Add Love

Text: 2 Peter 1:5-11 Faith must be the foundation of all that we do. Yet there are various qualities we are to add to our faith. In this lesson, the trait we will focus on is love. Define Love Greek word agape – active love; striving to do what is best for others; similar to previous […]

The Importance of Numbers

Text: Acts 26:28-29 This is a follow-up to the previous lesson on things that are more important than numbers. There are certainly things we must not sacrifice for the sake of larger numbers; however, we should not overreact and think that smaller numbers are inherently good. We need to remember that numbers represent people – made in the image […]

More Important Than Numbers

Text: Matthew 7:13-14 Some churches are so focused on numbers they will do almost anything to boost their attendance, membership, conversions, etc. We would certainly all prefer to see an increase in these numbers, but not at all costs. The New Testament shows that there are things that are more important than numbers. Favor of God […]

Four Small Creatures

Text: Proverbs 30:24-28 The wise man used the illustration of four small creatures – ant, shephanim (rock badger), locust, and lizard/spider. Each of these provides a lesson for us in wisdom. The Ants Weakness – not a strong people; cannot hunt for food like a lion could How they compensate – prepare food in summer […]

Understanding Romans 14

Text: Romans 14:1-9 Romans 14 teaches the need to accept and not judge those with whom we differ on matters of opinion. Some have tried to expand the scope of this chapter to include matters of faith. But on matters of faith, we are not to tolerate departures from the faith (Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9; 2:3-5). […]

Things Which the Lord Hates

Text: Proverbs 6:16-19 The book of Proverbs contains wisdom to guide us in this life. It shows us the way that is right and warns us about the way that is wrong. In our text, the wise man warned about things which the Lord hates. We should heed this warning. What the Lord Hates Haughty eyes (v. […]

Saul’s Poor Leadership

Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-35 Following Saul’s failure to carry out the mission against the Amalekites, God regretted making him king. Saul had been made king over God’s people, yet failed in this role. Why was he a failure? Why was God sorry that He made him king? Throughout his reign, Saul demonstrated poor leadership. We need […]