Sunday, December 12, 2010

Study of Corinthians

1 Corinthians Ch 1
You have to admire the way the Apostle Paul introduces himself through the letters he writes, he addresses the church then jumps straight into the unity we have in Jesus Christ 1 Cor 1:1-2.  Then he provides a blessing and thanks to God for the work he has done in his Bros in Christ 1 Cor 1:2-4.  Paul testifies that God has blessed them and they are not lacking in any spiritual gifts as they wait for the revealing of Jesus Christ 1 Cor 1:7. 
If only today's Pastors, Teachers etc kept the same enthusiasm, with their focus on Jesus Christ and the workings of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes it almost seems like they follow a different Gospel, as to that of the church beginnings. 
His letter starts as an encouragement a real faith builder and reminds them of the purpose of the church in bringing Glory to Jesus the founder of our faith 1 Cor 1:2, Heb 12:2. 
Paul then addresses some of the issues he has heard from Chloe’s people that need to be dealt with as there have been struggles within the church.  It would seem from the argument that the problem was secondary to pride, each claiming that their path was right and the other was wrong.  1 Cor 1:27.  Sets the agenda,  ‘God chose what is foolish to shame the wise’ says Paul; they seemed to forget that Jesus is the author of their faith Heb 12:2, and started labels such as I am of Paul, I am of Apollos etc 1 Cor 1:12
1 Corinthians Ch 2
Paul came to Corinth after visiting Athens Acts 18:1, he stayed with an Italian couple Aquila and his wife whom were tent makers Acts 18:3 and as Paul was a tent make by trade he worked in with them Acts 18:31 Cor ch2 tells us clearly that Paul did not exalt himself in any way, in fact he approached in fear and trembling 1 Cor 2:3.  Paul’s humility never ceases to amaze me 1 Cor 2:4 it is evident that he spoke in layman's terms that all could understand and allowed Gods Spirit to do the convincing 1 Cor 2:4-5.  Gods wisdom makes fools of the intellects Job 18:21,  This is evident as those that thought they knew it all were the ones that crucified Christ 1 Cor 2:8Acts 13:27, John 7:48, Matt 11:25.  Jesus Christ is the mystery kept secret throughout the ages Rom 16:25 the prophecies throughout the old testament and even up to the crucifixion confirm this.  Paul declares that the Spirit is what reveals the deep things of God not our intellectual understanding 1Cor2:10

It is no wonder the church struggles so in this day of age, where education of high is thrust upon is.  In recent times I have been reading vein efforts of theologians trying to fathom the things of God, unless it is revealed by Gods Spirit then most of the time it is more likely to be foolishness.  1 Cor 2:14 tells us clearly that the natural man just does not understand the things of God as they cannot be revealed apart from Gods Spirit.  I even include much of the religious leaders of today as the same were baffled in times past John 7:48.  Those that walk in the Spirit know the mind of Christ 1 Cor 2:16, as they walk in his lordship.  Remember Jesus walked at one with the Father John 10:38, we also walk at one with Jesus thus walk in the will of the father 1 Cor 2:6.  This of course is when we walk a Spirit filled life and not according to the flesh.
1 Corinthians Ch 3
Here Paul addresses where the Corinthians are in their faith, they are still babes (as new) in their faith still feeding off the milk. For if they had started to mature they would have been ready to get into the meat, of the Gospel 1 Cor 3:1-2.   This was evident in their behavior, such as jealousy, strife and divisions 1 Cor 3:3-4, where there is jealousy, selfishness and disorder this is not of God James 3:16.   It is easy to get the opinion here that the Corinthians were in a similar situation as the Hebrews, where the Hebrews were at a stage that they should have been Teachers but they were still in the infancy of their faith Heb 5:12.  Doesn’t the vs's, Cor 3:4-5 remind you of the Church today, I am a Baptist, I am a Pentecostal, I am a Lutheran need I say more?  Paul starts to unfold the different elements of the body of Christ, one does the planting whilst another does the watering but the rewards will be according to the labor not necessarily the task, gift or service provided 1 Cor 3:8-9.  Paul gives an example of himself being the Master Builder laying the foundations, whilst another comes and puts up the structure 1 Cor 3:10, he does make it clear that there is another foundation greater than all Jesus Christ 1 Cor 3:11, Isa 28:16.

More to be added

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Radical Evangelists - Interesting Video

This couple have not picked up on what it really means to "believe" the Bible states many will say "Lord Lord" and will be told depart from me I never knew you. Contact us if you have any doubt and want to know how you can make Jesus your Lord & Saviour.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gods Love

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God sending his Son Jesus that we might have life in all its fullness, is the ultimate gift that God could give.  Gods forgiveness is never ending, to recieve forgivenss we just need to ask and accept in faith. John 7:37-38, John 3:16, Eph 1:7, Rom 3:23

1st - Acknowledge you have sinned, e.g. told a lie, stolen, used God's name in vien, unforgivness to others, the list goes on.

2nd - Accept that Jesus took the punishment for your sin and ask forgivness

3rd - Repent from your sin (note this is an ongoing process)

4th - Ask God for the Holy Spirit to come and live within you, the Holy Spirit is our comforter and strength, Luke 11:13 - John 14:16 - John 14:26

5th -  So now that we are saved by Gods Grace Eph 2:8 does this then mean we can do as we please?  Not at all, Grace is offered when we Repent (turn away from our sin's and have a change of heart) Jas 2:18, Jas 2:20-26

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Faith building through Bible Study

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Hi and thank you for visiting this Blog, may you be blessed and nurtured by the Holy Spirit during your visit.  

Today I would like to share with you the steps I have taken recently to build my faith (Rom 10:17) and relationship with God.  I have been continuing studies online by Pastor Ralph Wilson mentioned in an earlier post; a little About Pastor Ralph Wilson Click Here .  His studies are pretty well straight from the Bible and not "transformed into modern day thinking" yet, very easy to understand and follow.  Pastor Ralph in his email courses which are free if you do the email correspondence version over a period of approximately 8 weeks (please consider donating as you will enjoy).  There is an Ezine (eg written version) and if you choose, an Audio MP3 version to down load.   In my studies I like to use both alongside my Bible, this doubles the sensory input.  Note I have also copied the MP3 files to C.D. so that I can listen to the study in the car going to work etc.  

For those that prefer to obtain outright e.g. as an immediate down load, Dr Ralph Wilson has an EBook version that can be downloaded straight away at a token cost.  I say a token cost as the wealth you will obtain from his material far exceeds in value.  

Enjoy Gods Grace, Blessings in Jesus Name Amen