Cleansing the Temple

Text: John 2:13-22 When Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover, He “cleansed” the temple by driving out the moneychangers and those selling animals. Why would Jesus do this? And what lessons does He teach on this occasion? Imagining Jesus (v. 13-15) Many have an idea about Jesus/God that they have in their minds – […]

Seven Lessons from Seven Churches

Text: Revelation 2-3 The book of Revelation was addressed to the seven churches of Asia (Revelation 1:4). Each of these churches is addressed individually in chapters 2-3. There are many lessons to learn from the Lord’s message to each of these churches. We will consider just one lesson from each church here. Ephesus: They Had […]

Paul’s Prayer for the Jews

Text: Romans 10:1-4 Paul was a Jew. Yet before his conversion, he was chosen to take the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15). However, that did not mean he had no interest in his Jewish brethren. In our text, he expressed his desire for them, and explained the fundamental reason why they rejected Christ. His […]

“O Lord, Take My Life”

Text: 1 Kings 19:1-4 Elijah prayed to God, requesting that the Lord take his life. This was not a matter of depression (suicide), but a feeling of being worn out in his service to God. He prayed for relief – that his task on earth might be done. There may be times when we feel […]

Having a Zeal for God

Text: Acts 22:3 What Is Zeal? “Eagerness & ardent interest in pursuit of something” (Merriam Webster) If we are zealous for something — we will make it a priority, it will affect our actions, we will speak about it, we will hold fast our convictions Zeal Alone is Not Enough Zeal for God was one […]

Correcting the Over-Zealous

Sometimes we’re guilty of speaking or acting before knowing what God expects. A Woman’s Praise of Mary (Luke 11:27-28)] She directed praise & attention to Mary Jesus directed the focus on hearing & obeying the word of God A Dinner Guest’s Statement about the Kingdom (Luke 14:15) Stated how wonderful it would be to be […]

Zeal for Your House

Text: John 2:13-22 What Is Zeal? – “Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance” (American Heritage Dictionary) Misplaced Zeal Led the Jews to establish their own righteousness (Romans 10:2) Led Paul to persecute the church (Philippians 3:6) Zeal for God’s House Not mix business with our worship Purity […]