Sheep, Wolves, Serpents, and Doves

Text: Matthew 10:16 In this chapter, Jesus sent His twelve apostles out on the “limited commission” (Matthew 10:5-7). There are some similarities between their commission and our responsibilities today. We are as sheep in the midst of wolves, so we must be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. Sent Out as Sheep We are in a […]

Saul’s Poor Leadership

Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-35 Following Saul’s failure to carry out the mission against the Amalekites, God regretted making him king. Saul had been made king over God’s people, yet failed in this role. Why was he a failure? Why was God sorry that He made him king? Throughout his reign, Saul demonstrated poor leadership. We need […]

A Day in Your Courts

Text: Psalm 84:10-12 This psalm describes the desire to be in the place where God would be worshiped. The desire for the psalmist for the “courts of the Lord” (Psalm 84:2) should be the same desire that we have. We should desire to be in the place where God is worshiped. The Comparison A day […]

Oversimplifying Bible Passages

Text: 2 Peter 3:16 In teaching the Bible, we should strive to do so in a manner that is simple so that others can understand. However, some “distort” or “twist” the Scriptures by making them say something they do not. One of the ways this happens is by oversimplifying certain Bible passages. They assert something that […]

What Do You Think?

Text: Matthew 22:41-42 One method of teaching involves asking questions. Jesus did this on different occasions. Several times in the book of Matthew, Jesus asked, “What do you think…?” In this lesson, we’re going to look at these examples and see what we can learn from them. Why Would Jesus Ask This? It is not […]

Give Us a King

Text: 1 Samuel 8:4-9 The Israelites demanded that Samuel appoint a king to rule over them. They were a distinct people – God’s chosen nation (Deuteronomy 7:6) – yet they wanted to be like all the nations around them. This chapter is sometimes used to discuss the danger of God’s people wanting to be like the […]

Like Newborn Babies

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3 It is not typically a compliment to say someone is acting like a baby. Yet there is a sense in which Christians are to be “like newborn babies.” In this lesson, we are going to see what Peter meant by this illustration and how we can be like this. Put Aside […]