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Dec 27, Sun AM, Can Every Sunday be Special? Matt
Dec 27, Sun PM, Materialism (slides) Rocky
previous lesson on worldliness was on Dishonesty, Oct. 18, Sunday PM. His
next lesson is on the Christians’s Dress, April
17, Sunday PM.
Dec 20, Sun AM, The Virgin Birth
historical documents of the first century record that Jesus of Nazareth
was born of a virgin. Is this universally believed in “Christian”
religions? Is it credible? Is it important?
Dec 20, Sun PM, Challenges to Youth
expects young people, whether 16 or 36, to be committed to His service.
But, sometimes young people make excuses to account for their failure to
have that commitment. Are they justified?
Dec 13, Sun AM, Promise of the Gift of the Holy
Spirit, Acts 2:38
the “gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38 the same
as the Samaritans "receiving the Holy Spirit” in Acts
8:17 or “the gift of the Holy Spirit” poured out on Cornelius and
his household in Acts 10:45? How can you know whether it is? And if it is
not, what does the “gift of the Holy Spirit” in Acts 2:38 refer to?
Dec 06, Sun AM, A Strange Birthday
is celebrated as Jesus’ birthday. But there are some strange things about
this whole affair and those who promote it.
Dec 06, Sun PM, Homosexual Expose
abounds in our society and a number of efforts are made to justify it,
even by those who profess to believe in the Bible and in the gospel. An
expose at some of those efforts.
Nov 29, Sun AM, Beginning Right IV God’s
works and laws are good”
and foods are GOOD…as God made them, and 1Tim 4:3 says they are to be
“gratefully shared in” by those who “believe and know the truth.”
Had the people Paul alludes to BEGUN with this
fundamental concept, they would not have ENDED with the false doctrines
and practices he mentions. (Lesson 1 - Oct 4)
Nov 22, Sun AM, Beginning Right III Man
is a unique being, uniquely responsible to God
as a unique being, uniquely responsible to God is foundational to right
thinking. This is a third concept we have observed in Genesis for
beginning right in our thinking. (Lesson 1 - Oct 4)
Nov 22, Sun PM, Singing Sam
singing? How can the song leader help our singing? How can the
congregation help our singing? (This lesson builds on the one Sam preached
Oct 18, Attitude in Worship.”)
Nov 15, Sun AM, Facing the Future with Faith
occurs in our world, and may visit us in the US again. How can, and
should, I deal with it?
Nov 15, Sun PM, Gal 6:10
6:10 has been used to justify churches being involved in any work that
is “good,” including general benevolence and social work. What is the
passage talking about in the context?
The following six lessons were presented by Ross
Triplett in a weekend gospel meeting, November 5-8, Friday-Sunday. The
theme of these lessons address the moral decline in our society, what is the
cause, and where it leads. What is our responsibility?
▶︎ Friday, A Lack of Knowledge Causes
Destruction: Hosea 4:1-10 (slides)
AM, A Generation Not
Knowing Jehovah: Judges 2:1-13 (slides)
▶︎ Saturday AM
(2), Why Few Find the
Way: Matthew 7:13-14 (slides)
▶︎ Sunday AM
Class, Steps to
Effective Development: 2 Peter 3:18 (slides)
AM, Moral Courage:
Daniel 3:17-18; Hebrews 13:6 (slides)
▶︎ Sunday PM, God’s Ready Servant: Romans
Nov 1, Sun AM, Mark 16:17-20
signs will accompany those who have believed…” Who are the “those who
have believed”? ALL believers in the gospel? EARLY believers in the
Nov 1, Sun PM, Beginning Right II The
Word of God is Powerful and Authoritative
provides a solid foundation for right thinking. This lesson considers it’s foundation for respect for the authority and
power of God’s Word. (Lesson 1 - Oct 4)
Oct 25, Sun AM, Scripture +
so many religious groups regard the Scriptures as God’s Word and refer to in
their doctrines and practices, why is their so
much difference in these groups?
Oct 25, Sun PM, Ricochet Teaching, Preaching
- It is
not uncommon for “Bible teaching” to use a verse in a way that misses
the target (the meaning of the verse) and bounces off in random directions
(ricochets) to points the teacher wishes to make. This lesson considers
uses of 1Co 13:13; Jn16:13; 1Pt 2:5; 1Th 5:22 as examples of this.
Oct 18, Sun AM, Attitude in Worship
Sam Walters (slides)
Oct 18, Sun PM, Dishonesty Rocky
previous lesson on worldliness was, Ten Principles to determine whether
something is Right or Wrong, preached on Dishonesty, August 9,
Sunday PM. His next lesson is on worldliness is on Materialism, December
27, Sunday PM.
Oct 11, Sun AM, What do I say…? Matt
Oct 11, Sun PM, Dealing with Infirmities Javier
Oct 4, Sun AM, Families - What if…?
experience unhappiness, quarrels, and even divorce. Is there no
instruction from God for the family? Where is the book in the Bible on families?
What if … ?
Oct 4, Sun PM, Beginning Right I -
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe
provides a foundation for right thinking for Israel c. 1500 BC. Romans 1
reflects that same foundation for those in the Roman empire in the 1st
century. It is a secure foundation today with important
consequential applications to man’s thinking and conduct today. (Lesson II
- Nov 1)
Sep 27, Sun AM, “To eat and drink” (Four
views of life)
are encouraged to “eat and drink” in Ecclesiastes, but in Luke 12 a
man who said he was going to “eat and drink” is called a fool. Which
is it? In fact, this highlights different views how to live. This lesson
pursues four different views of life presented in the Scriptures.
Sep 27, Sun PM, Shame Javier
is sometimes good, and lack of it can be indicative of moral perverseness.
A sense of shame accompanying who we associate with may be signal we
need to pay attention to. On the other hand, there are things we should
not be ashamed of. This lesson is a good Biblical study of shame.
Sep 20, Sun AM, “Lord, to Whom Shall We
quit following Jesus, Jn 6:66. Why? Hypocrisy of
Jesus? No. Fraud-failed prophecies? No. Then, Why? “Difficult.” But,
what are the options? “Lord, to Whom shall we go?"
Sep 20, Sun PM, Singing - Why? What? How?
should we sing? Tradition? Commanded? Or…is there other reason? What kind
of songs should we sing? Even among the scriptural kind, are there other
factors to be considered in selection? How should we sing? Emotions are
definitely involved in singing, but is that the measure of singing
that pleases God?
Sep 13, Sun AM, World Religions
confronted world religions, Acts 17. So do we. Why is the religion of
Christ superior? Is it unique? Is it for ALL people? How should Christians
act toward world religions and those who profess them?
Sep 13, Sun PM, 10 Principles: Is it Right
or Wrong? (slides) Rocky
is the Christian to determine what is right and what is
wrong? Some practices are not “black and white,” i.e.,
specifically forbidden. This lesson discusses five of ten principles that
can help godly people determine what is pleasing to God in all areas of
life. 1st five are discussed in lesson Aug 9 PM.
Sep 6, Sun AM, The Preacher Who Couldn’t Quit,
- Encouragemnt to teachers and preachers not to give up
and quit. Challenge to all to examine self to see if we are the ones that
discourage teachers and preachers.
Sep 6, Sun PM, Evolution vs the Bible
the theory of organic, or macro-evolution, be harmonized with the Bible.
Theistic evolution says it can. What is the evidence?
Aug 30, Sun PM, The God We Worship
of the God we worship based on Lev. 10. He will be LORD; He will be GOD;
He will be JUDGE!
Aug 23, Sun AM, Worthy art Thou
4:11; 5:2,4,9,12 repeatedly focus on the concept, “Worthy art Thou.”
Why is He worthy and what bearing does that have on the readers'
situation? A follow up question: Are WE worthy?
Aug 23, Sun AM, Discipline of Children
up a child according to God’s will involves discipline. What is discipline
and how should it be administered? A study of Scriptures that provide
counsel concerning this important responsibility.
Aug 16, Sun AM, What’s the Difference?
the Lord makes a difference, we must respect it. This applies to the
government, worship, work, and doctrine of a church. What is the
difference in the church authorized by the Lord and the churches of today?
Aug 16, Sun PM, Why are you a member of a
church of Christ?
may be asked by family members, friends, co-workers, “Why are you a
member of a church of Christ?” What is our answer? What should be our
Aug 9, Sun
his opinion” ...mean not biblical? ...mean “You can feel free to ignore
it”? Are opinions and matters of faith different? Should we teach our
opinion? Should our personal opinion give way to common opinion or
understanding, esp. of faithful Christians, or elders?
Aug 9, PM, 10 Principles: Is it Right
or Wrong? (slides) Rocky
is the Christian to determine what is right and what is
wrong? Some practices are not “black and white,” i.e.,
specifically forbidden. This lesson discusses the first five of ten
principles that can help godly people determine what is pleasing to God in
all areas of life. Rocky preached on “Not of this World” on June 21,
Aug 2, Sun AM, The Evil One
are in a war. It can be useful to be aware of the nature and methods of
our adversary. This lesson looks at some of characteristics of our enemy
related to the terms used to describe him.
July 26, Sun AM, “What is Man that You are Mindful
vastness, complexity, and incomprehensibleness of the universe
created and governed by God is appealed to in order to promote praise,
humility, and comfort.
July 26, Sun PM, Traditions Coy
we follow traditions? Yes, and no. A studyof
right and wrong attitudes toward traditions.
July 19, Sun AM, The Lord’s Church is Different
is it different? Three definite differences considered.
July 19, Sun PM, Foolishness in the Child
22:15 says “foolishness” is bound up in the heart of a child. Parent
have the responsibility strive to separate the child from that
“foolishness.” But, what is “foolishness”?
July 12, Sun AM, Dress your body “for
body is “for the Lord, 1Co 6:13. How does this impact how we should
July 12, Sun PM, Acts 15: An Example of
15 is an example of ascertaining authority using statements, commands,
events, and implications.
July 5, Sun AM, "Let Love Be Without
Hypocrisy” Rom 12:9
and practices of genuine love discussed in Romans 12:9f
June 5, Sun PM, Unity - Eph 4
essential attitude, foundation, means, and goal of the unity of the Spirit
June 28, Sun AM, Trials when Surrounded by
you feel overwhelmed by the ungodlines in our
society and in our nation? This lesson looks at some things Peter wrote in
his two lettters to help Christians surrounded
June 28, Sun PM, Stir, Stir Up
from different meanings of the word “stir” or “stir up” in the
June 21, Sun AM - Lessons from a father
June 21, Sun PM - Not of this World (slides) Rocky
presented 10 principles to help us determine if something is right or
wrong on August 9, PM. In our effort to be "not of this world”
knowing and applying these principles can help us.
June 14, Sun AM - The God Appointed Music in
the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship authorized
by God? Eight NT “witnesses.” Eight efforts made to justify their
June 14, Sun PM - Appointment of Elders
elders…” Tit 1:5. What was Titus to do to “appoint” elders? Did this
mean he was to select them? Did it require laying hands on them? Was there
a ceremony for appointment? What was his work?
The following six lessons were presented by Roger
Bruner in a weekend gospel meeting with a theme of addressing spiritual
June 5, Friday - Challenging Our Faith
June 6, Saturday #1 - Challenging our Faith II
- Understanding the Will of the Lord (slides)
June 6, Saturday #2 - Enmity and Wisdom (slides)
June 7, Sunday AM Class - Faith and Hope - How are
they related? (slides)
June 7, Sunday AM - Purpose and Plan of the Church (slides)
June 7, Sunday PM - Rightly Applying God’s Word
May 31, Sun AM - Walk in Moral Wisdom
study from Ephesians 5:3-21
May 31, Sun PM - Servant Wounded for Our
Transgressions (slides) Rocky
May 24, Sun AM - Loving God and Loving Truth
for God cannot be separated from love for God’s truth revealed in His
words, the Bible.The measure of our love for God
can be measured by our interest in and devotion to that truth.
May 24, Sun PM - Who is the Lord that I Should
Obey His Voice?
asked this question and God provided objective, historical evidence, not
only for Pharaoh, but also for Isael and
all the earth why the God of Moses is the God all should serve.
May 17, Sun AM - The Power of God Javier
omniscience, omnipresence, immutability, incomprehensibility, and
invisibility provide lessons, comfort, and warnings to us.
May 17, Sun PM - Accepting Responsibility
of Moses’ four excuses to attempt avoiding the responsibility of leading
Israel out of Egyptian bondage and applications to our attitudes toward
May 10, Sun AM - The Great Robber
warned, “Beware!” Alarms, bars, guns will not stop this robber. And
what it robs one of is of more value than electronics, money, or jewels.
All are susceptible and it will continue to assault.
May 10, Sun PM - Work of Elders
3:1, “it is a fine work … ” What is that work?
Though one may have a good character, if he cannot or will not do the
work, he is not qualified to serve.
May 3, Sun AM - Baptism: It’s Uniqueness and
is important that we, our children, and our grandchildren, be reminded of
the uniqueness and dignity of baptism. It is a vitally important act in
God’s [lan of redemption.
May 3, Sun PM - Titus 1 - Overview of Elders
lesson covers seven qualifications not mentioned in 1Timothy 3. (See March
15 and April 12 for lessons on 1Timothy 3.)
Apr 26, Sun AM - Futility (slides)
futile realities referred to in Scripture with valuable lessons the Spirit
provides in view of these futilities.
Apr 26, Sun PM - Four Lessons Learned from
Hezekiah Rocky Rodriguez (slides)
valuable lessons that can be learned by considering Hezekiah.
Apr 19, Sun AM - Elders children
elders have MORE THAN ONE child? Must elders’ children be
CHRISTIANS? Must elders’ have LIVING, FAITHFUL children?
Apr 19, Sun AM - Elders children (forum)
forum on the topic discussed in the morning lesson. Several questions that
were submitted are discussed.
Apr 12, Sun AM, A Portrait of Jesus
phrases of Jesus Christ given reason for confidence, warning, hope, and
worship. Based on Rev 1:5,6 .
Apr 12, Sun PM, 1Tim 3 - Overview of Elders
of 1Tim 3:1-7, with consideration of guidelines in rendering judgment
about who is qualified. This lesson covers qualifcations “temperate"
thru "good reputation.” See March 15 PM for 1st part.
Apr 5, Sun AM, Psalm 23 (slides)
study of Psalm 23. The Psalm is founded on, “The Lord is my
Shepherd.” What did this mean to David, and what does it mean to me?
A song of faith, assurance, and comfort.
Mar 29, Sun AM, Jesus and the Inspired
Scriptures (slide - “jot”
Christ’ testimony to the Scriptures confirms them to be what 2Tim 3:16
says about them: “inspired by God.” If you believe Jesus is the Son of
God, you can have confidence in “the Scriptures”!
Mar 22, Sun AM, Psa 32, 38 (slides)
these two psalms, David writes about his burden of gulit
and shame, what he had to do to see relief, and the joy and blessedness of
God’s forgiveness by His grace.
Mar 22, Sun PM, His Servants
Rocky’s lesson on Feb 22, PM, he looked at Christ as God’s Servant in
Isaiah. In this lesson he looks at other servants of God and makes
application to the honor and responsibilities of Christians today as God’s
Mar 15, Sun AM, What it Means to Preach Jesus
does “preaching Jesus” involve? A consideration of what preaching
Jesus as was done in the first century would include. Some of these would
not be included in “preaching Jesus” today.
Mar 15, Sun PM, 1Tim 3 - Overview of
Elder Qualifications (slides)
of 1Tim 3:1-7, with consideration of guidelines in rendering judgment about
who is qualified. This lesson covers qualifcations
through “husband of one wife.” See April 12 PM for continuation.
Mar 8, Sun AM, Perfect Faith Andrew
Mar 8, Sun PM, Preach the Word Sam
Mar 1, Sun AM, Love “One Another”
is a special love Christians are to have for “one another” due to
their relationship to Christ. This lesson explores the nature of this love
and its practical applications.
Mar 1, Sun PM, Paul on Trial
are three courts of judgment regarding himself that Paul referred to in
1Co 4:1-5. This provides valuable lessons in weghing
Feb 22, Sun AM, Eph 2:8-10, Grace…works
is meant by saved by “grace,” not as a result of “works”? What
are the “good works” we are to practice?
Feb 22, Sun PM, My Servant - Four Servant
Christ is portrayed as the Servant of Jehovah in Isaiah in four Servant
Psalms. In these are foreshadowed the hope of the nations, and God’s
faithfulness, mercy, and power are demonstrated.
Feb 15, Sun AM, "I need a change” II
people change their fellowship from one church to another for justifiable
reasons. What are some of the reasons that logically, and scripturally,
would justify such a change? (See 1st lesson, Feb 8, AM)
Feb 15, Sun PM, Useful to the Master, 2Tim
was written to a preacher. This lesson considers first what his meant to
him, and then its application to us.
Feb 08, Sun AM, “I need a change”
the “reason” given for people leaving one church for another
is, “I need a change.” Do they? They may! But … it may not be a
change of churches … (See 2nd lesson, Feb 15, AM)
Feb 08, Sun PM, Christ, The Perfect Sacrifice Javier
are saved by God’s grace through Christ’ perfect sacrifice. As the sinless
sacrifice he suffered the agony of the cross and paid the price of his
blood for our redemption.
Feb 01, Sun AM, NT Letters - Pattern for
the 23 NT letters (Acts-Rev.) designed to a pattern for churches in their
doctrine, government, worship, and work? Was their
a single model for the churches? What difference does it make?
Feb 01, Sun PM, NT Letters - Pattern for
- Objetions are raised to insisting on the NT letters
being held as a pattern for churches in their worship, work, and
government. What are some of those objections and are they valid?
Gospel Meeting, January 23-25, Bubba Garner
✸ Jan 23, Fri
PM, We Saw Thee Not,
but We Believe
✸ Jan 24, Sat
AM, When Dreams Turn to
✸ Jan 24, Sat
AM, The Devil
✸ Jan 25, Sun AM, How to Listen to a Sermon
✸ Jan 25, Sun
AM, I Want to be a
✸ Jan 25, Sun
PM, Following the Lord
Jan 18, Sun AM, One Another
to encourage thought, involvement, service to one another: Mt 25:40;
Rom 12:5; Php 2:4; 1Pt 2:8; Heb
Jan 18 PM, Worthless Grapes Sam
on Isaiah chapter 5. God called Israel “worthless” grapes. Why? This
lesson challenges us not to make the same mistake they did.
Jan 11, Sun AM, Inheritance of Faith
greater inheritance can parents or grandparents give their children than
to have instilled in them and witnessed in action a sincere, living faith
in God, the Bible as the Word of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And
a life demonstrating that kind of faith is a treasured “gift” anyone can
give to those who witness their life.
Jan11, Sun PM, The Messiah and His Rule Rocky
on Isa 11-12. A study of these two chapters as they prophecy the coming
Messiah and His rule.
Jan 4, Sun AM, Thoughts for a New Year Col
would you “not cease to pray for and ask” as you begin the new year?
Col 1:9-12 is what Paul prayed for the Colossian Christians, and it is
appropriate for a new year or anytime.
Jan 4, Sun PM, Love that Destroys
is considered as word that blesses everything it refers to.
But, “love” is not necessarily good. In fact, there is “love”
that destroys. Awareness of this fact can be a safeguard and incentive.