September

First Corinthians - Part 1

Introduction

Why study the book of First Corinthians? This book gives a good look into the Acts economy and to the personality of Paul. When we study this epistle we will appreciate many issues of the first ministry of Paul during a time when Israel was first and God was respecting and honouring his covenanted people, the nation of Israel. Many issues of today relate directly to the topics addressed in this epistle such as speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper; taking of blievers to law before the unbeliever  6:1-8;  food and idols 8:1-3;  marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and the issue of people denying the resurrection 15:12.

Galatians - Part 23

The lesson on September 22, 2013 was part 23 and it is the final lesson in the book of Galatians.  This series studied the six chapters of Galatians on a verse by verse basis and enlightened us to the truth that Paul was defending to those in Galatia because some had gone back to relying on circumcision for salvation instead of what was correct, which was now salvation by grace through faith.  The beginning of the lesson reviewed the first part of chapter six and then ended by covering the rest of the chapter.  A final review was presented covering most of the key truths that were learned from this book.  The scripture reading was in Galatians 6:11-18 KJV.

Galatians - Part 22

The lesson on September 15, 2013 was part 22 of the "Galatians" study and opened up with chapter six.  There are three things that we need to learn as we proceed through this chapter.  First, there is a resumption of previous ideas and a conclusion in the context.  Next, there is a burden pointed out but we find actually there are two burdens identified in Galatians that need to be rightly divided so it won't show contradiction. We learned the difference between the two burdens.  One burden shouldn't be shared with anyone else.  The other type of burden was one that could be shared among the believers.  Lastly, there are some neat practical ideas that come through that are good for us today.  A brief review of previous lessons was presented by showing a slide on the works of the flesh and spirit.  This battle goes on between the two natures. We saw how Paul was able to use the ten commandments in showing the law of love which is applicable even in Ephesians 6: 2-3.  The study in chapter six was speaking to those that were spiritual that they should help those that need restoration from a fault.  However, those that have gone astray from the truth of the gospel, they should be cut off. The scripture reading was in Galatians 6:1-6 KJV

Galatians - Part 21

The lesson on September 8, 2013 was part 21 of the "Galatians" study.  The lesson continued in chapter 5 looking at verses 10 through 26.  This covered the "Troubler" and the "Restorer".  We all should do our part in the role as a restorer.  The law of love "fulfilled" which looked at 17 works of the flesh listed along with the 9 works of the Spirit.  We learn why Paul was showing confidence in the law because he made it clear it had nothing to do with justification.  This did not mean that the law was bad.  Paul says in Romans 7:12 that the law was holy, just and good but not for justification.  He was appealing to the law for the fulfillment of love.  The law had some good applications that continued over the Acts 28 boundary and showed up in Paul's prison epistles.  The ten commandments (but not the added law) are reflected in Ephesians 6.  Paul leaves out the part of the law that does not apply to this age and keeps in the part of the law that is consistent with love.  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV

Galatians - Part 20

The lesson on September 1, 2013 continued in the study of "Galatians" with part 20 and looked more into chapter 5.  As usual, Wayne gave a review of the previous lessons and then he looked at why Paul was talking to the Galatians regarding the power of circumcision in regards to salvation.  Circumcision had no power in the spirit but had huge significance in the flesh.  He was emphasizing that they were saved by grace through faith and he was opposing circumcision and receiving persecution because of it. Paul would not accept going back to the law because he wanted to move forward.  Biblical Christianity is the only religion that brings forth the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith!  We looked at the "troubler" and the "restorer" which provided the motivation for this week's artwork.  After Acts 28, Paul referenced these troublers in Philippians 3:2 where he emphasized that we are now circumcised spiritually.  Wayne also looked at the two natures you have after you are saved.  The old man, which is the flesh, and the new man, which is the gift from God and is perfect.  These two are contrary from each other and are at war immediately. We have been given free will which is contrary to the beliefs of the Calvinist faith which we looked at through the acronym of TULIP.  The scripture reading was in Galatians 5:11-18 KJV

Four Days In Scripture - Part 4

This lesson was taught on September 30, 2012. The lesson continues with the first of the Four Days In Scripture. The scripture is found in John 3:16-21 KJV: "16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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