What does spiritual greatness look like? What makes a great church leader? What makes a great Christian? In this lesson, the case is made that the twelve apostles exemplified greatness -- men who Jesus poured himself into and who went on to spread Christianity throughout the then modern day world. Were the twelve apostles really the bumbling spiritual fools as they are so often characterized? This lesson opens our eyes to the true Christ-like character of the twelve and calls us to imitate their example, if we hope to see the Gospel spread as it did in their day.
Hebrews 6 tells us that there are six elementary doctrines (teachings) of the Christian faith, which the Hebrew writer appears to assume Christians should master before moving on to maturity. Two of these are the resurrection and judgment. We recently taught on the resurrection. What about judgment? What does Jesus teach about it? Why is this teaching important? Why do we rarely speak about judgment? What can we learn about God through Christ's teaching on eternal blessings and punishment? The goal of this two-part lesson is to help us to understand what the Bible teaches about judgment and to better equip us to teach this to others.
Music plays a predominate role in the American culture, and in most cultures around the world. What can we learn from the Scriptures about music and the role God intended it to play in our lives? This lesson looks at both good and bad examples from Scripture and asks us to examine our own engagement with music in light of both.
This lesson tackles a foundational and often misunderstood teaching of the Kingdom of God revealed in many of Jesus' parables, including the parable of the wheat and the tares (weeds). God will ultimately separate the good and the evil at the last day. This lesson addresses our responsibility as individual Christians to strive to be wheat, good fish, wise virgins, and properly attired guests at the Kingdom banquet. The lesson also addresses our responsibility to address sin in the Church.
Each year, brothers and sisters from around the world gather in Pennsylvania to provide a forum for Biblical teaching for those who desire to live as disciples of Christ. One of the primary goals of this event is to be a place where kingdom-minded Christians from various backgrounds can meet one another for edification and encouragement, and to learn from each other. This year's theme was discipleship....
The prophet Jeremiah compares God and His people to a potter and clay. With great purpose, care, and patience, God will use even pagan kings to discipline, shape, mold, and prepare God's people - that they may devote themselves wholly to Him and be made useful for His purposes.
This lesson explores the seven Jewish festivals (or feasts) described in Leviticus 23: the Passover, the Unleavened Bread, the First Fruits, Pentecost, the Trumpets, the Atonement, and the Tabernacles. The listener who puts in the effort to understand what the Scriptures teach about these feasts will be richly rewarded: to learn how these feasts point to Jesus' life, teachings, his death, resurrection and the promise to all of eternal life.
Then Jesus said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day...." - Luke 24:44-46
When Jesus appeared to his followers after his death, he opened their minds to understand the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, which spoke of his suffering and resurrection. Many of us know places in the Old Testament that speak of Jesus' suffering. But where in the Old Testament do we learn about Jesus rising from the dead?
If we could only have been there when Jesus gave this sermon! While the New Testament does not record what Jesus said, we are fortunate that Peter was there and went on to instruct the Church, which is recorded for us in Scripture. In this lesson, we learn from Peter where the Old Testament Scriptures, written hundreds of years before Jesus' death, foretell of Jesus being raised from the dead. Peter's instruction amazes us, builds our faith in the Scriptures, and reminds us of the power of God and the identity of our Lord.
Practically all Christians who have had any contact with Evangelical Protestantism know by memory Isaiah 64:6: “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags.” But is this really how God views the righteous acts of His people, or of mankind in general? Or, is this simply another case of a theologian (Martin Luther) taking a verse out of context?
There are many tremendous lessons to learn from the life of Joseph. This sermon looks at two of them: 1) Joseph's high standard of purity and 2) his ability (through years of mistreatment) to see God's hand work good out of evil, to save the lives of many people. We are called to imitate Joseph's example of righteousness and faithfulness, without growing bitter or resentful during difficult times.
A defining mark of men and women we find in the Bible is their understanding of God's faithfulness. Those who grasped this attribute of God lived in a way that brought God great honor and accomplished His purposes. Those who did not grasp God's faithfulness turned to sin and failed to accomplish God's will....
The story of Esther has many lessons to encourage us in times of adversity, to inspire our faithfulness, courage, and love, and to give us hope in God's great power to accomplish His will. This lesson covers the entire story of Esther, looking at the characters of Mordecai, Esther, and Haman and what we can learn from each.
This lesson highlights wisdom from Solomon (who the Bible calls the wisest man on earth) to give wisdom to the young, as well as to the old and wise. What are the benefits of wisdom? How do we get it? Are there blessings that come from fearing God? How do the people we spend our time with impact our character and how wise we can become? Solomon provides answers to these questions.
This talk was given in September of 2014. The message was taken from a study series entitled A Lifestyle of Compassion.
What is the single greatest obstacle to helping those in need? This lesson examines the obstacles in our lives that keep us from being compassionate and serving those in need, with a primary focus on the love of money, selfishness, and self-indulgence. The Scriptures call and inspire us to take inventory of our lives and to repent where appropriate, in order to fulfill God's plan to love one another as He intended.
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As we remember the resurrection of our Lord this Easter weekend, we thought we'd post a lesson done a few years ago that tackles the question: what does the Bible teach about what happens when we die? In Hebrews 6, Paul says there are six elementary teachings about Christ that he wishes he could move on from....
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The goal of this lesson is to equip Christians and Christian leaders to understand how to read and teach from the Old Testament.