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Being Clear About The Gospel - Galatians 2:1 - 21

Tuesday, August 11 –It’s Tuesday in our reading thru the New Testament.We are reading through the book of Galatians and will be done by the weekend.Today we read Galatians 2:1 – 21.After you’ve finished with the text, I invite you to come back here to gain some more benefit from your reading.
Paul had plenty of detractors.Even though the Council in Jerusalem (Acts 15) had ruled that there would be nothing more added to faith in Christ for the Gentiles, many of the Jewish believers didn’t like it.They were ready to receive Christ Jesus as the Messiah, but they were not prepared to be in a Gentile/Jewish church.Paul had spent a great deal of time defending the singularity of the Gospel message – that believing in Jesus Christ is an act of God’s Grace and the gift of Faith he gives to us.Then he reminds them that he received the Gospel as a direct revelation from Jesus Christ.Thus, there is no other Gospel.To make sure no one could say he invented it or received it from someone else, he …

Clarifying the Revelation of the Gospel, Galatians 1:1 - 24

Monday, August 11 –A good Monday morning to you.We are returning to our readings thru the New Testament in a Year, and this morning we begin a new letter – Paul’s letter to the Galatians.If you want to do a little test to see the progress you’ve made, pick up your Bible and hold your finger at Galatians 1. Then go back to Matthew 1.Look at the amount of progress you’ve made in reading.
This morning we’ll read Galatians 1:1 – 24.I invite you to come back, and we’ll take a second look with some background information also for more bits of help. Thank You.Galatia is an area in the central part of today’s Turkey.Then it was Galatia in the Asia portion of the Roman Empire.You’ll probably remember that this area was on the first missionary journey Paul and Barnabas went to in Acts 13 – 14; and, Paul took Silas along with him on his second missionary journey beginning in Galatia before the Spirit of God led him to Macedonia (15:16 – 16:10).It was on his first journey that Paul preached the g…

Concluding the Letter - 2 Corinthians 13:1 - 14

The Weekend, August 8 –We come to our weekend reading and also to the end of the book of 2nd Corinthians.Today our text is from 13:1 – 14.Please read the Scripture first and then come back if you can, and we’ll look at it again, and thanks.We come to the final chapter in this emotionally challenging letter of 2 Corinthians.This letter has given us a personal picture of the Apostle Paul.He has been passionate, at times confronting, warm and loving, vulnerable, and pleading.If you think about that description, it’s not a stretch to think of Paul as a Father and the church as his children.He wrote this letter to define the New Covenant ministry God had called him to proclaim (chapters 1 – 7), and to defend his Apostolic authority (chapters 8 – 12).Two things occupied what he addressed concerning His Apostolic authority.First, he calls the church to fulfill its pledge to collect gifts for the church in Jerusalem (chapters 8-9).Then he takes on the assaults on both his character and his le…

Boasting In Thorns and Weaknesses - 2nd Corinthians 12:1 - 21

Friday, August 7 – As we continue our reading through the New Testament in a year, we are almost finished with 2 Corinthians.  The last two days of reading have been emotionally charged, and today finishes that conversation Paul began in chapter 10.  For today, read 2 Corinthians 12:1 – 21.  Again, come back after you finish reading the text and we’ll walk through it together.Boasting – it’s not something any of us enjoy listening to.  Paul has been trying to get the church to see that the false teachers they welcomed into the church are presenting a holier-than-thou front, but that they can’t measure up to the Apostolic call Paul received directly from Jesus.  So, although he hated boasting, he used it to make sure they understood the difference between the Gospel he preached and the false gospel they were preaching.  He begins with this brief explanation – “I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord” (12:1).

A Fool For Christ - 2nd Corinthians 11:1 - 31

Thursday, August 6 – Today we continue in 2nd Corinthians.We will be reading part 2 of what we began yesterday, as Paul makes a passionate appeal to the Church, and opens our eyes to the world Paul has lived for twenty years is.Read 2 Corinthians 11:1 – 33.After you have read the passage, I will invite you to return here so that we can look at it again.“ I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!” (11:1 ).The opening verse is a continuation of what he had been previously speaking to them about.He began an appeal to them in chapter 10 to understand what ministering to the church in Corinth had meant to him.He’s addressing the false preachers who have tried to sway the hearts and minds of the Corinthians and call Paul a huckster.It’s not Paul who is deceptive, it’s the false gospel preachers, and Paul wants the Corinthians to hear him out.What he began in chapter 10 will not be finished until tomorrow when we get to chapter 12.Today, as you well remember, Pa…

Defending God's Purposes in Life - 2 Corinthians 10:1-17

Wednesday, August 5 – It’s mid-week and we are continuing our reading thru the New Testament.Today our reading is from 2nd Corinthians 10:1 – 17.You’ll notice the change in tone from the beginning.Read it twice if you have the time, and then please come back and we’ll look at it together.There’s a noticeable change in tone as chapter 10 begins.Let’s remember the Corinthian story.We learned in the first letter that the church, although established by Paul, was wracked with divisions – personality cults that took on an ominous and troublesome warning for Paul.It wasn’t important that some preferred Paul over others; instead, it was troubling that the divisions were leading to both moral laxity and quarrels over daily decision-making (think marketplace shopping).As well, groups were also divided over doctrine and error had crept into the church.When Paul wrote this letter we are currently reading, he did so to plead with them to understand what was at stake.The New Covenant Gospel was no…

God Loves Cheerful Giving - 2 Corinthians 9: 1 - 15

Tuesday, August 4 – We are in 2 Corinthians as we are continuing our reading thru the New Testament in a year.Today’s reading is from 9:1 – 15.After you’ve read the passage, please come back.Yesterday we made note that the two chapters, 8 & 9, are connected.Paul had appealed to the Corinthians to finish the collection of money for the poor in Jerusalem.He continues to point out that reminding them was “superfluous” (ESV).Why did he say that?“For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action” ( 9:2).
The Roman world was not known for its generosity, except among families.If a commitment was made in public, but not followed through with, the name of the person and their indiscretion was made public. Is Paul putting pressure on them?I don’t believe so. Paul speaks of both privileges of giving and the responsibilities connect…