Text: John 3:1 The gospel of John tells us about a man named Nicodemus. He is not named in the other gospels, and is only mentioned on three occasions in John’s gospel. He is certainly not one of the primary characters in the Bible, but there are some important lessons we can learn from him. This lesson will […]

Consider Your Calling

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Paul contrasted those who are perishing and those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18). The difference was in their response to the word of the cross (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24). There are just these two groups – the perishing and the saved. We need to be sure we are in the right […]

The Childhood of Jesus

Text: Luke 2:40 Many wonder what the childhood of Jesus was like. The Bible says little about it, though other writings claim to contain accounts of His childhood. His childhood was important because it was a necessary part of God’s scheme of redemption (Hebrews 2:14-15; 10:5). But it is also significant that the Bible says […]

A Right Way and a Wrong Way to Learn

Text: Proverbs 1:5 Most people understand the importance of learning, though not everyone goes about learning in the same way. There is a right and wrong way to learn. In this lesson, we will consider what the Scriptures teach about learning – particularly learning that is of a religious nature and pertains to spiritual things. […]

Trust in the Lord

Text: Proverbs 3:5-7 The words of the wise man to his son contain important reminders for each one of us today. Trust in the Lord (v. 5) To trust God means we put our faith in Him Trust must be earned – God has certainly earned our trust (Lamentations 3:22-23) God has shown His faithfulness through His providence (Genesis 8:22; […]

“What Am I Still Lacking?”

Text: Matthew 19:16-22 The rich young ruler was spiritually minded (interested in eternal life, v. 16), religious (he kept the commandments, v. 18-20), and was interested in improving his service to God (asked what he was lacking, v. 20). He seemed to be a good man with a good attitude who showed a lot of […]

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Text: 2 Chronicles 32:1-8 We sometimes hear the phrase: ‘God helps those who help themselves.’ This phrase is not in the Bible, but the principle exists. In order to take full advantage of what God offers, we must do what we are able to do. Example: Hezekiah Defending Jerusalem Against the Assyrians (2 Chronicles 32:1-8) […]