Solomon: A Success Story? (1 Kings 10:21-29)

Solomon: A Success Story? (1 Kings 10:21-29)

The typical reading of Solomon's life is one of tremendous success (1 Kings 3-10) with the spiritual consequences of polygamy and idolatry catching up to him at the end (1 Kings 11). In this lesson, we challenge that view by seeing what the narrator of Kings is highlighting all along - that in too many ways Solomon has become the new Pharaoh and Israel the new Egypt.

Four Pictures of Redeeming Grace (Psalm 107:1-9)

Four Pictures of Redeeming Grace (Psalm 107:1-9)

Psalm 107 gives us four pictures that capture our experience of lostness and brokenness until God intervened: Desert Wanderers, Guilt-Bound Prisoners, ......

Baptism and God's Spirit: 5 Texts (John 3:1-8)

Baptism and God's Spirit: 5 Texts (John 3:1-8)

Why does the Bible so often connect water baptism with the work of the Holy Spirit? And is this the same as "baptism of/by the Holy Spirit"? We explore.

Unleashing Heaven, Unleashing Hell (James 3:3-12)

Unleashing Heaven, Unleashing Hell (James 3:3-12)

A professor of mine once equated cheating with "reaching down and bringing filth from the gutters of hell into this classroom." Does that seem a little exaggerated to say that about a sinful action? Maybe not, after you look closely at a passage like James 3. How sobering a thought would it be if we realized that every action we take this week will either bring a piece of heaven or a piece of hell to this earth? You are caught in a battle of expansion between 2 kingdoms, and your actions this week may be contributing more to the other side than you think.

Flavoring Justice (Psalm 33:1-12)

Flavoring Justice (Psalm 33:1-12)

JUSTICE is a word thrown around a lot. But do we really understand what God means by it? Sometimes the best way to learn the meaning of a word is to look at the surrounding key words in a Bible text which provide flavor. We look at Micah 6 and Psalm 33 to see which words help season our understanding of how God sees Justice and our role in its execution.

Relational Evangelism: Covenant Workers (1 Corinthians 3:6-16)

Relational Evangelism: Covenant Workers (1 Corinthians 3:6-16)

As part of our Relational Evangelism series, we explore the wonder of being fellow workers with God in His mission project. What does this mean for my evangelistic responsibility? And why does a covenant-based working relationship both motivate me to work hard and also relieve me of work-based pressure?

Basic Growth for the Christian (1 Peter 2:2 and Ephesians 4:14-15)

Basic Growth for the Christian (1 Peter 2:2 and Ephesians 4:14-15)

Just as new born babies need physical milk to grow, Christians need spiritual milk to grow. As Christians, we can grow through prayer, Bible reading & study, faithful attendance, and active participation / service. If a Christian commits him/herself to these things, they will grow in their walk!