Friendship with the World

Text: James 4:4 James warned Christians about “friendship with the world.” He did not say that it was possibly unwise or potentially dangerous. Instead, he used very strong language: “Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Knowing this danger, it is important that we know what this […]

The Evils of Alcohol

Text: Proverbs 23:29-35 Many have questions about the use of alcohol. We need to know what the Bible says about it. In this lesson, we are going to talk about the evils of alcohol. Negative Effects of Alcohol (Proverbs 23:29) Emotional (“Who has woe?“) – lamentation; emotional distress; ironically, many turn to alcohol as a way to […]

The Character Qualifications for Elders

Text: 1 Timothy 3:2-3; Titus 1:6-9 If we are to develop, identify, and appoint elders, we must know the qualifications for elders that God has given. Most of the qualifications have to do with the elder’s character – traits that all Christians should possess. In studying these, it is not just about someone else (elders or […]

A Body Prepared by God

Text: Hebrews 10:5 God prepared a body for Jesus so that He could fulfill His mission. Yet this is not the only body which God has prepared. While each is different, there are several things which they have in common. God Prepared Man’s Physical Body (Genesis 2:7) Man had no part in the preparation of […]

It Is the Hour for You to Awaken

Romans 13:11-14 After discussing a Christian’s obligations to their civil authorities and their neighbors, Paul addresses personal holiness and our responsibility to be wholly right before God. Know the Time (v. 11-12) These are matters of eternal consequence – many want to ignore these things and enjoy the here and now, but we cannot do […]

Dealing with Petty Conflicts Among Brethren

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Petty Conflicts Source of unnecessary strife between faithful Christians Different than matters of sin, error, matters of personal judgment, and rumors/gossip (though this sometimes goes along with these conflicts) These petty conflicts could be caused by any number of things — we’ll notice a few in this lesson First, Some Things […]

Seven Abominations

Text: Proverbs 6:16-19 Haughty Eyes – We need humility instead (James 4:6) A Lying Tongue – We are to love and value the truth (Proverbs 23:23) Hands that Shed Innocent Blood – Every life is precious because man is made in the image of God (Genesis 9:6; 2 Peter 3:9) A Heart that Devises Wicked […]