Romans 4 tells us that salvation is by faith in Christ. By faith we are forgiven and counted as righteous. This is just how Abraham was saved, and it is through faith that he becomes the father of us all.
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The book of Romans is about salvation by faith in Christ. Romans 1 through 3 tells us why we so desperately need this. Romans 1 is tells of the condemnation of those who reject God and fall to every sort of evil and mistreatment of others. Romans 3 says that all have sinned. But what about the sins in Romans 2? Study this "other" condemnation with us.
Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." In this study, we see Jesus is the same here and there, and the kingdom is the same kingdom of God, and so we should show the same spirit here, especially in the kingdom, as will be shown there.
There are several examples of Christians showing their great concern for the apostle Paul as he was headed to and from Jerusalem the final time. We quickly look at a couple of these to see what kind of care we should have for one another.
The Day of the LORD has come many times before and will come again, in one great final time for certain. This is a day of revelation, of decision and or moral imperative. Study this great day with us.
Looking at the second chapter of 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul taught two of the fundamental parts of the gospel: receiving the gospel as from God and and that is should cause us to have a great love for one another.
At the end of a paragraph instructing women in responsibilities and restrictions, the apostle Paul gives a special note of assurance letting them know that their work under such conditions is appreciated and that God desires their salvation.
Paul's mind was so filled with wanting to good things that he couldn't do them all. So should ours be. This can sometimes be frustrating, but it should give us so many wonderful things to look forward to. In this short study, we he how Paul explained this to the Romans.
How Cornelius prepared himself and his friends to hear the gospel when they knew the apostle Peter was coming.
If you wish to be My disciple, deny yours, take up your cross and follow Me." —Jesus
Let's briefly look at why these are hard, and why they are necessary.
The scriptures tell us that we aren't saved by works, but we can' be saved without them. That we are saved by faith, not only faith. Let's examine the scriptures trying to get a full and balanced picture of faith and works.
In a vain and frustrating world, we need to be assured that there will be a reaping. May sow in the Spirit for a good harvest in end. So "Don't Lose Heart In Doing Good."
From 1 John 4, we are told to test the spirit because many different messages are being spread. Christians need to take care to who they're listening too.
Phil. 1:27, "As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ." (Christian Standard Bible). Most translations don't covey the citizen/soldier aspect of the call to united and courageous action in Paul's admonition of Philippians 1:27 & 28. But for a colony of Romans, many of them with a military background, the echos of armed service are clear.
The people had bread from heaven in the wilderness to sustain them, but the grew to hate it, not matter that it was the wonderful provision of God. We examine how Christ is the bread of life for us and we must have Him to sustain us and we should forever take joy in Him.
Christians are very familiar with the list of sins in 1 Cor. 6. The apostle Paul's famous warning that "the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God" is followed by a clear and stark list of sins that are examples of unrighteousness. There is also in the passage also the great hopefulness that although "such were some of you," through Christ, we have been "washed, sanctified and justified."
But that famous list of sins that "such were some of you" is not the first sin in this text. They are examples of the breadth of unrighteousness people, Christians, have practiced. But the first sin in the text is mistreatment of brethren. That wasn't something that these Christians had just done in the past, it was what a lot of them were currently doing.
What if the worst person ever, a killer of men and children and a corruptor of all truth and good was hauled off to prison. Wouldn't he deserve it? Wouldn't we be glad? What if that person truly repented and began to follow God? God did take a such a terrible sinner and restore him with his repentance, deep humility and prayer. Let's see what we can learn from the restoration of Manasseh.
The final sermon of our gospel meeting, from Deuteronomy 33.24-29, Cloyce tells us of the blessing, promise and value of living day-by-day. He says, “We often get into trouble making things bigger and more complicated than they are. Life is best lived moment-by-moment, day-by-day.”