Giving Thanks to God

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 As the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching, many are focusing on their blessings. Of course, recognizing our blessings and showing gratitude for them should not be confined to a single day. However, this does serve as a good reminder of the attitude that we should have at all times. So in this lesson, […]

Stagnant in Spirit

Text: Zephaniah 1:12-13 This prophecy of judgment was against those who were “stagnant in spirit,” or “settled in complacency” (NKJV). In this lesson, we will consider how these people were “stagnant in spirit” so that we might not be the same. Why Complacency is a Threat to God’s People Keeps us focused on the here […]

The Importance of Thankfulness

Text: Ephesians 5:20 Our society places particular emphasis upon thankfulness during this time of year. Christians are to be thankful to God at all times. Why is this important? The Scriptures give several reasons why thankfulness is important. Thankfulness Acknowledges the Goodness of God When God created the earth and everything in it, it was […]

The Example of Those Who Fell in the Wilderness

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 Paul begins by reminding these Christians of the parallels between then and the Israelites (v. 1-4). But most died in the wilderness. We need to learn from their failings so we can avoid their sins. Do Not Crave Evil Things (v. 6) This was the fundamental problem that led to the […]

After the Flood

Text: Genesis 8-9 Noah Went Out of the Ark (Genesis 8:18-19) What happened before he went out? (Genesis 8:1-13) — rain stopped (8:2), water receded (8:3), ark came to rest (8:4), sent out raven (8:7), sent out dove three times (8:8-12), saw dry ground (8:13) Notice the timeline — entered ark (7:1-4), rains came (7:11), […]

Giving Thanks to God

Text: Colossians 3:17 Why Should We Give Thanks? The Creation (Genesis 1:31) His care for us (Psalm 8:3-4) The scheme of redemption (Ephesians 3:11) The sacrifice of Christ (John 3:16) The church (Ephesians 1:22-23) The word of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11,16) The hope of heaven (1 Peter 1:4) How Do We Give Thanks? Verbal expressing […]

How We Ought to Respond to God’s Grace

Text: Titus 2:11-14 Recognize it is a gift – Ephesians 2:8 Not as a license to sin – Romans 6:1-2; Jude 4 Not as a basis for fellowship – Titus 2:11; Ephesians 5:11 With thankfulness – 1 Timothy 1:12-16 In humble obedience – Psalm 8:3-4; Titus 2:12