prayer

Blessing Your Children (Genesis 49:22-26)

Blessing Your Children (Genesis 49:22-26)

Most of our pray for our families. But the biblical idea of “blessing” goes deeper. We explore Jacob’s blessing of his adult son Joseph to see if we can apply some principles in our relationships with sons and daughters of all ages.

Responses to Questions: Part 7

Responses to Questions: Part 7
  1. How should we use the term “Christian”?

  2. What will happen to the unimmersed on the Day of Judgment?

  3. Why do we not come together for prayer gatherings in response to crisis like past generations did?

Praying the Scriptures (Psalm 119:41-48)

Praying the Scriptures (Psalm 119:41-48)

We do not just read the Bible. We do not just study it. We are told repeatedly to meditate upon it. And as we meditate upon it, the implanted word will guide the content of our prayers back to God as well. In this lesson, we give 3 samples of what it means to meditate on a passage and use that passage in prayer - one psalm, one parable, and one section from an epistle.

The Love of the Enemy (Matthew 5:43-48)

The Love of the Enemy (Matthew 5:43-48)

We try to get to the roots of why Love for someone who is hostile to us is so difficult. In order to see how we may be able to do so, we first examine how God is able to.

Worshiping Beyond the Veil (Hebrews 10:19-25)

Worshiping Beyond the Veil (Hebrews 10:19-25)

Movement toward the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle is a picture of how we should see worship. The Book of Hebrews repeatedly uses the expression "draw near" to describe what Jesus enables for each of us in worship through Him. This is a reflection on confident closeness to God in worship.

Communal Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

Communal Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

Prayer is individual, but it is also communal - when we are assembled together and even when we are in private. We explore the overlap of Christian fellowship and prayer.

Preparing the Heart for Communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)

Preparing the Heart for Communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-34)

Preparing the heart for sharing communion begins long before a song we sing before the Lord's Supper.

Leverage (Isaiah 58:2-7)

Leverage (Isaiah 58:2-7)

The danger of thinking about our relationship with God in terms of leverage...do we expect more from God if we feel we can put enough heavy weight on our side to pull Him our way?

Accountable to One Another (James 5:13-20)

Accountable to One Another (James 5:13-20)

The Book of James describes the importance of confessing sins to each other and praying for each other. We explore the value of mutual accountability and how to develop a culture of such in a local church.