1 Corinthians 13Learn:
Why the King James Bible uses the word charity instead of love.
Every word of God is important. I do not believe we should carelessly change and modernize the old words used in the King James Bible. There is a reason the translators chose to use the word charity rather than the word love. Why was that?
How to love you church
Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. How may we best love the church God has placed us in?
Why charity is the greatest of faith, hope and charity.
Surely all three of these are great qualities. But the Bible says the greatest of these is charity. This 1st Corinthians commentary on chapter 13 will help to answer why
Somebody once said that if you have a problem in your church, but don't want to address it directly, you should teach through the book of 1 Corinthians because every major type of problem a church can have is handled in this book. Someone else wrote that 1 Corinthians offers to us the most: •Practical, •Detailed, and •Scriptural instructions on conducting church affairs anywhere in the New Testament. So, from that vantage, I want to begin this study through 1 and 2 Corinthians.
Are you saved? If so, the Spirit of God witnesses to your spirit that you are the child of God. Nothing else proves a genuine conversion. Not a date recorded in your Bible when you knelt and prayed. Not a testimony of salvation among the brethren in your church. Nothing but the witness of the Holy Spirit. If you are saved there is one thing that is certain of you, God has predestined, chosen, elected that you be united into a local congregation of baptized believers. There will be some in the church that are more difficult for you to love. That matters not. God’s will is that you be there, stay there, serve there and grow for Christ there.
A chapter by chapter study of the book of Ephesians
One chapter, originally delivered as a preaching message, for each of the six chapters of the book of Ephesians. The setting was Christmas time, but the material is not necessarily Christmas. I am highlighting the grace of God as it is detailed by the Apostle Paul in this Epistle. Unwrap and discover the gift from God in every chapter.
Discover the five blessings of Ephesians chapter one
God’s call for our salvation leads to a fearless relationship with God. Salvation is a work that God does in us which means that we need never fear we haven’t done enough to be accepted by Him.
Discover the blessings of God’s mercy in chapter two
God’s Word takes us on an journey in this chapter beginning in our past life (before faith) through our positional life as forgiven and cleansed sinners, finally ending with our parish life as members of His local church.
Discover what is the mystery of God in chapter three
God has some secrets too.
•They are things that the prophets didn’t get to find out about.
•They are things that the angels desire to look into but don’t know.
They are things that hidden in times past but now he has made them known to you and to me!
Discover the care of God in keeping our salvation in chapter four
It is because God is so good at giving His gifts that we do not have to worry about loosing our salvation once we have it.
God has given to us, along with it, everything we need to be saved and safe until He takes us to heaven.
Discover Christ’s love for His church in chapter five
Most often messages from this chapter have to do with marriage. While it is a good Scripture to preach for marriage, Ephesians 5:32 says that Paul’s real subject is regarding Christ and His church.
Discover the tools for successful living in chapter six
God doesn’t want the Christian dressed shoddily. He wants us to be well protected by the things we wear.
Imagine your church is in trouble. People have entered into it and have begun to influence members with dangerous errors. To whom would you turn for help? The church in Colosse found itself in just that spot. They turned to the most obvious, yet perhaps least obvious, person of their day: Apostle Paul. In A Crisis Answered: The Epistle to Colosse, author Marvin McKenzie shows how the apostle Paul led this church, many of whom had never met him, from crisis to comfort through simple faith in Jesus Christ.
1&2 Thessalonians, The Rapture, and The Return of Jesus Christ
In this epistle the Apostle Paul teaches us
The benefit of belonging to a New Testament Church
Every Christian would benefit from belonging to a local New Testament (Baptist) Church. In the worst of circumstances, the support and fellowship, the prayer and encouragement helps us through those tough times.
The importance of having a good testimony
Though the church in Thessalonica was a young one, and had experienced terrible persecution, it had gained a testimony throughout their region. This church serves today to teach us the marks of a great New Testament Baptist Church.
The reason for Christian rest and peace
They were suffering, but they could be assured that they were not suffering in vain. God kept the accounts and God would have His vengeance. Christians can rest, not in knowing that God will one day destroy our enemies but in knowing that God will make all things right.
The time of the rapture
Paul’s description of that day when the Lord Jesus comes to catch the Christians from this world clearly describes that day as being before the Tribulation begins.