Burdens of Teaching the Bible

Text: James 3:1 The previous lesson focused on the blessings of teaching the Bible. We need to look at the “rest of the story” – not to discourage us from teaching, but we must recognize that there are burdens/responsibilities that come with this. So in this lesson, we will consider the burdens that come with teaching the […]

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 […]

How to Lose Your Soul

Text: Matthew 16:26 Our soul is more valuable than anything and everything in this world. Even if we could obtain all of the material things in this would, our soul is more valuable. Jesus said it was foolish to forfeit our soul for the whole world, yet many forfeit their souls for far less. How do […]

“The Way of the Lord Is Not Right”

Text: Ezekiel 18:25 As the Lord delivered a message through the prophet Ezekiel, He gave a message that the people did not like. They said, “The way of the Lord is not right.” Often when people disagree with the Lord, they will not be as blunt in expressing their objection – this is especially true with religious […]

The Wise and Foolish Virgins

Text: Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus often used parables to teach spiritual lessons using illustrations the people were familiar with. Many of these parables were about the kingdom – the parable of the wise and foolish virgins is one of them. This parable contains a warning for those of us in the church not to be like the […]

Church Membership

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:27 The term “church membership” is not used in the New Testament, but the concept is certainly taught (1 Corinthians 12:14-30). In this lesson, we will consider the topic of church membership by asking three questions. (1) What is church membership? (2) How do we become members? (3) What are members to […]

Raising Children to be Christians

Text: 3 John 4 Parents strive to “bring [children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The ultimate goal is to lead them to the Lord. Parents may hope that their children enjoy good health and prosperity in this life. But in the end, what matters most is that their “soul prospers” […]