The Demands of Discipleship

Text: Luke 9:57-62 We have been called to be disciples of Jesus – but this is not an easy life. Discipleship is demanding. Certain things are required of us and not everyone will be willing to be a disciple. In our text, Jesus encountered three prospective disciples. In His responses to them, He showed just how […]

Fundamentals of Righteousness

Text: Psalm 101 College courses are identified with a number that indicates the level of the material covered in the course – ex: “Biology 101” would be the basic, fundamental biology course. Higher numbered courses would build upon the foundation of the lower numbered courses. Coincidently, Psalm 101 outlines some basics that we are to build upon – the fundamentals […]

What to Do When You’ve Sinned

Text: 2 Samuel 12:13 David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22); yet in our text, he admitted to a terrible sin. This can happen to God’s people – we commit sin even though we have been called to righteousness. We often talk about the need to overcome temptation, but what happens when we fail […]

The Christian and the World

Text: John 17:14-21 There may be times when we wish we could escape the world – but is not practical or realistic. There is a “relationship” that Christians have with the world. Jesus described this in our text. The context is about the apostles, yet the principles can apply to all Christians. Hated by the […]

Do Not Love the World

Text: 1 John 2:15-17 John warned against loving the world – something that Christians must constantly guard against. It is deceptive because it seems innocent/harmless. Yet it takes us away from God, leads us down the path to sin, and will cause us to be lost. We need to be sure we take note of […]

Eve’s Fall

Text: Genesis 3:1-7 Because of Adam’s place and responsibility in Creation, the Bible emphasizes his sin (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). However, Eve was the first person who sinned. There are some important lessons to learn from her. She Listened to Evil Influence “The serpent said to the woman…” (v. 4) – he initiated the conversation, but she […]

Lessons from Lazarus

Text: Luke 16:19-31 In the account of the rich man and Lazarus, we often focus on the rich man and/or the afterlife. But what can we learn from Lazarus? There are certain lessons taught by implication – not explicitly stated, but are still there. He was a man of great character in the face of […]