In this study we looked at the answer to the question: what would we do if we had seven days left to live? We saw from 1 Peter 4:7-11 that we are called to do five things in light of the fact that we are living in the last days: Pray seriously, love fervently, demonstrate hospitality, serve effectively, and communicate Scripturally. We are encouraged as Christians to redeem the short time we have on this earth, knowing that the days we live in are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16).
We finished Hebrews 13 tonight looking at the author’s dealing with several important issues in the Church of God. We were exhorted to let brotherly love continue and to be hospitable to strangers in the Church. Pastor Brett talked about the important of healthy marriage, particularly with the marriage bed and physical intimacy as God reveals to us in His Word the way he designed marriage and sexuality to work. We closed the chapter talking about several issues in the Church, from food, to corporate worship, to being submitted to the leadership of our local church.
We cover a lot of ground tonight as we finish up Paul’s checklist of practical ways to show love within the church. He follows this up with chapter 13, which outlines our responsibility to honor and submit to governing authorities in our lives. “Love is the fulfillment of the law” is the overarching theme of these chapters.
We wrap up the book of Acts and, to some degree, the ministry of Paul. He had a clear understanding that while, ‘it is appointed once for man to die,’ he was going to live his life with abandon until that day came. His life and his ministry were marked with a sense of abandon; he gave himself fully to the Lord and was used in mighty ways. There is a lot for us to glean today as we look at the conclusion of this apostle’s story.
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