Teaching Notes: The Greatest Desire of a Christian’s Life

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

This study looks at what should be the greatest desire of every Christian.

[These notes are from a Bible study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

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Teaching Notes: Accentuate the Positive

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

[These notes are from a Bible study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 59)

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32

Paul’s letter to the Romans is made up of more than seven-thousand words. We learn in Romans 16 that a man named Tertius wrote the letter as Paul dictated it to him. Given that letters from the same time period averaged less than one-hundred words, we see that Paul’s Roman epistle carried a tremendous weight of importance – literally as well as spiritually.

Paul took great time at possibly great expense [the cost of paying a scribe for his time along with the cost of purchasing the materials for a letter as long as Romans would be very high] to share his thoughts with Christians living in Rome. Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, had much to say and was careful in preparing his readers to receive the impact of what God wanted them to know.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Power

The next part in our series of topical studies from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians is the power we have in Christ Jesus. This series of studies was first taught more than 40 years ago as part of a verse-by-verse study that became a series of topical insights from Paul’s great Letters to the Christians in Colossae and Ephesus. Our prayer is that this study will be clear and powerful and help you in your life.

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Inheritance

We move now in our series of topical studies from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians to the special inheritance we have in Christ Jesus. This series of studies was first taught more than 40 years ago as part of a verse-by-verse study that became a series of topical insights from Paul’s great Letters to the Christians in Colossae and Ephesus. Our prayer is that this study will be clear and powerful and help you in your life.

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Deliverance

We continue now in our series of topical studies from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians. As we explained in our last study, we studied Colossians carefully verse-by-verse, then presented our discoveries in a series of topical studies that came naturally from Paul’s Letter. Our prayer is that it will be clear and powerful and you will understand it and apply it to your life.

As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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Teaching Notes: On Colossians – The Need

My favorite way of teaching from the Bible is “verse by verse.” After leaving atheism for Christianity I came across a variety of preaching/teaching styles. I didn’t know what they were called in my early months as a believer, but verse-by-verse ended up being the one that made the most sense to me. I knew what something meant not only because of the definition of words, but because of its “context.”

Expository preaching or teaching is the process of blending the best hermeneutics (Bible study method) to the best homiletics (preaching/teaching method) to present a sermon or lesson that is accurate to the text and context in a way that communicates the truth clearly and powerfully and can be understood and applied by the hearer. As one author has explained expository preaching: “expository preaching is preaching in which the content, intent, and structure of the passage determines the content, intent, and structure of the message.” (Matthew Harmon, Expository Preaching)

Once the preacher/teacher has carefully studied a Book of the Bible verse by verse, they can teach from it verse by verse or topically. The danger of topical preaching/teaching is when the preacher/teacher is not familiar with what the text means in its context. Many errors rise from that kind of topical preaching/teaching. To someone experienced in proper Bible study, it becomes fairly easy (and often painful) to tell when someone is preaching/teaching out of context. Teaching out of context leads to error and misuse of God’s Word. Teaching in context leads to truth and correct use of God’s Word. The extra time it takes to study a Book in context seems well worth the end result.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4:14

This next series of Teaching Notes is from a sermon series taught more than 40 years ago. We studied Paul’s Letter to the  Colossians carefully verse-by-verse, then presented our discoveries in a series of topical studies that came naturally from this great Letter. Our prayer is that it will be clear and powerful and you will understand it and want to apply the principles to your life. As with other Teaching Notes, we invite you to use this study in any way God leads.

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