"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
Is Christ Divided?
Friday, April 28, 2017
The first problem Paul addressed was the problem of division; believers were divided over the leaders they followed. Paul's message was, we should follow Christ and not human leaders. Paul taught that the Spirit of God alone teaches spiritual things to man. We cannot learn spiritual truth simply through our human eyes, ears, or heart. We must learn spiritual truth through the Holy Spirit who gives us the capacity to know and understand God's thoughts.
Correction and Charisma in Corinth - Thursday, April 27, 2017
Paul's first pastoral letter to the Corinthians was written to a church he knew very well, to correct problems and to instruct and encourage believers in their faith, and ours. In the first eleven chapters Paul addressed the specific problems within the church which inhibit spiritual growth and witness, both individually, and as a church. The last four chapters are the constructive section which offers solutions to the church's problems then and in our churches today.
Righteousness Reproduced in Rome - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
In Romans, chapters 12-16, Paul emphasizes the practical application of the truths he has shared in relation to God, the church, other believers, the government, the world, and ourselves. Paul specifically addresses: hospitality, serving, humility, forgiveness, prayer, honor, being an example, the gray areas of life and how to let love dictate how we respond to differences of opinion. Paul ends with his primary goal: to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So What! - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
In Romans chapters 9 - 11, Paul deals with very deep truths we will never totally understand, namely the doctrine of Election and the Sovereignty of God. In Romans 8:28 we learn we can trust God's judgment in all things, even the bad, because He promises to ultimately make good come out of it. Surrendering our will to God allows Him to reveal His perfect will for our lives. As we obey God, He is happy to show us more of His will for our lives.
The Four Winners and the Four Laws - Monday, April 24, 2017
Paul explains in Romans 5 - 8 what it means to overcome sin and live righteously for Christ in a fallen world and that is only possible through His grace. In chapter 7 and 8, Paul introduces us to four spiritual laws: the Law of God, the Law of Sin and Death, the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ, which allows us to overcome sin and death, and the Law of the Mindset. Setting our mind on the Law of the Spirit will free us to live righteously as justified people by God's grace.
God and Man -- Like It Is - Friday, April 21, 2017
The Book of Romans is Paul's theological masterpiece. Paul lays out the crucial doctrine of Justification (that God declares the unrighteous to be completely righteous because of the work of Jesus Christ). It is upon this pillar that he builds his argument for the gospel's power to transform unrighteous sinners into the justified righteous, for the cross of Jesus Christ can make us righteous. The good news in Christ is we can become justified, "just as if we never sinned!"
Patterns of Paul - Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Apostle Paul is a good example of using every opportunity to share his faith story and influencing anyone he met for Christ. He even shared his faith with an angry mob in Jerusalem. Paul shared before the Jewish Council, then with governors Felix, then Festus, and before King Agrippa, who was almost persuaded to believe the Gospel. At every turn, even when shipwrecked on Malta, Paul told everyone the Gospel and how God changed his life.
The Preaching of Paul - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Paul tried to relate the Gospel without being offensive in Athens, by quoting Greek poets and bringing a message about their "unknown god," yet few believed. Later we see Paul preaching the Gospel more simply and letting God convict the hearer. Paul went to Jerusalem even though he would no doubt be in danger and suffer. Truly, Paul did all things for the sake of the Gospel, and, like Jesus, made loving the lost his primary priority.
The Patterns of Pentecost Plant the Church - Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Great Commission has four main parts (going, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching). We can see all of them in the Book of Acts as God clearly showed that the Gospel was for everyone: Philip preached in Samaria and then to the Ethiopian, and Peter shared the gospel with the Roman soldier Cornelius. Paul and Barnabas further show this as they proclaim the Gospel from Jerusalem and Judea and to the "uttermost parts of the earth."
The Personal Pentecost of Paul - Monday, April 17, 2017
The conversion of Saul is an astounding display of the Holy Spirit's power. God took Saul, an adamant opponent to the Gospel, and transformed him into the Apostle Paul, the greatest missionary of the Gospel. As a result of his new faith, and his commitment to reach the world with the Gospel, Paul forfeited all of his worldly success and reputation as a Pharisee, "counting all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus."
Friday, April 28th, 2017
the Second Week after Easter