Christ and the Churches: Part 1 (Revelation 2:1-11)

If you have ever moved to a new community and had to select a new church home, you know how difficult it is to examine and evaluate a church and its ministry. Imposing buildings may house dying or dead congregations, while modest structures might belong to vibrant assemblies on the march for the Lord. The […]

Faithfulness to the Master: Part 2 (Luke 12:45-48)

Previously, we looked at the marks of a good servant. Today, we will consider the mistakes of a bad servant. If Jesus came today, what kind of servant would He find you to be? THE MISTAKES OF A BAD SERVANT In the parable, there was another servant who was left in charge to manage some […]

Paul’s Charge to Timothy: Part 1 (1 Timothy 6:1-10)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! This chapter continues Paul’s instructions to Timothy on ministering to the various kinds of believers in the church and also how to keep his own life in the will of God. Christian Slaves (1 Tim. 6:1–2) All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their […]

How To Be a Man of God: Part 1 (1 Timothy 4)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy. Today, we will be looking at chapter 4, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions for church leaders. If you were to write a job description for your pastor, what would it contain? How would it compare with the description he might write? A pastor preaches regularly, performs […]

Essential Responsibilities of Pastor and Church: Part 2 (1 Timothy 1)

In 1 Timothy 1, Paul explained the three responsibilities of the pastor and people in a local church. In Part 1, we saw the first responsibility: teach sound doctrine. Today, we will look at the next two responsibilities. Proclaim the Gospel (1 Tim. 1:12–17) I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that […]

Essential Responsibilities of Pastor and Church: Part 1 (1 Timothy 1)

“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” That advertisement appeared in a London newspaper and thousands of men responded! It was signed by the noted Arctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and that was what made the […]

How To Recognize a False Teacher

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves (Matthew 7:15). Jesus warned us that “false christs and false prophets” would come and would attempt to deceive even God’s elect (Mt. 24:23-27; 2 Pet. 3:3; Jd. 17-18). The best way to guard ourselves against falsehood and […]

The Tribulation

“For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened” (Mt. 24:21-22) Both Christians and non-Christians are interested in the […]

Truth or Consequences (1 John 2:18-29)

“It makes no difference what you believe, just as long as you are sincere!” That statement expresses the personal philosophy of many people today, but it is doubtful whether most of those who make it have really thought it through. Is “sincerity” really the magic ingredient that makes something true? A nurse in a hospital […]