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10 May 2018 1 Corinthians (Program #31)

1 Corinthians (Program #31) – Dealing with the Abuse of Freedom (2)

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.”, 1 Corinthians 6:17

We are here today to touch a very critical verse from the New Testament, in fact, probably the most important verse related to our experience of the Lord.

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10 May 2018 1 & 2 Kings (Program #13)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #13) – The Reign of Athaliah and Joash over Judah

The history of the kings of Israel and Judah recorded in the books Kings and Chronicles includes many troubling accounts of corrupt politics, twisted and distorted religion and even murder between those vying for leadership over the kingdom of Israel and Judah.  As startling as problems of this magnitude may seen among God’s people, an honest consideration of the more contemporary history of God’s people, that is us, His New Testament believers, the church reveals that within the church today, at least in principle many of these same kinds of problem are still present.  But what is most critical for us today is to realize whether we are talking about that ancient history between the kings of Israel and Judah or leadership among those in the church today.  The root cause of many of these things is the same and that is the ease with which God’s people accept and tolerate division.

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09 May 2018 1 Corinthians (Program #30)

1 Corinthians (Program #30) – Dealing with the Abuse of Freedom (1)

1 Corinthians 6:12 says, “All things are lawful to me, but not all things are profitable; all things are lawful to me, but I will not be brought under the power of anything.” To not be brought under the power of anything –  what does that mean?

6:9-11 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be led astray; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate nor homosexuals Nor thieves nor the covetous, not drunkards, not revilers, not the rapacious will inherit the kingdom of God. And these things were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God….”

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09 May 2018 1 & 2 Kings (Program #12)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #12) – The Reign of Jehu Over Israel

Many prominent figures of the Old Testament are important not only because of the actual events associated with their lives historically but also because they represent or typify something greater and more significant than themselves.  For example, in the New Testament, Moses still typifies the law and similarly Elijah represents the prophets.  Of course, Moses and Elijah were godly and used by Him to advance His purpose in the Old Testament age.  But there is another Old Testament figure that was utterly evil and led God’s people into idolatry and inequity and is also referred to in the New Testament typifying the idolatry and inequity that still consume many of God’s people today.  Today we come to consider the evil prophetess Jezebel from the books of 1 & 2 Kings.

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08 May 2018 1 Corinthians (Program #29)

1 Corinthians (Program #29) – Dealing with Going to Secular Law

1 Corinthians chapter  6:11 “And these things were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

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08 May 2018 1 & 2 Kings (Program #11)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #11) – Elisha’s Ministry of Grace

The mighty prophet Elijah was a clear type of John the baptist in the New Testament.  John the baptist was mighty and most assuredly he was clothed with the Spirit of power as was Elijah.  But John’s most critical role was to announce and usher in Christ.  Centuries before Elijah ushered in Elisha.  Just as Elijah was a type of John the Baptist, the prophet Elisha typified Christ and the New Testament ministry of grace.

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07 May 2018 1 Corinthians (Program #28)

1 Corinthians (Program #28) – Dealing with an Evil Brother

Things happen in the church that we would never suspect. 1 Corinthians chapter 5 is one of those chapters in the New Testament where the apostle Paul is dealing with an evil brother.

5:1 says “It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication that does not even occur among the Gentiles, that someone has his stepmother.”

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07 May 2018 1 & 2 Kings (Program #10)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #10) – The Reign of Ahaziah Over Israel & Rapture of Elijah

In 2 Kings, the might prophet Elijah was taken up from the earth into the heavens in a whirlwind. At that moment Elisha who had been with Elijah picked up his mantle and the Spirit of God descended upon Elisha. This moment marked the transition from the ministry of Elijah to the ministry of Elisha. But is that all that was represented by this transfer? Actually if we understand the clear types and symbols of the Old Testament, we can see that in reality, this story unveils the transition from the Old Testament to the New.

06 May 2018 1 Corinthians (Program #27)

1 Corinthians (Program #27) – Stewards of the Mysteries of God

When we consider the leading ministry, the most respected Christian workers of the day, what kind of image of their life do we have?   Well, most of the well known seems to be quite successful even by worldly standards; they are honored, respected for the most part, seems well off, able to live a very comfortable life.  But what about at the time of the New Testament?  The leading apostle from most of that era was the apostle Paul of course he wrote the bulk of the New Testament. What kind of living did he enjoy?  Well from his autobiographical comments found in 1 Corinthians chapter 4 we get a glimpse:

For, I think, God has set forth us the apostles last of all as doomed to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools because of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are glorious, but we are dishonored. Until the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked and buffeted and wander without a home; And we labor, working with our own hands. Reviled we bless; persecuted we endure; Defamed we exhort. We have become as the off-scouring of the world, the scum of all things, until now.

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06 May 2018 1 & 2 Kings (Program #9)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #9) – The Reign of Ahab Over Israel (2)

In the Old Testament history of Israel, God often resorted to miracles either to save His people Israel from a fierce enemy or to establish in the faith of the people that He, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob was the only true God.  Often these miracles were performed through the ministry of the prophets, such as Jeremiah or Isaiah or Elijah.  In fact, most people considering Elijah probably think first and foremost of him as man of great power and mighty miracles.  Yet he himself when he was threatened by the evil prophetess Jezebel was powerless to perform even the simplest of miracle to save himself.  Instead he ran away and hid himself.  Until Jehovah came to him not in a earthquake or in the wind or in the fire but rather the great and powerful God came to Elijah the way He most often comes to you and me; in a gentle and quiet voice.

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