Spiritual Gifts … Occupy Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Occupy Until I Come

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(Note: If you haven’t already done so, I suggest reading “Occupy Until I Come” as an introduction to this study.)

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines (1 Cor. 12:7,11).

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully, administering God’s grace in it’s various forms (1 Peter 4:10).

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I Am The LORD; That Is My Name!

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” (Isaiah 42:8-9)

Since gracethrufaith.com is a world wide ministry, reaching into places with diverse religious traditions, I get emails from time to time asking how to respond to those who want to know why Christians believe the God of the Bible is the one and only God.

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Life’s Most Important Choices

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Recently I’ve been asked about witnessing to “unsaved believers” as one writer called them. I usually refer to them as Christians-in-name-only. They call themselves Christians and do some things that make them appear to be Christians. They go to Church, make regular contributions, sign up for volunteer service projects, even teach Sunday School, but they’re not born again. Being born again means you know you’re a sinner in need of a savior. You believe Jesus died for all your sins and have asked Him to be your Savior. According to Jesus, people who are not born again will be denied entrance into the Kingdom (John 3:3) no matter how “good” they’ve been on Earth.

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The Parable Of The Wedding Banquet

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

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Believe in Your Heart

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved (Rom 10:9).

We’ve all confessed (give assent to or acknowledge) with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and understand its importance to our salvation, but what about the “believe in your heart” portion of the verse?

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God’s Plan In A Nutshell

Perspective by Jack Kelley

You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you (Ezekiel 28:12,15).

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What’s Contained In The Old Is Explained In The New

Commentary by Jack Kelley

I first heard the title phrase some years back, along with its companion, “what’s concealed in the old is revealed in the new.” They helped with my understanding that the Book we call the Bible is just that … one book. It’s not 66 or even 2 but one. Sure it has two parts (they’re actually called covenants) but it’s one book. The more we know about the contents of the first part, the better we will understand the second. It’s just like any other complex issue; an understanding of context or background is a big help in achieving comprehension. (Think of the Old Testament as background, putting the New Testament into proper context.)

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Paul Was Pre-Trib

Commentary by Jack Kelley

This is not meant to be a complete commentary on 2 Thes. 2. Instead, I want to demonstrate that Paul had to have taught the Thessalonians that the rapture of the Church would precede the End Times judgments. Think of it as a supplement to your study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, as well as a Biblical rebuttal to the claim that the pre-trib rapture is a relatively new idea.

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Will He Find Faith On The Earth?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I’ve studied what the Bible says about healing for years and years, and two things remain clear to me.  One is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).   Another is He said anyone with faith in Him would do the things He did (John 14:12).  But the results we’re experiencing in much of the Western Church today are far different from those attributed to Him in the Bible.  A logical mind can only conclude that something has changed.  Since it can’t be Him, that leaves only us.

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Those Who Claim To Be Jews, But Are Not

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you (Rev. 3:9).

Who are those the Lord accused of claiming to be Jews but are not?  Since Revelation 2-3 applies to the entire Church age, He may have been referring to more than one group.  Looking down through history, I’ve found several groups who have laid claim to the promises made by God to His covenant people. Some may surprise you.

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