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It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
Let us walk as children of light.
Ephesians 5:6-14
Let us live a life that matches the spiritual reality of our salvation.
Colossians 3:1-4
In Christ we grow with the growth that comes from God.  Who then can rob us of our prize?
Colossians 2:16-23
Rooted, built up and established - The result of Christ's work in us.
Colossians 2:6-15
The goal of our preaching is to present every man complete in Christ to Christ for Christ.
Colossians 1:24-2:5
Outline of Paul's Letter to the Philippians
Philippians 1:1-4:23
The halls of power cannot prevent the spread of the gospel.
Philippians 4:21-23
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." - Jesus in Acts 20:35
Philippians 4:15-20
Three ways to "continue in the faith": 1) be firmly established, 2) be steadfast and 3) do not be moved away from your hope.
Colossians 1:15-23
Faith in God results in contentment.
Philippians 4:10-14
The fact that the Lord is near encourages and motivates us in our daily walk.
Philippians 4:2-9
Our mindset determines our walk.
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Let us march together toward Christ.
Philippians 3:12-16
Paul’s Goal: to gain Christ, to be found in Him and to Know Him.
Philippians 3:1-11
Epaphroditus: An example of one, who did not look out for his own interests, but for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:25-30
Let us seek the interests of Christ.
Philippians 2:19-24
Rejoice in the sacrifice!
Philippians 2:12-18
What brings you joy? For Paul it was the church walking in the unity of Christ.
Philippians 2:1-11
Standing firm in the light of opposition confirms the gospel and is a sign of satan's defeat.
Philippians 1:27-30
Regard, respect, serve.
1 Timothy 6:1-2
I am impressed with Paul's ability to see God's hand in a very difficult situation.
Philippians 1:12-18
To live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:18-26
The goal of refuting false teaching should include the restoration of the false teachers to sound faith.
Titus 1:10-16
Lord, help me to grab hold of true life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Consider the boldness of Paul's statement about those who disagree with his teaching!  How intolerant!
1 Timothy 6:3-10
Is the public reading of the scriptures an important aspect of our church services today?
1 Timothy 4:11-16
Let us remain steadfast in our faith.  Christ is coming!
1 Timothy 6:11-16
What are our reasons for thanksgiving in prayer?
Philippians 1:3-8
The peace of Christ is so much greater than the Pax Romana.
Philippians 1:1-2
Our future blamelessness starts now as we are filled with Christ's fruit of righteousness.  We are to live now like we will be later.
Philippians 1:9-11
Outline of Pauls first letter to Timothy.
1 Timothy 1:1-6:21
As leaders let us work hard at preaching and teaching.
1 Timothy 5:17-25
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27)
1 Timothy 5:3-16
In the "household of God" we are to relate to each other as family.
1 Timothy 5:1-2
The marks of a good servant of Christ: the study of God's word, personal application of that learned, and the teaching of others.
1 Timothy 4:6-10
It is a demonic lie to think that one can achieve inner holiness through outer abstinence.
1 Timothy 4:1-5
The church is the household of God - a reference back to 1 Timothy 3:4-5 (an elder must be one who manages his own household well).
1 Timothy 3:14-16
The qualifications for church servants arise out of the fact that they are looked up upon and thus must serve as good examples.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
There are important similarities between "managing a household" and "taking care of the church of God".
1 Timothy 3:1-7
Paul's extremely challenging to understand and apply instructions to women.
1 Timothy 2:9-15
Wrath and dissension block prayer.
1 Timothy 2:1-8
The means for fighting the good fight is through keeping the faith and being morally pure.
1 Timothy 1:18-20
Paul found mercy because God wanted to demonstrate His prefect patience to sinners.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Let us teach the "the gospel of the glory of the blessed God"!
1 Timothy 1:8-11
The goal of our instruction must be love!
1 Timothy 1:3-7
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Psalms 34
We have peace through God's grace and mercy.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Let us soften our hearts by uniting what we hear from God with faith (Hebrews 4:2).
Psalms 95
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Psalms 33
True blessedness and joy come in an intimate relationship with the Lord.
Psalms 32
My times are in your hand.
Psalms 31
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Psalms 30
In the midst of the greatest storm or disaster, the Lord rules as king.
Psalms 29
A heart that trusts in Him received His help.
Psalms 28
Paul's structured approach to teaching sound doctrine - instruction, theological basis, command to teach and dealing with opposition.
Titus 1:1-3:15
We seek God's face because He first draws us to Him.
Psalms 27
Lord, I love the place where your glory dwells.
Psalms 26
He pardons my iniquity for His name's sake.
Psalms 25
Seek the glorious King in worship.
Psalms 24
The goodness of the Lord leads us to continually worship Him.
Psalms 23
But you, O Lord...
Psalms 22
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
Psalms 126
Through God's covenant loyalty we will never be shaken.
Psalms 21
But we will boast in the name of the Lord.
Psalms 20
Let us work towards the fulfillment of the vision of the nations streaming to the Lord!
Isaiah 2:1-5
The revelation of God's glory is available to all through that which He has made.
Psalms 19
He trains my hands for battle.
Psalms 18
Verse 15 is the psalmist version of Mt 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Psalms 17
True life is fullness of joy, which is found in God's presence.
Psalms 16
Outline of the Crucifixion and Resurrection According to Matthew
Matthew 26:3-28:20
Outline of the Gospel According to Matthew
Matthew 1:1-28:20
Jesus promises to be with you "the whole of every day".
Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus is alive!
Matthew 27:62-28:15
His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death — Isaiah 53:9
Matthew 27:55-61
It was the will of God and not the nails that held Jesus to the cross.
Matthew 27:38-54
Jesus, King of the Jews, is crucified.
Matthew 27:31-37
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. -- Issaiah 53:7
Matthew 27:11-30
God's will is accomplished in the midst of betrayals, mock trials, false witnesses, beatings and denials.
Matthew 26:47-27:10
Jesus' desire to do God's will overcame the deep distress of the coming crucifixion.
Matthew 26:36-46
The Lord's Supper - a living proclamation of Jesus' death until He comes again.
Matthew 26:20-35
In the midst of the scheming of evil people, one sees here God's hand at work.
Matthew 26:1-19
Outline of the fifth discourse in Matthew's gospel
Matthew 24:1-26:2
Jesus concludes His discourse by predicting His crucifixion in two days time.
Matthew 26:1-2
Faith in Christ is demonstrated in how one treats His children.
Matthew 25:31-46
Being read for the Parousia means diligently using everything He has entrusted to us for His glory while we wait.
Matthew 25:14-30
It is not possible to "share" preparedness for Jesus' coming.  Each person is responsible to be prepared.
Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus expects us to be diligently working for Him while we wait for His return.
Matthew 24:45-51
The Lord expects us to be alert and ready for His coming.
Matthew 24:42-44
Those not ready will be taken be surprise when Jesus returns.
Matthew 24:36-41
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)
Matthew 24:32-35
The elect can be found in every corner of the earth.
Matthew 24:29-31
Protection against false witnesses is the true witness of Jesus: "Behold, I have told you in advance."
Matthew 24:22-28
The signs of the destruction of the temple
Matthew 24:15-21
Want to see Jesus come back? See that the Gospel is preached to all nations!
Matthew 24:4-14
God's view of things is often different than man's view.
Matthew 24:1-2
Outline of the Fifth Narrative in the Gospel According to Matthew
Matthew 19:3-23:39
Jesus wants to protect you. Are you willing?
Matthew 23:37-39
According to Jesus the main emphasis of scripture is on justice, mercy and faithfulness.
Matthew 23:13-36
The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:1-12
Christ: son of David and son of God
Matthew 22:41-46
Without love of God and fellow man, we are nothing.
Matthew 22:34-40
Many questions are answered when we understand the scriptures and the power of God.
Matthew 22:23-33
Followers of Christ must submit both to governmental authority and to God.
Matthew 22:15-22
The invitation to join the kingdom is very broad, but not all enter in.
Matthew 22:1-14
Our God is a longanimous God who, in the face of violent rejection, sent His beloved Son!
Matthew 21:33-46
It is better to say no to God, repent and then obey than to say yes and disobey.
Matthew 21:28-32
Further revelation is withheld from those that reject revelation already given.
Matthew 21:23-27
Do we appear to be fruitful when really we are barren?
Matthew 21:17-22
True worship involves Christ-centered prayer and caring for the weak.
Matthew 21:12-16
Jesus fulfilled prophecy to the smallest detail.
Matthew 21:1-11
Let us be moved with compassion as Jesus is.
Matthew 20:29-34
Leadership in the kingdom is servant leadership.
Matthew 20:20-28
The third passion prediction of Jesus in Matthew's gospel
Matthew 20:17-19
God is not fair.  He is compassionate.
Matthew 19:30-20:16
"We have left everything and followed you." - Peter
Matthew 19:23-29
An example that one cannot server two masters
Matthew 19:16-22
We are to become as children.
Matthew 19:13-15
Every marriage is a living memorial to God's creation of humankind as male and female, made for each other.  Divorce destroys this memorial.
Matthew 19:3-12
Outline of the fourth discourse in Matthew's gospel
Matthew 18:1-19:2
Conclusion of the fourth discourse of Jesus as recorded by Matthew.
Matthew 19:1-2
Compassion and Forgiveness Go Hand in Hand
Matthew 18:21-35
Disciples and Discipline - The Goal Must Always Be to Restore
Matthew 18:15-20
You are of great value to the Father.
Matthew 18:10-14
Humbleness (Mt 18:1-4) is a great medicine against causing others to stumble (Mt 18:5-9).
Matthew 18:5-9
We must become like children.
Matthew 18:1-4
Outline of the Fourth Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 13:54-17:27
Jesus shows us how to humble ourselves, not insisting on our rights.
Matthew 17:24-27
Do we only see the suffering or God's promises in the suffering?
Matthew 17:22-23
"And nothing will be impossible to you." -- Jesus
Matthew 17:14-21
The fulfillment of God’s will and suffering can go hand in hand.
Matthew 17:9-13
Listen to Him!
Matthew 17:1-8
Consider the value of the soul.
Matthew 16:24-28
Let us set our minds on God's interests.
Matthew 16:21-23
It is only through revelation that we can really know who Jesus is.
Matthew 16:13-20
Our faith is expected to grow through encounters with God's provision for us.
Matthew 16:5-12
Those demanding a sign are without excuse.
Matthew 16:1-4
Jesus is aware of both our physical needs and spiritual needs.
Matthew 15:32-39
Jesus heals the many.
Matthew 15:29-31
Great faith impresses Jesus.
Matthew 15:21-28
Defilement originates in the heart
Matthew 15:10-20
Is our focus on traditions or God‘s word?
Matthew 15:1-9
Jesus was more than willing to be among the crowds and care for their needs.
Matthew 14:34-36
Peter, having been trained to do what Jesus does, walks on water.
Matthew 14:22-33
"He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them" - Lord, give me your compassion.
Matthew 14:13-21
Power in the hand of a weak ruler kills the last old testament prophet.
Matthew 14:1-12
"It is sad that every time in the NT somebody is “scandalized” by someone, that someone is Jesus." - D. A. Carson
Matthew 13:54-58
Outline of Jesus' Third Discourse Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 13:1-53
The end of Jesus' third discourse as recorded by Matthew.
Matthew 13:53
When we teach, let us bring out of our understanding and revelation the "whole purpose of God".
Matthew 13:52
Let us teach God's word so that our hearers understand it.
Matthew 13:51
God will separate the bad from the good.
Matthew 13:49-50
God will separate the good from the bad.
Matthew 13:47-48
Some find the kingdom by "chance", while others find it after diligently seeking for it.
Matthew 13:44-46
"The righteous will shine forth as the sun."
Matthew 13:36-43
What we know of God, we only know because He has chosen to reveal Himself.
Matthew 13:34-35
"For who has despised the day of small things?" Zachariah 4:10
Matthew 13:31-33
Regarding evil, the "what to do?" question is more important than the "why?" question.
Matthew 13:24-30
Understanding the word sown is the key to fruitfulness.
Matthew 13:18-23
Hard hearts block ears from hearing and eyes from seeing.
Matthew 13:10-17
One type of seed. Four types of soil. Four different results.
Matthew 13:3-9
Here is an example of Jesus being "ready in season and out of season".
Matthew 13:1-2
Outline of the Third Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 11:2-12:50
You demonstrate that you are part of Jesus' family when you do the will of the Father.
Matthew 12:46-50
It is not enough to turn from evil.  One must turn to God.
Matthew 12:43-45
There is never enough proof but always enough revelation.
Matthew 12:38-42
There is no possibility of neutrality in the spiritual world.
Matthew 12:30-37
Jesus - Stronger than the Strong Man.
Matthew 12:25-29
The attitude of the heart determines one's view of reality.
Matthew 12:22-24
Jesus, hope of the nations
Matthew 12:15-21
It is lawful to do good.
Matthew 12:9-14
I desire compassion, and not sacrifice.
Matthew 12:1-8
Lord Jesus, I am feeling weary. I come to you and accept Your yoke. Please grant me Your promised rest.
Matthew 11:25-30
Godly punishment is based on the amount of revelation received and rejected.
Matthew 11:20-24
Do my deeds prove right the wisdom of God?
Matthew 11:16-19
The kingdom of God is forcefully advancing!
Matthew 11:7-15
"Report what you hear and see." - God wants us not only to hear about Him but to experience Him.
Matthew 11:2-6
Outline of Jesus' Second Discourse as Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 10:1-11:1
Let us continue to preach and teach the gospel of the kingdom.
Matthew 11:1
Be bold! God promises to receive all those that receive the gospel when you preach.
Matthew 10:40-42
Outline of the Second Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 8:1-9:38
What a paradox! One must lose one's life to find it!
Matthew 10:34-39
Another version of Jesus' statement, "I am the way".
Matthew 10:32-33
God will bring justice.  Therefore let us boldly proclaim the gospel.
Matthew 10:26-31
A disciple is not above his teacher.
Matthew 10:24-25
In the midst of persecution, Jesus says, "Do not worry."
Matthew 10:16-23
When we preach, let us preach about the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 10:5-15
Let us minister in the authority Christ has given us.
Matthew 10:1-5
May we develop the same wholistic ministry Jesus had.
Matthew 9:35-38
It is so tempting to reject the move of the Holy Spirit among Christians theologically different from us.  Do not do it!
Matthew 9:32-34
Jesus demonstrates He has the messianic authority recorded in Isaiah 35:5-6.
Matthew 9:27-31
Jesus demonstrates His authority over death
Matthew 9:18-26
"I desire compassion, and not sacrifice." - God
Matthew 9:9-17
Jesus has the authority to forgive sins.
Matthew 9:1-8
"They preferred pigs to persons, swine to the Savior." (D. A. Carson)
Matthew 8:28-34
As long as Jesus is in your boat you need not fear.
Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus' answer to over-eager and under-eager followers.
Matthew 8:18-22
"He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases."
Matthew 8:14-17
True authority comes from being under authority.
Matthew 8:5-13
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Matthew 8:1-4
Outline of Jesus' First Discourse as Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 5:1-7:29
The One with the authority to judge the human race taught and then commands us to teach.
Matthew 7:28-29
Two foundations - Jesus says build on the rock.
Matthew 7:24-27
Two groups of people - Jesus says do the will of the Father.
Matthew 7:21-23
Two trees - Jesus says Beware of the Bad One
Matthew 7:15-20
Two paths - Jesus says take the unpopular one.
Matthew 7:13-14
Want to fulfill the law and the prophets? Here's how!
Matthew 7:12
Prayer: How much more will the Father give what is good to those who ask!
Matthew 7:7-11
Dogs, swine and the gospel of Christ.
Matthew 7:6
How human it is to rationalize away our own short-comings and sin.
Matthew 7:1-5
Eight Reasons Why Worry Is Futile
Matthew 6:25-34
Let my eyes be singly focused on You Lord and not on the mammon of this world.
Matthew 6:19-24
The degree to which we are able to forgive others indicates the degree to which we have experienced God's forgiveness.
Matthew 6:14-15
"All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent." - Teresa of Avila
Matthew 6:7-8
First heaven, then earth
Matthew 6:9-13
When fasting, which reward will it be?
Matthew 6:16-18
When praying, which reward will it be?
Matthew 6:5-6
When giving alms, which reward will it be?
Matthew 6:2-4
Only those things done exclusively for God bring their appointed fulfillment.
Matthew 6:1
The law points to the perfection of the Father.
Matthew 5:48
"To return evil for good is devilish; to return good for good is human; to return good for evil is divine” - Alfred Plummer
Matthew 5:43-47
The righteousness taught by Jesus requires a self-sacrificing response to evil and generosity in meeting the needs of others.
Matthew 5:38-42
Convince others you are telling the truth by a good reputation and not by many solemn words.
Matthew 5:33-37
Let marriage be held in honor.
Matthew 5:31-32
Make a covenant with your eyes.
Matthew 5:27-30
One root cause of murder is anger.
Matthew 5:21-26
The whole law and the prophets point toward Jesus.
Matthew 5:17-20
The goal is always the glory of God.
Matthew 5:13-16
Teaching is an important element in making disciples.
Matthew 5:1-2
Jesus gives us eight keys to happiness.
Matthew 5:3-12
Outline of the First Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 3:1-4:25
The strategic choice of Capernaum as His headquarters allowed Jesus to reach out to the whole Roman province of Syria.
Matthew 4:23-25
The call of Christ demands an immediate response.
Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus, as the all-nations Messiah, begins His ministry in a region populated by Gentiles.
Matthew 4:12-17
By resisting the temptation of the devil, Jesus chooses God's calling as the suffering servant.
Matthew 4:1-11
After the baptism of Jesus, God confirms that Jesus is His chosen servant as prophesied in Isaiah 42.
Matthew 3:13-17
The coming of God's kingdom demands repentance, marked by good works, or brings judgment.
Matthew 3:7-12
The right response to the arrival of God's kingdom is radical repentance.
Matthew 3:1-6
Outline of Birth and Early Childhood of Jesus as Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 1:18-2:23
God confirms His Messiah through prophecy.
Matthew 2:19-23
The final tears are shed before the new covenant, promised by Jeremiah, is established by Jesus.
Matthew 2:16-18
Immediate and exact obedience regardless of the cost or inconvenience
Matthew 2:13-15
Here we see three responses to Christ: 1. Worship Him. (Magi) 2. Ignore Him. (Priests) 3. Try to kill Him. (Herod)
Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus' conception, birth and naming fulfilled Old Testament prophecy.
Matthew 1:18-25
Jesus, being the son of David and the son of Abraham, establishes God's Kingdom and ushers in God's salvation.
Matthew 1:1-17
In restoring Israel, God is also concerned about taking a people for Himself from among the nations.
Amos 9:11-15
The more severe judgment: a famine of God's word.
Amos 8:4-14
Israel called to know that God has the power to bring about the judgment He has announced.
Amos 9:1-10
The certainty of the Lord's calling was Amos' defense.
Amos 7:1-8:3
Israel's complacency and decadent lifestyle stifled compassion, justice and righteousness.
Amos 6:1-14
Pursue the weightier provisions of the law.
Amos 5:18-27
God is not silent.  He declares His thoughts to man.
Amos 4:1-13
The Lord has spoken!  Who can but prophesy?
Amos 3:1-15
To catch his hearers' attention, Amos first proclaims the Lord's judgment on seven of Israel's neighbors.
Amos 1:3-2:5
We can fight sin be meditating on God's faithfulness.  Here Israel did not do this.
Amos 2:6-16
Israel cast down and silenced justice because they forgot that the Lord is the Lord of creation and human history.
Amos 5:1-17
Five commands, which, when followed, will bring about the presence of God in our lives.
2 Corinthians 13:11-14
God's authority given to us is for building up and not tearing down.
2 Corinthians 13:5-10
The weakness of submission produces life through God's power.
2 Corinthians 13:1-4
A leader's goal should always be to build up the church.
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
A true sign of a good leader is the willingness to expend himself for the people he leads.
2 Corinthians 12:14-18
Let us support our leaders, so that they are not forced to have to defend themselves.
2 Corinthians 12:11-13
Power is perfected in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Let us not try to appear to be more than who we really are.
2 Corinthians 12:1-6
When slandered, Paul defends himself by mentioning his weaknesses.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Paul's credentials set a very high bar regarding dedication to the cause of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:21-29
False teachers can only spread their teachings where they are tolerated.
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Appearances can be deceptive.  We need to bear the fruit of righteousness, not just say the right words.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
The battle to maintain simple devotion to Christ is a battle of our minds.
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Let us boast in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Lord, help me to be genuine in all circumstances.
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
How do you fight and what are your weapons?
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Generous giving brings glory to God.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Let us not allow covetousness to ruin generous giving.
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
A wonderful example of being above reproach in finances before God and people.
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
We are to give according to our ability to ensure that no one has lack.
2 Corinthians 8:8-15
What is your response to great affliction?
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
There can be much joy during much affliction.
2 Corinthians 7:2-4
We are called to holiness because we are God's people, and therefore we are God's people when we live holy lives.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
A minister's duty: an open heart despite rejection.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
The Gospel: God made Christ, who knew no sin, to become sin for us so that we might be righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:10
One for all so that all may be for one.
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
When we die, we will be with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
There is glory through suffering.
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5
The saving faith of the Old Testament and the saving faith of the New Testament are the same.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
Seeing the hope and faith of Christians not succumbing to affliction produces life in the observers.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
In these verses there are at least 13 points for ministers of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
Let God continually polish our mirror so that we can properly reflect His glory.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
As ministers of the New Covenant, we proclaim a glorious message!
2 Corinthians 3:7-11
God has made us (past tense) adequate as servants of the new covenant.
2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Let Christ write His letter in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
Let us preach the word of God as from God in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
How leaders are received reflects the spiritual state of a church.
2 Corinthians 7:13-16
Lord, help me be open to severe correction designed for my good.
2 Corinthians 7:8-13
God is a God who comforts the depressed.
2 Corinthians 7:5-7
Walk, work and speak righteousness.
Psalms 15:1-11
A life without God leads to moral corruption.
Psalms 14:1-7
True faith continues to trust in the Lord even when it appears as though He has forgotten us.
Psalms 13:1-6
What God promises will come to pass because His words are pure.
Psalms 12:1-8
When the foundations are destroyed, the righteous should take refuge in the Lord!
Psalms 11:1-7
Paul, while preaching the Gospel, searches for Titus, first in Troas and then in Macedonia.
2 Corinthians 2:12-13
Church discipline must always be restorative.  There is always the danger that Satan may find a way to use it to sow division and dissent.
2 Corinthians 2:5-11
Paul is confident, that even in relational difficulties, we are all united in joy.
2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4
God establishes us in Christ, having anointed and sealed us and having given us the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:15-22
Let us conduct ourselves in holiness, godly sincerity and in the grace of God.
2 Corinthians 1:12-14
Affliction mixed with hope and prayer results in deliverance, which in turn brings glory to God.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Comfort in suffering becomes effective through patient endurance.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Grace and peace come from God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:1-2
We can take courage in the truth that God has heard and will continue to hear our prayers for help with the purpose to deliver us.
Psalms 10:1-18
In times of trouble, we can appeal to God as our righteous judge who is a stronghold for the oppressed.
Psalms 9:1-20
God uses the insignificant to silence His enemies.
Psalms 8:1-9
David appeals to the righteous Judge for deliverance.
Psalms 7:1-17
God delivers us from deep anguish because of His lovingkindness.
Psalms 6:1-10
The answer to adversaries is God's presence and His leading.
Psalms 5:1-12
When leaders turn to worthless desires, David prays, and God's answer is great joy.
Psalms 4:1-8
In the midst of many adversaries, David expresses his trust in the Lord.
Psalms 3:1-8
God's response to the rebellion of the nations is to laugh.
Psalms 2:1-12
Those that love the law of the Lord will be blessed and will prosper, but the wicked will perish.
Psalms 1:1-6
Main point summary. Arc.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
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1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Main point summary. Arc.
1 Corinthians 14:37-40
Main point summary. Arc.
1 Corinthians 14:34-36
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1 Corinthians 14:26-33
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Final Instructions
Colossians 4:2-6
Pray for open doors to be able to clearly speak the mystery of Christ and then, when it comes, speak graciously.
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Published October 1st, 2019; Updated October 1st, 2019
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Paul now gives two final instructions - to be devoted to prayer and conduct oneself with wisdom towards outsiders. While praying, the Colossians are to pray for an open door for Paul so that he can speak of the mystery of Christ and reveal it clearly. In dealing with outsiders they are to speak graciously and know how to give an answer.
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Τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτερεῖτε,
a Devote yourselves to prayer,
Verharret im Gebet
γρηγοροῦντες ἐν αὐτῇ
keeping alert in it
und wachet darin
ἐν εὐχαριστίᾳ,
with an attitude of thanksgiving;
mit Danksagung.
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προσευχόμενοι ἅμα καὶ περὶ ἡμῶν,
praying at the same time a for us as well,
Betet zugleich auch für uns,
ἵνα ὁ θεὸς ἀνοίξῃ ἡμῖν θύραν τοῦ λόγου
that God will open up to us a b door for c the word,
damit Gott uns eine Tür öffne für das Wort,
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λαλῆσαι τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ Χριστοῦ,
so that we may speak forth d the mystery of Christ,
um das Geheimnis Christi auszusprechen,
διʼ ὃ καὶ δέδεμαι,
for which I have also e been imprisoned;
um dessentwillen ich auch gebunden bin,
ἵνα φανερώσω αὐτὸ ὡς δεῖ με λαλῆσαι.
that I may make it clear a in the way I ought to speak.
damit ich es so kundtue, wie ich reden soll.
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Ἐν σοφίᾳ περιπατεῖτε πρὸς τοὺς ἔξω
1 a Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward b outsiders,
Wandelt in Weisheit gegen die, welche außerhalb der Gemeinde sind,
τὸν καιρὸν ἐξαγοραζόμενοι.
2 c making the most of the opportunity.
und kaufet die Zeit aus.
ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι,
a Let your speech always be 1 with grace,
Eure Rede sei allezeit anmutig,
ἅλατι ἠρτυμένος,
as though seasoned with b salt,
mit Salz gewürzt,
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εἰδέναι πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι.
so that you will know how you should c respond to each person.
damit ihr wisset, wie ihr einem jeden antworten sollt.
This is the second purpose clause of the prayer - that Paul might clearly reveal the mystery.
This is the first purpose clause of the prayer - that Paul might speak the mysteries of Christ.
The NET Bible notes state that this is probably the content of the prayer and not the purpose of the prayer.
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Colossians 4:2-6
On Prayer
Devote yourselves to prayer,
Verharret im Gebet
keeping alert in it
und wachet darin
with an attitude of thanksgiving;
mit Danksagung.
praying at the same time for us as well,
Betet zugleich auch für uns,
that God will open up to us a door for the word,
damit Gott uns eine Tür öffne für das Wort,
so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ,
um das Geheimnis Christi auszusprechen,
for which I have also been imprisoned;
um dessentwillen ich auch gebunden bin,
that I may make it clear
damit ich es so kundtue,
in the way I ought to speak.
wie ich reden soll.
On Those outside the Church
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
Wandelt in Weisheit gegen die, welche außerhalb der Gemeinde sind, und kaufet die Zeit aus.
Let your speech always be with grace,
Eure Rede sei allezeit anmutig,
as though seasoned with salt,
mit Salz gewürzt,
so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
damit ihr wisset, wie ihr einem jeden antworten sollt.
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Colossians 4:2-6
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Τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτερεῖτε,
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
Verharret im Gebet und wachet darin mit Danksagung.
γρηγοροῦντες ἐν αὐτῇ ἐν εὐχαριστίᾳ,
προσευχόμενοι ἅμα καὶ περὶ ἡμῶν,
praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
Betet zugleich auch für uns, damit Gott uns eine Tür öffne für das Wort, um das Geheimnis Christi auszusprechen, um dessentwillen ich auch gebunden bin,
ἵνα ὁ θεὸς ἀνοίξῃ ἡμῖν θύραν τοῦ λόγου λαλῆσαι τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ Χριστοῦ,
διʼ ὃ καὶ δέδεμαι,
ἵνα φανερώσω αὐτὸ
that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.
damit ich es so kundtue, wie ich reden soll.
ὡς δεῖ με λαλῆσαι.
Ἐν σοφίᾳ περιπατεῖτε πρὸς τοὺς ἔξω τὸν καιρὸν ἐξαγοραζόμενοι.
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
Wandelt in Weisheit gegen die, welche außerhalb der Gemeinde sind, und kaufet die Zeit aus.
ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι,
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Eure Rede sei allezeit anmutig, mit Salz gewürzt, damit ihr wisset, wie ihr einem jeden antworten sollt.
ἅλατι ἠρτυμένος,
εἰδέναι πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι.
Τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτερεῖτε, γρηγοροῦντες ἐν αὐτῇ ἐν εὐχαριστίᾳ,
προσευχόμενοι ἅμα καὶ περὶ ἡμῶν, ἵνα ὁ θεὸς ἀνοίξῃ ἡμῖν θύραν τοῦ λόγου λαλῆσαι τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ Χριστοῦ, διʼ ὃ καὶ δέδεμαι,
ἵνα φανερώσω αὐτὸ ὡς δεῖ με λαλῆσαι.
Ἐν σοφίᾳ περιπατεῖτε πρὸς τοὺς ἔξω τὸν καιρὸν ἐξαγοραζόμενοι.
ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι, ἅλατι ἠρτυμένος, εἰδέναι πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι.
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The NET Bible notes state that this is probably the content of the prayer and not the purpose of the prayer.
This is the first purpose clause of the prayer - that Paul might speak the mysteries of Christ.
This is the second purpose clause of the prayer - that Paul might clearly reveal the mystery.
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