Steps of Salvation for the Christian

Text: Revelation 2:5 We often emphasize the “steps of salvation” – what one must do to become a Christian (hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized). After that, we must live faithfully. But how do we live faithfully? The church in Ephesus was told to “do the deeds you did at first.” Remember the steps that lead […]

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 […]

Public Confession of Sin

Text: Acts 8:18-24 Public confession of sin is often assumed by brethren to be necessary without much thought. But is it necessary? Is it authorized? Is it expedient? We will consider this topic in our lesson. Related Passages Acts 8:18-24 – this passage is often the “prooftext” brethren use in discussing public confession of sin; however, this […]

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

Text: 1 Samuel 7:12 In the song, “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” the second verse has the phrase, “Here I raise my Ebenezer…” This is not a term we use today, yet it is important to understand the words that we sing (1 Corinthians 14:15). So in this lesson, we are going to look at […]

Love Perfected

Text: 1 John 4:12 In his first epistle, John wrote a lot about love. One thing he talked about was love being perfected. To be perfected means to be completed, accomplished, and fulfilled. In these passages, there is also a connection between love being perfected and God abiding in us (and us in Him). We recognize […]

God’s Provisions in the Plan of Salvation

Text: Matthew 22:1-4 Salvation is impossible without the Lord (Acts 4:12). He has made everything “ready” (Matthew 22:4). God gave a plan in His word by which we can be saved (hear, believe, repent, confess, be baptized, and be faithful). Every step of the way, God has provided what is necessary for us to do what […]

A New and Living Way

Text: Hebrews 10:19-25 Throughout the book of Hebrews, the writer has compared the new covenant with the old covenant. In every way, the new covenant in Christ is far superior to the old covenant. Because the new way is better, we should respond in a certain way. The Hebrew writer said, “Let us” do certain things. […]