The Apostle Paul knew trouble was coming to the church at Ephesus. To head off that trouble, he leaves Timothy there to steer the church into a healthy direction. Paul warns Timothy that there have been those in the church that are shipwrecked when it comes to faith. Paul gives Timothy the tools that will keep him from experiencing the same fate that others had experienced. Join us as we learn how to keep ourselves from becoming Shipwrecked in the Faith.
What the Church is to Focus On?
As we begin a new study in the book of first Timothy, Paul the Apostle tells the younger Timothy to stay focused on what the Church is to consider important. There are innumerable things that can distract a Church. However, what does the Scripture say that the Church should be concerning itself with? Join us in our study in the first chapter of first Timothy to find out.
The Lifestyle of A Spiritual Person
Ideas on what makes someone a spiritual person are as numerous as the number of people you ask. But as we close out our verse by verse study in 2 Thessalonians, Paul the Apostle gives us some surprising insight into what practical Christian living is all about. Join us as we conclude chapter 3 and discover if your lifestyle fits Paul’s description of a spiritual person.
Goofballs and Dictators
The Church in America often finds itself with a shortage of leaders that fit the description of leadership that we see in the Apostle Paul. A better share of the time the church is being led by those who have no business being in leadership. Many of those who end up in leadership are ambitious goofballs or dictators. Chapter three of 2 Thessalonians is so important for we find an example of what we should be looking for when it comes to those who are in leadership positions. Join us in the opening verses of chapter three as the Apostle Paul models Biblical leadership.
Why does God Send Deception?
In our study this week we read, “Therefore God will send them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie”, God, not just allowing deception but sending it, is something that might make us uncomfortable. And yet it’s exactly what we read as we close out the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians. So, does this make God unjust or even a liar? Join us as we sort out this difficult passage.
The Dossier of Anti-Christ
There is a word that has been floating around the news of late, it’s the word “Dossier” which means a collection of documents about a person. What the Apostle Paul provides us with in chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians is information about a person he refers to as the man of sin the son of perdition. We commonly refer to him as Anti-Christ. Join us as we try and develop a Biblical perspective on who he is and what he will do.
A Rebellion and a Revealing
The issue of the “Last Days” can be a complicated one that can produce more confusion than blessing. The Church at Thessalonica is one example of that very thing. Paul writes to them to bring both calm and clarity. Join us as we look at the opening verses of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, as the Apostle tries to make the complex simple.
The Disciple and Stress
Most Americans are suffering from high levels of stress, with a large number reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. We struggle with marriage and family, money, and health issues, in fact the list of causes of our stress is probably endless. The church in Thessalonica not only was dealing with the stress of life but also persecution. The Apostle Paul begins to write to this church to bring comfort and to assure them that they were not forsaken by God. Under stress we are prone to accuse God of being unfaithful to His word. Join us in this study of 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, to learn that God is even at work in our times of struggle.
The Will of God
As Apostle Paul closes out 1 Thessalonians he drills down on what God’s will is for each of our lives. And what we learn is that first and foremost, His Will is not about geography, it’s not about where He wants us, but who He wants us to be. More specific, His will is about who He wants us to be as we live out our faith among His people. Please join us as we finish chapter five of 1 Thessalonians, looking at family matters in the household of God.
When They Say Peace and Safety
Our study in 1 Thessalonians brings us to an interesting phrase, “When they say Peace and Safety sudden destruction will come upon them." What that phrase leads us to is a study of two of the most overlooked characters in the Book of the Revelation. These two characters will be responsible for bringing much pain upon a Christ rejecting World. Join us in our study of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5, as we explore what’s behind this well-known phrase “Peace and Safety."
Our Great Hope
The Church in ancient Thessalonica had a twisted view of death. They were under the misguided thought that there was some advantage to living until the return of Christ and that somehow if one died before the return of Christ they would be disadvantaged in some way. Join us in 1 Thessalonians 4 as the Apostle Paul gives us great and comforting words concerning loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord.
Three Steps Towards Understanding the Will of God.
We tend to think of the will of God as being “locative”, God wants us “somewhere”, and we’re not sure where “somewhere” is. But what seems to unfold in scripture is that the will of God first and foremost has to do with character. That we are to focus on “what” God wants us to be (which is Christ like), and let Him focus on getting us to “where” He wants us to be in His time. Join us in chapter four of Thessalonians as the Apostle Paul lays out directions to finding God’s will.
Moving Forward in the Face of Opposition
The Church in ancient Thessalonica was both successful and persecuted. The Apostle Paul had received word that the church was enduring tribulation. In the face of disappointment and hardship it’s easy to lose perspective and begin to believe lies that are being whispered in your ears, that God doesn’t love, that God is mad at you, or that perhaps you’re not even a Christian at all. Join us as 1 Thessalonians chapter 3 gives us a proper perspective of living life during difficult times.
The Power of the Word of God
In the second half of 1 Thessalonians chapter two we look at how God has kept His Word from being corrupted and how His Word can work effectively in our lives. The Church of Thessalonica was greatly used of God in large part because of the relationship they had with God’s Word. Join us as we discover what they did “with” the Word and what the Word did “in” the Thessalonians.
Biblical Description of a Leader
Jesus made it clear that as time moves forward and the closer we get to the end that there will be an increase in the number of false leaders among His people. What makes the opening verses of 1 Thessalonians chapter two so important, is we are given a description of what a leader should be. The only reason why any of us will be deceived by a false leader is because we did not heed what the Lord has warned us about in His Word. Join us in 1 Thessalonians two as we look at Biblical leadership.
The Model Church
Beginning our study of First Thessalonians, we quickly see that the church in Thessalonica was a model church. The church was young and experiencing tribulation, yet they were sounding out the Gospel to the entire region. Chapter one reveals what their success was rooted in. They succeeded not because they had money or marketing skills, but because they were a receiving, turning, serving, and waiting church. Join as we take a close look at what causes a church to be successful.
Called to be faithful friends
As we close out our study in the book of Colossians the Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse into the social lives of the early church believers. What we discover is that they experienced deep and meaningful friendships. In the American church we gather through song and sermon to make a connection to God. But often times what's missing is a connection with each other. God works through His church, therefore if we are to be used by Him it’s necessary to be connected in a meaningful way to His Church. Join us as we finish the book of Colossians learning what being a faithful friend looks like.
Continue in Prayer | Gracious Speech
Colossians chapter four continues with some incredibly practical advice and wisdom on how we are to live. In the early verses of this chapter, Paul helps us understand how we talk to God in prayer and how we are to talk to others about God. Join us for some practical and encouraging ways that we are to let these simple commandments reign in our life.
In the third chapter of Colossians the Apostle Paul tells us that we are called to respond to what God has done for us by His grace. And that response is to seek to glorify God in our everyday lives. True spirituality is not being weird or neurotic, but rather it’s bringing the lordship of Christ into our marriages, the raising of our children, and into the workplace. Join us in our study of Colossians chapter three as we focus on practical spirituality.
How to die with the least amount of regrets?
It’s a reality of life that each of us at some point in the future will breathe our last. Some of us will look back with sorrow as we realize how little effect our lives had. Where the Apostle Paul takes us in our study of Colossians, is to give us four commands that when followed will lead us to a life that will count for eternity. Join us as we begin chapter 3 to learn how to make your life all that God desires it to be.
Set Free or Bound by Doubt
The Apostle Paul is guiding the church in Colosse through the difficult problem of dealing with false teachers. Often a tactic of the false teacher is to cause a person to become insecure in their relationship with Christ, so that the insecure person becomes more dependent on the false teacher. Our great defense is understanding what Christianity is. Legalistic religion is man reaching to God, trying to justify himself by keeping a list of rules. Christianity is God reaching down to man in love through Christ. Please join us in the second half of Colossians chapter 2 as we’re taught what Christianity is all about.
What Does a Mature Christian Look Like?
Our best defense against falling into deception is to become mature followers of Christ. But there are all kinds of ideas on what a mature Christian is, from the way one dresses, to what one does for entertainment. But thankfully we aren’t left guessing, because Paul in Colossians chapter two begins the chapter by describing what maturity in the believer looks like.
Don't Move Away from the Gospel
In the book of Colossians, we are dealing with a church that is under siege from outside forces seeking to move the church away from simple faith in Christ. As we close out our study in chapter one, Paul reminds us once again of who we were and what Christ by His grace has accomplished for us. He refreshes the memory of the Colossians that they have the very best, so why would they move away from it?
Keeping Yourself from Bitterness
Someone has defined bitterness as “a chronic and pervasive state of smoldering resentment." We repeatedly run through our minds how we have been victimized and meditate on the unfairness of our life’s circumstances. What we find in Ephesians chapter 3 is unfairness taking place in the Apostle Paul’s life, yet there is no hint of any bitterness at all. What was his secret?
What identifies a person as being a spiritual person? Some think certain clothes or hairstyles identify them as being spiritual. Others think it’s based on the frequency that they attend church services. Paul tells the Galatians three behaviors will identify them as spiritual people. Join us as we cover the first six verse of Galatians 6.
Prominent or Preeminent
Every false teacher seeks to make Jesus less than who He is. Many false faiths give Jesus a prominent position. Prominent means, “leading, important, or well-known." But where the Apostle Paul takes us in Colossians Chapter 1, is Jesus is to be “PREEMINENT” which means, “above or before others; superior; to be first, hold the first place." Join us in our study of Colossians Chapter 1 to see why Christ is far more than just prominent.
What Should We Pray For?
The Apostle Paul was excited about was happening in the ancient city of Colossae. He wanted to see the good things that God was doing in and through His people to continue, and so to that end he prays for them. Often, we struggle to know what to pray for when we think about those we care about. Paul offered up four request for those that were on his heart. These same four requests are needed in the lives of believers today. Join us as we start a new verse by verse study in the book of Colossians to discover how to better pray for those that we care about.
Giving in shark infested waters
As we close out our study in Philippians the Apostle brings up the subject of giving. Often as Christians we’re conflicted because on the one hand we know we should give but on the other hand we know there are many who say they are of God and are not and should therefore not be supported. As the Apostle Paul told us earlier, there are many in the church whose god is their own belly. Join us in our study of the fourth chapter of Philippians, as the Apostle shares with us some guidelines for giving.
Seek to be ReconciledThe wonderful church in the ancient city of Philippi was being threatened of being torn apart because of an unwillingness of some to be reconciled with each other. Paul the apostle uses strong tactics and strong language to get this church back on track. Join us as we begin chapter 4 of Philippians as we deal with the issue of reconciliation.
Many Enemies of the Cross
We are warned at the end of Philippians chapter 3 that there are many Enemies of the Cross. But what Paul gives us, is insight on their motivation and what to look for so that we are not taken in by their deception. Remember Jesus told us, “Take heed that no man deceives you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:4-5. Join us in our study of Philippians chapter 3, to gain insight on the tactics of those who oppose the Cross.
Beware of Dogs
The warning of “beware of dogs”, is not one that we’d expect to find in the Bible, yet we read it in Philippians chapter 3. The Apostle Paul was dealing with people who were more captivated by man’s devotion to God, than God’s devotion to man. Whatever devotion someone has for God, that devotion is not what will save them from the judgment to come. In the opening verses of chapter 3 we will continue to look at that age old struggle in the Church between Works and Grace.
Dealing With Warning Signs
Church splits like divorces rarely happen without warning. You can look back from these events and see that there were troubling signs that were neglected. As we come to the end of Philippians chapter 2, the Apostle Paul is seeking to deal with the problem before it gets out of control. In this chapter, he gives us four examples to follow so that our lives can be used to bring peace to the family of God and division.
Working Out Your Own Salvation
The Philippian church was struggling with what many churches struggle with which was division. The Apostle Paul was encouraging them to be unified. And to that end he tells them not to work “for” their salvation, but to work “out” their salvation. Join us as we continue to study the second chapter of Philippians dealing with healing divisions in the Church.
The mind of Christ or the mind of satan?
There are only two paths that we can live our life upon, the false and the true. We can follow the example of the fallen Cherub or the example of the descended Son. In Philippians chapter two we look at the emptying of the Son of God, and how we are called to follow His example.
What’s your Philosophy of Life?
As we come to the end of chapter one in Philippians the Apostle Paul gives us his philosophy of life. What we believe is the purpose of our life is huge because it in many ways sets the direction of our life. The Apostle Paul was no doubt used by God in such a tremendous way because of his view of the purpose of his life. He said, “for me to live is…”. How would you finish that sentence? Join us in our study to see how Paul finished it.
God Uses Everything
Paul wrote to the church in Philippi from his prison cell in Rome. He is assuring them that God has not made a mistake by allowing him to be placed in prison. But rather God was at work using what all would agree were less than favorable circumstances. Join us in our study of Philippians chapter 1 as we see God at work even when life doesn’t make sense.
Source of our Joy
As we begin our study in Philippians we see that the word “joy” is found sixteen times in four chapters. The theme of this letter is joy. Joy is different than happiness. Happiness is a delight based upon some present circumstance. Joy is rooted in something very different. Join us as we study the opening verse of chapter one and discover what the scriptures sat about the source of our joy.
A Christian’s obsession
A Christian can become fascinated with an aspect of Christianity. And that fascination can evolve into an obsession. A believer’s entire focus can become “end times”, “baptism”, and even “satan”. In our final study in the book of Ephesians the Apostle Paul shows us what a balanced approach to the study of satan looks like. Join us this week to see what the Church should be obsessed with.
The Mystery in three stages
The Apostle speaks of a mystery in Ephesians chapter five. What we are going to discover is that this mystery has been revealed, is being revealed, and will be revealed in the future. If we understand what all of this is about, our minds will be blown by the depth of God’s love for us.
The Spirit controlled wife
As we are moving through the fifth chapter of Ephesians we have discovered that part of our response to God’s grace and goodness towards us is to allow ourselves to be controlled by God’s Spirit. What does that control look like in a Christian marriage? Please join us as we begin with the Spirit controlled wife.
Be filled with the Spirit
In Ephesians chapter 5, we are reading what a life that is dedicated to God looks like. One of the facets of such a life is being filled with the Spirit. Two important questions that we deal with in this chapter is how can one be filled and what is the evidence that a person’s life is filled with God’s Spirit?
Are you a worshipper of God or of idols?
There is no shortage of opinions on how the followers of Christ are to order their lives. Our lifestyles are not to be governed by the opinions of people, but by the simple instructions found in God’s Word. In Ephesians chapter 5, we are given a clear comparison between the true worshipper of God and someone whom the Bible identifies as an idolater.