Noah respects God

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMDear friends, this is it, the last lesson, lesson 5 on the life of Noah. I hope that you have enjoyed the ride. I cannot wait to teach this in a couple of weeks. In case you have missed the previous lessons, here they are so that you can catch up.

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Learn to be grateful like Noah

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMHere it is, lesson 4 from the life of Noah. We have learned a lot from this man of faith. We still have much to learn. Here is what we have learned so far:

In this article, we are going to learn about more of the results of genuine faith in the message that God has given to us, a message of judgment, mercy, and grace. Gratefulness is another manifestation of genuine faith. Gratefulness does not come natural to us because of our selfish, sin nature that dominates us. Gratefulness is something that we learn. The Apostle Paul wrote it this way: Continue reading

Noah trusts God in difficult times

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMThis is our third installment of the life of Noah, a life that we are going to study this summer at our annual VBS. Here are the previous two lessons that we have covered:

Noah heard the message of God’s judgment, mercy, and grace. He believed God’s message and his faith was genuine because it produced obedience. Noah shared that message with his immediate family and then with the people in his sphere of influence.

This lesson will focus on how Noah trusted God during the difficult moments of the universal flood. Psalm 31:14 teaches us: Continue reading

Trust and Obey God like Noah

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMIn the previous article, we were introduced to Noah, learning about his stand for God when no one else wanted to do it. God sent a message of judgment of sin. Within that message, He introduces a message of mercy and grace. Noah finds favor with God because he chooses to believe God’s message and walks with God. Noah begins to reflect God’s character correctly. He teaches his family how to walk with God. Their family is different from all of the other families of the earth. They are no longer dominated by their sin nature. They are now subservient to God. They do not act out in wickedness and violence anymore.

This lesson is day 2 or lesson 2 from our VBS Bible study. The theme of this study is trusting and obeying God the way that Noah did. Noah’s “faith” is not just an abstract idea. Faith is concrete. It produces the action of obedience. Faith that does not produce the good works of obedience is not genuine faith. Noah had genuine faith. In our world today, there are 1,000s of different faiths. In God’s economy, there are only two types of faith, genuine faith that produces obedience and useless faith that does not produce obedience. We want to learn about Noah’s genuine faith because it produced obedience in Noah and his family. Continue reading

Noah stands for the Lord

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 8.02.52 PMI am preparing to teach about Noah during our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year, we are using Answers in Genesis’ Curriculum. I am excited about teaching this. I have been preparing the lessons and I want to share them here in article form so that I can think through the lessons before actually teaching them.

Our first lesson is about Noah and how he took a stand for the Lord when the rest of the world lived as it pleased. Continue reading

Daniel’s Faithfulness

I am getting ready to teach this Sunday to my Sunday School class. This has been a neat month walking through the Old Testament. Here are the previous lessons that we have covered:

Last Sunday, we covered the prophecies of Isaiah about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Isaiah revealed the “Good News” of the coming Messiah. Jesus was coming to reconcile people with God. Not only that, He was going to teach people how to walk with God once they reconnected with Him. Upon learning this good news, we were challenged to share this with at least 1 person this week. Continue reading

Jesus explained by Isaiah

I am so excited about this week’s Sunday School lesson. Over the past couple of weeks, we have covered:

This week, we are going to study some of Isaiah’s prophecies about the first coming of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, there are over 300 prophecies about the first coming of Jesus Christ. These prophecies are given over a 4,000 year period. The prophet Isaiah lived and wrote about 700 years before the birth of Jesus. He reveals some great truths about Jesus, in his inspired writings. Let’s see what we can learn about Christ and ourselves from the prophecies that Isaiah wrote almost 3,000 years ago. Continue reading

God’s Great Calling for YOU

I am preparing to speak at our annual Kids’ Express graduation this coming Thursday evening. I am excited to see the little ones who have gone through our program showcase what they have learned over the past 3 or 4 years. The best testimony of their hard work is when they enter kindergarten far ahead of their piers who did not attend Kids’ Express. I am so thankful for our teachers and leaders in Kids’ Express, as well as the parents who are working hard to invest in their little gifts from the Lord.

In the past, I have spoken about the importance of investing in the spiritual lives of our kids, just as much as we invest in their physical needs, education, and hobbies. Continue reading

Honesty and Integrity: Signs of Genuine Faith

I am preparing to teach the Word of God to my Sunday School class this coming Sunday. Over the past 2 weeks, we have looked at the humble shepherd boy David and then the mighty King David. It was neat to see how God gives grace to the humble and opposes the proud. David received God’s grace. Along the way, David got proud. God had to humble him. We saw King David humble himself and repent before God and before all of humanity. God forgave David and restored him, but, the consequences remained with David for the rest of his life. Continue reading

A Christian’s Occupation: Good Works

What are you supposed to do with your life once you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and are born again? Are you just to put your feet up and wait for the glories of heaven or, does God invite you to something more? In the Protestant world, good works are almost frowned upon, as if they are a bad thing. We have catch phrases (that do not come from the Bible) like, “Christianity is all about being and not about doing”. Is that a Biblical attitude? Let’s turn to the Word of God and find out. Continue reading