Paul

Letters For Living: "The Outstanding Debt"

Edmund Brooks

Onesimus has broken the law. He has robbed his employer Philemon. Onesimus deserves to be punished. Onesimus deserves to be executed for his crimes. But Paul pleads for Philemon to show mercy to Onesimus. The reason for this mercy is the gospel itself.

LETTERS FOR LIVING - The Outstanding Debt study guide

Radical Joy: "Learn By Example"

Edmund Brooks

Do you ever wish that you had someone to show you how to do spiritual things? Your Christian walk, like most things in life would benefit if someone was modeling spiritual essentials to you. In this section, Paul gives us good examples to follow.

RADICAL JOY - Learn By Example study guide

Radical Joy: "Unfinished Business"

Edmund Brooks

If we were asked to choose between life and death, the answer would be pretty obvious for most of us. I don’t want to die so if I have the option I will choose to live. In this section of his letter, Paul hits us with a “not-so-fast” and gives us a lot of things to think about when considering our own mortality.

RADICAL JOY - Unfinished Business study guide

Radical Joy: "Jesus is All That Matters"

Edmund Brooks

Have you ever been mocked for your faith? Have you ever found yourself in a situation being embarrassed because of what you believe? In this section we will see why Paul is not embarrassed or frustrated by his current persecution.

RADICAL JOY - Jesus is All That Matters study guide

Change of Heart: "A Driven Heart"

Randy Christian

When someone is said to “have a heart” for something, it implies that this motivates him/her.  So, it is reasonable to assume that whatever motivates us truly is our heart.  So, what does that say about us?  Paul’s life was totally turned around by his change of heart.  He not only wanted to share the gospel—he believed he would be miserable if he didn’t share the gospel.  His heart was driven by Jesus’ heart.  What does that look like for us?

CHANGE OF HEART - A Driven Heart study guide

YOU GOT THIS: You Got This

November 24, 2013Randy Christian

As he closes his letter of encouragement Paul slips in last minute instructions. In essence he says, “You got this–and here are ways to keep getting it”. Those of us who are following the Lord know we have the main thing down–our relationship with him! But can we live better? Can we be more faithful?

YOU GOT THIS: What Does Godly Mean?

November 10, 2013Randy Christian

When someone tell you you’re doing well, it doesn’t mean you’re perfect! We can always be strengthened and improve–especially when it comes to how we live before God. Paul gives us some reminders of ways we can be even stronger, and invites us to practice these with him!

YOU GOT THIS: I Pray

November 3, 2013Randy Christian

What we pray about not only tells us how we see our relationship with God, it demonstrates what we think is important. Paul’s description of his prayer looks very different from the average Christian’s prayer. Why is that, and what should we do about it?

YOU GOT THIS: The Real Struggle

October 27, 2013Randy Christian

We know there is a spiritual world, but do we understand it? And do we have to understand it to know that it is real and to respond to it? Paul talked about the reality that what he wanted to do was actually prevented by Satan. He wasn’t speaking figuratively. So how does this work? Does is happen to us? And how can we deal with it if we want to be faithful to the Lord?

The "A" Word

November 18, 2012Randy Christian

“Authority” can be a great word, or the “A” word, depending on whether you happen to be the one using the authority or having to submit to it. In the world, we want to be on top—get ahead (of others)—and be independent. But Jesus said we should be servants, and Paul said we are to submit to one another as though we were submitting to Jesus himself. So how do I really follow the Lord when it comes to accountability to others?

Community: An Apostle Says Good-bye

August 14, 2011Randy Christian

What do you say when you are leaving someone, or signing off a letter which, for all you know, might be your last? Paul has given a great deal of guidance to a group of people he has known and loved. He does say good-bye, and what can we learn from this?

Community: The Collection

August 7, 2011Jared Prickett

“Charity begins at home” is a phrase that has been used as a “cop-out”-an excuse for not helping others when we are able. But we do have a responsibility to take care of of those closest to us-and to live responsibly so that we can do that. Join us as we explore how we, as a body, can take care of each other.

Community: What Will Life Be Like?

July 31, 2011Randy Christian

Christian know that this life is brief—that this isn’t all there is. Have you ever wondered what life will be like after the resurrection? This is a mystery the Bible leaves with us, but Paul gives the Corinthians some hints. Join us as we look at what life will be like for those who join Jesus in the resurrection.

Community: The Life That Faith Creates

July 24, 2011Randy Christian

There is an old proverb, “as a man thinks, so will he be”. What we believe determines what we do. So what kind of life should our faith produce—and what does your life say about what you believe? Join us as we study the implications of our beliefs on our life, and how we can take control of our life through faith!

Community: Remember The Basics

July 17, 2011Randy Christian

Real faith affects every aspect of our life, so as we grow in Christ, we learn how to live faithfully in all situations. In the midst of this, we can’t afford to forget why we belong to Jesus in the first place. After giving practical guidance about many aspects of living a faithful life, Paul feels the need to remind the Corinthians of the basics. Join us as we share in his reminder of what is most important in our faith!

Community: The Fitting and Order Clause

July 10, 2011Stephen Ulangca

To outsiders, a gathering of Christians can be mysterious and hard to understand. Even Christians from another church may find the ways of another church strange. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But God didn’t create chaos, and he expects us to act in a way that brings honor to him. Join us as we look at the provisions of the “decency and order clause”.

Community: Gifts That Work

July 3, 2011Randy Christian

We are all gifted in different ways, and even though these gifts come from God, we don’t automatically use them as God would want. How are we supposed to use the gifts he gave us? What are they supposed to be accomplishing? How do we know if we are using these gifts as God desires? Join us as we study Paul’s guidance on the use of gifts that work!

Community: The Greatest Gift

June 19, 2011Randy Christian

Ask any ten people to define love and you’ll get twenty definitions. The Bible talks a lot about love, but we can’t afford to just fill in our own definition of what it is. Paul lived this reality, and provided the Corinthians with a description of love that has come down to us as one of the most poetic and practical guides for living the Christian life. Come study his description of the greatest gift God has given us.