Pressing On To Maturity

Text: Hebrews 6:1 Our Life in Christ New birth (John 3:3,5; 1 Peter 1:23) Babes in Christ (1 Peter 2:1-2) Full grown (Hebrews 5:13-14) We are not to remain stagnant (Hebrews 5:11-12) God Expects Us to Grow Individually (John 15:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 1:5-8) Collectively (Ephesians 4:15-16; Acts 9:31) What If We Fail to Grow? […]

Raising Lazarus

Text: John 11 Nature of Miracles True miracles cannot be faked, attributed to coincidence, or be just an unlikely event True miracles are undeniable – Even Jesus’ enemies acknowledged the legitimacy of His miracle (v. 47-48) Miracles were performed to produce faith (v. 45; John 20:30-31) God Allows Human Suffering Jesus knew Lazarus was sick […]

The Bread of Life

Text: John 6:48-58 Spiritual, not Physical This bread is lasting (John 6:35) Better than the manna given to the Israelites (John 6:31-33,49,58) Better than the bread He recently provided (John 6:1-14) This bread was His word (John 6:68, 54-58; John 6:53, 1:14) Why We Need this Bread Bread is necessary for survival (John 6:68) Bread […]

Ananias & Sapphira

Text: Acts 5:1-11 The Background (Acts 4:34-37) Lesson about Money We are free to use it as we see fit (Acts 5:4) But our use of money must be guided by divine principles In matters of liberty, we must not pass judgment against others (Romans 14:4,10) Their Sin – Lied to the Holy Spirit (v. […]

You Must Be Born Again

Text: John 3:1-8 The Kingdom is Open to All Jew or Gentile, young or old, etc. But one must be born again – even the Jews, God’s chosen people What is the New Birth? Of water and the Spirit Baptism – by water (Acts 8:36-38) and by the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13) Comparison between Physical […]

The Time When Kings Go Out to Battle

Text: 2 Samuel 11:1 War is a Reality – Matthew 10:34-37; Ephesians 6:12 We Follow the Command of Our King – Matthew 28:18; John 18:36-37 Make Preparations – Ephesians 6:10-17 Be On Guard – 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Peter 3:17 We Must Fight Valiantly When the Time Comes – 1 Timothy 1:18; 6:12

The Vine and the Branches

Text: John 15:1-6 The Vine: Jesus He is the source of life He is the source of strength/nourishment He is what binds the branches together The Branches: Christians Individuals, not churches/denominations We must abide in Christ We are to bear fruit The Vinedresser: God the Father Cuts off unfruitful branches Prunes the fruitful branches Grafts […]