The Circumcision of Christ

Text: Colossians 2:11-14 Circumcision was a sign of the covenant between God and His people beginning with Abraham. In the first century, there was controversy over whether it was to be bound upon Gentile Christians. It is still practiced today, but is not required by God. It has been replaced with something else. Circumcision was a type […]

Public Confession of Sin

Text: Acts 8:18-24 Public confession of sin is often assumed by brethren to be necessary without much thought. But is it necessary? Is it authorized? Is it expedient? We will consider this topic in our lesson. Related Passages Acts 8:18-24 – this passage is often the “prooftext” brethren use in discussing public confession of sin; however, this […]

Willing to Forgive

Text: Luke 17:3-4 Jesus taught His disciples about the need to forgive those who sinned against them. It is not always easy to forgive, especially when others habitually/consistently sin against us. Yet we must be willing to forgive others as the Lord has forgiven us. What Is Necessary Before We Can Forgive Others They have to […]

All Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 There are many reasons to praise God. In our text, Paul emphasized the spiritual blessings that we have in Christ. Spiritual Blessings Predestination (v. 4-5) – tied to God’s foreknowledge (Romans 8:29); what God foreknew about the ones who would be predestined was their character; God predestined a specific class of people (holy and blameless) Grace […]

Sheep, Wolves, Serpents, and Doves

Text: Matthew 10:16 In this chapter, Jesus sent His twelve apostles out on the “limited commission” (Matthew 10:5-7). There are some similarities between their commission and our responsibilities today. We are as sheep in the midst of wolves, so we must be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. Sent Out as Sheep We are in a […]

Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

Text: John 19:11 People often want to think of degrees of sin – some being greater than others. Some sins are seen as being especially bad (murder/rape), while others are considered virtually innocent (“a little white lie”). Is it Biblical to think of sins in this way? Are some sins worse than others? Yes and no. Let […]

The Word of Reconciliation

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 The word reconciliation means a restoration of divine favor. In other words, it is about bringing man back into a right relationship with God. Paul emphasized reconciliation in our text and explained that it involves the work of God, the gospel, those who proclaim the gospel, and those who would be reconciled. Reconciled Through […]