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 […]

Remember Your Creator

Text: Ecclesiastes 12:1 As the wise man began to close the book of Ecclesiastes, he made an appeal to the young: Remember your Creator. This is important for all, but particular emphasis is placed upon the young. Why is it important to remember God as our Creator? And how do we remember Him as such? […]

The Other Qualifications for Elders

Text: 1 Timothy 3:4-5 Most of the qualifications for elders have to do with their character. However, there are other qualifications regarding his family, ability, and personal history. We will consider these other qualifications in this lesson. His Family He Must Be the Husband of One Wife (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6) Verb tense is […]

The Childhood of Jesus

Text: Luke 2:40 Many wonder what the childhood of Jesus was like. The Bible says little about it, though other writings claim to contain accounts of His childhood. His childhood was important because it was a necessary part of God’s scheme of redemption (Hebrews 2:14-15; 10:5). But it is also significant that the Bible says […]

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” […]

Raising Children in a Wicked World

Text: Genesis 6:5-10 Is it possible to raise godly children in a wicked world? Yes! It has been done before and it can be done again. However, that does not mean it will be easy. Parents must be diligent and trust in God’s plan, no matter how wicked the world becomes. Wickedness in the World […]

Training Children

Text: Proverbs 22:6 The training of children is done in two ways – by instruction (teaching them what is right) and by discipline (punishing them for doing what is wrong). Parents are responsible for training their children and must take this work seriously. Failing to train children in the right way will bring shame upon […]