2 Corinthians, Lesson 2: In Christ, All God’s Promises are Yes!

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Paul and Timothy finished 2 Corinthians 1:7 on the theme of suffering and God comforting during times of suffering. They continue on the topic of suffering, but then transition into discussing life and death.   Life and Death Read 2 Corinthians 1:8 “we do not want you to be ignorant”: This expression served two purposes. […]

2 Timothy, Lesson 1: Introduction

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We covered a general survey of Paul’s Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus) in Lesson 1 of 1 Timothy. For that reason, we won’t cover that specific information but delve directly into 2 Timothy.   Introduction Author: The Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 1:1).   Paul’s Situation and Date of Letter When Paul wrote […]

2 Corinthians, Lesson 1: Introduction

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2 Corinthians among the letters that Paul had written to Corinth Paul’s first visited Corinth in 50-51 AD, when he was brought before Gallio, the Roman proconsul (Acts 18:12-17). Because of that, we can date that first visit accurately. It was during that time that the Corinthian congregation formed (covered in 1 Corinthians, Lesson 1, […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 12: Paul’s Final Words to Timothy

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Paul now finishes with his first letter to Timothy.   Personal words from Paul to Timothy as an overseer, continued  Read 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (starting on 12b) What had Timothy done “in the presence of many witnesses?”   What does “confess” mean? How does Paul describe that confession?   Why did Paul say that Timothy […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 28: Conclusion

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Paul now transitions to his conclusion, by saying “now concerning.” This was Paul’s way of responding to questions that he had received from the Corinthian congregation, as he did earlier in 1 Corinthians 7:1, 25; 8:1; and 12:1. But, more than that, he also expresses how the Corinthians could be “abounding in the work of […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 11: Slavery, False Teaching, and the Dangers that Can Come with Wealth

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Paul, having finished dealing with overseers/elders, he now deals with slaves and their masters.   Slaves and Masters Read 1 Timothy 6:1 How does Paul want slaves to treat their masters? Why?   Discuss: “the name of God” and “the Teaching” [note the definite article, “the”].   Read 1 Timothy 6:2a For believing slaves and […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 27: The Resurrection of the Body, Part 2

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Some in the Corinthian congregation had denied, or downplayed, the resurrection of the body. To counter this error, and to show just how important that doctrine was, Paul contrasted the “natural” body with the “spiritual” body. The natural body is the “ensouled” body, the physical body that encases the soul. The spiritual body is the […]

1 Timothy, Lesson 10: Elders and Overseers Continued

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Last week, Paul spoke of “honoring” elders/overseers: They were to receive a wage for their work. Moving from there, Paul then told Timothy how he was to handle accusations against an elder/overseer. Unless there were “two or three witnesses” for those accusations, Timothy wasn’t to consider them. This was to help prevent frivolous complaints or […]

Church and State after the Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Marriage

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In this article, our pastor reflects on the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage as a pastor of the Church and a United States citizen.  He delves into the differing roles of Church and State. ———- You know you’re in a bind when two enemies band together to get you. That’s what happened with Jesus. […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 26: The Resurrection of the Body, Part 1

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Paul has delivered what it means that God the Father has raised Jesus from the dead by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:20, Romans 8:11). Because Christ was raised alive, those who are in Christ will also be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). But this will happen at His “coming,” when He returns on the […]