One thing that is consistent in Paul’s life is his willingness to use his own strength and ability for the sake of others. Paul’s body, his rights, and his privileges were simply tools and resources that he willingly used to advance the church. Paul’s suffering in the city of Philippi provides one of the best examples of how Paul functioned in this way an apostle.
There are two common errors made when people think about modern Israel. Each of these errors is significant because they can cause us to not recognize God’s purposes for Israel nor relate to His purposes properly. The two errors we must recognize are offering unbiblical mercy and gentile arrogance.
In Corinthians 2, Paul states that he has intentionally decided to limit himself to one topic: “Jesus and Him crucified.” Paul explains in that chapter that this single, determined pursuit is what forms the essential element of his preaching. It is what produces a demonstration of the gospel before the people.This is part of the series The Secret of Paul's Preaching.
Paul’s apostolic determination is what set the focus of his life and his preaching. Paul recognized that his preaching was not primarily done in words, but it was done in demonstration. He understood that, as a messenger, he was intended to be a living, breathing illustration of his message.This is part of the series The Secret of Paul's Preaching.
The present conflict in the Middle East is not primarily a geopolitical issue. It is primarily the fruit of 1,300 years of night and day prayer in the region. When we examine the fruit of that prayer movement, one thing is clear – it’s time for a new prayer movement that acknowledges that God does have a Son.
Jeremiah 50-51 is the longest continual prophecy in the Bible and therefore it deserves careful study as one of the key passages in the Scripture. While many assume that this prophecy was exhaustively fulfilled in ancient history, when we examine the prophecy closely we find that there are many details in the prophecy that were not fulfilled in ancient history and therefore have a future application.
The lessons we can learn from Habakkuk 1 help us to interpret the times and seasons in our own nation.
In Romans 15 Paul summarizes God’s cosmic plan to save the Jews and gentiles so that Jesus receives an inheritance in all the nations. In that summary he describes the ultimate goal of world missions.
It is important that we evaluate theological ideas critically and biblically. Often we evaluate theology purely on the opinions of man, but there is another factor that is rarely considered that is actually the most significant factor in the evaluation of a theological idea.
Isaiah 49 gives us a glimpse into an intimate conversation between the Father and the Son as Jesus describes His painful rejection and the Father declares His promises to the Son. It also specifically details how Jesus will fulfill the promises God made to Abraham.
The word “occupation” is often used in reference to the Middle East. As believers it is critical that we have a biblical view of what occupation is so that we labor with a biblical perspective towards a biblical outcome. Thankfully, the Scripture addresses the real issues of occupation.
The Biblical narrative is ultimately undergirded by the biblical covenants. The covenants are the means by which God’s redemptive plan unfolds and it is important to understand these covenant to understand biblical history, God’s present work in the nations, and the how His work in the nations will conclude.