Mary is one of the most interesting and controversial characters in the Bible. Her importance is often overemphasized and, as a result, we may sometimes underemphasize her importance. In the narrative of the birth of Jesus, she has an encounter with Gabriel that reminds us how God used her as an instrument.
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.
When the Messiah is born, the fact that shepherds are the first to be given the news speaks both to the character of God and the nature of our own mission today.
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!
The year 2020 will forever be remembered as a time of sickness, sorrow and death. Yet, as Christians live through these difficult times, God wants us to rise above the negativity and be thankful. In 2nd Corinthians 1, the apostle Paul shows us how to understand and appreciate God's comfort. NOTE: Due to some issues with livestream troubleshooting, some of this service was not recorded. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
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!
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.