The church at Corinth had many problems. Much of the first epistle addresses those problems and offers solutions. But in the context of correcting some issues about using spiritual gifts, Paul breaks out in 1 Cor. 13 with one of the greatest chapters in the Bible. Love is what makes Christianity different and Paul explains how it keeps us grounded, helps us live out who God is and how it will continue on, eternally.
The only constant in our world today is change! Not all change is bad, but at times it leads to uncertainty, doubt and hopelessness. Yet, this is not how God wants his people to live. If you are drifting the thing you need most is an anchor! That's what God offers - a hope that is a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. In this lesson, we explore this hope in Heb. 6:17-20.
Have you ever been a part of something that you felt was bigger than you? I can only imagine that is exactly how Joseph must have felt when an angel appeared to him in a dream and explained his life was about to change (Matt. 1:18-25). Ironically, the angel challenged him to be a part of a story that would change the world! In this story, Joseph serves as a great example of how God will challenge us too.
Angels are fascinating! They play a significant role in God's story of redemption. One of those times is during the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. In this lesson, we consider the fascinating account of Zechariah's encounter with Gabriel.
In this season of Thanksgiving, as we explore our great blessings, nothing is more deserving of our thanks than "the God of all grace" (1 Pet. 5:10). God's grace really is amazing, as John Newton described it in his famous song. In this lesson, we'll explore what's amazing about grace and why we are thankful for it!
Out of all the churches to which Paul wrote letters, the church of the Thessalonians was a cut above. In his first epistle to them he spent the whole first chapter remembering and praising them. These wonderful verses remind us that we, like Paul, should be thankful for the church.
Our culture has enough complainers. Instead, God wants his children to be thankful. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are going to focus on the things for which we should be thankful. In this lesson, we'll investigate the great story of Jonathon and David. All of us need a friend like Jonathon! From him, we learn what kind of attributes we need in friends!
Each year on Great Commission Sunday we consider the importance of the mission of the church. In this lesson, we look to Paul's letter to the Romans (1:1-7) to see not only how important the Gospel was to Paul but we also make the important connection that shows us how important the Gospel is to God and how that impacts us.
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.