The Christian and Minimalism

Text: Colossians 2:8 When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he warned about human philosophy leading us away from Christ. Today, many promote the philosophy of minimalism. Some concepts in this philosophy will be appealing to many, even if they don’t embrace it in its entirety. What is minimalism? What place, if any, does it have […]

Turning Blessings into Curses

Text: Proverbs 25:16 In the Bible, honey is often used to symbolize God’s great blessings for man (cf. Exodus 3:8). Yet in our text, the wise man pointed out that this same blessing can be turned into something with negative effects. It is possible to take the good things God blesses us with and turn them into […]

What Keeps Us from Going to Battle?

Text: Deuteronomy 20:1-9 In the Old Testament, the Israelites were called to fight. These physical battles teach us lessons for our spiritual war. In our text, Moses encouraged the people to not fear the enemies they would face and also gave certain exemptions that would excuse certain men from their responsibilities to go to war. As Christians involved […]

Woe to the Wicked

Text: Isaiah 5:8-23 Isaiah prophesied concerning Judah and Jerusalem, warning them to turn from their sin. In this chapter, he delivered God’s message of “woe” to the wicked. There are some important lessons in this chapter for us to learn as well. Woe to Those Who Are Greedy (v. 8, 23) Adding house to house […]

Through Many Tribulations (Part 3: Sacrifices)

Text: Acts 14:22 Paul and Barnabas encouraged the brethren to remain faithful to the Lord “through many tribulations” so they could reach the final reward of heaven. The kinds of tribulations that we may face could be unique to Christians or common to all people. Any of these tribulations could potentially derail our faith and […]

How to Lose Your Soul

Text: Matthew 16:26 Our soul is more valuable than anything and everything in this world. Even if we could obtain all of the material things in this would, our soul is more valuable. Jesus said it was foolish to forfeit our soul for the whole world, yet many forfeit their souls for far less. How do […]

Who Knows?

Text: Ecclesiastes 8:7 There is one thing in our future that is certain – death followed by judgment. Beyond that, we cannot say with certainty what will happen in our future. How do we approach life with this uncertainty? We must look to what God has revealed in the Scriptures. This lesson will examine several passages about people with uncertain […]