The Gospel According To Paul … Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Romans

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Romans 7:1 to 8:21

Having had a righteousness from God imputed to us by faith apart from the Law, we now have the choice to live a life of holiness. No longer enslaved to our sin nature, we can rise above any self-destructive behavior that has caused us, and those around us, sorrow in the past. We’ve been given an eternal perspective, knowing that the best is yet to come. (2 Cor. 4:18) Free from the compulsive need to grab all we can, however we can, as long as we can, we can begin to live lives of peace and experience the joy of giving, in gratitude for all we’ve received.

Remember, our most important goal now is to prepare for the soon coming kingdom. (Phil 3:13-14) It’s time to start storing up our treasure there because that’s where we’re headed. (Matt. 6:19-21) Because we’ve been freed from bondage, all we need to do is decide to adopt an eternal perspective and start making the choices that accompany it. From then on every day brings us one day closer. To help us prepare, Paul will now take us through “Law School” as Romans 7 is sometimes called.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Romans

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Paul spent the better part of three chapters showing us man’s desperate need for a savior. Any righteousness we can earn on our own is clearly inadequate to meet God’s standards. We need to acquire a righteousness equal to His in order to dwell in His presence. Thankfully such a righteousness is available. It was made so by the Lord Himself, and is imputed to us by faith in His completed work on the cross.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Romans

[you can also read this on our new beta site]

Romans 3:21-4:25

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26) Continue reading…

The Gospel According To Paul … Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Romans

Romans 2:1- 3:20

Paul continues his view of the world’s spiritual condition. Remember, he’s not writing about believers here. His intent in this introductory survey is to show that everyone needs the Gospel, whether Jew or Gentile. But I’m going to treat some of this as if it applies to us as well, because we all still commit the sins he’ll mention, and although we’re forgiven, we need to be reminded that that’s not our way anymore. We won’t have to pay the penalty for doing these things like unbelievers will because the Lord has already done that for us, but it does grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin, and it will interrupt our fellowship with Him. And after all, the intent of this study is to help prepare us for the Lord’s return. Continue reading…

Romans: The Gospel According To Paul … Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Romans

Note: Welcome to our first multi-part study of 2017! This is Jack’s verse by verse study of Romans, and it’s one of my favorites. Jack started this series 10 years ago this month. He wrote and published one part each week and it is 12 parts. I’ll feature one part each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The parts are all linked together, so feel free to read ahead, or catch up on weekends. As always, please let me know how this works for you and if you have any suggestions or advice for the site! God bless you, Samantha

[here’s the link to read this on the new beta site: Romans: The Gospel According To Paul … Part 1 ]

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Rapture of the Church is getting closer by the day. There aren’t any events that must precede it, and the Church’s days on Earth are clearly numbered. Whether we’re taken up this year or not it’s certainly not too soon to prepare. Continue reading…

The True Identity of Jesus of Nazareth

Of all the so-called holy books, only the Bible authenticates itself. It does so through a method we call predictive prophecy and it works like this. Only God knows the end from the beginning. To help us learn to believe Him, He told His ancient people things that hadn’t happened yet. Then when they came to pass just like He said they would, He had them document everything and preserve it for future generations. We call this documentation the Bible, which by many accounts consists of nearly 40% predictive prophecy, some fulfilled and some still to come.

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The Bible and Self Development

No one looks at a tree growing out of a crack in the rock high above the desert and calls it the devil’s work, but many extol it as a miracle of God’s creation.

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Happy New Year

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:4-7).

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The End Game

Opinion by Jack Kelley

Note: Jack originally wrote this to give us perspective after the 2008 recession. His message here is such a wonderful way to begin the year, so I’ve edited parts to make it timeless. Here are Jack’s thoughts on the 5 things we should do to begin each New Year. ~Happy New Year! Samantha

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