Psalm 23 and the Christian

Text: Psalm 23 The 23rd psalm is one of the most well-known and well-loved passages in the Bible. It helps provide comfort, encouragement, and peace as we go through a harsh and wicked world. It was written during the time of the old law, yet there are certainly lessons that apply to us as Christians. “The Lord […]

The Foundations for the Righteous

Text: Psalm 11:1-7 In this psalm, David described the adversity and opposition he faced from his enemies. Yet he could take refuge in the Lord. He was secure as long as “the foundations” remained secure. “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1) When we are in need of help, we need to turn to the […]

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 […]

Shame: A Biblical Perspective

Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Shame is “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” One can also be shamed or put to shame by others, causing him to feel ashamed. Shame has a very negative connotation in our society. But what does the Bible have to say about […]

The Road to Damascus

Text: Acts 9:1-9 In this lesson, we’re going to find one who was traveling the road to Damascus. As we travel down the road to Damascus, we will learn about converting the enemy. Many Enemies of Christ Are Religious Zealots Saul was on his way to Damascus in order to arrest Christians (v. 1-2) – he was extending […]

The Demands of Discipleship

Text: Luke 9:57-62 We have been called to be disciples of Jesus – but this is not an easy life. Discipleship is demanding. Certain things are required of us and not everyone will be willing to be a disciple. In our text, Jesus encountered three prospective disciples. In His responses to them, He showed just how […]

Regular Christians Who Endured Hardship

Text: Acts 14:22 We will go through “many tribulations” in our effort to reach our eternal reward. We need to be strengthened in spirit, encouraged to continue, and always remain faithful. The previous lesson discussed the importance of encouraging our brethren. This lesson is about what we must do ourselves – endure hardships. Even “regular Christians” can […]