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.
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.
Real faith is more than words and, according to this epistle, is really measured in how we respond to various trials of life. In James chapter 5, James guides us with practical steps for our faith when we encounter severe mistreatment. James addresses how the rich were abusing the poor, but there are valuable lessons for all Christians to learn when our faith is tested.
One thing all of us have in common is we don't know what the future holds. James says, "You do not know what tomorrow will bring." In James 4:13-17, people of faith are reminded our plans must include God. Anything short of life without God's will is arrogance.
The third chapter of James is one of the most challenging passages in the Bible. Controlling the tongue is so difficult James declares, "No human being can tame the tongue." But at the end of the chapter, James gives us the tools that are from above to help with our struggle. With the help of God, a person of faith can control their tongue.