In 2 Cor. 7:8-11, Paul shows us two kinds of sorrow. The sorrow of the world is one kind. This may be what one experiences when they get caught or exposed in wrongdoing. The other kind of sorrow is better: it's godly sorrow. This sorrow cares more about God than self and leads to the kind of change God requires men to make to please him: Repentance.
The most important work in the church is the work of a shepherd. God designed the church with the built-in benefit of men leading and protecting the body of Christ. This lesson reminds us how important that work is and how good, spiritual men need to aspire for this office.
In this lesson, we discuss how our person (soul) and body are one. In understanding this, we allow Paul to show us how God sees our body in three important ways that will impact how we live from his famous words about our body from 1 Cor. 6:19-20.
Every person needs God's guidance for their lives. One of the most popular O.T. passages that speaks to the terms and details of his guidance is Prov. 3:5-6. Properly understanding this passage can change us and our perspective on life.
In the final lesson in this series we explore the difficulty of dealing with pain and suffering. Often, when believers go through difficult times they develop resentment toward God. But through exploring how God made man and how we should understand God, we learn valuable insight into this difficult subject.
One of the hardest things a follower of the Lord is commanded to do is to forgive others. In this lesson we highlight the difficulty, possibility and necessity of forgiving others with a backdrop of one of the Lord's most challenging parables.
Ever heard someone say "That's a Romans 14 issue?" What did they mean? Unfortunately, sometimes Romans 14 is misused to sweep doctrinal disagreements under the rug in order to promote unity in diversity. Is this how God wants us to use Romans 14? In this lesson we discuss what Romans 14 means and show some ways it's often misused.
Why do some Christians have no trouble anwering the question "Are you saved?" but struggle to answer the question "Do you feel saved?" The reason is sometimes Christians struggle to forgive self even though they believe God has forgiven them. If this is happening to you, there is a terrible, heavy burden of guilt that you carry with you every day. In this lesson, we discuss steps to lay aside this burden of guilt.
Romans 12:1-2 is a message that is special to Christians. Understanding its placement in the book of Romans as Paul transitions from matters of doctrine to duty is why this passage has been compared to a halftime speech. The message is simple in these two verses. Paul tells us one thing to do and two ways to do it.
So many people live their lives hitched to their past with regret and remorse. What if it was possible to live free of that? It is and it's called "forgiveness." In this lesson, we explore the wonderful possibility of a God who is willing to forgive. We ask three fundamental questions to help us understand how to enjoy the peace of forgiveness.