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 […]

Things Which the Lord Hates

Text: Proverbs 6:16-19 The book of Proverbs contains wisdom to guide us in this life. It shows us the way that is right and warns us about the way that is wrong. In our text, the wise man warned about things which the Lord hates. We should heed this warning. What the Lord Hates Haughty eyes (v. […]

The Problem with Division

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10 The first of many problems that Paul addressed in his first letter to Corinth was the problem of division. There were factions within the church. Paul appealed for them to have unity. He did so by explaining what is the problem with division. When We Are Divided, We Are… Not Complete Complete – “perfectly joined […]

Christ Our Mediator

Text: 1 Timothy 2:5 One of the ways that Jesus is described in the NT is as a mediator. It is important that we understand what this means. This lesson will look at Jesus’ qualifications, His work as mediator, and how we benefit from this. What Is a Mediator? Means “a go-between” (Vine’s) – used two […]

The Word of Reconciliation

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 The word reconciliation means a restoration of divine favor. In other words, it is about bringing man back into a right relationship with God. Paul emphasized reconciliation in our text and explained that it involves the work of God, the gospel, those who proclaim the gospel, and those who would be reconciled. Reconciled Through […]

How to Be Built Up

Text: Colossians 2:7 The New Testament repeatedly talks about being “built up” in the Lord. But how does this happen? It is not by the Lord miraculously making us stronger, more mature, better equipped to serve Him, etc. In this lesson, we will notice six ways given in the New Testament that show us how to be “built up” […]

Not a God of Confusion

Text: 1 Corinthians 14:33 “God is not a God of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Therefore, confusion is a sign that people are not following God’s way. With that in mind, we will consider the reaction of some in the book of Acts to the preaching of the gospel. Three places were in “confusion” – Philippi (Acts 16), Ephesus (Acts 19), […]