Acts (Program #44) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (10)
If we were embarking on a mission to preach the Gospel, surely we would expect the Holy Spirit to assist us, even empower us. But, did you know that the book of Acts tells of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus even forbidding the Apostle Paul from doing just that? It’s a surprising story that’s full of spiritual insight when we dig into it. Stay with us for a rich and enlightening life study of the Bible.
Job (Program #13) – The Final Outcome, Under God’s Consummation
Job was a man fully absorbed in seeking to be upright, perfect and righteous before God. And without dispute, he had obtained much of what he sought after. Yet the book of Job reveals that God would never be satisfied by having His people obtain just a high and ethical condition such as Job’s. And so bit by bit Job was led progressively to lose all his natural attainments and with their loss also came the loss of his trust and reliance upon himself. Listen to Job 42:5-6, “I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye has seen You; Therefore I abhor myself, and I repent in dust and ashes.” Not until so much of his self has been stripped away did Job begin to gain something of God and to have God Himself added to his being. This is the ultimate revelation of the book of Job and the ultimate revelation of the entire Bible.
Acts (Program #43) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (9)
The Apostle Paul began the second of his great missionary journeys on a contentious note. A serious dispute aroused between he and Barnabas, his close co-worker and the one who initiated him into the ministry. The lessons that are seen in this account in Acts chapter 15 hold much help and insight even for us today, if our heart and spirit are open to see and hear God’s speaking from His faithful and holy Word.
Job (Program #12) – Man Moving in God’s Move and God Moving in Man’s Move
As the New Testament era opened, a dramatic change occurred in the way that God moves to accomplish His purpose on the earth. God’s move was then inextricably linked to man; that means that God ceased to move apart from and independent of man. Of course, the man that God used for His move was Jesus Christ, who we know was also God. That’s why the high priests, the elders and even the officials of the Roman government could not determine whether the activities of Jesus were the activities of a man or of God. Actually, His actions were the actions of the first God-man. Today God is still operating in this principle. The principle of His moving into man, in man and through man. This is the principle of incarnation. “In the beginning was the Word”, John says, “…and the Word was God and the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”. (John 1:1, 14)
Acts (Program #42) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (8)
As Barnabas and Paul were preaching the gospel and establishing new churches in Asia, men came from Judea, Christians instructing the new believers that to be properly saved they most follow the customs and laws given by Moses. What effect did this have on God’s move among the Gentiles and how did the Apostles resolve this new crisis? We will look at this potential devastating development in the first century church on today’s life study of the Bible.
Job (Program #11) – The Third of the Three Rounds (4) – Job’s Final Speaking (2)
Job chapter 29 brings us to a scene that most of us can relate very well to. At this point in the book, Job is once again pouring out to his friends concerning the terrible sufferings that God had visited upon him. And in this discourse, he was reliving many of the fond recollections of the glories of his past experience. How often do we dwell in the past when we are languishing in the depths of our present despair? But Job was also drawing upon his past successes in order to build a defense so that he could plead his case before God. A case that was totally built upon his own righteousness.
Acts (Program #41) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (7)
As Christians are we bound to keep the commandments and ordinances of the Old Testament? This is a difficult question for believers even today but it was more difficult for the saints in the first century. It imposed the first serious challenge to the oneness of the Body that Christ died to establish. We will look at this problem of the early church and how God’s sovereignty is displayed in its resolution on today’s life study of the Bible.
Job (Program #10) – The All-Inclusive Spirit as the Consummation of the Processed and Consummated Triune God
The book of Philippians refers in chapter 1 to the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ in verse 19. By which we live Christ, magnify Christ, pursue Christ and gain Christ. By this bountiful supply of the Spirit we can count everything as loss and as refuse. Because Job did not have this Spirit, he was overly sensitive toward God and toward his friends. He had no joy and he never rejoiced. But the apostle Paul having this Spirit, rejoiced even in prison according to Acts 16:25.
Acts (Program #40) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (6)
The kingdom of God is so precious, so sweet. And, I believe as you’re listening to this broadcast, your heart will be set on fire to realize what the kingdom of God really is.
Acts 14:22 says, that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. What is the kingdom of God? And, what is it to enter into it? This a much misunderstood topic among peoples of all faiths. But, it’s the main subject of much of the Apostle’s teaching in the book of Acts, and it will also be our focus on today’s life study of the Bible.
Job (Program #9) – The Second of the Three Rounds (4) – Job’s Complaint
Job 19:25-27 say, “But I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will stand upon the earth; And after this body of mine is destroyed, Outside my flesh I will look on God, Whom I, even I, will look on for myself, And my eyes will see; I, and no other. My inward parts that long for God are consumed within me.” This famous verse from Job will be the subject of the life-study of Job today.