I am preparing a message for our Connect Groups at Southern Calvert Baptist Church this coming weekend. We are continuing our journey through the entire Bible over a three year period. We just finished the period of the judges over Israel. Samuel is the last judge. He is about to be led by God to choose the first king over Israel. How did they get to the point where they wanted a king to rule over them instead of being led by the Sovereign God of the universe? That is what we want to discover this week in our lesson. Continue reading
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Searching for Peace, Faith, and Love?
What thoughts come to your mind when you hear or read the words peace, faith, and love? I am sure that if you asked 100 different people you would get 100 different answers. Most of us are searching for peace. All of us want to experience love. It’s human nature. Songs have been written about peace and love. Movies have been made about peace and love. Books and poems have been composed about peace and love. Everyone seems to be looking for these two things yet, so few seem to be able to find them. God knows that we are all searching for peace and love because He created us to be that way. That is why it is important to turn to the Word of God while we are on our quest for peace and love. In this article, I would like to focus on two chapters from the Gospel of John, chapters 20 and 21. Continue reading
The Lifestyle of a Child of God
It has been amazing teaching through the New Testament this quarter in our Sunday School classes. We started the year off with walking through the book of Acts. Since the beginning of this new quarter, we have been studying the epistles in the New Testament. God has much to teach His church in these epistles and we have learned a lot. Some of our previous lessons include: Continue reading
The Gospel spreads to the Gentiles
Another week means another Sunday is coming and I get another opportunity to invest the message of the Gospel in the lives of my 2nd grade Sunday School class. I love these kiddos and it is neat to see how God is working in their lives through His Word and how He is using them to get the message of the Gospel out to their generation.
So far, we have learned the following lessons since the beginning of the new year.
- Peter and John testify about Jesus
- Why is a prophet without honor?
- Persecution: The fuel that furthers the Gospel
- Paul’s Conversion
- Paul’s Mission to the Gentiles
- Paul in Thessalonica and Berea
This coming week, we are going to see how the Gentiles receive the Gospel in Acts 10. Continue reading
Jesus sends the Promised Helper
This coming Sunday at church, I am going to get to teach my 2nd graders about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Over the past month, we have dug down deep into some very important spiritual truths in the life of Jesus Christ.
Born again by water and the Spirit
The idea for this article came as a direct result of a Facebook question that I asked in reference to John 3:5. I received the answers that I expected. I was asked to explain the meaning of the water to which Jesus refers in John 3:5. I want to share the explanation here in this post. One of the requirements in answering the posed question was that interpretation needed to be contextual and referenced with other Scriptures if possible.
Here is the question: Continue reading
The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control
Well, this is the last message on the Fruit of the Spirit. It has been a great summer and a great study series. I have learned a lot and I pray that those who have followed along with these messages have been blessed to learn more about living a Spirit led life. I am a bit sad to see this series end. It reminds me of the armor of God series of last summer. If you have been following along, these links will be a review for you. If you have not been following along, these links will be a way to catch up and get into the flow of the series.
- The Fruit of the Spirit is love
- The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy and Peace
- The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience and Kindness
- The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness
- The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness
Counting the cost of Discipleship L5
So far, we have covered 4 lessons in this study on discipleship. I hope that you have been challenged in your walk with the Lord. If you have missed the previous lessons, you can review and catch up by reading these articles:
- Lesson 1 – The call to follow Jesus
- Lesson 2 – The cost of following Jesus
- Lesson 3 – Difference between a genuine follower of Christ and a false “follower”
- Lesson 4 – Are you totally committed to following Jesus?
The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy and Peace
I have been working on lesson 2 about the Fruit of the Spirit, the series that I am teaching this summer during our children’s church, called theROC. I wanted to share the lesson here so that I can think through it myself and share the truths with others. I hope that it will be helpful. The previous lesson was on the overview of the fruit of the Spirit.
We are all born with a sin nature that manifests itself on a daily basis. We live by that sin nature until God sets us free by causing us to be born again through faith in Jesus Christ. The Gospel made it all possible, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. When we are born again from above, God gives us a new Spirit, His Spirit, which now manifests love in us and through us. The rest of the characteristics in Galatians 5 teach us what love looks like and how it is manifested. Today, we are going to focus on 2 aspects of love; joy and peace. Continue reading
Patiently await the coming of the Lord!
I am getting ready to teach the final lesson on Jude. It has been an amazing and eye opening study. I have enjoyed the past 4 weeks and know that this week will also be a good one. I am praying for all of the students who took this class, that the Word would penetrate their hearts and motivate them to make disciples of the people whom God has placed in their lives.
Here are some of the previous lessons.
- Contend earnestly for the faith
- Contend earnestly for the faith part 2
- Evidence of genuine salvation
- An ungodly person does not submit authority