A Blessed Life

Text: Matthew 5:3-12 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave instructions for the life of a disciple. In our text, He described the life of a disciple as a blessed life. These verses are often referred to as the “beatitudes” because they describe those who are blessed. This means more than just being happy – they were […]

Do This First

Text: Proverbs 24:27 In every area of life, there are certain things that must be done first before something else can be done. This does not mean that the secondary action is less important, but the sequence is important. Matthew records a few times in which Jesus taught that something must be done first before something else […]

Keeping God’s Word Results in Purity

Text: Psalm 119:9-16 Second stanza of Psalm 119 – Following God’s word results in purity in our lives. Any one of us can keep from sin if we follow the word of God, but we must do certain things to make this happen. Following God’s Word Keeps Our Way Pure (v. 9) The word of […]

Those Who Walk in God’s Law are Blessed

Text: Psalm 119:1-8 First stanza of Psalm 119 – Addresses the blessing that God’s word is to us. This lesson considers why we should recognize God’s word as a blessing and what we should do as a result. Blessings Come Because God is with Us (v. 1, 8) This passage begins with an acknowledgment of being […]

How to Receive God’s Grace

Text: James 4:6-10 God’s grace is offered to all (Titus 2:11), but it is not received by all. This passage tells us how to receive God’s grace, which leads to salvation (Ephesians 2:8). We Must Be Humble (v. 6) God offers grace to all, but only gives it to the humble (Matthew 5:3) – humility […]

How One’s Heart Becomes Hardened

Hebrews 3:12-13 The Hebrew writer warned about brethren developing an unbelieving heart hardened by sin. This comes in the middle of two warnings against following the poor example of the Israelites (Hebrews 3:7-8,15). The example of the Israelites hardening their hearts is a warning for us. However, the Israelites also had an example that they […]

Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind

Text: Ephesians 4:17-24 Christians are to be different from the world – not just in our actions, but also in the way we think. Paul outlines the contrast in this passage. This is a Divine Calling “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord” (v. 17) – not one man’s opinion; the inspired […]