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  • The God Who Is Supreme

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 26 ratings
     | 1,030 views

    III. THE GOD WHO IS SUPREME IN SAVING POWER DESERVES OUR UNSWERVING LOYALTY DESPITE THE PRESSURE OF INTENSE PERSECUTION (CHAP. 3) Background: Daniel and his friends were in a pagan environment that was hostile towards the worship of the true God. They faced the dilemma of remaining faithful to ...read more

  • Feasting In The Kingdom Of God

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 79 ratings
     | 2,747 views

    Context: Chap.14 begins with a dinner invitation that turns out not to be a very relaxing time vs.1-6 dropsy is not a very attractive disease -- various parts of the body puffed up with a lot of extra fluid -- the type of person not likely to be offered a seat at this exclusive country club but ...read more

  • The Sovereign Lord Judges Idolatry

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 16, 2003
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,601 views

    BACKGROUND (1:1) -- Gives the Coordinates: A. Personal word of the Lord to prophet Micah = "Who is like Yahweh?" how can idolatry even be an option in light of the uniqueness and majesty of our God? We should listen because the message has divine authority B. Geographical Moresheth -- SW ...read more

  • Self-Righteousness Leads To Disillusionment

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Dec 14, 2003
    based on 64 ratings
     | 3,744 views

    SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS LEADS TO DISILLUSIONMENT BECAUSE IT BLURS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED TOO GOOD TO SEE STRAIGHT 1. THE CAUSE OF DISILLUSIONMENT = SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS (3:13-15) the people were blind to their own sin -- they were too good to see straight Context: ...read more

  • Partners In The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 68 ratings
     | 3,359 views

    TWO EXAMPLES OF PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL: UNSELFISH, SACRIFICAL SERVICE TO OTHERS IN ORDER TO FURTHER THE GOSPEL

    BIG IDEA: TWO EXAMPLES OF PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL: UNSELFISH, SACRIFICAL SERVICE TO OTHERS IN ORDER TO FURTHER THE GOSPEL Carson: "Emulate those who are interested in the well-being of others, not in their own. Be on the alert for Christians who really do exemplify this basic Christian ...read more

  • Rejoice In The Lord / Put No Confidence In The Flesh Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 62 ratings
     | 5,540 views

    REJOICING IN CHRIST MEANS TURNING OUR BACK ON EVERYTHING THAT WOULD EXALT OUR FLESH

    BIG IDEA: REJOICING IN CHRIST MEANS TURNING OUR BACK ON EVERYTHING THAT WOULD EXALT OUR FLESH I. (:1) REMEMBER THE COMMAND A. Point of Emphasis -- "Finally, my brethren" Carson: "What Paul is doing is picking up the theme of rejoicing he introduced in 2:17-18." Gromacki: "… designates ...read more

  • The Advancement Of The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 54 ratings
     | 3,196 views

    THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE GOSPEL CAN ACTUALLY BENEFIT FROM DIFFICULT PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

    BIG IDEA: THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE GOSPEL CAN ACTUALLY BENEFIT FROM DIFFICULT PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES: - BY SHOWING UNBELIEVERS THE REALITY OF OUR RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST; - BY SHOWING BELIEVERS OUR EXAMPLE OF JOY AND FAITHFULNESS (WHICH GIVES THEM COURAGE TO PROCLAIM THE ...read more

  • The Type Of Life That Is Worthy Of The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 33 ratings
     | 2,135 views

    THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST SHOULD INSPIRE LOYAL SOLIDARITY (TRUE UNITY) AND SUPERNATURAL CALM AS WE STRIVE TOGETHER TO FURTHER THE GOSPEL (WHILE ACCEPTING THE INEVITABILITY OF PERSECUTION)

    BIG IDEA: THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST SHOULD INSPIRE LOYAL SOLIDARITY (TRUE UNITY) AND SUPERNATURAL CALM AS WE STRIVE TOGETHER TO FURTHER THE GOSPEL (WHILE ACCEPTING THE INEVITABILITY OF PERSECUTION) I. (1:27a) THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST SHOULD BE THE INSPIRATION FOR OUR LIFESTYLE A. General Exhortation ...read more

  • Pressing On Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 33 ratings
     | 3,201 views

    PRESSING TOWARD THE GOAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO RUN THE RACE OF CONFORMITY TO JESUS CHRIST

    BIG IDEA: PRESSING TOWARD THE GOAL IS THE ONLY WAY TO RUN THE RACE OF CONFORMITY TO JESUS CHRIST INTRODUCTION: Walvoord: "On the one hand, discontent with one’s spiritual life can bring discouragement and unnecessary resignation to spiritual defeat. On the other hand, in overestimating one’s ...read more

  • Staying On Track Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 43 ratings
     | 2,085 views

    FOLLOWING THE RIGHT EXAMPLES (THE WAY OF THE CROSS RATHER THAN THE WAY OF INDULGENCE) WILL KEEP US ON TRACK

    BIG IDEA: FOLLOWING THE RIGHT EXAMPLES (THE WAY OF THE CROSS RATHER THAN THE WAY OF INDULGENCE) WILL KEEP US ON TRACK IN THE RACE TO GLORY TO JOIN OUR SAVIOR, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST Gromacki: "In this section, the apostle challenged the believers to experience the joy of maturity." I. ...read more

  • Shalom Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 91 ratings
     | 3,482 views

    GOD’S FAVOR DEPENDS ON THINKING RIGHT AND ACTING RIGHT

    BIG IDEA: GOD’S FAVOR DEPENDS ON THINKING RIGHT AND ACTING RIGHT "Finally brethren" I. WE ALL WANT GOD’S FAVOR IN OUR LIVES "the God of Peace shall be with you" cf. OT concept of God being with someone and blessing all of their endeavors and protecting them Barclay: "To Paul, God is the ...read more

  • Fellowship In The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 41 ratings
     | 1,961 views

    AS WE LABOR TOGETHER UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS, FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL SPARKS THREE RESPONSES: JOYFUL THANKSGIVING INTIMATE BONDS PURPOSEFUL PRAYER (FOR SPIRITUAL MATURITY)

    BIG IDEA: AS WE LABOR TOGETHER UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS, FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL SPARKS THREE RESPONSES: - JOYFUL THANKSGIVING - INTIMATE BONDS - PURPOSEFUL PRAYER (FOR SPIRITUAL MATURITY) (:1-2) INTRODUCTION -- THE SUBJECTS OF FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL A. "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of ...read more

  • The Focus Of The Gospel -- Exalting Christ Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 13 ratings
     | 1,874 views

    FOCUS ON EXALTING CHRIST AND YOU CAN COUNT ON SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS IN FRUITFUL MINISTRY -- - ONE THAT WILL GLORIFY CHRIST - AND EFFECTIVELY IMPACT OTHERS

    BIG IDEA: FOCUS ON EXALTING CHRIST AND YOU CAN COUNT ON SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS IN FRUITFUL MINISTRY -- - ONE THAT WILL GLORIFY CHRIST - AND EFFECTIVELY IMPACT OTHERS I. SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS IN FRUITFUL MINISTRY COMES FROM FOCUSING ON EXALTING CHRIST (:19-21) A. The Power of Intercessory ...read more

  • Persevere In The Path Of Humility Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 16, 2001
    based on 25 ratings
     | 2,113 views

    JOYFULLY PERSEVERE IN HUMBLE SERVICE TO MAINTAIN A BLAMELESS TESTIMONY

    BIG IDEA: JOYFULLY PERSEVERE IN HUMBLE SERVICE TO MAINTAIN A BLAMELESS TESTIMONY Introduction: The path of humble service -- seeking the prosperity of others above our own personal interests -- is not the path we would naturally choose. In fact we shrink back from such a challenge. How can ...read more

  • A View From The Finish Line Series

    Contributed by Paul Apple on Jul 11, 2001
    based on 44 ratings
     | 1,317 views

    A LIFE OF PERSEVERANCE EARNS A PERSPECTIVE OF CONTENTMENT, FULFILLMENT, AND EXPECTATION

    TITLE: A VIEW FROM THE FINISH LINE – FINAL REFLECTIONS FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL BIG IDEA: A LIFE OF PERSEVERANCE EARNS A PERSPECTIVE OF CONTENTMENT, FULFILLMENT, AND EXPECTATION I. (:6) PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS THE PRESENT: CONTENTMENT A. Content to be a Living (and Dying) Sacrifice “For I am ...read more