Paul’s Prayer for the Jews

Text: Romans 10:1-4 Paul was a Jew. Yet before his conversion, he was chosen to take the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). However, that did not mean he had no interest in his Jewish brethren. In our text, he expressed his desire for them, and explained the fundamental reason why they rejected Christ. His […]

Some Things Never Change

Text: Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 As we approach the end to another year, we tend to do a couple things. First, we look back at the changes that have taken place in our lives. Second, we look ahead to changes that may be coming in the future. And while our lives are filled with changes, it is […]

What People Want and Don’t Want in Religion

Text: Colossians 2:20-23 Paul describes certain practices that fall under the category of “self-made religion,” or “will worship” (KJV). This is worship according to the will of man. People often want to be religious because it satisfies their conscience. But they want to be religious on their terms, not God’s. So in this lesson, we […]

He Who Trains My Hands For War

Text: Psalm 144:1-4 The war that David spoke of in this psalm involved physical fighting. We are not engaged in the same type of conflict in our service to God (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). But there are lessons to be learned in David’s words that we can apply to our spiritual war today. The Lord is […]

Preaching Christ

Text: Acts 5:42 Most religious people recognize that the goal of preaching is to preach Christ. Yet there are distinct differences in their messages. Why? It is because of a misunderstanding about what it means to preach Christ. There is a popular way and a Scriptural way. We must opt for the Scriptural way. The […]

The Gospel and Salvation

Text: Romans 1:16-17 The Gospel is God’s Power to Save The gospel and salvation are inseparable from one another (Romans 1:16) Paul defines “the message of truth” as “the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:13) Paul’s Message Was Christ-Centered The message that Paul preached was centered on Christ (1 Corinthians 2:1-2) – this will, of […]

What is Lost Because of Sin

Text: Genesis 3:22-24 Satan tempts us to sin by highlighting its benefits (Genesis 3:4-6) and pleasures (Hebrews 11:25-26). He does not want us to look beyond what is immediately before us. He wants us to focus on the temporary pleasures we can gain from sin and ignore what we stand to lose because of sin. […]