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04 Dec 2017 Acts (Program #17)

Acts (Program #17) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (12)

Peter’s life and work made the divine life so real and present in his situation that even the angels saw it and pointed it out. He said, “Peter, Go, Stand, and speak all the words of this life.”

Acts chapter 5 verse 14 says, “believers were all the more being added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women”. Because of this, the high priest and all those with him rose up and were filled with jealousy. And they laid their hands on the apostles and put them in public custody.  A genuine move of the Lord through His Spirit. And the jealous reaction of the religious establishment. We will see the results on today’s life study of the Bible.

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29 Nov 2017 Acts (Program #12)

Acts (Program #12) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (8)

Early in Acts chapter 3, the apostle Peter performed one of the great miracles of the New Testament, healing a man lame from his mother’s womb. This mighty deed drew the attention of a sizable crowd, and Peter seized the opportunity to preach. But, it is interesting to note that he did not preach a sermon about divine healing. Rather, he preached Christ, and Christ alone. His focus was not the healing, but the healer. And that will be our focus as well today on this life study of the Bible.

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26 Nov 2017 Acts (Program #9)

Acts (Program #9) – The Propagation in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria through the Ministry of Peter’s Company (4)

Today, we come to the tremendous preaching of the apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost. We’re going to spend several programs to get into this message that he gave. But today particularly, we want to focus on one generally overlooked, but altogether tremendous point. And, that’s mentioned in verse 21 of Acts chapter 2, calling on the name of the Lord.

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20 Nov 2017 Acts (Program #3)

Acts (Program #3) – Introduction and the Preparation

In the gospel of Matthew, Peter has an exalted moment, where at one time he sees Christ as the son of the living God. Then, a few short verses later, the Lord turns to him and rebukes him, saying “Get behind me Satan”.

What does this show us about our brother Peter? What does this show us about our own need of spiritual growth, maturity, even training?

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06 Oct 2017 John (Program #10)

John (Program #10) – An Introduction to Life and Building (6)

Christ as a man is the letter that opens the heavens, that joins the earth to heaven, and that brings heaven down to earth.

When John the Baptist said, “Behold, the Lamb of God”, two disciples were attracted. Not two thousand, but two. Not even twenty, but two. Two of John’s disciples got attracted, and John was happy. Who were these two? One of these two was Andrew. Who was the other one? John. And then Andrew got attracted, and Andrew went to catch his brother Peter. And, Peter came. The Lord Jesus changed his name from Simon to Cephas, which means Peter. And Peter, or Cephas, means a stone. The book of John is a book of allegories. The Lamb, the dove, the stone. This signifies the Lamb plus the dove produces the stone. Redemption plus regeneration and transformation produces stone…

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30 Sep 2017 John (Program #4)

John (Program #4) – A Foreword to the Life-Study of the Gospel of John (4)

You have to remember the first section of this book (John) is to bring God into man, and to declare God to man. This is the first section. Then the second section is to bring man into God.

We come to the position of John’s writings in the scripture. First of all, we have to realize John’s ministry is a mending ministry. When John was called, he was not fishing there; he was mending the net. When Peter was called, Peter was fishing, but John was mending. So in the later ministry, Peter did a lot of fishing. Peter brought in the people, but eventually it was John that mended the heavenly net. John’s ministry was a mending ministry, and this mending was one with life. Only life mends. Only life covers all the holes of the heavenly net…

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17 Nov 2016 2 Peter (Program #12)

2 Peter (Program #12) – The Divine Government (5)

The apostle Peter’s writings are short but they are packed with God’s economy.   Today we come to the last life study program from Peter.

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07 Nov 2016 2 Peter (Program #2)

2 Peter (Program #2) – The Divine Provision (2)

Peter begins his second epistle with the matter of faith. In fact he addresses the epistle “to those who have been allotted faith”. Faith is an mysterious thing and often misunderstood by believers and unbelievers alike. Many people may be even most people think that faith is something that we need to some how produce or find in order to believe. But according to Peter, faith is something allotted to us. The apostle Paul made a similar point in Ephesians, “for by grace you have been saved through faith and this not of yourself it is the gift of God.”

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10 Oct 2016 1 Peter (Program #1)

1 Peter (Program #1) – An Introductory Word

Of all the disciples called by the Lord Jesus in the gospels, probably the one we can most readily identify with is Peter. Simon Barjona as he was known before the Lord changed his name to Peter. In John chapter 1 was as impetuous as he was fervent and often found himself as the target of the Lord Jesus’ reprove.

Recall for example in Matthew chapter 16, Peter’s sympathetic suggestion to the Lord that He should keep Himself from the suffering of death that He knew awaited Him. “get behind Me, Satan” was the Lord’s reply. “You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.” How could Peter possibly recovered from such a stinging rebuke?

And of course it was also Peter, who denied the Lord three times during the hour of trial preceding the actual crucifixion. Yet only days later it was this same Peter who stood on the day of Pentecost and usher thousands into the kingdom with his powerful and dynamic speaking.

And not only so, in his two epistles, Peter uses language and phrases so rich and full of high and profound meaning that we can’t help but marvel at the power of God’s full salvation. That this unlearned fisherman could write such thing. Listen to his word in 1 Peter,

1:18 “Knowing that it was not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, that you were redeemed from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers,

19 “But with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ;

Welcome to our first life-study of the book of 1 Peter.

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18 Apr 2016 1 & 2 Samuel (Program #29)

1 & 2 Samuel (Program #29) – The Unique Work of the Processed Triune God

In 2 Samuel, the Lord through the Prophet Nathan prophesied to David the king, “Moreover Jehovah declares to you that Jehovah will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, which will come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. It is he who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” Properly understood, this passage constitutes one of the greatest prophecies in the entire Old Testament.

In Matthew in the New Testament, chapter 16, the Lord Jesus makes a similar prophecy to His disciples. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” This passage equally constitutes one of the greatest prophecies in the New Testament as well. God’s desire to build a dwelling for Himself and for us, from the beginning of the Bible through to the very end.

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