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HOW TEMPTATION WORKS – PART 2

January 4, 2011

1. Read again James 1.13-18. Last time we learned that God is not the author of temptation.  Where does temptation come from, according to James. 2. After “our own evil desires” start us in a wrong direction, what happens next that leads to our sin? 3. Does temptation immediately lead to sin?  What makes this […]

HEADING TO EPHESUS WITH PRISCILLA AND AQUILA

October 9, 2010

During those 18 months Paul became fast friends, as a well as a business partner with Priscilla and Aquila. They appear to be his closest friends and ministry partners during this fairly stable ministry time in Corinth. 1. Read chapter 18, verses 18-29. What would you say is the purpose of this leg on Paul’s […]

WEEK 26 – CORINTH – PRISCILLA AND AQUILA

October 5, 2010

Paul next moves on to Corinth.  For a fairly detailed description of Corinth when Paul first arrived follow this link CORINTH. We believe that Silas and Timothy were still elsewhere, probably at Berea (Acts 17.13).  There is some evidence that later they joined Paul in Corinth for a time. Originally Athens had been a prominent […]

WEEK 26 – FINAL THOUGHTS ON ATHENS

October 4, 2010

These observations come from Barnes and Strauss. acts through 2 corinthians: what about church? -(c) 2008. by Barbour Publishing. I would highly recommend this resource in your study. Copies are available at Berean. Epicureans were followers of Epicurus, a Greek philosopher (341-270 BC). He taught that nothing exists except matter and space, so the chief […]

WEEK 26 – PAUL IN ATHENS: MODEL FOR APOLOGETICS

October 3, 2010

You may not be familiar with the word apologetics. It means someone who explains the faith or defends it someone outside the kingdom of God. Generally the recipient of apologetics is someone who does not yet believe in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, or who is seeking to understand who God is. The story […]

WEEK 25 – AGITATORS TURNING THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

September 30, 2010

“… they’re political agitators turning the world upside down.” – Acts 17:6, the Voice People do not like change or challenge. This is especially the case of cherished beliefs. Such a situation creates an explosive situation as people’s spiritual security is threatened by a new idea. It is especially the case when the new idea […]

ACTS 25 – WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

September 27, 2010

Chapter 16: The Power of Praise Read chapter 16, verses 25-40.  What would be your response to be thrown into prison for doing God’s work? How do Paul and Silas deal with it? 1. What happens while Paul and Silas are having their “prayer and praise meeting”? 2. How many prisoners have been set free? […]

WEEK 25 – BONUS COVERAGE – ACTS 16

September 26, 2010

ACTS 25 – TROUBLE IN PHILIPPI

September 26, 2010

Chapter 16: Paul and Silas Imprisoned and their Jailer Set Free Next is one of the most powerful and popular stories in the Bible. After ministering to Lydia, Paul and Silas settle in to do ministry among the Gentile majority in Philippi. 1. Read chapter 16, verses 9-24. Who does Paul and Silas encounter?  What […]

WEEK 24 – THE CALL TO MACEDONIA

September 24, 2010

Chapter 16: Waiting on the Spirit Bill Hybels says that God always answers prayer.  Sometimes he says NO. This is not the thing to do.  Something he says YES and we move forward. Sometimes he says SLOW which means it’s not yet the right time.  Paul, Silas and Timothy experienced something like that.  In this […]