Website Confirmed

Just a note that our website has been successfully ported over to a local server, as Telus no longer offers website hosting. All of that to say that our website address, http://abundantlifepa.com and our church email, office@abundantlifepa.com will remain the same.

Our etransfer email for online giving, donate.alpa@gmail.com was unaffected by this transfer, and remains the same.

Bible Study for House Church – September 25, 2022

Gifts of the Spirit – House Church Bible Study

Introduction

We have been looking at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit during the last few Sundays. House Church provides an excellent environment to encourage one another towards the discovery, and application of the gifts. Take time this morning to discuss and pray into these unmerited gifts given by the Holy Spirit.

Let’s Read our passage for today, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11;

1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 

Paul listed out:

Different kinds of Gifts, Service, and Working (KJV – Gifts, administrations, and operations)

QUESTION: From what you remember, what are the differences between the three types of gifts?

Different kinds of Gifts

Charismaton (Charismata) – literally meaning ‘a gift of Grace,’ as they are distributed by the Spirit.

  • These are gifts like a word of wisdom, word of knowledge, or discernment.
  • Again, NOTHING we did, or can do, merits getting these gifts.
    • They are a GIFT OF GRACE, given AS THE SPIRIT determines

Different kinds of Service

Diakonian (This is the service performed by Diakonos – the word translated DEACON)

  • Some refer to these as Gifts of Office, or a ‘Calling’ on your life
  • This would be a pastor, or a missionary, a craftsman, or a teacher
    • Specific roles and tasks… given by the same Lord

Different kinds of Working

Energematon – literally meaning ‘energy at work’.

  • One interpretation is ‘an effect produced by the energy of God’
  • This can be described as ‘gifts or workings of miracles’, by the same God
  • This could be a miracle of healing, or provision, or a deliverance from addiction
    • Different than a calling or a gift, in that they are something that happens, or comes to pass

ALL THESE are the work of the One and Same Spirit;

Like a Master Conductor of a huge Orchestra

  • Weaving together all the parts into a beautiful, complete body

QUESTION: Why are the gifts given… why are they distributed?

1 Corinthians 12:7;

Each manifestation of the Spirit is given for the ‘common good’ (original language… sympheron… (common profit)

  • They are to build up one another; to edify and profit one another

QUESTION: Does that mean they are not an evangelistic tool? And if not, why would that be?

GROUND RULES for the use of Spiritual Gifts

Edification (build up)

At times, edification can be tough

The bible says that “The Lord disciplines those he loves (Hebrews 12:6).”

QUESTION: What is the difference between Correction and Condemnation?

Correction is rooted in love, with the intent to build up.

Love

LOVE is the foundation, and the trademark, of all spiritual gifts.

If you do not have love, with a desire to build up and edify, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS using spiritual gifts.

QUESTION: What does the bible say about someone who uses spiritual gifts without love?

QUESTION: Have you ever come across a Christian like this? What was your reaction?

Grace (to allow people to ‘develop’ the gifts that God has given them)

One of the worst things you can do, is to squash an emerging gift in someone

QUESTION: What does extending grace to ALLOW and ENCOURAGE the development of gifts look like?

NATURE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The Gifts are distributed by Grace

Spiritual Gifts are a ‘Gift of Grace’, obtained without merit, as the Spirit determines

  • The idea of the master conductor of an orchestra

The Gifts are Super-Natural by nature

There are natural gifts, and there are gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit that supersede natural abilities

The Gifts function together as a body

The body is made up of MANY parts, and each ‘part’ has been given a particular task, ALONG WITH whatever gifts are necessary, to fulfill that task

  • ANYONE can be used to operate in ANY gift,
  • But each ‘part’ has unique abilities to do things only that part can do

The Gifts are SUBJECT TO THE CONTROL of the person using them

QUESTION: Read 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 and give examples of how this passage reveals order and control

The Gifts are MEANT TO BE USED

You have a responsibility having been given a gift; for the edification of others

If you do not use it, you are robbing the body

DIFFERENT KINDS OF GIFTS (First Set of the CHARISMATA from 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

This list is grouped into three ‘triads’ of giftings, often seen coupled together)

After reading over the giftings and their descriptions, talk among yourselves how you developed, and seen these gifts at work in your life, or the lives of others.

Word of Knowledge / Discernment of Spirit / Word of Wisdom

Word (Message) of Knowledge

Animportant distinction is that scripture does not say a ‘gift of knowledge’, but a ‘message (or word) of knowledge’.

  • It literally means receiving some knowledge about a situation, or perhaps a person, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • This gift is often accompanied by Discernment of Spirits

Discernment of Spirits

This is the ability to distinguish whether something is of God, or from the enemy, or of the flesh

  • I simplify it to say, the ability to determine the spirit of something (or someone)
  • Acts 16:16-18

Word (Message) of Wisdom

This has been described as, ‘The correct application of knowledge’

  • 1 Kings 3:16-28

Faith / Miraculous Powers / Healings

Faith

This is an overwhelming trust and belief in God, given to us in a time of need, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

Miraculous Powers

The original word for miracles is ‘dunamis’, (where we get our word ‘dynamite’ from).

  • A definition of this gift is the ‘Manifestation of God’s Power.’
  • Wherever they go, things seem to just happen!

Healings

This is PLURAL in the original language

  • It is not THE GIFT of healing… But GIFTS of healing

Prophecy / Tongues / Interpretation of Tongues

Prophecy

Defined as, ‘speaking the mind of God’

We are given the words to speak, and/or given a glimpse into the mind of God for a moment

  • And we are prompted by the Holy Spirit to share that with others
  • The eternal nature of prophecy seems to always point to the past, be applicable in the present, AND have ramifications for the future.
  • We sometimes differentiate Prophecy from Tongues, as Prophecy is given in the common language, and tongues is given in unknown language, requiring interpretation

Tongues

1 Corinthians 14:2-4

For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

  • Tongues: is you speaking to God, for the edification of yourself
  • Prophecy: is speaking the mind of God to people, for their edification to strengthen, encourage, and comfort
  • We differentiate between personal tongues (which is just for you), and the GIFT of Tongues, which like all the other Charismata, is for the building up of others.

Personal Tongues

is the outflow of the Presence of the Holy Spirit within us,

The Gift of Tongues

is a PUBLIC gift, which requires the complementary gift of Interpretation of Tongues

  • If you speak in tongues aloud in a church setting, scripture tells you that you are to pray for interpretation, so others hearing it can come into agreement with what is proclaimed
  • Scripturally, Tongues, with interpretation, are also a sign for unbelievers, that they might ‘fall down and worship God’, exclaiming ‘God is really among you.’

Interpretation of Tongues

Then, is the Holy Spirit revealing to someone the meaning of what was spoken in tongues

  • And giving that person the unction to present that message to those that are gathered

CONCLUSION

Eagerly desire spiritual gifts, but with the intent to love and build one another up. The gifts are given as the Holy Spirit determines; they belong to Him. We can do nothing to earn them, and we cannot choose what gifts we are given. It is our responsibility to use the gifts we are given as part of the body. A body of believers with the gifts properly at work amongst them is a beautiful symphony conducted by the Master, the Holy Spirit.

PRAYER

Bible Study for House Church – August 28, 2022

Relational Faith

Introduction

Question: What is faith?

Is faith believing in who God is? Or, is faith trusting in what God can do for us? Is it a combination of both, or perhaps one the fruit of the other?

Question: Is faith the cornerstone of our relationship with God, or is it Jesus?

This sounds like the chicken and the egg argument.

Scripture tells us that Jesus is the cornerstone.

Read: Isaiah 28:16a

So, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;

Read: Ephesians 2:19-21

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

So, faith begins with Christ Jesus, a precious cornerstone, carefully placed by the Sovereign Lord.

This is why the order of Ephesians 2:8-9 is important;

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Question: What role does faith play in salvation, if we are saved by grace?

If ‘faith’ is viewed as the key to salvation, then we set ourselves on a dangerous path where the things of God are accessed through our own efforts.

It may feel like splitting hairs, but we are saved by grace, and grace alone. Salvation has been provided by the will of the Father, fulfilled in the work of Christ on the cross. It is a well of living water that has been established for any and all who would come to drink of its waters.

Faith, then, is simply the ‘cup’ that we draw that water from.

Question: Is the size of our faith a factor in salvation?

I do not need to have a ‘great faith’ (a big cup) to be saved. In fact, the majority of those who begin a relationship with Christ start with a belief as small as a mustard seed. For some, it is as simple as daring to believe, or even just hope, that what they have been told is true. Over time, that seed sprouts and grows into something strong and wonderful.

Hebrews 11:1 says (in the KJV);

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Question: Does this not mean that faith plays a factor in obtaining ‘things’?

It still matters what the ‘object’ of faith is;

Is it faith in obtaining the thing, or faith in the One who can grant the thing?

If we have a substance, or evidence of faith in us, it is to be ROOTED in WHO God is.

Read: John 3:16;

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Question: Do you believe that the order of this verse is significant?

Even before He does anything for us, God loves the world;

WHO God is, determines the actions that He takes towards us.

If we get this backwards, our interpretation of His actions towards us may cause us to question who He is.

In the beginning of the Bible, God declares that He,

“Created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female (Genesis 1:27).”

Question: What does this verse tell us about the purpose God created us?

We are created to bear (carry) His image in this world.

Question: What does that mean to you?

Jesus exemplified this ‘image bearing’, evidenced by His own words,

Read: John 14:9

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

We bear His image. We resemble and reflect Him. We are our Father’s children.

Read: 2 Corinthians 6:18

I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Read: 1 John 3:1

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

These are relational terms. From the beginning, we were designed to be family with God.

Conclusion

Faith in who God is, His love for us, and the relationship He desires with us, sprouts and grows into an unshakeable faith. It can withstand the fiercest of storms. It protects from the deceptions of the enemy.

Prayer

Father, help me to put my faith in You. Who You are. Your love, Your grace, Your Word that tells me I am Yours.  Obviously, I will look to you in time of need for ‘things’, but even if what I hope for does not come to pass, my faith will not waver. God, protect me from the enemy who would want me to get that mixed up. Amen.

Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming dates:

  • July 13Our First Family MOVIE Night at 6:30pm (here at the church) – Over summer, we will be watching the mini-series, ‘The Chosen’. This is one of the best ‘re-telling’ of the story of Jesus I have ever seen. It reveals how Jesus likely interacted with His disciples and those He ministered to. It follows the biblical account very closely. I highly recommend coming out. This is also a great show to invite people to, as it shows Jesus in a way that connects with people. We will be watching two episodes a night with a break in between. As episodes vary in length, expect the night to be between 1.5 hours, and 2 hours long. We are considering the possibility of showing a kids movie elsewhere in the building during ‘The Chosen’ if it turns out too tense for them. Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm will alternate between Movie Night, and Family Service Night where we will have some singing, some prayer, possibly a game, and then a kids service downstairs while we have a Bible Study upstairs. David Laity will be the teacher for the summer. These Family movie and service nights will be offered throughout the summer as a trial, and if well attended/received, may continue into the new year. So, as the evening alternates; Movie Nights will be TONIGHT, July 13, July 27, August 10, and August 24. Family Service Nights will be July 20, August 3, August 17, and August 31.

  • SUNDAY, July 17 at 1:00pm – (at Wycliffe Park, Group Site #2 – on the UPPER level, past the caretaker house) – CHURCH PICNIC with New Life Foursquare – Bring a salad and/or dessert – bring lawn chairs – churches will provide BBQ burgers and hotdogs – Bring other food if you would like to – we will have some games, but bring your own games as well (horseshoes, disc golf, bocce ball, croquet). This picnic is AFTER regular church services.

  • SUNDAYS, July 24th AND July 31st – (at 10:00 am at New Life Foursquare Church – 308 10 Ave South) Abundant Life Pentecostal will be going over to Foursquare for services. Pastor Ken and Tammy will be away, so we are attending Foursquare the two Sundays they are away. Please support this concentrated effort to provide opportunity for fellowship and unity with another congregation in our community. Foursquare recently came over to Abundant Life when Pastors Carolyn and Ed were away.

  • WEDNESDAYS at 10:00am (at Hot Shots, AND at Dale and Leslie’s place) – STARTING THIS UPCOMING WEDNESDAY (July 20) at 10:00am, the ladies will ALSO be having a woman’s coffee time at Dale and Leslie Hanson’s place (phone them for address). Guys continue to have a coffee time at 10:00 am at Hot Shots coffee shop on Victoria Ave. As numbers have been growing, we may have to look for a new venue soon.

Bible Study for House Church – May 29, 2022

SERIES – A HEALTHY CHURCH – PRELUDE TO GOD’S GIFTINGS

MARRIAGE IN THE BIBLE

GREETINGS!

We would like to encourage you to take some time to read and look at the following scriptures and study points with your group during your time together.

Though we are intentionally meeting in separate homes, we are one in Christ; looking into His Word together, fellowshipping together, and lifting one another up in prayer. Feel free to incorporate some form of worship time, and consider taking communion together.

HOUSE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY

Read the following passages together, discussing among yourselves the teaching points either as you read the scripture, or following the reading of the scripture. These points are offered to assist in starting conversation amongst yourselves; use them however you choose to.

CONVERSATION STARTER STUDY POINTS

Introduction

1 Corinthians 7 outlines for us guidelines for marriage. Though some may consider these teachings impractical and irrelevant for the times we live in, understanding their inherent purpose offers instruction for maintaining healthy marriages and being faithful to the Lord.  

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Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

Some of the phrases spoken in these scriptures are contradictory to current social beliefs; phrases like marital duty to our [spouse], and yielding the authority over our bodies to our [spouse]. Concepts seem foreign to us,  like verse five, where a couple mutually consents to not come together sexually for a time, so that they can devote themselves to prayer.

Question: What feelings emerge in you when you read phrases like ‘The wife does not have authority over her own body…’, ‘the husband does not have authority over his own body…’?

Question: What is the stated purpose of yielding oneself to their spouse?

In verse eight, Paul says it is better to be, or stay, unmarried. Then he says, “as I do.” In verse six and seven, Paul recognizes that his ability to remain unmarried is a gift that he has received from the Lord. Not all have that gift.

Question: Why does Paul consider being unmarried better than being married? Is it ‘better’ in your opinion? Or just different?

Question: Have you ever witnessed this ‘gift’ in someone?

In verse eleven, Paul lays down one of the most difficult and contested commands in the bible for modern North American society to hear: A wife/husband must not separate/divorce, and if they do, they must remain unmarried.

Question: Laying aside any personal thoughts, personal experience, or ‘exceptions/allowances’ regarding this command, what do you think the ‘Biblical’ reason is for this instruction?

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Read 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

In this passage, Paul uses the images of circumcision and slavery to illustrate what he says in verse 29, “Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.” These need to be read in historical context. It rightfully shocks us to hear someone advise others that they should remain in slavery. But historically, though many slaves were abused and mistreated, some ‘slaves’ lived very good lives with status and means they would not be able to achieve on their own. But this passage is NOT about slavery.

Question: What IS this passage talking about in context with Paul’s previous teaching on marriage?

Question: Does this feel unfair? Why do those who have not responded to God’s call seem to get off scot free? Why would followers of Christ be held to a higher standard?

(unrelated interesting fact: ‘scot free’ – A ‘scot’ was a medieval tax that some people were able to avoid paying; thus they were scot-free)

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Read 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

In these verses, Paul gives reason to some of his earlier commands. It is revealing that he starts verse twenty-six with, “Because of the present crisis…”

Question: What would a crisis have to do with his earlier instructions to remain unmarried if not married? Does the last half of verse twenty-eight shed any light? “…those who marry will face many troubles in this life.”

Verse twenty-nine to thirty says that ‘time is short’, and ‘this world in its present form is passing away’. In verse thirty -two, Paul says, “An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs,” while a married man is divided between being concerned about the Lord’s affairs and the needs of his wife and family.

Question: Are we all to live ‘unmarried’ or live ‘as if unmarried’ because of the present crisis? Because the world in its present form is passing away? What is your understanding and thoughts on this after reading through 1 Corinthians 7?

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CONCLUSION:

Considering the purpose behind these ‘standards’ given to the church in Corinth is crucial to understanding ‘why’ God instituted them, and why they must be upheld. There is a tidal wave of cultural and societal ‘opinions’ that rage against these values; In order to see whether these standards are outdated and irrelevant, simply consider what our marriages and societies would look like if they were abandoned; marriages without submission to one another, immorality, no commitment to marriages, broken families, division and judgement over whether or not one should be married, and with that, failure to recognize the value of someone fully committed to the work of the Lord.

Yes, there are circumstances and biblical exceptions to the rule, but we must not lose sight of the bigger picture and purposes ‘behind’ the rule. They are worthy to be upheld.

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PRAYER POINT:

Lord, these are tough scriptures in today’s culture. Many of us have had to face them in our personal lives, or the lives of our loved ones. We fall on your grace Lord. We have made such a mess of things, or others have made a mess of our lives. We pray for mercy. We pray for healing. We pray for restoration if it is to be had. At the end of the day, we pray for a fresh start. I choose today to live according to your standards to the best of my ability in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

ALPA Now LIVE STREAMING!

Abundant Life Pentecostal Assembly now is able to be viewed LIVE each Sunday! (Exception: the LAST Sunday of each month is House Church, so no live stream is available, but Bible Study notes will be posted on the church website, under the ONLINE SERMONS tab.

Using a computer, a smart phone, or a Smart TV connected to YouTube, you can view our live stream Sunday mornings at 10:30am by clicking on the link below: (you may have to click on “View Full Playlist”)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwp3I4MeAnv5D1_P1XuLa1g/playlists

If you are manually trying to find us, you will need to search (on YouTube) for our Church YouTube Channel , Abundant Life Cranbrook, and navigate to the channel playlist WORSHIP SERVICES. This is ALSO the location that ALL recordings of past messages will be stored for viewing if you missed the live stream, or want to re-watch a past service.

Around 10:25am on Sunday Mornings, you will see a video with the current date and name of sermon. It will say, “LIVE” in red type on the video when the service has begun. That is the video you pick.

We have a couple people that can come to your house and help you set this up on your computer, or smart phone, or smart TV with YouTube enabled. They will create a link for you to click that will take you directly to the church’s YouTube Channel Playlist where you can access the live stream video each Sunday. If you have any questions, please ask away, and we can try to help.

Please be aware that we may still have to iron out a few wrinkles in the weeks ahead, as this is a new technology for us.

To access the House Church Bible Study on the LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH, click here… http://abundantlifepa.com/category/sermons/

Bible Study for Home Church – April 24, 2022

GREETINGS!

We would like to encourage you to take some time to read and look at the following scriptures and study points with your group during your time together.

Though we are intentionally meeting in separate homes, we are one in Christ; looking into His Word together, fellowshipping together, and lifting one another up in prayer. Feel free to incorporate some form of worship time, and consider taking communion together.

HOUSE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY

Read the following passages together, discussing among yourselves the teaching points either as you read the scripture, or following the reading of the scripture. These points are offered to assist in starting conversation amongst yourselves; use them however you choose to.

CONVERSATION STARTER STUDY POINTS

Introduction

1 Corinthians 6 provides us with a clear biblical teaching on the issue of lawsuits among believers. Paul uses strong language to instruct the young Corinthian Church to look to Christian Leadership to resolve such matters, and to guard their witness to the world.

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Read 1 Corinthians 6:1-7

It seems that Paul is speaking about Christians suing other Christians (vs. 1 and 6). A question to consider towards the end of the Bible Study is whether or not these principles are extended to Christians suing unbelievers?

Paul uses some of his strongest language to relay the importance of this teaching. In verse 1, he asks, “Do you dare…”, and in verse 5 he says, “I say this to shame you…” Paul was passionate about how important this was.

Question: Have we ever put much thought into what the Bible says about suing and lawsuits?

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Paul says, do we dare take our lawsuits before the ungodly for judgement instead of before the Lord’s people? He reinforces his point by saying that believers will judge the world and the angels; are they not competent enough to judge trivial disputes amongst each other?

Question: Would you feel confident to bring a dispute to the Lord’s People, and believe that the ruling would be fairer and more appropriate than if you took it to the courts?

Question: And if not… why not? Do we believe secular authority and experience trumps Spirit-led wisdom? Do we feel that there is no one wise among us enough to judge a dispute?

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Question: Why do you think Paul says, “I say this to shame you?”

In verse 6, Paul says, “a brother takes another to court – and this in front of believers!” This is informative to help us understand some of the reason Paul is addressing this so harshly. It is not just about not having faith to believe the Lord’s People can deal with a dispute better than a secular court; it also is about witness.

Our witness to the world needs to be guarded. To the point that verse 7 asks, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?”

Question: Do you feel convicted enough, that you would rather be wronged or cheated instead of potentially bringing a bad witness to the world?

There are various reasons one may feel a need to bring a lawsuit against a brother or sister in the Lord; Perhaps the main ones are to either receive something that is owed to you, or to in essence, punish someone for their actions or behaviours against you or others.

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Both of these motivations must be weighed against scripture.

Read Matthew 18:21-35

Question: What does this passage tell us about us going after someone to get something that we believe is ‘owed’ to us?

Read Romans 12:17-21

Question: What does this passage tell us about wanting someone to be punished?

Question: In light of these scriptures, re-examine what Paul means by asking, “Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?”

Paul solidifies his argument in verse 8 by stating, “Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong.” We cannot forget that though others owe us, or have hurt us in some way, we ourselves owe a great debt to Christ, and have done much against Him. It is our sins that put Him on the cross.

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CONCLUSION:

Scripture is passionately clear that the Lord’s People are not to bring their disputes with one another before unbelievers to seek judgement. It reveals a lack of trust in the Holy Spirit to be able to provide wisdom to spiritual leaders, and it can muddy our witness to the world. It sends a mixed message that we can only trust God in certain circumstances.

Christianity cannot be influenced by society’s way of thinking. Our rights cannot be the motivation for our actions. All of our choices must be guided by the objectives of bringing glory to God, and fulfilling His will.

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PRAYER POINT:

Lord, this is tough when someone has done us wrong. Our natural instinct is to strike back; make them pay. This is not how Your scriptures teach me to respond. Help me to remember the debt I owe to You, Lord. Let my actions and choices bring glory to You.

If disputes need intervention, let me have the faith to trust in You for answers and fair judgement. I choose to trust You in ALL circumstances.

Bible Study for Home Church – March 27, 2022

GREETINGS!

We would like to encourage you to take some time to read and look at the following scriptures and study points with your group during your time together.

Though we are intentionally meeting in separate homes, we are one in Christ; looking into His Word together, fellowshipping together, and lifting one another up in prayer. Feel free to incorporate some form of worship time, and even take communion together.

HOUSE CHURCH BIBLE STUDY

Considering the Memorial Service for Cecil Cort that was held on Saturday, it is fitting that we examine the passages of scripture that were read at the service that helps us put our mind on the future we have in Christ.

Read the following passages together, discussing among yourselves the teaching points either as you read the scripture, or following the reading of the scripture. These points are offered to assist in starting conversation amongst yourselves; use them however you choose to.

CONVERSATION STARTER STUDY POINTS

Introduction

Heaven means different things to different people. No matter what slant you may have; scripturally, there are constants that leaven all strands of theological viewpoints.

Three passages used at the Memorial Service were from the Book of Revelation, but it started with the reading of John 14:1-6.

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John 14:1-6 – Jesus speaks to His followers

Question: What about this passage brings peace to a troubled heart?

Question: Jesus is emphatic, “You KNOW the place to where I am going,” yet one of his disciples confessed he did not know. How, or what could cause a ‘follower’ of Jesus to NOT know the way to the Father? Have you experienced that doubt? Or, do you know someone who does? What is the solution?

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Revelation 1:12-18 – John’s vision of the Throne Room

Question: Who is seated on the throne?

Question: The sight of His awesome Presence caused John to fall down as though dead. Is there any comparisons to this in the Old Testament? Why do you think His Presence would cause such a reaction?

Question: What does He mean when He says, “I hold the keys of death and Hades?”

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Revelation 21:3-7 – The new has come!

Question: Explain, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people,” when God is with us here on earth?

Question: According to this passage of scripture, ‘death, crying, and pain’ are part of the ‘Old Order’ of things. Try to express what it will be like under the ‘New Order’ of things?

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Revelation 22:1-5 – The River of Life

Question: Do you think the river of life is a literal reference, or a symbolic reference to something else? Is the Tree of Life the tree from Eden?

Question: What scriptural reference can you make use of to try and understand the concept, “The Lord God will give them light?”

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PRAYER POINT: Lord, though there is still much to be done here on earth, help me to smile every time I am reminded of the future that awaits us. Let it help carry me through times of mourning, tears, or pain. These are but light and momentary afflictions, not worth comparing to the eternal glory that will be revealed in us.

Help me Lord, to KNOW the way to where Jesus went. Let there be no doubt in my mind that I am His, and He is mine. Jesus, you say that YOU are the way, and the truth, and the life. Let me follow you wholly. Lord, Your word also says that the Spirit of God ‘confirms with my spirit that I am indeed a child of God… that NOTHING shall separate us from Your love. In the name of Jesus, I stand against the enemy who would try to steal away that truth from me.

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GOD BLESS your households as we take these last Sundays of each month to learn new ways of worshipping, fellowshipping, and creating opportunities to reach those who either cannot, or will not attend a regular church service.