A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, September 19, Ecclesiastes 5
  • Monday, September 20, Ecclesiastes 6
  • Tuesday, September 21, Ecclesiastes 7
  • Wednesday, September 22, Ecclesiastes 8
  • Thursday, September 23, Ecclesiastes 9
  • Friday, September 24, Ecclesiastes 10
  • Saturday, September 25, Ecclesiastes 11

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The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2    Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
          vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3    What does man gain by all the toil
          at which he toils under the sun?
4    A generation goes, and a generation comes,
          but the earth remains forever.
5    The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
          and hastens to the place where it rises.
6    The wind blows to the south
          and goes around to the north;
      around and around goes the wind,
          and on its circuits the wind returns.
7    All streams run to the sea,
          but the sea is not full;
      to the place where the streams flow,
          there they flow again.
8    All things are full of weariness;
          a man cannot utter it;
      the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
          nor the ear filled with hearing.
9    What has been is what will be,
          and what has been done is what will be done,
          and there is nothing new under the sun.
10    Is there a thing of which it is said,
          “See, this is new”?
      It has been already
          in the ages before us.
11    There is no remembrance of former things,
          nor will there be any remembrance
      of later things yet to be
          among those who come after. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, ESV)

  1. Life is . (v. 1)
  • “Vanity” = , mist, breath

  1. Life is . (v. 14)

12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. (Ecclesiastes 1:12-14, ESV)

  1. Life is . (v. 9)
  • “there is nothing new under the sun”

  1. We will soon be gone and forgotten. (v. 11)

For of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How the wise dies just like the fool! 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:16-17, ESV)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2    a time to be born, and a time to die;
      a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3    a time to kill, and a time to heal;
      a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4    a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
      a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5    a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
      a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6    a time to seek, and a time to lose;
      a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7    a time to tear, and a time to sew;
      a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8    a time to love, and a time to hate;
      a time for war, and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, ESV)

  1. A wise person recognizes that there are and in life and acts accordingly.

 9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. ( Ecclesiastes 3:9-13, ESV)

  1. A wise person recognizes that . . .

(1) God’s sovereign plan is good, wise, and makes “everything in its time” (v. 11a, ESV).

(2) God is in , we are not.

(3) We to understand, but we fully understand why life unfolds as God has ordained. (v. 11c)

(4) We are called to “a timeless God with the times of our lives” (David Gibson, Living Life Backwards, How Ecclesiastes Teaches us to Live in Light of the End, p. 58).

(5) Some of our yearnings will be fulfilled only in the “” which God has placed into our hearts. (v. 11b, ESV)

  1. A wise person discerns the difference between our striving and grasping attempts at versus a trusting, confident receiving of God’s good .

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, September 12, Romans 14
  • Monday, September 13, Romans 15
  • Tuesday, September 14, Romans 16
  • Wednesday, September 15, Ecclesiastes 1
  • Thursday, September 16, Ecclesiastes 2
  • Friday, September 17, Ecclesiastes 3
  • Saturday, September 18, Ecclesiastes 4

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13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:1-7, ESV)

#1 The Principle

God expects me to , to , and to be to the legitimate authorities in my life.

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10, ESV)

#2  The Principle

God expects me to love my as I love myself.

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:11-14, ESV)

#3  The Principle

God expects me to live by   standards that reflect the of Christ.

14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,

       “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
           and every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:1-12, ESV)

#4  The Principle

God will hold me for me and you for you.

#5  The Principle

In disputable matters, God expects me not to “pass ” on those who may differ from me.

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (Romans 14:13-23, ESV)

#6  The Principle

God expects me to prioritize what will others in the body of Christ.

15 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  (Romans 15:1-7, ESV)

#7  The Principle

God expects us to live in and with one another in Christ for the of God.

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, September 5, Romans 7
  • Monday, September 6, Romans 8
  • Tuesday, September 7, Romans 9
  • Wednesday, September 8, Romans 10
  • Thursday, September 9, Romans 11
  • Friday, September 10, Romans 12
  • Saturday, September 11, Romans 13

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 The Background (Acts 3:1-4:22)

  • There is to what God is doing in the world.

 Acts 4:23-31, ESV
23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’—

  •  God’s sovereignty motivates us to .

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

 

  • Cause #1 of Jesus’ death: The of the people

  • Cause #2 of Jesus’ death: The of God

  • God’s sovereignty extends over .

 

 

29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

  •  We affirm both divine and human .

 

31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

  • God has not left us on our own – He has given us His !

 for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose…’ (Isaiah 46:9-10, ESV
)

Because God is sovereign…

  • Stay .
  • Stay .

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, August 29, 2 John
  • Monday, August 30, Romans 1
  • Tuesday, August 31, Romans 2
  • Wednesday, September 1, Romans 3
  • Thursday, September 2, Romans 4
  • Friday, September 3, Romans 5
  • Saturday, September 4, Romans 6

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Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— (Titus 1:1-5, ESV)

  1. Good is essential to good health in a church or any organization.

 

  1. Good is essential to good health in a church or any organization.

6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:6-9, ESV)

  1. is essential to good health in a church.

“sound”  -> Greek, hygiaino

                  -> healthy, whole, correct, right, accurate 

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. (v. 1, ESV)

  1. Right is intended to produce right .

2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. (vv. 2-6, ESV)

  1. The healthiest churches are comprised of and , and more than one .

At Ingleside, we are a multi-generational church
with a next generation orientation.

  1. While much of our teaching is for , some should be more specific and directed toward different , , and .

 (1) Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. (v. 2, ESV) 

(2) Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women (vv. 3-4a, ESV)

(3) and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. (vv. 4-5, ESV) 

(4) Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.

(5) Pastors/leaders – Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. (vv. 7-8, ESV)

 (6) Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. (vv. 9-10, ESV)

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (vv. 11-15, ESV)

  1. The gospel of God’s in Jesus Christ is for people, and it teaches us how to live , even as we eagerly await our Lord’s return. 

 

 

 

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, August 22, Luke 21
  • Monday, August 23, Luke 22
  • Tuesday, August 24, Luke 23
  • Wednesday, August 25, Luke 24
  • Thursday, August 26, Titus 1
  • Friday, August 27, Titus 2
  • Saturday, August 28, Titus 3

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  1. To what age do you think you will live?
  • Life expectancy for males:
  • Life expectancy for females:
    (National Vital Statistics Reports, March 11, 2021; based on 2018 data)

  1. What do you think will happen when you die?

Luke 16:19-31 (ESV)

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”

  1. When I die, I will continue to have , existence.

 

  1. When I die, my earthly condition will not be a reliable of my eternal destiny.

 

  1. When I die, I will immediately experience either . . .

(1) carrying me into the presence of the Lord (heaven); or

  • “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43, ESV)

  • Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
    (2 Corinthians 5:8, ESV)
  • For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. (Philippians 1:21-23, ESV)

 

(2) the of separation from the Lord (hell).

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:41, 46, ESV).

  

  1. When I die, my eternal destiny will be forever and will not change.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28, ESV)

 

  1. When I die, how I have responded to will determine my eternal destiny.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV)

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:35-36, ESV)

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, ESV)

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, August 15, Luke 14
  • Monday, August 16, Luke 15
  • Tuesday, August 17, Luke 16
  • Wednesday, August 18, Luke 17
  • Thursday, August 19, Luke 18
  • Friday, August 20, Luke 19
  • Saturday, August 21, Luke 20

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Luke 13:1-4 (ESV)

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

  1. Not all suffering is the of a specific, personal sin.

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9:1-3, ESV)

Why does suffering occur?

  1. Because of my own or choices.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7, ESV)

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
       The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 22:3, NLT)

The wise are cautious and avoid danger;
       fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. (Proverbs 14:16, ESV)

  1. Because of the foolish or sinful choices of .

When good people run things, everyone is glad,
       but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans.
       (Proverbs 29:2, MSG)

I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me (Exodus 20:5b, ESV; cf. Deuteronomy 5:9; Jeremiah 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 20)

  1. Because of the intentional done by others.

 

  1. Because we live in a , broken world.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (Romans 8:18-22, ESV)

So, how should I respond when I face suffering?

  1. I should allow suffering to cause me to my own relationship with the God.

And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-5, ESV)

 

  1. If I am in Christ, I should be confident that God knows, God cares, and God will me and  me in my suffering.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31, ESV)

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16, ESV)

  1. I should continue to and God even when I don’t understand.

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21, ESV)

  1. I should expect that ultimately God will use my suffering for my , to accomplish his larger purposes, and for his .
  • Joseph -> “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20, ESV).

 

  • Esther -> “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14, ESV)

 

  • Lazarus -> “But when Jesus heard it he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it’” (John 11:4, ESV).

 

  • Paul -> “it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20, ESV).

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, August 8, Luke 7
  • Monday, August 9, Luke 8
  • Tuesday, August 10, Luke 9
  • Wednesday, August 11, Luke 10
  • Thursday, August 12, Luke 11
  • Friday, August 13, Luke 12
  • Saturday, August 14, Luke 13

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22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” (Luke 8:22-25, ESV)

Companion passages: Matthew 8:23-27 and Mark 4:35-41

  1. Jesus was a who grew .

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15, NLT)

  1. Jesus is present in our circumstances.

He is our .

And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? (Mark 4:38b, ESV)

He is our and .

And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” (Matthew 8:25, ESV)

And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (Luke 8:24a, ESV)

 

  1. Jesus is and in sovereign .

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Exodus 14:21-22, ESV)

If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land. (Job 12:15, ESV)

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalm 107:28-29, ESV)

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17, ESV)

“It is by far the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible – far more amazing than the resurrection and more amazing even than the creation of the universe. The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join himself to a human nature forever, so that infinite God became one person with finite man, will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe”
(Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology. p. 563)

  1. Jesus is the only to salvation.

 

  1. Jesus deserves our highest level of , , and .

Three Questions:

If Jesus is calling you to faith, will you repent of your sin and believe in the gospel?

If Jesus has become uninteresting, will you rekindle awe and reverence of him?

If Jesus has not been your first option, will you call to him as Lord?

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, August 1, Acts 28
  • Monday, August 2, Luke 1  
  • Tuesday, August 3, Luke 2
  • Wednesday, August 4, Luke 3
  • Thursday, August 5, Luke 4
  • Friday, August 6, Luke 5
  • Saturday, August 7, Luke 6

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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
     6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:1–11, ESV)

 

 Justified by faith in Christ,
we enjoy great benefits now and
rejoice in what that means for our future.

 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(Romans 5:1–2, ESV)

  1. By faith in Christ, God’s is turned to .

  1. Because of Christ I have the that I will see the glory of God and in the glory of God. Such hope leads to exuberant .

  1. If my joy is rooted in God’s glory, then I will rejoice in that makes hope increase.

we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
(Romans 5:2b-4, ESV)

  1. I can rejoice in suffering because God uses suffering to my hope.

 Stage 1: Suffering produces endurance.

 let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1b-2, ESV)

Stage 2: Endurance produces character

20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
(Matthew 13:20–21, ESV)

Stage 3: Character produces .

5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Romans 5:5-8, ESV)

  1. My future hope will not disappoint, because has God lavished His love on me.
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9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:9-11, ESV)

  1. Since I am saved now, I will be saved .

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, July 25, Acts 21
  • Monday, July 26, Acts 22
  • Tuesday, July 27, Acts 23
  • Wednesday, July 28, Acts 24
  • Thursday, July 29, Acts 25
  • Friday, July 30, Acts 26
  • Saturday, July 31, Acts 27

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“In 1739 arriv’d among us from England the Rev. Mr. Whitefield, who had made himself remarkable there as an itinerant Preacher…It was wonderful to see the Change soon made in the Manners [behavior] of our Inhabitants; from being thoughtless or indifferent about Religion, it seem’d as if all the World were growing Religious; so that one could not walk thro’ the Town in an Evening without Hearing Psalms sung in different Families of every Street.”

Ben Franklin on George Whitefield in
Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography: An Authoritative Text”

 

12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:12, ESV)

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:5–6, ESV)

24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. (Acts 18:24, ESV) 

  1. Apollos reminds us that the gospel is for .

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  (Matthew 24:14, ESV, emphasis added)

  1. Apollos reminds us that we need the gospel.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:23–24, ESV)

25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18:25-26, ESV) 

  1. Apollos reminds us that we all need to in our understanding and application of the gospel.

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  (Colossians 2:6–7, ESV) 

My consistent pattern of meeting regularly with someone, or in a group, to grow as a follower of Christ is:

27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.  (Acts 18:27–28, ESV)

  1. Apollos reminds us to have a mindset of  as we other followers of Christ.

11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  (1 Thessalonians 5:11, ESV)

 

“Only where hands are not too good for deeds of love and mercy in everyday helpfulness can the mouth joyfully and convincingly proclaim the message of God’s love and mercy.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

I will encourage:

  1. Apollos reminds us of the of Jesus as we read Scripture and proclaim the gospel.

 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. (Acts 2:38–39, ESV, emphasis added)

I will share the gospel with:

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, July 18, Acts 14
  • Monday, July 19, Acts 15  
  • Tuesday, July 2, Acts 16
  • Wednesday, July 21, Acts 17
  • Thursday, July 22, Acts 18
  • Friday, July 23, Acts 19
  • Saturday, July 24, Acts 20

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea     and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV)

 

Bible Trivia (Acts):

  1. Who wrote the book of Acts?
    1. Paul
    2. Peter
    3. Luke
    4. John Mark
  1. Who is Acts written to?
    1. Theophilus
    2. The Laodiceans
    3. John Mark
    4. Nero
  1. Who is the most prominent figure in Acts?
    1. Paul
    2. Peter
    3. Philip
    4. Barnabas
  1. In what chapter does Paul begin following Christ?
    1. Chapter 2
    2. Chapter 9
    3. Chapter 15
    4. Chapter 26

Acts 8:26-40, ESV:

26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

            “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
                     and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
                    so he opens not his mouth.
            33In his humiliation justice was denied him.
                     Who can describe his generation?
            For his life is taken away from the earth.”

34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

 

  1. The Holy Spirit us to go with the gospel.

 Am I listening to the Holy Spirit and am I willing to obey what He asks me to do?

  1. Going with the gospel is not an activity for followers of Jesus.

 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20, ESV)

Who have I shared the gospel with in the last year?

 

  1. All Scripture points to Jesus as Lord and Savior, which is the we proclaim.

 Am I abiding in God’s Word?

 

  1. needs to hear the gospel.

  •  We are all sinners by nature and by choice.
  • Nobody is innocent before God.
  • God has made salvation available for all.
  • Nobody can be saved apart from faith in Jesus Christ.

 

9if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:9-15, ESV)

 

Who do I need to share the gospel with right now? 

  1. God will fulfill His .

9After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9–10, ESV)

Do I believe that God can use me to fulfill His purposes?