Rejoicing in Resurrection

This lesson addresses discusses why every Christian should rejoice in the resurrection of Christ not only once a year, but every day! Not only do we have the resurrection of our Saviour to rejoice in, but we who believe can look forward to the resurrection of our own bodies after death, and those of our saved loved ones. Rejoice evermore!


Verses in this Lesson

Philippians 4:4 — “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16 — “Rejoice evermore.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 — “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

Ephesians 1:18-20 — “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,”

1 Corinthians 1:23 — “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”

John 5:28-29 — “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

John 14:6 — “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 11:25 — “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

1 Peter 1:3 — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

2 Timothy 2:8 — “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:”

1 Corinthians 15:13-14 — “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”

Romans 8:18, 23-25 — “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” v.23-25 “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 — “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

Philippians 3:8-10 — “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”

2 Corinthians 5:8 — “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 6:9-10 — “As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”

2 Timothy 1:10 — “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

Romans 5:8-9 — “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Philippians 2:15-18 — “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.”

Stop Blaming God

Unfortunately today, many Christians feel that there is no point to participate in politics. This lesson details the false beliefs that blame prophetic themes for the current downturn in society. Christians are encouraged to get involved in their society and witness and vote; rather than blaming God, we need to do something about what’s wrong in our country and do our best to improve it.


Quotes and Verses in this Lesson:

U.S. Constitution – Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Romans 3:3-4

“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

Daniel 2:21 & 23

v.21 “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”

v.23 “I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.”

Ephesians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Romans 8:32

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

2 Corinthians 5:20

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

Romans 5:1

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Philippians 4:12-13

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Has God Turned His Back on America?

While there are many in our country that have turned their back on God, causing doomsayers to declare that God has returned the favor, He is not finished with America. We are still in the dispensation of grace, a time when every unsaved person has the opportunity to accept Christ as their Savior and join the church, the body of Christ.

Rather than brooding about the times we live in and expecting wrath to fall at any moment, it is the Christian’s responsibility to take advantage of this age and spread the gospel of grace. God has not forsaken us; there are still many being saved today!


Verses in this Lesson:

Ephesians 1:13

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

1 Cor 12:13

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Galatians 1:3

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,”

Romans 3:16

“Destruction and misery are in their ways:”

1 Thessalonians 5:9

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

 

Jesus is Mighty To Save

Sinners need to understand that they should fear God; without salvation, they are condemned. But- Jesus is mighty to save!


Follow along with the verses used in this lesson:

Psalm 7:11  “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

Luke 12:4  “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Ephesians 1:15 “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”

1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Galatians 1:11-12 “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 3:3-5 “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”

Paul and Political Action

This lesson questions if Christians should be involved in politics. Paul himself, our Christian example, actively exercised his Roman citizenship, and we strongly believe it is the duty of citizens to ensure that civil governments stay within their jurisdictional boundaries – this is exactly what Paul did when he questioned the centurion’s actions in Romans 22.


Verses in this lesson:

Romans 22:24-29

“The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.”

 

Trusting God and The Bible

This edition of Bible Radio Class relays the amazing story of Sgt. Alvin C. York, a Christian who struggled with the rightness of going to war, until his company and battalion commanders showed him from the Bible that a Christian can in fact participate in war. He went on to earn the Medal of Honor and other military awards for his brave and invaluable actions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in WWII. His is an example of what a Christian can accomplish when they trust in God and the Bible.


Quotes and Verses from this Lesson:

Diary excerpts, Sgt. Alvin C. York:

“And when I marched him back to our old lines he said to me, “York, how did you do it?” And I answered him, “Sir, it is not man power. A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do.” There can be no doubt in the world of the fact of the divine power being in that. No other power under heaven could bring a man out of a place like that. Men were killed on both sides of me; and I was the biggest and the most exposed of all. Over thirty machine guns were maintaining rapid fire at me, point-blank from a range of about twenty-five yards.”

“The Germans got us, and they got us right smart. They just stopped us dead in our tracks. Their machine guns were up there on the heights overlooking us and well hidden, and we couldn’t tell for certain where the terrible heavy fire was coming from… And I’m telling you they were shooting straight. Our boys just went down like the long grass before the mowing machine at home. Our attack just faded out… And there we were, lying down, about halfway across [the valley] and those German machine guns and big shells getting us hard.”

“And those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful. And the Germans were yelling orders. You never heard such a racket in all of your life. I didn’t have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush… As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them. There were over thirty of them in continuous action, and all I could do was touch the Germans off just as fast as I could. I was sharp shooting… All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn’t want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had.”

 

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

“We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and such ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour strikes, that calls to noble action.”

 

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Ezekiel 33:6

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand”

Happy July 4th

This lesson details our country’s history of Christians being involved in politics, featuring quotes from John Adams, and includes a call to action for all Christians to get involved with politics at all levels of government.


Quotes and Verses in this lesson:

Liberty Bell inscription: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Lev 25:10)

The general principles on which the father’s achieved independence… were the general principles of Christianity.” John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson

This day will be the most memorable epic in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams

 

President John Quincy Adams’ address in Newburyport, July 4th, 1837.

Why is it, Friends and Fellow Citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it, that, entering upon the sixty-second year of our national existence, you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place, a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory, the warm and vivid affections which attached him, at the distance of a full half century, to your town, and to your forefathers, then the cherished associates of his youthful days? Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Saviour of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? — And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birthday of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birthday of the nation?

Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human “government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

 

Declaration of Independence, last line: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

John Peter Muhlenberg, in a Sermon Jan 21, 1776: “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.”

Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”

Mark 10:6 “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Declaration of Independence, second paragraph: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

President Andrew Jackson “[The bible] is the rock upon which this republic rests.”  (Jackson, pointing to a Bible, stated “That book, sir, is the rock up on which this republic rests.”)

 

Truth Shines in the Darkness

This lesson tells the story of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment in Philippi, where in the darkness of a Roman jail the light of Christ shines forth and the jailer and his household are saved.


Follow along with the verses in this lesson:

Acts 16:16-21

  1. And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
  2. The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
  3. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
  4. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
  5. And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
  6. And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Romans 13:1-4

  1. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
  2. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
  3. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
  4. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

continued Acts 16:21-39

  1. And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
  2. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
  3. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
  4. Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
  5. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
  6. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
  7. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
  8. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
  9. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
  10. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
  11. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
  12. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
  13. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
  14. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
  15. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the serjeants, saying, Let those men go.
  16. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
  17. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
  18. And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
  19. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.

How Faith Leads to Fruit

A lesson looking at Galatians 5 and how faith leads to spiritual fruit.


Follow along with the verses used in this lesson:

Galatians 5

  1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
  2. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
  3. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
  4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
  5. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
  6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
  7. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
  8. This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
  9. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
  10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
  11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
  12. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
  13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
  14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  15. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
  16. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
  17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
  18. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
  19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
  20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
  21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
  23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
  24. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
  25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
  26. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.