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Men's Bible Study

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by ChrisRyan, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. My Grace is Sufficient

    One of the many privileges I have as a chaplain is to help those going through difficulties with the Word of God. Recently one of my board member’s best friend died. After sharing my condolences, the board member asked for any thoughts I could give him regarding the address he was preparing for the funeral.

    I took this opportunity to describe the promises Jesus gave His disciples before His crucifixion (John 14). For those who grieve and feel the sting of death Christ reminds us:

    1. The Peace that He Provides: “Let not your heart be troubled”
    2. The Place He Prepares: “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself.”
    3. The Path He Prescribes: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
    I often hear at funerals about the past of an individual. Like most of us there are things better left unsaid. Our failures, disappointments, and sin before we knew Christ are things that God has forgiven and everyone else should forgive and forget. Some people seem to take great delight in focusing upon a person’s past rather than what they have accomplished once they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Maybe these inappropriate comments help the speaker feel he is connecting the deceased to our broken world.

    Aren’t we glad that as a saved person God can only see us through the lens of grace. It is good to remind ourselves that we live in a fallen world and are not expected to be perfect - just forgiven. God continues to be in the process of refining, shaping, molding, and perfecting His saints as we give our yield hearts to him on a daily basis.

    The following story suggests some good food for thought when it comes to forgiving and forgetting. Aren’t we glad our Heavenly Father has forgotten our transgressions because of the sacrifice Christ made? Praise God!

    What an awesome reminder...

    One night in a church service, a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution, but the change in her was evident. As time went on, she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful lady had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans.

    This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry, the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife-to-be. He began to speak and his statement was this: "My fiancée's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"

    The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are to be dismayed. Let’s remember the old song, “What can wash way my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

    "Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:23

    Personal Application:
    1. What part of grace do you understand and how can you apply it to your present situation?
    2. Forgiveness is one of the toughest things to offer. Only through the peace and presence of God in our lives can we provide grace to those who offended us.
    3. What did Jesus mean when he said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”? 2 Corth. 12:9
    4. Pass this devotional along to someone who needs to be forgiven and wants to feel God's love. Click on the links at the bottom of this email to share via social media or email.

    By Jim E. Grassi, D. Min.
  2. I must say that I am somewhat spun out by this posting. I find it hard to understand how a congregation could be so full of social class self-righteousness to condemn a person with a troubled "sinful" past.
    In the Revival Fellowship (Australia) where I attend we actually present testimonies to the work of the Holy Spirit and the gospel in transforming people's lives for the better.
    Church members get up and talk about their lives, their sins, their lifestyles etc, etc, before the heard the full gospel and how after being baptised by full immersion and receiving the Holy Spirit [with the Bible evidence of speaking in tongues] their lives were miraculously transformed (often also with healings).
    We rejoice in the transforming work of the Holy Spirit to take a rough diamond and cut and polish such to produce a translucent gem in which the light of the gospel shines.
    We celebrate that the gospel is for the poor, the addicts, the gamblers, the immoral, the hurting and all others called by God.

    Only yesterday at our local Tuesday night meeting I had the privilege to get up and share my testimony with those present about my previous circumstances (smoking cigarettes and marijuana, shooting up amphetamines or heroin, criminal activity, fornication with zeal) and how in late 1996 I was confronted by the gospel of being 'born again' by water and the Holy Spirit. Anyway I put Jesus to the test as to proving if this is the truth, the gospel that I needed to embrace.
    On the 1st of December 1996 (after being water baptised a month earlier) I received the Holy Spirit and spoke in a new tongue as Jesus said I would - Mark 16:17-20
    I was able to share with my audience how the Lord instantly healed me from all of my addictions that very day, and turned my lifestyle around from being grossly sinful to one that now receives His righteousness through the Holy Spirit.

    Our past lives, our past sins, our past wrongdoings are the basis for celebrating and rejoicing in what the gospel is all about
    2 Corinthians 5:
    16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh,
    yet now henceforth know we him no more.
    17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

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