Why People Do Not Receive Jesus

Text: John 1:11-12 When Jesus came and preached to the Jews, many “did not receive Him.” This is about receiving Jesus as the Son of God and obeying Him as Lord (John 3:16, 36). Many today are like “His own” who “did not receive Him” – why? This is not an exhaustive list, but we will notice […]

The Fourfold Foundation of the Gospel

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 In Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he reminded them of the fundamental truths of the gospel. These were the points upon which everything else was built. He mentioned four facts that were “of first importance” in God’s saving message. Let us consider the facts that comprise the foundation of the […]

Four Trustworthy Statements

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15; 4:7-9; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Titus 3:8 In an era of “fake news,” it is difficult to find reliable information we can trust. However, there is one source of information we can trust – the word of God (Psalm 119:160). In Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, he shared some “trustworthy” statements. We will […]

Jesus Wept

Text: John 11:35 This verse is the shortest verse in the English Bible, yet there is a lot to be learned from these two words. The context is about Jesus’ response to the death of Lazarus, a personal friend. Jesus was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, but before that was an emotional scene (v. […]

Jesus: The Great Physician

Text: Luke 5:27-32 Jesus is sometimes referred to as “the Great Physician.” He came to heal those who are sick. In our text, He was referring to SPIRITUAL sickness (sin). But Jesus also healed many PHYSICAL ailments. These symbolized the spiritual healing He provides. In this lesson, we’re going to look at the physical ailments healed by Jesus […]

Take Courage in the Face of Tribulation

Text: John 16:32-33 Jesus was talking with His apostles shorty before His death. He warned them that they would be scattered. Despite the fact that they would leave Him, the Father would not leave Him. Jesus encouraged them with the fact that He had overcome the world. This was to give them the courage to endure the trials […]

The Vine and the Branches

Text: John 15:1-6 Jesus used the illustration of a vine and its branches to teach His apostles (and us). He was explaining something about Himself, the Father, and His disciples. There are important lessons for us to learn in Jesus’ illustration. The Vine: Jesus “I am the true vine…” (v. 1) – Jesus was speaking; we […]