Things That Are More Valuable Than Gold

Text: Job 31:24-25, 28 There is a temptation to put our trust in wealth, especially when we face greater uncertainty than normal. For centuries, gold has been valued; and the Scriptures do not deny the value of it. However, we are not to put our trust in it. As Job said in our text, that would […]

A Good Name

Text: Proverbs 22:1 When Solomon talked about “a good name,” he was referring to one’s reputation. This is what a person is known for. What are we known for? How important is it to have a good name? The Comparison Solomon made a comparison between “a good name” and “great wealth” – if we can only have […]

Lessons from Paul’s Letter to Philemon

Text: Philemon 1 Philemon was a wealthier Christian who lived in Colossae or the surrounding area. Onesimus was Philemon’s slave who had run away, met Paul, and obeyed the gospel. Paul was sending him back to Philemon along with this letter. This lesson discusses what we can learn from Paul’s letter to Philemon. Develop a Reputation for Good […]

Planning for the Future

Text: Proverbs 16:9 If we are going to be pleasing to God, there are two critical factors – God’s instructions and our decisions. We must know what God desires us to do, then we must decide to do it. At the turn of every new year, many make resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. This […]

The Other Qualifications for Elders

Text: 1 Timothy 3:4-5 Most of the qualifications for elders have to do with their character. However, there are other qualifications regarding his family, ability, and personal history. We will consider these other qualifications in this lesson. His Family He Must Be the Husband of One Wife (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6) Verb tense is […]

Measures of a Sound Church

Text: 2 Timothy 1:13 We sometimes use the term “sound” to describe a local church. What does this mean? And what standard are we to use to indicate whether or not a church is sound? What Does It Mean for a Church to be Sound? The Greek word translated sound means to be well or in […]

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 […]