Believers must faithfully use their spiritual gifts for the edification of other brothers and sisters in Christ. In doing so, Christ is honored and God is glorified.
Christ’s plan for the church consists of unity amongst brothers and sisters who walk in the truth and conduct themselves according to Scripture.
Christ has called the leaders of the local church to equip the members of the church in order to serve the entire body of Christ.
Christ’s goal for His church is that they would be unified in the fundamental doctrines of the faith.
Christ desires that the people of His church become more and more like Him.
The New Testament makes it clear that when people come to faith in Christ they now become spiritual newborns. In other words, they are spiritual infants that must continue to grow.
New believers are susceptible to being carried away by false doctrine so the church must be on guard against any error entering the church.
Christ declares that the means by which His church grows is the truth of the Word of God.
God has gifted certain men in the local church to teach and train their congregations from the truth of God’s Word.
The apostle Paul clearly states that the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of His church.
Christians must be committed to the local church. Christ designed the church to function the best when its members are fully committed.
Paul recognized that the gospel, by its very nature, is something that Christians are constantly tempted to be ashamed of. How do we combat that temptation?
Paul teaches that Christians can’t be ashamed of the very instrument that God uses—the gospel— to bring spiritual life to dead souls.
Christians cannot be ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it requires no human work or merit. In other words, believers don’t earn salvation, they simply repent and believe and receive it.
Is any sinner beyond the reach of God’s saving grace? According to the apostle Paul, the gospel message is appropriate for every person—it is God’s universal message to all mankind.
What is the righteousness that the gospel promises? It is the righteousness of God through Christ that justifies the repentant sinner.
Christians must not be ashamed of the gospel because it is the only way of salvation. Apart from God’s gospel, there is no salvation under heaven.
Although justice may not be served immediately, Christians must be patient for the justice that Christ will bring at His second coming.
The book of James calls for Christians to exercise godly patience during extreme difficulties or trials.
Christians must continuously show an attitude and posture of grace towards other brothers and sisters in Christ during difficult circumstances.
The Scriptures give dozens of examples of godly men and women that face hardships. Christians must look to those examples for encouragement during difficult times.
Believers must be constantly on guard against potentially causing others to sin. Ultimately, causing others to sin is to sin against Christ.
The true Christian who harms another believer by causing him to sin invites the severe discipline of God into his life.
Believers must never tolerate personal sin. Instead, they should seek to mortify it on a daily basis by following biblical principles.
Christians must not merely mortify sin in terms of the external realm, although that is absolutely necessary. Christians must deal with sins of the heart, which is the root of external sins.
No Christian lives in a continuing, lifelong pattern of sin. In other words, Christians will never treat sin flippantly.
The apostle Paul teaches that slavery to sin leads to physical death and slavery to righteousness leads to eternal life.
Christians are not only to fight sin for the pursuit of personal holiness, but they must also do so because they are Christ’s representatives.
Christians have a unique freedom that can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, that freedom isn’t meant to be used as a license for sin.
Because as Christians we are slaves of righteousness, obeying the law of God must be the joy of our heart.
Christians are not merely slaves of righteousness, we are also sons and daughters in the family of God.
The apostle Paul explains how slavery to sin never produces any benefits. Instead, it only leads to eternal death.
For Christians, eternal life is a present reality that won’t be fully consummated until this life ends or Christ returns.
The moment your body stops functioning you will awaken in one of two eternal destinations: heaven or hell. It is absolutely critical to know which of those destinations will be a reality for you.
The consequence of your sin is eternal punishment, but the free gift of God in Jesus Christ is eternal life. If you repent of your sins and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ you will be saved from eternal punishment.
A recurring theme throughout Scripture is that the people of God are commanded to love one another.
Truly loving one another means there is no service that is too low or menial to do for one another.
The Scripture teaches that believers are to be an encouragement to other believers. In particular, Christians are supposed to edify and build one another up for the glory of God.
The people of the church are to be characterized by loving and caring for one another on a daily basis, and by looking to Jesus as the perfect example of such behavior.
Christians must cultivate a biblical mindset and Christ-like attitude towards one another.
Christians must allow the Word of God to be the rock on which we build our attitude towards and interaction with other believers.
According to James 3, Christians must be extremely careful in how they speak to one another. Words can be uplifting and edifying, but at the same time they have the power to destroy.
Believers are supposed to be instruments in God’s hands that promote each other’s spiritual growth by the words we speak.
Christians must speak the truth of God’s Word into the lives of other brothers and sisters in Christ. Believers are commanded to encourage one another in this way.
A believer’s first and foremost concern should be about their own personal sin. However, Christians must also help others confront and deal with their own sins as well.
Christians must understand that there is a particular order and purpose that is woven throughout the narrative of the Old Testament.
Both Genesis and Exodus lay the framework for what transpires throughout the remainder of the Old Testament.
God gave the nation of Israel the sacrificial system in order to highlight their sin and their need to atone for their transgressions against Him.
There were two tragic sins that characterized the time period of the judges: intermarriage and idolatry.
The book of 1 Samuel records the establishment of Israel’s monarchy and the rise of the prophetic office.
The united monarchy exposes that mankind needs a centralized ruler who is righteous and who will reign with justice. Someday that will come because God has made a promise to David that his dynasty will be an eternal dynasty, because his greatest Son will rule forever.
God had determined that the nation of Israel would be divided. How did He accomplish that? He did it through the sin of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam.
The people that God had promised to make His own treasured possession are now in exile, out of their land, under the rule of pagan leaders.
During the period of the 70-year exile there were two prophets who ministered to God’s people in Babylon: Daniel and Ezekiel.