A good person can do terrible things if they are under the sway of a bad leader. Even a kind but incompetent leader can do some serious damage. This means that our church leadership has to be held to a very high standard, because they are working under the highest stakes imaginable: no less than the future of their congregant's souls. In today's lesson in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers examines the qualifications and instructions left by Paul for Christian leaders.
Hypocrisy is one of the sins most discussed in the New Testament, and one of the most abhorrent to Jesus himself. Today in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers discusses why this issue is so prominently addressed in the Bible, and why it is still a problem today.
Part of why the bible is so relevant s because Satan used the same tricks on Biblical figures as he does on us today. Today on Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers explores the question of why these tricks are so effective after all this time.
In today's lesson we begin our investigation of the pastoral letters of Paul. These letters were written to instruct new pastors and teachers on how to spread the Gospel and shepherd their flocks.
Sometimes we come to a crossroads in our life, and the only way to move forward is to make a tough decision. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers takes us through a moment in the life of Paul when a Godly man had to face just such a decision.
Some of us have the good fortune to walk on our christian path as a family unit. It's a blessing, but it can also bring a whole lot of problems. In today's Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers takes us through the instructions left by Paul that help us keep our families together.
What defines a follower of Christ? Obviously nonbelievers can be kind, loving, and doers of good works, so what sets us apart from the rest of the world? In today's lesson, Dr. John Akers examines the characteristics of a Christian believer.
One of the greatest risks a believer can encounter is that of false teachers. We encounter a lot of opinions on the correct interpretation of scripture, many of them in direct contradiction of each other, and it seems almost impossible to suss out the truth among the lies. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers examines Paul's writing on that subject.
In the book of Colossians, Paul is writing to a new group of believers in order to direct them in their first steps toward Christ. In the first chapter, he lays out a question any Christian can ask God, the answer to which can define that person's journey in faith going forward. In today's lesson in Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers helps us understand that question.
Sometimes life seems to be entirely made of obstacles, as if the whole world is pitted against us. Paul was certainly familiar with such times, and in the book of Phillipians he wrote some pieces of advice on how to survive them. In today's episode of Understanding God's Word, Dr. Akers takes us through those verses.
We are all subject to the laws of the country in which we live. But we have also chosen to follow the law of God. What do we do when those laws conflict? In today's Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers examines this question.
We have been told that we are saved by faith alone, and not by actions. But there sure is a lot of scripture that tells us how and how not to act. So what is the truth? Do we only need to believe? Or is it our actions that save us? Dr. John Akers looks at this question in today's installment of Understanding God's Word.
Today we start a new series in the Old Testament in which we study three of the most important kings of Israel: Saul, David, and Solomon.
In today's Understanding God's Word, Dr. John Akers takes us through the compelling story of the rise of the greatest king of Israel, King David.
God calls for us to become fully committed to our discipleship. But what does that look like in action? Dr. John Akers talks us through this concept in today's Understanding God's Word.