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February 25, 2024: The Christians’ Responsibility to God’s Family

BIBLICAL BASIS: Understanding Our Accountability to Other Believers

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 14:1-18

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Galatians 6:1-6; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

DEVOTIONAL READING: Romans 15:1-7

KEY VERSE: We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves (Romans 15:1).

CENTRAL TRUTH: We are responsible to promote Christlike living in God's family.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify three things they will do to help a spiritually weak Christian.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Accepting a Weak Brother -- Responsibility (Romans 14:1-9)

II. Accusing a Weak Brother -- Danger (Romans 14:10-13)

III. Accommodating a Weak Brother -- Necessity (Romans 14:14-23)

2024-02-20T16:51:14+00:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

Spring, 2024: Jesus, the Son of God

Many great topics benefit from the Word of God, but it is doubtful that any subject could give a greater blessing and spiritual lift than considering the Son of God Himself.

In this series of lessons we focus more on teachings about Christ and His divinity. We look at what He said He was, such as the Water of Life, the Good Shepherd, and the True Vine. We look at His power to forgive and consider His trial, crucifixion, and resurrection, all demonstrating that He was not just a great man or a good teacher but the very Son of God. Other lessons deal with His demonstration of humility, His prayer life, and the great authority with which He spoke. We end the quarter with a lesson that seeks to bring the series to a proper conclusion, asking, "What will you do with Jesus?" This question is vital for any unsaved ones who may be in the class, but it is also essential that each Christian continually allows Christ the place He seeks and deserves as the Lord and Master of our lives.

Let us all pray that the lessons on Christ, the Son of God, will not be dry academic studies but that we will recognize that the one we seek to understand and know better can be personally present in the classroom. Even more important, may we seek not only to know about Him but to recognize Him as our very own living, reigning, loving, and compassionate Savior. He wants to make Himself known in new and special ways. May we allow Him to do so. --

2024-02-12T16:31:27+00:00February 12th, 2024|Categories: Quarter Topic|0 Comments

February 18, 2024: The Christian and Civil Authorities

BIBLICAL BASIS: Understanding the Christian's Responsibility to the Government

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 13:1-14

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Daniel 1:1-14; I Thessalonians 4:10-12; I Peter 2:12-16

DEVOTIONAL READING: I Timothy 2:1-4

KEY VERSE: For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God (Romans 13:1).

CENTRAL TRUTH: God has ordained governmental authorities for our good.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify some obligations a Christian owes government authorities.

LESSON OUTLINE:
I. The Issue of Inappropriate Resistance (Romans 13:1-4)
II. The Issue of Rightful Subjection (Romans 13:5-7)
III. The Issue of Appropriate Obedience (Romans 13:8-14)

2024-02-12T16:27:41+00:00February 12th, 2024|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

February 11, 2024: The Life of a Christian

BIBLICAL BASIS: Understanding the Role of Service to God and Others

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 12:1-13

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 22:24-27; Acts 2:42-47; 9:36-42; 2 Corinthians 9:7, 8; 1 Peter 4:7-11

DEVOTIONAL READING: 1 Peter 2:11-20

KEY VERSE: And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD? (1 Chronicles 29:5).

CENTRAL TRUTH: God's grace obligates us to offer our lives in worship.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list three ways they can be more diligent in service to God or others.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. A Life of Consecration (Romans 12:1, 2)

II. A Life of Cooperation (Romans 12:3-8)

III. A Life of Service (Romans 12:9-13)

2024-02-06T16:55:05+00:00February 6th, 2024|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

February 1, 2024: A Lost Son Restored

Read Luke 15:11-24.
“For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” (v. 24).

As heartrending and scary as our experience was (see yesterday’s devotional), it doesn’t compare to the sadness and heartbreak caused by a son who wanders away from God and ruins his life through sinful actions and addictions. Many years ago, the devil deceived a young pastor who showed a lot of promise for ministry, and caused him to leave the pastorate and turn from his faith. His mother, heartbroken, prayed faithfully for him until she died. I know the son of a pastor who, turning away from a call that God had placed upon his heart, set his sights on the wealth of this world. Both of these can be restored!
Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, tells about his wayward daughter, Chrissy. She had been expelled from a Bible college, was concealing an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, had completely turned her back on her family, and they did not know where she was. All they and their church could do was pray. But God knew where Chrissy was and how to get her attention. Miraculously, she went home, prayed to victory, and was restored to her family. Today, she and her husband are pastoring a church in Chicago.
Like the prodigal’s father in today’s verse, the Cymbala family rejoiced that the lost one had come home. (SEH)
Let’s keep praying for the prodigals – God can restore them

2024-02-01T18:50:30+00:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

February 7, 2024: A Gospel For All

BIBLICAL BASIS: Understanding the Plan of Salvation

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 10:1-17

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Joshua 24:1-28; Nehemiah 9:1-38; Psalm 51:1-17; Romans 10:1-21

DEVOTIONAL READING: Luke 18:9-14

KEY VERSE: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9).

CENTRAL TRUTH: The steps to salvation are simple and plain so all may be saved.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to clearly explain how a person can know Jesus Christ as his Saviour.

LESSON OUTLINE:
I. The Person (Romans 10:1-7)
II. The Plan (Romans 10:8-13)
III. The Proclamation (Romans 10:14-21)

2024-01-29T19:29:32+00:00January 29th, 2024|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

January 17, 2024: A Tested Man

Read Job 2:3-10.

A Tested Man
"So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord,
and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown" (v. 7).

Sometimes, life doesn’t seem fair! Job has lost his wealth and children, and now God has allowed Satan to attack Job physically. Let’s look closely and see what nuggets of wisdom we can find in this passage today.
God knows what is going on in Job’s life, yet He allows it: painful boils, coupled with the scorn and anger of his wife's rejection, leave Job struggling for relief. Some scholars suggest one of Job’s trials was that Job’s wife was spared. Instead of comforting and ministering to him through his trials, she chose to find fault and tell him to curse God and die. Look at Job’s response to her. Job understood God is sovereign. When his wife scorned him and challenged his belief in God, Job responded courteously, realizing she was also grieving. Job extended to her both compassion and truth. Job's response to affliction demonstrated his faith and spiritual integrity. (LeeAnn Davison)
In the midst of tribulation, stand by me;
in the midst of tribulation, stand by me.
When the hosts of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail,
thou who never lost a battle, stand by me. (stand by me)
--- Charles Albert Tindley

God often chooses to allow things we cannot understand for reasons of His own.

2024-01-17T17:16:16+00:00January 17th, 2024|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

January 21, 2024: More Than Conquerors

BIBLICAL BASIS: Understanding the Victory We Have Over Circumstances of Life

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 8:26-39

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Psalms 37:23-29; 46:1-11; Ephesians 1:13-23

DEVOTIONAL READING: Job 19:23-29

KEY VERSE: In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37).

CENTRAL TRUTH: God's grace enables us to have victory over all of life's difficulties.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this class my students should be able to identify at least one problem in their life in which they will trust God for victory.

LESSON OUTLINE:
I. The Help of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:24-27)
II. The Promise for the Believer (Romans 8:28-32)
III. The Power to Conquer (Romans 8:33-39)

2024-01-15T18:46:58+00:00January 15th, 2024|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

January 14, 2024: Victorious Living

BIBLICAL BASIS: Understanding the Necessity for Victorious Christian Living

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 8:1-17

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Ephesians 3:14-21; I John 5:1-5

DEVOTIONAL READING: II Peter 1:2-11

KEY VERSE: Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (I John 5:5).

CENTRAL TRUTH: We can have victory over sin through Christ's grace.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify some signs of victory in the Christian life.

LESSON OUTLINE:
I. The Provision for Victorious Living (Romans 8:1-5)
II. The Priority of Victorious Living (Romans 8:6-11)
III. The Power of Victorious Living (Romans 8:12-17)

2024-01-08T17:51:42+00:00January 8th, 2024|Categories: Front Page, Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

January 3, 2024: The Old Man and The New Man

Read Ephesians 2:13-17.

“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances: for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace” (v. 15). 

Paul seems to be referencing the difference between Jews and Gentiles. They did not look kindly on each other. This animosity was graphically demonstrated in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Usually, what Samaritan would go out of his way to do anything for a Jew? Jesus came to abolish that kind of thinking.

Satan generated that way of viewing others. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, some Europeans viewed Jews with hatred. Men like Hitler and Stalin thought of annihilating the Jewish people. Today, in many parts of the world, Jesus's followers are hated, regardless of whether Jew or Gentile. Some are wrongfully treated, some are persecuted, and some give their lives just because they are followers of Jesus. Jesus taught us to love our fellow man.

When we experience the New Birth, we experience a newness never-before known. The old man is now a new man. Not only is there a change between Jew and Gentile, but skin color or nationality is no longer an issue. Gender is not an issue. Our generation's hatred becomes a love for lost souls when we exchange our old sin-cursed nature for the transforming Divine-Love-filled nature Jesus died to provide for all. (MAH)

Red and yellow, black and white:

All are precious in His sight.

 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit includes a baptism of Divine Love

 

2024-01-03T19:14:01+00:00January 3rd, 2024|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

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