The Bible is clear: God has spoken. We believe this means we must trust and preach his word. But ultimately, no matter what we believe, we must be the kind of believers who practice God's word. In 2 Tim. 3:10-15, we see Paul's example to Timothy, which is a reminder of what we must continue to do in order to practice the word.
Preaching involves more than just the preacher. There could be no preaching without the hearers. In 2 Timothy 4:1-4 we find instructions for preaching and hearing but also reasons why we must preach the word.
If it can be proven that God has spoken his will, there are important implications. Today we start a short series of lessons exploring those implications. In this lesson, we consider important reasons we must trust God's word since we know God has spoken. Our text is 2 Tim. 3:16-17, one of the bedrock passages of Scripture about Scripture.
The prophet Elijah is one of the great heroes of the Old Testament. Yet, despite having heard the prophetic voice of God so often, despite having witnessed the mighty, powerful hand of God in his ministry, what Elijah needed to hear more than any other thing was the still, small voice of God. No matter who you are the same is true of you. Today, the most important thing you need to do is hear the voice of God. Will you listen?
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.