The Shepherd and the Sheep

Text: John 10:27 A shepherd provides guidance, sustenance, and protection for the sheep. No one is able to provide the same care for us as Jesus – the good shepherd (John 10:11) who willingly laid down His life for us (John 10:17-18). It is vitally important that we have Christ as our shepherd. How do […]

Stagnant in Spirit

Text: Zephaniah 1:12-13 This prophecy of judgment was against those who were “stagnant in spirit,” or “settled in complacency” (NKJV). In this lesson, we will consider how these people were “stagnant in spirit” so that we might not be the same. Why Complacency is a Threat to God’s People Keeps us focused on the here […]

“Consider Your Ways!”

Text: Haggai 1:5 Haggai prophesied about the need to rebuild the temple. As the people were instructed to do this, they were also told to consider their ways. It is important for us to consider the lessons revealed by the prophet Haggai. Do Not Make Excuses The people were saying, “The time has not come…for […]

Talking Back to God

Text: Malachi 3:13 Talking back is a phrase used to describe one who verbally challenges a parent, elder, or superior. When Malachi prophesied, the people were guilty of talking back to God (ex: Malachi 3:13). Several times in this short book, the people openly challenged God’s statements/rebukes. In this lesson, we will briefly consider the […]

Trust in the Lord

Text: Proverbs 3:5-7 The words of the wise man to his son contain important reminders for each one of us today. Trust in the Lord (v. 5) To trust God means we put our faith in Him Trust must be earned – God has certainly earned our trust (Lamentations 3:22-23) God has shown His faithfulness through His providence (Genesis 8:22; […]

Our Provider and Deliverer

Text: Psalm 34:8-14 The Lord is Good (Psalm 34:8,10) This psalm opens with David praising God (v. 1-3) – Why? … The Lord delivered him (v. 4-7) The Lord, by His very nature, is good (1 Chronicles 16:34) The Lord desires our good (Jeremiah 29:11) The Lord has the power to do good (Hebrews 7:25) […]

God is Awesome

Text: Nahum 1:1-8 The term awesome is often used flippantly or carelessly today, such that it has lost its meaning. God is awesome, meaning we should stand in awe of Him. This includes fear & respect. There are many reasons to fear & respect God. We’ll notice the ones mentioned in this passage. He is […]