righteousness

The Sin of Judas: Greed (John 12:1-11)

Judas was most famous for betraying Jesus. However, his underlying sin was greed. His love of money led to deceit, betrayal and other terrible sins. In this lesson we take a wide-ranging look at what the Bible has to say about the sin of greed, and examine both good and bad examples of Biblical characters. We also consider how to respond when we uncover greed in the hearts of religious leaders, and the importance of uprooting greed from our own lives.

The Light of the World (John 8:12-30)

Jesus boldly announced, “I am the Light of the world.” Why did he say that? Was there some prophecy in the Old Testament Scriptures that spoke of a great light that would come? And in what ways is Jesus similar to light? In this lesson we explore the great theme of light versus darkness in the Scriptures, and its powerful implications for how we live our lives and how we share our faith to a world in utter spiritual darkness.

Clean the Inside of the Dish First

For those who are serious about following Jesus' commands, the Enemy has many tactics to seek to destroy us. One of those is to get us to focus on external things that we can see and measure, which is easier than dealing with the condition of our hearts. God's Word has much to say on this topic to help us embrace all of His commandments, focusing on the greatest, without neglecting the least.   

The Righteousness of Job

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In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that unless our righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Fortunately the Scriptures provide us with many examples of men and women who lived righteous lives, which instruct, convict, and inspire. This lesson looks at the example of Job, so that we can take inventory of our own lives.   

Worthy of the Kingdom of God (PA Retreat)

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Worthy of the kingdom of God?  Wait…I thought we are all unworthy of the kingdom!  Yet when we take another look at the Scriptures, we find that all Christians are indeed called to live lives that are worthy of the kingdom.  This opening message from our retreat weekend in Pennsylvania draws a sharp contrast between the message of the kingdom and the popular message heard in most Protestant churches today, and opens our eyes to the high calling that God has for our lives.

Starting the New Year (Ezekiel 18 & 33)

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As we start the New Year, it is a great time to take inventory of our spiritual lives, including our own personal righteousness. To help us we have the prophet Ezekiel, the example of Job, and the instruction of James. This lesson encourages us to understand the heart of God, who loves all people and is waiting to forgive those who turn to Him and to show favor to those who walk in His ways. We are called to leave behind any baggage of guilt and regret of the past, as well as to finish our lives strong, imitating the righteous men and women who have gone before us.  

The Fall of Man, Cain & Abel (Genesis 3:6-4:16)

These passages of Scripture lay the foundation for the entire Biblical story describing the relationship of God and mankind. Here we learn of the Fall, the sin of Adam, Eve, and Satan, and the consequences of such sin. These passages include Scripture often quoted in the New Testament....

Does God View Our Righteousness as Filthy Rags?

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?  

Lessons from the Life of Joseph

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.