3 John is one of the short and often overlooked books. But it tells us a lot about our interactions with brothers and sisters beyond the local congregation. We find some models of love, truth, and support of those beyond “the locals.” And we also find an example of a dangerous mindset - that of Diotrephes.
4 episodes unfold in the sequence of Mark 10:1-31: A discussion on marriage and divorce, a blessing of children, a rich young ruler, and a question from Peter about reward. So what ties all this together?
We often keep to the aerial blimp view of the world and of the church, which certainly has value but can keep us from seeing each person. We explore Jesus’ use of the expression “little one” and His parable about a shepherd’s concern for one sheep in need.
As a followup to our lesson on the Fellowship of Giving, we stay in 2 Corinthians 8-9 to examine the motivation this text uses to spark purposed, regular, liberal, and cheerful giving habits in the lives of Christians.
As we focus on enhancing our Fellowship in 2019, we explore how our Giving is related to our understanding of Christian Fellowship.
We often skim through the greeting of a letter to get to the “meat.” But the greeting of Philippians 1 sets up the rest of the book. It’s a powerful example of Fellowship-Based-Encouragement. We briefly hit 10 principles of encouraging fellow Christians by walking through this text.
In signing off from the message of 2 Corinthians, Paul uses the expression “the fellowship of the Spirit” in his blessing to these fellow Christians. The expression is also used in Philippians 2. We explore how God’s Holy Spirit holds His people together in fellowship.
Jesus creates unlikely friendships. He was the reason these men were enemies. And then He became the reason they were friends. We examine the relationships between Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark to see what we learn about Christian friendship, especially what it is capable of enduring.
How should we use the term “Christian”?
What will happen to the unimmersed on the Day of Judgment?
Why do we not come together for prayer gatherings in response to crisis like past generations did?
Our culture now values youth over age, even to the point of sending us messages that we must conform to youth or be left behind. We consider a biblical perspective on age, on interactions between generations, and especially on treatment of older generations.