July

Galatians - Part 15

The lesson on July 28, 2013 was part 15 of the "Galatians" study and continued in chapter 4 having explained the point Paul was making about leaving the elements of their Pagan worship to the elements of the law that he had left when acknowledging faith had come and been revealed.  The Galatians no longer should consider going back to the law for instructions on how to become saved.  Their faith in Christ and the faith of Christ had now been established as the foundation for salvation in the house of faith.  This passage covers the "zeal" that was present.  Zeal can have good or bad affects.  Paul was pointing out the Jews were using their zeal to excluded the Galatians from the house of faith which would be a bad affect. The scripture reading was from Galatians 4:12-20 KJV

Galatians - Part 14

The lesson on July 21, 2013 was part 14 of the "Galatians" study and continued in chapter 4 looking at some challenging verses, particularly verse 12.  We learn that the difficulty comes when you don't interpret these verses in the context of Paul and the Galatians who were both saved under grace having left the elements of the previous administration.  Paul was equating his movement away from the elements of the law to their movement away from the elements of Paganism. The structure of the verses help with understanding what Paul was communicating.  The scripture reading was from Galatians 4:8-12 KJV "8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. 12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all."

Galatians - Part 13

The lesson on July 14, 2013 was part 13 of the "Galatians" study and started strong in chapter 4.  This chapter is where we learn of Jesus Christ special relationship to mankind in the role of the kinsman redeemer.  This comes with understanding how the Gentiles in Galatians were adopted sons to Abraham's hope and blessing by being adopted through the message of Paul's gospel and ties in with the discussion of baptism.  The lesson further explored this by reviewing the story of Ruth.  We also learn of our special adoption in the post Acts period and the unique hope and calling we have in Christ from Ephesians.  The explanation of how Gods eternal purpose is to use the church, which is the body of Christ, as a showcase to demonstrate his wisdom for the principalities and powers in the heavenly places...  Wow!  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 3:9-12 KJV

A Marred Pot in the Hands of the Potter

Leland Maples runs the LOOP's Ministries (Loved Ones Of Prisoners) and leads a Thursday night bible study held in the Rec Room at Life Change Baptist Church in Odessa Texas.  The Rec Room message on Thursday, July 11, 2013 was entitled "A Marred Pot in the Hands of the Potter" and was given by guest speaker James Bishop, who is the Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.  Special music was by Charles Reynolds.

Galatians - Part 12

The lesson on July 7, 2013 was part 12 of the "Galatians" study and began looking at chapter four while completing the third chapter.  It opened with a celebration of July 4th holiday in America, celebrating the fact that 13 colonies rebelled from Britton and became a wonderful nation.  Second, the term hyper-dispensationalism was discussed in how it is used to describe the Acts 28 believers.  Wayne explains why the hyper-dispensationalism term is used in error.  Finally, the study of Galatians continued with an introduction to chapter 4.  An emphasis was given to understanding what adoption meant at that time when a son was flesh related.  You had to be adopted to receive the blessings of inheritance.  We learn how a school master was used to train a child, and when the child was adopted, he would then move on to more mature responsibilities.  The scripture reading was from Galatians 4:1-7 KJV

Remembrance - Part 20

Derek taught this lesson on July 29, 2012. We need to be good students of the Word because no one is immune from times when we are weak and alone. Paul suffered much and was in prison awaiting execution and reminds us that the Lord will always stand with us during these rough times. We are reminded that Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles and remember not to mix up the scriptures--we need to know exactly what God has written to us--this is our private mail.

Some Things Change, Some Don't

On July 22, 2012 the lesson was presented by Leland Maples with LOOPS Ministries. He talks about the signs of the times and how events of today relate to what scripture tells us to expect at the end of the dispensation of the Gentiles. The scripture is Acts 28:24-31 KJV: "24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

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