Faith and Works

Text: James 2:14-26 This lesson is the fourth in a series on the book of James. In this passage, we see the necessary connection between faith and works. We cannot choose one and ignore the other. Both must go together in our lives if we are to please the Lord. Claiming to Have Faith Is Not Enough […]

The Faith to Move Mountains

Text: Matthew 17:14-21 The gospel records many occasions in which Jesus cast out demons. On this occasion, a man came requesting this be done to his son. Jesus’ disciples “could not cure him,” but Jesus cured him immediately. Afterward, Jesus’ disciples asked Him why they could not cast out this demon. Jesus’ answer provides an important […]

The Christian’s Boast

Text: Romans 5:1-11 In our text, Paul used the word exult three times (NASB). The KJV used the words rejoice, glory, and joy in its place. The word means to boast about something. Usually we think of boasting as something that we shouldn’t do as Christians, but it depends on what we are boasting in (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:31). We can and […]

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 […]

Things That Are More Valuable Than Gold

Text: Job 31:24-25, 28 There is a temptation to put our trust in wealth, especially when we face greater uncertainty than normal. For centuries, gold has been valued; and the Scriptures do not deny the value of it. However, we are not to put our trust in it. As Job said in our text, that would […]

The Foundations for the Righteous

Text: Psalm 11:1-7 In this psalm, David described the adversity and opposition he faced from his enemies. Yet he could take refuge in the Lord. He was secure as long as “the foundations” remained secure. “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1) When we are in need of help, we need to turn to the […]

God Cannot Lie

Text: Hebrews 6:18 In our text, the Hebrew writer made the point that “it is impossible for God to lie.” Paul made the same point in his letter to Titus: “…God, who cannot lie…” (Titus 1:2). The Hebrew writer used this point to explain our source of encouragement and reason for hope. Why is it “impossible […]