Writing to the Philippians “of the Gospel”

Text: Philippians 1:7 In the book of Philippians, Paul uses the phrase “of the gospel” eight times (NASB). On each occasion, he explains something about the gospel to them (and to us). In this lesson, we will see what Paul wrote “of the gospel” in the letter to Philippi. Confirmation of the Gospel (1:7) These […]

A Snake in the Fire

Text: Acts 28:1-10 After the shipwreck on the way to Rome, Paul and the others ended up on the island of Malta. They were there just three months, but Luke’s account of their stay provides us with some important lessons about miracles, assumptions, and the preaching of the gospel. All of this began with Paul […]

Faith on Man’s Terms

Text: Hebrews 11:6 The Scriptures are clear in describing faith as essential. Yet too many have a conditional faith. Though our faith should be based upon the word of God (Romans 10:17), this is not enough for some. They will not believe unless they see, receive, or otherwise experience something beyond His revealed will. This […]

Put Away Childish Things

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:11 As one moves from childhood to adulthood, changes take place – physical changes; changes in relationships and responsibilities; levels of maturity, knowledge, and wisdom, etc. Paul used this basic principle of growth and maturity as an analogy for our spiritual lives. This lesson deals with some of the “childish things” we […]

The Great Faith of the Centurion

Text: Luke 7:2-10 What prompted Jesus to say, “Not even in Israel have I found such great faith” (Luke 7:9)? Let us consider what Jesus describes as “great faith.” Great Faith Recognizes One’s Own Unworthiness (v. 6-7) We must understand our insignificance in Creation (Psalm 8:3-4) We must understand our state as sinners (Romans 3:23) […]

The Suffering Servant

Text: Isaiah 53 He Did Not Have the Appearance of a King (v. 2) Man often superficially judges according to appearance (1 Samuel 16:1,6-7) God expects us to judge righteously (John 7:24) Man of Sorrows (v. 3) Jesus lived as a man (John 1:14) — necessary to fulfill God’s plan (Hebrews 2:14-15) In His life […]

Some Lessons from Elisha

Text: 1 Kings 19:16 Requested a Double Portion of Elijah’s Spirit (2 Kings 2:6-14) Not referring to a greater ability to prophesy or perform miracles, but it had to do with the desire to follow in the footsteps of his master and continue his work (cf. Deuteronomy 21:17) Those who have led us are worthy […]