November 25, 2012
During this time of Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?
Is it your family, your husband, your wife, your job?
For the believer, we are most grateful for our salvation granted to us by a gracious God. For we know that there was nothing in our actions that warranted that salvation, there was only the amazing grace of God.
Listen to this podcast and learn how Paul expressed his gratitude to God, and as you listen you will find the things that you can be truly grateful for.
September 4, 2012
Are you a carnal Christian?
It would seem that these two words conflict with each other, for to be a Christian means that you have turned away from the things of this world and turned towards Christ. Yet, many of our failings as Christians come from our dependence on the things of this world for satisfying our desires, confirming our self-worth, and defining our identity as a person.
We seek the approval of those around us, and we seek to meet our spiritual needs by performing religious ritual. The apostle Paul describes this type of person as a babe in Christ. In other words, they have not matured spiritually.
Listen to this podcast and learn if you are a carnal Christian. The answer might surprise you.
July 18, 2012
How does God reveal Himself to man?
Man perceives the world around him through his eyes, ears, and mind.
Man sees the world around him, yet the Scripture tells us that since the beginning of the world our eye hath not seen certain things. We have not seen the spiritual things that God has for us.
Man hears the world around him, yet the Scripture tells us that since the beginning of the world our ear hath not heard certain things. We have not heard the spiritual things that God has for us.
Man's mind is limited by what he can conceive of, prove by experimentation, or hypothesize about, yet the Scripture tells us that since the beginning of the world that our heart has not solved certain things. We have not solved the mysteries of the spiritual things that God has for us.
Therefore, God uses the presence of the Holy Spirit within the heart of the believer to reveal Himself. Listen to the attached podcast and rejoice as Paul describes how God reveals Himself to man.
July 17, 2012
When man looks at Jesus dying on the Cross at Calvary he sees a failure. This is man's wisdom.
When God looks at His own Son dying on the Cross at Calvary He sees the redemption of man as it was planned at the time of creation. This is God's wisdom.
The wisdom of the Cross contains the gospel message of the Cross.
Man's wisdom says that we must earn our salvation through some deed or effort.
The wisdom of the Cross says that no man can come to the Father except through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Man's wisdom boasts proudly of the good motives and the righteous behavior of man. The scales of justice determine man's destination and reward in the afterlife, if there is an afterlife.
The wisdom of the Cross says that man's righteousness is as filthy rags before the holiness of God.
The wisdom of man leads to an eternity in Hell.
The wisdom of the Cross leads to an eternity with Jesus in Heaven.
Listen to this podcast and learn how Paul describes the wisdom of the Cross.
June 14, 2012
What do you think of when someone tells you about the Cross at Calvary, what do you see?
Do you see the shame and disgrace of a so-called King of the Jews, who could not even save Himself, let alone anyone else? Unfortunately, this is the view that most of society has of the Cross that Jesus died on.
Yet man's view of the Cross is incomplete, and it is because of this, that man, by his own cleverness, cannot understand the way of the Cross, or the why of the Cross.
It is only when God completes man's view of the Cross that man finds God. Without God's revelation of Himself, man would never discover the almighty Creator of the Universe.
It is only through the revelation of Holy Spirit that man begins to see the grace of God, and the purpose of God in the gospel message of the Cross.
Listen and rejoice as Paul describes the greatness of God and how God is revealed to man.
May 1, 2012
Are you looking for God?
Well, God has a plan to reveal Himself to you, and He has had this plan since before the foundation of the universe.
God knew you before the world was created, and God loved you. God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross for your sin, just so He could offer you eternal life.
This is God’s wisdom. God will use your Christian friends, the church, the evangelist, the preacher, and the missionary to tell you about God’s love for you. He will use the Bible to tell you about what Jesus has done for you.
Most of all, God will use the Holy Spirit to prick your heart, to convict your heart of your need for God, and to reveal the sin in your life that separates you from God.
If you want to find God, then all you have to do is accept His offer. Ask Jesus to become your Savior and you will know what it means to have the one true almighty God living in your heart.
Listen and praise God’s wisdom and love for us in this verse-by-verse discussion of 1 Cor. 1:21-24.
December 13, 2011
In this final lesson on the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul outlines needs, notes, and news. He gives salutations and words of instruction on how the Holy Spirit is leading him and grace giving. He provides a reminder of the seriousness of failing to love Christ and he gives the Corinthians his parting message of love.
Listen to what Paul says in this verse-by-verse study 1 Corinthians 16: 1-24 as we draw this year-long study to a close. In our next series we will be studying the book of 2 Corinthians.
December 5, 2011
In this closing section on the resurrection, Paul tells us what happens to those believers that are alive at the time of the resurrection. He provides us with the order of the change to the resurrection body for the believer, and then he describes what the resurrected body will be made of.
Listen to what God says about the body you will spend eternity in.
November 27, 2011
How will our resurrection bodies be different from our earthly bodies?
How will those changes affect the body, soul, and spirit that comprise our human nature?
Paul answers these questions in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:40-45. Learn how we will be able to explore the entire universe in our new body, and how our new bodies will no longer grow old, never ache, never get sick, never fail, and never sin.
Listen and rejoice to what awaits each believer on that resurrection day.
November 21, 2011
The form and capabilities of the resurrected body has been a topic of discussion among Christians ever since Christ told the disciples that He was going to Heaven to prepare a place for them. Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians is a treasure trove of information about our resurrected body.
Of course, those that do not believe in an afterlife, find no need to discuss what form the body they will spend eternity in. For them the grave is all that awaits their physical body, and they live their life in accordance with this belief. The secular world says eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die. The grave is it, and there is no value in thinking about the resurrection.
In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:29-39 Paul tells us about the value of the resurrection, and then he begins a description of the resurrected body.
Listen and rejoice to what God says about the body you will spend eternity in.
November 14, 2011
Contrary to what most religions will tell you, there is not just one general resurrection where, based on their works, God chooses the good from the bad, and the good go to heaven and the bad go to hell.
Absolutely not. There are multiple resurrections and they each have an important role in fulfilling God’s plan for the redemption of a sin-cursed earth and a sinful man.
In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:20-28 Paul tells us the order of these resurrections, and we will discuss which of the resurrections each of us will participate in, based on one single question, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, or not?”
Listen as Paul tells us that there is something beyond the grave for each of us, and we get to choose what that is.
November 6, 2011
This lesson is on the importance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no middle ground on this subject. This is not an issue that as believers we can equivocate on and try to be politically correct so as not to offend anyone. We cannot say things like "Well, we can't be sure about the Resurrection, so let's not say too much about it."
This fact is so important that we must take our stand. We stand on a foundation; that foundation is the Rock, and the Rock is Christ. He came back from the dead.
Christianity rises and falls on that Rock.
If Christ did not rise, then our faith is in vain. Our sins and our iniquities cling to us still. Hell has triumphed. Death has won. Satan was victorious. The curse remains. Judgment for all looms. Our faith is folly.
Listen and glorify God as Paul confronts this issue head on. Christ did rise and He lives today. Rejoice as Paul describes in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:12-19 what the Resurrection means to you and I.
October 30, 2011
The gospel message of Jesus Christ rests upon two indisputable facts, the death of Jesus Christ as propitiation for our sins, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Christ did not rise, then His death had no meaning. It would mean that Jesus was not the Son of God, that He was instead just another man.
It is because Christ rose from the dead that you and I know that He conquered death forever and that we can have eternal live with Him if we make Him our Savior. The work of our salvation was completed when Jesus Christ came out of that tomb.
Listen as Paul describes the proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 15:5-11.
October 24, 2011
Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. Why?
Because it discusses the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, and then it uses that fact to describe the resurrection of the believer.
As someone who has made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, when you think about what gives you hope, and what strengthens your faith, it is the promise of eternal life with Jesus Christ that lights the fire of your spirit. This chapter makes that promise a reality that you can rest your faith on.
Listen to five proofs that the Bible is true and then rejoice as Paul gives us the facts of the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
October 17, 2011
God is a God of order.
Paul tells the Corinthians, and the modern day tongues movement, that if there is chaos and confusion while the gift of tongues is exercised, then it is not of God.
He then establishes the rules that are to govern the use of the spiritual gifts.
Listen to what the Word of God has to say about the practice of tongues and discover the history of the modern day tongues movement in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 14:26-40.
October 9, 2011
Why would God create the gift of tongues and then have Paul spend so much time talking about what a poor gift it is?
Paul answers this question by first talking about the limitations of speaking in tongues, and then he establishes the reason for the gift of tongues.
Listen and learn what the Word of God has to say about this spiritual gift that is so abused and misused in our world today in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 14:7-25.
October 2, 2011
In this lesson Paul completes his description of agape love, and then he compares it and the gift of prophecy to the gift of tongues.
He tells us of the permanence of agape love and how tongues fail.
He tells us of the supremacy of prophecy over tongues.
He tells us to desire that which is permanent and that which is of more value to the body of Christ.
Here what Paul has to say in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 13:8 to 14:6.
Listen and be blessed by the Word of God as we learn a description of Jesus Christ.
September 25, 2011
Paul describes the gift of love as the more excellent way. But this kind of love is more than an emotion. It is an act of will.
Love involves the heart, the mind, and the will.
Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Although we are to covet earnestly the best gifts, they are to be exercised in love, and only the Spirit of God can do that.
Love is the thing that needs to be added to every gift of the Spirit.
Without love your gift is worthless.
Paul describes this wonderful gift in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 13:1-7.
Listen to how the Word of God describes agape love and be blessed.
September 19, 2011
The spiritual gifts are designed by God to edify the body of Christ. Just as the various parts of the human body work together to accomplish the goals of the body, the members of the body of Christ are to utilize their various spiritual gifts to accomplish the goals of Christ for His church. Each gift is to work in unity with the other gifts.
Paul explains how this harmony is to work in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 12:14-31.
Listen to the blessing that the Word of God has for you in this study.
September 12, 2011
The source of all spiritual gifts is the Holy Spirit.
The unifying intelligence behind the gifts is the Holy Spirit.
The method of receiving the gifts is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Paul explains all of these in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 12:10-13.
Listen as God's Word will enlighten your view of these wonderful gifts.