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I conclude with two stories that show how believers have put our text into action.

Problems in Thessalonica

He used a water wheel, worked by a treadmill, to pump water from a stream below to irrigate his field. The Christian repaired the dike and pumped more water, but the same thing kept happening over and over again. Finally, after consulting and praying with some brothers at his church, the farmer first pumped water for the two fields below and then pumped water for his own field. After this, the water always stayed in his field.

After a while, he came to faith in Christ. Another story took place during a time of horrible war and brutality in the Middle East more than a century ago. An Muslim enemy soldier chased a Christian woman and her brother until he cornered them. He mercilessly shot the brother and let the sister go free, but not until she had witnessed the brutal murder.

Later, she was working in a military hospital as a nurse when the soldier who had killed her brother was brought into her ward. He was critically wounded and the slightest inattention to his needs would have meant certain death. When the nurse realized this, a powerful temptation for vengeance raged in her mind.

The Muslim soldier was silent for a long time. I want it.

1 Thessalonians - Chapter 1

Our sensitive, loving ministry to one another in the church and our loving behavior towards those in the church and outside who wrong us should tell the world about our Savior Rom. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. The Place Where Everyone is Welcome. The Lord wants us to minister sensitively to one another. Paul mentions four aspects of sensitive ministry: A. Admonish the unruly. Encourage the fainthearted. He finally did. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go. Help the weak. Isaiah Matt. Jesus helped or held on to the weak; so should His church.

Be patient with everyone. We should minister sensitively to one another.

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Then Paul adds … 2. The Lord wants us to live lovingly in the church and in the world. There are negative and positive sides to this: A. Negatively, love never retaliates for wrongs suffered. Positively, love seeks the highest good of others, namely, that God would be glorified in their lives. Conclusion I conclude with two stories that show how believers have put our text into action. Application Questions Share with others a time when you were discouraged or overwhelmed by stress and how another believer encouraged you.

How can we determine if it may be right to fight for our rights and when we should just accept being wronged? Discuss: Is it always wrong to defend yourself in court against someone who is trying wrongfully to take advantage of you? Does Scripture require us to try to carry on a relationship with a professing Christian who is difficult to be around? What principles apply? Copyright, Steven J.

The grace of God is powerfully revealed and described in the story of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection, and nowhere is the grace of God more eloquently explained than in the book of Romans. Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church deals with issues that continue to affect Christians to this day.

In this epistle, the apostle addresses problems such as division in the church, sexual immorality, the proper use of spiritual gifts, the role of women in ministry and the importance of maintaining the authentic gospel message. All of these, plus in-depth teaching on the nature of the resurrection, makes this a must study for all Bible students at every level of spiritual maturity. Unlike l Corinthians, II Corinthians is a subjective book.

The Heart of Paul's Theology: Paul and the Thessalonians (high definition video)

I Corinthians teaches the church how to do things and how Christians conduct themselves in various situations. II Corinthians reveals what it is like to be an Apostle. The Galatian letter is Paul's response to those in every age who would try to tamper with the essential message of the Gospel: That salvation is obtained by faith, not law, and that freedom in Christ moves us to live by the Spirit of God, not the spirit of this world. Paul's most eloquent teaching on God's plan of salvation and life in the body of Christ.

A great textual study for those who want to go "deep" into God's word. Philippians is the Apostle Paul's most joyful letter in which he shares rich and encouraging spiritual insights with a church he loved and, because of his imprisonment, greatly missed. This 12 part series is an easy to understand explanation of Paul's epistle to the Colossian church. In it, the Apostle describes the many facets of Christ's pre-eminence superiority in both the physical and spiritual worlds thus establishing the reasons for His Lordship over all.

No other book of the Bible gives a clearer sequence and detail of the events surrounding the glorious return of Jesus Christ than the two letters Paul writes to a young church at Thessalonica Greece who fear that they will be left behind when that great day comes.

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The two letters that the Apostle Paul wrote to the young evangelist, Timothy, provided him with clear instructions for the divinely ordained way the church of the New Testament was to organize and function not only in the first century but throughout history to this day and beyond.

Although this is a second letter sent by Paul to the young evangelist, Timothy, the tone and circumstances of this communication could not be more different. Commonly regarded as Paul's last epistle, Paul's final letter summarizes his most important teachings and bids a touching farewell to a trusted and loved disciple. Paul's letter to Titus is focused on preparing leaders to accurately teach the church and what results this should produce.

This one chapter epistle addresses the issue of slavery which was common in the Roman Empire of the first century.

Originally written for Jewish converts to Christianity, the book of Hebrews describes the many ways Jesus and the religion of Christianity fulfilled and surpassed the elements and practice of the Jewish faith. James' practical approach to Christian living makes his discussion of complex spiritual issues both easy to understand and implement in one's life.

Fisherman, Apostle, Elder, Martyr.

The unique experience of Peter forms his teachings on the power of God's grace and the urgent need of the church to prepare for the return of Christ in all ages. From an ancient source comes a relevant message for the modern Christian. This series will provide both a historical and theological overview as well as a textual study of these brief but powerful epistles which are a good source of apologetic material. In his short letter Jude warns the church against false teachers and reminds us that all of Christian doctrine has already been given by the Apostles. This series explains in simple terms the relationship between these two books of the Bible.

Each book will be reviewed to better understand the meaning of the symbolic language used in both and the message that the writers were communicating to their readers as well as a modern application for today's Christian. Live Lessons Coming Soon These lessons will be available to watch live as they happen. You can then watch the edited version on-demand normally days after the live event. Christians and Christmas.