Devotions December

Rom 14-16

December 11, 2015

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What does it say?

Romans 14 is similar to Paul’s teaching to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10. While disciples of Jesus today do not live under the Law, Paul makes the point that our freedom should not be harmful to other believers.

Paul becomes very practical and personal […]

Rom 11-13

December 10, 2015

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What does it say?

In Romans 11 Paul continues his discussion about God’s missional plan for Israel (Romans 9-10) and how this relates to the other nations of the world. This chapter is more forward looking, anticipating the completion of the plan begun in Abraham.

Romans 12 initiates a new […]

Rom 8-10

December 9, 2015

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What does it say?

Romans 8 gives the answer to the frustration expressed in Romans 7. The answer to our struggle with our sinful nature is to be controlled by God’s Spirit. Paul explains what this means and the glorious life and future that we have because of God’s Spirit that lives […]

Rom 4-7

December 8, 2015

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What does it say?

In Romans 4 Paul uses the example of Abraham, father of the Jewish nation, to show that we are saved by faith not by works. Abraham is blessed before he is circumcised. The blessing comes from believing God. Likewise, the blessing of Isaac, the son of his old […]

Rom 1-3

December 7, 2015

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What does it say?

Paul probably wrote this letter to the Romans from Corinth around 57 AD. He’s not been to Rome yet, but clearly has a great desire to go. By this time the Gospel is freely flowing through the Roman world and has reached the capital. As we have seen […]

2 Cor 10-13

December 6, 2015

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What does it say?

We have learned that Paul has enemies in Corinth, some of them even within the church. In chapters 10-11 Paul turns his attention to addressing some of the attacks leveled against him. Chapter 11 makes application of these conflicts and warns the Corinthians against false teachers with personal […]

2 Cor 5-9

December 5, 2015

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What does it say?

In chapter 5 Paul continues his emphasis on an eternal focus, using the figure of a tent to illustrate, pointing to love as our motivation and transformation as our new reality. Having led them through a wide range of conflicts and issues, Paul urges the Corinthians to a […]

2 Cor 1-4

December 4, 2015

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What does it say?

Not more than a year after his first letter, Paul writes a second to the Corinthians. The historical circumstances of all that happen in the interim between the two are a bit difficult to piece together briefly, but suffice it to say that as Paul writes this letter […]

1 Cor 15-16

December 3, 2015

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What does it say?

The classic passage in the Bible on the resurrection of Jesus Christ is 1 Corinthians 15. Paul defends the historicity of the resurrection by listing eyewitnesses still alive at the time of his writing (15:1-11). Paul then defends the necessity of the resurrection, the very essence of our […]

1 Cor 12-14

December 2, 2015

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What does it say?

This section of three chapters focuses on spiritual gifts. Chapter 12 deals with the diversity of spiritual gifts and functions within the body of Christ and how each member in particular works together in the assembly of believers. No one is more or less important than another and […]

1 Cor 9-11

December 1, 2015

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What does it say?

Paul had his detractors in Corinth that challenged his apostolic authority. Chapter 9 defends his apostleship and replies especially to those challenging his right to remuneration for his ministry, though he personally never took advantage of that right in Corinth.

1 Corinthians 10 is a warning […]