A Shared High Priest: Melchizedek’s Meaning – Genesis 14, Psalm 110 & Hebrews 5 – 7

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Part 13 of 14

Melchizedek may not take up a lot of space in the biblical story, but the priesthood he represents has eternal significance.

A Shared High Priest Gen, Psa, Heb 5-7.pdf                   

A Shared High Priest Gen, Psa, Heb 5-7.mp3

 

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A Shared Citizenship: Reconciling of Jew and Gentile – Ephesians 2:11-22

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Part 12 of 14

For about 2000 years, God’s people were separated ethnically, culturally and religiously from the nations of the world.  Then God began creating a new humanity, building them into the church.

.A Shared Citizenship Eph 2.11-22.pdf                   

A Shared Citizenship Eph 2.11-22.mp3

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A Shared Responsibility: The Use of Spiritual Gifts – 1 Cor 12-13

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Part 11 of 14

The Holy Spirit provides the church with diverse gifts and abilities. Each gift and each person is important to the whole.

.A Shared Responsibility 1 Cor 12-13.pdf                   

A Shared Responsibility 1 Cor 12-13.mp3

 

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Simon of Cyrene and Simeon called Niger

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The New Commentary on the Whole Bible, editors J.D. Douglas, Philip W. Comfort, brings up the interesting possibility that Simeon called Niger who appears in Acts 13:1 is the same person as Simon of Cyrene mentioned in the Synoptic Gospels as the man who helped Jesus carry His cross.  I believe this is true, though I’ve yet to see anything beyond a couple of quick cross-references as to how we can come to that conclusion.  Probably no one has written much about it because it doesn’t really matter.

Anyway, here goes:

First of all, to explain the difference in the names, Simeon and Simon are alternate spellings of the same name.

Everything we know about Simon who carried the cross is summed up in this verse from Mark:

Mark 15:21 (NKJV) Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of…

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A Shared Spirit: Uniting of Jew and Gentile – Acts 2, 10 – 13

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 10 of 14

The Holy Spirit comes upon the first followers of Jesus. He begins to unite in Christ people who had no reason to be united about anything before.

A Shared Spirit Acts 2, 10 – 13.pdf

A Shared Assignment Matt Luke Acts.mp3

 

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