Does God still judge sexual sin today?

I have been teaching the Bible study “The Truth about sex” written by Kay Arthur since 2004 when I first studied it for my own personal walk with the Lord. I was amazed to see how practical the Word of God is in the area of human sexuality. One of the lessons that hit home with me was the fact that God still judges sexual sin today, as He did in the Old Testament.

I grew up after the sexual revolution and so a warped form of human sexuality was given to me at an early age, via mass media, public school, and from friends and their “experiences”. I also grew up hearing that God is not the same as He was in the Old Testament because Jesus changed all of the teachings of the Old Testament. My whole world was rocked after studying this lesson. Continue reading

Proof that you are preaching the Word

This is our final lesson on II Timothy. It has been a journey with my staff as we have learned how to be disciples of Christ and organize our lives around the Great Commission of making disciples of Christ. Here is a list of the previous lessons that we have covered.

  1. Attitude toward the Word of God
  2. The authority of the Word of God
  3. Fulfill your holy calling
  4. The difference between the believers and nonbelievers in the church
  5. Compete to win the prize
  6. Trained soldiers needed
  7. Guard the Gospel
  8. Stir up your spiritual gift

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Elisha, God, and the Shunammite family

I am so excited to study and teach about Elisha and the Shunammite family this coming weekend during the ROC (children’s church). Last week, we took a look at the life of Samson. He was called by God with a holy calling, yet, because of his lack of total obedience to God in all things, Samson never accomplished his calling.

We have been covering a series of people who were weak and fearful, who encountered God and as a result, were transformed into mighty warriors of faith. Continue reading

God’s Law for police officers

Once, I was stopped by a police officer while driving and as he was checking my documents, he asked me what I do for a living. I told him that I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that I preach the eternal life that only Jesus can offer to all people by grace through faith. When he realized that I am a man of God, his response was, “oh no, because of you, I am going to have misfortune!” I asked him why. His answer was, “I can never be strong enough and have enough faith to please God because of my job.” In his view, being an officer of the law is a sin. The man found great relief in the message that I shared with him, specifically, that God has much to say about and to police officers in the Holy Scriptures. Continue reading

Fulfill your holy calling

Well, it has been a fun ride through the book of II Timothy. God has taught us so much about life, ministry, and discipleship through this short letter. I pray that we will continue to build our lives on what we are learning and that our ministries will flourish for the Lord’s glory as we make disciples.

The previous two lessons focused on our attitudes toward the Word of God, specifically, if we see It as the authority of God over our lives or not.

This chapter focuses in on how Timothy can fulfill his holy calling to ministry. Take a moment and ready II Timothy 4 and then let’s see what we can glean from this awesome chapter. Continue reading

Samson the liberator

For the month of February, during children’s church, we have been covering people who were used by God in amazing ways, even though they were unworthy of God’s favor. None of us are worthy of God’s favor but praise Him that He does not look upon us because of our merits. He does it because of His grace and mercy. Here is a list of the previous people/lessons:

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All ya need is LOVE!

I am sure that you have heard the song before, the one with the lyrics of “all ya need is love, love is all ya need”. I am not sure what the artists had in mind when writing that but they hit very close to a genuine Biblical truth. Love really is all that we need. The problem that we have in our world is that, although we understand this profound truth, we do not realize that “love” has to be given to us before we can demonstrate it to others. Tonight I am teaching a class on “True Love”. The lesson is to help us prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day correctly. Unfortunately, in our world today, Valentine’s Day has become a big success for all the wrong reasons. Many think that Valentine’s Day is a celebration of lovers. According to the history of the holiday, it is a celebration of married lovers. There is a huge difference between the two mindsets. Love is something that we all want and need yet for some reason, we cannot seem to love one another. There is a reason why this is. The problem that we have is that we are not born with selfless, unconditional love. Since we are all selfish by nature, the love that we show to others is not unconditional. The only way that we can share unconditional, selfless love to others is if we have first experienced it and received it from God. True love, genuine love, Biblical love is not the warm mushy feelings that we get when we are around someone of the opposite sex. God’s love is foreign to us until we experience it. Let’s take a look at the Scriptures to see what God’s love is like, how He manifests it to us, and how we can manifest it to others. Continue reading

The authority of the Word of God

Last week, during our staff meeting, we covered II Timothy 3, learning the differences between the believers and the unbelievers in the church based on their attitude toward the Word of God. This week, we want to focus on the authority of the Word of God. Do you sit under the authority of the Word of God? How do you know that you sit under the authority of the Word of God? Let’s see if we can find the answer from the Word of God. Continue reading

Ruth’s Story; An example of Tragedy, Redemption, and Victory

I am excited about this Sunday’s lesson during children’s church. Last week we learned about Gideon, God’s brave warrior. Gideon was actually a coward, like everyone else around him, until God intervened and taught him to be a faithful warrior.

In the story of Ruth, we see tragedy leading to fear and then fear leading to trust in the Lord. God intervenes once again and teaches Ruth to be brave, just like He did with Gideon. Continue reading