The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 2

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Literary Context

The beginning of the passage starts at Acts 4:31b-32 “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit  and began to speak the word of God with boldness and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them” (NASB). Beginning with Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 2”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 1

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The Beginning of the Christian Church (Acts 4:32 – 5:12)

by: Christopher M. Flees

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………….      Part 1

            ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT………………………………….   Part  1

                        SIGNIFICANCE OF TEXT………………………………….   Part 1

                        HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL SETTING…………………… Part 1

                        LITERARY CONTEXT………………………………………  Part  2

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John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 5

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The last multiple variable in the scripture is in verse 7. The sentence reads like this: “If you have (known or knew) me you (would, should, or will) (know or knew) my father.” This issue is based around the interpretation of the tense of the word combinations used. While this seems to be a little issue at the surface, it has some serious implications. Jesus is saying that He had revealed the Father to Thomas properly, within himself. This passage states that the apostles did not truly know who he was. If the apostles knew who he truly was they would have realized that they knew the Father as well (Kruse, 294). Continue reading “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 5”

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 4

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Outline of Passage

I. Jesus and Peter’s Dialogue

A. Peter’s Question

B.  Jesus’ Answer

C.  Peter’s Rebuttal

D.  Jesus’ Rebuke

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John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 3

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Presentation of Text – tcn

Text Critical Notes

The first issue in our text is in 13:37-38, we see Peter willing and eager in speech to willingly lay his life down for Jesus. Jesus responds “will you willingly die for me?” Jesus then predicts Peter’s denial of him.

The next issue that needs to be looked at is verse 14:1, “Believe in God”. There are two uses of the word “Believe” (pisteuete). “Believe” (pisteuete) Continue reading “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 3”

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 2

Literary Context

The Gospel of John is a narrative that picks out bits and pieces of Jesus’ ministry (Tenney 12). The order is not the same as in the synoptic Gospels. There are a few different theories on the outline of the Gospel of John. One is Chapters 2-11 point to the death and resurrection of Jesus, 12-20 Continue reading “John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 2”

John 13:36-14:7 Jesus the only way to the Father – Part 1

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Jesus, the only way to the Father

John 13:36-14:7

The selected text is part of the Last Supper. Simon Peter states that he will lay his life down for Jesus. In John 13:37 “Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you right now? I will lay down my life for You’ (NASB). Jesus tells Simon Peter that he is not ready.
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Follow Me, Same Proposal – Two Vastly Different Results (Psalms 9:1-18) Part 1

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Follow Me, Same Proposal – Two Vastly Different Results

 (Psalms 9:1-18)


Follow Me, Same Proposal – Two Vastly Different Results (Psalms 9:1-18) part 2

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Historical and Social Setting

            The book of Proverbs has some problems with its authorship. At one time it was assumed that the entire book was written by Solomon, son of King David they also believed that “Agur and Lemuel were pseudonyms of Solomon” (Gaebelein, 886). Later commentators have remarked that the text should be looked at again and “that Lemuel and Aguar are probably not pseudonyms for Solomon and that a second set of proverbs begin at Proverbs 22:17” (Gaebelein, 886). With this
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Follow Me, Same Proposal – Two Vastly Different Results (Psalms 9:1-18) part 3

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PRESENTATION OF TEXT

Scripture Passage

Proverbs 9:1-18 NASB  “Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;  (2)  She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;  (3)  She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:  (4)  “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks understanding she says, (5) “Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.  (6)  “Forsake your folly and live, and proceed in the way of understanding.”  (7) 
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