On Sunday nights in 2018, we have focused on going through the Bible. We have read it and reached the end. What do you do when you get to the end and you know what the Bible says? Why should you keep reading the Bible even if you have read it before?
This lesson continues a brief, two-part series on seeing Jesus in Revelation. While there are confusing and debatable passages throughout the book, Jesus always rises above the speculation and becomes unveiled and even more clear to us even today.
It's easy to approach Revelation with fear and uncertainty. There are many things in Revelation that are confusing to us today that, apparently, was more clear to those who were accustomed to apocalyptic literature in the first century. But, Revelation does one thing we often miss: Revelation reveals Jesus. It's a beautiful and powerful thing we shouldn't miss that we want to expose in two brief lessons called "Jesus in Revelation."
If you could be like any Bible character, you might not choose Peter first. We remember his shortcomings, but because of this fact, we probably can resonate with Peter. In 2 Pet. 1, we find some attractive traits that Peter had that should make us want to follow in his steps and "Be Like Peter."
Did your parents ever remind you to "Remember who you are?" If so, it was a way to help you behave your best. It might have been this very intention of Peter in 1 Peter 1:1-5 to remind the Christians who received this epistle to do the same. "Hey Christian, remember who you are!"
Where does your football team rank in the latest poll? A better question is "Where does God's Word rank in your life? James helps us determine that in James 1:21-25. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
The letter we know as "Hebrews" tells us of the reasons Christianity is "better" than Judaism (see part 1). In part 2 of this lesson, we also consider another feature of Hebrews that "warns" about the dangers of turning your back on the best (Christ) for something inferior (anything else). Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
In part one of this two-part lesson that surveys the book of Hebrews, we are reminded that Jesus is "better." This was true then and it's true today to Christians. We must make sure we don't trade Jesus for something inferior. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe on YouTube
The Second Coming of Christ shouldn't be feared. That's right, there is a way to not get nervous when you hear those words. In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Paul describes two kinds of people: those of the night (darkness) and those of the day (light). Choose the darkness and fear; choose the light and be ready and reassured about the Second Coming of Christ.
The attitude with which we bring our appeal of the Gospel is crucial for its effectiveness. In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul presents three attitudes for us to consider as we share Jesus with others.