A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, November 20, 2 John
  • Monday, November 21, 3 John
  • Tuesday, November 22, Jude
  • Wednesday, November 23, Philemon
  • Thursday, November 24, Mark 1
  • Friday, November 25, Mark 2
  • Saturday, November 26, Mark 3

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Four Possibilities

  • I do not have eternal life, and I know that I don’t.
  • I do not have eternal life, but I think that I do.
  • I do have eternal life, but I feel uncertain and insecure.
  • I do have eternal life, and I have biblical, confident assurance.

“I write these things to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God
that you may know that you have eternal life.”
(1 John 5:13, ESV)

Five Tests

  1. Do I God’s ?

3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (2:3-6)

 

  1. Do I make a practice of continuing in ?

9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (3:9-10)

  1. Do I other believers in the body of Christ?

14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (3:14-15)

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (4:7-8)

  1. Is there evidence of the in my life?

And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. (3:24b-4:3)

  1. Do I confess that Jesus is the Son of God, do I him as my Savior, and am I following him as my Lord?

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (4:15)

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. (5:1)

11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (5:11-12)

Two Questions

  1. What about those who prayed a prayer or walked the aisle or were baptized long ago (as a child or youth) but in whom there is little or no evidence of the life of Christ now?

“You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16a, ESV).

  1. What about those who were once actively involved in the church but have now fallen away?

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. (2:19)

 

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (3:23-24)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, November 13, Micah 6
  • Monday, November 14, Micah 7
  • Tuesday, November 15, 1 John 1
  • Wednesday, November 16, 1 John 2
  • Thursday, November 17, 1 John 3
  • Friday, November 18, 1 John 4
  • Saturday, November 19, 1 John 5

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“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
(Yogi Berra)

 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
(Deuteronomy 18:21-22, ESV; cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-5)

 Micah

The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. (Micah 1:1, ESV)

750 B.C.    Micah’s ministry begins

-> 722 B.C. Samaria & Israel fall to Assyria

-> 701 B.C. Jerusalem is sieged, but does not fall

700 B.C.    Micah’s ministry ends

-> 586 B.C. Jerusalem & Judah fall to Babylon

2 Hear, you peoples, all of you;
     pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and let the Lord God be a witness against you,
     the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place,
     and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains will melt under him,
     and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
     like waters poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob
     and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
     Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place of Judah?
     Is it not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,
     a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones into the valley
     and uncover her foundations.
7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
     all her wages shall be burned with fire,
     and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
     and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
8 For this I will lament and wail;
     I will go stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation like the jackals,
     and mourning like the ostriches.
9 For her wound is incurable,
     and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
     to Jerusalem. (Micah 1:2-9, ESV)

What are the lessons for us? The predictions we can count on? 

  1. God eventually will bring on nations that intentionally and stubbornly dishonor him.

Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
     from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you shall not walk haughtily,
     for it will be a time of disaster. (Micah 2:3, ESV) 

  1. Like God’s ancient people, we will be tempted to ignore or God’s message of judgment.

“Do not preach”—thus they preach—
     “one should not preach of such things;
     disgrace will not overtake us.” (Micah 2:6, ESV)

If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
     ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
     that would be just the prophet for this people!
     (Micah 2:11, NIV)

 

  1. God requires more of us than perfunctory religious ritual; he requires , faith, and a life by his love and grace. 

6 “With what shall I come before the Lord,
     and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
     with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
     with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
     the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
     and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
     and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8, ESV)

 

  1. Even if God’s judgment comes to our nation, God will one day gather his faithful to himself; so, we should live confidently, joyfully, and obediently no matter the cost in the short term.

6 In that day, declares the Lord,
     I will assemble the lame
and gather those who have been driven away
     and those whom I have afflicted;
7 and the lame I will make the remnant,
     and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
     from this time forth and forevermore. (Micah 4:6-7, ESV)

  1. Jesus, the Messiah, will one day come again to defeat his enemies, to gather his people, and to rule and to reign; so we should and follow the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly.

2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
     who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
     one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
     from ancient days. …

4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
     in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
     to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace. (Micah 5:2, 4-5a, ESV)

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. …

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:3, 27, ESV)

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, November 6, Amos 9
  • Monday, November 7, Obadiah
  • Tuesday, November 8, Micah 1
  • Wednesday, November 9, Micah 2
  • Thursday, November 10, Micah 3
  • Friday, November 11, Micah 4
  • Saturday, November 12, Micah 5

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Acts 1:8  -> “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 end of the earth.” (ESV)

Acts 1:8 means that God expects us to . . .

  1. Be empowered by the
  2. with the –  here, there, and everywhere.
  3. Make –  who hear, repent, believe, are baptized, and learn to follow, obey, and share the good news of Jesus.
  4. Plant –  who gather in Jesus’ name, preach the gospel, make disciples, celebrate the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, practice church discipline, and reproduce.
  5. Continue the “to the end of the earth” and to “the end of the age.”

I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
-Jesus (Matthew 16:18b, ESV)

strive to excel in building up the church.”
-Apostle Paul (1 Corinthinas 14:12b, ESV)

So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
(Acts 16:5, ESV)

Ingleside and Church Planting

  1. Our church was planted years ago.
  • October 4, 1951 – Sixteen people gathered on a Thursday evening at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Newton, Sr., at 3360 Ridge Avenue.
  • October 11, 1951 – Twenty-nine people met the next Thursday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Rader at 3557 Vineville Avenue.
  • November 11, 1951 – The first Sunday service was held at the Ingleside Community Clubhouse with 136 people in attendance.
  • December 23, 1951 – Ingleside was formally constituted with 203 charter members.

  1. Our church partners with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to make disciples and plant churches around the globe.
  • In the latest annual report (2021 data), our IMB reported 176,795 new believers, 107,701 baptisms, and

new churches.

  1. Our church partners with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to make disciples and plant churches across North America.
  • In the latest annual report (2020 data), our NAMB reported new churches were planted.
  • Since 2010, more than new churches have been planted.

  1. Our church currently supports church plants personally and directly with additional financial support, short-term mission trips, prayer, training, and encouragement.
  • Portland, Oregon – Patrick and Jennifer Grant, Woodstock Community Church
  • Denver, Colorado – Josh and Sara Cook, Dwell Church
  • Atlanta, Georgia – Dustin and Danielle Lee, City View Church

Will you be involved in the mission?

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, October 30, Amos 2
  • Monday, October 31, Amos 3
  • Tuesday, November 1, Amos 4
  • Wednesday, November 2, Amos 5
  • Thursday, November 3, Amos 6
  • Friday, November 4, Amos 7
  • Saturday, November 5, Amos 8

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1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

2 And he said:
“The Lord roars from Zion
and utters his voice from Jerusalem;
the pastures of the shepherds mourn,
and the top of Carmel withers.”

  • Damascus (Syria) – vv. 3-5
  • Gaza (Philistia) – vv. 6-8
  • Tyre (Phoenicia) – vv. 9-10
  • Edom – vv. 11-12
  • Ammon – vv. 13-15
  • Moab – 2:1-3

4 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Judah,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because they have rejected the law of the Lord,
and have not kept his statutes,
but their lies have led them astray,
those after which their fathers walked.
5 So I will send a fire upon Judah,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.”
6 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals—
7 those who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth
and turn aside the way of the afflicted;
a man and his father go in to the same girl,
so that my holy name is profaned;
8 they lay themselves down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge,
and in the house of their God they drink
the wine of those who have been fined. (Amos 2:4-8)

 

1. God is over all nations.

God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne. (Psalm 47:8, ESV)

2. God will hold all nations .

3. God will nations that dishonor and disobey him.

4. God will nations that honor and obey him.

Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34, ESV)

5. At his coming, Jesus will and over all nations.

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:11-16, ESV)

“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and to God the things that are God’s.”
(Matthew 22:21b, ESV)

 

  1. As Christian citizens, we can help determine the future of our country by biblical .

 

  1. As we consider for whom we will vote, we should evaluate carefully and prayerfully:

(1) The Person – “Does this candidate have a track record of integrity and skill, character and competence?”

(2) Their Partners – “With whom does this candidate associate? Who are his supporters, allies, and closest confidants?”

(3) Their Party – “With which political party does this candidate identify, and what are the platform positions of that party?”

(4) Their “What actions has this candidate taken or promised to take on a variety of public policy issues?”

(5) Their “What is the judicial philosophy guiding the nominations this candidate will make or will vote to confirm to be judges and justices?”

 

  1. As we consider for whom we will vote, we should be guided by four foundational biblical values that lead to human flourishing and God’s blessing on a nation:

(1) The value of human .

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
(Genesis 1:27, ESV)

We should vote to protect and defend innocent, human life – from the moment of conception to natural death.

(2) The value of .

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6, ESV)

We should vote to honor marriage as the union of one man and one woman in covenant commitment.

(3) The value of .

For freedom Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1a, ESV)

We should vote to protect and defend religious liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly.

(4) The value of and , and equal justice under law for all.

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. (1 Peter 2:13-14, ESV)

We should vote to support law, order, and equal justice.

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, October 23, 2 Timothy 2
  • Monday, October 24, 2 Timothy 3
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2 Timothy 4
  • Wednesday, October 26, Titus 1
  • Thursday, October 27, Titus 2
  • Friday, October 28, Titus 3
  • Saturday, October 29, Amos 1

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1 Timothy 6:3-19, ESV
3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

  • Beware of teachers who…
    • Teach what is contrary to the
    • Are and ignorant
    • Crave and division
    • Crave

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

  • True leads to true .

“for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
(Philippians 4:11b-12, ESV)

9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

  • The love of money is…

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:23, ESV)

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

  • In God’s kingdom, your is far more important than your net worth.

13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

  • Jesus is…
    • Our
    • Our coming

  • God is…
    • The giver of
    • Immortal
    • Unapproachable
    • of all honor

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

  • If you are rich, be rich in .

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
(Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, October 16, 1 Timothy 1
  • Monday, October 17, 1 Timothy 2
  • Tuesday, October 18, 1 Timothy 3
  • Wednesday, October 19, 1 Timothy 4
  • Thursday, October 20, 1 Timothy 5
  • Friday, October 21, 1 Timothy 6
  • Saturday, October 22, 2 Timothy 1

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Based on James 1:1-12 (ESV)

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  1. My toward my trials should be one of because God has a for the trials in my life.
  • Trials purify my .
  • Trials produce
  • Trials perfect my .

 

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

  1. God gives me the spiritual need to triumph over trials:
  • (v. 5a)

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (3:17)

  • (v. 5b)
  • (v. 6)

9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

  1. God allows trials to come to both the (v. 9) and the (vv. 10-11) – and his grace is sufficient for both!

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

  1. God those who persevere faithfully and triumph over trials:
  • Inner
  • The of life

“The burden of verses 2–12 is encouragement in face of the afflictions and trials of life—encouragement to patient endurance, encouragement to believe that trials can be turned to our good, encouragement to prayer, encouragement to joyful acceptance of one’s lot in life, encouragement to look hopefully to the future.”
(Curtis Vaughan, Founders Study Guide Commentary, p. 28)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, October 9, Hebrews 12
  • Monday, October 10, Hebrews 13
  • Tuesday, October 11, James 1
  • Wednesday, October 12, James 2
  • Thursday, October 13, James 3
  • Friday, October 14, James 4
  • Saturday, October 15, James 5

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Based on the book of Hebrews

and Jesus is the better way to live.

  • Better than they way of the .

  • Better than the way of the .

√ “a better hope” (7:19)

√ “a better covenant” (7:22)

√ “better promises” (8:6)

√ “better sacrifices” (9:23)

√ “a better possession” (10:34)

√ “a better country” (11:16)

√ “a better life” (11:35)

√ “a better word” (12:24)

√ a better

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. (7:22-27, ESV)

What are the practical implications for the way we live?

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (10:19-25, ESV)

1. We should “draw near” (v. 22) – live in , daily fellowship with God.

2. We should “hold fast” (v. 23) – we should not , “drift away” (2:1), “shrink back” (10:39), or “grow weary or fainthearted” (12:3).

3. We should live in with one another (vv. 24-25) – “not neglecting to meet together.”

 Let’s get even more specific about the “better way” God intends for us to live:

12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (12:12-14)

  1. Strive for and .

 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire. (12:28-29)

  1. with “reverence and awe.”

13 Let brotherly love continue. (13:1)

  1. one another.

2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (13:2)

  1. Be .

3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. (13:3)

  1. Care for the .

4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. (13:4)

  1. Honor God by honoring .

5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?” (13:5-6)

  1. Don’t be ; be .

7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (13:7, 17)

  1. and submit to your .

 

16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (13:16)

  1. Be .

 

20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (13:20-21)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, October 2, Hebrews 5
  • Monday, October 3, Hebrews 6
  • Tuesday, October 4, Hebrews 7
  • Wednesday, October 5, Hebrews 8
  • Thursday, October 6, Hebrews 9
  • Friday, October 7, Hebrews 10
  • Saturday, October 8, Hebrews  11

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Based on 2 Thessalonians 1-3 (ESV)

If I am a follower of Christ, . . .

  • When I die, my spirit (soul) departs from my body and is immediately “at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8; cf. Luke 16:22, 23:43; Philippians 1:21, 23; Revelation 6:9-11).
  • When Jesus comes again, I will receive my resurrection body (imperishable and immortal) and, along with other Christ-followers, will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Philippians 3:20-21).

Until Jesus comes again, . . .

  1. God intends for our to grow, our for other believers to increase, and our to be strong and true.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. (1:1-4)

 So then, brothers, stand firm . . .. (2:15) 

  1. God intends for us to be encouraged by the fact that a day is coming when will be done.

5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1:5-12)

  • God will his people.
  • God will those who reject the gospel and who afflict his people.

  1. God intends for us not to be or by false teaching related to Jesus’ return.

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2:1-12)

 

  1. God intends for us not be , but to have an exemplary work ethic and to our own living.

6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. (3:6-12)

 

  1. God will us – by his grace and for his glory!

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2:16-17)

 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. (3:1-3)

13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. (3:13-16)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, September 25, 2 Thess 1
  • Monday, September 26, 2 Thess 2
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2 Thess 3
  • Wednesday, September 28, Hebrews 1
  • Thursday, September 29, Hebrews 2
  • Friday, September 30, Hebrews 3
  • Saturday, October 1, Hebrews 4

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 (ESV)

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

  1. God wants us to what will happen to Christ-followers who die.

  1. “Sleep” is a for the condition of “the dead in Christ” (cf. v. 16b).

 

  1. It is not for us to grieve when a Christ-follower we love dies.

 

  1. But our grief should be informed by and diminished by the we have in Christ.   

14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

  1. Our hope is built on the death, resurrection, and of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Those who have died in Christ will be at no disadvantage when Jesus comes again – they will “ first.”

 

  1. Those Christ-followers who are alive when Jesus returns will then be “caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be .”

 

1 Corinthians 15:50-57

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

If I am a follower of Christ, . . .

  • When I die, my spirit (soul) departs from my body and is immediately “at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8; cf. Luke 16:22, 23:43; Philippians 1:21, 23).
  • When Jesus comes again, I will receive my resurrection body (imperishable and immortal) and, along with other Christ-followers, will be with the Lord forever.

Dr. J. I Packer writes: “Jesus was the first to rise from the dead (Acts 26:23), and when he returns to this world he will raise his servants to a resurrection life like his own (1 Cor. 15:20–23; Phil. 3:20–21).. . . Christians alive at his coming will at that instant undergo a marvelous transformation (1 Cor. 15:50–54), while Christians who had died will experience a glorious re-embodiment (2 Cor. 5:1–5).

. . . .

Our present bodies, like Adam’s, are natural and earthly, subject to all sorts of weakness and decay until finally they perish. But our resurrection bodies, like Christ’s, will be spiritual (created, indwelt, and sustained by the Holy Spirit) and will belong to the eternal, imperishable, immortal, heavenly order of things (1 Cor. 15:45–54).

However, as the risen Jesus was recognizable by his disciples despite the change that resurrection had wrought in him, and as the re-embodied Moses and Elijah were recognizable at the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3–4), and as re-embodied Jewish saints were recognizable at the time of Jesus’ rising (Matt. 27:52–53), so risen Christians will be recognizable to each other, and joyful reunions beyond this world with believers whom we loved and then lost through death are to be expected. That is implicit in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, which was written because persons who were alive in Christ feared they had finally lost those who had died in Christ; Paul wrote as he did about Christ’s return in order to assure them that they would certainly see their Christian loved ones again. (Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs, pp. 254-255).

 

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For 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. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 

  1. The fact that we (along with all other Christ-followers) will live with the Lord forever is the ultimate reason that we can and should one another.

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, September 18, Colossians 3
  • Monday, September 19, Colossians 4
  • Tuesday, September 20, 1 Thess 1
  • Wednesday, September 21, 1 Thess 2
  • Thursday, September 22, 1 Thess 3
  • Friday, September 23, 1 Thess 4
  • Saturday, September 24, 1 Thess 5

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Based on Philippians 4:1-9 (ESV)

 

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

  1. .

2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. 

  1. Be .

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 

  1. Choose .

5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;

  1. Don’t be .

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  1. Turn your into .

 

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

  1. your with good things.

 

9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

  1. Put into what you have learned.

 

  

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:13, ESV)