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God exalts Christ for he is doubly worthy of honour as Creator and Purifier of sin.
Hebrews 1:1-4
Christians of God's Beloved Covenant Forgive.
Matthew 18:19-35
God's providence through his messengers to his beloved children assures our grace, mercy, and peace.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Unity Achieved in the Depth of the Gospel
Philippians 2:1-11
The Perseverance of the Christian Depends on God's Gift and God's Sustaining Power
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
How can you tell the sincerity of your faith?  By the words that you speak.
James 3:1-12
To behold Christ is to be transformed in believing obedience
James 2:14-26
Blessed is the man who desires to do good with his whole being without partiality, for God has saved him wholly.
James 2:1-13
True Religion is displayed in a sanctified love for God and love for neighbour.
James 1:19-27
Those who fall away do so because of sin and lack love for God and not because God is unfaithful to keep his saints.
James 1:12-18
Trials increase our faith to God, but when they are difficult God gives aid to see his unswerving goodness in Christ, our exaltation.
James 1:2-11
For Christians: rejection of a God who sent his Son to die for us and his Spirit to restore us yields an incomparably severe punishment.
Hebrews 10:26-31
Worldly Success is No Sure Sign of God's Favour.
James 4:13-17
The perfect Jesus is the perfect high priest, the perfect sacrifice, and the source of a perfect, everlasting covenant.
Hebrews 7:20-28
God shall keep you through the prayer of others for your joyful growth in theology leading to a life of grateful doxology.
Colossians 1:9-12
A people saved for a glorious purpose.
Exodus 19:4-6
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
1 Peter 1:3-5
We need gospel-unity because it is a gift from God for our assurance and for Christ's glory.
Philippians 1:27-30
The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Prayer for the Peace of God Rooted in the Character of God Given to the People of God through the Son of God.
1 Timothy 2
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
Acts 6:1-8
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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Spiritual Gifts and the Church
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
Published June 18th, 2018
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God's command is this: 1) exercise the spiritual gifts for the benefit of the whole church, and 2) exercise such gifts selflessly, with integrity, and in orderly peace. For example, for those who are to speak in tongues in the public assembly, speak in succession and with an interpreter so that all may be encouraged. For those who are to prophesy, speak one by one realizing that each revelation is from the Holy Spirit to help and not to harm the congregation, for God seeks to unify his people. When there is prophesy, judge what is said, and women submit in silence to the critique of the elders. Your submission is affirmed by the similar practice of all the other churches, and furthermore, it is something prescribed in creation order itself. Should you desire to inquire further about a prophesy, inquire of it with your husband at home, where he can lead, teach and sanctify you as you ask.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
What then, brothers?
Brothers [and sisters] , what then is to become of these gifts?
When you come together,
WHEN you gather
each one has q a hymn,
some of you will have a hymn
r a lesson,
OR some will have a lesson
r a revelation,
OR some will have a prophesy
s a tongue,
OR some will have an encouragement in another language
or t an interpretation.
OR some will be able to interpret that language
u Let all things be done for building up.
MY ANSWER: Do everything for the building up of God's church.
If any speak in s a tongue,
FOR EXAMPLE, 1) if there are tongue speakers
let there be only two or at most three,
THEN let there be only two, max three
and each in turn,
WITH only one speaking at a time
and let someone interpret.
AND with someone interpreting
But if there is no one to interpret,
HOWEVER, if no one can interpret
let each of them keep silent in church
THEN don't speak in tongues
and speak to himself
RATHER, speak to yourself
and to God.
AND speak to God.
Let two or three prophets speak,
AND FOR EXAMPLE, 2) let two or three people with a word from God speak
and let the others v weigh what is said.
THEN let the matter prophecies be critiqued/explained/rationalized
If a revelation is made to another sitting there,
HOWEVER, IF someone receives a sudden word that is not a part of the original two or three
w let the first be silent.
THEN let the first prophesier wait until after the one with the sudden revelation
For you can all prophesy one by one,
BECAUSE you will all get the chance to prophesy
so that all may learn
WITH THE RESULT THAT all may learn
and all be encouraged,
AND BY LEARNING, all may be encouraged
and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.
AND that encouragement extends to other prophesiers and their learning from those who prophesy - all are led by the Holy Spirit to prophesy to help the congregation.
For God is not a God of x confusion
FOR God does not contradict himself (or create disunity)
but of peace.
RATHER, he brings, maintains and restores peace
As in y all the churches of the saints,
TO CLARIFY, be consistent with every Christian church
z the women should keep silent in the churches.
WHAT I MEAN TO SAY IS, women should not over speak (be quiet aside from praying and prophesying - Ch. 11)
For they are not permitted to speak,
BECAUSE they aren't supposed to carry out the office of the elder
but a should be in submission,
RATHER, they are to submit to their authority (1 Cor 11 and 1 Tim 2)
as b the Law also says.
WHICH IS ALSO EXPRESSED in the very order of creation (Gen 2)
If there is anything they desire to learn,
INSTEAD, IF they want to learn/critique a prophesy
let them ask their husbands at home.
THEN let them ask and learn at home
For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
BECAUSE she isn't to exercise the office of an elder at church
Or was it from you that the word of God came?
OR do you go against the churches of the saints and the law, as if you were the one to whom God directly gave the instructions?
Or are you the only ones it has reached?
AND are you distinct from all other churches and from the law?
c If anyone thinks that he is a prophet,
IF anyone thinks they have a word to share
or spiritual,
OR if anyone is receiving from the Holy Spirit
he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.
THEN acknowledge that this command is from God
If anyone does not recognize this,
HOWEVER, IF you do not acknowledge that the command is from God
he is not recognized.
THEN you are not truly one with the body/prophets
So, my brothers, d earnestly desire to prophesy,
THEREFORE, desire to prophesy (earnestly)
and do not forbid speaking in tongues.
AND permit tongues in church
e But all things should be done decently
BUT do it with integrity
and f in order.
IN OTHER WORDS, do it in order
Prophesying and praying are not teaching or exercising authority. Women not being able to weigh prophesies = a part of teaching or governing, which is prohibited in 1 Tim 2:10-12
Everyone, even those who prophesy, benefit from others prophesying
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