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Grace in the Church

Grace in the ChurchRomans 12:6–8 Excerpt God’s grace manifested in Jesus Christ also makes it possible for God to bestow on believers undeserved benefits that enrich their lives and unite them together in the church, the body of Christ. Their acceptance on the basis of grace endows them with a new status as children of God, members of the household of God, so that they relate to him as to their heavenly Father (Gal 4:4–6). Consequently, they become members of a community where race, class, and sex distinctions are irrelevant, since they all became equal inheritors of God’s age-long promise to Abraham of universal blessing (3:28–29). In order to enrich their individual lives and to assure the usefulness of their participation in the life of the new community, the Holy Spirit graciously energizes believers with a variety of gifts for the performance of ministries designed to benefit the church (Rom 12:6–8). More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : …

Section Outline One (Galatians 1)

Section Outline One (Galatians 1)Galatians 1:2–5 Excerpt I. Paul’s Greetings (1:2–5) A. To the saints in Galatia (1:2) : Paul sends greetings from himself and the Christians he is with. B. From the Savior in glory (1:3–5) 1. Who died to save us (1:3–4a) 2. Who lives to sanctify us (1:4b–5) More Willmington, H. L. The Outline Bible. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1999. Print.

John’s Message

John’s MessageExcerpt John warned the Jews against trusting merely in their religious ancestry to secure a good relationship with God (3:8). John called the people to repentance. Repentance reveals itself by producing fruit—deeds for God. Note the thrice-repeated question asked by the hearers of John the Baptist’s message concerning what they should do to show repentance (3:10–14; cf. Acts2:37). John the Baptist used the imagery of harvest to describe events of the Second Coming—deliverance of the righteous into God’s kingdom and punishment of the wicked in the fires of hell (Luke 3:17; cf. Matt. 25:46Isa. 30:24). John had been preaching the gospel of the coming kingdom (3:18) and called the people to repent of all sin. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Provoking the Wrath of God

Provoking the Wrath of GodExcerpt The rise of this provocation is a hard and impenitent heart; and the ruin of sinners is their walking after such a heart, being led by it. To sin is to walk in the way of the heart; and when that is a hard and impenitent heart (contracted hardness by long custom, besides that which is natural), how desperate must the course needs be! The provocation is expressed by treasuring up wrath. Those that go on in a course of sin are treasuring up unto themselves wrath. A treasure denotes abundance. It is a treasure that will be spending to eternity, and yet never exhausted; and yet sinners are still adding to it as to a treasure. Every wilful sin adds to the score, and will inflame the reckoning; it brings a branch to their wrath, as some read that (Eze.8:17), they put the branch to their nose. A treasure denotes secrecy. The treasury or magazine of wrath is the heart of God himself, in which it lies hid, as treasures in some secret place sealed up; see Deu. 3…

Connect the Testaments

April 5: Treating the Symptom Deuteronomy 7:1–8:20; 2 Corinthians 2:12–17; Psalm 34:1–22 I regularly predict that something will only take me an hour when it actually ends up taking two. I’m beginning to think that this is a sign of a larger issue: the tendency to underestimate the severity of a problem. In medical offices, this is called treating the symptoms and not the disease. In street ministry, it’s known as getting addicts off the street rather than helping them understand their addiction. Addicts rationalize sin. And eventually, sin becomes everything in their lives, which means they rationalize away who they are. If we’re all honest with ourselves, we would see that, like the addict, we like the “gray” area far too much. We want to push the boundaries in the name of freedom, rationality, or cultural appeal. In Deuteronomy 7:1–8:20, Moses was uninterested in pushing boundaries. He even told the Israelites to stay away from foreigners who worshiped other gods because they would cor…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 5Go To Evening Reading
“On him, they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.” —Luke 23:26
We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.
But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon’s, it is not our cross, but Christ’s cross which we carry. When you are molested for your piety; when your religion brings the trial of cruel mockings upon you, then remember it is not your cross, it isChrist’s cross; and how delightful is it to carry the cross of our Lord Jesus!
You carry the cross after him. You have blessed company; your path is marked with the footprints of your Lord. The mark of his blood-red shoulder is upon…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 5th His agony and our fellowship Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, … tarry ye here, and watch with Me.Matthew 26:36, 38. We can never fathom the agony in Gethsemane, but at least we need not misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and Man in one, face to face with sin. We know nothing about Gethsemane in personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary stand for something unique; they are the gateway into Life for us. It was not the death on the cross that Jesus feared in Gethsemane; He stated most emphatically that He came on purpose to die. In Gethsemane, He feared lest He might not get through as Son of Man. He would get through as Son of God—Satan could not touch Him there; but Satan’s onslaught was that He would get through as an isolated Figure only; and that would mean that He could be no Saviour. Read the record of the agony in the light of the temptation: “Then the devil leaveth Him for a season.” In Gethsemane, Satan came…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 5 That night they caught nothing John 21:3 God may let the sinful world succeed in their forbidden schemes, but, blessed be His name, He does not allow His chosen ones to prosper in the path which leads them out of His holy will! He has a storm to send after every Jonah and an empty net for every unbelieving and inconsistent Simon. A. B. Simpson

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.