Mercy and Judgment

Text: James 2:1-13 This lesson is the third in a series on the book of James. In this passage, James discussed mercy and judgment – what they mean in our standing before God and how we are to apply these principles in our dealings with others. Warning Against Showing Favoritism (v. 1-7) James just finished discussing […]

Practicing Church Discipline

Text: 1 Corinthians 5 Church discipline is often not a pleasant topic, and is even more difficult to practice. However, while this is often difficult and painful to practice, there are times when it is absolutely necessary. Also, when it is done for the right reason and in the right way, it is actually for good – benefitting […]

Trials and Temptations

Text: James 1:1-17 This lesson is the first in a series on the book of James. James is a very practical book. It shows us how we are to live as Christians. In this first lesson, we’re going to be studying about trials and temptations. Joy in Trials (v. 2-4) Trials are meant to test […]

Not Conformed to the World

Text: Romans 12:1-2 As Christians, we have given our lives over to God. This necessarily means we will be different from the world – not conformed, but transformed. Yet too often we are tempted to be like the world. How might we be tempted to conform to the world? We’ll notice four ways in our lesson. […]

What Hasn’t Changed Since the Election

Text: Psalm 62:1-2 Our country has just endured a difficult and divisive Presidential election. Now that it is over, there will be ongoing challenges and changes that will take place. However, there are certain things that have not changed since the election – and they will not change. Our Citizenship Is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20) There […]

Balaam and the Donkey

Text: Numbers 22:15-35 Balaam is mentioned three times in the New Testament. Each time false teachers were likened to him – motivated by greed (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 11) and led God’s people astray (Revelation 2:14). The most memorable incident in his life was his argument with a talking donkey (Numbers 22:21-31). His character was on display […]

Testing for Leprosy

Text: Leviticus 13:1-3 The law of Moses contained several tests to determine if one was infected with leprosy (Leviticus 13). This was a dangerous and contagious disease that would eat away at their body and spread to others. It needed to be detected, properly diagnosed, isolated, and (hopefully) cured. We can draw a parallel between this and […]