Fruit of the Vine | April 2014

First Place

First Place

There are no promises in the Bible for people who are just church-goers or attendees. We are not rewarded for simply ‘turning up’ on a Sunday. However, the Scripture makes it very clear that we derive great benefit when we are wholly devoted to the Lord and to one another. 1Ki 8:61. Rom 6:22. Rom 12:10. Epaenetus and Stephanas were faithful men who were pillars in the early church in Corinth. The apostle Paul described the household of Stephanas as being ‘addicted’ to service. We are told they had ‘devoted themselves for ministry to the saints’. Rom 16:5. Evidently, this deaconing work had become their singular focus and highest priority. The apostle told the Corinthians that men like Stephanas should be acknowledged because ‘they have refreshed my spirit and yours’. 1Co 16:15-18. Paul referred to the household of Stephanas as the ‘firstfruits’ of the Greek province of Achaia. And he called Epaenetus, the ‘firstfruit’ in Asia.

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Grace for family life

Monday | 21 April 2014

The word defines the works of our sonship in all of its dimensions, including, as an individual, as a head, as a helper, as a wife, as a husband, as a mother, as a father, as a child, and so on. Grace is inherent in the word and mandate of our sonship, and is to abound in our lives and in our families. This is why Peter said that a husband must honour his wife as a fellow heir of the grace of life. Our houses are to be full of grace! As a mother and a father are standing in godly order, grace for life abounds in the house and flows to every member. Concerning the man who fears the Lord and walks in His ways, the psalmist wrote, ‘Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive plants around your table’. Grace abounds to our children and they are able to be the sons and daughters God made them to be, in our houses. They ...

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First Place

Fruit of the Vine

First Place

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TThere are no promises in the Bible for people who are just church-goers or attendees. We are not rewarded for simply ‘turning up’ on a Sunday.

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Dynamic Disclosure

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The stranger sitting across the table from the two men took bread from the basket and blessed it. After He had broken the bread, He reached out His hand to offer a piece to them both. Suddenly, Cleopas knew who the stranger was.

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Power Perfected in Weakness

By Victor Hall

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There is a remarkable statement in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. He refers to ‘what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions’. What does the apostle mean by this? How could there possibly be anything lacking in the sufferings of Christ?

Rest for the Weary

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By David Baker

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I recently read about a study concerning the receptivity of babies to the world around them. It made the point that adults have trained themselves to disregard ninety-eight percent of what they see and hear.

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The word ‘pious’ has received a lot of bad press over the past century. It is almost invariably used now as a term of derision or criticism.

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You can be Made Whole

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As Jesus travelled from town to town, He constantly met people with great needs. It didn’t seem to matter whether He was in a remote region, a public area or a private residence.

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Sons of the most high

Sons of the Most High

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When we look at Christian movements today, we do not find many that have been able to understand and implement the gospel taught by Jesus. In this Study Guide we are considering how we become sons of God.

The word of the cross

The word of the cross

By Victor Hall, David Falk & David Baker

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The word of the cross was the gospel preached by the apostle Paul in every place. In his letter to the Corinthians, he declared, 'I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified'. 1 Cor 2:2.

The pattern of perfection

The pattern of perfection

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The Lord commanded the prophet Ezekiel to ‘describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the plan’. Ezek 43:10. The literal Hebrew meaning of ‘plan’ is the ‘pattern of perfection’.

Stewarding your vine and fig tree

Stewarding your vine and fig tree

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The Scripture uses the symbolism of ‘a vine and fig tree’ to describe the generative capacity of a man’s house and work in the kingdom of God. A businessman has been given a ‘vine and fig tree’ in the Lord’s vineyard for the purpose of generating increase and resources for the Lord’s house.

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Authentic Sonship

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The story of our sonship is that we are born, first of all, as ‘natural’ sons of men. In the unfolding of God’s purpose, we are first ‘natural’ before we become ‘spiritual’ by new birth.

This is the Message

This is the Message

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Writing as a messenger of the gospel, the apostle John declared, 'This is the message that we have heard from Him and proclaim to you'.

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This series is comprised of very short articles written over the past few years. They were written in an attempt to engage - or perhaps to re-engage - people to consider Jesus Christ.
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The second coming of Christ and understanding the conditions and events on the earth that precede it are of momentous importance for every believer. Read More
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