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December
02 2016
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"I have overcome the world"

What we learned last time In our last blog, we explored  what the Bible means by “the world” generally, and in particular the world as something we are not to love and must overcome. We examined what the world was not, and learned a practical definition of "the world” : “The world” means the organization and the...
November
18 2016
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What's wrong with the world today?

What in the world is “the world”? After what we have witnessed in this year’s turbulent presidential campaign, it’s a good time to increase our understanding of what the Bible calls “the world”. There are several ways in which the Bible speaks of “the world”.  The unbelievers; the entire...
November
10 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part seven

Framework This week we examine the commands in Ephesians 5:19-6:19. We will see how they contribute to summing up all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on earth. God is summing up the things on earth by building up the church, which is the fullness of Christ. God  is summing up...
November
04 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part six

  Growth – or Arthritis? This week we are going to look at the specific exhortations we receive in the book of Ephesians. When we are obedient to these exhortations, we participate in the Spirit’s great work of completing the body of Christ. As we proceed, watch for places where Paul, after giving us a specific command,  brings...
October
26 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part five

  We grow as one congregation Last week, we saw that we cannot grow as separate individuals. We grow together as a body. The body of Christ, the church, is made up of all believers in Christ during the Church Age. Each congregation is a particular local manifestation of the body of Christ. So we grow together as...
October
20 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part four

  The mountaintop Last week, we visited the mountaintop. We saw God the Father summing up all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth (Eph 1:10). He is doing this by reconciling all things to Himself through Christ, having made peace by the blood of His cross – things in heaven and things on earth. (Col...
October
13 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit, part three

Recap In our last blog, we saw that the book of Ephesians is about the church as a whole:  the one Body of Christ.  This has major implications for how we interpret Ephesians 5:18. Here  is the English translation of Ephesians  5:18 that we are working with: And do not get drunk with wine, which is...
October
05 2016
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Informal study cancelled this Thursday

Due to hurricane Matthew, we will not be having informal Bible study on Thursday, October...
September
30 2016
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Being brought to completion by the Spirit, part two

Picking up where we left off Last week, we started to examine the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit to believers, to the church. We began in the book of Ephesians, where we examined a word, a verse, and a concept. The word is the Greek verb pleroo. The verse is Ephesians 5:18. And the concept is the concept of...
September
22 2016
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Be brought to completion by the Spirit (part one)

A word, a verse, and a concept The next thing we are going to look at is the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit to believers. We have seen the one-time ministries of the Holy Spirit, such as Regeneration and the Baptism by the Spirit into Christ. Now it’s time to look at the work that the Spirit is doing for the church every...
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