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Examine Yourself (2 Corinthians 13)

The ending of New Testament letters is always important to slow down and consider. They usually give some final warnings and final instructions for the recipients of the letter. Paul has written this letter to the Corinthians to spiritually build them up before he arrives. He wants them to make changes in their lives by looking at how Paul has treated them and model a life in Christ. One of the primary messages of this book is that we are made perfect and complete through our weaknesses, sufferings, trials, and difficulties. Paul opened this letter by reminding the Christians that the God we serve is the God of comfort.

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Together: Encourage One Another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Who does not like to receive an encouraging word? Who does not appreciate a kind, timely word spoken into your life when you needed it most? Who does not love to have the knowledge that someone will stand by your side and help you, even in your darkest hour? Encouragement is so valuable. The Proverbs speak to the value of these words to our souls.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. (Proverbs 12:25 ESV)

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24 ESV)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11 ESV)

In the early days of the fledgling church in Jerusalem, there was a man who was such an encouragement to the body of Christ that they did not call him by the name given by his parents. They simply called him, “son of encouragement.” We know that name as Barnabas.

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And That Rock Was Christ (Exodus 15-17)

Exodus 15:22 through Exodus 17:7 records for us three instances where the people are grumbling against God after coming out of Egyptian slavery and crossing the sea. The direct message of this text is to not put the Lord to the test by grumbling and complaining against him. We looked at this message in our last lesson. But there is more to this text than the message to not complain against the Lord and put him to the test. We have noticed throughout our study of Exodus that this is God’s picture book for redemption. God is showing through these events in the life of Israel how God was going to save his people when Christ came. These events in the history of Israel are used in the New Testament to show Jesus as the new Moses who has come to rescue the world from slavery to sin. There are two pictures given to us in this passage in Exodus: God provides bread from heaven for the people and God provides water for the people. The apostle Paul indicates to his audience that these are the two facets of salvation we are to look at.

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