The lesson on April 18, 2021 was part 12 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study. Wayne focused on clarifying on the phrase "Kingdom of God" and why you cannot take what was said in the eighth time this phrase in Colossians 4:11 to what was used by Paul into the previous seven times that were referenced in the Acts period epistles. We then look at the context of the seven times Paul used it in Acts to get the context of what it was encompassing in the Old Testament scriptures. Wayne also majored on the transition of a body of Christ prior to Acts 28 and then after the Mystery was revealed to PAul the prisoner. PAul was reminding Timothy to stir up the gifts that he was given when adjusting the believers who needed to be perfected in adjusting to a new hope that was revealed in the Mystery. When PAul wrote Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV he was explaining why the gifts that were given after Acts 28 included "...some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" There are no apostles and prophets around today. What we have left in this calling is evangelists, pastors and teachers. The Apostles and Prophets had gifts from the Acts period that could be stirred up. That is not the case now because it passed away with that generation. The scripture reading was from Romans 3:29-31
Ephesians is a great study for us today because it is the first book of Paul's second ministry to the Gentiles. We know that Paul was called to be the minister to the Gentiles in Acts chapter 9 and Paul declares so in Hebrews 11:13 KJV. Paul had two ministries, the first was to the Jew, and the second was to the Gentile. With his Apostleship to the Gentiles, it took on a entirely new calling in Ephesians, which is considered his Prison ministry.
The Galatians Study, started on April 21, 2013, is a follow up to the ABC's of Right Division taught by Wayne Stewart and takes a verse by verse look at the book of Galatians. Using the foundations taught from his previous study, Wayne looks at teaching Galatians rightly divided. This book was written by the Apostle Paul in his first ministry and is defending his Apostleship and the message of salvation by grace during the book of Acts with the churches in Galatia. This study will teach us Galatians from the context of Paul's teaching through the book of Acts.
This study is presented by Dr. Wayne Stewart and it is intended to help the Christian understand the basics of the principles of rightly dividing the word of truth which is mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." This is a fundamental skill if you as a Christian are going to handle the word of God accurately. All scripture is written for our learning providing us doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. It is very important to understand what is written to you as opposed to someone else so you may understand why some things promised in the Bible do not seem to work today. This study will help you determine how to understand what is promised to you so you may have peace in your Christian walk.
This study looks at the four days in scripture that involves prophecy and judgment. The current day that we are in is called Man's Day and it is a period governed by grace. The next three days to come are the Day of Christ, Day of the Lord, and the Day of God. It's important to understand these days and who they involve and why there is judgement involved. This study will help you learn about these days using the principles of Right Division. There is a chart on these days in the Chart Room that should help you learn about each day.
This study on Remembrance is inspired by Paul's last letter 2 Timothy, which was written shortly before going to the guillotine. This makes the message important to us even today. Paul puts Timothy in remembrance of those he is serving and reminds him that Paul also keeps him and the other believers in remembrance always. Life has many choices, but eternity has only two.