As a staff, we just finished up “Understanding Spiritual Gifts” and have now moved on to II Timothy, a study we are using this year to teach during our Wednesday evening program called T.T.C. (Treasure Trust Club). I would like to write about this week’s lesson, a lesson that I am about to teach in a couple of hours.
During our meetings, we have already taken a look at what we learn about Paul and what we learn about Timothy, from II Timothy. After doing that, we took a look at the specific commands that Paul wrote to Timothy and why he had to write them. Now we are going to take a look at the gift of God and how it corresponds to overcoming fear. Timothy, like all of us, had a spirit of fear. When we begin to serve the Lord with the gift that He has given to us, we are immediately faced with fear, from without and within. In order to overcome that fear, God has instructed us in His Word. Let’s see what we can learn. Continue reading
Over the past 6 weeks at the ROC, we have covered the topic of connecting with God by examining the life of Moses. Now, we are going to shift gears and focus on the life of Joseph, a young man who also connected with God. As we cover Joseph’s life, we will notice some similarities with Moses because they both connected with God and tried to connect others with God. They joined God’s plans and lived successful lives for the Lord. I pray that this series will greatly impact the lives of the children and leaders who study with us at the ROC.
Before we begin the lesson, take a moment to read Genesis 37. Continue reading
I just wrote an interview for a friend of mine. The interview was a missions questionnaire. I wanted to share it with you here.
I was wondering if you could tell me a little about what you’ve experienced while on a mission trip.
Mostly, what kind of responsibilities, challenges and victories did you experience. Also, if you have any prayer requests for any upcoming trips, what are they?
As I was preparing to lead lesson 2 from the Bible study manual, “Abraham, God’s Brave Explorer“, I was reminded of a truth that I had known. It was neat to see how it hit me in a fresh way. I have studied the life of Abraham many times and written articles about it. I had seen the truth before but it was neat to see it again. God made it fresh for the moment. The Word of God really is living and active, sharper than a double edged sword. Here are some of the articles on Abraham.
It is hard to believe that we have come to our last lesson on Spiritual Gifts. This has been such an eye opening experience for the staff. Unfortunately, many of us in the church do not even know that we have been given spiritual gifts, must less, have been trained in what they are and how to serve according to them. I pray that these articles have been as helpful to you as they have been for me. Continue reading
As we continue to study the theme of “connecting” in “the ROC” I want to take a look at our next study on connecting with the Word of God. Up until this point, we have learned how to connect in the following ways:
We have seen that God wants to connect with us and He wants us to connect with Him. He has opened the lines of communication with us through His Word. Once we connect with Him, He wants us to connect with others, teaching them how to connect with God. When this happens, we have genuine, God-ordained fellowship. This entire process is seen in one chapter of the Bible, Exodus 20. Continue reading
I am very excited to be able to teach this lesson today. The subject of spiritual gifts is so eye opening and there is such a need in the church to have a proper understanding of our spiritual gifts. This is the 5th lesson in the study, the 5th of 6. Here is a list of the previous lessons.
- Spiritual Gifts: An overview
- The giving of the Spiritual Gifts
- Understanding the Spiritual Gifts in Corinth
- Understanding the Spiritual Gifts in Rome
It is hard to believe that another week has come and gone. As I sit here preparing for my next staff meeting, I am overwhelmed at how good God is. I have studied the subject of spiritual gifts before, on several different occasions, but it is like is God is speaking to me in a fresh way, all over again. That is what I love about the Word of God, It is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword. This is the 3rd lesson on the subject of Understanding Spiritual gifts and before we dive in, I would like to link to the previous 3 lessons for anyone who has not already had the chance to read them. Continue reading
Over the past 2 weeks during “the ROC” (children’s church) we have been learning how to connect, first with God and then with others. Our lessons are looking at the life of Moses, seeing how he connected with God and then with others, with the purpose of helping them connect with God. Here are the previous 2 lessons:
This lesson on connecting in faith is going to teach us how Moses led unfaithful, fearful people to have faith in the Lord and trust Him in the midst of the difficulties of life. Continue reading
As I was teaching John 15 last night to one of my Bible study groups, one of the subjects that we covered was “how do we abide in Christ in a practical manner?”. The answer is found in the passage itself, “abide in the Word of God and have the Word of God abide in us”. Our discussion was, “as I focus on making disciples, how to I connect them with the vine, as I am connected to the vine?” In other words, “how do we teach people to interact with God?” according to John 15. The group answer was, teach them to come face to face with God through His Word. If I am a disciple-maker, am I teaching people to interact with God through His Word or I am “telling them what the Word of God says” keeping them from coming face to face with God unfiltered? Continue reading