The Centurion

There is no doubt that someone that you know our that one of your friends knows has made it big in some sense. The might have been on a television program or have a high profile position. Those who did not grow up with the person may be intimidated by that person, but you remember […]

Humble Beginnings

The mustard seed is a remarkable seed. Mustard seeds generally take three to ten days to germinate if placed under the proper conditions, which include a cold atmosphere and relatively moist soil. Mature mustard plants grow into shrubs. This seed is smaller than a pin head, yet it has the potential to grow 8-10 feet […]

The Faith to Act

Read John 5:1–14. Why do you think Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6, NKJV). Isn’t it rather obvious that anyone suffering for so long would want to be healed? What was Jesus’ motive here? What was the man’s response? John 5:7. It is obvious that the man want’s […]

Formalism, Fanaticism, and Faith

What do we learn about cold formalism in Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees? Matt. 23:27, 28; Luke 11:39, 40; Mark 7:5–9. Just as in our day Jesus had a problem with formalism. Formalism manifested its self in the legalistic religion of the Pharisees. Jesus condemned the pharisees for their outward formalism  to religion while their […]

Through the Eye of Faith

Psalm 8 is one of the best loved of the psalms. To David, as a believer in God, the Creation spoke of the Lord’s majesty and love. What specific lessons did David see in the creation, as recorded in Psalm 8? Also, considering what we know about the creation today—the moon and the stars and […]

Hope of Victory

Study Romans 8:26-39. What point is Paul trying to make here? What reasons does Paul give for the Christian to look confidently to the future? Look at all the wonderful promises and words of encouragement found in these verses. Again, how can we take them beyond theology, beyond something that sounds nice, and live according […]

A Prayer of Thanks (1 Thess. 1:1-3)

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3. For what things are Paul, Silas, and Timothy giving thanks? What do these things mean in a practical sense? That is, how would they be manifested in daily life? For example, how is the “work of faith” expressed in how we live? Paul and Silas are giving thanks for the Thessalonians. […]

The Faith of Abraham

The Faith of Abraham Read Genesis 12:1-8. What do these verses reveal about Abram ( later Abraham) and his calling by God? The first thing that we notice about Abraham is that he was obedient to God. Abraham left from the land that was familiar to him and went to follow God by faith. As […]

Heirs According to the Promise

Heirs According to the Promise – Sunday’s Lesson Read Galatians 3:26–29. What is the main point that Paul is making? (As you read, note that the Greek word translated “put on” comes from the word meaning “to be clothed.”) Paul is making the point that when we are baptized we have put on Jesus Christ. When we […]

Faith Healing “Who Touched My Clothes?”

Faith Healing? Read Mark 5:24–34 and Luke 8:43–48. What significance can be found in the fact that the woman believed all she had to do was touch Jesus’ garment to find healing? First we have to understand what was the situation of this woman. The bible tells us that she suffered bleeding for twelve years, […]

Elisha’s Cloak

“He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him,  and   went back and stood by the bank of Jordan; and he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? And when he also had smitten the waters, they […]

Without the Law

Read Romans 3:21–31. What is Paul saying here, and how are the ideas presented in these verses reflected in what the preacher above said? There is nothing that we do to earn salvation it is a free gift from Jesus Christ. We obtain the righteousness of Jesus Christ by faith. God does not make a […]

Imputed Righteousness

Read Romans 4:1–7. How does Abraham’s trust in God illustrate imputed righteousness? When people work they are expecting to receive pay for their services rendered. When individuals do not work they should not expect to receive any pay at all. God let’s us know that He wants to give us credit for working as if […]

The Need for Forgiveness

Wednesday’s Lesson – The need of forgiveness How did David find relief to his agony? Ps. 32:1–5; see also 1 John 1:9. How can we find this same thing for ourselves? Have you ever done something wrong and you wanted no one to ever find out? For  awhile you are ok with the guilt but then […]

Total Forgiveness

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1, NKJV). What does this text promise us? How can we make this promise our own? To get an understanding of what this text is talking about we […]

Do Not Be Afraid

Monday’s Lesson -Do Not be Afraid Read Genesis 15:1–3. What was Abram’s source of fear? What valid reasons did he have to fear? Abraham was afraid because there was no heir to his household. God promised Abraham that he was would be the father to many nations. Abraham feared how God’s promise would be fulfilled […]

A Question of Faith

1) Why did the king of Israel react as he did? Was his reaction reasonable or unreasonable? What did he really fear was going on? The king of Israel reacted as he did because he believed what the king of Aaram asked was impossible. His actions were reasonable because never in the history of Israel […]

Remembering My Sins

What is the natural human response to contact with God? See Job 42:5, 6; Isa. 6:5; Dan. 10:8; Luke 5:8; Rev. 1:17. Why do you think that reaction is so common? In all of these passages we see that humanity is being confronted with divinity. When humanity comes in contact with divinity humanity recognizes is […]

Total Surrender

Read 1 Kings 17:13–16. What’s the first thing Elijah says to the wdow, and why? What great leap of faith is Elijah taking in asking her to do this? The first thing that Elijah tells the widow is to not be afraid. Elijah has to preface his words with this statement because what he is […]