The Suffering Servant

Text: Isaiah 53 This chapter is a prophecy about Jesus – in particular, it is about His suffering on the cross. This is an important chapter because of the prophecy showing that God knew what would happen. It is also important in explaining why and how Jesus made His sacrifice. He Did Not Have the Appearance of a King (v. […]

Oversimplifying Bible Passages

Text: 2 Peter 3:16 In teaching the Bible, we should strive to do so in a manner that is simple so that others can understand. However, some “distort” or “twist” the Scriptures by making them say something they do not. One of the ways this happens is by oversimplifying certain Bible passages. They assert something that […]

The Death of Jesus

Text: Luke 23:44-47 The previous lesson discussed the life of Jesus – He perfectly fulfilled the Father’s will, even in His death. In this lesson, we will examine the death of Jesus and what we should learn from it. God’s Plan Part of His predetermined plan (Acts 2:23) – “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” […]

A Parable About Forgiveness

Text: Matthew 18:23-35 Peter asked Jesus a question about forgiving his brother (Matthew 18:21-22). After answering, Jesus used a parable to explain the answer. We must forgive because we have been forgiven. There are several lessons to be learned from this parable. The King (v. 23) The kingdom of heaven is a spiritual kingdom (John […]

Does it Matter What We Believe?

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Paul’s point in this passage is that we must be careful what we listen to and that we must believe only that which is true. Brethren sometimes wonder if it matters what we believe on certain doctrinal issues, since these would simply be matters of belief and not practice. Salvation is […]

Did Jesus Die in Our Stead?

Text: Romans 5:8 Jesus died for us – no Bible believer will deny this. But what was the nature of His death? Did He die “in our stead,” as a “substitute”? This is a common theory, and many brethren believe it, yet it is not Biblical. Punishment vs. Consequences for Sin It is vital that […]

Calvinism

A large percentage of those we hope to teach believe some or all of the basic tenets of Calvinism. Therefore, it is good to be reminded of these things so we can have a ready answer. Basic Tenets of Calvinism (TULIP) Total Depravity – man is born in sin, unable to choose to come to […]