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Ephesus - other than Rome, this city is the heart of the Roman Empire. Surrounded by over 230 individual communities, Ephesus is a center of cultural and religious prosperity. More importantly, this beautiful city is the epicenter for imperial worship of Augustus - also known as Octavius. To Romans and pagans under Roman control, Caesar Augustus wasn't just a person - a man; no, he was God in the flesh. He was the true son of God.
Enter Paul and his epistle to the Ephesians and surrounding communities. The Christians of Ephesus were being persecuted for their failure to recognize the "deity" of Caesar Augustus. Though Ephesians is seen as a "high and lofty" - almost lyrical book in the Bible; it's message is much more poignant and direct. How Paul describes Jesus, the only Son of God is a purposeful stroke of mastery on his part, for he is also refuting what is said about Augustus. Only one Son of God came in the flesh, died for our sins and was resurrected, and it wasn't Caesar Augustus; it was Jesus Christ, Lord and the Son of the Most High God.
A New-Testament book shrouded in mystery, Hebrews is an in-depth study of the superiority of Jesus Christ. We don't know the author, but most scholars agree it was one of the following: Paul, Barnabas, Apollos, or Silas. What do we think? To be blunt: Paul wrote it. Hebrews is the only book written in classical Greek, whereas the other books are written in "common" Greek. This might give us insight as to who the epistle is written to, as well.
In Matthew, we see a Jesus that is superior to David. We see a High King. In John, we see a Jesus that is superior to Moses. We see a High Prophet. In Hebrews, we see a High King, a High Prophet, and a High Priest presented as one figure: Jesus Christ, our Savior. At First Baptist, we believe in the Christological Principle, which is the theory that every verse in the Bible teaches us something about Christ; they all reveal something about the Son of God. In Hebrews, we see Jesus for what He is: He is. Sounds tricky, but think of all the times God and Christ said, "I AM." They aren't a part of existence like you and I. No, they are existence. Chris is superior to all the figures in the Word: Abraham, Jacob, David, Samson, Solomon, Adam, the angels, the Pharisees, and anybody else you can think of. Jesus is Lord, the Son of God, our Messiah, our Advocate, our King, our Priest, our Father, our Groom. He is above all things, and the Book of Hebrews proves that theme yet again.
It's believed by most biblical scholars that a total of four letters were written by Paul to the Church at Corinth. 2 Corinthians is said to contain the third letter, and some scholars argue parts of the fourth; however, what we do know for certain is that this letter contains a strong defense by Paul of his apostleship. After the first and second letters, Titus reports back to Paul that a majority of the Corinthians had repented. They had heeded the words of Paul, but clearly, a faction remained within the church body that not only doubted and disparaged the true twelfth apostle, but also disagreed with his teachings.
So, here we are in roughly 55 A.D. with a letter from Paul meant to demonstrate his apostleship and his authority. One of the most beloved church figures was also equally hated. Listen in and study with us as we tackle Paul's careful words to the Church at Corinth, a church with great problems - but also great potential.
For the ladies! Our Women's Ministry group (ABWM) meets every second Tuesday of the month. Bible studies, Christmas baskets, Ladies' Luncheons, etc. are just a few of the many wonderful things our women do. If you're interested in the next event hosted by our ABWM, go to our "Events" page and see what's happening!
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The Truth Project is an interactive bible study that will be launched soon at First Baptist. It will be a formative study that will walk us through the power and meaning of Truth - biblical Truth. Keep checking our Facebook page and "Home" page for updates on the start time.