current bible studies

I Am Means You Can (Exodus 4:1-17)

In Exodus 3 we have seen Moses express two concerns about his calling to go and deliver the people of Israel from Egyptian slavery. The first concern was a humble recognition that he is a nobody. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (3:11). God’s response was very simple. “But I will be with you” (3:12). Moses’ second concern was that he does not know what name to tell the people of Israel when he comes to them (3:13). God’s answer was again very simple. “I AM WHO I AM” (3:14). The eternal nature of God means that he is always with us, always sees what is happening to us, and is always able to save his people. God is with you and no one can overthrow God’s plans. But Moses has a few more concerns that he desires to ask of God before he goes on this mission.

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The Grace of Giving (2 Corinthians 8)

In 2 Corinthians 8-9 Paul presents another picture of what it looks like to be a servant of Jesus Christ. The people of God are to be generous people. Perhaps the best summary of these two chapters is found in 2 Corinthians 9:11.

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV)

One of the difficulties about teaching on generosity and giving is that if you command people to be generous, then they are not being generous when they give. They are giving from the command, under compulsion. Generosity comes from the heart that wants to give. So how will Paul teach these Corinthians about the need to generous, giving people so that it will be a desire that comes from their hearts and not a command to give more? This is what we will look at in these next two lessons from 2 Corinthians and through this study learn the grace of giving.

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I Am Who I Am (Exodus 3:13-22)

The book of Exodus is the book of redemption. This book is God’s picture book for showing the world who he is and how he will save. In Exodus 3 Moses has encountered the Lord at the burning bush that is not consumed. Moses was told that now is the time for the people to be delivered from slavery and Moses is going to be the deliverer to do it. Moses feels insufficient for the task but God’s answer is that he will be with Moses (3:12).

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Together: Speaking To One Another (James 4:11-12)

One of the important “one another” commands in the New Testament is what we say to one another. It is easy to forget that it matters to God what we say to each other. Let us listen and consider some of the commands concerning what we say to other people.

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:8–10 ESV)

God tells us that we do not lie to one another or deceive one another because that is part of your old life. That is the sinful, worldly life. We do not lie to people anymore because we are putting on a new self that is being renewed after the image of our God and Father. How easy it is to lie when it is for our own advantage! How great the temptation is to deceive when it will help save our skin from trouble! But Christians do not lie because lying shows you have not put off the old self and that old way of life. Let us listen to another common regarding one another.

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