"ICM's Mini Bible College" with "Dick Woodward "
Prescription for Peace
Monday, November 23, 2015
Do you have the continuous peace of God? If not, that should not surprise or disillusion you if you are not meeting God's conditions. In Philippians 4 Paul teaches us twelve conditions for the peace of God: Do not worry, pray about everything, think on good things, do the right thing, be thankful, have a reputation for gentleness, be patient, accept your circumstances, look up, delight in Him, value the approval of God, and rest your heart and mind in Christ.
Patterns for Living in Christ - Thursday, November 19, 2015
The theme of Philippians is Living in Christ through fellowship. Let this mind be in you. Paul emphasizes the importance of humility in the fellowship of believers and to consider others higher than ourselves. He teaches that we can and should know and fulfill God's good and perfect will for our lives. Paul also said, This one thing I do, I forget the things that are behind and I reach forward to those things which are ahead.
The Fellowship of the Gospel - Monday, November 16, 2015
In this lesson we begin studying Paul's eloquent thank you note to the church at Phillipi; the one he pointed to as an example for others to follow. Phillip was focused on reaching the lost. We are introduced to what is called an inside-out church, which was faithful in its witness. The true church is made up of people who are followers of Christ because they have heard the Holy Spirit calling them to fellowship with Jesus Christ.
Robe for Relationships - Thursday, November 12, 2015
The book of Ephesians teaches us how to apply the principals of Christianity in the most difficult of all the arenas, the home. Paul tells us we must take off the rags of the old man and put on the new man's robes and walk in the Spirit, in love, especially in the home. In the fifth chapter, Paul gives God's plan for families and that the father and husband is to love as Christ loves the Church.
Rags and Robes - Monday, November 9, 2015
The purpose of Ephesians is to show the Church who and what they are to be in this world; to show the Church we have received all we need to live victoriously, and it is possible to live in the heavenly dimension. We are exhorted to stop playing church and be the Church. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how all that you are, by the grace of God, makes you an integral part of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Charisma in Christ - Thursday, November 5, 2015
In our concluding look at Galatians we have insight into Paul's handicap and his explanation of the new birth which is like physical birth. Paul teaches if Christ has made us free then we should remain free. Paul's little letter to the Ephesians is very profound. Paul tells us that in Christ and in the heavenly realm we have access to everything we need to live a Godly holy life. The problem is we sometimes look in the wrong place.
The Gospel Reaped - Monday, November 2, 2015
We have two opposing forces within us: our sin nature and our new nature. The Apostle Paul says in Galatians, the Spirit can overcome the flesh. It all depends on what we plant in the garden of our lives. If we plant God's seed into our life then the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We must plant seeds to please the Spirit to reap eternal life.
The Gospel in Reverse - Thursday, October 29, 2015
Can you be good enough to be saved or stay saved? Paul says such thinking is of the flesh. When Paul heard the Gospel was being perverted to a works based gospel, he responded to the Galatians explaining we are justified by faith not works. Paul went on to say the only way to live is be crucified with Christ; Paul wasnt talking about dying, he was talking about living by faith in Christ.
The Absolute Gospel - Monday, October 26, 2015
Paul concludes 2 Corinthians challenging those who are in the church to examine themselves to see if they are really in Christ. The next book we study is the letter of Paul to the Galatians where Jewish leaders were teaching that to be saved and stay saved one had to observe the Jewish laws. Paul said that if anyone comes preaching a different gospel, they should be rejected and cursed of God, because the Gospel he preached was from God not from men.
The Grace of Giving - Thursday, October 22, 2015
In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul writes about an offering for persecuted believers in Jerusalem. Paul describes the faithful stewardship of the Philippians, giving us a masterpiece on the subject of Biblical stewardship. God accepts our gifts, not based on how large they are. The Philippians gave generously even in their poverty but on the attitude with which we give it. Our motivations should be love and gratitude, joyfully giving back to God a portion of what He has given us.
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