Matthew is the first book in the N.T. for good reason. The goal of the book is to present Jesus as a continuation and fulfillment of the O.T. Matthew is a Gospel account written by a Jew, to Jews about a Jew. So it's perfectly within the focus of this book for Jesus to be presented as Messiah, Teacher and Emmanuel.
In the final lesson of our “No Limits” series, we look at how the Word of God is meant to be a powerful force meant to change us, and how we can better allow it to be effective in the lives of those around us.
Malachi was a prophet that challenged God's people who were a part of the remnant who returned from captivity. Despite God's love and goodness, they questioned their relationship with him. Having drifted into spiritual and moral decline, Malachi answers their questions and, in a hint of what is to come, teaches God has a plan for the future.
If you are a Christian, you have a story to tell. While the heart of evangelism is telling the story of Jesus, it also involves each of us who are Christians too. Paul understood this principle and used his story to help build a bridge to Jesus for others. This lesson considers three ways he did this in Acts 22:1-16.
The next to the last book of the O.T. is the most difficult of the Minor Prophets. It's also the longest. The difficulty is not in the length but the interpretation of the visions and prophecies regarding God's Holy City and his people. Zechariah is truly messianic, apocalyptic and eschatological. We address these topics briefly and look at the central theme of encouragement in this book.
Opportunity is the stuff evangelism is made of - how do we ensure we’re ready for it? In Colossians 4, Paul lays out some ways Christians can be ready to make the most of every opportunity to share Jesus.
The book of Haggai has a very contemporary message: put first things first. Ironically, it was originally given to people a lot like us. There were people who would have agreed God is paramount, but they weren't acting like he was. In this lesson, we observe three ways we can make sure God is really first in our lives.
Do we really believe in the God we say we believe in? Based on how we live, it's a fair question. In this lesson, as we kick-off our evangelism series, the goal is to really see God as a God who is amazing, inspiring and immeasurable. It is this God who empowers us to take his message to the lost. Yet, despite what we say we believe, we sometimes limit God by our actions. The challenge is presented to avoid this fear and some examples are given to show how to do overcome this
The book of Zephaniah deals with the unpleasant subject of God's judgment. It is specifically mentioned in 1 out of every 3 verses but also the majority of the three short chapters of this book stay on the subject. Yet, a study of Zephaniah is beneficial in that it reveals that God's judgment reveals purification, hope and a promise of a future kingdom where Jesus rules and saves.
If you've ever wanted to ask God some questions about your concerns, you have something in common with the prophet Habakkuk. Amazingly, this prophet has a conversation with God. God hears his questions, answers them and then allows him to be comforted in the reassurance that although it seems like God has lost control of the world, he really hasn't.