How to Determine If One Is a Christian

Text: Acts 26:28 When Paul was on trial before King Agrippa, he used the opportunity to preach. He was trying to persuade the king to become a Christian. We try to do the same today. But if we’re going to persuade people to become a Christian, we need to know what a Christian is. Also, they need to […]

The New Birth

Text: John 3:3-7 When Jesus talked to Nicodemus, He told him of the need to be “born again.” There is a reason why Jesus used this analogy – there is a parallel between the new birth and physical birth. In this lesson, we are going to see what we need to understand about the new birth. […]

The Circumcision of Christ

Text: Colossians 2:11-14 Circumcision was a sign of the covenant between God and His people beginning with Abraham. In the first century, there was controversy over whether it was to be bound upon Gentile Christians. It is still practiced today, but is not required by God. It has been replaced with something else. Circumcision was a type […]

Who Makes Up the Church?

Text: Matthew 28:19 This is the third in a series dealing with the church. We already noticed that Jesus built just ONE church and that His church is to follow His will. In this lesson, we’re going to ask the question: Who makes up His church? As the church is the body of the saved (Ephesians 5:23), […]

The Enduring Word

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 In this lesson, we are going to consider the word of God and how it is connected to Peter’s theme of the grace of God. Obedience to the Truth (1:22) In discussing the “true grace of God” (1 Peter 5:12), Peter mentioned obedience; but not as the world does – he did […]

A Living Hope

Text: 1 Peter 1:1-9 Peter began his first epistle focusing on the hope of salvation. This hope that we have is a “living hope.” God’s Work to Save Us (v. 1-2) Peter mentioned all three members of the Godhead being involved in our salvation – God the Father, by His foreknowledge, crafted a plan to […]

“Baptism Now Saves You”

Text: 1 Peter 3:21 Some passages in the Bible are controversial and people have intense disagreements as to their meaning. This passage is not so much controversial as it is ignored. The meaning is straightforward, but people simply don’t want to accept it. What Is Baptism? Different definitions of the English word baptize – immerse, pour, sprinkle Greek word […]