Jim Humphrey Consulting

Paul in Athens

Volume 4, Number 34

Dateline: Jerusalem, Israel“Believe” in Acts: Part 16 - Paul in Athens: Our last study found Paul and his group in the town of Berea (Greece), where, as was his custom, he taught in the Jewish Synagogue, Acts 17:10. He found “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore, many of them believed; also of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” Acts 17:11 & 12. (This is the 25th instance of the Greek word... Continue reading →

Paul at Thessalonica & Berea

Volume 4, Number 33

“Believe” in Acts: Part 15 - Paul at Thessalonica and Berea:After a short hiatus to study for sermons presented on Palm and Easter Sundays, I’m back to our study of the 39 passages the Greek word “pisteu’o,” usually translated believe, are found in the book of Acts. We’ve already examined the 23rd and 24th occasions, both of which reference the Philippian jailer who, in Acts 16:30, asked Paul and Silas what he needed to do to be saved and they answered him in Acts 16:31 “... Believe (23rd occasion) on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and... Continue reading →

Resurrection Sunday Sermon - April 1, 2018

Volume 4, Number 32

Faith Study Special Edition: Resurrection (Easter) Sunday Message:Greetings everyone, I've spent some time working on the message I presented today (Resurrection Day) at West Valley Grace Fellowship (WVGF) in Sun City West, AZ and present it herewith to you as my Faith Study. It is titled "I AM the Alpha and Omega." If you have time and wish to listen to it, just click on the following link, or copy and paste it to your browser, which should open the message on WVGF's website: https://soundcloud.com/user-854534204/i-am-the-alpha-and-omega Please feel free to let me know what you think if you wish and/or ask... Continue reading →

Acts - Transition from Kingdom Gospel to Grace Gospel

Volume 4, Number 31

"Believe" in Acts: Part 14 - Continuing the transition from the Gospel of the Kingdom to the Gospel of the Grace of God:We observed in our last study that the Apostle Peter's statement recorded in Acts 15:11: "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they," is the first time in Scripture mentioning it is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that saves. The "we" to whom Peter refers was he, with the 11 Apostles and elders in the Jewish Pentecostal church in Jerusalem. The "they" to whom he... Continue reading →

Acts - Transition from Kingdom Gospel to Grace Gospel

Volume 4, Number 30

Study of the word "Believe" in Acts: Part 13 - the 20th, 21st and 22nd Occurrences:The 20th occasion of the word believe in Acts occurs in chapter 15, verse 5: "... there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses." So we ask, what exactly did those Pharisees believe and who did they think should be circumcised and be commanded to keep the Law of Moses? This matter came up some time after Paul and Barnabas had returned to... Continue reading →

God's Kingdoms

Volume 4, Number 29

“Believe” in Acts: Part 12: God’s Kingdom/s:God the Father “... hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:13 & 14. The Apostle Paul wrote this blessed assurance to believers almost 2000 years ago and it still applies. Today we will compare the Kingdom of His Dear Son with others mentioned in the New Testament (NT), i.e., The Kingdoms of Heaven, of God, of David and of Christ.A Kingdom is an area or sphere where... Continue reading →

The Signs of Paul's Apostleship

Volume 4, Number 28

“Believe” in Acts: Part 11:For those new to these studies, my basic methodology has been to trace the subject of faith, along with related words such as believe, etc., through the Bible. We are presently in Acts and having already examined the 16 occasions of “faith” we continue here with the word believe, found 39 times in Acts.Our last study found Paul and Barnabas in Antioch, the Capital of the Roman colony Pisidia where Paul successfully ministered on two Sabbath days but then when a group of Jews turned against the Word and blasphemed, he announced that although it was... Continue reading →

Ordained - Predestinated - Appointed

Volume 4, Number 27

“Believe” in Acts: Part 10: What is it to be Ordained, Determined, Appointed, Addicted or Disposed to Believe?:In Faith Study Vol 4, No 25 we examined the 14th occasion of the word “believe” in Acts when the Apostle Paul pronouncing temporary blindness on the Jewish false prophet/ magician Barjesus, or Elymas, who was associated with Sergius Paulus, the Roman Governor of the Island of Crete. Sergius Paulus was a prudent man who called for Barnabas and Saul to tell him about the Word of God but Barjesus Elymas withstood Barnabas and Saul, trying to turn Sergious Paulus away from the... Continue reading →

Satan - The Biggest Scammer in History - sermon

Volume 4, Number 26

Your browser does not support the audio element.Today’s study is a message I presented at the West Valley Grace Fellowship on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The following link should take you to the recording on our church’s web site:https://soundcloud.com/user-854534204/the-biggest-scammer-in-history-eph-21-3If this link will not work by clicking on it, try copying and pasting it in your browser. Or, you can go to our church website, http://www.westvalleygf.com/Home_Page.php and go to the “listen to sermons” section and click on the October 8, 2017 message.Please let me know if you have any trouble finding and/or listening to this recording, or if you have any... Continue reading →

Peter's Kingdom Gospel To Paul and Barnabas Gospel of Grace

Volume 4, Number 25

“Believe” in Acts - Part 9 - Occasions 13 & 14:Our last study examined a series of four events in Acts that picture the transition from the Gospel of the Kingdom that God promised Israel in the Old Testament, taught by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry and presented by Peter and the 12 Apostles at Pentecost --- to the Gospel of the Grace of God that the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven committed to the Apostle Paul for Gentiles as well as Jews. The last of the four events we examined in the last study involved the Jewish leaders... Continue reading →

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