This is an unusually challenging message that could disrupt your spiritual life! In it, we make the case for memorizing extended passages of Scripture, then meditating on that day and night. While this is hard work, it will produce wonderful blessings for those who persevere. We begin by reviewing Bible passages that encourage this, then
As a church, most of our teaching is expository, meaning we go through a text in the Bible, normally a whole book, and examine it chapter by chapter and verse by verse. The lessons below are different. For these, we start with a topic and look throughout the Bible to see what God has revealed to us through His Scriptures about it. In addition to these topical lessons, we have also tagged the key topics that are discussed in our expository lessons. To find lessons (either topical or expository) that address a specific topic, click here.
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Most of us are familiar with Luke's account of the birth of Christ. However, this message adds insights from early Christian writers and little-known prophecies that can encourage our faith, add greater significance to certain details of this story, and equip us to rebut critics of the account of the virgin birth in Bethlehem. Also, we address
Throughout Scripture, significant events took place at Bethlehem. As we remember the details of our Lord's birth, we see how this event was foretold in various times, places and events that took place centuries before. May this give us even more reason to rejoice and stand in awe at the birth of our Savior! Teaching
This lesson uses three parables to illustrate why it is so important for all Christians to be immersed in the Scriptures every day, and to study through the entire Bible (Old Testament as well as New Testament). The concepts presented here are simple, memorable, and have the power to transform our lives as well as
Jesus and the apostles spoke frequently about Satan and his active role in the world and the church. Why is it that so few teach what they taught? In this lesson we take a deep dive into the role and tactics of Satan, our enemy who seeks to destroy God's people. Understanding what the scriptures
In this message we tackle questions that have been raised throughout the ages related to the birth of Jesus, drawing on insights from early Christian writers. When the angel Gabriel spoke with Mary in Luke 1, what was the prophecy he alluded to (not footnoted in most Bibles)? How do the two different nativity accounts
On his spiritual journey, Moses developed a very special friendship with God. At the end of His ministry, Jesus clearly communicated His desire for friendship with those who would follow Him. In this lesson, we glean lessons from Moses' friendship with God, that we may experience the blessings that flow from such a remarkable relationship.
This class was recorded for Strength to Strength. Visit their site for a full summary of the class, referenced resources, and other great talks. Join Chuck Pike as he illustrates Jesus’ and the apostles’ frequent use of a different Old Testament text than the one most English Bibles are translated from today. If you’ve heard
*This lesson was taught on November 6, 2022* Most Christians understand that the Son of God, the Word of God, was involved in the Creation of all things "in the beginning and His incarnation when He was born to the virgin Mary in Bethlehem. However, what was He doing between those two points in time?
As Paul planted churches, he placed significant importance on appointing elders (aka shepherds or bishops) as church leaders. What does God desire and require of His shepherds? What should the life, character, and faith of a New Testament elder look like? What are God's expectations for every Christian who follows the Good Shepherd? In this