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Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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Immaturity and Self-deception
1 Corinthians 3
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
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Published May 18th, 2019
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3:1a to b - Paul clarifies that the difficult things he had to say are said as a brother to brothers. He would not say this to mature believers, nor to unbelievers. 3:1c to 3:1b - Paul wanted to address the brothers as spiritual people, but needed to substitute. He had to address them as: people that are of the flesh, i.e. are caught up with pride, jealousy, immorality, etc. People that have not matured in Christ. They looked elsewhere for significance, therefore all the wrong boasting in people and not in the one true God Almighty revealed in Christ's tremendous work of salvation for fallen mankind. ?! If 3:5e is indented under 3:5d it could be like that: - You believed because the Lord assigned it to each of you. I and Apollos did not give you faith. ?! - but this is missing the point. Paul is talking about who he and Apollos are not how the Corinthians believed. So, God assigned Apollos and Paul to serve Him in Corinth. 3:6 - Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;... (Psalms 127:1 NKJV) 3:8 - Not the type of work but the labor put into each specific work is evaluated and rewarded . 3:10-11 - The foundation of God's building, the church, is laid. There is no other approved and valid foundation than Jesus Christ Himself. Practically speaking, make sure you are on a valid foundation. The Foundation is a divine person, Jesus Christ. An overemphasis on one single teaching or practice over another will take away and cripple from being on a complete and whole foundation, which must be consistent with the whole character of Jesus Christ. 3:12-15 - Motives for how someone builds on the foundation are crucial. The Lord knows them all and is the only true judge of them. Some turn from gold to straw because of a desire for personal preference. Others stick to straw while gold is available because it may be uncomfortable and untraditional to reach for it. 3:16-17 - People are not evolved animals but created with dignity and value. Furthermore, the people that are part of God's building are indwelled by God Spirit and are very special to Him. Anybody messing with His property will get in serious trouble. 3:18-23 - Why shouldn't the Corinthians boast themselves in men i.e. Paul or Apollos? Because if they do, it means that they have deceived themselves and become fools Because all things are given to them by God's grace. God is the source of their blessing. God chose Paul and Apollos as His instruments but He Himself was the mind and hand that has done it through them. Why boast and fight over the instrument when all glory belongs to the mastermind that guides His instruments? It is foolish - stupid - to do that! This unintelligent boasting springs from being of the flesh i.e. being controlled by selfish ambitions manifested in a desire to be puffed up over others and at the cost of others. This ties it back to the beginning verses: 3:1-4.
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1 Corinthians 3:1-23
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You are driven by selfish ambition
brothers,
Distinction of 3:1b
But I, ... could not address you as spiritual people,
but as people of the flesh,
Substitution of 3:1b
as infants in Christ.
I fed you with milk,
not solid food,
Negative of 3:2a
for you were not ready for it.
Ground of 3:2a
And even now
Temporal of 3:2f
yet
you are not ... ready,
still
Temporal of 3:3b
for you are ... of the flesh.
Ground of 3:2f
For
Ground of 3:3b
while there is jealousy ... among you,
Temporal of 3:3f
and strife
Accompaniment
are you not of the flesh
Ground of 3:3g
and behaving only in a human way?
Content of 3:3c
Ground of 3:3c
when one says,
Ground of 3:4e
“I follow Paul,”
Content of 3:4b
and another, “I follow Apollos,”
are you not being merely human?
Content of 3:4a
Who Apollos and I are
What then is Apollos?
Distinction of 3:5c
What is Paul?
Servants
through whom you believed,
Agency of 3:5c
as the Lord assigned to each.
Context of 3:5c
What God did through Apollos and me
I planted,
Concessive #1
Apollos watered,
Concessive #2
but God gave the growth.
So neither he who plants
Negative #1
nor he who waters is anything,
Negative #2
but only God who gives the growth.
He who plants and he who waters are one,
and each will receive his wages
according to his labor.
Manner
For we are God’s fellow workers.
Ground
How you were formed and how any further work should be done in regard to you
You are God’s field, God’s building.
Ground #1
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a skilled master builder
Comparison
I laid a foundation,
Ground #2
and someone else is building upon it.
Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid,
Ground #3
which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold,
Condition
silver,
precious stones,
wood,
hay,
straw—
each one’s work will become manifest,
Ground #4
for the Day will disclose it,
Ground #1
because it will be revealed by fire,
Ground #2
and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
If the work ... survives,
that anyone has built
Content
on the foundation
Locative
he will receive a reward.
Advantage
If anyone’s work is burned up,
he will suffer loss,
Disadvantage
though he himself will be saved,
Concessive
but only as through fire.
Who you are
Do you not know
that you are God’s temple
and that God’s Spirit dwells
in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy him.
For God’s temple is holy,
and you are that temple.
How it is foolish to boast in anything else then God
Let no one deceive himself.
Ground #1
If anyone ... thinks that he is wise
among you
Location
in this age,
Temporal
let him become a fool
that he may become wise.
Purpose
For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.
For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”
Ground #1
and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
Ground #2
So let no one boast in men.
Ground #2
all things are yours,
Content #1
whether Paul
or Apollos
or Cephas
or the world
or life
or death
or the present
or the future— all are yours,
and you are Christ’s,
Content #2
and Christ is God’s.
Content #3
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