Mercy and Judgment

Text: James 2:1-13 This lesson is the third in a series on the book of James. In this passage, James discussed mercy and judgment – what they mean in our standing before God and how we are to apply these principles in our dealings with others. Warning Against Showing Favoritism (v. 1-7) James just finished discussing […]

Balaam and the Donkey

Text: Numbers 22:15-35 Balaam is mentioned three times in the New Testament. Each time false teachers were likened to him – motivated by greed (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 11) and led God’s people astray (Revelation 2:14). The most memorable incident in his life was his argument with a talking donkey (Numbers 22:21-31). His character was on display […]

Testing for Leprosy

Text: Leviticus 13:1-3 The law of Moses contained several tests to determine if one was infected with leprosy (Leviticus 13). This was a dangerous and contagious disease that would eat away at their body and spread to others. It needed to be detected, properly diagnosed, isolated, and (hopefully) cured. We can draw a parallel between this and […]

What All Men Have in Common

Text: Proverbs 22:2 People are different. Sadly, some people unfairly judge or hate others based on their race, culture, class, etc. Christians are to judge righteously (John 7:24) and abound in love for all (1 Thessalonians 3:12). To do this, we need to remember what we all have in common rather than focus on our differences. God […]

Lord Willing

Text: James 4:13-17 This passage is often cited to emphasize the uncertainty and brevity of life – important lessons. It also teaches us the importance of remembering our dependence upon God – “If the Lord wills…” On this point, there are four lessons I want us to consider from this passage. If we forget these […]

Jesus: The Great Physician

Text: Luke 5:27-32 Jesus is sometimes referred to as “the Great Physician.” He came to heal those who are sick. In our text, He was referring to SPIRITUAL sickness (sin). But Jesus also healed many PHYSICAL ailments. These symbolized the spiritual healing He provides. In this lesson, we’re going to look at the physical ailments healed by Jesus […]

Shame: A Biblical Perspective

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Shame is “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” One can also be shamed or put to shame by others, causing him to feel ashamed. Shame has a very negative connotation in our society. But what does the Bible have to say about […]