What Keeps Us from Going to Battle?

Text: Deuteronomy 20:1-9 In the Old Testament, the Israelites were called to fight. These physical battles teach us lessons for our spiritual war. In our text, Moses encouraged the people to not fear the enemies they would face and also gave certain exemptions that would excuse certain men from their responsibilities to go to war. As Christians involved […]

A Call to Holiness

Text: 1 Peter 1:13-21 In this lesson, we are going to consider the call to holiness. As Christians, we have been called to be holy as God is holy. Therefore… (v. 13) Based upon the previous discussion – God worked to make salvation possible (1 Peter 1:2); He has provided us with a living hope […]

Why Would Christians Follow Diotrephes?

In John’s third letter, he warned about a man named Diotrephes. We often talk about his desire for preeminence, his rule over the church, and the trouble he caused; but we don’t usually talk about his followers. In this lesson, we are going to consider the followers of Diotrephes and why they would follow him. How […]

The Fear of the Lord

Text: Proverbs 1:7 Early in the book of Proverbs, the wise man began emphasizing “the fear of the Lord” (1:7). Throughout the book, he explained why we are to fear the Lord. This lesson will consider what the wise man taught about the fear of the Lord. What Is the Fear of the Lord? Hebrew word (yirah) – […]

Through Many Tribulations (Part 4: Persecution)

Text: Acts 14:22 Paul and Barnabas encouraged the brethren to remain faithful to the Lord “through many tribulations” so they could reach the final reward of heaven. The kinds of tribulations that we may face could be unique to Christians or common to all people. Any of these tribulations could potentially derail our faith and […]

Whether They Listen or Not

Text: Ezekiel 2:3-7 Ezekiel was a prophet of God who prophesied in Babylon during the time of the Babylonian captivity. God called him to prophesy to the people “whether they listen or not” (Ezekiel 2:5, 7; 3:11). We are not prophets today like Ezekiel was; but there are some lessons we need to learn, regardless of the capacity […]

Daily Discipleship

Text: Luke 9:23 If we are going to be faithful disciples of Christ, it is important that we recognize what we are to do daily. Obviously, Gospel Meetings and the regular assemblies of the church are important (Hebrews 10:25), but there is more to being a disciple than just what we do in the assembly. This […]