The Example of Barnabas

Text: Acts 11:24 The Scriptures teach us that we should imitate the lives of the faithful (Philippians 3:17). Barnabas is one such example of faith that we should follow. He was a “good man” – not by the world’s standard of goodness, but by God’s. His goodness was rooted in his faith and his being […]

The Chief of Sinners

Text: 1 Timothy 1:12-16 Due to his past, Paul would have seemed to be an unlikely candidate for salvation, let alone apostleship. But in our text, he explains to Timothy why the Lord chose him and how he was able to be saved. Paul’s Past It is easy to see why Paul would describe himself […]

Let No One Look Down on Your Youth

Text: 1 Timothy 4:12 The characteristics Paul mentions are necessary for all Christians, not just for a young evangelist like Timothy. But how can a young man keep others from looking down on his youth? He cannot control the thoughts of others. So he must control what is in his power to control. He must […]

The Example of Epaphroditus

Text: Philippians 2:25 Paul told the brethren in Philippi that men like Epaphroditus were to be held in high regard (Philippians 2:29). Why? This passage gives five reasons. He Was a Brother Brother refers here to a fellow Christian As fellow Christians, we have a common Father (1 John 3:1) We are different from the […]

How to Reach Others with the Gospel

Text: Mark 16:15 Though the Great Commission was given to the apostles, there are certain principles that still apply today. God wants people to be saved and the gospel is the way to reach them. We should do what we can to spread the gospel. But how can we reach others with the gospel? This […]

A Disciple’s Influence

Text: Matthew 5:13-16 In this passage, Jesus makes it clear that His disciples would have an impact on the world around them. He uses three analogies – salt of the earth, light of the world, and a city set on a hill – to emphasize different aspects of the influence we are to have upon […]

The Example of Those Who Fell in the Wilderness

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 Paul begins by reminding these Christians of the parallels between then and the Israelites (v. 1-4). But most died in the wilderness. We need to learn from their failings so we can avoid their sins. Do Not Crave Evil Things (v. 6) This was the fundamental problem that led to the […]