Posts by Josh Moody

Galatians 3:1-14: The Power of God

2 Samuel 13, Psalm 112, Mark 14:53-65, Galatians 3:1-14 Galatians 3:1-14: Where does the power come to live for God? Is it through true grit, personal determination, clever human tactics – or is it the power of the Spirit received and accessed through faith? According to Paul, there is only one answer to that question!  Here are five…

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Galatians 2: The Grace of God

2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 111, Mark 14:43-52, Galatians 2 Galatians 2: Paul is continuing to establish his authority as a real apostle. He does it in the following ways – each of which allow us to put our trust in the authority of the Bible: First, Paul tells the story of his own visit to Jerusalem, making clear…

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Galatians 1: No Other Gospel

2 Samuel 8-10, Psalm 110, Mark 14:32-42, Galatians 1 Galatians 1: The church of Galatia was experiencing false teaching that had come to them under the guise of the authority of Jerusalem – men claiming to be sent “from James” – and were disturbing the faith of these Galatians. They were saying that you had…

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2 Corinthians 12:11-21: Christian Service

2 Samuel 3-4, Psalm 108, Mark 14:1-11, 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 2 Corinthians 12:11-21: Paul’s defense of himself – which, as he clarifies at the end of this section, is really a defense of the gospel – continues. You sense here especially the deep emotion, the pain, and indeed some of the frustration that Paul carried in his relationship…

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2 Corinthians 12:1-10: The Power of Christ

2 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 107, Mark 13:32-37, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 2 Corinthians 12:1-10: As Paul continues to defend himself, his ministry – all for the purpose of defending the gospel – he now continues to turn the tables on his opponents. He is “boasting” about his achievements and abilities, but in the final analysis, the boasting takes…

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2 Corinthians 11:16-33: Power from Him and Not You

1 Samuel 29-31, Psalm 106:24-48, Mark 13:14-31, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 2 Corinthians 11:16-33: Paul is continuing to defend his ministry – because by doing so he is defending the gospel. But now he takes the defense of the gospel a stage further. Apparently the false-teachers had been accusing Paul of being weak and inadequate because…

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2 Corinthians 11:1-15: Confronting False Teaching

1 Samuel 26-28, Psalm 106:1-23, Mark 13:1-13, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 2 Corinthians 11:1-15: Paul continues to defend himself – but really he is defending the gospel. Into the focus now comes the “super apostles.” These were false teachers who were confusing the Corinthians. Paul takes them on. What can we learn from Paul about how…

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2 Corinthians 10: Defending the Gospel

1 Samuel 24-25, Psalm 105, Mark 12:35-44, 2 Corinthians 10 2 Corinthians 10: Is it ever right to defend yourself? Paul apparently thought so. Sometimes Christians can act as if they should be run over by the bus, road kill on the way to someone else’s agenda, all in the name of “self-sacrificial love.” But…

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2 Corinthians 9: The Indescribable Gift

1 Samuel 21-23, Psalm 104, Mark 12:28-34, 2 Corinthians 9 2 Corinthians 9: This chapter continues Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians (and us) about generosity. How does he teach about generosity? First, he encourages the Corinthians. Sometimes we can only ever hear the “ask.” But Paul takes the time to point out how generous the…

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2 Corinthians 7: Life Today

1 Samuel 17-18, Psalm 102, Mark 12:1-12, 2 Corinthians 7 2 Corinthians 7: This part of 2 Corinthians is in essence a lengthy – and somewhat emotional – discussion about Paul’s relationship to the Corinthian church that hinges on particular observation he has now made. That observation is: “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no…

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