Six Things That Pornography Users Do Not Want

Text: Matthew 5:27-29 Pornography is a huge problem in our society. Many Christians have fallen prey to it despite Jesus’ warning (Matthew 5:27-29). Jesus taught that lust is so destructive that we should go to extremes to remove opportunities to lust. The primary problem with pornography is lust. However, one can be guilty of lust […]

Blessings and Burdens of Spiritual Independence

Text: 2 Peter 1:3 Through the provisions He has given, God has made it so that each of us can faithfully serve Him, regardless of what others might choose to do. This is not to say that we should not work together, or that we cannot help one another, but rather that we must take […]

Solomon Anointed King

Text: 1 Kings 1:38-40 Forgiveness of God Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba (1:11), well-known for her affair with David (2 Samuel 11) Punishment — the child born to Bathsheba would die (2 Samuel 12:14) This child died (2 Samuel 12:15-18) — the next child, Solomon, did not (2 Samuel 12:24), but rather became king When God […]

The Ever Expanding Civil Government

The Role of Government Punish evildoers (Romans 13:3-4) Protect the innocent (Romans 13:3) Provide & maintain a secure environment (1 Timothy 2:2-3) Civil governments have expanded far beyond this God-ordained role The Danger of Putting Our Trust in Government Trusting in something that will fail (Ecclesiastes 5:8; Matthew 26:11) Failing to do what we are […]

Why People Crucified Jesus

[This was a follow-up lesson to the one previously posted, “The Testimony of Jesus’ Enemies”] Chief Priests – Pride (John 11:47-48); Envy (Matthew 27:17-18) Judas – Greed (Matthew 27:3-4) Pilate – Opposition (John 19:12-16) The Centurion – Duty (Luke 23:47; Matthew 8:8-9)

Money

Our Attitude – James 1:17; Philippians 4:10-12; 1 Timothy 6:9-10 Our Responsibility Care for self – 2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 Care for our own – 1 Timothy 5:8 Help the needy – Ephesians 4:28; Galatians 6:10 Give to local church – 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Help support preachers – Galatians 6:6 Pay taxes – […]

Shortcuts to Bible Study

Methods some people use to avoid having to study the Bible: Use your own common sense – Jeremiah 10:23; Proverbs 14:12 Follow the majority – Matthew 7:13-14 Believe what your family believes – Matthew 10:34-37; Luke 16:27-28 Do what you’ve always done – Matthew 15:1-9 Follow well-known / well-respected preachers – 1 Corinthians 4:6; Acts […]