Avoid Foolish Controversies

Text: Titus 3:9 There always have been, and always will be, controversies over matters of religion and what the Bible teaches. Some people want to avoid controversy altogether – Christians cannot do this (Jude 3). Others are too quick to get involved in controversy – we must not do this either (Titus 3:9). As controversies […]

Why Was Paul Amazed at the Apostasy in Galatia?

Text: Galatians 1:6-9; Acts 13-14 Paul’s letter to the Galatians was addressed to the churches of that region – Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe. These churches were established during Paul’s first preaching journey (Acts 13-14). The Christians in this region experienced a lot of opposition to the gospel, yet this was not what caused them […]

Rules for Religious Discussions

Text: 1 Peter 3:15 It is incumbent upon Christians to be ready to teach others. Religious discussions will take place in different environments – friendly/hostile, public/private, in-person/online, etc. How do we make the best use of our opportunities to discuss the Scriptures with others? By remembering some rules for religious discussions. Be Willing to Defend […]

Shake the Dust Off Your Feet

Text: Matthew 10:5-15 Jesus told His disciples that there would be times in their preaching when they would need to shake the dust off their feet and move on (Matthew 10:14) – a symbolic gesture showing that the teacher had done what he could do and he was leaving his hearers to the consequences of […]

Jesus – The Great Debater

Text: Luke 20 Four times in this chapter, Jesus silenced His opponents. Let’s notice how He was able to do this: Appealed to Divine Authority (v. 1-8) Provided Clear Explanations (v. 20-26) Avoided Speculation (v. 27-40) Directed People toward an Unavoidable Conclusion (v. 41-44; Matthew 22:41-46)

The Church in Antioch

Text: Acts 11:19-26 Focused on the Word of God – Acts 11:20,23,26 United Despite Different Backgrounds – Acts 11:20-21 Generous to Those in Need – Acts 11:27-30 Interested in Spreading the Gospel – Acts 13:1-3, 14:26-27 Dealt with Issues Correctly – Acts 15:1-2