The Sin of Hypocrisy

PRINTED TEXT: Matthew 23:25 - 37

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ is deeply grieved when men reject Him.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list reasons why hypocrisy is a sin.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Majoring on Minors (Matthew 23:16 22)
II. Emphasizing Externals (Matthew 23:23 28)
III. Condemned by Deity (Matthew 23:29 39)

2020-08-03T16:16:29+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

April 19, 2020: Faith When Facing the Impossible

Focus Text: Luke 24:13-29

Central Truth: Christ is the complete fulfillment of the prophetic scriptures.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain the historical evidence concerning the resurrection of Christ.

Lesson Outline:

I. Revealed Through the Word (Luke 24:13-27)

II. Revealed Through Communion (Luke 24:28-45)

2020-04-18T14:15:52+00:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Be Still and Know That I Am God!”

          I suppose every Christian, in this time of unprecedented social upheaval (Unprecedented in our lifetimes!), has a verse to which they turn for comfort and strength. For some of us, the place is Psalm 46:8-11. The keynote of the passage is v. 10: "Be still and know that I am God."

          When I was a fifth grader (Please note – the year was 1962!), each school day began with a time of "opening exercises." My teacher had a little book of poems from which we read each morning. Although 1962 was long ago, one of those poems still is sealed to my mind.

The world today is going so fast,

I can't keep up; I am traveling half-masked.

I think I will go east, and I find I have gone west.

I am hurrying so fast to keep up with the rest.

They're hurrying here, and hurrying there;

Not sure where they are going, and they don't much care!

 

          In the rural world, where I find my greatest delight, we call it "chasing our tail" – creating lots of activity, for little or no purpose. And if that was the case in 1962, how much more has been true in more recent times! Sports, music, school activities, church activities, political activism, professional activities, texting, social media, electronic communication – that is life! Or is it? Evidently God does not think so! For on the seventh day, God rested (Gen 2:1). The Creator God found it necessary to hit the "pause button" – to take time to reflect.

          The world has defied God in many ways, and the church has rightfully decried many of them. Sadly, however, the church has joined the world in defying God's call to rest – to "be still and know that I am God." And I cannot help but wonder if the current change of pace isn't, in part, God's way of getting His people to do by decree what they refused to do by choice – "be still."

          Please do not misunderstand. I do not know whether God sent this virus, or, like with Job, allowed it. I also do not know what God's purpose is in this current crisis. I just know He has one! And I am quite sure that His purpose involves His people as well as the world. And it doesn't seem His people are taking very kindly to what He is doing! One dear brother mentioned that his wife is not taking very well to this idea of cooking at home! I hear others decry this loss of freedom. Yes, change is difficult to accept, especially when we seem to have little choice!

          In commenting on Psalm 46:10, Charles Spurgeon makes this interesting observation. "Either by terror or by love God will subdue all hearts to himself." The cross showed His love. And in a smaller way, COVID-19 shows His terror. He is the Sovereign God, so COVID-19 did not take Him by surprise.

          Let's go back to Psalm 46:8, where the psalmist talks about a part of the work of God being "what desolations he hath made in the earth." Verse 9 talks about God's ability to stop war by bringing desolation. It is in that context that God, through the psalmist, calls upon his people to "be still and know that I am God."

          Job too faced desolation, and, to be sure, that desolation did not cause him to be still! In fact, Job became quite vocal – maybe like us – in his protesting the desolation in his life. Until, that is, God appeared in chapter 38. And when God gets done with dealing with Job's faulty theology, Job finally acknowledges that he should have not talked so much.

Therefore, have I uttered that I understood not;

things too wonderful for me, which I knew not (Job 42:3).

          As stated earlier, none of us know for sure what God is doing through this pandemic. And we should learn from Job that, when God brings desolation, whether by decree or permission, we need to learn silence. Spurgeon refers to it as "expressive silence."

          The modern church world is not very good at "silent praise." Maybe God is trying to teach us something new! Psalm 46 is an excellent place to learn what that "something new" might be!

2020-04-08T14:57:59+00:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

God’s Word for Today

What is the significance of God having spoken through Jesus Christ “in these last days”?

Almost everyone understands that our world is in the midst of an authority crisis. Two related questions keep being asked. Who can I believe? Who should I obey?

These questions are not so different from the questions the writer of Hebrews is seeking to answer. In the early New Testament era there were many voices seeking to be heard, both within Judaism and in paganism. The writer of Hebrews seeks to show that, among all the voices clamoring for attention, Jesus is the only truly authoritative voice. As a teacher you might want to start today's lesson making a list of all the voices in our day clamoring for attention: psychics, new agers, politicians, economists, entertainers might be a good start. What evidence can a Christian give to the world that Jesus should be believed over any of these voices?

2020-02-25T20:11:55+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: God's Word for Today, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

March 1, 2020: God’s Great Son

Focus Texr: Hebrews 1:1-14

Central Trust: Jesus Christ is God's Son and our Savior.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to relate basic information concerning the Book of Hebrews.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Expressing the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3)

II. Exalted Above Angels (Hebrews 1:4-8)

III. Enduring Forever (Hebrews 1:9-14)

2020-02-25T20:14:03+00:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Growth in Grace

Focus Text: 2 Peter 1:1-12

Central Truth: We must build the knowledge of God’s Word and grace into our lives daily.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list ways in which they may experience spiritual growth.

I. The Provision of God (2 Peter 1:1-4)

II. The Progression of Faith (2 Peter 1:5-8)

III. The Prompting to Remembrance (2 Peter 1:9-12)

2019-04-22T21:48:26+00:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding God’s Word

Read Nehemiah 8:5-12

“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading” (v. 8).

I love to read the Jesus Storybook Bible to my grandchildren. From the first Genesis story, it points to Jesus. The story of redemption is woven throughout the entire Bible. As they say in an advertisement for a popular cell phone plan, “It’s not complicated!” However, we sometimes get bogged down in some of the harder-to-understand details. As Ezra read the Word of the Lord to the people in our passage, several appointed men explained it and helped the people understand what was being read. If you struggle to understand the Bible, don’t allow the enemy to convince you to use that as an excuse to neglect daily time in the Word! If you truly desire to understand it, there are steps you can take to do so. First, ask. Ask the Holy Spirit to break up any stony ground, to illuminate your mind, and to reveal His Word to you. Next, find some good study helps. A commentary will explain the content, context, historical background, and language used in the text. Websites (such as thebibleproject.com) and rich Bible studies are also available to help you. Don’t be haphazard, grabbing a Biblical “snack” here and there; be purposeful and organized when feeding on the Word. Finally, engage your mind. Remove distractions and get serious about studying! It will require effort; it may even require sacrifice. But the rewards are well worth it! (Faith M. Trussell)

“Help me to understand the meaning of your commandments” (Ps. 119:27).

2019-01-23T10:00:25+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Opening the Word, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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