Posts from May 2021

Admonish One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon:  1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,     and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the…

Lesson 4 – Organization of Church of Christ

Lesson 4: The Catholic Church is famous for its worldwide hierarchy which peaks in the office of “Pope,” a seat fully unknown to Peter or any of the other apostles who walked with Jesus. Protestantism has generally erected a similar type of organization in which local congregations forfeit their scriptural autonomy to leaders with power over regions or the whole. Any church that follows the New Testament, however, will respect the pattern for organization and governing found in God’s will. When there were no denominations during the writing of the New Testament, every…

Reset: Worship, Part 3 of 4

The English word “worship” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “worth-ship,” which refers to extolling the praises of God because he’s worthy of our praise! Why do we worship? He is A_____________________! 2 Samuel 22:4 – “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” Note: 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 18:3; 48:1; 96:4; 145:3 Revelation 5:12 – “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength…

Lesson 6 – Introduction to the Book of Revelation

Background information as to the setting, conditions, and purpose for the writing of the book of Revelation by John the Apostle. 06-daniel-revelation-notes We have completed a quick review of the book of Daniel and discussed the main interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and the subsequent visions that Daniel had that gave more detail concerning the meaning of the dream. Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and the other visions revealed that beginning with the world power that ruled while he was alive,…

Living on Less

Cross-country moves sure have a way of getting certain things into perspective. Take creature comfort for example. By the last days before we left Oklahoma, every lamp, comfortable chair, toothbrush holder and coffee cup had been packed away. We lived like gypsies; eating out of paper plates, sleeping on mattresses stripped of box springs and comforters, sitting on those chairs and boxes we felt could be stowed away at the last minute. Our menu was reduced to chocolate milk and…

Lesson 3 – Undenominational Nature of the Church of Christ – “Is Christ divided?”

Lesson 3:  In the first century, not a single denomination existed among Christians anywhere. There existed only the church that Jesus built, with her individual members assembled in local congregations. Denominationalism began to rise during the Protestant Reformation and today there are hundreds of major sects. Because this division is not authorized in the New Testament, it is not a proper state for Christ’s church. The church of Christ today endeavors to foster unity under no creed but the Bible…

Edify One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon:  1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EDIFY THE PRACTICES OF BUILDING UP ONE ANOTHER: Hebrews 10:24-25 OUR THREE RESPONSES TO THE SOURCE OF LIFE: “Let us draw near.” “Let us hold fast.” “Let us keep gathering together.”

Lesson 5 – Vision Within a Vision

Aside from the four main visions recorded in Daniel’s book, he makes additional prophecies that give more detailed accounts of what took place between the major events mentioned in the four initial visions. 05-daniel-revelation-notes One idea that we have learned about Daniel’s book is that the central or recurring idea is the rise and fall of four great earthly kingdoms which are permanently replaced by God’s kingdom. The original vision of this is contained in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the great…

Reset: Prayer, Part 2 of 4

Steps to reset your life in the Word: 1. Find a A________________ to get into the Word – and be consistent. Make it an appointment you’ll keep and guard jealously. 2. Find a B_________________, or several places, where you can get alone and stay focused. 3. Eliminate C___________________. Spend twenty to thirty focused minutes alone with God letting his word speak into your life. 4. Take D____________________. Keep a journal and write down insights. 5. Start and end with E_________________________.…

The Inspiration of the Bible

Nobody just reads the Bible and says, “I think this book is inspired.” It’s not just a logical deduction. The Bible actually says this about itself in different places. Doesn’t it seem natural that an inspired book would claim this about itself? The Old Testament takes this idea for granted since it continually describes a dialogue between God and man. The New Testament states the idea in different ways: 19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how…

Lesson 2 – Recognition of Bible Authority

Lesson 2: The authority of God in men’s lives has always been an important principle, but one just as often neglected or ignored. Bible authority for the church and its individual members is established on the pages of the New Testament, but many important lessons can be gleaned from an examination of the Old Testament as well. Bible Authority in the Old Testament A classic lesson is learned from God’s command to Noah to build the ark. The Lord specified…

Live In Harmony with One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon: 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[a] Never be wise in your own sight. – Romans 12:16 – BACKGROUND FOR ROMANS Acts 2 THE CHURCH IN NEED OF HARMONY Romans 12:16, 18 Romans 3:23 Romans 4:23–25 Romans 5:12–21 Romans 6:1 THE CHURCH LIVING IN HARMONY Romans 12:1 Rom 14:17–18 Rom 8:1–11

Lesson 4 – Four Visions of Daniel’s Prophecies

This study begins to examine the visions Daniel has about future kingdoms and relates them to actual historical facts. 04-daniel-revelation-notes In the final part of his book, Daniel will describe dreams and visions that he had concerning events that were mentioned in the original dream of Nebuchadnezzar. In that dream, he saw the overview of history for the next 600 years and beyond. The visions he has now will give more details concerning the events he foresaw in Nebuchadnezzar’s original…

Woman to Woman: Marriage Matters | 2. Communication

This program is taught by and intended for women. When difficulties arise in our relationships, and particularly our marriages, we need to make sure that we are right in our relationship to God and strong in Him. When we choose our words and actions from a place of love, admiration, and respect, we can be a blessing to our spouse. In this second lesson in the “Woman to Woman” series, Cherie Vestal uses a round-table type discussion to talk about…

Reset: Bible Study, Part 1 of 4

“…train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7 Godliness doesn’t simply happen. You don’t become a Christian, and the next day, demonstrate all of the attributes of a godly life…It takes training. The goal at the end of the year, the decade, is that I’m stronger, wiser, more discerning, I have deeper intimacy with God, I’ve grown in Christlikeness, and I’m starting to see others come to Christ through my life. Back to Basics: Why I need to read the bible…

In Defense Of Martha

I believe Martha’s gotten a bad rap as far as Bible characters go. The most quoted reference about Martha is where Jesus gently admonishes her concerning this good woman’s frustration at not receiving help from her sister, Mary, in serving their guests. This story recorded in Luke 10:40-41 has become, for many, the defining image of this woman, a worrier, a person consumed with tasks, and a disciple not attuned to spiritual things like her sister, Mary. Martha was probably…

Honor Others Above Yourself

  Scripture for today’s sermon: John 1:1-3, 14 – 1  In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth. THE SERVANT MIND Philippians 2:7 Matthew 20:26 SYMPATHIZING MIND Philippians 2:7 Hebrews 2:16-18 2…
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