The Blessing of Autonomy

Text: 1 Peter 5:1-2 One characteristic of the Lord’s church that makes it different from most churches of men is autonomy. Why did the Lord design the church to be this way? We can look to the Bible to see what has been revealed that would show at least some of His reasons. So in this lesson, […]

Different Perspectives

Text: Ezra 3:10-13 It is often the case that people look at one event, fact, or piece of information from different perspectives. As a result, they react differently to the same thing. This happened when the foundation for the second temple was laid – there were shouts of joy and the sound of weeping. There will always […]

The Day of Pentecost

Text: Acts 2:1-4 This is the fifth in a series of lessons examining some great days in history – not in secular history, but days of spiritual importance. In this fifth lesson, we’re going to be discussing the day of Pentecost – specifically, the day of Pentecost following Jesus’ ascension. The Background Jesus spoke about the kingdom […]

The Controversy Over Institutionalism

Text: 1 Timothy 3:15 The church is the pillar and support of the truth. It is fully capable as God designed it to do the work that the Lord gave it to do. Do we believe that? Sixty years ago in this country, brethren fought battles over “institutionalism.” It was not a new issue then. It […]

The Problem with Organized Religion

Text: Ephesians 4:11-12, 16, 22-24 Many people today disparage “organized religion.” Instead, they just want a “personal relationship” with Jesus. However, this is not an “either-or” proposition. In our service to God, we have personal and corporate responsibilities. In this lesson, we will discuss these responsibilities and notice what the real problem is with “organized […]

Christ’s Plan for His Church

Text: Ephesians 3:8-11 The church was not established as an afterthought. It was not a “backup plan” because Jesus “failed” to set up His kingdom. The revelation of the mystery of God was to be “made known through the church.” Paul described the church as the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23-24). That […]

Cities of Refuge

Text: Numbers 35:9-15 Since the Levites were not given a territory like the other tribes, they were given forty-eight cities (Numbers 35:7). Six of them would be cities of refuge (Numbers 35:6). If someone killed someone else unintentionally, he could flee to one of these cities. In this lesson, we will consider five points about these cities […]