We will finish studying Acts chapter 9, which ends with the second account of Peter being used to perform a miracle while on a preaching tour. This time it is a woman being raised from the dead. We will then look at the powerful impact miracles have in bringing people to salvation. Then we will begin looking at chapter 10, which is extremely important in the life of the church since it records how the Lord opened the door for the salvation of Gentiles or non-Jews. This is a great message, so don’t miss it.
We are still studying the account of the character and martyrdom of Stephen. He was one of the first seven deacons in the church and became the first martyr because of the loving, yet bold witness he made before the very men that condemned Jesus to be crucified. We desperately need churches full of men and women who are like Stephen: full of the Holy Spirit, faith and power.
Two vastly different topics are the focus of this lesson that comes out of The Book of Acts, chapter 5. The first topic is the severe discipline that came upon two disciples and the second is the persecution that broke out against the apostles for all the miracles the Lord was using them to perform. These miracles
took place in the Temple and around Jerusalem. Interesting podcast to say the least.
In this lesson we will get into some of the dynamics that made the primitive church so powerful. What the Lord has done in the past are prophesies of what He wants to do again. That thought comes from Charles Spurgeon and it is true. The Lord wants the life of the early church to be in the church of today, regardless of the culture.
The portion of Scripture we will be studying comes from the Gospel of Luke. It’s about a confrontation Jesus had with a religious group called Sadducees. They don’t believe in life after death and reject the idea of resurrection. Jesus silenced these men with some profound, yet simple truth. This is an interesting lesson.
There are two parts of this portion of Luke’s Gospel that we will study in this lesson. The first is The Parable of the Tenants. Through this parable Jesus exposed the wicked schemes of the religious elite and how they would kill Him. The second is the continuation of Jesus confronting these hypocrites after they tried to trap Jesus. How Jesus responded to their attacks was simple, yet profound. This is a very interesting lesson.
We find Jesus still in the home of Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector. Zac had repented of his sin and vowed to give half of his wealth to the poor. After this Jesus gave The Parable of the Ten Minas, which is what we will study in this lesson. This parable contains some important truths that are essential to all those who want to make heaven their eternal home.
This lesson begins with Jesus blessing some babies and little children. This in turn caused the Lord to do some teaching on the absolute necessity to be like little children if we want to enter the Kingdom of God. After this account we will begin digging into the true story of a rich young ruler that sought after Jesus because he wanted to know how to inherit the Kingdom of God. This is a great lesson.
The first four verses of Luke 17 addresses the serious subject of stumbling people, which is to lead them to sin. This is followed by Jesus answering the important request the disciples made to Him to increase their faith. What follows is some really practical teaching on how we are to grow our faith.
We will finish studying the account of Lazarus and the rich man. This story is challenging, but it offers a the opportunity to study the reality of death and how people will either spend an eternity in heaven or hell. This is a lesson you don’t want to miss.
Jesus is preaching at the self-righteous Pharisees who had been mocking Him. He did this out of genuine love for them that they might repent and be saved. The Lord brings out some powerful truths that will stir your soul and challenge your mind. At the end of the lesson we will begin looking at the account of Lazarus and the rich man, their death and judgment.
We are beginning Luke chapter 16. It starts with the Parable of the Unjust Steward that’s a challenging parable to understand. Yet if we pay close attention to what Jesus is teaching, and how it relates to the parable, all of a sudden it becomes easier to understand. What Jesus is teaching here is very radical so don’t miss this lesson and the good it can do you.
We will finish studying the Parable of the Prodigal Son and chapter 15 in this lesson. This will include the father’s response to his prodigal son’s repentance, which had some profound meanings. Then we dig into the elder brother’s reaction to learning that his wayward brother had returned home after living a wild life. The elder brother wasn’t happy that the father put on a celebration for this young rebel. There are some powerful truths to glean from this message.
In this lesson we will continue studying what Jesus has to say about worry. We will also look at the Savior’s remedy to this expression to unbelief. The answer is far more obvious then we might think because we are prone to look for complicated answers to what is actually spiritual problems. You will have to listen to this lesson to learn what the remedy Jesus gives for worry.
The two principal subjects that will be addressed in this lesson is persecution and wealth. How we respond to both issues has to do with the condition of our character. This is a challenging message that we all need to pay close attention to, so don’t miss it.
This lesson begins with Jesus teaching the disciples to not fear those who can kill the body, but to fear God who after killing the body can cast the person into hell. Central to this thought is our need to love Jesus more than ourselves. This is necessary if we are going to live out the Biblical faith. From this subject Jesus moves on to teach what is often called the unforgiveable sin. You need to listen to this podcast to learn what that sin really is.
In this lesson we will see Jesus take on the Pharisees and experts in the Mosaic Law. Afterwards He does a little teaching to the disciples on how not to become like those religious hypocrites. This is an exciting lesson.
In this lesson we will finish Luke chapter 10 by studying the time Jesus went to the home of Martha and her sister Mary. There is are some very powerful lessons that we can learn from this event. Then we will begin examining the first verse of chapter 11 that will take us into the important subject of prayer.
We will begin studying a new account in Luke which is about an expert in the Mosaic Law that tried to entrap Jesus. The Lord turned the table on the lawyer and forced him to answer a question Jesus presented to him. This is a challenging exchange that teaches some important truths on what it means to follow Jesus. This interaction leads into the Parable of the Good Samaritan that we will begin examining at the end of this lesson.
Jesus had a brief discussion with 3 men. To each of them He gave a short parable. To summarize all three discussions we could say that the overarching theme is the cost of discipleship. This is a very thought provoking and soul stirring message.
As Jesus was passing through Samaria He was rejected by a village. James and John were so angry they wanted Jesus to call down fire on them and consume the entire village. This is an interesting account that exposes the anger and prejudice that can be us and that we must get victory over it. This account leads into the next event where Jesus had a brief conversation with three men. We will only begin looking at this account. There is some good stuff in this study.
The theme of this lesson can be simply stated as “The Cost of Discipleship.” Anyone that wants to be a follower of Jesus must understand what the Lord is teaching in the verses we are studying. These truths are so important that our eternal destiny hangs upon what we do with them.