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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...
September
16 2016
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The New Man

Three key passages on the New Man Our two most recent blogs have been on the subjects of Regeneration, and the Baptism by the Spirit. Some of  the key Bible passages on these two subjects also referred to the subject we are going to consider now. That subject is the New Man. When we were born again and placed into Christ, we were...
September
08 2016
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The Baptism by the Spirit

Overview The Baptism by the Spirit is another miraculous event that occurs the moment we believe  in Christ. It is performed for every believer without exception.  It is performed once and never needs to be repeated. This baptism by the Spirit is completely the work of God the Holy Spirit and we don’t do a thing to accomplish it. It is...
September
01 2016
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Regeneration

For the past three weeks, we have examined all aspects of the work that Christ accomplished by His death on the cross. We ended up last week with the amazing thing that God the Father does for a person when they believe in Christ as their Savior. He declares them righteous forever, and that is called justification. So now we are ready to look at the work that God the Holy Spirit...
August
27 2016
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Two kinds of patience

The Two Kinds of Patience in the New Testament   Greek word: ...
August
24 2016
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Salvation, part 3

This week, we will finish up our high-level look at subject of salvation. We are going to revisit the five major aspects of the blood of Christ, what His death on the cross accomplished, only in more detail than last week. Redemption, Expiation, Propitiation, Reconciliation, and Justification. Redemption (in relation to...
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