The Gospel spreads to the Gentiles

fullsizerenderAnother 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.

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Jesus sends the Promised Helper

214-700x438This 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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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The Fruit of the Spirit is love

I am excited about this summer series that I am beginning to teach this Sunday during our children’s worship service called theROC. ROC stands for Reaching Others for Christ. Our kids are learning to know God through His Word, how to walk with God by faith, and how to share that faith with the people around them. It has been neat to see the way that the Word of God has changed the hearts and minds of these kids.

This summer, we are going to study the fruit of the Spirit. I love how fruit is singular. The fruit of the Spirit is love. The rest of the attributes mentioned after love are the characteristics of love. Our goal this summer is to study this fruit and its characteristics to learn what love looks like and how we can attain it and live by it. Our main passage for the summer is Galatians 5:19-23. Now that you have had a chance to read the passage, let’s see what we learn. Continue reading

Understanding the Spiritual Gifts in Rome

It is hard to believe that another week has come and gone. As I sit here preparing for my next staff meeting, I am overwhelmed at how good God is. I have studied the subject of spiritual gifts before, on several different occasions, but it is like is God is speaking to me in a fresh way, all over again. That is what I love about the Word of God, It is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword. This is the 3rd lesson on the subject of Understanding Spiritual gifts and before we dive in, I would like to link to the previous 3 lessons for anyone who has not already had the chance to read them. Continue reading

The giving of the spiritual gifts

During our last staff meeting, we covered an overview of spiritual gifts. This week we are going to take a look at the initial giving of the spiritual gifts to the early church. We learned last week that it is Christ who gives us the gifts. He is the One who chooses which gift(s) we receive. We do not pray for a certain gift. We also discovered that we do not all have the same gifts. Not everyone has a speaking gift. Not everyone has a serving gift. Both types of gifts are equally important. The gifts are given to us to be used in serving one another and not ourselves. If the gifts are used properly, the Lord is glorified and the ministry grows. Continue reading