PAUL IN CORINTH. ACTS 18:1-18. PART II

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Here is the link to the PDF: Paul in Corinth Part II

Paul was faithful to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He wasn’t afraid to let the Jews know that their rejection of the Gospel was rebellion against the God of Israel. Justus and Crispus come to know the Lord Jesus Christ through the truth of the Gospel – the power of God to salvation to all who believe: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

These verses are filled with hope for all who believe the Gospel. Our Lord Jesus is the gracious God who loves us, gave His life for us, and rose again from the dead. He has shared His victory over sin and death with us! May we understand our victory over sin and death through the wonderful truth of the Messiah of Israel – our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

God bless you, dear reader.

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Paul’s HEART for The Philippian People. Philippians 1:1-5

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Here is the PDF: Philippians 1.1-5

Paul’s heart for the Philippian people is a wonderful example of a heart transformed through the Gospel of Christ by the grace of God. Paul’s salutation is very humble – he calls Timothy and himself slaves of Christ instead of apostles of Christ. The Greek understanding of the word slave was a bond slave: one whose will is consumed by the will of his master. Are we slaves of Christ? May we humble ourselves to be His bond slave.

True apostles preach Christ, make disciples, and train believers to live the crucified life. The emphasis of their ministry is not miracles, signs, and wonders but on the Gospel of Christ. Though Christ performed miracles through the hands of his men, the emphasis of their ministries to the world were not on signs and wonders. Their emphasis was on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A true apostle will preach the true Gospel of Christ everywhere he goes. Most of today’s modern apostles do not preach the Gospel everywhere they go, nor are they strictly dedicated to it. Most have hobbies, mansions, and wealth that detract them from the priority of living and preaching the Gospel – that which no true apostle of the New Testament possessed nor concerned themselves with.

Paul writes from his prison house in Rome. The emphasis is his letter is on the joy of the Gospel of Christ and his gratitude to the Philippian fellowship. He wrote this letter while in chains; may we learn from this most blessed letter of Scripture authored by none other than the Holy Spirit, Himself.

God bless you.

Paul in Corinth. Acts 18:1-18. Part I

PAUL IN CORINTH: A TRUE APOSTLE NEVER CEASES TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

Here is the PDF for Paul in Corinth Part I: Paul in Corinth. Acts 18.1-18

Paul came to Corinth and met Acquila. He stayed with Acquila and his wife Priscilla, and he worked with them in the tent making business. Paul shares the Gospel with both Jews and Gentiles when he enters the synagogue of Corinth, and he seeks to persuade them all to believe the Gospel of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a true apostle of Christ, Paul was relentless in his preaching and teaching of the Gospel and in his desire to persuade all who listened to repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. As is demonstrated in the book of Acts, a true apostle’s ministry emphasis is the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Christ and making disciples that will live the crucified life through the Spirit of God. No true apostle of Christ will fail to share the Gospel every where he goes. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless us with His understand of His word.

God bless you.

Paul In Athens. Part I

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Here is a PDF of the entire message taught on Sunday at Vision Calvary Chapel:

Paul in Athens– part I. Acts 17.15-18

Paul came to Athens from Berea; it was a journey of approximately 222 miles! Paul was committed to preaching and teaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified every where he traveled. He was a true apostle. Athens was a pagan, corrupt, idolatrous college town of about 50,000 people. Philosophers, scholars, students, and citizenry claimed to be tolerant, open minded, and educated. They lived to hear something “new”, yet ironically, when the new Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was declared to them, the majority rejected it. May we be encouraged by Paul’s commitment to live, obey, and share the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May this message encourage you to serve our Lord Jesus and love Him more and more. God bless you.

Paul In Athens. Part II. A

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Here is the PDF of the entire message taught on Sunday morning:

Paul In Athens. II.A

Paul, the consistent and faithful apostle, did not shrink back in intimidation though he was the only one in Athens preaching Jesus and the Resurrection. I pray this message is a blessing to your heart and that through it you will draw closer and closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is He who died on the cross for our sins, rose again from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven where He presently sits interceding for His people. It is He who will soon return to earth, punish the world for its ungodliness and rebellion against Him, and establish His 1,000 year reign upon this earth as the Messiah of Israel – the promised and blessed Son of David. May we live for Him and find in doing so, that this is life. God bless you.

True Apostles Preach The Gospel

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I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will strengthen your heart in these last days as we eagerly await His return with joy in our hearts!

I want to encourage you to believe the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.

There is great deception, but there is also great truth by which we can, through the Holy Spirit, expose false doctrines and reject them and continue to practice the faith once delivered to the saints – Jude 1.

There are those who claim to be apostles, but the emphasis of their ministry is non-apostolic.

If we read through the New Testament, the emphasis of an apostle is “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” – 1 Corinthians 2:2.

If we read through the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit has written to us that the apostles preached the Gospel everywhere they went and risked their lives for this purpose.

The apostles didn’t just use the term “Gospel” they actually preached the Gospel.

Today, there are men and women who claim to be apostles, who claim to have apostolic authority, and who claim to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. However, they do not preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Please, dear friend, I do not write these words out of spite but out of deep concern for you and your walk with the Lord Jesus.

May you and I base our faith on what the Holy Spirit has already written in His Word – the Bible.

May we follow the true apostles of the New Testament who have written down for us what are the major doctrines and practices we are to believe and obey for all time – until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Any person who claims to be an apostle but does not preach the biblical Gospel of Christ everywhere he or she goes is no apostle. It’s that simple.

The Holy Spirit wrote the book of Acts for a purpose; contained in the these mighty words of the Holy Spirit, are apostolic caricatures – what the first apostles taught, believed, and obeyed. There is no apostle in the book of Acts that failed to preach the Gospel of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in every city and town they visited.

A modern day apostle that does not preach the Gospel of the first apostles is no apostle.

It’s that simple.

If you happen to listen to a message from a modern day apostle, then please consider carefully what you hear:

  1. Is Jesus Christ declared to be God and Savior?
  2. Is Jesus Christ declared to have died on the cross for our sins?
  3. Is Jesus Christ proclaimed to have risen from the dead on the third day?
  4. Is Jesus Christ taught to be the only way to heaven?

If the preaching of the Gospel is not the primary emphasis of the apostles that we hear, then we need to reject these people, their doctrine, their churches, their organizations, their literature, etc.

It’s very simple. If a man or woman who claims to be an apostle does not actually preach the biblical Gospel everywhere they go, then they are no apostle.

God bless you.

What’s Important?

What’s Important?

By far, the most important thing in life is knowing Jesus Christ.

There is nothing that will last forever except a personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah of Israel.

Do you know Jesus the Messiah (Christ – the Anointed One)?

Is Jesus your Messiah? Is Jesus your King? Is Jesus your glory? Is Jesus everything to you?

It has been said, “that if Jesus isn’t in first place, then He is out of place.”

Is Jesus Christ first in your life? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ?

He is coming. He is coming again. He will rule on this earth.

Only those who know Him will be granted eternal life and escape God’s wrath and eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire.

You can know Him who is from the beginning – the Lord Jesus – the Messiah of Israel.

John 20:31 King James Version (KJV)

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Take the time to read the Bible; read the book of the Gospel of John.

May you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your God and Savior and receive eternal life by believing in Him and repenting of sin.

God bless you.

 

Wise For Salvation

Wise For Salvation

Paul commanded Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2-3:

“Preach the word in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Everything the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us about our Lord Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him is found in the written Word – the Scriptures. That is why the Scriptures are to be preached.

Everything we need to know about salvation in Jesus Christ, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of Holy Spirit is found in the Scriptures. That is why we must preach the Word.

Every doctrine or teaching that we need to believe, embrace, and follow is found in the written Words of the Holy Spirit that are only contained in the entirety of the 66 books of the Bible. Read the Bible, dear friend.

Paul explained, “But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 3:13-15.

The Holy Spirit’s discipleship process for His converts is to reveal His written truth from the Bible, so disciples of Jesus Christ will do – will obey – the Word of God.

Our discipleship depends upon the truths taught, read, and believed from the Words of truth found only in the Holy Spirit’s written Word that we call the Bible.

It is my prayer that you will find a fellowship in your area that teaches through the books of the Bible, so you will learn what the Holy Spirit has written and remain a doer of the Word:

“But be doers of the Word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves” – James 1:22.

God bless you.