I spent a good portion of the day today preparing to teach tonight at Southern Calvert Baptist Church. I am teaching the Journey kids during our AWANA program. I am excited about teaching John 17:1-21. This is the Lord’s prayer. No, not the Lord’s model prayer, you know, “our Father”. This is Jesus’ High Priestly prayer, the prayer that He prayed for His disciples (all of them throughout the ages).
This is a powerful prayer and we have much to learn from it about ministry, especially in the form of making disciples. I want to divide this lesson into two parts; what we learn about Jesus and what we learn about His disciples. As we look at these two characters, we will also discover truths about ministry that are vital for all followers of Christ, especially since we are all called to make disciples. Continue reading →
Over the past month, I have been teaching through II Thessalonians with one of my many Bible study groups. It is so neat to study the Scriptures with others and discover the Truth of the Word of God for ourselves. II Thessalonians teaches us how to plan our time knowing the the Lord will one day return. Here are a few of the things that we have been learning as we have walked through II Thessalonians together. Continue reading →
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 →
In the previous article, I began to outline the subjects mentioned in the Lord’s Model Prayer as found in Matthew 6. I hope that you found it helpful and have begun applying it to your daily prayer life. Jesus did not invent the subjects of this Model Prayer on the spot. Most of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels comes directly from the Old Testament. Some people believe that Jesus was just making up His teachings as He went about His public ministry. This could not be further from the Truth. Jesus taught much directly from the Old Testament or made allusions to It while He ministered to the public. The subjects of the Model Prayer are not different. We can actually see these subjects in many prayers offered in the Old Testament. I would like to focus on one of those prayers in this article, King Jehoshaphat’s prayer which is found in II Chronicles 20. Continue reading →
Next week, I am going to meet with some of my preK teachers and do a lesson with them on prayer. We meet a couple of times a month to build our team by studying God’s Word together. If we want to be a genuine team that works together to impact the lives of others for the Gospel, we must spend time in God’s Word together. This is how we fellowship.
Our previous lesson was very eye opening on the power of an effective prayer life. If you missed that lesson, you can read it here. Continue reading →
This is the final lesson on James. This has been an exciting and challenging study for all of us. We have constantly been challenged to examine ourselves and the way we live on a daily basis. Living faith is evident, just like dead faith is evident.
I am excited to begin a new Bible study today in the essentials of effective prayer. This class is for my preschool teachers who work for Kids’ Express, our weekly preK school that serves our church and our community.
This is our first lesson and we are going to lay the foundation for effective prayer. Have you ever met someone who prayed powerful prayers that moved God to answer time and time again? Are you one of those people? Would you like to become one of those people? This 6 week study will help with this.
As I sat and prepared over the little free time I had this week, preparing for today’s sermon at Good News, I was convicted about my own prayer life. I poured over some of the prayers of the great men of the Bible and realized that I need to pray more. I need to intercede more on behalf of my fellow man the way that the great men of the Bible did. I would like to share what I learned this week so that you can be strengthened spiritually as well as being a tool for me to think through the sermon before I preach it later on this morning.
I came across a good quote this morning from a man named Soren Kierkegaard and I would like to share it because there is much truth to it and it is one of the essential Biblical teachings on prayer.