Posts by Burleson Church of Christ (Page 3)

Posts by Burleson Church of Christ (Page 3)

2 Corinthians 5: Motivations for Evangelism

Though not often studied as such, 2 Corinthians 5 is a marvelous text to provoke us to greater evangelistic efforts. This chapter motivates us by reminding us of: Life’s brevity (v 1a) – Our bodies are described as tents, that is, temporary dwelling places. We will all die, unless we live until the coming of the Lord. Our mortality should motivate us to be more evangelistic. Heaven (v 1b-8) – In heaven, we will receive our permanent body. We don’t…

2 Corinthians 4: Blind vs Believing and Built-Up

Paul continues his statement concerning the glory of the gospel vs that of the diminishing Decalogue. His lament concerning the blind state of his hearers had to pain him somewhat, as he had formerly suffered from that same blindness. In his own inspired irony, Paul’s spiritual blindness, (the veil over his heart, cf 2 Cor 3:14-15), was not removed until his physical blindness was manifested (Acts 9). But when he turned to the Lord, his blindness was taken away. In…

2 Corinthians 3: The Ministry of Death, Written and Engraved on Stones

While it appears to be (thankfully and mercifully) coming to a close, the Roy Moore era has been a blight on my home state of Alabama. “The Ten Commandments Judge” has gained national attention and millions of dollars since his first run in with the federal government two decades ago. So far as I am concerned, if any good thing came of it, it was the increased opportunities to speak with people about their undiscerning claims to follow the Ten…

2 Corinthians 2: Forgiveness, Restoration and Faithfulness

2 Corinthians 2 opens with Paul taking up the matter first mentioned in 1 Corinthians 5, namely the withdrawal by the church from the man who had his father’s wife, sometimes described in theological circles as “church discipline.” The primary purpose of church discipline is the purify and purge the church of sin (cf 1 Cor 5:6-8). In this respect, the practice of church discipline is always successful. The secondary purpose of church discipline is to convert the sinner from…

2 Corinthians 1: Paying it forward

“Paying it forward” is the idea of doing good to others, usually unknown, because you have been blessed, perhaps in some unexpected way. Someone pays for your morning coffee in the drive thru; you “pay it forward” to the car behind you or at some other time. It is similar in intent as one being “blessed to be a blessing.” In verse 3 of today’s text, we find that God is the God of all comfort. Verse 4 instructs us…

1 Corinthians 16: Final Exhortations

As Paul draws this epistle to a close, he gives some five final words of exhortation before he signed off. These are good reminders for all of us to bear in mind. “Watch” – Literally, to stay awake. Be vigilant! This word appears 22 times in the New Testament. In the 13 gospel appearances, it was used by the Lord himself with direct reference to watching with the intent to be ready for His coming. Peter used it in connection…

1 Corinthians 15: With what body are the dead raised?

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is central to the Christian system of faith. Therefore, it seems odd that the church at Corinth would struggle with the idea of the resurrection of their own bodies to the point of dispute. Verse 35 seems to indicate that the primary point of contention or confusion was the type of body we have in the resurrection. Paul opened the discussion with the resurrection of Christ (vv 12-19). He makes the point that…

1 Corinthians 14: They Do the Very Opposite of What Is in the Bible

I admit it. I’ve been entertained on YouTube by the antics of those who believe they’ve been moved by the Holy Spirit. I’ve watched folks climbing over pews, falling out on the floor, racing around waving a sport coat, and even doing flips into baptistry. I’ve seen people in my own hometown taking off their socks and twirling them over their heads, all under the guise of “standing on holy ground.” I heard one of the local preachers there refer…

1 Corinthians 13: The Greatest of these is Love

Without question, 1 Corinthians 13 is the great love chapter of the Bible. But before we get into the details of the text, the context must be noted. This chapter is couched within the overall context of spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12 deals with the reception and appreciation of gifts, while chapter 14 corrects the abuses of those same gifts. In both chapters we find divine correction regarding one’s attitude toward himself and his attitude toward his brethren. Thus, chapter…

1 Corinthians 12: The body is one and has many members

The hymn, “The Call for Workers,” opens with this line, “In the vineyard of the Lord there is work for all to do.” In the US military, for every front-line combat soldier there are numerous other service members working behind them to ensure the success of the mission. One tactic of warfare is to cut off the supply lines to front line troops. Without the vital support of those behind the front lines, the soldiers cannot sustain themselves. As a…