Whether They Listen or Not

Text: Ezekiel 2:3-7 Ezekiel was a prophet of God who prophesied in Babylon during the time of the Babylonian captivity. God called him to prophesy to the people “whether they listen or not” (Ezekiel 2:5, 7; 3:11). We are not prophets today like Ezekiel was; but there are some lessons we need to learn, regardless of the capacity […]

Through Many Tribulations (Part 1: Loss)

Text: Acts 14:22 Paul and Barnabas encouraged the brethren to remain faithful to the Lord “through many tribulations” so they could reach the final reward of heaven. The kinds of tribulations that we may face could be unique to Christians or common to all people. Any of these tribulations could potentially derail our faith and […]

Why “Book, Chapter, and Verse” Preaching?

Text: Nehemiah 8:8 After the wall around Jerusalem had been rebuilt, the people gathered to hear the law read to them. Ezra and the Levites read from the law and explained it so that the people understood what it meant. This is the same thing we should do today – we want people to understand what […]

Lord Willing

Text: James 4:13-17 This passage is often cited to emphasize the uncertainty and brevity of life. It also teaches us the importance of remembering our dependence upon God. There are four lessons to consider from this passage. If we forget these lessons, it will always lead us into sin. Mindfulness (“If the Lord wills“) We […]

The Kindness and Severity of God

Text: Romans 11:17-24 People often imagine God as they want to imagine Him. Many religious people focus on His love to the point that they see Him as incapable of punishing evil. Many non-religious people see Him as a monster who is quick to destroy people. Neither one is an accurate representation of God. Paul described […]

“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

Text: Psalm 22 David described one who was suffering and seemed to be forsaken by God, but ultimately God was with him. This psalm prophesied of Jesus (Matthew 27:46). At the same time, this psalm expressed the feelings of David in response to his own situation. In this lesson, we are going to examine this […]

Instructions Regarding the Lord’s Supper

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 Paul gave the brethren in Corinth instructions regarding the Lord’s Supper while also correcting some errors about it. It is important that we are periodically reminded of topics like this one. We need to observe the Lord’s Supper properly. Instructions Were Given by the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:23) Paul received this from the […]