Discipleship

No Favoritism

No Favoritism

In God there is no partiality, no favoritism; therefore, it stands to reason that as His servants, there should be no partiality in us either towards one another. Right?

So if we’re being conformed to the image of Jesus, and Jesus shows no favoritism, then we also should show no favoritism.

As we open up God's Word and turn to the book of James, the Lord will show us six reasons why Christians should not show favoritism.

Don't Just Hear...Do!

Don't Just Hear...Do!

A strong message in the book of James is that we are not to simply be hearers of the Word, but instead we are to be doers of the Word. So what is the danger in being exposed to God's Word, yet not allowing it to transform our lives? Why can't we just hear...why do we have to do?

In this study we'll consider what kind of mindset is necessary to become a doer of the Word, the qualitative differences between a hearer and a doer, and why choosing to be a doer matters so much in our relationship with Jesus.

What Did You Say to Me?

What Did You Say to Me?

When we've been hurt, we can choose to put up walls, shut people out, grow cold and bitter, plus a host of other reactions, but what does God want us to do? We've all been burned by other people which leads us inevitably to a crossroad and a question: do we give in to our carnal reactions or do we have a biblical response?

In this study from the book of Job, we'll consider 4 different reactions that we can have when others have hurt us, balanced by 4 different biblical responses. The difference in the path each choice takes us can make all the difference between living in the past or embracing the future!

Overcoming Temptation in Trials

Overcoming Temptation in Trials

It's not a coincidence that temptation and trials often come hand-in-hand. Have you ever noticed? When we are at our lowest, most broken and vulnerable state, we often begin to contemplate behavior that we would never even consider on a normal day. Satan just loves to kick us when we're down!

Yet, James reminds us that we aren't victims, we're victors! Not only can we rise above our trials through the power of Jesus Christ, we can also resist temptation and overcome the enemy's lies, just like Jesus did.

Who's the Betrayer?

Who's the Betrayer?

Sadly, we've all probably experienced betrayal at some point in our lives. It's natural to be hurt and for trust to be broken; however, our enemy wants us to cease trusting, perhaps even loving, altogether. That's not what God wants for us.

Remember, Jesus was also betrayed, which He knew was going to happen in advance, and He loved anyway. He didn't allow the pain of betrayal to rob Him of the ability to love and forgive, and we should't either.

As we study the final night that Jesus spent with His disciples, it may surprise us to find out who the betrayer really is...

To Suffer or Not to Suffer?

To Suffer or Not to Suffer?

How should we respond to those who are in the midst of suffering? And why does God allow suffering anyway?

In this study from the book of Job we'll take a look at three incorrect assumptions that Job's friend, Zophar, made concerning Job's suffering (hint: they weren't helpful!).

Then we'll look at three correct assertions that Job makes which shed some light on why God allows suffering and how we should respond to those who are in it. 

Don't Worry About A Thing

Don't Worry About A Thing

Every person is challenged by worry and anxiety in their lives. Yet, worrying does not change our circumstances and can actually cause us emotional, physical, and spiritual harm. Worry always robs us; it never adds anything of value to our lives.

So what does the Bible teach us about an eternal perspective on anxiety and worry? How are we supposed to respond to those feelings when they begin to overwhelm us? What's the alternative?

Let's dig into the answers to those questions as we take a look at what Jesus had  to say on this subject in Matthew 6:25-24. 

No Going Back

No Going Back

If anyone had a pedigree to brag about it was Paul; yet, he knew that nothing this world had to offer could even come remotely close to knowing Jesus. The same should be true for us.

Our old life is in the past and any lingering allure is only a facade. Let's look at Paul's example in Galatians chapter 1 so we too can conclude that there is no going back! 

We Are Simon

We Are Simon

We all have hurt, disappointment, and failed expectations in our lives, which often lead to bitterness. We may even have an intricate, complex web, a root system of bitterness that is choking out life and joy. Jesus came to bring us freedom from bondage, but bitterness leads us right back into bondage.

Let's look into the life of a confused man named Simon, a man perhaps not so different from us, and we'll see that God shows us a better way to live.

Daddy Is On His Way

Daddy Is On His Way

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect father. Perhaps you've had a traumatic relationship with your dad, or maybe your relationship is good, but it needs some work. Or maybe you are a father and you've realized your own imperfections and need to improve.

The good news is that regardless of our earthly fathers, as children of God, we all have a perfect Heavenly Father! But what exactly does it mean to be a child of God, and how should that undeserved title affect how we live our lives and view the future?

Did I Really See What I Thought I Saw?

Did I Really See What I Thought I Saw?

How can we know that it's really the Lord speaking to our lives and not one of the many other "voices" that are competing for our attention? We're all influenced by our past experiences, relationships, upbringing, and even our very own nature.

In this study through Acts 10:1-48, we'll consider 5 key points to help discern whether it's God we are hearing, or some other influence.

Remembering the Good Ol' Days

Remembering the Good Ol' Days

Do you ever find yourself dwelling on the past? Thinking a lot about the past can certainly have a powerful effect on how we live in the present and future.

In this study from the book of Job, we'll discover how a healthy reflection on our past can be a great way to stir up our faith, while an unhealthy reflection can actually keep us from living a victorious life.