God’s Law Trumps Man’s Law

Text: Romans 13:1 God ordained civil government to fulfill a specific purpose (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:1-4). Governments will go beyond this limited role – this is not always bad, just reality. Even within the limits of the U.S. Constitution, the role is larger than the limited role outlined in the New Testament. However, we […]

Joseph of Arimathea

Text: Matthew 27:57-60 One of the people we read about in connection with Jesus’ death is Joseph of Arimathea. He took it upon himself to bury the body of Jesus. He is mentioned in all four gospels, but only briefly. There are some lessons we can learn from this man – challenges he faced and traits […]

Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians

Text: Philippians 1:9-11 In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he described his prayer for them. He was continually thankful for them (Philippians 1:3) and looked forward to their fellowship in the gospel (Philippians 1:5). His appreciation of them and fellowship with them led to his prayer (Philippians 1:9-11). This prayer is applicable to us as well. […]

A Focused Life

Text: Matthew 6:19-34 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave instructions for the life of a disciple. In our text, He described the life of a disciple as a focused life. The Lord does not expect His people to drift aimlessly through life. We are to live with focus and determination. However, we must also be careful […]

A Righteous Life

Text: Matthew 5:13-48 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave instructions for the life of a disciple. In our text, He described the life of a disciple as a righteous life. The previous lesson touched on righteousness. Again, righteousness is to be right by God’s standard, not man’s. This lesson will expand on that point. Example […]

A Blessed Life

Text: Matthew 5:3-12 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave instructions for the life of a disciple. In our text, He described the life of a disciple as a blessed life. These verses are often referred to as the “beatitudes” because they describe those who are blessed. This means more than just being happy – they were […]

The Wisdom From Above

Text: James 3:13-18 There are two types of wisdom – worldly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. The previous lesson discussed using heavenly wisdom as we plan for the future. This lesson will take a step back and consider the contrast between the two types of wisdom. How to Determine If We Have Wisdom (James 3:13) Earlier […]