LAB90 Grace Redeems the Worse Pasts
For this passage I have added below my summaries the questions asked by Dr Piper in his Look at the Book videos on this passage.
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For this passage I have added below my summaries the questions asked by Dr Piper in his Look at the Book videos on this passage. This I believe gives me a chance to answer his questions once I have completed my 'mark-up' of the same scripture passage, and I believe also makes the link between his LAB questions and my Mark-up. If you do not agree with any of my answers please let me know by replying to the LAB notification Emails you will have recieved from me. Better stiil give the Mark-up Module a try for yourself and post your work to the LAB group. Trevor Characters Paul The Apostles God the Father Paul The Lord Jesus appeared to Paul (vs 8) Paul considered himself to be the least of the apostles. (vs 9) Paul thought that he was unworthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the church of God (vs 9) Paul was who he was by the grace of God (vs 10) Paul knew that God's grace to him had not been in vain (vs 10) Paul worked harder than any of the other apostles (vs 10) Paul said it was not himself that worked hard but the grace of God that was with him (vs10) Paul preached with the apostles so that the Corinthian people belived the gospel (vs 11) Questions Would the other apostles have agreed with Paul that he worked harder that they did? Paul's assessement of his work must have been made by him comparing what he did, in comparision to what the other apostles did. Yet there was no sense of pride in him stating this as a fact. If I was Paul would I have taken pride by working harder than any of the other apostles? Paul's realisiation that it was not himself being the catalyst for hard work but God, must have let any form of self pride rise up in his heart! How important is this realisation that God is working in me in my day to day thoughts? The grace of God changed Paul to be the man he was, the grace of God was actively working 'in him' that enabled him to work harder than any of the other apostles. Grace is not just God's 'mercy' it is The power of God that is within us. Do I realise that and act on this grace to do God's will? Summary Paul a man who was at the forefront in persecuted the church of God, had seen The Lord Jesus and was commissioned by Him to preach the gospel. God's grace was working in Paul to such an extent that he had the ability to work harder than any of the other apostles and this grace given him was not in vain as he preached to the lost people of his day. The Apostles The apostles were men given the title of apostle. (vs 9) The were part of the church of God (vs 9) They would have been peple who were persecuted by Paul (vs 9) The apostles worked (vs 10) They preached the gospel (vs 11) They preached with Paul (vs 11) Questions What qualified the apostles to be called an apostle? Answer in acts 1:21-22 What was the primary role of an apostle? How many apostles were there? Answer 12+1 (the plus 1 is Paul)? Some people in the church today call themselves by the title 'apostle'. Can there be modern day apostles, or are these people using a title they are not entitled to use? Summary Apostles worked through and by the grace of God to preach the gospel to bring people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and build the church of God here on earth. God The Church belongs to God (vs 9) God's grace transforms men and women who are called by Him (vs 10) God's grace is focused to towards Paul (vs 10) God's grace within Paul enabled him to work harder than all the other apostles (vs 10) God's grace was with Paul. The grace did not become a part of Paul it was seperate from Paul as an individual (vs 10) Questions God's grace transformed Paul and His grace transforms us. I believe that Grace in this context cannot be just the mercy of God? Often you hear that grace is unmerited favor from God to those who are under condemnation. I read in a devotion once by James Ryle the following two quotes which changed my view on the Grace of God! Do others reading this have a different viewpoint? Grace is the power of Christ to do God’s will - James Ryle Grace – “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” ( 2Co 9:8 ). In other words, whatever it is that God wants you to do He will see to it that you have everything you need to get it done without skimping or cutting corners – and you will even had something left in reserve. No Non-sacred Moments We are God's workers, working together. — 1Co 3:9 It's a wonderful day indeed when we stop working for God and begin working with God… For years I viewed God as a compassionate CEO and my role as a loyal sales representative. He had his office, and I had my territory. I could contact him as much as I wanted. He was always a phone or fax away. He encouraged me, rallied behind me, and supported me, but he didn't go with me. At least I didn't think he did. Then I read 2Co 6:1 We are "God's fellow workers" (NIV). Fellow workers? Co-laborers? God and I work together? Imagine the paradigm shift this truth creates. Rather than report to God, we work with God. Rather than check in with him and then leave, we check in with him and then follow. We are always in the presence of God… There is never a nonsacred moment! Summary God changed Paul from the inside out. God's grace was given to Paul and through this grace Paul and others working in God's kingdom to build His church will also have God's grace to accomplish the work. Take Away 1 Often I forget that God's grace, the power of Christ to do God's will, is in each and every believer. I forget that all I will ever need in the to do God's work is supplied to me if I would only really believe it and act on that truth. How often do I say "I can't" or "I do not have the ability". Jesus himself said "With God all things are possible". (Matt 19:26 , Mark 9:23 , Mark 10:27 , Mark 14:36) So when I hear myself saying that I cannot do something I need to ask God if He wants me to do this following in the path that He leads, and ask Him for the grace I will need to accomplish the task. Take Away 2 Paul was transformed by God so that He worked extremely hard to accomplish his work in preaching the gospel. His desire to reach others and preach the good news and bring the lost to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus must have been an all consuming passion in Paul's life. Does this passion in any form reside in me? How often does not wanting to offend, prevent me from reaching out to the lost, telling the good news? I need to remember it is not me, but the grace of God in me that will enable me to act on God given opportunities to reach others with the gospel. LAB Study Questions Looking at 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 and Romans 11:5–6 (and any other relevant texts that come to mind), how would you define the grace of God towards you? 2Cor 9:8 It is by the power of Jesus working in us, that we may abound in everything we do for God's church and kingdom. If Paul was set apart as an apostle before he was born ( Galatians 1:15 ), why would God wait to save him? Write down your answer, and then refer to 1 Timothy 1:13–16 . Paul was the person who through ignorance persecuted the church of God. Paul was transformed by God as the greatest example of His saving mercy. By taking the person to dilligently tracked down and persecuted the early Christians and raising Paul up to be on par with any of the other apostles in preaching the good news about Jesus, showed God's transforming power to everyone who knew about Paul's crusade against the early church. From worst to one of the best. In 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 , is Paul saying grace simply made him an apostle, or that it made him the least of the apostles? Why? I believe that Paul is saying that no matter what he was in the the past, he is what he is now, by the grace of God working in Him. he was an apostles just like the other apostles, but from when he was to where he was now under the grace of God he considered himself to be the least of the apostles. Why was God’s grace toward Paul not in vain ( 1 Corinthians 15:10 )? What would it mean for his grace to be in vain toward someone? God's power working throught Paul was used to carry out the work that God wanted Him to do. If Paul had rejected the call and did not apply himself to the wrok he was called to do, then God's grace would have been in vain. If Paul was relying on God’s grace ( 1 Corinthians 15:10 ), why did he work harder than anyone? Based on 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 , how does God’s grace relate to our effort in the Christian life? Paul emphasised that it was not by his own will power or strngth that he worked harder than any of the other apostles, but it was the power of God's grace alone that empowered him to work as hard as he did. Relying on God's grace in our own lives to do His work, should be something that we seek and hold onto before starting and during any work we are doing for God. Ensuring that we are not working in our power, but in the power of God's grace alone. Read Galatians 3:2–5 and Philippians 2:12–13 . How do these other texts from Paul help us understand 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ? Without the spirit of God within us we can do nothing. God works in us to will and to work for His good pleasure. We get the privilege to work with God, which gives Him pleasure. It reminds me of the first catechism . Question: What is the chief end of Man? Answer: man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. How's that for a thought? We glorify God in what we do and enjoy, being with God forever. Paul says that he worked hard, but that it was not him in the end, but the grace of God ( 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ). What does that mean? How do Paul’s work and God’s grace relate to each other? Look at Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 3:14–17 for help in filling out your answer. Christ's lives in me and every believer and His Power is given to us to do God's will in our inner man. What wonderful verses are in those two passages in Galatians and Ephesians. Read through Hebrews 11:17–26 . How do Abraham and Moses live out the faith you see in 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ? Abraham trusted God's promises that He would be a Father of a nation and that God would raise up his son Isaac even if he had to slay him and Moses took hold of a future promise of God that was far more valuable to him than any of the riches on the earth. They both took God at His word and lived out their lives in that trust, that what God says he will do. Now, read 1 Peter 4:11 . In what ways is it similar to 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ? What is the main point of what Peter is saying God's grace gives us the power and the strength so that in everything we do in service to God, it is God who is is glorified through Jesus Christ.because he is the giver of the power that enables us to do His will.
11446544419731 1445433083882 Notes 2015-11-03 09:54:06 2015-11-04 10:28:55 For this passage I have added below my summaries the questions asked by Dr Piper in his Look at the Book videos on this passage. This I believe gives me a chance to answer his questions once I have completed my 'mark-up' of the same scripture passage, and I believe also makes the link between his LAB questions and my Mark-up. If you do not agree with any of my answers please let me know by replying to the LAB notification Emails you will have recieved from me. Better stiil give the Mark-up Module a try for yourself and post your work to the LAB group. Trevor Characters Paul The Apostles God the Father Paul The Lord Jesus appeared to Paul (vs 8) Paul considered himself to be the least of the apostles. (vs 9) Paul thought that he was unworthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the church of God (vs 9) Paul was who he was by the grace of God (vs 10) Paul knew that God's grace to him had not been in vain (vs 10) Paul worked harder than any of the other apostles (vs 10) Paul said it was not himself that worked hard but the grace of God that was with him (vs10) Paul preached with the apostles so that the Corinthian people belived the gospel (vs 11) Questions Would the other apostles have agreed with Paul that he worked harder that they did? Paul's assessement of his work must have been made by him comparing what he did, in comparision to what the other apostles did. Yet there was no sense of pride in him stating this as a fact. If I was Paul would I have taken pride by working harder than any of the other apostles? Paul's realisiation that it was not himself being the catalyst for hard work but God, must have let any form of self pride rise up in his heart! How important is this realisation that God is working in me in my day to day thoughts? The grace of God changed Paul to be the man he was, the grace of God was actively working 'in him' that enabled him to work harder than any of the other apostles. Grace is not just God's 'mercy' it is The power of God that is within us. Do I realise that and act on this grace to do God's will? Summary Paul a man who was at the forefront in persecuted the church of God, had seen The Lord Jesus and was commissioned by Him to preach the gospel. God's grace was working in Paul to such an extent that he had the ability to work harder than any of the other apostles and this grace given him was not in vain as he preached to the lost people of his day. The Apostles The apostles were men given the title of apostle. (vs 9) The were part of the church of God (vs 9) They would have been peple who were persecuted by Paul (vs 9) The apostles worked (vs 10) They preached the gospel (vs 11) They preached with Paul (vs 11) Questions What qualified the apostles to be called an apostle? Answer in acts 1:21-22 What was the primary role of an apostle? How many apostles were there? Answer 12+1 (the plus 1 is Paul)? Some people in the church today call themselves by the title 'apostle'. Can there be modern day apostles, or are these people using a title they are not entitled to use? Summary Apostles worked through and by the grace of God to preach the gospel to bring people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and build the church of God here on earth. God The Church belongs to God (vs 9) God's grace transforms men and women who are called by Him (vs 10) God's grace is focused to towards Paul (vs 10) God's grace within Paul enabled him to work harder than all the other apostles (vs 10) God's grace was with Paul. The grace did not become a part of Paul it was seperate from Paul as an individual (vs 10) Questions God's grace transformed Paul and His grace transforms us. I believe that Grace in this context cannot be just the mercy of God? Often you hear that grace is unmerited favor from God to those who are under condemnation. I read in a devotion once by James Ryle the following two quotes which changed my view on the Grace of God! Do others reading this have a different viewpoint? Grace is the power of Christ to do God’s will - James Ryle Grace – “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” ( 2Co 9:8 ). In other words, whatever it is that God wants you to do He will see to it that you have everything you need to get it done without skimping or cutting corners – and you will even had something left in reserve. No Non-sacred Moments We are God's workers, working together. — 1Co 3:9 It's a wonderful day indeed when we stop working for God and begin working with God… For years I viewed God as a compassionate CEO and my role as a loyal sales representative. He had his office, and I had my territory. I could contact him as much as I wanted. He was always a phone or fax away. He encouraged me, rallied behind me, and supported me, but he didn't go with me. At least I didn't think he did. Then I read 2Co 6:1 We are "God's fellow workers" (NIV). Fellow workers? Co-laborers? God and I work together? Imagine the paradigm shift this truth creates. Rather than report to God, we work with God. Rather than check in with him and then leave, we check in with him and then follow. We are always in the presence of God… There is never a nonsacred moment! Summary God changed Paul from the inside out. God's grace was given to Paul and through this grace Paul and others working in God's kingdom to build His church will also have God's grace to accomplish the work. Take Away 1 Often I forget that God's grace, the power of Christ to do God's will, is in each and every believer. I forget that all I will ever need in the to do God's work is supplied to me if I would only really believe it and act on that truth. How often do I say "I can't" or "I do not have the ability". Jesus himself said "With God all things are possible". (Matt 19:26 , Mark 9:23 , Mark 10:27 , Mark 14:36) So when I hear myself saying that I cannot do something I need to ask God if He wants me to do this following in the path that He leads, and ask Him for the grace I will need to accomplish the task. Take Away 2 Paul was transformed by God so that He worked extremely hard to accomplish his work in preaching the gospel. His desire to reach others and preach the good news and bring the lost to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus must have been an all consuming passion in Paul's life. Does this passion in any form reside in me? How often does not wanting to offend, prevent me from reaching out to the lost, telling the good news? I need to remember it is not me, but the grace of God in me that will enable me to act on God given opportunities to reach others with the gospel. LAB Study Questions Looking at 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 and Romans 11:5–6 (and any other relevant texts that come to mind), how would you define the grace of God towards you? 2Cor 9:8 It is by the power of Jesus working in us, that we may abound in everything we do for God's church and kingdom. If Paul was set apart as an apostle before he was born ( Galatians 1:15 ), why would God wait to save him? Write down your answer, and then refer to 1 Timothy 1:13–16 . Paul was the person who through ignorance persecuted the church of God. Paul was transformed by God as the greatest example of His saving mercy. By taking the person to dilligently tracked down and persecuted the early Christians and raising Paul up to be on par with any of the other apostles in preaching the good news about Jesus, showed God's transforming power to everyone who knew about Paul's crusade against the early church. From worst to one of the best. In 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 , is Paul saying grace simply made him an apostle, or that it made him the least of the apostles? Why? I believe that Paul is saying that no matter what he was in the the past, he is what he is now, by the grace of God working in Him. he was an apostles just like the other apostles, but from when he was to where he was now under the grace of God he considered himself to be the least of the apostles. Why was God’s grace toward Paul not in vain ( 1 Corinthians 15:10 )? What would it mean for his grace to be in vain toward someone? God's power working throught Paul was used to carry out the work that God wanted Him to do. If Paul had rejected the call and did not apply himself to the wrok he was called to do, then God's grace would have been in vain. If Paul was relying on God’s grace ( 1 Corinthians 15:10 ), why did he work harder than anyone? Based on 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 , how does God’s grace relate to our effort in the Christian life? Paul emphasised that it was not by his own will power or strngth that he worked harder than any of the other apostles, but it was the power of God's grace alone that empowered him to work as hard as he did. Relying on God's grace in our own lives to do His work, should be something that we seek and hold onto before starting and during any work we are doing for God. Ensuring that we are not working in our power, but in the power of God's grace alone. Read Galatians 3:2–5 and Philippians 2:12–13 . How do these other texts from Paul help us understand 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ? Without the spirit of God within us we can do nothing. God works in us to will and to work for His good pleasure. We get the privilege to work with God, which gives Him pleasure. It reminds me of the first catechism . Question: What is the chief end of Man? Answer: man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. How's that for a thought? We glorify God in what we do and enjoy, being with God forever. Paul says that he worked hard, but that it was not him in the end, but the grace of God ( 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ). What does that mean? How do Paul’s work and God’s grace relate to each other? Look at Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 3:14–17 for help in filling out your answer. Christ's lives in me and every believer and His Power is given to us to do God's will in our inner man. What wonderful verses are in those two passages in Galatians and Ephesians. Read through Hebrews 11:17–26 . How do Abraham and Moses live out the faith you see in 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ? Abraham trusted God's promises that He would be a Father of a nation and that God would raise up his son Isaac even if he had to slay him and Moses took hold of a future promise of God that was far more valuable to him than any of the riches on the earth. They both took God at His word and lived out their lives in that trust, that what God says he will do. Now, read 1 Peter 4:11 . In what ways is it similar to 1 Corinthians 15:9–10 ? What is the main point of what Peter is saying God's grace gives us the power and the strength so that in everything we do in service to God, it is God who is is glorified through Jesus Christ.because he is the giver of the power that enables us to do His will. notes
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