Psalm 23 and the Christian

Text: Psalm 23 Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and well-loved passages in the Bible. Though it was written during the time of the Old Law, there are certainly lessons contained in it that apply to us as Christians. “The Lord is my shepherd” (v. 1) Each one of us, as individuals, must […]

Unacceptable Gifts for God

Text: Amos 5:21-24 The Lord’s words in this passage are almost unthinkable to many today. They cannot imagine God not accepting whatever it is they choose to give Him. Yet this passage and others we will notice are clear – some gifts are unacceptable to God. Gifts Offered Without Cost Are Unacceptable Example of David […]

“You Were Unwilling”

Text: Matthew 23:37-38 Calvinism teaches that salvation is unconditional and that grace is irresistible. The reason for this is that man (allegedly) has no free will. Therefore, man would be unable to make the decision on his own to serve the Lord. Many passages refute this idea. This passage is one of them. The Lord […]

Temptation

Text: 1 John 2:15-17 Avenues of Temptation – 1 John 2:16 Lust of the flesh Lust of the eyes Pride of life Examples of Satan Using these Avenues of Temptation Eve – Genesis 3 Jesus – Matthew 4 God’s Promise About Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13 No unique temptation God is faithful There will be […]

Choose Whom You Will Serve

Text: Joshua 24:15 We have a choice to make We should be motivated by God’s goodness (v. 1-13) We must respond properly to God’s goodness (v. 14) We should not be influenced by others Choosing to follow God is a serious matter (v. 16-18)

Predestination

Text: Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 8:29-30 Has God predestined certain individuals to be saved, or a certain group to be saved? Passages used to defend the “individual predestination” doctrine – Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:29-30; Nehemiah 9:7; Romans 9:10-13 (explain each) Consequences of the “individual predestination” doctrine: No reason to do good No reason to evangelize Makes […]