How the Church effects Discipleship

INTRODUCTION When we look at the church and discipleship, the two categories are dependent upon one another. Without healthy discipleship occurring creating healthy disciples, you can’t have a healthy church. If you have unhealthy disciples, they will naturally create an unhealthy church environment. However, a church without a focus on creating healthy disciples, will only … More How the Church effects Discipleship

Introduction to 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)

Author: Paul: Pretty much everyone knows who Paul is, but for anyone here that does know, here is a shortened version of Paul’s life story: Paul, formerly Saul was a leading Jew, he rose above his peers and persecuted the early church. On the road to Damascus to capture more Christians, he saw God in … More Introduction to 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:1-3)

Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Even though the name Christian hadn’t been around yet, (at the time Ephesians was written they would have been called followers of the way) Paul is given prophetic insight to see that those in heaven and on earth would be called Christians. We get our name from Christ. Paul’s prayer focuses on: Being strengthened. Christ … More Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Ephesians 3:1-14

As a prisoner, while often looked down on, Paul didn’t consider it a hindrance. Verse 13 specifically asks the Ephesians not to lose heart, which we can think of as being upset or losing faith or confidence in, because of what Paul writes about between the two verses. As long as the Ephesians had heard … More Ephesians 3:1-14

Ephesians 2:11-22

The word therefore has two different thoughts on interpretation. Many pastors and people in general like to say “what is this there for?” and while that is true, it tends to minimize the impact of the word. We need to think of Therefore as a transition to form a cause and effect situation. In essence … More Ephesians 2:11-22

Ephesians 1:11-23

Ephesians 1:11-23 Today’s devotions start as a carry over from yesterday regarding being predestined according God’s plans. What’s really cool here is that God works EVERYTHING to fit his will. This does bring up the question of what God’s will is, and while tht is a multi-part answer, Paul is clear that the end result … More Ephesians 1:11-23