We are often encouraged to "bless" God in the Bible, especially in the Psalms. But how can we (as finite beings) bless an infinite God? What does it mean to "bless" God? This is the focus of our lesson today.
Date: October 17th, 2021
Text: 2 Corinthians 5.17-21
What are you? The question will change depending on the context in which it is asked. It is also a deceptively difficult question because many struggle with self-identity. Today, we will consider the question from an in-Christ perspective.
Date: October 10th, 2021
Text: 2 Corinthians 1.3-4
Paul was a man who faced struggles and pain in his service of Christ and His kingdom. But he also received comfort. In our passage, Paul speaks to the source and purpose of that comfort. HIs insight serves as a reminder of the responsibility of our purposeful comfort.
When we consider the impact of sin, we often thing of it in terms of how sin impacts us. But how does sin impact God? Today, we consider a shockingly unexpected image of the impact of sin on God in Ezekiel 6.
Date: September 26th, 2021
Text: 2 Chronicles 16.12 & James 5.13-15
Today we consider the all-to-often controversial issue of whether or not it is permissible for a Christian to receive the COVID19 vaccine(s). This is a difficult and intensely personal issue with which many struggle. Today we cut through the hyperbole, misinformation, and personal politics to consider the ethics of the issue from a biblical perspective.
When it comes to a meal, it doesn't get much simpler than a peanut butter sandwich. Consisting of two simple ingredients, it's hard to mess it up. It is also irreducible in complexity (remove one element and we no longer have a sandwich). There is something we can learn from the peanut butter sandwich when it comes to the simplicity of the proper response to the gospel of Christ. We explore peanut butter sandwiched and salvation in our lesson today.
Date: September 12th, 2021
Text: Philippians 3.13-14
The past can be informative, even instructional (both our successes and failures). But it can also become something that traps us, weighing us down, preventing us from moving forward. Today, we consider Paul's instruction to the church in Philippi about the need to forget and forge ahead for Christ.
Gold is a precious metal that some pursue with all of their heart. The psalmist spoke of his love of and commitment to God's word as being more valuable to him than even the purest gold. Do we love it and pursue it with the same dogged, heartfelt commitment?
Date: August 29th, 2021
Text: 2 Corinthians 2.14-17
There are two sides to every coin toss, those who win and those who walk way. Though not a game of chance, this dynamic is true with the gospel message as well. In this lesson we consider both sides of the proverbial coin by looking at something Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2.