Opportunity is the stuff evangelism is made of - how do we ensure we’re ready for it? In Colossians 4, Paul lays out some ways Christians can be ready to make the most of every opportunity to share Jesus.
Belief always comes with baggage. John’s Gospel helps us navigate those unsure waters and see all levels of belief as a starting place for something more. Scripture - John 10-12
Pushing back against our tendency to complicate our mission, Paul reminds us of the beauty and the simplicity of the Gospel in Romans 10:1-15.
Out with the old and in with the new is a popular New Year resolution. That very description could be given to Paul's instructions in Eph. 4:17-32. According to Paul, the only way to start over is to change the way you think. When we do that we will change how we act.
At the heart of Philippians is the message "Rejoice in the Lord." Philippians chapter three is really a reminder that Jesus is enough. If you have less than Jesus you don't have enough. If you have more than Jesus you have too much. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
It's good to hear a spiritual principle explained, but it's better to see it lived out. That is basically what Phil. 2:1-8 entails. The philosophy of "Joy in Loving" is explained but then Paul adds a face to the teaching in showing them Jesus practicing "Joy in Loving."
In this service, we highlight the special nature of serving as a deacon. In Philippians 1:1, Paul names "deacons" as part of God's plan for the church. In the verses that follow, Paul thanks the Christians for their work and remembers their service in the Lord together, which we connect to "joy."
Considering the church is God's household (Eph. 2:19), in the book of Ephesians we might compare Eph. 6 to "The Garage." It's a place to get prepared or geared up to go into the world to face the enemy. Eph. 6:10-24 is like an intelligence briefing for successfully engaging in this conflict.
In our tour of God’s house from the book of Ephesians we come to the kitchen. If you are a part of a family you know disagreements happen. The best place to settle disagreements is around the kitchen table. Ephesians chapter four is Paul’s appeal for unity. You might call it Paul’s recipe for unity.
The six chapters in Ephesians can be compared to rooms in God's house, the church. In Ephesians 3, we compare this to a "trophy room" where something prized or valuable is displayed. In Ephesians, that's the church. We are reminded in this lesson that the church is God's plan to reach the world, amaze the angels and bring glory to God.