Balaam and the Donkey

Text: Numbers 22:15-35 Balaam is mentioned three times in the New Testament. Each time false teachers were likened to him – motivated by greed (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 11) and led God’s people astray (Revelation 2:14). The most memorable incident in his life was his argument with a talking donkey (Numbers 22:21-31). His character was on display […]

The Sin of Achan

Text: Joshua 7:1 With the help of the Lord, the Israelites won a decisive victory over Jericho (Joshua 6:20-21). But at their next battle against the smaller town of Ai, they were defeated (Joshua 7:3-5). The reason for this was because of the sin of one man – Achan. In this study, we’ll consider some […]

Remember Lot’s Wife

Text: Luke 17:32 The Value of OT Examples – Romans 15:4 The Story of Lot’s Wife – Genesis 13:12; 18:20-21; 19:15-17, 24-26) Why Was She Punished? Disobedience (Genesis 19:17) Possible Motives that We Must Guard Ourselves From: Being too close to the people of the world (James 4:4) Being too attached to the riches of […]

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

Text: John 3:14-21 Just as Moses Lifted Up the Serpent (v. 14-15; cf. Numbers 21:4-9) Necessary because of sin God had a remedy for sin The people were responsible to take advantage of God’s remedy Demonstration of God’s Love (v. 16-17) This was God’s plan God’s love was extended to the world We deserve punishment […]

Excuses for Disobedience

Note: This is not a list of things that excuse us from serving God. Rather it is a list of reasons people give for not serving God as they ought to. “I didn’t know” – 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 “It seemed right” – Proverbs 14:12 “I heard it was alright” – 1 Corinthians 4:6 “Others do […]

The Danger in the “Small” Sins

Gossip – Romans 1:29; gossip demonstrates pride, lack of love Disobedience to Parents – Romans 1:30; shows a disrespect for authority in general Outbursts of Anger – Galatians 5:20; lack of self-control Cowardice – Revelation 21:8; lack of faith Lying – Revelation 21:8; shows one does not love the truth like they ought to

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 – […]