Posts by Josh Moody

Galatians 3:15-29: Christ!

2 Samuel 14-15 Psalm 113 Mark 14:66-72 Galatians 3:15-29 Galatians 3:15-29: Paul is making the case that the way we are saved and grow as a Christian is through the power of Christ by his Spirit – the gospel at work in us as received through faith. This is a critically important lesson for us…

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2 Corinthians 13: Confrontation and Blessing

2 Samuel 5-7, Psalm 109, Mark 14:12-31, 2 Corinthians 13 2 Corinthians 13: Paul comes towards the end of this letter and towards the end of his defense of his own ministry and the defense of the gospel itself. Here we can glean some principles from which we can learn as we seek to guard…

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2 Corinthians 8: 5 Biblical Lessons About Generosity

1 Samuel 19-20 Psalm 103 Mark 12:13-27 2 Corinthians 8 2 Corinthians 8 Now Paul moves on to another matter that is a common cause of friction in church life – and which was a problem in Corinth. Chapter 8 is the first of two chapters that focus on generosity. In the early days, the…

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2 Corinthians 6: Characteristics of an Excellent Gospel Ministry

1 Samuel 15-16 Psalm 101 Mark 11:27-33 2 Corinthians 6 2 Corinthians 6: Paul is continuing to describe some of the characteristics of an excellent gospel ministry. This matters to us because whether we are a gospel minister ourselves or not, we all – all Christians – have a responsibility to share the gospel. And…

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34: The Lord’s Supper

Judges 10-12, Psalm 87, Mark 6:45-56, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 1 Corinthians 11:17-34: This passage contains the very well-known description of the communion service that is often used to introduce the Lord’s Supper in churches still today all around the world. But there is plainly a wider context to this passage of which most of us are less familiar,…

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1 Corinthians 11:1-16: Keeping the Gospel Central in Practice

Judges 9, Psalm 86, Mark 6:30-44, 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 1 Corinthians 11:1-16: The first verse of this chapter more properly refers back to what Paul has been saying in the previous chapter. Remember that, as useful as the chapter divisions in our Bible sometimes are, they are not divine writ and were inserted later only…

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1 Corinthians 8: Truth with Love

Joshua 24, Psalm 81, Mark 4:21-41, 1 Corinthians 8 1 Corinthians 8: Paul now starts to address what can helpfully be categorized as “conscience issues.” Oftentimes in church life, people confuse or conflate the difference between matters of primary importance, secondary importance, and those that are of tertiary importance. There are things about which we can hold different…

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1 Corinthians 6:1-11: What Some of Us Were

Joshua 15-17, Psalm 78:1-39, Mark 2:18-28, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 1 Corinthians 6:1-11: In this passage, Paul deals with two complicated (and controversial) matters. They were controversial in ancient Corinth, and they are controversial also today. First, is it legitimate for a Christian to take another Christian to a law court? Paul’s argument here is that the very question…

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A Look at Notable Books for 2018

By David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School We are just days away from the conclusion of the 2018 year. Once again, it is time to reflect on some of the noteworthy books that have been released in 2018. Various estimates suggest that more than 750,000 different titles were published in this country over the past…

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