A City Set on a Hill

Text: Matthew 5:14 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus described His disciples as “a city set on a hill.” Cities were often built on hills and raised areas because there were benefits to doing this. Jesus’ disciples are like this – there are benefits of being like the city on a hill, but there are also […]

Regular Christians Who Encouraged Their Brethren

Text: Hebrews 3:12-13 Christians are expected to encourage one another – not occasionally, but consistently/regularly. This is to prevent us from being hardened by sin, falling away, and developing an unbelieving heart. This can happen to any of us; therefore, we all need to be encouraging and be encouraged. Providing encouragement is something that any of us can do. […]

David’s Mighty Men

Text: 2 Samuel 23:8-12 In the Bible (especially in the Old Testament), we read of many who fought for the Lord, serving in His army. Some of these have names that are well-known (Joshua, Gideon, David, etc.). Some names are easily forgotten (Adino, Eleazar the son of Dodo, Shammah). These last three are referred to as […]

What Keeps Us from Going to Battle?

Text: Deuteronomy 20:1-9 In the Old Testament, the Israelites were called to fight. These physical battles teach us lessons for our spiritual war. In our text, Moses encouraged the people to not fear the enemies they would face and also gave certain exemptions that would excuse certain men from their responsibilities to go to war. As Christians involved […]

I Have Fought the Good Fight

Text: 2 Timothy 4:6-8 As Paul wrote to Timothy near the end of his life, he spoke with confidence about his reward. There were two reasons for his confidence – (1) the Lord is the righteous judge and (2) Paul had fought the good fight. If we want to have the same confidence that Paul […]

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

Text: 1 Samuel 7:12 In the song, “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” the second verse has the phrase, “Here I raise my Ebenezer…” This is not a term we use today, yet it is important to understand the words that we sing (1 Corinthians 14:15). So in this lesson, we are going to look at […]

Consider Your Calling

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:26 Paul spoke to the Corinthians of “the word of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18) and said that many rejected it, but they had accepted it. However, they needed to remain faithful. To encourage them to remain faithful, he told them, “Consider your calling” (1 Corinthians 1:26). We must do the same […]