The writer of Hebrews exhorted us in Chapter 12 to run the race of the Christian faith with our eyes fixed on Jesus, leaving behind the weight that holds us back. We were challenged by Pastor Brett to endure God’s discipline as His children and to stand firm in His strength through the trials of life. Closing out the study we were reminded that our God is a consuming fire; that his judgment is real, but that we have an eternal inheritance in Christ as we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
In this study Pastor Brett took us through Hebrews 12:5-11 where we looked at the Biblical example of correction, spanking and discipline. We saw that the earthly example of parents disciplining their children is used by the Lord to talk about the way that He corrects us in love. With the Lord, we are never punished for our sins but are disciplined with the purpose of correction, growth and greater intimacy with God.
Tonight, Pastor Brett reviews 2 Timothy 2, where we see Paul give a “job description” of sorts to Timothy. We also begin chapter 3, where Paul discusses some of the things that we need to stay away from in the last days.
Bobby delves into what it means for us as believers to love the Lord with everything in us and to fear Him. As we grow in our love for the Lord, there are many benefits to having a fear of the Lord. This morning’s focus is on the protection we enjoy by avoiding many of the pitfalls that can trip us up.
In Ephesians 6:1-4, Paul speaks to the Ephesians about parenting, and specifically, the role of a father in the home. We learn that fathers are to not only provide for the family financially, but they are to provide the discipline and correction that is needed when it comes to parenting. Pastor Brett also discusses the difference between discipline and abuse.
As we wrap up the book of 2 Corinthians, we see Paul speak to the church in Corinth of their wrongful behavior. They in turn reject his corrections. We study the importance of being receptive to the Word of God.
In 2 Corinthians 10 and 11, we see Paul continue to admonish the church at Corinth for their deeds. Pastor Brett discusses how the modern day church should respond to Paul’s words.
Tonight, we continue our study in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6. Paul tells the church that all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient. As Christians, we have the freedom to do whatever…however, if we want to please the Lord, we should avoid practicing sin.
As we examine the letter to the church at Laodicea, we find there are many similarities to the church today. This teaching highlights the dangers of relativism and liberalism within the church, which seem to be growing trends. What is the solution? We need to make sure Jesus is at home, not only in our hearts, but in our churches as well.
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