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 […]

Avoid Foolish Controversies

Text: Titus 3:9 There always have been, and always will be, controversies over matters of religion and what the Bible teaches. Some people want to avoid controversy altogether – Christians cannot do this (Jude 3). Others are too quick to get involved in controversy – we must not do this either (Titus 3:9). As controversies […]

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 Head Covering

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 The Standard Imitate Christ (v. 1) Hold firmly to apostolic traditions (v. 2) Chain of Command God, Christ, man, woman (v. 3) This is about order, not about superiority/inferiority (Galatians 3:28) Necessary Roles Any organization or collective group has to be organized (1 Corinthians 12:14-31) Man & woman are not independent […]

The Plumb Line

Text: Amos 7:1-9 Three Warnings of Destruction Locust-swarm, vegetation destroyed — Amos protested, God changed His mind (v. 1-3) Fire, farm land destroyed — Amos protested, God changed His mind (v. 4-6) God would spare the people no longer — no protest from Amos (v. 7-9) Why did Amos not protest the final warning? … […]

Studying the Bible

Text: 2 Timothy 2:15 Preparing to Study (Ezra 7:10) Remember that the Bible is from God (2 Timothy 3:16) Being from God, it is infallible (Psalm 19:7; Proverbs 30:5) It is our standard (Matthew 28:20) We will be judged by it (John 12:48) Whatever it teaches, we must accept (John 2:5) We need humility (James […]

Hold Fast the Pattern

Text: 2 Timothy 1:13 There is a standard – New Testament; “sound words which you have heard from me” How carefully must we hold to the pattern? – Hebrews 8:5 What should be our attitude in holding to the pattern? – Faith and love