Entries by tag: paul

[sticky post]Welcome to Our Virtual Table - For Family Worship
This sticky posting explains the basic idea of this blog.

Join us for brief studies, most of which were originally presented in our family devotions.  Bring a Bible (or use BibleGateway.com) - most of the posts do not, as yet, have hyperlinks to the passages mentioned, so you will want to look them up.  Many of these devotional studies were originally presented while we were finishing dinner - so, if you want to have a snack while you are reading, that's okay.

Some of these posts mention the Heidelberg Catechism - click here to read this catechism online.  Everything in this blog assumes some understanding of the Bible, and the sound interpretation of it as the church has taught (for example, the teaching found in this catechism).

However, in a sense you are not really ready to join us, unless you first have fellowship with Christ.  You are still invited to read posts here - some of them will introduce you to our purpose as Christians.  But I am giving a brief introduction in this post, for those who may want it...

There is no good reason to go on living in sin without hope and without God (Ephesians 2:12).  If you are a sinner - if you have offended against God, as you know very well - there is a way by which millions have found peace with God:  "And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  and he is the propitiation for our sins..." (from 1 John 2:1-2).  "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..." (Romans 5:1)

It is true, Christians are not supposed to sin.  But, Christians often (all too often) fail to live up to their calling to live for Christ.  Do not be hindered from following Christ because you feel unable to live up to His standards - in fact, such a sense of unworthiness to serve Christ, is one of the attitudes that real Christians have.  Often real Christians do fail to live up to Christ's standards - but when they do fail, there is a way for them to know that their sins are forgiven, even after conversion:  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness..." (1 John 1:9).

Roman 15:33 - may the God of peace be with you all, amen.

As a final note:  if you have a family, why not start family worship?  You might learn something about what it is and how to do it in this blog.  However, you cannot really learn how to do it, apart from practicing it.

How Paul Thought of Himself as a Minister
His tendency was not to commend himself - 2 Cor 3:1 .

He was less than the least of the saints, yet called to preach - Eph 3:8 .

1 Cor 3:5-7 .  Here he urged the Christians to regard himself and other ministers as only tools through whom God worked.

Paul's First Defense
2 Tim 4:16-18 .

1. Humans - even Christians - will let you down.  When they do, pray as did Paul verse 16, with a forgiving spirit.

2. But when we are on trial with no human helpers, the Lord Christ always stands by us.  So we get strength to bear witness - so we see His power to save even in this life - Ps. 27:13.

3. He delivers from evil, as we ask in the Lord's Prayer.  Even the greatest of saints, such as Paul, need Christ's power to preserve them until the end.  We would fail, apart from the grace of God keeping us.


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