Christ and the Churches: Part 5 (Revelation 3:14-22)

Today, we are looking at Christ’s seventh and final message to the churches. This message from our Lord is certainly relevant to the church today! Laodicea, the Lukewarm Church (Rev. 3:14–22) Jesus is the truth and speaks the truth. He is “the faithful and true Witness.” The Lord was about to tell this church the truth about […]

The Truth about God: Part 2 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. Now, we will consider two more truths about God we learn from this parable: 2. God is patient – He sends us many messengers In […]

The Truth about God: Part 1 (Luke 20:9-19)

Most of us are familiar with product warning labels. A warning label is designed to protect us from harm. If there was a warning label attached to the passage of Scripture we are looking at today, it would read: WARNING – IF YOU REJECT GOD’S SON YOU WILL RECEIVE GOD’S JUDGEMENT. On the Sunday before His […]

Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 1 (James 1:19–21)

The emphasis in this section is on the dangers of self-deception: “deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22); “deceives his own heart” (James 1:26). If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, that is a far more serious matter. Many people are deceiving themselves into thinking they […]

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 […]

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 […]

Qualifications of Church Leaders: Part 2 (1 Timothy 3)

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul described the qualifications of the pastor, deacon, and local church itself. In Part 1, we saw the qualifications of a pastor. Today, we will look at a deacon and local church. The Deacon (1 Tim. 3:8–13) In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in […]

You Don’t Have to Worry: Part 2 (Philippians 4:1-9)

Paul had a good excuse to worry—but he did not! If we are to conquer worry and experience the secure mind, we must meet the conditions God has laid down. In Part 1, we saw the first condition: right praying. Today, we will look at the next two conditions. Right Thinking (4:8) Finally, brethren, whatever […]

What Do You Know For Sure? (1 John 5:6–21)

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin wrote those words in 1789. Of course, a wise man like Franklin knew many other things are also certain. The Christian knows there are many certainties. Of spiritual truth, Christians are not afraid to say, “We know!” In fact, the word know occurs thirty-nine times in […]

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 […]