John’s Letter to Gaius

Text: 3 John The letter of 3 John is addressed to a man named Gaius. There are at least three men named Gaius in the New Testament – Gaius of Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:14), Gaius of Derbe (Acts 20:4), and Gaius of Macedonia (Acts 19:29). We do not know if this Gaius was one of […]

Sound the Alarm

Text: Hosea 5:8 Much of the preaching that is done today avoids the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Instead, it emphasizes what is positive, feel-good, and motivational. It is this way because that is what people want (2 Timothy 4:3). There is a general dislike, even among some of our brethren, of preaching that […]

A Basket of Summer Fruit

Text: Amos 8:1-2 Amos prophesied of judgment that was coming against Israel. The warnings about judgment and the reasons why it was coming are important for us to remember today. Significance of Divine Revelation “The Lord God showed me…” (Amos 8:1) – Amos made it clear that this message was revealed to him by God […]

Sins of the Tongue

James 3:2-8 If we cannot “tame the tongue,” (James 3:8), how can we control our speech? It is done by making sure our hearts are right (Proverbs 4:23; James 3:9-12). This lesson will address a few sins of the tongue and how to avoid them. False Teaching This is suggested in the immediate context (James […]

The Example of Those Who Fell in the Wilderness

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 Paul begins by reminding these Christians of the parallels between then and the Israelites (v. 1-4). But most died in the wilderness. We need to learn from their failings so we can avoid their sins. Do Not Crave Evil Things (v. 6) This was the fundamental problem that led to the […]

The Thorn in the Flesh

Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Keep from Exalting Self Pride is a persistent problem (2 Timothy 3:2) — no matter who we are, we each have things we could boast about; but we must not Paul could have boasted in the revelations (v. 7) and other things (Philippians 3:4-6) — the thorn in the flesh prevented […]

Why the Interest in Judgment Day Predictions?

Text: Matthew 24:36 They Want to Know What God Knows This is how the first sin was committed — Eve wanted to have knowledge that was exclusive to God (Genesis 3:1-6) We need to be content with what God has revealed (Deuteronomy 29:29) God has given us everything pertaining to life & godliness (2 Peter […]