Romans, Lesson 22: Life with Others, Both Christians and Non-Christians

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In Chapter 12, Paul brought us to his great “therefore” in the book of Romans.  This “therefore” followed his presentation on God’s grace for our salvation, since all things are “from [God] and through Him and to Him.”  Paul continues his exploration on what this means on how we live as God’s people, listing a […]

Romans, Lesson 21: God’s Mercy and Grace Propels the Christian Life

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With his use of an olive tree, Paul compared people to tree branches, using “cut off” to show that someone is removed from the tree (the Church) through unbelief.  Through faith, God will “graft” in those branches, whether “natural” (of Jewish ancestry) or “contrary to nature (of Gentile ancestry).  Paul provides a warning not to […]

2 Corinthians, Lesson 2: A Further Explanation for the Letter, Part 1

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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. […]

1 Peter 2:21-25: Living the Life of Christ

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Jesus practiced what he preached.  He said: You have heard it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you [Matthew 5:43-44]. Jesus lived as He preached.  Others cursed Him, but He blessed them in return.  Others hated Him, but […]

1st Peter, Lesson 2: 1 Peter 1:6-21: Dealing with Suffering and Living in Holiness

Preparing your mind (Lesson 2)

Last week, we learned what awaits all Christians on the Last Day: an inheritance being guarded by God to be revealed.  It’s the inheritance awaiting us that is even influencing us now in how we think and act.  Peter then brings out what this means in everyday living. Read 1 Peter 1:6-9 –          When Peter […]