A Letter to Little Children

Text: 1 John 2:1 In John’s first epistle, he referred to his audience as “little children” seven times. These were not literal “little children,” but he was referring to Christians. This lesson considers the seven instructions John gives to the “little children” to see what we should do today. Do Not Sin (1 John 2:1) […]

The Importance of Faith

Text: Hebrews 11:1,6 Faith includes assurance, conviction, and a trust in God (Hebrews 11:1,6). Faith is the determination to obey the Lord (Romans 1:5; 16:26). Faith is not bestowed upon us miraculously, but comes from the word (Romans 10:17). But why does this matter? What is the point of believing, trusting, and obeying God? There […]

Why Is Sin So Bad?

Text: Genesis 4:6-7 God warned Cain about sin – its desire was for him, to control him and ultimately to destroy him. Cain did not heed God’s warning about the danger of sin. We need to pay attention to the reasons given in the Scriptures about why sin is so bad for us. Sin is […]

The Living and Active Word of God

Text: Hebrews 4:12 This verse was meant to remind the Hebrew Christians of the power of the word of God and encourage them to remain faithful. It also provides encouragement for us today to continue to follow the will of God. The Word of God The letter opens by describing how God revealed His will […]

The Example of Epaphroditus

Text: Philippians 2:25 Paul told the brethren in Philippi that men like Epaphroditus were to be held in high regard (Philippians 2:29). Why? This passage gives five reasons. He Was a Brother Brother refers here to a fellow Christian As fellow Christians, we have a common Father (1 John 3:1) We are different from the […]

He Who Trains My Hands For War

Text: Psalm 144:1-4 The war that David spoke of in this psalm involved physical fighting. We are not engaged in the same type of conflict in our service to God (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). But there are lessons to be learned in David’s words that we can apply to our spiritual war today. The Lord is […]

Each Wore His Sword As He Built

Text: Nehemiah 4:16-23 When Nehemiah returned to rebuild Jerusalem, the workers were mocked & threatened (Nehemiah 4:1-3, 7-8). The threats were addressed without the rebuilding project being neglected. There are some applications to be made here to our ongoing spiritual conflict. A Constant Threat Sanballat & his allies conspired together (4:8) – enemies look for […]