In The Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV)

Making The Best Use of your Time In The Word

  • Begin with prayer asking the Lord to open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to His Word so that you may have understanding.

  • Spend time reading the Bible text referenced reflect on it.
  • It may be helpful to write down words, phrases that stand out or thoughts & questions you may have about the text.
  • After reading the devotional thoughts and/or questions provided, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you apply the biblical truth.

May the Lord bless you richly as you invest your life in knowing and understanding the Word of God!

  • 4/29/2020   This Great Salvation

    Read 1 Peter 10-12

    Returning back to our study in 1 Peter we see that he now points us to the greatness and glory of salvation through faith in Christ. The awe of our salvation should motivate us to take seriously the greatness of our salvation and become more intentional about living it out.

    In verses 10-11 we see that the prophets clearly prophesied and predicted the coming Christ. They wrote of salvation that was to come through the Messiah. Peter tells us in his second letter that that the prophets were divinely inspired by the Spirit of God when they wrote and he also writes of the fact that all of scripture is inspired by God. (2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:16)

    Here is a very short list of some of the prophesies about Jesus Christ.
    Would be born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14
    Born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2
    Would be wounded and bruised - Isaiah 53:2
    His hands and feet would be pierced - Psalm 22:16
    He would be crucified with thieves - Isaiah 53:12
    He would be buried in a rich man’s tomb - Isaiah 53:9
    He would rise from death - Psalm 16:10

    Peter writes in verse 12 that the prophets were writing for us today, who are on this side of the cross of Christ. Jesus commanded the disciples to go and make disciples. They were obedient and went out preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to the ends of the earth. They lost their lives for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Today let us be filled with awe over the plan of salvation that God the Father willed for us before the foundations of the world were created. Let us give thanks for the faithful prophets and apostles who were led by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel.  Today would you pray that God would give you the empowerment by His Spirit and the open doors to declare the gospel so that others may praise God and give thanks for faithful disciples.

    Other Scriptures To Read

    2 Peter 1:20-21

    2 Peter 3:16

    Ephesians 1:1-14

    Grace and Peace,

    Pastor Paul

  • 4/10/20 Holy Week - Good Friday

    Pastor Paul reflects on what happened on Friday of Holy Week.

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  • 4/9/20 Holy Week - Thursday

    Pastor Shaun reflects on what happened on Thursday of Holy Week.

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  • 4/8/20 Holy Week - Wednesday

    Pastor Paul reflects on what happened on Wednesday of Holy Week.

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  • 4/7/20 Holy Week - Tuesday

    Pastor Shaun reflects on what happened on Tuesday of Holy Week.

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  • 4/6/20 Holy Week - Monday

    Pastor Paul reflects on what happened on Monday of Holy week. 

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  • 4/1/20 Encouraging Video

    An encouraging video from Pastor Shaun. Click Here

  • 3/31/20  Hope In The Midst of present Trials

    Read 1 Peter 1:6-9

    Here in this text we see the big idea of the whole letter. Grievous trials last only for a while; our hope in Christ lasts forever. Peter tells the believers to rejoice in the great inheritance set before them because of the work that Christ has done (vs. 3-5).  That joy is set within the reality that this great inheritance awaiting us comes through enduring trials.

    There are various types of trials (verbal, physical & spiritual) that Christians face for their faith in Jesus Christ. In Acts 14 the Apostle Paul was stoned and left for dead because of His faith in Christ. Paul writes in Ephesians 6 that believers are to put on the armor of God and take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God because of the attacks of the devil. Jesus taught His disciples to be watchful and to pray in the midst of facing trials and temptation.

    It is important to remember that there is a purpose for the trials we face.  Trials are a test of our faith in Christ and reveal how genuine it is. The temptation we face in the trial is to doubt God and accuse Him of not loving us or caring for us.  Most of the time one does not see that God sends or allows trial as a loving act He does for us.  God sends trials our way? Yes, because God ordains every trials we walk through. God even uses the evil sinful works of mankind for our benefit.  Spend time and read the Old Testament book of Job for understanding in this.

    Read the account of the life of Joseph in Genesis. He was sold to slavery by his brothers and was thrown in jail for being a man of integrity. Those evil acts set the stage for him to come before Pharaoh and be used by God to save many lives. Joseph learned a great lesson about his trials which he teaches to his brothers:  Genesis 50:20 "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." (ESV) God's purpose for trials and suffering are always good and righteous and the result in our life is to praise and glorify Jesus.

    The great news about the trials we face is found in verse 6. Trials last only for a short time! One day you will obtain the outcome of your faith in Jesus who is the salvation of your soul and you will be filled with inexpressible joy and glory.  May the Holy Spirit empower you to walk through the trials that you face and bring glory to God for bringing you through.

     And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

    To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

    1 Peter 5:10–11

    Other Scripture To Read

    Hebrews 12:1-2

    James 1:2-4; 12

    Matthew 11:28-30

    Grace and Peace,
    Pastor Paul

  • 3/30/20 - Our Imperishable Inheritance

    Read 1 Peter 1:3-5

    Have you ever wished that a long lost family member would leave you a surprise inheritance worth millions? What type of inheritance are you waiting for? What type of inheritance will you receive? As you reflect on these verses I pray that you come to realize that you have no greater cause for joy than hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    God's great mercy is the reason for God showing grace by giving believers eternal life. That eternal life is new life through Jesus Christ. Peter says that God has "caused us to be born again," which points to our hearts being regenerated and made new.  From that regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, springs forth one's faith in Jesus Christ as Lord who is our living hope. That living hope is the type of hope that grants one full assurance that God will do everything He has said He will do.

    Therefore Christians can have great hope in the inheritance given to them.  If you are a Christian you have an inheritance because God the Father adopted you as His own child when you were born again and He has an inheritance waiting for you in heaven.  Peter writes that your inheritance is imperishable and cannot be destroyed. Your inheritance cannot be defiled because it is holy. Your inheritance will not deteriorate or fade away.  Your glorious inheritance is being in the God's heavenly kingdom with God for eternity.

    What is to be your response Christian? Rejoice in the hope you have in Jesus Christ as Lord!

    Other Scripture To Read:

    John 3:3-8; 11:25-26

    Ephesians 2:1-6

    Titus 3:4-7

    Grace and Peace

    Pastor Paul

  • 3/25/20  - Encouraging Video

    An encouraging video from Pastor Shaun.  Click Here

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  • 3/24/20  -  Grace and Peace to You

    Read 1 Peter 1:1-2

    Today we will begin a study in the New Testament on the letter of 1 Peter.  My desire is that as you read the Word of God, the Holy Spirit would cause your faith in Christ to grow and that you would be lead to walk in holiness in the midst of dark and troubled world.

    This letter was written to Christians who were being persecuted for their faith in Christ Jesus.  The Apostle Peter wrote this letter by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to encourage believers to stand firm in their faith and to trust in the Lord while waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. He challenges the believers to live a life of obedience and to be a light of the gospel to a dark world.  He writes this letter with care for the recipients as a shepherd who cares for his sheep.

    Focus in on some of the key words found in verses 1-2; "elect, foreknowledge, sanctification, obedience, sprinkling of His blood." These two verses describe and summarize the work of redemption/salvation in us through the work of God. God the Father, sends the Son Jesus. Jesus accomplishes the work of redemption at the cross and that work is brought into the lives of people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Peter's greeting in verse two states: "May grace and peace be multiplied to you." In this verse we see a summary of the whole letter. Grace - The desire and power to live the Christian life as a gift from God rather than a result of our works. Peace - The comfort of being right with God because our sins have been forgiven. Think about the difference between addition and multiplication. It would be one thing to pray that grace and peace would be added to you but to think about it being multiplied in your life is an even greater request that we should ask God to work in us.

    I pray that God's grace and peace would be multiplied to you and that you would grow in your understanding of God's grace. I pray that thee truths we will be studying in 1 Peter would move you to praise God for His work of Salvation in your life and that joy would well up in your heart because God has chosen you as one of His own. 

    Other scripture to read:

    Ephesians 1:1 - 2:10

    Philippians 1:6

    Hebrews 9:12-14

    Grace and Peace,

    Pastor Paul