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Sunday, August 12, 2007

FINALLY I'M BACK TO MY BIBLE STUDIES



FINALLY BACK TO MY BIBLE STUDY

Today we had our parish festival – aptly named Son Day at the Beach.

Our new pastor gives a very good homily which also includes a lot of what I call ‘Bible ‘ study in it. Information that we may miss if we don’t know a few facts.

He mentioned that the book of Thessalonians was probably the first book written in the New Testament . In that Paul was urging the early Christians not to be lazy. They had stopped doing many things, because they expected Christ to return any day.

The thing is that Christ really did return to us when the Holy Spirit arrived at Pentecost, Christ came to live with each of us. Christ is here with us now. The Kingdom is here now. That is why we need to see Christ in each other. It is why the Church talks about justice so much and it is why we must live as Christ would have us do.

When early Christians were baptized it was usually on the evening of the Sabbath which was Saturday, the celebration of baptism finished on the 8th day which is now known on Sunday. Celebrating the new life in Christ. Christ within us.

Any way all this information just soaks into me like water does a sponge. I realize how more than ever I really need to do the studies so that I can understand more and more what is really being said. If you don’t understand the times the words were written in , some valuable information can be missed or even misinterpreted.

Where did I leave off???

My Study Notes: To Live is Christ

Part VI

The apostle Paul got completed involved. He gave his heart and strength to minister to the flock. He formed deep relationships that would make departures painful. He chose to follow the will of God even when others begged him not to.

We should pray that God will have his will in our life. We need to listen to Him speak to directly to our hearts and minds. To allow his tender touch as we study each lesson. He should be our first priority – Our hearts’ desire.

Acts 19:24-41

You see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man made gods are no gods at all.

Acts 19:26

W know that Paul decided to go to Jerusalem and then to Rome. He sent Timothy and Erastus to Macedonia, but he stayed a while longer in Ephesus.

About the time the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power, Paul’s missionary heart began to quicken and draw him elsewhere. The apostle set his sights on a destination unparalleled in his ministry.

Paul’s wisdom told him to go to Rome.

In our study so far Paul was opposed only twice by the Gentiles. The first time occurred in Philippi when Paul cast the demon from the fortune-telling girl. And a silversmith named Demetrius stirred up opposition because the Christian revival was a threat to the income of those who sold idols.

The silver crafts men were making a fortune selling charms and statuettes.

When Paul addressed the crowds he may have sometimes had more courage than sense. He spoke out in behalf of Christianity no matter what. When God gives us good sense, He expects us to use it.

Paul was not only a good teacher and preacher; he was a good discussion leader.

Leaders who are afraid of others disagreeing with them usually don’t leave much room for discussion.

Paul made many good friends. When we started this Journey with Paul, we would have not felt he was very friendly. He obviously had a genuine likable personality as he had friends from every walk of life. Jews, Gentiles, rich and Poor. Aquila and Pricilla did not leave their home and travel with Paul because he was unpleasant.

Even officials of the province were friends of Paul as they loved him enough to beg him not to venture into the theater for his own safety.

Lets’ learn something about judging others. We tend to describe people in brief phrases as he is always funny , she is always so bossy,…God created human beings to be the most complex creatures alive. None of us can be wrapped up in a single phrase.

Paul was unyielding yet he could be persuaded. He could be tough and he could be gracious. He was not so different than the rest of us on any given day.

Paul brought a message of a Messiah sent from God who offers eternal life to every one who believes. We don’t have to be scientists to believe this message rather than to believe in a goddess falling from heaven in the form of a meteor as they had in Ephesus.

God does require faith, we need to believe in Him. He is very believable.

‘On Ya’- ma

There will be more coming soon…

1 comment:

Family W said...

I wish information soaked into me like a sponge! Thanks for sharing, I've enjoyed reading your notes. :)