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saltwn 05-20-2016 10:31 PM

New Bible Reading Thread
The other one is kinda lengthy. :wave

Acts 6:1-15
American Bible Society

The number of disciples continues to grow, and seven apostolic assistants are chosen. Stephen, who was one of the seven, is falsely accused and arrested.

Today's Scripture: Acts 6:15
All those sitting in the Council fixed their eyes on Stephen and saw that his face looked like the face of an angel.

Today's Reading
The Seven Helpers
1Some time later, as the number of disciples kept growing, there was a quarrel between the Greek-speaking Jews and the native Jews. The Greek-speaking Jews claimed that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of funds.2So the twelve apostles called the whole group of believers together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the preaching of God's word in order to handle finances.3So then, friends, choose seven men among you who are known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will put them in charge of this matter.4We ourselves, then, will give our full time to prayer and the work of preaching.”
5The whole group was pleased with the apostles' proposal, so they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a Gentile from Antioch who had earlier been converted to Judaism.6The group presented them to the apostles, who prayed and placed their hands on them.
7And so the word of God continued to spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem grew larger and larger, and a great number of priests accepted the faith.
The Arrest of Stephen
8Stephen, a man richly blessed by God and full of power, performed great miracles and wonders among the people.9But he was opposed by some men who were members of the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), which had Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria. They and other Jews from the provinces of Cilicia and Asia started arguing with Stephen.10But the Spirit gave Stephen such wisdom that when he spoke, they could not refute him.11So they bribed some men to say, “We heard him speaking against Moses and against God!”12In this way they stirred up the people, the elders, and the teachers of the Law. They seized Stephen and took him before the Council.13Then they brought in some men to tell lies about him. “This man,” they said, “is always talking against our sacred Temple and the Law of Moses.14We heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will tear down the Temple and change all the customs which have come down to us from Moses!”15All those sitting in the Council fixed their eyes on Stephen and saw that his face looked like the face of an angel.

What was the source of the quarrel among the believers and how was the matter resolved? Do disagreements take place within your community of faith? If so, how are they resolved? How is Stephen described (verse 8)? Why did certain people oppose him? Do people today encounter opposition because of their faith?

Almighty God, grant me a spirit of boldness to proclaim the Good News of your salvation. May the message of your love and grace continue to spread throughout the world. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Concern
Those who are falsely accused

saltwn 08-16-2016 06:58 AM

Re: New Bible Reading Thread
2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
:..What "filthiness of the flesh and spirit" is Paul talking about here and how exactly does he want Corinthian believes to cleanse themselves from it?

2 corinthians - What "filthiness of the flesh and spirit" is Paul talking about in 2 Cor. 7:1? - Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange

Many of the Corinthian believers had been converted to Christ from paganism and idol worship. Clearly, much of the "worship" going on in pagan temples in Paul's day involved sacrifices, not to mute idols, but to demons (1 Cor 10:20). Paul pointed out to his converts a blatant contradiction:

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?" (vss.21,22).
Murray J. Harris has suggested the following:

"Paul is probably implying that the Corinthians had become defiled, perhaps by occasionally sharing meals at idol-shrines or by continuing to attend festivals or ceremonies in pagan temples (cf. 1 Cor. 8:10; 10:14-22), or even by maintaining their membership in some local pagan cult. If they made a clean break (cf. katharisomen, aorist [tense]) with pagan life in any and every form, they would be bringing their holiness nearer completion by this proof of their reverence for God" ("2 Corinthians" in Romans-Galatians, Vol.10 of 12, of * *. Gaebelein & Douglas, eds. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978, pp.360-361).
If some of the Corinthian believers were still "dabbling" in some aspects of a pagan lifestyle, Paul had the responsibility as their spiritual father to remind them of the dangers of slipping back into worldliness. Perhaps they were continuing to nurture their friendships with unbelievers in ways that tended to lead toward compromise their newfound faith in Jesus.

Not that the Corinthians had to separate themselves from the people in the world, but they did need to "keep their distance" from the immoral behavior of their pagan friends. As James put it, we need to keep ourselves
". . . unstained from the world" (1:27).

James uses the stained metaphor, and Paul uses the filthiness/defilement metaphor. Both apostles are saying Christians need to guard against being contaminated by the sin in the world. Interestingly, some of the healings Jesus performed on people in His day involved ridding people of demons, also called "unclean spirits" (according to the NASB in Mt 12:43; Mk 1:23; 3:30; 7:25; 9:17ff.; Lk 8:29; 9:42; 11:24; 13:11; the NIV refers to them as "evil spirits"). So now we have three similar words related to pollution or contamination of flesh and spirit: stains, filthiness, and uncleanness.

Furthermore, the unequal yoke Paul talked about in 6:14 was one such compromise in which some of the Corinthians were involved. This yoke could have involved forming business partnerships with unbelievers, which is applicable to Christians of all ages and cultures to this very day. The yoke could also be what is facetiously called a "missionary marriage" between a Christian and a non-Christian, in which the Christian, before the wedding, hopes to be a missionary to the non-Christian and lead him or her to Christ after they exchange wedding vows. This "plan" seldom goes as planned.

Paul goes to great lengths to explain that the value system of pagan culture and the value system of Christianity are like oil and water: they do not mix. more

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