The Christian’s Education

Text: John 7:15 Many people in our society place a great emphasis on education. This is good. But what about our education as Christians? How are we to learn, train, grow, and develop as disciples? Let us consider what the Scriptures say. Modeled after Jesus During the Feast of Booths, Jesus went to Jerusalem and began to teach (John […]

Shame: A Biblical Perspective

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Shame is “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” One can also be shamed or put to shame by others, causing him to feel ashamed. Shame has a very negative connotation in our society. But what does the Bible have to say about […]

Mark and Avoid

Text: Romans 16:17-18 At the close of his letter to Rome, Paul told the brethren to “mark” and “avoid” certain people. Why would he tell them to do this? What was this to accomplish? And what about the one being marked? In this lesson, we will seek to answer these questions from the word of God. Reasons […]

The Problem with Organized Religion

Text: Ephesians 4:11-12, 16, 22-24 Many people today disparage “organized religion.” Instead, they just want a “personal relationship” with Jesus. However, this is not an “either-or” proposition. In our service to God, we have personal and corporate responsibilities. In this lesson, we will discuss these responsibilities and notice what the real problem is with “organized […]

Church Membership

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:27 The term “church membership” is not used in the New Testament, but the concept is certainly taught (1 Corinthians 12:14-30). In this lesson, we will consider the topic of church membership by asking three questions. (1) What is church membership? (2) How do we become members? (3) What are members to […]

Who Is Affected By Sin?

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1-6 Many choose to ignore sin – sadly, even some Christians do this. They ignore the sins of others because they believe it is between them and God. They ignore their own sins because they believe God’s grace will cover them. Yet sin is described in the Bible as pollution (Isaiah 24:5) because […]

Seven Lessons from Seven Churches

Text: Revelation 2-3 The book of Revelation was addressed to the seven churches of Asia (Revelation 1:4). Each of these churches is addressed individually in chapters 2-3. There are many lessons to learn from the Lord’s message to each of these churches. We will consider just one lesson from each church here. Ephesus: They Had […]