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The Life of Martin Luther

The Life of Martin Luther

October 31st 2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses against the door of a university chapel in Wittenberg, Germany, an event used by the Lord to accelerate the Reformation. Charlie Ward from St Bart's, Bath came to do a talk on Martin Luther's life, telling us about the context he was born into and then how his life was used by God to bring people away from Rome and the aut...
Chapter 13 verses 1 to 14

Chapter 13 verses 1 to 14

Read 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 As Paul signs off his letter, he prepares the church for another personal visit.  But when the apostle arrives in Corinth for a third time, will he find the church full of repentance and faith, or rebellion and falsehood? If the latter is true, then Paul says he will deal with those who are proven to have sinned (verses 1 and 2).  His critics accused him of b...
Chapter 12 verses 11 to 21

Chapter 12 verses 11 to 21

Read 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 In these verses, Paul’s reluctant boasting has come to an end.  He feels foolish boasting (verse 11), but he has been driven to it by the danger the church in Corinth faced from the so-called “super apostles”.  Now, as he nears the end of this letter, he prepares the Corinthians for a third personal visit (verse 14). The question that h...
Chapter 12 verses 1 to 10

Chapter 12 verses 1 to 10

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Many people love to boast about their spiritual experiences.  We can be sure Paul’s critics in Corinth did.  From 1 Corinthians, chapters 11 to 14, we know that the Corinthian church was obsessed with dramatic signs of the Holy Spirit’s power and therefore vulnerable to any leader who could claim to have impressive spiritual power.  Out of lov...
Chapter 11 verses 16 to 33

Chapter 11 verses 16 to 33

Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 Having underlined his allegiance to Christ in chapter 10, and having exposed his criticis in the first half of chapter 11 as masqueraders, working for the cause of Satan, Paul now fights them on their own turf: the field of boasting. Paul’s enemies loved to boast of their accomplishments. They focused on triumphant moments in their lives and their ministries. &n...