The Message of Habakkuk: The Righteous Will Live by Faith

Text: Habakkuk 2:4 In this series, we are going to do an overview of the Minor Prophets. The goal is to (1) understand the overall theme of each book and (2) see what lessons there are for us. In this lesson, we are going to see what we can learn from the book of Habakkuk. Historical Context […]

Exerting a Positive Influence

Text: Matthew 5:16 Unfortunately, there are sometimes good reasons why someone would be surprised to learn that another person is a Christian. Whatever those reasons are, it means that the Christian is not exerting a positive influence. This means that he is not in a position to credibly lead someone else to the truth. How can […]

Keeping God’s Word Results in Purity

Text: Psalm 119:9-16 Second stanza of Psalm 119 – Following God’s word results in purity in our lives. Any one of us can keep from sin if we follow the word of God, but we must do certain things to make this happen. Following God’s Word Keeps Our Way Pure (v. 9) The word of […]

Reasons to Rejoice

Text: Philippians 4:4 Why does Paul tell the brethren in Philippi to rejoice? It is easy to be distracted by the negative things in this life (Job 14:1), which are a threat to our spiritual wellbeing (Luke 8:14). We may suffer pain, endure hardship and loss, be persecuted, etc. We may not always be happy, […]

Lessons from the Prodigal Son

Text: Luke 15:11-32 Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son is one of His more well-known parables. There are several lessons we can learn from it – both from the prodigal son and his brother. This lesson examines a few of these lessons. Impatience The younger son demanded his share of the inheritance early (Luke 15:11-12) […]

Does God Want Us to be Happy?

People often try to excuse sin by saying, “I just think God would want me to be happy.” The reasoning is that is a certain behavior makes one happy, God must accept it, no matter what the Bible says, so we should accept the behavior too. We must ask the question: Does God want us […]

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Text: Philippians 4:4 We are Commanded to Rejoice (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:16) Wrong Reasons to Rejoice Unrighteousness (1 Corinthians 13:6) The death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11) When bad things happen to others (Proverbs 24:17) Right Reasons to Rejoice When others rejoice (Romans 12:15) When we are saved (Acts 8:39) The faithfulness of others (3 […]