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The Seminary of Pain Part 1

September 27, 2007
The Apostle Paul is preaching on his first missionary journey, and he faces strong opposition, to the point of being stoned and left for dead by the religious authorities. And this was not a unique experience—over his life, Paul was beaten many times for his boldness for Christ, and he also suffered through shipwrecks, hunger, and many kinds of danger.

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A council of the early church discussed the difference between Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus Christ. It decreed that the Word teaches Gentiles aren't under the law, but they shouldn't use their freedom to cause others to stumble. The grace of God should cause His followers to be gracious.
September 26, 2007
While Paul and Barnabas returned from their first missionary journey, they found the church at Jerusalem was being divided. Certain believers were saying that new converts had to follow the laws of Moses as well as believing in Christ. This question still rings today: Is faith in Jesus Christ enough for salvation, or does God require something more in addition?
September 25, 2007
There are four benchmarks of spiritual growth. The first is, of course, to be saved. Then we must serve one another. And we must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Finally, we must be sent out into the world.
September 24, 2007
What is a church? Is it the people or the building? In the first century, the word "church" meant a group of saved individuals who met together. Skip focuses on the church at Antioch, a group of Gentiles who sent Paul on his first missionary journey.
September 21, 2007
How can you be an encourager? You can encourage by giving of your finances, by being a friend, and by taking newer believers under your wing and helping them mature. When Barnabas brought Paul up to Antioch to help in his ministry there, he was encouraging the man who would later write half of the New Testament.
September 20, 2007
Encouragement greases the wheels of relationships; it's like water to a parched soul. The ministry of Barnabas, whose name means "son of encouragement," was vital to the growth of Paul as the apostle to the Gentiles. It is so important that if we didn't have Barnabas, we wouldn't have Paul.
September 19, 2007
Prior to his ministry and his missionary journeys, the Apostle Paul spent years in privacy, difficulty, and obscurity. He was a target for the Jewish leaders, and he was distrusted by the disciples of Jesus. Yet, God was preparing him for greatness.
September 18, 2007
Following his conversion, the Apostle Paul spent a long period in obscurity. Like David and Moses before him, he spent years on the backside of the desert, being prepared by God for service. And like them, he came out profoundly changed.
September 17, 2007
When we come to Christ, that's just the beginning of a process. God is interested in the long term. We must spend time with Lord privately, make connections with the body of Christ corporately, and then share with the world their need for Christ. But we must be prepared for the inevitable result—becoming a target.
September 14, 2007
God's plan is always to save a person, and then to do more with them. After Paul's conversion to faith in Christ, he had to be prepared for service to the Lord. He spent time praying, in fellowship with other believers, and then preaching that Jesus was the Messiah. But in the process, the former hunter of Christians became the target of the Jewish leaders.
September 13, 2007
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Study through the Bible verse by verse. Host Skip Heitzig is senior pastor of Calvary Albuquerque, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About Skip Heitzig

Skip Heitzig ministers to over 15,000 people as senior pastor of Calvary Albuquerque. He reaches out to thousands across the nation and throughout the world through his multimedia ministry. He is the author of several books including The Bible from 30,000 Feet, Defying Normal, You Can Understand the Book of Revelation, and How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It. He has also published over two dozen booklets in the Lifestyle series, covering aspects of Christian living. He serves on several boards, including Samaritan's Purse and Harvest.

Skip and his wife, Lenya, and son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Janaé, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Skip and Lenya are the proud grandparents of Seth Nathaniel and Kaydence Joy.

 

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