The Christian’s Boast

Text: Romans 5:1-11 In our text, Paul used the word exult three times (NASB). The KJV used the words rejoice, glory, and joy in its place. The word means to boast about something. Usually we think of boasting as something that we shouldn’t do as Christians, but it depends on what we are boasting in (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:31). We can and […]

Who May Ascend into the Hill of the Lord?

Text: Psalm 24:1-5 In this passage, there is an important question for us to consider. We’re going to notice the psalmist’s answer and also see why this question is important. To do that, we’re going to work backwards in our text – start at the end and move to the beginning to see what we can learn. Why […]

The Fourfold Foundation of the Gospel

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 In Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he reminded them of the fundamental truths of the gospel. These were the points upon which everything else was built. He mentioned four facts that were “of first importance” in God’s saving message. Let us consider the facts that comprise the foundation of the […]

What All Men Have in Common

Text: Proverbs 22:2 People are different. Sadly, some people unfairly judge or hate others based on their race, culture, class, etc. Christians are to judge righteously (John 7:24) and abound in love for all (1 Thessalonians 3:12). To do this, we need to remember what we all have in common rather than focus on our differences. God […]

Four Trustworthy Statements

Text: 1 Timothy 1:15; 4:7-9; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Titus 3:8 In an era of “fake news,” it is difficult to find reliable information we can trust. However, there is one source of information we can trust – the word of God (Psalm 119:160). In Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, he shared some “trustworthy” statements. We will […]

God’s Plan for You

Text: Jeremiah 29:11 This verse is a favorite for many people. Yet it is important to note the context – the restoration of the Jews from Babylon after 70 years in captivity (v. 10, 14). But many take this verse, apply it to their lives, and assume that God must have a plan for every detail (jobs, homes, […]

Lessons from the Ark

Text: Genesis 6:13-18 The account of Noah and the flood is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. Yet this was not a fairy tale; it is something that really happened. Learning about the ark and the world before and after the flood is fascinating. But there are also important lessons we need to learn from […]