How God Speaks to Us Today

Text: Hebrews 1:1-3 It is not uncommon to hear someone say that God told them or showed them something. We might be tempted to question their sincerity, but often those who claim this are very sincere. Has God given them some special, direct revelation? Might He do the same for us? The Bible explains how God speaks […]

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Text: John 16:13 Among religious people, there are various ideas about the nature and work of the Holy Spirit. The prevalence of certain ideas may make it seem like a difficult topic; however, the Bible explains it for us. In this lesson, we are going to consider what the Bible says about the work of the Holy […]

Christ’s Plan for His Church

Text: Ephesians 3:8-11 The church was not established as an afterthought. It was not a “backup plan” because Jesus “failed” to set up His kingdom. The revelation of the mystery of God was to be “made known through the church.” Paul described the church as the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23-24). That […]

Twelve Disciples in Ephesus

Text: Acts 19:1-10 When Paul came to Ephesus, he found twelve men that would be part of the beginning of the church in that city. There are some lessons we can learn from this account – we will consider a few of them here. Disciples of John When we first read “disciples,” we might assume these […]

Is Divine Revelation Ongoing Today?

Text: Ephesians 3:1-3 Many people claim to receive messages directly from heaven. But does God reveal His will directly to people today like He did with Paul and others? It is important that we know the answer to that question. Define “Divine Revelation” Not natural revelation – what we can know about God from the created […]

“I Am A Nobody”

Text: 2 Corinthians 12:11-12 In writing to Corinth, Paul defended his apostleship while trying not to sound arrogant. He was defending the message without elevating self. We are not to overestimate our significance. However, we are also not to underestimate our importance. In this lesson, we will consider some things we can learn from Paul’s statement. Reject […]

The Lord’s Words to Peter

Text: John 21:15-23 In this passage, Jesus spoke directly to Peter about his responsibility and his future. Even though this was specifically given to this apostle, there are lessons for us to learn from it. “Do You Love Me?” Jesus asked this question three times in a row (John 21:15-17) – He was demanding a […]