All Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 There are many reasons to praise God. In our text, Paul emphasized the spiritual blessings that we have in Christ. Spiritual Blessings Predestination (v. 4-5) – tied to God’s foreknowledge (Romans 8:29); what God foreknew about the ones who would be predestined was their character; God predestined a specific class of people (holy and blameless) Grace […]

The Day of Pentecost

Text: Acts 2:1-4 This is the fifth in a series of lessons examining some great days in history – not in secular history, but days of spiritual importance. In this fifth lesson, we’re going to be discussing the day of Pentecost – specifically, the day of Pentecost following Jesus’ ascension. The Background Jesus spoke about the kingdom […]

The Godhead

Text: Colossians 2:9 When people talk about the “Godhead,” they often use the term “Trinity” – refers to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The term “Trinity” is not in the Bible, yet this does not necessarily mean the concept is unbiblical. However, many believe there is just one person of God and deny the concept […]

The Gospel of Freedom

Text: Galatians 4:21-5:26 This is the fifth of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of freedom. The Announcement You are children of the free woman (Galatians 4:31) – analogy of Abraham’s two sons (Galatians 4:21-30); because of this freedom, we have the promise (Galatians 4:24-26, 28); promise […]

The Gospel of Promise

Text: Galatians 3:1-29 This is the third of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of promise. This promise extended all the way back to Abraham. As we will see, this promise is conditional. The Announcement The promise made to Abraham (Galatians 3:8) – promise of the […]

Twelve Disciples in Ephesus

Text: Acts 19:1-10 When Paul came to Ephesus, he found twelve men that would be part of the beginning of the church in that city. There are some lessons we can learn from this account – we will consider a few of them here. Disciples of John When we first read “disciples,” we might assume these […]

Appointing and Working with Elders

Text: Acts 20:28 Once men have developed to the point that they are qualified to be elders, what comes next? Elders must be appointed. Then the congregation must work under their oversight. How does this work? And what about a congregation without qualified men to serve as elders? The Appointment of Elders The preacher’s role […]