Ephesians Study: Sons & Daughters

[Ephesians 1:1-14] 4-5 – Predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ He knew before the foundation that we would be separated. (1 Peter 4:20) He predestined us for adoption. Everyone who believes through faith is a child of God. (Galatians 3:26, John 1:12) 11 – Obtained an inheritance This inheritance is ALREADY ours […]

Philemon Study: True Forgiveness

[Philemon] Paul wrote letter to Philemon while he was in jail. Philemon’s house may be where the Colossian church met (v. 2). Philemon had a slave Onesimus (v. 16). Onesimus means “useful” or “beneficial.” Onesimus was useless to Philemon – slave who stole money and ran away. Paul converted Onesimus. Onesimus is now useful to […]

Colossians Study: Foolish Philosophies

[Colossians 2:1-15] Fooled by fancy talk / persuasive speech / well-crafted arguments / enticing words / smooth rhetoric / nice-sounding words / wild-goose chase (v. 4) – speech adapted to persuade, speech to lead others into error “Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may SOUND WISE, but they are ONLY […]

More Than a Story: Kingdom-Focused

[Matthew 13] Contains EIGHT parables!! All of these parables speak about the kingdom of heaven. Parable of the Sower Readiness to hear and receive the Message of the kingdom of heaven. Three parables about growth: Weeds, Mustard Seed, Yeast/Leaven Parable of the Weeds – weeds among good seed, test between true disciples and others. Parable […]

More Than a Story: Responsiveness

[Great Feast: Luke 14:15-24] In Luke 14 we see that Someone is hosting a dinner – the person is “a ruler of the Pharisees” Verses 1-6 speak about healing of a person with dropsy on the Sabbath Verses 7-11 speak about the place of honor [[PARABLE OF THE AMBITIOUS GUEST]] This parable was told to […]

More Than a Story: Humility

[Two Men Who Prayed: Luke 18:9-14] “Be humble or you’ll stumble.” – Dwight L. Moody I am the least of the apostles – 1 Corinthians 15:9 I am the very least of all the saints. – Ephesians 3:8 I am the foremost of sinners. – 1 Timothy 1:15 “I tell you, this man went down […]