Language and punctuation will point us to where we need to go. The way the previous section ended is spelled out in the next couple of verses. That naturally leads into John the Baptist coming on the scene.
Jesus gave us this parable here to teach about the coming judgment. He also gave a couple of details that show that there was more to the parable. We were only told the results for three of the servants, but what happened to the other seven? How do those other seven relate to the judgment seat of Christ?
Life is not always easy. We make sinful choices. We can feel stuck in our faith. Our hearts can grow cold, stale, and wander away from the Lord. We become disconnected from God. Spiritual disconnection is a dangerous place to be as we are existing, but not really living.
The book of Malachi shows us some of the things that disconnect us from God. This study will help us get back on track and have a deeper connection with God.
Let's break the cycle of disconnection.
Let's reconnect to what matters most.
a. Purpose: In this session we will consider three points concerning the issue of compatibility
i. Point 1: We need to be aware that sometimes people can over-exaggerate the claim of a couple's differences as the primary source of their problems.
ii. Point 2: We need to pursue compatibility over biblical belief and practices instead of superficial similarities.
iii. Point 3: We need to pursue biblical solutions for differences in relationship and marriage
Acts 9:1-12 Kjv
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
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Purpose: Today we will examine five truths so that we would have a biblical and balance view of beauty.
i. Beauty itself is not bad.
ii. There is a danger with beauty
iii. Beauty is fleeting
iv. God is more concerned with the heart more than physical appearance
v. Pursue and be attracted to godliness as true beauty
When two fallen sinners come together in marriage, it's an opportunity to see the grace of God work in others, and in you. In this powerful message on marriage, Pastor Chris Chadwick presents how a Christ-centered marriage can triumph beyond romance, idealism, conflict, expectations, and the seasons of life.
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Earlier in the chapter (vv. 8, 9) Paul gave brief advice to the unmarried, which here now, in this text he expands upon. While the meaning, overall teaching, and emphasis of the passage is very clear, there are several exegetical difficulties which become obvious by the way that various Bible versions translate the details of the text.
Who are the ‘virgins’ (parthenoi) that the text (vss. 25, 28, 34, 36, 37) refers to?
Who are the male counterparts of these virgins (vss. 36-38)?
What exactly is the “present distress” of verse 26, which seems to set the context of this advice? Does this refer generally to this Gospel-age between Christ’s ascension and second coming? Or is this a reference to a particular crisis that was going on in Corinth at the time?
Of course our interpretive challenge is once again understood as we realize that we are “reading someone else’s mail,” as it were; and we are not made fully aware of the problems at Corinth as to what was going on, and what were the questions they asked in their letter to Paul. Despite these difficulties, the text drives home some very important points about single and married life and living under the New Covenant. It helps us establish Biblical priorities when it comes to issues of marriage and family. So while the details of the text might indeed be culturally specific, the broad lessons from the text are far reaching and clearly applicable to how we live our lives today.