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Thessalonians 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Romans
Other books completed, but not listed below: Ephesians, Philippians
Ideal Church" - 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Their ENERGY, their ELECTION, their EXAMPLE, their ENTHUSIASM, and their EXPECTANCY. More than a rough draft, Paul’s first letter to any church was the final word on what a church should be.
Servant" - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Spiritual power, perseverance, purpose, and parenting made Paul the ideal servant to those he was leading. And we are all called to be servants.
Discipleship" - 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Win ’em, wet ’em, & wean ’em. That last step is the big one of discipleship - "Teaching them to observe all things..." Often forsaken, but so important!
Ideal Walk" - 1 Thessalonians 4-5
5 Reasons the Christian life is compared to a walk. Then Paul gives a candid illustration of sex, purity, and holiness. Other topics include the walks of love, honesty, hope, and much more.
Parts 1, 2, & 4 [pt. 3 below]
pt. 3 of above--"I'll Fly Away" - 1 Thessalonians 4; Psalm 55
Awesome pictorial PowerPoint accents this 'rapture' message. In these verses written by David, he is tired and oppressed from all directions. Thus, in his prayer to God, he says “I wish I could fly away to a place of rest and get away from it all.”
- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
The Disturbing Message. The Deceptive Man. the Deluded Masses. The antichrist, the timeframe, and why we believe these are the last days.
Thessalonians Series now complete! How to order
to Kill a Church" - 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
The angel at the tomb said, ‘why seek the living among the dead?’ And many are finding it true as they seek a church. Corinth was a defiled, divided, and thus disgraced place, but there was hope!
"The Power of
Foolishness" - 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16
The cross divides men. The lost see it as foolishness. But it unites those of us who have been born again. Jesus called Himself a divider of men, and the dividing line is the cross.
Guys" - 1 Corinthians 3:1-17
There is the natural man, the supernatural [Spirit filled] man, and the unnatural [carnal] man. Which guy are you? "6 Things the Bible says to do to the Flesh."
Only Work on Sundays!" - 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
I have learned that everyone knows what the pastor should be doing except me. That is exactly what Paul was saying to this church in Corinth--and things haven’t changed much after all of these years.
1 Corinthians 5:1-11
Tactful way of bringing the church back to the Biblical roots of accountability, responsibility, and discipline!
[3 parts now complete!]
Members" - 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
How should Christians settle differences of opinion with each other, disputes, or even instances of personal damages? Through lawsuits?
- 1 Corinthians 8
All about the 'grey areas' of life and morality, and how to avoid becoming a stumbling block to others as you choose your standards for the Savior.
"Athletic Christian" - 1 Corinthians 9
It takes desire, discipline, drive and determination, self denial, and distinctive character to fight the good fight and win in the race of life.
"What Can I Do When I'm Tempted to Do What I Don't Want to Do?" - 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation: The PURPOSE, the PROTECTION, and the PROCEDURE. And how to PRACTICE taking the 'way of escape' God provides.
"Who Wears the Pants?" - 1 Corinthians 11
It’s not an equality issue or about women at all. It’s really about authority, headship, submission, and order. God - Christ - Man - Woman
"Come To The
1 Corinthians 10:16-11:31
Includes 7 things we ought to bring with us as we approach the greatest dinner table of all time.
Assets" - 1 Corinthians 12
Every Christian has spiritual gifts. But few really put them to use. It's time to thaw them out...to defrost what God has given us and get to work. Be informed, Be influenced, and Be identifying yours!
Crown Jewel" - 1 Corinthians 13
This 'love chapter' is often read at weddings, but its meaning and significance go deeper than man can comprehend. God is love, and to come to know this kind of love is to know Him.
"Speaking of Tongues"
1 Corinthians 14
Greek Word Study which has convinced many open-minded that this sign gift has ceased in its Biblical form.
"Christmas: The New Easter" - 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
We can have the merriest Christmas by celebrating the real reason for the season, that the incarnation was for the purpose of the substitution and the resurrection!
"7 Steps to Victory"
Acrostic of word "VICTORY" outlines the 7 points. We all need victory over various hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
Things Up" - 1 Corinthians 16:1-24
When it comes to giving many Christians stop...at nothing! 6 Guidelines for Giving God’s tithe on God’s day that God’s work might be done in God’s way. Then the closing of this letter.
Final message in 1 Corinthians Series
of All Comfort" - 2
It is one thing to have comfort when the sun is shining. But what we really need is comfort in the time of trouble. Then we can comfort others.
Handle the Truth" - 2 Corinthians 2:1-24
As preachers we are privileged to handle the truth in our grasp. Sometimes it hurts, but it always helps, and God makes the truth to triumph gloriously!
"The Proof is in the Pudding" - 2 Corinithians 3
I think you can tell when someone has been with Jesus…the proof is in the pudding, and you can see it all over their face! 'O taste and see that the Lord is good!'
"Blind to the Light" - 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
"Down But Not Out" - 2 Corinthians 4:8-18
There was hand-to-hand combat in the corners, but Paul still could turn to God. When you can't look this way or that you can always look up!
"This Old House" - 2 Corinthians 5:1-9
I'm going to have a glorified body [house] someday that will make a mansion look like a shack, and my God has already paid for it in full!
"If Any Man Be In Christ" - 2 Corinthians 5:10-21
We may age and get old on the outside, but we can grow ever younger and more alive on the inside...if we are IN CHRIST!
"All Things New" -
2 Corinthians 5:17
We need not wait for heaven to begin the new life in Christ! And reincarnation is nothing to hold your breath over...A New Creation, A New Covenant, A New Command, & A New Kingdom to Come!
List" - 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
What are God's expectations for His man? What are we supposed to do and to be? And what's this?...oh yeah, all God's people are to be ministers like this!
"A Separate Message" - Separation. What is it? What does it mean? How do I become separated? Separated from what? Unto what? And why? Worldliness and the carnal Christian.
When the Pastor Makes a Hard Decision" - Pastors have a difficult job in many ways, contrary to the 'He only works on Sundays' mindset many in the church have. Spiritual stress is unlike stress of any other kind.
of Christian Giving" - 2 Corinthians 8:1-6
The subject changes from Christian living to Christian giving. Our heart is very much tied to our wallet, or what we treasure most.
to Christian Giving" - 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Christ was rich, but for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich, in more ways than just the money we give back.
"Explanation of Christian Giving" - 2 Corinthians 8-9
We could call this message, "Proof of Love", because that's what our giving is. It is one of many proofs that we love God.
"Encouragement to Christian Giving" - "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Jesus said it first, and we repeat it often, but do we practice it? How to sow bountifully and reap the same.
Defense" - 2 Corinthians 10
Usually Paul is on the offensive, but now suddenly he is under attack and on the defensive. But Christians aren't supposed to defend themselves, are they? That's the Lord's job. But Paul isn't defending himself, he's defending the Lord and the ministry...and that IS our job!
the Right" - 2 Corinthians 11
It's not right for a Christian to brag on himself. In the grand scope of life we are nothing, but God makes us into something, and will do so if we will give Him the glory for it.
Stars" - 2 Corinthians 12
Paul was brought to the third heaven and back. Why? What did he see there? And why is he rather glorying in his thorn in the flesh instead of this awesome trip he took?
Paul is Coming to Town!" - 2 Corinthians 12:13-21
God has many good gifts for His children, and His way is to pass them along using His ordained chain of command. But will the church believe in his spiritual authority?
"Third Time's the Charm" - 2 Corinthians 13
Paul's third and final journey to Corinth is what did the trick. EXAMINE YOURSELVES! If Jesus asked you, "Why should I let you into heaven?" what would you respond?
Final message in 2 Corinthians Series
"What an Introduction!" - Galatians 1:1-10
Paul starts off cool, and then heats up quickly. He cuts to the chase calmly and directly and doesn't mince words. SALVATION IS NOT OF WORKS!
"Arabian Nights" - Galatians 1:11-20
Paul trained in the desert of Arabia. It was a long night in his life. He now tells about those Arabian Nights and how they helped make him who he is.
"From Jerusalem to Antioch" - Galatians 2:1-14
A contrast of Jerusalem and Antioch, Peter and Paul, and law and grace -- How God bridged the gap and sent the good news around the world!
"Justification by Faith" - Galatians 2:15-21
Every religion of this world instructs us to do something. Christianity is different. It tells us that we are justified by faith in an accomplished act. Every other religion says do. Christianity says done.
"Experience the Word" - Galatians 3:1-9
Which is more important - doctrine, or experience? The WORD is our authority, but shouldn't our experience corroborate the truth?
"The Curse of the Law" - Galatians 3:7-18
God's promise to believing Abraham was made long before the Law came around. Are you a child of Father Abraham by faith in the Lamb, God's substitute sacrifice?
"Why the Law?" - Galatians 3:18-29
Like the law of gravity, God's law was instituted to 'bring you down,' and reveal your lost condition so Jesus could swoop in and save you!
"Abba, Father" - Galatians 4:1-7
We are adopted, made to be heirs, and given full grown status positionally in Christ. No wonder we feel this great term of endearment and cry, "Abba, Father!"
"Hagar the Horrible" - Galatians 4:8-31
She is the mother of Ishmael and all things Arab, and she is an In-Law to Islam. Sarah birthed Isaac, the child of Promise. What we can learn from them about the Law, Grace, and current events.
"Falling From Grace" - Galatians 5:1-15
Don't miss the boat! Saved by faith and living by law perpetrates falling from grace; saved by faith and walking in the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit.
"Fruit of the Spirit" - Galatians 5:16-26
To walk in the Spirit you have to be willing to go out on a limb ... but good news: that's where the fruit is!
To Do With Your Burdens" Galatians 6:2-5
Some burdens are meant to be SHARED, some burdens are meant to be SHOULDERED, and some burdens are meant to be SHED.
"Blunt Truths on
Sowing and Reaping" Galatians 6:6-10 Blunt truths on topics
ranging from paying the preacher to living in sin.
You get what you pay for and you'll get paid for what you go after in life. The wages of sin are real, and so are the rewards for righteousness.
Blunt truths on topics ranging from paying the preacher to living in sin.
Three handwritings are mentioned in this final section. The first is Paul's own large print, followed by the handwriting of circumcision and the stigmata of the Lord Jesus on our lives.
Romans [section 1]
"The Greatest Book in the
Bible" - Romans 1:1
I'm glad I don't have to choose, but if I were shipwrecked on an island and had to pick one book of the Bible, I believe I'd take Romans.
"Three I AMs" - Romans 1:14-16
Paul said, verse 14, “I am debtor …” verse 15, “. . . I am ready . . .” verse 16, “. . . I am not ashamed . . .”
"Four Fearsome Factors" - Romans 1:16-20
Is God fair to let a person die and go to Hell who has never even once heard the name of Jesus? A Biblically [not politically] correct answer.
"Not Ashamed" - Romans 1:16
While every wicked thing imaginable is coming out of its closet,it’s time that the people of God came out from underneath the rock, stood on the Rock, and let it be known where they stand.
"The Only Sin" - Romans 1:18-32
The only sin today is to call sin "sin." If you do, you are labeled as intolerant. An expose of homosexuality and other sexual perversions from God’s perspective.
"The Hypocrite's Triple
Judgment" - Romans 2:1-16
God looks on the heart, and sees through all of those things that we outwardly decorate ourselves with.
"Objection Overruled" -
4 objections of the heathen, the hypocrites, and the Hebrews are discussed and overruled by the Judge on the Throne!
"God vs. Humanity" -
Paul is the prosecuting attorney bringing an indictment in the case of God vs. Humanity. Evidence is presented, and the Verdict is read.
"From Wrath to
Righteousness" - Romans 3:21-22
It's true: Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven...but it's even better than that in God's economy...it's as if those sins never happened...completely erased!
- Romans 3:24-31
Ask me why I love my wife and I'll have laundry list of reasons she's lovable. But Jesus loved me while I was yet a sinner.
"If You're Saved and You
Know It Say Amen!" - Romans 3:28, 1 John
Everyone has faith in something. There is a counterfeit kind of faith. Even the demons believe in God but aren't saved. The evolutionist has more faith than we do! Let's learn true faith.
Gospel According to Abraham" - Romans 4:1-8
Paul spends a lot of time on justification because our nature tries to clothe ourselves with righteousness in the form of fig leaves, but we are not truly clothed with righteousness until God does the clothing.
Pitiful Sight" - Romans 4:9-25
An illustration of people groups who today do ’penance’ to earn God’s favor highlights Paul’s admonition to the Jews who made so many pitiful attempts at gaining God’s salvation He wants to freely give away.
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