The Desire for Unity

Text: Psalm 133 This is a brief psalm about the blessings of unity among God’s people. But too often unity is taken for granted, perverted from God’s plan, or destroyed through division. Unity is GOOD and PLEASANT. Therefore, it is important that we understand what this is and why it is important. Unity Must Be Based Upon […]

Songs of Jesus

Text: Hebrews 2:12 Singing is one of the key components of our worship. Because of this, we find singing throughout the Bible – including in the New Testament. In this lesson, we are going to see what we can learn from certain songs – the songs of Jesus. The Song Before His Crucifixion (Matthew 26:30) […]

A Call to Holiness

Text: 1 Peter 1:13-21 In this lesson, we are going to consider the call to holiness. As Christians, we have been called to be holy as God is holy. Therefore… (v. 13) Based upon the previous discussion – God worked to make salvation possible (1 Peter 1:2); He has provided us with a living hope […]

The Greatness of Christ

Text: Colossians 1:13-23 In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, the apostle emphasized the greatness and preeminence of Christ. His reason for pointing this out was not just so they would recognize certain facts about Christ. Knowing these things about Christ was to motivate them to respond in a certain way. The same is true for us […]

Living in View of Christ’s Return

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 The second coming of Christ is a recurrent theme in Paul’s letters to Thessalonica. The Holy Spirit wanted these brethren to keep this event in their minds as they went through life. These letters have been preserved for us for the same reason. Understanding the reality of the Lord’s return, what […]

The Character Qualifications for Elders

Text: 1 Timothy 3:2-3; Titus 1:6-9 If we are to develop, identify, and appoint elders, we must know the qualifications for elders that God has given. Most of the qualifications have to do with the elder’s character – traits that all Christians should possess. In studying these, it is not just about someone else (elders or […]

You Are a Peculiar People

Text: 1 Peter 2:9-10 Peter wrote his letter to Christians, reminding them that they were to be different from the world. In our text, he described how we are to be different from the world. A Chosen Race People talk a lot about race – we must understand that all are equal before God (Galatians 3:28; […]