The Vine and the Branches

Text: John 15:1-6 Jesus used the illustration of a vine and its branches to teach His apostles (and us). He was explaining something about Himself, the Father, and His disciples. There are important lessons for us to learn in Jesus’ illustration. The Vine: Jesus “I am the true vine…” (v. 1) – Jesus was speaking; we […]

The Name of “Christian”

Text: Acts 11:26 In our text, DISCIPLES were called CHRISTIANS. Let us consider what the Bible says about the name we wear. The Importance of a Name Names often reflect a meaning – “called Barnabas…means Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36) Yet a name is more than a description – one may be funny, smart, caring, patient, etc.; yet […]

A New Name

Text: Isaiah 62:2 This passage in Isaiah 62 contains a prophecy of salvation and redemption from the Lord. In it, there is mention of a “new name” (v. 2). Let us consider what the Bible says about this new name. Given by God “Called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will designate” – […]

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 Churches of Men

Text: Matthew 15:13 There are many churches in the religious world that can be classified as “churches of men.” We need to be warned about these churches – not just so that we can avoid being a part of them, but so that we can help lead others out of them. Define “Churches of Men” We often […]

Twelve Disciples in Ephesus

Text: Acts 19:1-10 When Paul came to Ephesus, he found twelve men that would be part of the beginning of the church in that city. There are some lessons we can learn from this account – we will consider a few of them here. Disciples of John When we first read “disciples,” we might assume these […]

The Source of Authority

If we do not have the proper source of authority, it leads to: Disobedience – Colossians 3:17 Division – 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 Apostasy Throughout “church history,” apostasy has come from people not following the proper source of authority. Catholicism – 3 sources of authority Word of God Decrees of the pope Church tradition Protestantism – […]