Teaching Notes: On Dynamic Christianity – The Beginning

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

When we say that the Christian life should be “dynamic,” we’re saying it should be “powerful.” The Greek word Paul used in his letter to the Christians in Corinth is δύναμις (dunamis). The English word “dynamic” comes from the Greek and means “power, might, ability, energy” (the French word is dynamique). A dynamic life is a “powerful” life, a life with the energy and ability to achieve mighty things.

The idea of the Christian life being powerful is a central theme of the Bible. With that introduction, I’d like to share a series of Bible studies taught in churches more than 40 years ago. We invite you to read and share with others in any way God leads you.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 55)

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:26-27

In the last part of our study we looked at the history of God’s purpose and design for creating “man” (male and female) in His image and likeness. What we learn in Genesis 1 & 2 prepares us to understand why the Apostle Paul used sexual relations as the first example of what happened after God gave up the human race to “vile passions.”

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 54)

For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Romans 1:26-27

In our last part of this study, we looked at Paul’s claim that the human race had made a terrible “exchange” by changing the glory of God for an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things and by changing the truth of God for “the lie.”

In today’s study, we will begin looking at some of the bad results from what the Apostle Paul described as “foolish.”

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 52)

Professing to be wise, they became fools,  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:22-25

In our last study, we learned that actions have results. People gave up God and glorified themselves and other created beings, so God gave people up. Up to what? We’ll start unpacking that as we take a closer look at the Apostle Paul’s words about the “wrath of God” that has been revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, “who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 51)

Professing to be wise, they became fools,  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:22-25

We are looking carefully into the Apostle Paul’s words about the “wrath of God” that has been revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, “who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” In our last study we looked at how people who “knew” God did not glorify God as God, “nor were thankful.” They became “futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Even though people professed themselves to be wise, “they became fools.” They changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible people and birds, four-footed animals and creeping things.

How did God respond to their behavior?

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Teaching Notes: On God’s Work for the Disciple (Part 2)

In the first part of our article about God’s Work for the Disciple, we looked at how to discover God’s work for disciples, how to spend our time discipling new Christians, best ways to disciple new Christians, and the spiritual principle of multiplication.

We move now to the second part which will look at making disciples, motivating disciples and marking disciples.

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