Chris McCurley delivered our lesson.
In our "One Book" series Nehemiah tells the story about rebuilding the walls around the city of Jerusalem. In just 52 days this great work is accomplished. But what is significant to consider is how Nehemiah serves as a great example of leadership. In this lesson, which surveys the book named after him, we'll highlight some of those great leadership characteristics. (passages of importance: Neh. 1, 3, 4 and 13).
It's true that many people don't truly understand what the cross means. But is it possible for disciples to not understand the meaning of the cross? The answer is "yes" according to Mark 8:22-38. In this lesson we connect what seems to be two unconnected stories with a lesson Jesus teaches about the true meaning of the cross.
It's not easy to be a Christian in our modern, post-Christian society. Standing with Jesus is out of touch and makes us feel uncomfortable in our world. Yet, in some ways, that's always been true. A story in Acts 4 is the perfect example of this. After Peter and John were told not to preach about Jesus anymore, they assembled with other Christians and prayed a prayer affirming how to face a world that threatens our faith. What they affirmed in Acts 4:24-30 is the heart of the Christian's faith. Today we should affirm the same basic beliefs as we continue to be the church of Jesus in a hostile environment.
Tim Lewis delivered our lesson.
Life presents situations where we wonder where God could be. It happened to so many in the Biblical text and happens every day to us. We ask the same question the psalmist asks, “Where can I go from your Spirit?”It is a good question to ask whether captured by guilt or facing struggles.
When you visit a flea market, you are looking for a trade. What you get may not be what you want. The temptations of Christians is to trade their faith for something of little value. Jesus asks, the question, “What shall a man give in exchange for your soul?” What’s your soul worth to you?
Steve Cloer delivered our lesson.
The book of Ezra documents two groups of exiles returning from the seventy-year Babylonian exile. After considering the two groups and what seems to be their goals, we offer some practical considerations for Christians today.
In God's master plan for the church he designed a special group of workers called "deacons." All Christians are to "serve" and "minister" but those who serve as deacons perform a work in the church that is crucial to a local church's unique needs. This lesson takes a look at this important role.