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The Corinthian Church was well established as believers in the Gospel. Yet divisions existed among the brethren as the call of unity from Romans became more difficult to embrace.
True peace often seems to be lacking in our lives and our world. Paul reminds us that this lack of peace is a result of our separation from God because of sin. As Christians, he reminds us that our past shows us our desperate separation. Yet, there is hope because Jesus is our peace and ends the hostility between us and God as well as between peoples in Christ. Because of this, the peace of Christ creates a unified church.
May the ties that bind us through Christ our Lord maintain their elasticity and actually expand their borders as we deepen our commitments to one another in the body of Christ.
The One Thing that Matters Good Faith What Paul can teach us about “good faith”: 1. Good faith is not about ease or self-promotion, but instead tears down divisions. 2. Good faith provides a new identity. 3. Good faith focuses on new creation. 4. Good faith leads to a better way to live. • Charles Spurgeon - “To live to serve men is one thing, to live to bless them is another” Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18 Sources: Hays, Richard B., Letter to the Galatians, New Interpreters Bible, Volume XI, © 2000 Guzik, David, Commentaries on Galatians, studylight.org Luther, Martin, Galatians, Crossway Books, Wheaton © 1998 Schmelzer, Dave, Seek, © 2007-2008
Ronnie takes us through Paul's letter to the corinthians and how they were fighting amongst themselves. We see how this is still prevalent today. We, christians, have fights, take sides and have "fan clubs". In the midst of this Jesus is in the background instead of where He should be, from and center. He reminds us that it is not what church you belong to, but that You Are the Church through Christ alone by his grace. We need to be agreeable so that others may believe in Christ and be saved.
Paul addresses disagreements in the church ranging from eating meat sacrificed to idols to observing religious days by stressing that we've all been welcomed and loved by God. As such, he writes, we are not to let the non-essentials divide us and keep us from honoring God.
How the Corinthians were conducting themselves when they came together for the Lord’s Table and how it applies to us today.
Overview of Malachi Malachi 1:1 Godâ€™s last Old Testament message to His earthly people Israel is directed to the remnant that returned from the Babylonian captivity. This remnant had totally failed during the decades after the return in their testimony for God. It is true that the Jews did no longer serve the idols as they did before the exile, but their moral condition was marked by indifference, despising of God and unbelief. Into this situation God declares His unchanging love for the people and points out their sins and their departure from His commandments (Mal. 1 â€“ 2). But God also announces to the Jews that severe judgments will come upon them before he sends his next prophet to usher in the coming of Jesus Christ. (Mal. 3 â€“ 4). Over the next couple months we will examine this ancient message and learn principles and commands that remain true today. The book of Malachi is truly an â€œAncient Truth for Modern Timesâ€