Why People Do Not Receive Jesus

Text: John 1:11 When Jesus came and preached to the Jews, many would not receive Him. Why? The gospel of John records several events showing reasons why people rejected Jesus. Many do not receive Jesus for the same reasons today. Let us notice a few of these. They Love Darkness (John 3:19-21) Jesus is the […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Start, Stop, Improve

When people make New Year’s resolutions, they often start with these words – start exercising, stop smoking, improve spending habits, etc. It is good to improve all areas of our lives. But it is particularly important to improve our spiritual lives. In that regard, let us consider some resolutions for the new year. Start… Start Your Life in […]

Five Ways to Test Your Faith

Text: 2 Corinthians 13:5 Christians need to “test” themselves to be sure they are “in the faith.” How can we determine if we are being as faithful as we ought to be? This lesson will examine five questions to ask ourselves about our faith. Are You Obedient to the Faith? For many in the religious […]

A Right Way and a Wrong Way to Learn

Text: Proverbs 1:5 Most people understand the importance of learning, though not everyone goes about learning in the same way. There is a right and wrong way to learn. In this lesson, we will consider what the Scriptures teach about learning – particularly learning that is of a religious nature and pertains to spiritual things. […]

“How Can a Young Man Keep His Way Pure?”

Text: Psalm 119:9-16 Keep God’s Word (v. 9) Wrong places to look for this answer – oneself (Jeremiah 10:23); peers (Exodus 23:2); parents (Ezekiel 18:14) We must look to the word of God Seek God Wholeheartedly (v. 10) We must not divide our allegiance between God & anyone/anything else (Matthew 6:24) Whatever we do must […]

Admonition to the Corinthians

Text: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Before closing his first letter to Corinth, Paul gives the brethren five admonitions. These instructions were not given because of a peculiar situation that existed among the brethren there. They are general instructions that all Christians can apply as well. So let us consider what Paul urged the Corinthians to do, and […]

“What Am I Still Lacking?”

Text: Matthew 19:16-22 The rich young ruler was spiritually minded (interested in eternal life, v. 16), religious (he kept the commandments, v. 18-20), and was interested in improving his service to God (asked what he was lacking, v. 20). He seemed to be a good man with a good attitude who showed a lot of […]