Oversimplifying Bible Passages

Text: 2 Peter 3:16 In teaching the Bible, we should strive to do so in a manner that is simple so that others can understand. However, some “distort” or “twist” the Scriptures by making them say something they do not. One of the ways this happens is by oversimplifying certain Bible passages. They assert something that […]

God’s Law Trumps Man’s Law

Text: Romans 13:1 God ordained civil government to fulfill a specific purpose (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:1-4). Governments will go beyond this limited role – this is not always bad, just reality. Even within the limits of the U.S. Constitution, the role is larger than the limited role outlined in the New Testament. However, we […]

Not Under Bondage

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:15 In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul addressed various points about marriage that the brethren in Corinth had questioned him about. In this lesson, we are going to examine what Paul said about those who were “not under bondage” (1 Corinthians 7:15). What did that mean? Who fell into that category? Let us consider what Paul […]

Who Must Marry, Divorce, and Remarry

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:8-11 In the previous lesson we discussed who MAY marry, divorce, and remarry (focused on the divine permission). In this lesson, we’re going to focus on a divine requirement – who MUST marry, divorce, and remarry. Sometimes being a faithful follower of Christ requires us to make difficult choices in our personal lives. […]

Who May Marry, Divorce, and Remarry

Text: Matthew 19:4-6 The topic of marriage, divorce, and remarriage has been a controversial topic for years – even during the time of Jesus (Matthew 19:3). In this lesson, we’re going to look at what God has permitted – who MAY marry, divorce, and remarry. Who May Marry? To answer this question, we must understand the […]

A Righteous Life

Text: Matthew 5:13-48 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave instructions for the life of a disciple. In our text, He described the life of a disciple as a righteous life. The previous lesson touched on righteousness. Again, righteousness is to be right by God’s standard, not man’s. This lesson will expand on that point. Example […]

God’s Marriage Law

Text: Mark 10:2-12 There is much confusion and controversy today about marriage. Many believe they can marry whoever they want, define marriage however they want, and end it whenever they want. God instituted marriage; therefore, His laws define and regulate marriage. This lesson considers what the Bible says about God’s marriage law. Origin of Marriage Marriage […]