“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,” (1 Timothy 2:1)
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”(Colossians 3:16)
The Lord’s Supper
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”(1 Corinthians 11:26)
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)
Laying By In Store
“On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” (1 Corinthians 16:2)
In our daily lives this is our first and highest goal. We do not want to be merely speakers and hearers of the word, but doers of it throughout our lives. (James 1:25, Philippians 4:9). Where the Bible looses we want to loose, where it binds then so do we.
When we teach the Bible we want to speak not from our own think-so, but from the word of God (1 Peter 4:11). The Holy Spirit has revealed in the word the bounds and the liberty that God has established for the faith. So we earnestly want to “accurately handle the word of truth” when we speak (2 Timothy 2:15); to know that we are speaking in accordance with God’s will.
This idea protects both the liberty of the Christian and the mission of the church. While the church as a collective is bound to operate by its mandate; the Christian is set at liberty to do all good works (as defined by God). We desire then to not exceed what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6), keeping us from going too far (2 John 9) and straying from the truth of God. (see also: 2 Timothy 2:16, 23)
We seek to honor the will of God even in how He calls things (1 Corinthians 11:1; Colossians 3:17). Primarily this protects us from being deceived over time by subtle manipulations of meaning. This requires constant vigilance, but it is worth the effort as this moves us always to look to the text and its context to understand the truth and the terms used to define truth(2 Timothy 3:16–17). (see also: Psalm 119:37, 40, 93)
OUR BIBLE STUDIES
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28–30
If Christ is higher than the prophets and the angels, then why did He suffer so, and why become a man at all?
Jesus has inherited a more excellent name than all others
As Christians, our mission is to cultivate good within ourselves and do good work. In the doing, we are also made better bit by bit.
That we would be transformed through the renewal of our minds, which only come by the word of truth. May we always be open to the truth of God.
9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
God has always said by what standard the called will be elected. Much how a boss puts out a want ad to hire someone, the standard is set out. In this way, the elected are predestined. The individual is not predestined per se, rather the ones who will come up to the standard that was predestined.
Read more about The State of the Elect vs. Physical Israel: God is Vindicated (Romans 9:1-29)
God has pulled out all the stops to get us a route home to Him. He sent His Son to pay the price for our sins. He has revealed His will through the Spirit manifested in the Word of God. He has given us a portion of the Spirit to dwell within us, and the Spirit likewise intercedes on our behalf. What barriers still stand in our way? Only we can choose to be overcome, but with God for us who can truly stand against us in the end?
Read more about The Hope That We Have: Romans 8:16-39
What does it mean to be lead by the Spirit? Why do we own our lives to the Spirit vs. the flesh?
Read more about Romans 8:12-18 – The Obligations of the Spirit