October 5, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "Don't Downplay the Word of God"

Scripture: Hebrews 2:1-3

 

The definition of downplay is: to make something seem less important than it really is.

 

No man should belittle, change, downplay the Word of God.

 

Whatever the Bible says, you should believe it. However, you have the priviledge and opportunity to reject God's word, but you should be ready for the consequences if you do.

 

Examples of people who have downplayed God's Word:

1. Nadab and Abihu offered a 'strange' fire to the

Lord when He commanded them not to.

----Leviticus 10:1-7

2. God ordered that Amalek be totally destroyed,

but Saul allowed the king to live and kept the

best of the sheep and oxen.

----I Samuel 15:1-23

3. Uuzrah touched the Ark of the Convenant when

God commanded that no one other than the

ark bearers should touch it and died as a result.

----II Samuel 6:6-7

 

Ways that people today downplay the Word of God:

1. in relationships

2. in marriage

3. in raising of children

 

God's Word will stand forever!

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Deutoronomy 4:2

Deutoronomy 12:32

Proverbs 30:6

II John 9

Matthew 24:35

Numbers 22:18

Psalm 118:104-105

Romans 10:17

Genesis 2:7, 22

Ephesians 5:23

I Corinthians 11:3

Proverbs 22:6

 

 

September 28, 2014

The lesson for the week is : "God Will Supply All Your Needs"

Scripture: Psalm 100:1-5, Philippians 4:19-20

 

God is a provider. In the Old Testament, God provided:

1. a leader (Moses)

2. water (from a rock)

3. clothes (that never rotted)

4. manna (bread from heaven)

 

If you love and obey God and are thankful in your obedience, He will provide. Just look at what He has already done for you.

 

God is great and is worthy of great praise. Don't let anyone stop you from praising God.

 

You must come to understand two concepts:

1. you are a servant

2. you must understand who God is

 

You must know what to pray for and that it must be on God's agenda. How do you know if something is for you? You can go to the Bible and prove it. Consult God in everything you do.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Romans 16:16

Psalm 37:5

Proverbs 3:5

Matthew 7:7

Matthew 6:25-35

Romans 8:26

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "The Great Invitation"

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30

 

Everyone goes through trials and tribulations.  It gets tiresome and sometimes you shed tears; not only for yourself but for others as well.

 

Jesus said that He is a coworker with you and when you get tired, He will bear the weight.

 

When praying for strenght, God will allow you to go through storms to build up your strength

.  Sometimes, however, your sin will cause you to go through a storm.

 

When you learn about Jesus you learn what He will do for you.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

John 14:1-3

II Corinthians 4:16

I John 5:3

I Corinthians 10:13
 

 

 

 

September 14, 2014

Guest Speaker: Gerald Thomas - Assistant Minister - Coosada Road Church of Christ, Montgomery, AL

 

The lesson for the week is : "The Rocks Cry Out"

Scripture: Luke 19: 38-40

 

The people had seen the miracles that Jesus had performed and worshipped Him. To worship means to bow down, to honor someone.

 

What about our prayers today? How much passion do they have?

 

It is time to praise God and call Him King.

 

Some people take Jesus as a joke and blantantly reject His teachings. We have become complacent Christians. But Christ did not come to make us comfortable.

 

When Christians get close to God, trouble will follow. But if all power is given to Christ, how can we not praise Him?

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Ephesians 3:21

Psalm 53:1

Matthew 24:12

Job 5:7

Job 14:1

Luke 19:40-44

Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 28:18

 

 

 

September 7, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "The Joy Book of the Bible"

Scripture: Philippians 4:23

 

If you ever want to talk about joy, go to the book of Philippians.

 

Paul wrote the book of Philippians while in prison.  In it, he commends the Philippians for their love and support.  He wrote it to encourage them in their faith because at one point the church was not able to support Paul in his ministry.

 

The book of Philppians is outlined as follows:

Chapter 1 - Paul prayed for the church at Philippi.   Our lesson is that we need to learn to pray for each other.

 

Chapter 2 - there is joy in serving the Lord.  Epaphroditus became sick while bringing support to Paul and almost died.  But in spite of his illness, he continued to serve the Lord.

 

Chapter 3 - there is joy in believing in the Lord

 

Chapter 4 - there is joy in the giving of self to the Lord.  We as Christians must learn to lay self aside and let the Lord do His will.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

James 5:16

Revelation 2:10

Philippians 3:13-14

Hebrews 12:1

I Corinthians 15:58

 

 

 

August 31, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "What About That Cross?"

Scripture: Colossians 2:14

 

A crossless gospel is a perverted gospel.  No one will be saved without the cross.  The cross is God's redemption plan.  If it were not for the cross, we would not have the church.

 

Implications of the cross:

1.  the cross is God's full revelation - I Corinthians 1:18

     -- it is the wisdom of God - Isaiah 55:8-9

     -- it is how God thinks

2.  the power of sin is broken - Romans 5:12

 

Jesus took His righteousness and placed it on us and took away our sins.

 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

John 5:39

Acts 20:28

I John 1:9

Ephesians 6:10-12

 

 

 

August 24, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Don't Fashion Yourself After the World"

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

 

As a Christian, you need to be concerned with spiritual things; what will happen to your soul.   Know that worldly things will pass away.

 

How do you deal with the fashions of the world? You do it by the renewing of your mind.

 

Everything about you from your style of dress to the pattern of your speech should be pleasing to
God.  This can only be accomplished fixing or renewing your mind not to get caught up in worldly things.

 

Getting an education is good, but you have to have your mind right.

 

There are two gates to your heart or mind - the ear gate and the eye gate.  You must have a Christian world view - if it doesn't fit, don't do it!
 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

I Corinthians 7:31

Proverbs 4:20

Romans 1:20-24

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Sheep Among Wolves"

Scripture: Acts 16:18-28

 

When born again, you become a sheep among wolves.

 

It is amazing what God allows His people to go through.  But you must remember that you, as a Christian, are chosen by God - you have been picked out to be picked on.

 

As a Christian you wil get tackled on the battlefield but know that God will not send you into battle without weapons.

 

Some suffering you bring on yourself; some suffering is allowed by God; some suffering is brought by Satan.   Satan will try his best to keep you down.

 

Leave the wolves in your life alone; God will take care of them.  Always give God your best. 

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

I Peter 2:9

Matthew 10:16

Ephesians 6:11-12

Matthew 5:11

Matthew 28:20

Romans 12:19

 

 

 

August 10, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Justification by Faith"

Scripture: Romans 5:1

 

We are justified by faith; we are set right, free from guilt.

 

But we are not talking about faith only, we must also work - your work must back up your faith.

 

Repentence comes through faith.

 

Living this Christian life is not easy; you must have faith in God or you will give up.  If you make a mistake, you must have faith that you will get it right.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

James 2:20, 24

Hebrews 11:24

Hebrews 11:7

Hebrews 11:30

Acts 2:38

Romans 6:4

I Corinthians 5:21

Romans 12:18

Ephesians 2:14

Matthew 16:18, 21

 

 

 

August 3, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "The Other Side of God"

Scripture: Deuteronomy 9:18, Nahum 1:1-7

 

God will inflict punishment on those who do wrong, if they do not repent.

 

Don't let God get angry with you.

 

God is a jealous God. He will not tolerate or accept anything.

 

He will do what He said He will do.

 

If you meet the other side of God, you will have trouble on your hands.

 

Yet God is slow to show His anger toward us.

 

Nineveh was a wicked city and God saw the wickeness.  The book of Nahum was the prophecy of Nineveh.  The city of Nineveh was the greatest military force at that time.  But Nineveh wouldn't change.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

Isaiah 7:15

Jeremiah 32:17

I John 4:8

Lamentations 3:32

Revelations 15:3

Romans 11:20

Romans 12:19

Romans 11:22

Galatians 6:7

Deuteronomy 9:7-8, 13-14, 18, 20

Exodus 32:30

Numbers 32:13

 

 

Baptized into Christ - Sierra Swain

 

July 27, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Do You Have It Together?"

Scripture: Acts 22:1-3

 

When a man dresses, lives and rides fine; has plans, goals and directions, we say that he has it together.  But having "it" together is more than material things.

 

The most together man was Christ.

--He was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy

--He was the great miracle worker

--He was God in human flesh

--"In the beginning was the Word, and th Word was with God, and the word was God." - John 1:1

 

Some men appeal to a certain class of people in their field.  But Jesus appeals to all people. 

 

Things alone will not make you happy; things like education, power, sex, money,fame - no man is together without Jesus.

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

 

John 14:6

John 10:10-11

John 8:12

John 6:35

Acts 23:5

Philippians 4:5

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Acts 22:3

Acts 8:1-4

II Timothy 4:7-8

Galatians 3:26-27

John 9:31

I Peter 3:12

Titus 2:11-12

Matthew 16:18

I Corinthians 12:13

Acts 17:16-23

Galatians 1:13-14

Acts 8:26-39

I Peter 3:21

Colossians 2:14

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "I Know What Prayer Can Do"

Scripture: I Timothy 2:1-2

 

It is a priviledge to be on praying ground.  It is a priviledge to pray because:

--you can fellowship with God

--you can present your needs to God

 

It is alright to pray at anytime and anywhere.

 

Prayer will:

--answer questions

--find solutions to problems

--teach you to wait on God

--bring strength to weakness

--bring peace to a troubled mind

--make burdens lighter

 

Prayer has productive powers:

--reach the unreachable

--change the unchangeable

--solve the unsolvable

 

No worship service is complete without prayer.

 

God has designed prayer for His faithful children.

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

 

Philippians 4:6

I Thessalonians 5:17-18

I Peter 3:12

John 9:31

Proverbs 15:29

Luke 1:13

Hebrews 11:6

II Corinthians 5:7

Matthew 21:21-22

I John 5:14

 

 

 

July 6, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "Humble Yourself Before God Destroys You"  - Deacon Clement Gamble

Scripture: James 4:10

 

Definition of humble means to reduce arrogance; to depend on others; to be submissive.

 

In order to rise in the church, you must humble yourself first.

 

We need God; God doesn't need us.

 

In submitting to God, you will resist the devil.

 

If you want favor from God, you must humble yourself.

 

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

 

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3

II Chronicles 12: 1-4

James 4:7

Isaiah 55:7

Philippians 3:13-19

Philippians 4:7

Romans 1:16-17

I Peter 3:12

 

 

June 29, 2014

The lesson for the week  is : "After Revival, Focus on This"

Scripture: Philippians 4:8

 

The devil's number one arena are your thoughts.  If he can control your thoughts, he can manipulate your life because your thoughts determine your destiny.

 

As a Christian, you must be careful about what you think about in addition to what you see and hear.

You must also be careful of what you speak; it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

 

If you think uplifting thoughts, you wil be an upbeat, positive person and you will attract like minded people.

 

You must set your mind on the highs and not the lows and have the mind of Christ - a mind of victory.

 

Christians must learn to wait on God, but can not ignore problems.

 

Related scriptures discussed were:

 

Isaiah 40:31

Job 14:1

John 16:33

Colossians 3:1

Romans 12:2

II Corinthians 9:8