My Grace is Sufficient For You

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

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For years the Lord has been done a terrible disservice over the issue of Paul’s complaint about the thorn in his flesh, and it’s time to set the record straight. If you’ve been taught that “My Grace is sufficient for you” was the Lord’s excuse for not healing Paul, then pay close attention. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then get ready for a great example of how folks distort the meaning of Scripture—either to satisfy their pre-conceived notions or justify their lack of faith. Continue reading…

Seek Ye First His Kingdom

The Lord wanted His people to trust in Him for their security, not in their material possessions. Had man permanently adopted these laws as his own, there would be very little poverty in the world today, and almost no war or oppression…

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 11

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Romans

Having seen that along with the blessings of salvation have come the gifts that give us the ability to respond accordingly, we continue now with Paul’s advice on living a life pleasing to God in gratitude for all that He’s given us.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 10

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Romans

We began this series from the perspective that our time is short and we should make sure we’re ordering what’s left of it around the Lord’s priorities for us. It won’t be long before the life we’ve worked so hard to build for ourselves here will be left behind. All that will remain is the treasure we’ve stored up in Heaven.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 9

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Romans

Romans 9 spoke of God’s sovereign election of Israel as His chosen. In chapter 10 we saw how in the obsessive pursuit of a righteousness of their own, they rejected the righteousness that comes from God. But the rejection was clearly temporary, its duration dependent upon their response.

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The Gospel According To Paul … Part 7

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Romans

 

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We turn now from a study of doctrine to one of prophecy. A prophecy involving both Jews and Gentiles that unlocks a secret hidden from the foundation of the world. From among both, God would create a new race of man, neither Jew nor Gentile, called the Church. As Paul would write to the Ephesians, “His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two” (Ephesians 2:15) and to the Galatians, “You are all sons of God through Christ Jesus … There is neither Jew nor Gentile” (Galatians 3:26,28) and to the Corinthians, “Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks (Gentiles) or the Church of God.” (1 Cor. 10:32). It’s the Church who would inherit the Kingdom. Here’s how it happens. Continue reading…

The Gospel According To Paul … Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Romans

 

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In our last installment we completed Law School, and saw the impossible position we’ve been placed in. Because of the sin nature we’ve inherited, our own bodies will betray us no matter how hard we try to live up to God’s standard. In fact the harder we try, the more certain our failure becomes. As far as effecting our own salvation is concerned, we’re hopeless, helpless, worthless and useless. The Lord’s remedy for our situation was to offer us an unmerited pardon purchased with His own blood. Now we’re ready for a close look at the unbelievable blessing we call Grace.

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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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