We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.
In our first angle of looking at the relevance of the 10 Commandments given to Israel, we consider the connections to the Creation account and what God has intended for humans all along.
We explore biblical principles to apply to 2 questions:
Is it okay with God for a Christian to marry a non-Christian?
Is it wrong for a Christian to play the lottery? What about gambling in general?
How does the Gospel change the rich? How does it change the poor? What trials and temptations do each group face? And what does it all mean for relationships between those from different economic backgrounds now in the Kingdom?
In our 3rd lesson exploring how Christians should handle Memory, we consider the memories of the times we have been wronged by others. We first consider 6 possible responses to sin against us, all of them chaining us to the memory. So we then consider another way - the way of forgiveness. If this is God's intention for my handling of these memories, what makes forgiveness possible? What is my strategy?
In a moment of desperation, Esau makes the worst deal of his life. He trades his father's inheritance -what his father intends for him - for a morsel of food. And we all have a lot of Esau in us. We explore how.
In the first of a 4-part series on how Christians should handle Memory, we raise some questions about why God asked Israel to remember both moments of triumph and moments of hardship and pain. How can memories, whether from our own experience or through studying history, teach us about our present and future? If they are painful, why are they worth consulting?
We tackle the meaning of "work out your salvation" by looking at the surrounding context of Philippians 2.
What God created is good. This includes humor. Through 3 movements of our lesson, we survey some of the Bible's uses of humor, talk about the ways sin can corrupt the use of humor, and end with pictures of what redemption of humor after its fall should look like in the life of a Christian.
Our understanding of the Greatest Commandment (to love God) is shown through our understanding of the Second Greatest Commandment (to love neighbor as self). But why is it so important to understand why genuine love for neighbor is a response to knowing first that God loved us? We explore how to expand and enhance our love for others by reflecting deeper on God's love for us.