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Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study 4th August 2020

Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study 4th August 2020, Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study 4th August 2020

Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study 4th August 2020

Redemption Ministries
CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
August 4, 2020

TOPIC: STEADFASTNESS AND FAITHFULNESS TO THE END (5)
PAUL THE APOSTLE: A STERLING EXAMPLE OF BEING STEADFAST AND FAITHFUL

TEXT: Acts 23:1-3; Rom. 7:7-25; 8:35-39; 2 Cor 2:3-11; 11:23-28; 12: 1-10.

Memory Verse “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him”. James 1:12

The Holy Spirit carefully chronicled the life of this emissary, exposing his areas of weakness, strength and display of humanity i.e. A man subject to like passion to demonstrate to us that in the race for spiritual supremacy that culminates with each believer making heaven at last, we must fight manfully onward.

  • Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study 4th August 2020

There is no doubt whatsoever, that Paul stands unique in human history as one man that had a perfect mastery of his profession either as a believer or an unbeliever. Before his conversion, he had an intimidating resume of being a veritable anchor man and a spice for the devil as he voluntarily championed his course without recourse. Recall that one of his last assignments for the devil was the supervision of the killing of Stephen. An assignment he handled with zeal and zest. Acts 7:58
We shall briefly explore his weaknesses and strengths.

1. HIS WEAKNESSES AS AN APOSTLE: Acts 23:1-3; Rom. 7:7-25; 2 Cor. 12: 1-10. Paul’s revelation of his inner struggles and weakness through the witness of the Holy Spirit points to all that we are saved and sustained by Grace. When Paul was brought before the High Priest Ananias to defend the gospel for which he was accused of, faced with pressure, he suddenly remembered one of those old abusive words. Listen to Paul. “Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?”.

However, he sincerely apologized afterwards. In the quest for success, you must keep your body under subjection. 1 Cor. 9:27.

2. HIS STRENGTHS: Rom 8:35-39; 2 Cor 2:3-11; 11:23-28; Phil 2:3; Col. 3:12. We cannot attempt to quantify on paper, the suffering for Christ that Paul passed through. It is interesting to note that at the point of conversion, he was specifically told that he will suffer many things for heaven’s sake. “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” Acts 9:16.

In spite of all these, Paul remained resolute, steadfast, faithful and undaunted (not intimidated or discouraged by difficulties, dangers and disappointments) until the end. Beloved, let us not faint. We are bound to come across trials, tests and temptations but God will give us the enabling grace we must overcome. 1 Cor. 10:13

HYMN 319 – Ho! My Comrades

Verse 1: Ho! my comrades, see the signal,
Waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing,
Victory is nigh!

Refrain: “Hold the fort, for I am coming,”
Jesus signals still,
Wave the answer back to Heaven,
“By Thy grace we will.”

Verse2: See the mighty host advancing,
Satan leading on;
Mighty men around us falling,
Courage almost gone.

[Refrain]

Verse 3: See the glorious banner waving,
Hear the bugle blow;
In our Leader’s Name we triumph
Over every foe.

[Refrain]

Verse 4: Fierce and long the battle rages,
But our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander,
Cheer, my comrades, cheer!

[Refrain]

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