The Fruit of the Spirit (Part 1)

Text: Galatians 5:22-23 In these verses, Paul talked about the fruit of the Spirit. Several character traits are listed. They are the natural product of the Spirit’s influence on our lives. This affects our conduct as we “walk by the Spirit” (v. 16) and our decisions as we are “led by the Spirit” (v. 18). The […]

Trials and Temptations

Text: James 1:1-17 This lesson is the first in a series on the book of James. James is a very practical book. It shows us how we are to live as Christians. In this first lesson, we’re going to be studying about trials and temptations. Joy in Trials (v. 2-4) Trials are meant to test […]

Joy and Peace

Text: Philippians 4:4-8 The world has always been a place of turmoil, stress, and worry. It seems as though problems have only compounded. However, Paul told the brethren in Philippi to rejoice ALWAYS and be anxious for NOTHING. How can Christians have such joy and peace? We will examine this passage to find out. Two […]

Some Things That Money Cannot Buy

Text: Hebrews 13:5 We live in a materialistic society. The problem is not money or the things it will buy, but our attitude toward these things. While money will buy a lot of things, there are some things that money cannot buy. It is important that we recognize the limits of money and, therefore, place our trust […]

“Make My Joy Complete”

Text: Philippians 2:2 One of the themes in Paul’s letter to Philippi is joy. In our text, he talked about his joy being made complete. This would be done if these brethren maintained unity – in mind, love, spirit, and purpose. Be of the Same Mind “Likeminded” (KJV) – common understanding Unity comes as a result of […]

Raising Children to be Christians

Text: 3 John 4 Parents strive to “bring [children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The ultimate goal is to lead them to the Lord. Parents may hope that their children enjoy good health and prosperity in this life. But in the end, what matters most is that their “soul prospers” […]

Reasons to Rejoice

Text: Philippians 4:4 Why does Paul tell the brethren in Philippi to rejoice? It is easy to be distracted by the negative things in this life (Job 14:1), which are a threat to our spiritual wellbeing (Luke 8:14). We may suffer pain, endure hardship and loss, be persecuted, etc. We may not always be happy, […]