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New Study Starting February 5, 2018!

 

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Are you ready to jump back into Bible study? I am. I feel spiritually sluggish and in need of some good, old-fashioned, in-depth Bible study. I hope you do too! Starting on February 5, 2018, we will journey with Paul on his first missionary journey. Our text will be Acts 13-15. I hope you’ll come along with me as we explore these three chapters from the book of Acts.

Blessings,

Mimi

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All Things New by Kelly Minter: Introduction – Session 1

Good Morning!

Today, we begin a grand adventure in the pages of scripture with the help of this Fall’s 2017 bible study, All Things New by Kelly Minter. This study focuses on the book of 2 Corinthians. This epistle to the church at Corinth was most likely written during the winter of A.D. 55 while Paul was in Macedonia.

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:1,2

In the days of Paul, Corinth was a prosperous and diverse city with a location ideally suited for commercial trade and travel.  This city had a very mixed population consisting of Romans, Jews, Phrygians, and Phoenicians. Along with all of this prosperity, Corinth hosted a darker side of life. These cultural behaviors led the Greeks to coin the phrase, korinthiazesthai, to describe what it meant to live with drunken and immoral debauchery like a Corinthian*.  Paul in this letter  writes to the church to plead his case, to speak on suffering, to encourage the believers to endure, to know how to handle those who teach falsehood, and to understand the need for sound doctrine.

My hope is that you will join me on this journey.  Click here for the details.

Introductory video is available at Lifeway for purchase.

Blessings,

Mimi

*The Daily Study Bible Series the Letters to the Corinthians Revised Edition William Barclay pg. 2-4

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New Study Begins Monday!

Good Morning!

On Monday, the journey will begin for Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way by Stephen Macchia. This study will only be offered in a Facebook Group experience.  Each chapter contains biblical readings, historical insights, and questions to consider as you craft your personal rule of life. We will discuss a chapter each week.

Come join the fun! I will need your email address in order to invite you to be a part of the private Facebook Group. You can let me know if you’d like to participate by commenting on this page, by sending me an email to sweeterthanhoneyministry@gmail.com, or leaving me a message on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SweeterThanHoneyMinistry/

If you’d like to learn more about the book and/or order a copy, click here for the Amazon link. For other details, click here.

Blessings,

Mimi

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Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore: Week 3 Recap

Good Morning!

We are halfway through Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore. How do you like this study so far? If you’d like to start from the beginning or catch back up, all of the posts pertaining to this study or any of the past studies done on the site can be found under the Bible Studies Archive page, here.

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1 

Our lesson on Day One began with a study on grace. We learned that we are to live as thriving overcomers not merely survivors. Like Timothy, we were also encouraged to keep being empowered by God through the grace found in Jesus. We looked at three metaphors that Paul gives to describe the life of a servant of Jesus: the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer. These metaphors indicate that effort will be required of each of us to fulfill our calling. If we are going to invest ourselves into our calling, our competence will come from God through the Holy Spirit as well as our hard work. We concluded our lesson with a light Greek word study on the word, entangled.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 

We spent our second day’s lesson on a verse by verse study of Paul’s words found in Philippians 3:12-14. We considered that our calling is in front of us and not behind us. We were also reminded by Beth Moore that our faithfulness is the key to somebody else’s faith. We finished the lesson by reflecting on 2 Timothy 2:10-13.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

On Day Three, we explored the human need of man’s approval versus God’s approval. Beth Moore exhorted us to become effective communicators of the gospel. She also shared with us five key ways to ensure that we handle scripture accurately. These points were to stay tender to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to consult well-recommended resources, to stay teachable under the counsel and correction of wise people with open access to us, to sit under multiple teachers, and to not quickly dismiss the questions and complaints of our critics. By diligently studying the scripture, we can guard ourselves against lopsided understanding and false truths.

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”” 2 Timothy 2:19 

We labeled a house in our fourth lesson to better understand how to build a solid foundation on truth. We were reminded that to follow Jesus closely is to completely fulfill our calling. We also considered salvation and the issue of struggling with doubt concerning habitual cycles of sin. Beth Moore instructed us on ways a person can judge their position in Christ concerning their battle with a stronghold of sin.

“So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.” 2 Timothy 2:21-23 

Our lessons for the week concluded with examining our influence on others. Do we engage in arguments or teach gently while instructing others towards truth? Do we build up or tear down? Have we become parrots instead of pupils by imitating the thoughts and attitudes of those we admire rather than those of Jesus? Beth Moore reminded us that we are actively teaching others, whether intentional or not, about Jesus in all that we do. Lastly, we considered 2 Timothy 2:26 and the translations of several Greek words from that verse in relation to Satan’s traps.

During the Group Session Four Video, Beth Moore shared some of her testimony as an example to her teaching on dealing with the traps of Satan and entanglements. She gave five points that she has learned over her years of ministry. Her closing remark was highlighting that Jesus is the best part. She exhorted us to deal with anything that entangles us because he is the prize.

If you’d like to view this video, the video or audio edition is available for purchase at Lifeway.

Begin Week 4 this week. Good job!

Blessings,

Mimi

*Bible references: The New International Version Study Bible 1985  Zondervan Publishing; Holman Christian Standard Bible

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New Bible Study Starting Soon!

Good Morning!

Today, I’m so excited to announce the following: What Love Is by Kelly Minter is the next bible study we will do together! The study will begin on Monday, January 25, 2016. The study’s focal passages are 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.  The Apostle John speaks more about love than any other disciple in the New Testament. He issues the call to all believers to love like Jesus loved. Through the study of these letters of John, we will learn truths that will help us navigate our lives in the culture that we are living. We will also gain the gift of assurance that we can know that we know Jesus. As with all of Kelly Minter’s Living Room Series studies, recipes are included within the study guide. I can’t wait to try some of them!

On Monday, January 25, 2016, I will post an introduction to the study and during that week, you will have the opportunity to work the first week’s lessons. Then, Monday, February 1, 2016, I will post a recap of what we’ve learned during the first week of What Love Is and continue in like manner for the following six weeks with the study concluding on Monday, March 7, 2016.

This study and the accompanying videos are available for purchase from Lifeway as well as other outlets. Click on the image above and you will be taken to the ordering page at Lifeway.

I hope you will plan to join me as we study 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John through Kelly Minter’s study, What Love Is.

Blessings,

Mimi

*I am not affiliated with Lifeway and do not receive any compensation from them. 

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Ephesians: Introduction

Good Morning!

Today, we begin the study series on Ephesians: The Church Rooted in Love, Walking in Power by Precept Ministries. If you have not purchased the study materials, you can find them here.

Paul visited Ephesus with Priscilla and Aquila around 52-53 A.D. during his second missionary journey. After speaking briefly in the synagogue, the Jews urged Paul to stay and teach but he promises to return at God’s discretion. Paul returns to Ephesus a year later. 

“And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found some disciples, and he said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ And they said to him, ‘No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.’ And he said, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ And they said, ’Into John’s baptism.’ And Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. And there were in all about twelve men.” Acts 19:1-7

Some scholars have suggested that Paul was not the author of this letter because the vocabulary and style choices used differ noticeably from his other letters. Others put forth that the letter was written after Paul’s death in Rome by an anonymous author who was a disciple of Paul. Yet, many other scholars acknowledge Paul’s authorship. If Paul wrote this letter, he would have penned the letter near the end of his life while imprisoned in Rome.

Paul’s letter written to the Colossians bears a strong resemblance to Ephesians. More than fifty-five verses found in these two letters are written word for word which has led the letters to be viewed as companion pieces. The letters would have been written on rolls of papyrus and hand delivered by Tychicus, an Asiatic Christian who accompanied Paul during his journey from Macedonia to Jerusalem and possibly to Rome.

“But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the dear beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. And I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.” Ephesians 6:21,22

Ephesians is the most impersonal letter Paul wrote. The letter contains no personal greetings or messages which are found in his other letters. This lack of personalization to the Ephesians is even more surprising when coupled with the fact that Paul spent the longest amount of time in Ephesus than in any other place.

“‘Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.” Acts 20:31

In Acts 20:17-35, Paul shares his grief over having to say goodbye to the elders of Ephesus. His strong feelings towards them and theirs towards him is odd when considering the lack of personal greetings. Therefore, some scholars have concluded that the recipients were not personally acquainted with Paul and that their knowledge of one another was hearsay.

One final and quizzical point concerning the recipients of the letter is that none of the important early Greek New Testament manuscripts include the phrase ‘at Ephesus’ in Ephesians 1:1 as part of the greeting.

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 1:1 ( highlight mine)

These facts have led some scholars to question whether this letter was actually written to the church at Ephesus. Most scholars, however, have concluded that the letter to the Ephesians was not written to the church at Ephesus alone but rather to a group of churches in Asia Minor. Ephesus was the most prominent city among this group. Tychicus would have carried this general letter from church to church since Paul was unable to go himself. 

Please begin the Week 1 assignments. I will give commentary and an overview next Monday on the Week 1 assignments.

Blessings,

Mimi

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Fall Bible Study on Ephesians

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Good Morning!

The Fall 2015 Bible Study on Ephesians: The Church: Rooted in Love, Walking in Power will begin next Monday September 21st. We will spend 10 weeks in the book of Ephesians. Some of the lesson headings are: Chosen by God, Walking the Walk You Talk, Just How Important to God Are Relationships? and It’s War! Stand!. I hope that you will consider joining in and being a part of this exciting inductive study produced by Precept Ministries International.

For ordering details and more information, click here.

Blessings,

Mimi

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