The Great Gain of Godliness

Text: 1 Timothy 6:3-10 Why do we serve God? Some are motivated by a hope of material gain. Others are motivated by spiritual gain. Many are motivated by both. In this lesson, we will consider Paul’s words to Timothy about the dangers of being motivated by material gain and what is the great gain of godliness. The […]

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) […]

Take Courage

Text: John 16:33 Courage is the confidence and conviction to do what one knows to be right, regardless of the consequences. The apostles needed courage to carry out the Lord’s instructions without being deterred by persecution. We must have this same type of courage today. So how do we “take courage” so that we can […]

“Easier for a Camel to Go through the Eye of a Needle”

Text: Matthew 19:23-26 This is one of the difficult statements of Jesus. It almost seems as though He is discouraging certain people from following Him (the rich). Yet this is not meant to be discouraging, but a warning. Riches are a potential danger to one’s spiritual well-being. What Jesus Does Not Say Jesus does not […]

Spirit of Faith

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:13 Paul compares his faith to that of the psalmist. Godly people have always had this type of faith in God, even if they were under a different law during the Old Testament. We need to have “the same spirit of faith” today. Faith Enables Us to Endure Hardship Paul had just […]

Caleb’s Inheritance

Text: Joshua 14:6-12; 15:13-14 As one of the two faithful spies, Caleb was promised an inheritance in the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 1:36). But in order to receive this inheritance, he needed to exhibit certain characteristics in order to obtain it. Caleb’s Example: Patience Caleb was 40 when he spied out Canaan (Joshua 14:7) – […]

Pressing On Toward The Goal

Text: Philippians 3:12-14 Forget What Lies Behind Our old lives of sin (Romans 6:6) Evil companions (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) Hopelessness (Ephesians 2:12) Lack of direction (Jeremiah 10:23) Reach Forward to What Lies Ahead Maturity (Hebrews 6:1) Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15-18) Hope (Hebrews 6:18-20) Press On Toward the Goal We need to have endurance (Hebrews 12:1) Stay […]