What We Want the Preacher to Be

Text: 2 Timothy 4:2-5 There are different terms that people use to describe those who preach. Often the term that people use reflects what they expect of their preacher. The expectations that many people have are not Biblical. We need to align our expectations with what the Bible says. In this lesson, we are going to […]

Types of Questions We Don’t Need to Answer

Text: Proverbs 29:9 It is easy for discussions on controversial issues to quickly become contentious – even on religious topics. Contentious discussions can consume our time and mental energy if we allow them to. Questions are often used to draw us into discussions. Some of these are good (1 Peter 3:15). But some questions do not need […]

Those Who Have No Right to Speak God’s Word

Text: Psalm 50:16-21 We sometimes hear celebrities, politicians, and other godless people quoting (or misquoting) the Bible to defend an unscriptural position. When we hear them, we might think, “What business do they have in speaking about the Bible?” God asked the same question in our text. There are certain ones who have no right […]

The Goal of Our Instruction

Text: 1 Timothy 1:5 Why do we preach and teach the gospel? It is about more than just fulfilling a command or following the New Testament pattern. We are to preach and teach with a purpose. Paul told Timothy about “the goal of our instruction.” Love Agape – active love; putting the interests of others […]

“Christ Did Not Send Me to Baptize”

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:17 One of the notable points of disagreement we have with the religious world is over baptism. We teach that baptism is necessary for salvation. In general, the “Christian” religious world rejects this. Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 1:17 is often used to say that baptism is not necessary. We need to understand […]

What Titus Was Told To Do

Text: Titus 1-3 In the brief letter to the young evangelist Titus, Paul told him to do certain things. Examining these instructions will teach us some things about preaching, the church, the truth, and more. So let us briefly examine seven things that Titus was told to do. Appoint Elders (1:5) God’s plan for the local […]

A Snake in the Fire

Text: Acts 28:1-10 After the shipwreck on the way to Rome, Paul and the others ended up on the island of Malta. They were there just three months, but Luke’s account of their stay provides us with some important lessons about miracles, assumptions, and the preaching of the gospel. All of this began with Paul […]