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Suggested Devotional Reading for Wednesday, May 27:
Romans 8:12-17 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, May 24, 2015 · Pentecost
Series: Facing Jesus
Text: I Timothy 1:12-17
Paul is preparing Timothy and all of us for the challenge of serving Christ in a sinful world. At the end of the first chapter Paul reminded Timothy that the role of the law is to expose sin. The world of ancient Ephesus as well as contemporary America does not want to hear about sin (as New York Times columnist, David Brooks, recently noted). Yet sin is all too real. It is a persistent force even in the life of the Christian. Paul calls himself the foremost sinner (present tense). We need to acknowledge the reality of sin in ourselves before we can address it in the world. This is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit not only convicts the world of sin (John 16:8). He communicates the mercy of God to us bringing us “rebirth and renewal” (Titus 3:5). God’s mercy in Christ Jesus is the only solution to humanity’s sin problem.
Read The Epistle to the Ephesians using study guides prepared by Paul Leggett.
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The Epistle to the Ephesians
May 20, 2015
Paul continues here to unfold the full nature of God’s cosmic plan of salvation. The picture is an overwhelming one. It is rooted in Paul’s incredible view of grace, a view that we often find to be both comforting and disturbing. God is doing something new in the gospel. The Gentiles are fully included in God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. God’s grace leads to the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:19). This love is not dependent on the law or any previous history of Israel or the Gentiles. It is in reality a “new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17).
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