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The Christian Meeting

1 Corinthians 1:1 Pursue love, and desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

4 He who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but he who prophesies builds up the church.

5 I desire that you all speak in tongues, but especially that you would prophesy; and greater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, that the church may receive building up.

 

Paul focuses in his epistle to the church in Corinth on the matter of prophesying in chapter 14.  He says Purse love,  desire spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy.  So the main point is prophesying.  Why does he bring this matter up? Because this is absolutely for the building up of the church!  In verse 4 he says that he who prophesies builds up the church.  Then in verse 5 he says that he desires especially that we would all prophesy speaking of all the believers.  Here we must touch a crucial point.  The church must not have merely hired speakers and the rest of the people lying dormant.  The christian meeting is one of mutuality with all believers speaking for the Lord.  This is what is revealed in 1 Corinthians 14 and what was practiced by the early church.  But here in the pure word of God, it is altogether God’s desire that all of his people speak for him that the church may be built up.  If you’re not convinced stay tuned this week for more on this subject.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Christian Life, The Church

 

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Faith comes out of hearing and issuing in Eternal Life

Romans 10:17 So faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life.

 

 

Praise the Lord for the word. Faith comes out of hearing, and the hearing of the word of Christ.  Hearing the word also enables us to receive the eternal life!

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Bible, Christian Life, Gospel

 

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Beware of Unforgiven Offenses

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also;

15 But if you do not forgive men their offenses, neither will your Father forgive your offenses.

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?

22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy times seven.

Mark 11:25  And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you your offenses.

26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in the heavens forgive your offenses.

 

Beware of unforgiven offenses.  For whatever we do not forgive men our heavenly Father will not forgive us our own offenses.  This is serious!  We have been forgiven and justified by God already for our sins.  But if we hold onto offenses from others withholding forgiveness from them then we are in trouble.  May the Lord grant us his rich mercy in this matter.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Christian Virtues

 

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Romans the Gospel of God

Romans 1:1 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Him.

10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.

 

The entire book of Romans was considered the Gospel of God by the Apostle Paul.  He even said he as a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, was separated unto the gospel of God.  The whole reason for his being called by God and being a slave was altogether for the gospel of God!  Have you ever considered Romans as the gospel?  Paul did.  There is Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and then there is Romans.  Romans is a whole different beast.  For Romans speaks of the Christ who has already been crucified and become the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45; Rom. 8:9-10).  Furthermore this “gospel” of Romans speaks of the Christ who as the Spirit  entered into the believers to be their subjective savior.  Wow!  The Spirit dwells within us!  (Rom.8:9).

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in God, Gospel, The Spirit

 

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The Gospel of Grace

Acts 20:24 But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God.

The Gospel of grace is centered on the forgiveness of sins, redemption, reconciliation to God and eternal life.  Praise the Lord for the Gospel of grace!

 

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Gospel

 

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Giving thanks at all times for all things

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks at all times for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father,

1 Thessalonians  5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

2 Timothy 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

It’s never a small thing to give thanks.  The word of God is all-inclusive it shows us to give thanks at all times for all things.  Wow!  And all things mean, all things.  Doing this will save us from becoming bitter, from complaining, and will soften our heart towards the Lord.  What a safeguard!  On the negative side in Paul’s epistle to Timothy he prophesied to him concerning the degradation or decline of the church, and one of the manifestations of this decline is unthankfulness.  Eph. 5:20 and Col. 3:17 tells us to give thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  “In the name” implies the organic union that we as believers have with the Lord.  This means that we can’t do this in ourselves but only in the Lord.  Furthermore according to 1 Thess. 5:18 it is the will of God for us to give thanks!  God’s will!  The context of those verses is that we always rejoice, unceasingly pray and in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  When we live a rejoicing, praying, thanking life in Christ,  this is the will of God.  May the Lord have mercy on us to be full of thanks.

 

 

 

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Searching the Scriptures and not Coming to the Lord

John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me.

40 Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

 

In section of the word the pharisees were knowledgeable in the scriptures and even searched the scriptures.  But the Lord told them that it was the scriptures that testified concerning him and that they were unwilling to come to him that they may have life.  The Pharisees knew the word but they did not seek, nor desire Christ whatsoever.  It was like the Lord was telling them, Hey I’m here the one you have been reading about all these years!  Hello! Don’t you get it?  But no, they didn’t.  They were unwilling to come to the Lord.  This presents a great problem.  Number one they were imbalanced wanting just dead doctrines void of the reality of Christ.  They missed out on Christ, their salvation, the very one whom they had supposedly been waiting for.  This is the greatest tragedy.   Of course this can apply to anyone one of us today.  We may read the word of God and be very knowledgeable.  But do we come to the Lord in prayer?  Do we know the Lord?  Seek him?  We must not be unturned cakes.  Cooked on one side but the other is quite raw.  May the Lord have mercy on us!  To keep us balanced in the word and in prayer to seek the Lord.

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Bible, Christ, Life

 

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