2 Thessalonians: Introduction and 1:1-12, Love Letters, 14. Feb 2017
Paul’s purpose in writing his second letter to the Thessalonians was to encourage persecuted believers to remain faithful; to exhort them to be steadfastly at work and to correct some misunderstandings concerning the Lord’s return.
1 Thessalonians 4:13—5:28, Love Letters, 07. Feb 2017
Death is not the end. Paul didn’t want the Thessalonians and us to be uninformed about what will happen to the dead. In the same way that sleep lasts for a time and is followed by being awake, death will last some time before we are awakened by the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 3:6—4:12, Love Letters, 31. Jan 2017
Good news cheer us up. The good news that the Thessalonians were standing fast in the Lord meant so much to Paul that he said “For now we live”. The Good News of Christ gives us plenty of reasons to thank God and to pray.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-3:5, Love Letters, 24. Jan 2017
Not all that is proclaimed in the name of Christianity is in accordance with the Scriptures. Not all who claim to be messengers of Christ can be believed. Learn more about this matter in this study.
Thessalonians: Introduction and Chapter 1, Love Letters, 17. Jan 2017
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in order to give them support in the midst of persecution, to encourage the new converts to remain firm in the faith amidst their trials, to provide instruction concerning Christian life, to urge some not to neglect daily work and to give assurance concerning the future of believers who die before Christ returns.
Colossians 3:18—4:18, Love Letters, 10. Jan 2017
In our last study we considered relevant aspects of Christian living that flows from the fellowship of the believer with Christ. The apostle Paul continues to explore this theme in his letter to the Colossians.
Colossians 3:1-17, Love Letters, 03. Jan 2017
The life we have received from Jesus is rich in gifts that we cannot make or purchase, namely, forgiveness, love, peace, and thankfulness. The life we received from Jesus fills us with virtues and enables us to be a blessing to our neighbour.
Colossians 2:6-23, Love Letters, 27. Dec 2016
The apostle Paul encourages the Colossians and us to continue in Christ and to remain steady. Christians can only resist deceptive philosophies and false teachings if they are rooted and built up in Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15—2:5, Love Letters, 20. Dec 2016
Writing to the Christians in Colossae, the apostle Paul pictures the identity of Christ with powerful statements. Jesus Christ is the Messiah promised since the beginning of the world. He became Man and, at the same time, always was and is the Son of the living God.
Colossians 1:1-14, Love Letters, 13. Dec 2016
This letter is especially rich with descriptions of Christ, His work, and the blessings He extends to us through Holy Baptism. Paul’s main purpose with it was to refute false teachings, guiding the Colossian congregation away from heresy and into the truth about Jesus and His saving work.
Philippians 4:2-23, Love Letters, 06. Dec 2016
In this study of Paul’s letter Pastor Arno talks about rejoicing in the Lord. He tells us what to do when we are anxious, how to be content in any situation and that we can do everything through Him who strengthens us.
Philippians 3:1—4:1, Love Letters, 29. Nov 2016
Christians are aliens in this world, fully involved in it, yet not of it. We have been born from above by God’s Word and Spirit. Our true citizenship is in heaven where Christ is.
Philippians 2:1-30, Love Letters, 22. Nov 2016
A Christian is someone who has been united with Christ. This union is the basis of salvation. The Holy Spirit grants us faith, keeps us in the faith and makes our faith productive. From this union with Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit flow the fruits of salvation.
Philippians 1:3-30, Love Letters, 15. Nov 2016
The apostle Paul advises the Philippians to live lives consistent with what the gospel teaches. He encourages them to stand firm in one Spirit, to be united and work together, particularly when the gospel is under attack.
Philippians: Introduction and 1:1-2, Love Letters, 08. Nov 2016
Paul greets the believers in Philippi saying "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ". Grace is God’s favour towards sinners who desperately need it. Peace expresses God’s way of relating to sinners, forgiving their trespasses and removing any reason for conflict or enmity.
Romans: righteousness, unrighteousness, wrath and judgement, Love Letters, 09. May 2012