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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 3

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 3

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 3rd chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • The church and its leaders

The church and its leaders

This letter was not just sent to the new church in Corinthians, but should also be viewed to be sent to every young/new Christian. Although when you accept God in your life, know that you are not automatically a full grown Christians. You need time to grow into your faith and be aware of how much growth you still need. And the more you grow, the more deeper God will allow your faith to become. Consider the comparison with a child, as a baby you first drink milk and will grow into eating solid food. The same counts for us in your faith.

When we accept God in your life, we should be aware although we have acknowledged God to be existing and to have accepted Him, that it doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we are not worldly anymore. God will from that moment start nurturing you as a baby to (through the Holy Spirit) to help you to have a real change of thinking and grow into a mature Christian.

In our thinking God wants us to be aware that we should not follow any other human, thinking that it through them you have been blessed. Yes, it could be a pastor that hs an impact on your life, by helping, but it is actually God really helping you. Do you think it was a coincidence, that a certain person came into your life to help you? Always remember that any foundation in your life, has been laid there by God and not by any human. Therefore also do not treat a church leader, like you do Jesus. Because Jesus is the foundation and those church leaders are not. They actually need the foundation from God, to be able to work in our lifes.

As part of growing in our faith, we also must come to the realization that all wisdom and knowledge comes from and not from ourselves. That is why in this chapter God tells us that in the beginning of our faith, we are still worldly, because we need so much changes in our life.

 

 

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 2

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 2

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 2nd chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the folliwing subjects:

  • Intro
  • God’s wisdom revealed by the Spirit

Intro

Paul starts this Chapter by showing how the be very humble and not think that you know all and that all you have and have done is only by the grace of God. Never exalt yourself, more then you should!

God’s wisdom revealed by the Spirit

Paul lets us know that we should have a clear distinction between the “wisdom” of this world and true wisdom as revealed by the Spirit. Don’t believe or spread “wisdom” from this world, but fully trust and rely on Wisdom as revealed through the Holy Spirit.

In this chapter Paul lets us know that if we seek the Spirit, then He will shows as true wisdom in our lifes. But this will require us to no longer depend on “wisdom” of this world. Know that if you are without the Spirit, than we will also not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, but consider them foolishness, and cannot even understand them, because they are discerned only through the Spirit. When we are with the Spirit of God, than we are no longer subject to merely human judgments. Therefore don’t seek things from this world, hoping that they will make you happy. No earthly riches will ever make you really happy!

Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 1

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Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 1

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 1st chapter on the book of Romans, we will discuss the folliwing subjects:

  • Intro
  • Thanksgiving
  • A church divided over leaders
  • Christ crucified in God’s power and wisdom

Intro

Paul writes this letter to the church in Corinthians. That it is written to a specific church in a specific time does not mean that we also cannot learn from it.

Thanksgiving

Paul demonstrates that it is very important to give thanks for all that God does for us. We need to thank God for His grace, because without His grace we would have an almost impossible task to get into Heaven. But when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, then God also introduced grace as the way that we can enter into Heaven, because we will never be able to do so with just our works.

A church divided over leaders

In church (but I also believe in e.g. our families) it is very important that agree with one another in what we say and that is very important that there is no division between us. Why not? Because the devil can use this to cause strive in our churches and families. Therefore it is important that we grow through the Holy Spirit and are very focused not to allow any form of division to come in our churches and families.

Furthermore, Paul emphasizes that it is imporant to remember that we follow only God and should not claim to follow a person (not even Paul). And certainly we shouldn’t allow this to be a reason for discussion amongst us. Paul makes it very clear that no person should exalt him- or herself or allow others to exalt him or her.

By claiming to follow a person, we are actually downgrading what Jesus did for us!

Christ crucified in God’s power and wisdom

That Jesus did not die for nothing on the cross should be known to everyone. However, if you choose to go against God’s word, than you are perishing. And when you are perishing than you should know that Jesus dying on the cross will have not benefit in your life anymore. Whhen you do follow God, than it is the power of God!

Also we should not trust on any wisdom of this world, because it is foolish. So don’t expect that God will try to persuade you to follow Him, no He demands of you to believe in Him. This is the essence of faith!

And don’t think God only uses the wise based on worldly standards. No God can and will use everyone and can even shame the (earthly) wise by someone that is considered less wise.

To finish this first chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul states: Therefore, as it is written: “Let the who boasts, boast in the Lord! To God be ALL the glory!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 16

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 16

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 15th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • Personal greetings

Personal greetings

This chapter starts with the Apostle Paul sending personal greetings to a lot of different people in the church around the world. Although it may seem to just be these personal greetings, when you come to the second part of this chapter, you see the exact reason that (to me) the Apostle Paul wrote this chapter: we need to watch out for those who cause division and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. The apostle is very clear: stay away from them! Don’t try to persuade them or to discuss with them, but avoid them. A lot of the times we feel the need (speaking for myself) to enter into a discussion with a certain person. But I believe it is important to make sure that you are led by the Holy Spirit and then you will start noticing which persons you should avoid (and that can even be in church).

And especially, when some people have a very smooth way of talking, never let your guard down and also with them you need to be led by the Holy Spirit. Because it is mostly the smooth talkers that will deceive and especially the naive under us.

Pray to God to make you strong in your faith and not te be influenced by these smooth talkers, which seek to divide our churches and homes.

The next Bible study series will be on 1 Corinthians. Hope you enjoyed and are encouraged by the bible study on Romans.

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 15

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 15

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 15th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • Who are strong
  • Paul the minister to the gentiles
  • Paul’s plan to visit Rome

Who are strong

When you are a strong person, even in a certain kind of area, God tells you never to feel good about yourself and feel better than someone else. God really doesn’t like this kind of behavior/mindset. No, God tells you that when you are strong, than it is your obligation to use that strength to built up someone that is weak. Imagine if God (and He is stron in all areas) would find favor in looking down on you and treat you bad. That would be horrible. But that shows how amazing God is, because He loves you so much, that He will do everything to built you up!

God uses the endurance in our life, to built us up and make us better! So, please do the same for others. Know how much Jesus suffered for you and out of His love, He did everything to make your life better even at the cost of His own life!

Honor God by doing good unto others.

Paul the minister to the gentiles

Paul tells us in this chapter that he is convinced that we are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. He doesn’t just tells us this to boost our confidence. No, he knows that these are qualities that we have received from God and we need to act on this qualitites to help each other.

He also informs us that it was through God that he shared the gospel also to the gentiles, to make us worthy to God and others. So, please use all qualities that God gave you and use them for the good of others and not for your selfish need.

Paul’s plan to visit Rome

Paul continues in this chapter to let us know that all he does is, because of what God put on his heart. We also need to follow all that God has put on our hearts and do our best to do the work for God that He has ordained us for. Pray to God and ask Him to show you in which way you are ordained to carry out the work for God.

Also, he tells us that we need to pray for each other to be blessed and save in all we do for God. It is important for us to keep on praying for each other, because the devil will not sit still to disturb your work for God. We should never let the devil have any space to distort any plan of God!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 14

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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 14

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 14th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • The weak and the strong

The weak and the strong

This chapter begins with a stern warning to all of us not to judge each other in our level of faith. When you see someone that is not as far in faith, then you God tells you not to judge Him. The same thing also counts the other way around. Respect each other in faith!

Also, God doesn’t want to waste our times on whole discussions on drinking and eating, because in the Kingdom of God these two things are not a matter. In the Kingdom of God the things that matter are: righteousness, peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.

In this chapter God emphasises that food should never be a reason for divison between Christians.

 

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 13

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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 13

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 13th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • Submission to governing authorities
  • Love fullfills the law
  • The day is near

Submissions to gouerning authorities

How easy is it to complain about any gouverning authority in your life like the government. I will fully agree with you that there are enough reasons to go against them. However, God tells us that this is not allowed. All governing authorities are established by God and rebelling against such an authority will be viewed by God as rebelling against Him. Just like with Saul we asked for a king back in the days of the Bible. Back than He already warned us through Samuel that we did not need it, but we insisted. Therefore is is important that you always pray for all governing bodies that they are blessed and lead by God. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that God wants us to accept any wrongdoing by a government, just like in the time of Hitler. But when it comes to paying your taxes, than you are obliged by God to pay those taxes. Remember you are actually submitting yourself to God in this situation and He will bless you for your obedience.

Love fulfills the Law

If you want to fulfill God’s law than you need to love one another. Love is so powerful and that is also why God’s love is the most powerful thing in our life! Also, God’s wants us to have no debts in our life other than loving one another. So make sure to not to get in a position of having any debt. Ask God to help you out of any debt. We also should not choose to pledge anything to another person, which can cause us to be in debt of honoring that pledge, while we are unable to do so.

What God also makes very clear that the commandments as we know them come down to love your neighbour as yourself. Why? Because loving someone has never hurt anyone. And by doing so you will also fulfill God’s law!

The day is near

This is very important to realize. Yes, we do not know when the end of time is near, but it will be sooner than we can realize. But God emphasizes this, because if we realize that time is near and salvation is also near, than it should make us even more determined to do good. Because e.g. you have a fight with someone. Will you have enough time to make peace with that person? Do you want to run the risk of dying, before you corrected a bad situation in your life? So, please life a life that gives God honor. Because is it not better, than to clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh?

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 12

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Bible study on Romans – Chapter 12

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 12th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • A living sacrifice
  • Humble service in the Body of Christ
  • Love in action

A living sacrifice

This first paragraph deals with our own lives. It deals with how God wants us to be, but also how others will look at us. In this paragraph God tells us that we need to offer our own bodies as a living sacrifice. Our life and all that we do needs to be holy and pleasing to God. Therefore we need to change our life and actions and make sure that they are in accordance to God’s wishes. As soon as we (more and more) do so, than it will enable you not only to worship God by living a Godfearing life, but also it will make sure that you are able to test what God’s will is. This paragraph makes it very clear that we should never adjust our way of living to the world. Why not? Because they “will” of the world is contradicting God’s will. You could say that also in this instance you cannot serve to masters: both God and the world. You have to choose, because God leaves you no option!

Humble service in the Body of Christ

In this next paragraph God continues by teaching us more about how God wants us to be. First of all: be humble! It is so easy to think highly of yourself, but if you do than you won’t be pleasing God! Who are you to think more highly of yourself? Know that all your achievements are thanks to God and not thanks to yourself. That is also why God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross to die for our sins! Because it is only by faith in God that we can achieve success(es). Ask and pray to God every day that He helps you to become and stay humble. Don’t let the world misguide you to think that that achievement was by your own doing!

Secondly, God tells us that we should never think that we can be Christians alone. No, God tells us in this paragraph that we are part of a body. This body has many members and all seperate members of this body have their own talents (from God) and together we function as a whole body. Ask God in prayer to guide you to know your own talents and use that / those talent(s) to honor God! If God gave you the talent to give, than give abundantly. If you have the talent of teaching, than teach!

Love in action

This last paragrah of Romans 12 is about love. First of all, don’t think to lightly about love, because it a very powerful thing. God tells you that your love must be sincere! This also means that you have to hate evil and stay with what is good. So make sure that you truly love others and be devoted in it. Also honor another above yourself. Why? Because you love yourself, so when you honor another person above yourself than you are giving that person real love.

Furthermore, regardless of what you are going through in life, make sure that are joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. You don’t get a day of. No God demands of you to be like this all the time! This paragraph demands a lot of you, but through it you will truly be a blessing to others. If God gives you an opportunity to share with people in need: do so! Always be hospitable and don’t hate but bless the ones that persecute you. Most of all, don’t persecute them back.

Make sure that you life in harmony and don’t be proud. Don’t consider yourself to be too good to hang around people with a lower social status. Remember that Jesus was a carpenter and not a earthly king. God did this for a reason, because He wants to let you know that you should never think low about someone, because you consider yourself better. Would you be willing to run the chance to have lived in the days of Jesus and rejected Him, because you thought that this carpenter son was not worthy of your attention? Although He is not here physically, know that He is still here with us in Spirit and He will judge your actions!

When someone hurts you, don’t retaliate, but leave it to God. Don’t focus yourself on the moment that that person will be served God’s wrath. That is something between God and that person. God will not like it when you are waiting for your enemy to be punished.

This chapter is ended by a very powerful sentence: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”.

If you truly hate evil, than there is but one way to defeat it: by doing good!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 11

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 11

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 11th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

  • The remnant of Israel
  • Ingrafted branches
  • All Israel will be saved
  • Doxology

The remnant of Israel

Paul starts this chapter by asking the question if God has rejected His people? The answer: No. Although even His own people have wronged Him and sinned against Him, He did not reject them. Even more so, God confirms to Paul that although His own people were responsible for killing His prophets, He tells Paul that He has reserved for Himself 7,000 of His people that did not bow down to Baal. And they have been chosen based on grace and not on works. For us it is very important to make the destinction that we will not get in Heaven through our works (how good they might be), but it will always be through grace.

See also how God also hardened the hearts of the ones that did not want to see and listen. Don’t think that you can just turn your eyes away for sin. God will see.

Ingrafted branches

Paul continues to ask and now: did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. Paul’s ministry was focused on reaching on the Gentiles, but also with the hope to reach Jews. It is important to not limit to whom we share the gospel with.

We are all branches of the same tree, therefore don’t consider yourself better than anybody else. Because we are all part of the same tree and have the same roots: Jesus.

All Israel will be saved

There is but only one way that Israel and we can be saved, through the mercy of God!

Doxology

This chapter ends by Paul describing how amazing and big Jesus is. Never think you can even come close to fully understanding Him. This alone, should give you more than enough reasons to honor Him everyday!

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 10

Bible study on Romans

Bible study on Romans – Chapter 10

Dear brothers and sisters,

In this bible study on the 10th chapter on the book of Romans we will go through this chapter as following:

Paul starts this chapter by praying to God (out of his hearts desire) prays for the Israelites to be saved. Why? Because they were still under the law and not trusting on faith. They were still trusting on their own understanding and works. In this chapter Paul shows that through Jesus Christ we will be saved through faith and not through our own works. Also you should and need to be willing to learn of God and to be open for all that He is.