I believe politics is important. I also believe it's not most important. Therefore, if we choose to discuss politics, we always need to do that remembering what is most important. In this lesson, we consider "Seven Ways to Discuss Politics and Still Be a Christian."
Remember report card day in school? It contained your grades but also a report about your conduct. Christian conduct is even more important. In Ephesians chapter four, our conduct becomes the central focus as Paul writes about unity in the body. Today, as we examined these ancient words, we should realize they call us to consider our conduct and how it contributes to the building up of the body.
Sometimes the prayer Jesus taught in Matthew 6 is called the model prayer. When Jesus said, "Pray like this," some understand this prayer to be "how" or "what" to pray. Such may be true, but this prayer also teaches us "why" we should pray. In this lesson, we consider Jesus' teaching about prayer from the perspective "Why to Pray this Way?" The reasons we consider may offer fresh perspectives to your prayer life.
In Romans 14 and 15, Paul reminds us to be concerned about others, especially a weaker brother. While Romans 14 is dedicated to this principle, Rom. 15:1-7 somewhat reiterates that principle. In each verse of this text, we find a significant "up" principle. If you are a strong Christian, these principles teach us how to show concern for those who need it the most.
"Together" is a biblical word. "Togetherness" is a concept from God. We see it in so many parts of God's plans for us. In this lesson, we'll explore where we see this and why "Together is Better."
The Old Testament law was more than just the Ten Commandments. Jewish Rabbis identified 613 laws. So when a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus, "Teacher, which is the great commandment of the law?" the answer Jesus gave probably surprised everyone who heard it. Even today, the simple answer Jesus gave amazes, challenges and intrigues us. What he said then is still just as powerful for us today almost 2000 years later.
Real faith is more than words and, according to this epistle, is really measured in how we respond to various trials of life. In James chapter 5, James guides us with practical steps for our faith when we encounter severe mistreatment. James addresses how the rich were abusing the poor, but there are valuable lessons for all Christians to learn when our faith is tested.
One thing all of us have in common is we don't know what the future holds. James says, "You do not know what tomorrow will bring." In James 4:13-17, people of faith are reminded our plans must include God. Anything short of life without God's will is arrogance.
The third chapter of James is one of the most challenging passages in the Bible. Controlling the tongue is so difficult James declares, "No human being can tame the tongue." But at the end of the chapter, James gives us the tools that are from above to help with our struggle. With the help of God, a person of faith can control their tongue.
In James 1, we considered how faith responds to personal trials. James 2 teaches us how faith responds to the trials of others. In this test of faith, James forces us to come face to face with how we deal with partiality and poverty.