Judging and Being Judged

Text: Matthew 7:1-5 Our society, as a whole, has rejected the idea that we can identify anyone’s chosen behavior as wrong. This has led to numerous practices being accepted that were once largely looked down upon. Now, the only thing that is condemned by many is the “intolerance” and “bigotry” that identifies sin as sin. However, […]

Our Bodies as Instruments of Righteousness

Text: Romans 6:12-14 Our bodies can be used one of two ways – either for God or for sin. How can we use the members of our bodies as instruments of righteousness? Let’s consider what the Bible says about how we can use the different parts of our bodies. Our Minds (Thinking) Must be set on God’s […]

Two Men Went Up to Pray

Text: Luke 18:9-14 Jesus used two widely-held stereotypes to make a point in this passage. Pharisees were recognized as religious leaders (officially or unofficially) who scrupulously kept the law. Tax collectors were often viewed as traitors because of their work for the Romans. In Jesus’ parable, both men went to the temple to pray; yet […]

Why People Do Not Receive Jesus

Text: John 1:11-12 When Jesus came and preached to the Jews, many “did not receive Him.” This is about receiving Jesus as the Son of God and obeying Him as Lord (John 3:16, 36). Many today are like “His own” who “did not receive Him” – why? This is not an exhaustive list, but we will notice […]

Joy and Peace

Text: Philippians 4:4-8 The world has always been a place of turmoil, stress, and worry. It seems as though problems have only compounded. However, Paul told the brethren in Philippi to rejoice ALWAYS and be anxious for NOTHING. How can Christians have such joy and peace? We will examine this passage to find out. Two […]

Taking Personal Responsibility

Text: Philippians 2:12 We are living in a time in which we are more cut off from others than we had been previously. This makes it all the more important that we take personal responsibility – for our faith and our standing before God. In this lesson, we’re going to see why this is important and the ways […]

Act As Free Men

Text: 1 Peter 2:16 This country was built upon the foundation of freedom. Yet this was not just based upon the opinion of the nation’s founders – it is rooted in God’s founding of the human race. Man in his natural state is free (speech, thought, action, association, etc.). God gave us free will so […]