The Context of the Sermon on the Mount – Part 1

The Sermon on the Mount is considered to be one of Jesus' most important discourses and one of His most foundational teachings, considered to hold the essence of Jesus' teaching. Even many who are not Christians believe this sermon is one of the most important messages ever taught. There is perhaps no passage in the Bible that is quoted more and un…read more

The God Who Is In Charge

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, mistreated and went through difficult circumstances, yet he never lost his faith in God. His loving response, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Joseph teaches us about the providence of God and confirms what Romans 8:28 declares that there is no situation so bad God cannot redeem it and bring good from it.

The Spirit of the Ten Commandments

In this lesson we take an in-depth look at the purpose of the Ten Commandments and each individual commandment, and how Jesus interpreted and applied them to the lives of those around Him. The Ten Commandments were written on two tablets. Four of them govern our relationship with God, and six govern our relationships with people. As we obey all of the commandments, we must be careful to obey them in spirit as well as by the letter.

Love at First Sight

The book of Ruth is a profound allegory illustrating redemption. To redeem means “to buy back” and “to bring back.” Boaz redeemed Ruth; first he bought her back when he paid all her debts, then he established a relationship with her that brought her back into the family of God. Learn how in the same way we must decide we want Jesus to be our redeemer—to buy us back and to bring us back into the family of God.

Three Facts of Sin and Three Facts of Salvation

We learn much from the power of sin in King David’s life. Like black velvet against which a jeweler displays his diamonds, sin’s dark penalty, power, and price make the three facts of salvation shine brighter. First, Jesus Christ has removed the penalty of sin. Second, the Holy Spirit is more powerful than the power of sin. The third fact of salvation is that in the sight of God the stains of sin are washed away by forgiveness.

The Synoptic Gospels of the Old Testament

The first return from the Babylonian captivity was to rebuild the temple under Ezra’s leadership. Ezra is a great example of godly leadership and this lesson explains how and why God uses a man like Ezra. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah, along with Esther, are known as the post-captivity history books. Ezra and Nehemiah are very similar books. They both teach principles of leadership and of doing God’s work in God’s way.

The Profile of a Leader

The book of Nehemiah shows us seven practical principles of leadership to do God’s work. Nehemiah demonstrated great strength, commitment, understanding, focus, courage, perseverance and complete dedication to doing God’s work God’s way. These principles from the life of Nehemiah show us how to be available for God’s use, because it is the Plan of God to use the Power of God in the People of God to accomplish the Purposes of God according to the Plan of God.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

See God through the life of Esther, the story of a Hebrew woman who married a Gentile and saved the Jewish people from genocide, preserving the ancestry of the Messiah. One of the most important themes of Esther is God’s sovereign care over the lives of His people, even when our circumstances are painful or difficult and how He causes all things to work for the good for those called according to His purposes.

Responding to Life's Trials and Problems

The Book of Job shares great insights on how to respond to life’s storms. When we first encounter suffering in our Christian life, we usually do not really understand why. As we grow and learn from the Bible, however, we begin to find many reasons why people suffer. Great benefits can come out of the trials we face, especially when we are able to stand firm in our faith through them.

The Edom Experience

In the shortest book in the Old Testament, we can learn big lessons. God spoke through Obadiah to condemn the nation of Edom because its people had rejoiced and gloated when Judah fell. The story of the enmity between Israel and Edom goes back to the twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. These brothers represent the difference between those who are spiritual, who seek God and obey His ways, and those only interested in the material world and their selfish desires.

The Patterns of Pentecost Plant the Church

The Great Commission has four main parts (going, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching). We can see all of them in the Book of Acts as God clearly showed that the Gospel was for everyone: Philip preached in Samaria and then to the Ethiopian, and Peter shared the gospel with the Roman soldier Cornelius. Paul and Barnabas further show this as they proclaim the Gospel from Jerusalem and Judea and to the “uttermost parts of the earth.”

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