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  • II Peter 3:18 - command to grow
  • II Corinthians 8:12 - commands for giving
    • God takes into account how we use our blessings
  • Proverbs 4:23-27 - commands for keeping ourselves pure.
  • I Timothy 2:8-9 - How do we display ourselves in public?
    • If we cultivate the correct inner qualities, our outer qualities will follow.
  • The qualification of elders
    • I Timothy 3:2 - a man must be apt to teach
    • I Timothy 3:3 - a man must be hospitable
  • I Corinthians 11:3 - Woman is to be in subjection to man.
    • Because of this, a woman’s head is to be covered.

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  • Acts 2-12 - The kingdom is established.
  • Azotus was called Ashdod in the Old Testament. Both that city and Gaza were major cities of the Philistines.
  • Acts 9-14 - Paul’s early work
  • Acts 13:1-14:28 - Paul’s first missionary journey
  • Acts 15:1-18:22;I Thessalonians - II Thessalonians - Paul’s second missionary journey

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  • Ezekiel 18
  • Sin is a problem that has plagued humanity from the beginning in Genesis 3.
    • Romans 6:3
  • The Israelites felt they were being unjustly punished (by captivity) for the unfaithfulness of their fathers. In Ezekiel 18, God is refuting this thinking and showing that although the consequences may pass from generation to generation, each man is responsible for his own sin.
  • Sin is our problem! II Corinthians 5:10
  • Is my sin solely my problem?
    • Ezekiel 3:17-21 - We also have the responsibility to warn others that are in sin.
    • James 5:16
    • II Corinthians 4
  • Each individual’s sin can become everyone’s problem.
    • Ezekiel 22:23-29
    • Numbers 25:6-9
    • I Corinthians 5:5-8

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  • Keep emotions in check
    • Titus 1:4
    • Consider two scenarios:
      • There are objections to a certain man’s qualifications
        • I Timothy 4:12
      • The members start “taking sides”
        • I Corinthians 1:11-13
  • Take the qualifications seriously, given the work.
    • Able to teach
      • I Timothy 3:2 - Elders need to be able to teach so that they can take the lead in defending against error.
    • Aspires/desires the work
      • I Timothy 3:1
    • Sensible, just, devout
      • Hebrews 5:14
    • Temperate, gentle, peacable, not pugnacious
      • I Thessalonians 5:12-15
  • Don’t be stricter than God
    • I Peter 5:1

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