Acts, Lesson 29: Paul Sets Sail to Rome

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After being under house arrest for two years in Caesarea, and after speaking before Herod Agrippa and Festus, Paul’s appeal to Caesar now begins to take place. They deliver Paul to be taken by ship to Rome. Luke records these events in a parallel structure:  A Paul journeys to Malta (Acts 27) .     B Paul […]

Understanding Five Bible Verses in a Better Way

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for May, 2015.   We each have our favorite Bible verses, which we quote, which may even help us get through dark times. But, sometimes, the way we use a verse can cause us see God or events in ways that the original writer of that verse never meant. […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 16: Don’t Keep God from Coming to You with His Life and Salvation

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Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols. To deal with this issue, he continues to use Old-Covenant Israel as an example of what not to do and how not to approach God, all within a chiastic structure. A 8:1-13 Dealing with […]

Acts, Lesson 28: Paul before Herod Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus

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Before Lent, we learned (but may have forgotten by now) that Paul petitioned for the Roman legal system to hear his grievances. He could do that since he was a Roman citizen. Paul knew that the Jewish Sanhedrin would not give him an honest hearing for preaching and teaching “the Way.” But more than that, […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 15: Baal of Peor

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In this lesson, we only covered 1 Corinthians 10:8.  A good discussion took place about the implications of Paul’s line of thinking on communion at the Lord’s Table. We’ll continue, Deo Volente!, with the rest of 1 Corinthians Chapter 10 net week.   Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 14: Learning from Old-Covenant Israel

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Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols.  Paul used himself as an example to show how he understood Christian freedom: It was not to serve the self, the view that some in Corinth had taken, but to build up the body […]

How We Got the New Testament

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for April, 2015.  It follows last month’s article, “How We Got the Old Testament,” which you can read by clicking here. ——— The Early Church Last month, we looked at how we got the Old Testament.  The Church met in council to state which books were Scripture because three traditions […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 13: Christian Freedom

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Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols. Last week, we saw Paul deal directly with that issue. This week, he begins by using himself and other pastors as an example to help them learn to balance Christian freedom in light of […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 12: It’s Not About “Rights”

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Paul is viewing life based on the reality that Christ could return at any time. Jesus’ birth, death, and ascension into heaven means that God has accomplished everything needed for Jesus’ return. That’s why Paul says, “The present form of this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31). Paul now applies that same worldview to […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 11: Celibacy—More Than What You Think

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Like last week, we still find ourselves within a flow of thought taking place within a chiasm: A  7:1-16  Sex relating to those who are or have been married .       B  7:17-24  Being content in your callings A’ 7:25-40  Sex relating to those not now married This week, we look at remaining in […]