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, […]

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 […]

Vanity of Our Efforts without God

Psalm 127:1-2 Psalm 127 was written by Solomon – king of Israel and builder of the temple. He understood the need to rely upon God. In this lesson, we are going to make some spiritual applications to what Solomon mentioned in this psalm. Building the House God’s house today is the church (1 Timothy 3:15) – made […]

What We Want the Preacher to Be

Text: 2 Timothy 4:2-5 There are different terms that people use to describe those who preach. Often the term that people use reflects what they expect of their preacher. The expectations that many people have are not Biblical. We need to align our expectations with what the Bible says. In this lesson, we are going to […]

Examining the Relationship Between Elders and the Church

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 The last two lessons were about a broad look at what the New Testament says about elders and an examination of the qualifications for elders. In this lesson, we will focus on the relationship between elders and the local church. Elders are to be appreciated and esteemed because of their work and the […]

Examining the Qualifications for Elders

Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9 Elders play a vital role in God’s plan for the church. But we cannot appoint just anyone – they must be qualified. This lesson will examine the qualifications for elders. “An Overseer, Then, Must Be…” (1 Timothy 3:2; cf. Titus 1:7) These are not optional – an unqualified man […]

Examining the New Testament Passages About Elders

Text: Acts 14:23 When considering elders, we need to examine what the New Testament says about them. This lesson will focus on passages that speak about elders. The next lessons will look more closely at the qualifications for elders and the relationship between elders and the church. Acts 11:29-30 Elders are responsible to oversee the work […]