Finding your worth in Christ

What do you look to in order to find your self-worth? What is that one thing, if you were to attain it, do you feel would bring you genuine satisfaction? Is it good looks? Maybe you believe that it is a certain guy or girl? Could it be a big family? Maybe you feel that wealth would do the trick? What are you searching for that you do not have?

In Genesis chapters 29-30, we find an interesting story about a group of people who were seeking happiness. They all had their different desires yet, at the end of the day, when those desires were satisfied, they were left unsatisfied. Why is it that when we finally acquire that which we have dreamed that would make us truly happy, we usually end up disappointed and frustrated? Is there anything that can satisfy us fully? The answer to that final question is a resounding YES!!! But, before we examine the source of true satisfaction, we have to examine the things that do not satisfy. Continue reading

The Tower of Babel

For 2016, our church is teaching through the entire Bible, in all of our worship services and all of our Sunday School classes. I am so excited to teach the children through the Bible, learning that it is all about Jesus.

This week, our goal is to focus on Genesis 11, the story of the Tower of Babel. I have previously taught on Noah and the Great Flood. God’s solution for mankind’s sin problem is the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. The story of the Bible is God’s story to rescue mankind from his sin nature. The story of Noah and the Great Flood is a story of God rescuing people through covenant. It was a foreshadowing of the New Covenant, God’s ultimate form of rescue. This story is going to reveal man’s continued need to be rescued. Continue reading

Effective Prayer: Forgiveness

I am so excited to be able to teach this next lesson on Effective Prayer; forgiveness and deliverance. In case you have missed our previous lessons, or, just as a simple review, here is a list of previous lessons.

  1. Effective Prayer Lesson 1
  2. Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 1
  3. Effective Prayer Lesson 2 part 2
  4. Effective Prayer: Allegiance, Submission, and Gratitude
  5. Effective Prayer: Petition and Intercession

This article is based on lesson 5 from the study, “The Essentials of Effective Prayer“. In this article, we will examine the need to be forgiven by so that we can extend forgiveness to others  to build and maintain relationships with others. Continue reading

Effective Prayer: Petition and Intercession

I am getting ready to teach on prayer once again and I am excited to share these ideas with you here in this post. If you have not been following this theme, I have linked the previous lessons below.

Prayer is about a relationship with God. He communicates with us through His Word, we communicate with Him through prayer. This is how a relationship works. Both communicate with each other. Both listen to each other. There is an idea of friendship here. God wants a personal relationship with man. Man can have a personal relationship with God. Continue reading

The importance of sound doctrine

I am getting ready to teach the final lesson on the Apostle Paul’s epistle to one of his disciples, Titus. This lesson will focus on the importance of sound doctrine. We live in a day when there is a great famine in our world, especially in the churches, when it comes to teaching and learning sound doctrine. Many have watered down the Word of God so much that It is lost in the church. It seems that very few leaders are actually teaching the full counsel of the Word of God. This is nothing new. During Paul’s day, he had to teach the full counsel of God’s Word because there were so few who were doing it. As Paul instructs Titus via his epistle, he emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine and commands Titus to teach and defend sound doctrine. The question that we want to focus on is, what is sound doctrine? Continue reading

God our Rescuer

Here at Hoffmantown Church for the year 2016, we are walking through the entire Bible. As a children’s department, we are teaching through the Bible, showing how everything in the Bible points to our Savior, our Rescuer, Jesus Christ.

I have the honor and privilege of teaching Genesis 6-9, the story of the great flood. Continue reading

The ungodly in YOUR church

I am sure the title of this lesson got your attention. Good, that was the point. There are some in our modern world today that teach that the church is a hospital for sinners. It sounds like a nice analogy, but . . ., this is not the picture that the Bible paints about the church. Biblically speaking, the church is the gathering of those who are called out from darkness (sinful lifestyles) to light (a new life of righteousness in Jesus Christ). Does this mean that everyone who attends your local church is a genuine follower of Christ? NO!!!

In the previous article, I wrote about God’s description of a believer according to what He inspired the Apostle Paul to write to Titus. Is there a danger to the rest of the church when there are ungodly people in the church? YES!!! God explains why this is dangerous and what needs to be done about the ungodly who have infiltrated the ranks of the local church. Continue reading

Portrait of a believer from Titus

As I am teaching through Paul’s epistle to Titus, it has been eye opening to see the description of the followers of Jesus Christ, those who bear His Name as Christians. I would like to share that here in this article. Because there are so many cultural “Christians” in our world today, it is very difficult to get a grasp on what a genuine Christian looks and acts like. In order to discover the Truth on this subject, we need to turn to the perfect Word of God to find our answer. God’s description of a Christian is what matters, not our own thoughts and ideas. This lesson can be very eye opening to those who are cultural “Christians”. Take a moment to read Titus 1. Continue reading

Christian parents creating a love for the ministry in their children

Christian parents have the responsibility to create a passion in their children’s lives for serving in the ministry. If we do not intentionally create this passion, others will come along and give them a passion for something else.

1. Teach your children to love the Bible and study it systematically

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Gifts and the Gospel

I am speaking tonight at a dinner held at our church for the volunteers who serve with Angel Tree ministries. I am excited about the work that has been done and that is being done through this ministry. As a church, we challenge members to purchase gifts to give to needy families during the Christmas holidays. Gift giving is a Biblical concept because God, based on His nature, is a Giver. He gives gifts to men. Jesus, when He walked this earth, He gave gifts to men, with a very specific purpose. The purpose of giving is to open the door to the message of the Gospel. When Jesus did things for people, when He met their pressing needs, He immediately followed up the good deed with spiritual teaching.

There is a principle found in Proverbs 18:16 about the importance of gift giving: Continue reading