in the message for today because the Apostle Paul was designated to the Gentiles and he claimed he was given a special message revealed after Acts 28:28. The body of truth he reveals is called the Mystery. Here is an important series studying the prison epistles.