A Year of Jubilee

Text: Leviticus 25:8-12 In the Law of Moses, there were instructions about a time to “restart” (begin again) – the year of jubilee. This occurred every 50 years. As we are about to begin a new year, there are several lessons for us from this year of jubilee. Laws Regarding the Year of Jubilee Everyone was […]

A Living Hope

Text: 1 Peter 1:1-9 Peter began his first epistle focusing on the hope of salvation. This hope that we have is a “living hope.” God’s Work to Save Us (v. 1-2) Peter mentioned all three members of the Godhead being involved in our salvation – God the Father, by His foreknowledge, crafted a plan to […]

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 […]

Passing Over the Firstborn

Text: Genesis 49:3-4 In ancient times, the firstborn (particularly the firstborn son) held a place of prominence – inheritance, assume leadership role after the death of the father. There are several examples in the book of Genesis about the firstborn being passed over for a younger brother who would later appear in the genealogy of Christ. Why […]

Consider Your Calling

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:26 Paul spoke to the Corinthians of “the word of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18) and said that many rejected it, but they had accepted it. However, they needed to remain faithful. To encourage them to remain faithful, he told them, “Consider your calling” (1 Corinthians 1:26). We must do the same […]

The Gospel of Adoption

Text: Galatians 4:1-20 This is the fourth of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of adoption. We can become the children of God. Once we do, we must live in a certain way. The Announcement Christ came at the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4) – this was […]

You Have Need of Endurance

Text: Hebrews 10:36 Endurance is a characteristic that we must have as Christians. But why is it so important? In this lesson, we will consider a few passages that explain why we need to have endurance. Note: We will notice a few different English words used in these verses (endurance, patience, perseverance), but they are […]