humility

He Washed Their Feet (John 12:44-13:17)

Jesus said, “I did not come to judge the world”. While many today use that statement to justify tolerating all kinds of sin in the church, is that what Jesus meant? In this lesson we also look at the famous incident where Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Afterward, He called them to follow His example. Did Jesus intend for us to take that command literally (washing each other’s dirty feet), or figuratively (performing the most humble acts of service for one another). Or should we do both?

Elisha, Pt. 5: More Miracles and the Story of Naaman, Part 1 (2 Kings 4:38-5:16)

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As the story of Elisha continues, we see the prophet work two miracles of provision for a group in need. We are then introduced to Naaman, a famous commander of the Syrian army, who also happens to be a leper. There are many gems to mine from these stories as we see God's power and compassion, God's desire and ability to provide for his servants in need, the faith of the prophet, and the shortcomings and humility of Naaman.   

What True Greatness Looks Like

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.  

The Creation (Genesis 1)

Genesis 1 covers the creation of the world. The chapter raises many significant questions:

  • What does the creation account reveal about who God is? 
  • How should we understand the creation of the world? What is reasonable?   
  • Why do so many smart people reject God as the Creator of the universe?
  • How did Paul argue God as Creator of the universe to help intelligent people....

1 Corinthians 4 - Building Church Unity and Judging Your Brother

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In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul builds on his teaching on church unity from the first three chapters. Paul addresses the Church's boasting, envy, and strife.  This lesson tackles the important questions of what Paul meant when he says not to judge and what he meant when he says imitate me.  This lesson calls us to serve the Lord in humility and without comparing ourselves to others.