Passing Over the Firstborn

Text: Genesis 49:3-4 In ancient times, the firstborn (particularly the firstborn son) held a place of prominence – inheritance, assume leadership role after the death of the father. There are several examples in the book of Genesis about the firstborn being passed over for a younger brother who would later appear in the genealogy of Christ. Why […]

Singing That Glorifies God

Text: Colossians 3:16 Singing is a way for us to praise and glorify God. It is a regular practice in our assemblies. If we are going to glorify God through our singing, it is important that we do it in the right way. In this lesson, we will consider some things about singing so that we might […]

The Problem with Organized Religion

Text: Ephesians 4:11-12, 16, 22-24 Many people today disparage “organized religion.” Instead, they just want a “personal relationship” with Jesus. However, this is not an “either-or” proposition. In our service to God, we have personal and corporate responsibilities. In this lesson, we will discuss these responsibilities and notice what the real problem is with “organized […]

Instructions Regarding the Lord’s Supper

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 Paul gave the brethren in Corinth instructions regarding the Lord’s Supper while also correcting some errors about it. It is important that we are periodically reminded of topics like this one. We need to observe the Lord’s Supper properly. Instructions Were Given by the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:23) Paul received this from the […]

Singing Only?

Text: Colossians 3:16 Paul mentioned two things we do when we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs – teach one another and express our thankfulness to God. We know we are to sing, but what about using instrumental music? It this a problem? Is it a necessity? Is it a non-issue as a matter of […]

Do Not Be Like Ephraim

Text: Hosea 6:4 Hosea warned the people of Israel (Ephraim) about God’s judgment that was coming against them for their sin. In the passages we will consider, he compared the people to different things – dew, a dove, and a donkey. The warning we are to take from these passages is this: Do not be like […]

Does the Church Lack?

Text: Ephesians 4:16 The church, as God designed it, is fully capable of carrying out the work that He has given it to do. Yet it is apparent that many practices that have become common in the religious world are not done by brethren. Many might assume it is because the church lacks money, personnel, […]