The Christian and the World

Text: John 17:14-21 There may be times when we wish we could escape the world – but is not practical or realistic. There is a “relationship” that Christians have with the world. Jesus described this in our text. The context is about the apostles, yet the principles can apply to all Christians. Hated by the […]

The Importance of Numbers

Text: Acts 26:28-29 This is a follow-up to the previous lesson on things that are more important than numbers. There are certainly things we must not sacrifice for the sake of larger numbers; however, we should not overreact and think that smaller numbers are inherently good. We need to remember that numbers represent people – made in the image […]

More Important Than Numbers

Text: Matthew 7:13-14 Some churches are so focused on numbers they will do almost anything to boost their attendance, membership, conversions, etc. We would certainly all prefer to see an increase in these numbers, but not at all costs. The New Testament shows that there are things that are more important than numbers. Favor of God […]

Seeking Peace

Text: 1 Peter 3:8-12, 4:7-11 In this lesson, we’re going to consider what it means to be righteous. The first passage we will consider the importance of seeking peace. We will see how this is the duty of all those who desire to be righteous. Strive to Be at Peace with Others (3:8-12) Peter quoted from […]

“Come and See”

Text: John 1:45-46 After Jesus called Philip, Philip told Nathanael. When Nathanael was first skeptical, Philip offered a simple invitation: “Come and see.” Nathanael came and saw, which led him to believe in Jesus. We are going to consider this “come and see” invitation – what we can learn from it and how it applies […]

Burdens of Teaching the Bible

Text: James 3:1 The previous lesson focused on the blessings of teaching the Bible. We need to look at the “rest of the story” – not to discourage us from teaching, but we must recognize that there are burdens/responsibilities that come with this. So in this lesson, we will consider the burdens that come with teaching the […]

Blessings of Teaching the Bible

Text: 1 Timothy 4:16 Christians have many opportunities to teach the Bible, even without teaching publicly before the church. There are several benefits from having the Bible as the subject of our teaching – also responsibilities/burdens [we will discuss these in the following lesson]. In this lesson, we will focus on the blessings of teaching the Bible. […]