Why People Do Not Receive Jesus

Text: John 1:11-12 When Jesus came and preached to the Jews, many “did not receive Him.” This is about receiving Jesus as the Son of God and obeying Him as Lord (John 3:16, 36). Many today are like “His own” who “did not receive Him” – why? This is not an exhaustive list, but we will notice […]

The Demands of Discipleship

Text: Luke 9:57-62 We have been called to be disciples of Jesus – but this is not an easy life. Discipleship is demanding. Certain things are required of us and not everyone will be willing to be a disciple. In our text, Jesus encountered three prospective disciples. In His responses to them, He showed just how […]

More Important Than Numbers

Text: Matthew 7:13-14 Some churches are so focused on numbers they will do almost anything to boost their attendance, membership, conversions, etc. We would certainly all prefer to see an increase in these numbers, but not at all costs. The New Testament shows that there are things that are more important than numbers. Favor of God […]

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), […]

Belonging To The Way

Text: Acts 9:1-2 When persecution began with the death of Stephen, those “belonging to the Way” were targeted. We will discuss the idea of persecution more in the next lesson. But in order to face this persecution, we must first belong to “the way.” This lesson will examine what the Scriptures teach about belonging to “the way” […]

Daily Discipleship

Text: Luke 9:23 If we are going to be faithful disciples of Christ, it is important that we recognize what we are to do daily. Obviously, Gospel Meetings and the regular assemblies of the church are important (Hebrews 10:25), but there is more to being a disciple than just what we do in the assembly. This […]

Counting the Cost

Text: Luke 14:27-33 In this passage, discipleship is not being discouraged, but Jesus is emphasizing he fact that we must understand what we are committing to by following Him. He used two illustrations to make His point – a man building a tower and a king going to battle. As we take a closer look […]