It may be strange to consider this as a spiritual practice but every Christian serves as a watchman for the Lord. We are to expose the works of darkness in the world with the light of the truth of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:11). I do not know that this necessarily mandates that all Christians be … Continue reading Blow the Whistle!
This first epistle to the Thessalonians varies in its subject matter but I think one key takeaway is to expect afflictions if you are a Christian and to not let them turn your from Christ. Notes on the First Book of Thessalonians Paul, a true shepherd and apostle, speaks not to please men but God, … Continue reading Notes on the First Book of Thessalonians
One thing I have found lacking in the Church in my experience is the desire among the brethren for spiritual gifts. We are commanded by Paul to earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit and so we should do so (1 Corinthians 14:1). The exercising of gifts was frequently used throughout the Book of Acts … Continue reading It’s Okay (even Encouraged!) to Want to Receive Gifts – It just Depends on What Kind…
I continue my study of the epistles with Paul (and Timothy)'s letter to the Colossians. This letter discusses aspects of the nature of Christ and warns against false doctrines, amongst other things. Notes on the Book of Colossians To please the Lord we must have the full knowledge of his will, which is a spiritual … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Colossians
This is a pretty diverse epistle in terms of content, containing discussion of Paul's imprisonment and varied advice on the conduct of a Christian. Notes on the Book of Philippians "I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Philippians
Please find the second part of my notes on Ephesians below. Notes on the Book of Ephesians - Chapters 4-6 We should be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with our brothers in love to maintain unity in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:2-3). The "Unity" Proclamation: "There is one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Ephesians – Part 2 – Chapters 4-6
To paraphrase from Paul's epistle, to the Saints who are reading this blog post, "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 1:2 English Standard Version). This epistle covers a variety of topics including regeneration, church relations and social relations. I have broken this up into two parts … Continue reading Notes on the Book of Ephesians – Part 1 – Chapters 1-3