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 […]

Wisdom from Above

Text: James 3:13-18 This lesson is the sixth in a series on the book of James. In this passage, we see a comparison between earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. Whichever one we choose will be clear by our actions. Wisdom Is Seen in Our Deeds (v. 13-14) Many may claim to have wisdom – but merely claiming […]

What Hasn’t Changed Since the Election

Text: Psalm 62:1-2 Our country has just endured a difficult and divisive Presidential election. Now that it is over, there will be ongoing challenges and changes that will take place. However, there are certain things that have not changed since the election – and they will not change. Our Citizenship Is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20) There […]

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 […]

Practicing the Golden Rule

Text: Matthew 7:12 Most people, religious or not, recognize the “golden rule” – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is based upon Jesus’ statement in our text. We know the statement, but how do we put it into practice? We Must Take the Initiative Jesus did not say, “Treat […]

The Importance of Thankfulness

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 The Bible clearly instructs us to give thanks to God for all things. Our society places particular emphasis upon thankfulness during this time of year. This is good; but as Christians, we are to be thankful at all times. Why is this important? It is about more than just God instructing us to […]

Does Persecution Cause the Church to Grow?

Text: Acts 8:1-4 The early church faced much persecution. They also experienced a lot of growth. We don’t experience the same persecution today. We also don’t see the same rate of growth (generally). This has caused some to wonder if we might see more growth if we experienced persecution. So we’re going to consider the question: Does persecution […]