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 […]

Is the Church a Cult?

Text: Acts 24:14 When Paul stood before Felix, he was accused of being “a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5). He acknowledged that he served God “according to the Way which they call a sect” (Acts 24:14). Calling the church a “sect” was meant to disparage/discredit Paul and His message. The term “cult” is […]

Add Godliness

Text: 2 Peter 1:5-11 Faith must be the foundation of all that we do. Yet there are various qualities we are to add to our faith. In this lesson, the trait we will focus on is godliness. Define Godliness Greek word eusebeia – reverence, respect; piety toward God (Thayer); denotes a Godward attitude that does that […]

Godly Sorrow

Text: 2 Corinthians 7:5-11 There are many reasons to sorrow in this life. This lesson will focus on sorrowing over sin – could be our sins or those of others. Generally, sorrow is destructive, unless we have the right kind of sorrow (godly sorrow). What is godly sorrow? That is what we will examine in this […]

Your Hands Made Me and Fashioned Me

Text: Psalm 119:73-80 Tenth stanza of Psalm 119 – This lesson focuses on God as our Creator, the giver of life. This should cause us to serve the Lord and do so in a certain way. Let us notice the connection between God being our Maker and our Master. God is Our Creator (v. 73) […]

Those Who Have No Right to Speak God’s Word

Text: Psalm 50:16-21 We sometimes hear celebrities, politicians, and other godless people quoting (or misquoting) the Bible to defend an unscriptural position. When we hear them, we might think, “What business do they have in speaking about the Bible?” God asked the same question in our text. There are certain ones who have no right […]

It Is Good for Me That I Was Afflicted

Text: Psalm 119:65-72 Ninth stanza of Psalm 119 – The theme of this lesson is affliction. David said that it was good that he was afflicted. How could this be a good thing? What kind of affliction was he talking about? How does this apply to us today? These are the questions that will be considered in […]