The Problem with Organized Religion

Text: Ephesians 4:11-12, 16, 22-24 Many people today disparage “organized religion.” Instead, they just want a “personal relationship” with Jesus. However, this is not an “either-or” proposition. In our service to God, we have personal and corporate responsibilities. In this lesson, we will discuss these responsibilities and notice what the real problem is with “organized […]

The Churches of Men

Text: Matthew 15:13 There are many churches in the religious world that can be classified as “churches of men.” We need to be warned about these churches – not just so that we can avoid being a part of them, but so that we can help lead others out of them. Define “Churches of Men” We often […]

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 […]

What People Want and Don’t Want in Religion

Text: Colossians 2:20-23 Paul describes certain practices that fall under the category of “self-made religion,” or “will worship” (KJV). This is worship according to the will of man. People often want to be religious because it satisfies their conscience. But they want to be religious on their terms, not God’s. So in this lesson, we […]

Bible Teaching Related to Christmas

Text: Galatians 4:9-11 December 25th is the annual observance of Christmas. For many, it is a day to mark the birth of Christ. For many others, it is a day to enjoy time with family, exchange gifts, etc. For others, it is just a day with no more significance than any other day. In this […]

Vanity Among the Religious

Text: Ecclesiastes 12:8 By the end of Ecclesiastes, Solomon had thoroughly discussed the vanity of life. He concluded with our purpose: to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Spiritual things must come first; everything else is secondary. Yet some, attempting to serve God, end up following vanity anyway in their improper pursuit of […]

Christmas and the Christian

Text: Luke 2:9-11 What is Christmas? Celebration / commemoration of the birth of Jesus (also called the nativity) Origins (brief history) — all dates you will find are after the first century (this is significant) Earliest evidence of a celebration for Jesus’ birth on December 25th is in the middle of the 4th century Current […]