The Covenant with the Gibeonites

Text: Joshua 9:3-15 After Israel left Egypt, they were warned not to make any covenant with the people of Canaan (Deuteronomy 7:1-2). But after conquering just two cities (Jericho and Ai), they made a covenant with the Gibeonites. Though they were deceived, this was still a failure on their part and would come with consequences. […]

John’s Letter to Gaius

Text: 3 John The letter of 3 John is addressed to a man named Gaius. There are at least three men named Gaius in the New Testament – Gaius of Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:14), Gaius of Derbe (Acts 20:4), and Gaius of Macedonia (Acts 19:29). We do not know if this Gaius was one of […]

The Church Gathered Together

Togetherness is a characteristic seen in the Lord’s church throughout the book of Acts. In this lesson, we will consider these examples of the church gathering together and see what we can learn from them. Together on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1) The day of Pentecost would be the day the church of Christ […]

Speaking Truth

Text: Proverbs 12:17-19 This passage outlines three reasons why it is important to speak the truth. Speaking Truth Imparts What is Right (v. 17) Truth is not an opinion – popular opinion / majority rule does not determine what is right Solomon contrasts one who “speaks truth” with a “false witness” – a witness testifies […]

“In the Beginning Was the Word”

Text: John 1:1-3 The book of Genesis begins with the phrase, “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1). John makes an unmistakeable parallel here in introducing his audience to Christ – the Word (John 1:1, 14). The point is clear – Jesus is equal with and one with the Father. These first three verses in John’s […]

Why Should Any Man Complain in View of His Sin?

Text: Lamentations 3:39-40 The book of Lamentations is a lament over the condition of God’s people on account of God’s dealings with them for their sins. Jeremiah warns them that they have no right to complain, despite their great suffering, because they had no one else to blame for their condition. God’s People Were Suffering […]

What is Lost Because of Sin

Text: Genesis 3:22-24 Satan tempts us to sin by highlighting its benefits (Genesis 3:4-6) and pleasures (Hebrews 11:25-26). He does not want us to look beyond what is immediately before us. He wants us to focus on the temporary pleasures we can gain from sin and ignore what we stand to lose because of sin. […]