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Greetings! This is who we are in Christ according to the greeting in Romans 1: 1-7.


This bible study will be what the greeting in the book of Romans.
Part 1
Romans 1:1-7
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called `to be' an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2  which he promised afore through his prophets in the holy scriptures,3 concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,4 who was declared `to be' the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; `even' Jesus Christ our Lord,5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake;6 among whom are ye also called `to be' Jesus Christ's:7 To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called `to be' saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 6 states that we are "called to be Jesus Christ's".  The word "called" here is the greek word klay-tos'. It has 2 meanings:
1. Invited - Each of us, even before we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, has felt that invitation. We were prodded by the Spirit  through the hearing of the Gospel to accept Christ.  This invitation took many forms such as hearing a sermon, someone sharing their faith with us or by long forgotten scriptures heard during childhood being suddenly remembered.  In other words Christ was knocking at the door. 
2. Appointed - After we accept Christ we become His and are given authority to be His sons. As we grow in our faith and knowledge of Him and His Word he gives us tasks and gifts to fulfill his bidding. When we say we are servants of God we are not only saying "not my will but thine will be done", we are also saying that we are His Ambassadors or His representatives.  This is very presumptuous, to say the least, except that He has  appointed us.

Verse 7 says that we are "beloved of God" the word "beloved" is the greek word "ag-ap-ay-tos".  
It means beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love.  Because of God's love, He has saved us and cleansed us of sin. And because of this cleansing, we have fellowship with Him and become dear to His heart.  We develop experiences with Him and as we serve Him, through time, we gain new tasks and develop those gifts. Our eyes are opened to new opportunities to please Him. We become favorites of His to use.  God loves all of us the same, (including the unsaved), but He uses the faithful. 
Verse 7 also says that we are "called to be saints" the word "saints" here in the greek is "hag'-ee-os".
It means holy. Holy means sacred, physically pure, morally blameless. Sacred means set apart. We are not of this world. neither should we be conformed by this world.  We should be physically pure as in free from sexual immorality and morally blameless as in being honest and forthright in our dealings with the world and with each other. 

We have been called to be His and now that we have accepted Him, He wants to use us for His glory and to spread the Good News.  
We, are that light on a hill. We need to let our good works shine in our every day lives as we serve God in all we do..

Devotional: Bring me back to life

Before I became a Christian, I was dead in my sins and knowing that I am going to Hell without Jesus Christ in my life. I understand now, the power of Jesus Christ in my life and know who I am in Christ. The only way to have salvation is through Jesus Christ. The battle is just the beginning and knowing that God is here with us. Fight the good fight says Apostle Paul and Let God be first in our life. God will fix every problem and situation. 

Devotional: Our Foundation is in Jesus Christ

Our foundation of the Christian life is in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our Finisher and Founder of our Faith. We are the Bride of Christ, we should be faithful to the Lord and to obey the Lord. Without Jesus, we are nothing and our own righteousness is filthy before God. We find throughout Scripture If and then statement. Jesus commands us to spread the Gospel and to make disciples. Remember the old hymn song Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. It is true The Blood of Jesus is powerful and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Focus on Jesus

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP


Devotional: Is Jesus Christ is the center of our life?

Is Jesus Christ our Lord and do we obey Him? Those who are born again realizes that Jesus is Lord of All and that we should be disciples and followers of Jesus Christ. The more we go after God, the more we want Him to Lord of All. As we get closer to Jesus and we know His voice, we change a lot from the mind into heart. God really look at the heart and He know your heart because He created you. It is not about me but its about Jesus. We must continue to crucify the flesh daily and to walk in the ways of the Lord. 

Beware of False Prophets

This warning immediately follows an important passage in 1 Peter, Chapter One that describes how God inspired His prophets to speak and to write the scriptures under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

False prophets rose up and challenged the prophets of God. You may remember the story of Elijah who stood alone against 400 prophets of Baal. On Mt. Carmel, he challenged them to prove their god was more than just a stone statue. More than 400 false prophets failed to call fire down from heaven. For six straight hours they prayed, danced, shouted, and cut themselves to no avail. When Elijah's turn came, he rebuilt the altar of the Lord, and even doused the sacrifice with water. God answered by fire. He consumes the sacrifice, wood stones and all. It was a great victory, but short lived as the people soon began to follow false prophets and false gods once again

Jeremiah was challenged by the wicked prophet Hannaniah. God instructed Jeremiah to wear an ox yoke to demonstrate the coming captivity of the people of Judah. Hannaniah had been prophesying a very different and far more popular message. He prophesied peace. He scoffed at the idea the god would judge his chosen people. Hannaniah broke the yoke from Jeremiah's neck defying the warnings of God's spokesman. God instructed Jeremiah to replace his wooden yoke with one made of iron and preach his warning in the temple again the following day. He also predicted Hannaniah's death which took place shortly there after.

Today there are many who deny and defy the Word of the Lord. The Bible is the word of the Lord to His people in the last days. There are false teachers, false religions, even false claims of so called science that deny the truth of the gospel and the very existence of the Creator Himself.

Peter warns that many will follow the destructive, sensual ways of false teachers in the last days. Satan is still up to his old tricks. He promises pleasure, power, riches, fame, love, success and fulfillment. Paul predicted that false teachers would heap up followers with itching ears. Jesus Himself warned that the road to destruction would be wide and many would follow it. Because of these false teachers and their corrupt teaching the way of truth would be spoken against. The message of the cross has been maligned, the virgin birth sinless life, atoning death, and resurrection of our Lord are mocked in the mainstream media, in the classroom, and in some cases even in the pulpits of churches.

In their greed they will use good-sounding arguments to exploit you. Peter's word are certainly true today. False prophets and false religions have stockpiles of money. Their leaders intentionally deceive and exploit people while those who follow are bilked out of their life savings or worse. One wonders if Peter could have foreseen the rise of Islam and it's fanatical followers who's suicide bombing missions terrorize the world today.

Peter says of the false teachers, "They deny the Lord who bought then and bring swift destruction upon themselves." The Gospel is all about the redemption of mankind through the sacrifice of God's Son. The Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. So why is the Lord so quick to bring destruction upon these false teachers? Because of their destructive influence. The false religion of Islam, the major cults such as Mormonism and Jehovah's Witness continue to expand their deceptive influence around the world, yet we do not see the swift destruction of these false teachers. Peter assures us, "The verdict against them from long ago is still in force, and their destruction is not asleep."

Let us be faithful to live out the truth of the gospel. Let me remind you of Paul's word of encouragement, ”That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Jesus said, "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."


Devotional: The life of Daniel

Daniel was a Prophet from God. The Book of Daniel is a very interesting book with both gentile history and prophetic. Prayer is very powerful because when we pray to God, we have faith that God will do thing. Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days and when we see chapter 10 of Daniel it is a great example of spiritual warfare. We do not wrestling against flesh and blood but against rulers of darkness (Ephesians 6:10-12). Remember that when we obey the Lord and to love Him more than anything else. 

Sermon: Jesus changes lives

Think about when you first got saved? Jesus brought us into inheritance because we accept Him as Lord and Savior. When we go after God and knowing that He is Lord and He change me because He took away our heavy burden. When times goes tough and stress is arises we must focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who follow the Lord and love Him, He will be exalted by our actions and in words. Jesus Christ can change your life, if you are willing to deny yourself, pick up the cross, and follow Him daily and daily forsake the flesh.
There are three things that can help us live for God1. The Word of God2. Prayer life3. telling people about Jesus Christ
It is so important for us to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in this dark world. Love people and Love the Lord and make sure you are in the word of God. 

Is Feminism Biblical?

The short answer is NO, feminism is not Biblical.

But there are women who are trying to change that by changing the words of the Bible, by creating a new narrative that positions them as a gender who is usurping masculinity for themselves. The idea is to shame society and men for the treatment of women over the ages, so that while we are feeling bad for women, they can then offer the agenda which they came with to give women more control, more freedoms, more government roles, more of our money, more of our power, give them everything they ask for - because, they are women, and they are roaring. 
The Youtube video below has a woman giving a power-point at Biola University, talking about why she is a feminist.