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Burden and Blessing Podcast

Mar 2021

54. 1 Timothy Summary Verse

This is the first of the "Pastoral letters" - written to other church leaders as an encouragement in the ministry. These letters give great advice for churches and Christians in general not just pastors. There is a mentorship taking place and being encouraged here. Paul charges Timothy and the church to teach and "keep the faith" and pass this on to the next generation. Our summary verse is from 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – (NIV)

Mar 2021

53. Acts Summary Verse

Acts covers the 30 years following the ascension of Jesus and the success of the Spirit's work through the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. The Gospel is the message of Jesus and what He did to bring salvation to the world of sinners. Christ came to save all people (as we saw in Luke) and that message is taken to all people (as we now see in Acts). The Spirit works through it to build His Church. Our summary verse is from Acts 4:12: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – (ESV)

Feb 2021

52. Luke Summary Verse

Luke points to the universality of salvation. He includes the familiar narrative of the birth of Jesus where the angels tell the shepherds that the coming of Jesus was for all. Luke alone also mentions the Good Samaritan, the lost parables, the 10 lepers, the criminal on the cross, all which point to the universality of Christ's salvation. Our summary verse is from Luke 2:10: “Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.'” –(NKJV)

Feb 2021

51. Philipians Summary Verse

This letter is later than the other three "prison" letters. The church at Philippi was established on Paul's second missionary journey where Lydia and the jailer lived. Paul was close to this congregation. Often called Paul's letter of joy. He encouraged them in that joy and urged them to live out their Christian calling. It is one of the most personal and joyful of his letters. The peace of Christ calms anxiety in world. Our prayers WILL be answered, in due time. Amen! Our summary verse is from Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – (NASB)

Feb 2021

50. Ephesians Summary Verse

Another of Paul's prison epistles, to Ephesus, an important congregation which Paul had spent time with. It contains a rich diversity of doctrine: redemption, roles of Christians, unity, use of gits, old man/new man, behavior towards other Christians, Bride and Bridegroom, armor of God, boldness in confession, etc. This verse powerfully describes our God and Savior! Our summary verse is from Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.” – (NKJV)

Feb 2021

49. Philemon Summary Verse

In another of Paul's "prison letters" we learn about Christian friendship, fellowship, and forgiveness. The letter was written to Philemon, a friend of Paul's, but he was writing this letter to him on behalf of one of his slave who had run away. This slave, Onesimus, had become a Christian, and so this letter is about Christian love and forgiveness and fellowship with other Christians. Our summary verse is from Philemon 1:4-5: “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints.” – (ESV)

Feb 2021

48. Colossians Summary Verse

This is the beginning of what we call the "prison letters" of Paul. He was writing to people and congregations he had visited on his missionary journeys. This letter was written to counteract false teaching about how we are saved. He does this by pointing to the sufficiency and supremacy of Christ. It's all about God's image. What it is, what it means, what's been lost, what will come. All connected to Christ. Our summary verse is from Colossians 1:15-16: ““He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” – (ESV)

Feb 2021

47. Romans Summary Verse

This letter is more dogmatic (organized treatise on Christian Doctrine) than Paul's other letters - offering a broad summary of Christian doctrine. The doctrine of Justification takes center stage in this letter. Describes our sinful nature, and the depths of God's love and mercy and giving us an incredible insight into the mind of God. It helps answer some of those tough questions (why would God put a tree... knowing). To demonstrate that love... through Christ. Our summary verse is from Romans 5:8: “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!” – (HCSB)

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