The Bible’s Teaching about Complaints

The Bible speaks of complaints that are unwarranted, but also of complaints that are warranted or righteous. We will look at these two areas and then examine some of the results of both warranted and unwarranted complaints. Each should understand the difference between righteous and unrighteous complaints and their results. This lesson is designed to help us understand how to handle complaints and the proper role of repentance in complaints.

Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?

The section of scripture with which we are concerned falls within the sundry warnings that Jesus is giving to his disciples regarding the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  Jesus words to them are basically this.  Don’t expect that you will receive a warm welcome out of the unfaithful.  When you preach the gospel, people are going to become your enemies.  In this sense, Jesus’ came to bring a sword.  The warning of Micah describing the unfaithful holds true here.  Even among families, there will be division.  This is the typical response of the unfaithful.

First Corinthians Chapter One

In this lesson we will look at the three main points of First Corinthians chapter 1: 1) Acknowledgement of Good, 2) Appeal for Unity, and 3) Authority for Action. The hearer should understand that Christ and Him crucified is the standard upon which unity and good works originate today.

If I Were a Rich Man

If I were a rich man, I would recognize, 1) my relationship with God regarding wealth, 2) the reasons God has given for wealth, 3) the problems associated with wealth. The hearer should be able to understand their responsibilities and attitudes toward wealth. I want everyone to have a proper, healthy, and reverent attitude toward the teaching within God’s word regarding wealth.

Christian Graces – Godliness

When we have a right attitude toward God, we will 1) Fear God, 2) Worship God, 3) Love God. The hearer should have a fundamental idea of what it means to be godly: have a right attitude toward God.

Recovering from Spiritual Narcissism – Part 1

What is narcissism? The word originates from Greek mythology in the story of Narcissus, a man who was cursed to be infatuated with himself. He wasted away his life staring at his own reflection. This caricature epitomizes the essential nature of the narcissist—self-absorption, egoism. Narcissism involves how the self selfishly processes its own experiences. Here’s […]

The Secret that Isn’t a Secret

http://newbostoncoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/the-secret-that-isnt-a-secret.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSTITLE: The Secret that Isn’t a Secret SUBJECT: Relationships PROPOSITION: This lesson is about learning to love one another as God loves us. OBJECTIVE: Each person should realize that he is responsible to love his neighbor as himself. AIM: For each to understand: true love abandons […]

Inspiring a Shared Vision

http://newbostoncoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/inspiring-a-shared-vision.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSUBJECT: Leadership TITLE: The Need for Vision PROPOSITION: Leaders must inspire a shared vision because 1) Not having vision results in disaster, 2) Having a vision improves attitudes, 3) Having a vision improves industry, 4) The future literally depends upon our having vision. OBJECTIVE: Each Christian, […]

Feel Right About Doing Right

My brother in Christ, Mike Bonner, who preaches in Abilene, Texas, had this to say: “There’s a difference between continent [restrained] behavior and virtuous behavior! One is doing what’s best opposed to proper attitude and the other is doing what’s proper aligned with the correct attitude. Which one are you? (2 Peter 1:3-11).” This is […]