Favoritism Forbidden, Walking the Talk: Part 1 (James 2:1–7)

Not only is the mature Christian patient in testing (James 1), but he also practices the truth. This is the theme of James 2. Immature people talk about their beliefs, but the mature person lives his faith. Hearing God’s Word and talking about God’s Word can never substitute for doing God’s Word. Every believer has […]

How to Treat Officers in the Church (1 Timothy 5:17-25)

Welcome back to our series in 1 Timothy! Today, we will be looking at the final portion of chapter 5, where the Apostle Paul gives instructions about how to treat officers in the church. Church Officers (1 Tim. 5:17–25) The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially […]

Character

We rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4). It’s an old story. We would much rather complain about the way things are than make the sacrifice to change it, but character requires sacrifice. Those of us who know the Lord are called to make […]

Jesus’ Method of Making Disciples

“When Jesus had finished saying these things the crowds were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law” (Mt. 7:28-29). The crowds of people following Jesus were amazed at His teaching, for He taught as a Spokesman from God—not as the teachers of […]

Go and Make Disciples

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing […]

Love or Death (1 John 3:11–24)

The Apostle John’s first letter has been compared to a spiral staircase because he keeps returning to the same three topics: love, obedience, and truth. Each time we return to a topic, we look at it from a different point of view and are taken more deeply into it. We have already learned about our […]

Faulty Beliefs vs. Maturity

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Cor. 13:11). Have you ever walked into the living room on Christmas morning to find your husband sitting in the middle […]