Lessons by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
August 4th, 2013

The lesson on August 4, 2013 was part 16 of the study in "Galatians".  A quick review was given of the previous lesson where Paul was explaining how their zealous behavior was good if it was used with knowledge.  After establishing the pushback that Paul was receiving wasn't from his previous visit, the negative response was due to his admonishing of the Galatians falling back into the elements of the law.  He then challenged them to consider what they were doing going back under the law.  Paul even gave an allegory using Abraham and his two sons, one born after the flesh and one born...

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August 11th, 2013

The lesson on August 11, 2013 continued in the study of "Galatians" with part 17.  This covered the end of chapter 4 through verse 1 of chapter 5.  The review started with verse 21 where Paul asked the Galatians if they heard the law having the desire to be under it.  We were reminded of the two houses that Paul explained, one was the house of faith prior to Acts 28, and the other which is the house of God, after Acts 28.  Paul often used proof by contradiction.    False teachers will want to have an affect on you so that you will affect them.  They feed off seeing you being used.  When...

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August 18th, 2013

The lesson on August 18, 2013 continued the study on "Galatians" with part 18 and finished chapter four.  Upon opening, Wayne had drawn a bust of President Abraham Lincoln and mentioned this would close the lesson today with the subject of liberty.  He then provided a review starting with Galatians 4:27 where Paul said "It is written..." and then talked about New Jerusalem and how it was the "mother of us all".  The "us" relates to those of Galatians in the book of Acts.  The lesson looked at the alegory where Sarah was representing New Jerusalem and the New Covenant while Hagar was...

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August 25th, 2013

The lesson on August 25, 2013 continued in chapter 5 with part 19 of the "Galatians" study.  As usual, Wayne provided a review of the previous lesson covering the end of chapter 4 in verse 26 where Paul was referring to New Jerusalem celebrated as the mother of us all.  He emphasize that the "us" was specific to those in Galatians at that time in Acts.  If we try to apply that to us today, we have denied what happened at the end of Acts.  Specific hopes were identified relating to the bride, the wife, and the body and which hope pertains to whom.  We learned that the New Jerusalem was the...

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By Wayne Stewart
September 1st, 2013

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. ...

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September 8th, 2013

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...

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By Wayne Stewart
September 15th, 2013

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...

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September 22nd, 2013

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...

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October 6th, 2013

The lesson on October 6, 2013 started a new series on Ephesians and provided an overview of the book. Ephesians is such a huge blessing in the life of a Christian.  When you truly understand the message in Ephesians, it is like being born again, again.  When you look at Ephesians, there is an apparent structure to it.  When you look at Paul's declaration in Ephesians 4:1 and 3:1 of being a prisoner of the Lord, this identifies this as a prison epistle but it is much more than that.  We are encouraged to walk worthy of the basis on the doctrine we were just given.  The structure of the six...

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October 13th, 2013

The lesson on October 13, 2013 continued the "Ephesians" study with part 2 and answered the question why Ephesians is so important to us in this age.  A contrast was presented in Acts 13 which was a ministry that was presented in picture form of the future Ephesians message.  We learned in Acts 13 that Saul, which was his Hebrew name, also had a Gentile name which was Paul.  In Acts, Paul was teaching to the Jew first in Synagogues all the way until the end of Acts.  Judaizers are those who try and pull us back in Acts period truths that were part of the previous administration.  Paul is...

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