February

Ephesians - Part 17

The lesson on February 23, 2014 continued the "Ephesians" study with part 17. As usual, a review of previous truths taught from the previous lessons but the focus with this lesson was on Ephesians 4.  Chapter 4 starts with PAul sayiing that we should be worthy of the calling by which we have been called.  The Greek word for calling is used to describe adoption and learn that there are three separate adoptions with three separate callings.  The first was the calling is associated the land grant promised to Abraham and his seed.  This adoption is for Israel.  The second calling was for New Jerusalem and New Covenant which also is for Israel.  The last adoption is in Ephesians, chapter 1, verse 5.  This adoption of for us... but specifically for those who accept the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ.  If you accept this calling, you are a member of the body of Christ.  If not, you have received eternal life but are considered to be guests of other callings.  You must understand your calling so you won't try to steal what is not yours!  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 KJV

Ephesians - Part 16

The lesson on February 9, 2014 was part 16 of the "Ephesians" study.  The lesson started with a review of previous material and looked at chapter 3, verse 9 in the context of fellowship.  The best way to look at fellowship is to look at all the words which comes from the translation of Greek word "κοινωνία".  Communion, contribution, distribution, communication and fellowship are come from this Greek word.  If you are not in fellowship with common causes, you will not be able to contribute in building something together.  PAul is the one that is teaching the unsearchable riches of Christ to demonstrate the manifold wisdom of God to the principalities and powers by the church!  The church is the instrument by which God is using to instruct this group in the heavens about his wisdom!  The main issue for this lesson is to learn how groups of Christians have certain callings and inheritance.  You may be a Christian having heard the gospel of your salvation, but they may not have heard the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ, so they will not receive the inheritance of this gospel.  Christians may have heard of this gospel and rejected it.  We should not be upset because we are only to be faithful to share and teach this gospel to build a fellowship.  You can only build fellowship where there is an agreement.  They are still Christians so the Lord may have another purpose for them.  The scripture reading was from Matthew 22:1-10 KJV

ABC's of Right Division - Part 4

The lesson on February 24, 2013 was part 4 of the study "ABC's of Right Division" and continued the approach of answering an important question. The question that is answered in this lesson is: What is Paul's two-fold ministry?  The scripture reading was from Acts 26:13-18 KJV "13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. {C}{C}

From Religion to Prison to Christ

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, February 21, 2013 was a testimony given by guest speaker Craig Smith while Leland was absent.  He entitled this message "From Religion to Prison to Christ".  Special music was by Pastor Doug Herget, of Odessa Tabernacle Family Life Center in Odessa, TX.

ABC's of Right Division - Part 3

The lesson on February 17, 2013 was part 3 of the study "ABC's of Right Division".  The third lesson answers the question "Where is the boundary?" This boundary is when the change occurs between the calling of Israel and the calling to the Gentiles.  The scripture reading was from Isaiah 6:9-13 KJV "9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof."

From Mormonism to Religion to Christ

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, February 14, 2013 was a testimony given by guest speaker Mark Jones who came from a Mormon background.  He entitled this message "From Mormonism to Religion to Christ". Special music was by Pastor Doug Herget, of Odessa Tabernacle Family Life Center in Odessa, TX.

ABC's of Right Division - Part 2

The lesson on February 10, 2013 was part 2 of the study "ABC's of Right Division" and looked at the subject of hope.  What is your hope? In the previous lesson, the biggest division was studied in the Bible.  This lesson looks at your hope and we learn that hope relys on promises.  Further, we see that our promises are different than that which was promised to Israel. The scripture reading was from Matthew 13:34-35 KJV "34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."

ABC's of Right Division - Part 1

On February 3, 2013 Wayne Stewart started a study called "The ABC's of Right Division" and this was part 1 of the series.  This lesson answers the question: What is the biggest division in scripture? The scripture reading was in 2 Timothy 2:14-19 KJV "14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

What Is It Going To Take?

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, February 7, 2013 was entitled "What Is It Going To Take?" and was given by Pastor Doug Herget, of Odessa Tabernacle Family Life Center in Odessa, TX. while Leland was absent.  Special music was by Charles Reynolds and Rhonda Reed.

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