In this lesson, Brother Jeremy Betts discusses the questions: 1) Who is Jesus? 2) Do we allow Christ to be who He is? 3) Do we recognize what Christ did? 4) Where do we need to be? and 5) What are we willing to do?
Matthew 16:13-16 (ESV): Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
We are living in dangerous times. Have we been hearing God? If so, have we been doing what He says? Hearing and not doing is sin, and the effects of sin are serious. This lesson discusses the importance of hearing, the insanity of not doing, and the image we bear.
James 1:22-25 (ESV): But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
We need to own our history and not let our history control our destiny. Instead, we need to let God control our destiny. In this lesson, we discuss what we used to be, what we ought to be, and how we can apply these lessons to our own lives and promote unity in the church.
Ephesians 4:17-24 (ESV): Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
This lesson is an examination of John 3:16, which tells of a wonderful love, a wonderful gift, a wonderful faith, and a wonderful life.
John 3:16 (ESV): For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
What is it about Hell that might make it appealing to anyone? Hell is full of pressures like hopelessness and unanswered prayer, people like the faithless and detestable, and punishment. So why would anyone choose to go there?
Matthew 25:41 (ESV): "Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'"
Brother Shannon Pfleiderer delivers a message about the destructiveness, depravity, and doom of false teachers.
2 Peter 2:18-22 (ESV): For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
Good things happen when righteous people open their mouths. If we open our mouths, God will open doors for us to study with those with open hearts. Here are a few questions to assist us and to prompt a Biblical discussion of one’s need to be saved. (Video in two parts)
Acts 18:5-11 (ESV): When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Morgan Nichols speaks about how our enemy, the devil, attempts to convince us that a life of worldliness is better than the promise of salvation in Jesus. Morgan presents two main points: 1) Lambs & Lions – viewing ourselves in a spiritual context, and 2) Atomic Habits – the little things are the big things.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV): Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.