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The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Prayer leading to gospel-change and gospel-living in the church.
1 Timothy 2
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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The Church, Right Teaching and Dealing with Complaints
Acts 6:1-8
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
#Gospel
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Published June 8th, 2018; Updated June 18th, 2018
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As a result of a church increasing in number and growing in Christlikeness, believers within the church will have direct insight as to the neglected sins of other brothers and sisters, but they will not become divided, rather, they shall seek out the direction of their godly elders, those who uphold their responsibility to the congregation in teaching and applying the Word of God, and thereby work out these issues together resulting not in calamity, but in greater congregational unity, cooperation, faithfulness, discipleship and good works to the nations.
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Now in these days
At a certain time in the early church
k when the disciples were increasing in number,
WHEN Christ -followers were growing
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a complaint by the Hellenists 1 arose against the Hebrews
THERE RESULTED IN 1) the Hellenists wanting to correct an error in the behaviour of the Hebrews
because their widows were being neglected in l the daily distribution.
FOR the Hebrews were neglecting the needs of their widows (not showing Christian hospitality, mercy, and care)
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And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples
THE RESULT of this complaint was 2) the gathering of the apostles with all the disciples
and said,
AND 3) the apostles taught the disciples
“It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God
MORE SPECIFICALLY, they taught them that, "The apostles should NOT stop preaching the gospel
to serve tables.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF serving tables
actionpurpose
m Therefore, brothers, 1 pick out from among you seven men n of good repute,
INSTEAD, disciples/congregations choose servants from among you with good reputations
o full of the Spirit
WHAT WE MEAN IS not just anyone with good reputations, but those who have the unction of the Holy Spirit
and of wisdom,
AND are wise
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whom we will appoint to this duty.
WHEN YOU HAVE CHOSEN THEM, we will appoint them.
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But p we will devote ourselves to prayer
NEVERTHELESS, we will continue to do the apostles work of praying
and to the ministry of the word.”
AND spreading the gospel."
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actionresult
And what they said pleased the whole gathering,
ASTOUNDINGLY, 4) all were pleased and united in resolution
situationresponse
and they chose Stephen,
WHICH RESULTED IN (in their gospel-centred complaint, gathering, speaking, and resolution) 5) choosing Stephen
q a man full of faith
WHO WAS a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit (good repute)
and r of the Holy Spirit,
and s Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, t a proselyte of Antioch.
AND in choosing these other men - one of which was converted at Antioch
These they set before the apostles,
CHOOSING THESE MEN RESULTED IN setting them before the twelve aposltes
and u they prayed
WITH THE RESULT that the apostles prayed over them
and v laid their hands on them.
AND put their hands on them/commissioned them
And w the word of God continued to increase,
WHICH RESULTED IN (having complained, gathered, hearing, resolving, and choosing/appointing) 6) the apostles continuing to do their task of proclaiming the gospel
and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem,
LEADING TO more converts and followers of Christ
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and a great many of the priests x became obedient to y the faith.
EVEN Jewish priests were being converted!
And Stephen, full of grace and z power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.
AND A RESULT OF THE BROTHERS CHOOSING STEPHEN, who was already full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, 7) he did amazing things to help the church.
ALL OF IT IS PRECIPITATED BY GROWING IN CHRISTLIKENESS
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