This Sunday, during Big City Clubhouse, we are continuing our study on the full armor of God. Here is what we have learned so far:
I know the title may seem strange, especially coming from a person who encourages people to talk to others about Jesus and trains them how to do it. Let me be clear, the restrictions on who can teach others about Christ are not my own opinions. These restrictions are set in place by God. I want to look at three different occasions when Jesus told people not to tell others important truths about Himself, discovering why, and then learning who is able to teach others. Continue reading
As we see our culture advance into the 21st Century, we notice what we tend to think of as a new phenomenon but in all reality, it is a problem that has been around as long as sin has been around. The problem is men not investing in the spiritual lives of their children. The Bible teaches us that there is nothing new under the sun. The things that have been will be because no matter the culture, human nature remains the same. If you go all the way back to the book of beginnings, Genesis, you will see a man who does not seem to invest in the spiritual lives of his children. Adam walked with God. Adam was created perfect but fell from his position because of sin. His relationship with God was destroyed. He and his wife began to play the blame game. They both tried to hide from God. They produced children after their own nature. It does not seem that Adam taught his children about God because his one son Cain murdered his brother Abel. Then, Adam and Eve had another son, Seth. Seth had a son named Enosh. In Genesis 4, at the very end of the chapter, we find the following verse: Continue reading
As I was teaching a couple of weeks ago on the rich young ruler while at camp, I was amazed to see how dangerous idols are simply because so many of us have them and so few of us know it. In order to jump into our text that teaches us about the idols in the life of the rich young ruler, I would like to use I John 5:21
21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.
Two weeks ago, while I was serving as a counselor at our children’s camp, I lead a daily Bible study out of I Peter 5. It was neat to see how God gave us practical assignments during the camp. In fact, that is one of the reasons that I love camp. People are outside of their comfort zones and situations arise where they get squeezed and what is on the inside manifests itself quite rapidly, unmasked and unfiltered. This totally happened while we were at camp and I would like to share it with you here. First, I want to take a look at the text and see what we can learn about ourselves and then see what God wants us to do with this information. Continue reading
Yesterday, I met with my staff to have our weekly meeting and Bible study. We have been in and out over the past 2 weeks because of camp and other summer activities. It was really nice to get back together yesterday and open up God’s Word. I was praying about what to teach during the Bible study. We have been studying the Sermon on the Mount and we finally reached the end. I thought about just giving an exam over the study but God would not let me. I sensed that God wanted me to teach something special but I did not know what. The day before, I was listening to a sermon online preached by a friend of mine from Moldova. Continue reading
This article is a continuation of our theme; the full armor of God that we have been covering all summer in Big City Clubhouse (children’s church). We have covered the commands that God has given to us, the enemy, and now we are focusing on the individual weapons.
Now we have come to the shield of faith. This shield is super important. What does it go?
16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6)
I have been out of town over the past week working at our children’s camp. There were 20 kids from our church and 5 counselors. All together, there were over 100 kids learning God’s Word. Since I was there, I was not able to write any new articles because of the business and the lack of internet. I have several articles to post about the lessons that I taught during camp. God really worked in a mighty way and out of our 20 kids, 5 of them chose to follow Christ. Continue reading
As I prepare to continue teaching on the full armor of God, this week I want to explain the importance of the breastplate of righteousness. Last week we took a look at the belt of truth, the key piece to the full armor of God. The belt is what every other piece of equipment attached to as well as provided stability and balance for the soldier. Without the belt, the soldier was doomed to a quick defeat. The belt of truth is the Word of God which teaches us about all of the other pieces of armor and enables us to use them. As believers, we must keep the belt of truth, the Word of God with us at all times by meditating on the Word of God day and night. We study It, think about It, and talk about It. The Word of God corrects us and keeps us on the right path. Now, I want to shift our focus to the righteous lifestyle that God gives us and why it is so important. Continue reading
As I prepared to teach this lesson, I decided to share some of the truths that I learned with you here in this article, and, as always, thinking through the points of the lesson helps me prepare to teach it better. I really do love the entire Names of God study. God becomes so much more real when you know Him by His Name and character. The previous lesson was about righteousness, specifically, the Lord is righteousness, Jehovah-tsidkenu. It is amazing to see how God makes us righteous, right with Him, when we take Him at His Word. He does something that no other religion can do, He deals with our sin nature. He removes our sinful hearts and gives us new hearts. He places His Holy Spirit in us and not only requires that we walk in His ways but make us able to do so. Continue reading