Steps of Salvation for the Christian

Text: Revelation 2:5 We often emphasize the “steps of salvation” – what one must do to become a Christian (hear, believe, repent, confess, and be baptized). After that, we must live faithfully. But how do we live faithfully? The church in Ephesus was told to “do the deeds you did at first.” Remember the steps that lead […]

Regular Christians Who Fell Away

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:12 Paul used the example of the Israelites to warn the brethren in Corinth. God chose them and led them out of Egypt, yet they disobeyed God and were punished. They were examples for us. It is possible for us to begin serving the Lord, then fall away. We will notice some examples […]

How to Determine If One Is a Christian

Text: Acts 26:28 When Paul was on trial before King Agrippa, he used the opportunity to preach. He was trying to persuade the king to become a Christian. We try to do the same today. But if we’re going to persuade people to become a Christian, we need to know what a Christian is. Also, they need to […]

Steps to Achieving Righteousness

Text: James 1:19-22 The book of James is filled with practical instructions for our lives as Christians. In our text, James discussed – in practical terms – how to be righteous. Our goal is to “achieve the righteousness of God.” How do we do that? James outlined four steps we can take to achieve righteousness. Be Quick […]

Our Attitude Toward God’s Word

Text: Nehemiah 8:1-3 The book of Nehemiah records the effort to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. After it was completed, the people gathered together to hear the law read to them. This is an important passage to consider. It shows how to listen to, to speak, and to respond to God’s word. Attitude of the […]

The Message of Jonah: A Gracious and Compassionate God

Text: Jonah 4:2 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 Jonah. Historical Context […]

Better Not to Know

Text: 2 Peter 2:20-21 Some people say that “ignorance is bliss.” The Bible does not teach this, but it does say there can be times when it is better not to know something in certain circumstances. It is not that “not knowing” is to be preferred in every case, but knowing changes things. Knowing certain things affects […]