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

Practical Discipleship from Paul partII

In the previous article, we learned that practical discipleship involved a calling, valuing teamwork, and giving practical advice for the ministry. You can read that article here.

This lesson is actually a continuation of what we learned in the last lesson. What is the practical advice that Paul gives to his disciple, Titus? This advice is revealed in the commands that Paul gives to Titus. Continue reading

Practical Discipleship from Paul

I just started teaching a new Bible study the other night. Our study is the Apostle Paul’s epistle to his disciple Titus. By looking at his example, we can learn much about discipleship.

I have noticed, in almost 17 years of ministry, that there are very few church leaders, as well as lay leaders, who are good at making disciples. In fact, from what I have seen, there are few pastors who actually make disciples, in a Biblical sense. I would like to examine Paul, a great leader who discipled many, and see what we can learn about practical discipleship, something that ALL believers are called to do. Continue reading

Effective Prayer: Allegiance, Submission, and Gratitude

Yesterday I met with my teachers to continue our study on the “Essentials for Effective Prayer”. We have already covered several lessons and you can read them in the following links:

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