“Make My Joy Complete”

Text: Philippians 2:2 One of the themes in Paul’s letter to Philippi is joy. In our text, he talked about his joy being made complete. This would be done if these brethren maintained unity – in mind, love, spirit, and purpose. Be of the Same Mind “Likeminded” (KJV) – common understanding Unity comes as a result of […]

A Tax Collector and a Zealot

Text: Matthew 10:2-4 When Jesus sent out the twelve apostles on the “limited commission,” Matthew recorded their names. Aside from Judas who would betray Him, this record only provides us with information about previous activities for two men – Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot. As we examine the differences between these two […]

The Desire for Unity

Text: Psalm 133 Unity is good and pleasant, but we must understand what kind of unity this is Unity Must Be Based Upon God’s Word Unity compared to oil used to anoint Aaron (v. 2) – there were specific instructions given as to how this oil was to be made (Exodus 30:22-25) We are to […]

Too Quick to Make Peace

Text: Deuteronomy 7:1-2 The Israelites were commanded to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan and to make no covenant of peace with them. Yet the Israelites were deceived into breaking this command, and once it was discovered, they found it to be very difficult to make the situation right. Deceived by the Inhabitants of Gibeon (Joshua […]

Dealing with Petty Conflicts Among Brethren

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Petty Conflicts Source of unnecessary strife between faithful Christians Different than matters of sin, error, matters of personal judgment, and rumors/gossip (though this sometimes goes along with these conflicts) These petty conflicts could be caused by any number of things — we’ll notice a few in this lesson First, Some Things […]

Dealing with Matters of Judgment

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 How are brethren to handle differences in matters of personal judgment? Is it Truly a Matter of Judgment? First must determine if the issue under consideration is truly a matter of judgment or if it is a matter of sin instead This determination is made only by an unbiased examination of […]

Dealing with Rumors

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 Rumors and Gossip Gossip isn’t necessarily referring to things that aren’t true — it’s repeating things that don’t need to be said that bring harm to someone The Scriptures condemn the work of a talebearer (Leviticus 19:16; Romans 1:29) Engaged in by those who have not found a more profitable use […]