Luke 18:9-14 (Genesis 4:1-15): Coming to God on Whose Terms?

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Why do people brag? It’s because they want recognition; they want others to notice them. After all, doesn’t it feel good when others sing your praises? Of course it does! But what if they won’t do that? What if the moment passes and no one notices how hard you’ve worked or how clever you are? […]

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 […]

Luke 19:41-48: Jesus, the Incarnate Temple, Brings True Peace

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Jeri was breathtakingly beautiful. All the men wanted to be with her, and all the women wanted to be her. But more than that, she was intelligent and industrious. She also had the best husband in the world, someone who was faithful, loyal, and caring, someone who sacrificed for her. Jeri’s husband made sure that […]

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 Corinthians 10:6-13: Take Heed, Lest You Fall

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In our culture today, many may take offense at the confession of sins in a Lutheran service. But, that confession of sin, as distasteful as it may be, does teach us a valuable truth. It tells us that “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.” And it even teaches us to confess […]

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 […]