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 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, […]

Preach the Word

Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Paul charged Timothy with the task of preaching the word. What Timothy was told to do is the responsibility of every gospel preacher. This lesson examines Paul’s charge to Timothy to see what every preacher must remember. Accountability to God (v. 1) This is a solemn charge – not to be taken lightly […]

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 […]

Progressivism

Text: Proverbs 24:21 The wise man warned about those who are “given to change.” These individuals want change for the sake of change. Sometimes change is good and necessary; sometimes it is not. Change is inherently part of progressivism – continue to move forward and not remain as or where we were. In this lesson, we […]

The Gospel of Promise

Text: Galatians 3:1-29 This is the third of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of promise. This promise extended all the way back to Abraham. As we will see, this promise is conditional. The Announcement The promise made to Abraham (Galatians 3:8) – promise of the […]

Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians

Text: Philippians 1:9-11 In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he described his prayer for them. He was continually thankful for them (Philippians 1:3) and looked forward to their fellowship in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). His appreciation of them and fellowship with them led to his prayer (Philippians 1:9-11). This prayer is applicable to us as well. […]