The Fear of the Lord

Text: Proverbs 1:7 Early in the book of Proverbs, the wise man began emphasizing “the fear of the Lord” (1:7). Throughout the book, he explained why we are to fear the Lord. This lesson will consider what the wise man taught about the fear of the Lord. What Is the Fear of the Lord? Hebrew word (yirah) – […]

Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians

Text: Philippians 1:9-11 In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he described his prayer for them. He was continually thankful for them (Philippians 1:3) and looked forward to their fellowship in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). His appreciation of them and fellowship with them led to his prayer (Philippians 1:9-11). This prayer is applicable to us as well. […]

Types of Questions We Don’t Need to Answer

Text: Proverbs 29:9 It is easy for discussions on controversial issues to quickly become contentious – even on religious topics. Contentious discussions can consume our time and mental energy if we allow them to. Questions are often used to draw us into discussions. Some of these are good (1 Peter 3:15). But some questions do not need […]

Add to Your Faith

Text: 2 Peter 1:5-11 Peter mentioned several qualities that Christians are to possess. We will not gain these by accident or by miraculous divine intervention. We are told to add to our faith (2 Peter 1:5) and we must be diligent in this (2 Peter 1:10). So in this lesson, we are going to discuss […]

Types of Conscience

Text: 1 Timothy 1:5 One of the goals of preaching/teaching the word of God is a “good conscience.” Our conscience is designed to help guide us to do what is right (“right” depends on how it is trained). If we want to accomplish this goal, we need to understand more about the conscience. There are […]

The Wisdom From Above

Text: James 3:13-18 There are two types of wisdom – worldly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. The previous lesson discussed using heavenly wisdom as we plan for the future. This lesson will take a step back and consider the contrast between the two types of wisdom. How to Determine If We Have Wisdom (James 3:13) Earlier […]

From Your Precepts I Get Understanding

Text: Psalm 119:97-104 Thirteenth stanza of Psalm 119 – God meant for His word to be understood. Not only can it be understood, it can be understood by anyone. Furthermore, if we have the right attitude, we can continue to progress in our understanding, even to the point that we surpass those who might generally be “older […]