July 29 - August 5, 2023
Adult Bible Studies
The Lamb of God
Looking at the Lord Jesus as the Lamb of God in five different passages, in order that He might become greater for us, but also draw practical lessons from these passages for our daily lives. (The practical points mentioned are examples, there are many more practical lessons to learn from these passages)
Day 1: The Lamb prophesied - Genesis 22:1-14
Jesus, the Son of the Father, sacrificed as a burnt offering, glorifying God in His death
Practical: surrendering all we have to Him
Day 2: The Lamb's Blood Applied - Exodus 12:1-15, 25-30
Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed; He died so that we might live.
Practical: remembering the Lord's suffering, teaching our children the things of the Lord
Day 3: The Lamb Personified - Isaiah 53
The Biography of the Lamb, from suffering to glory.
Practical: the meekness of the Lord
Day 4: The Lamb Identified - John 1:29-51
Christ, the Center of our lives
Practical: how does being in the Lord's presence change our live/behavior
Young People's Study
The Life and Times of David
Young Adults' Study
What is the true center of worship today? And what sacrifice do we offer? Br. Sam Martin walk us through passages from Exodus 12 to 1 Peter 2 to explain in detail.
In the second part, Br. John Ajami takes us to Job 38 and 39 to share with us God's mind about new birth, spiritual food, Christian liberty, and the absolute necessity of enjoying the freshness of the word of God.
Not surprisingly, the Devil is always trying to steal from believers the joy of serving the Lord and each other, destroy their testimony, bend their spirit of subjection to the lordship and will of the Lord, buckle their endurance in spiritual warfare, and to destroy the next generation.
Just as the Lord provides for the ravines, sparrows, and wild animals in Job 38-39, He wants to provide fresh spiritual food for each believer to feed and sustain His people.
Br. Wael goes through each of the 4 chapters of Philippians and explains how Paul experienced Christ intimately despite the various challenges he was going through, even at the time of writing that epistle. In Philippians 1 there was the envy of brothers. In Philippians 2 there was the pride of two sisters. In both cases Christ was the answer. In Philippians 3, Christ is Paul's prize for whom all sacrifice was worthwhile. In Philippians 4, Christ was the answer to Paul's needs because He was his strength.
Br. Wagdi continues from the Christian experience of Philippians to the Jewish experience in Nehemiah 1. Nehemiah was a man used by God to build and to exhort others to help build. Br. Wagdi reminds us of how despite his distinguished secular position, his heart was with God's people, and in constant prayer. Although he was not of the kingly line (like Zerubbabel), or the priestly line (like Ezra), nor was he a prophet (like Malachi), the Lord used him (just a regular guy) to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Who do we trust in times of trouble? The Lord is our help! Br. Steve Campbell shares with us how King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18 leaned on the Lord not on any resources from the world (pictured in Egypt). The enemy is always trying to make us doubt the effectiveness of this trust, but it is never misplaced! But we must be warned that after deliverance, we need to continue to lean on Him alone and not on any of our own personal or material resources, as we read in 2 Kings 20. Watch to find out how Hezekiah did on the second test!
Br. Rickie Pringle reminds us from 2 Corinthians 4 that it is only through trials that God refines and transforms the Christian. The glory of God shines through our earthen vessels of weakness. But in order for the life of Christ to be displayed through the life of the believers, brokenness is required, just like it was with Gideon and his army. As always, Christ is our example, whose pathway was always marked with suffering, but what did He do? He looked to the glory that was beyond suffering! So what are we supposed to do?
Another example in the Old Testament of the man of God trusting the word of God and the God of the word is in 2 Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat faced a great multitude of enemies. But he set himself to seek God, and brought all of Judah together to seek Him with him. How did God respond to these prayers? And how did Jehoshaphat and Judah do in turn? We can find a pattern of how to pray in this passage. Watch Br. Chuck Berry's message to trace it and replicate it in your prayer life!
Who's the worst man that ever lived? You don't have to think too hard about it because the Apostle Paul doesn't give anyone else a chance: he says it's him! But the grace, mercy, and Gospel of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross changed Paul's life completely and thoroughly. His heart was transformed, and so can yours! Watch Brother Mark Harris preach the good news, the Gospel, of Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 1:15
Who do you think it is? Would others agree with you? Listen along to find out who the Bible, the world's best-selling book, declares to be the undisputed greatest one who's ever lived. The answer that Brother Carl Allman give may surprise you, but so will the change in your life, if you take the message to heart!
Have you been rejected by others? Have you disappointed even yourself? The good news of this message is that Christ receives sinners! He received the worst of sinners and His grace is still available today. Watch Br. Tim Hadley Sr. as he passionately recounts the heart-warming story of a father receiving back his rebellious, wayward son.
Have you ever missed a bus, train, or plane? Did the store close just as you got there? You know how it feels to be left outside! In today's message, one man decides to be left outside on purpose, while others are warned not to be (at the peril of their lives). In any case, don't be left outside! Watch Br. Paul Meijer as he describes how he himself was almost left outside, especially if you're the type that never misses appointments.
We all forget things from time to time, even important things, especially as time goes on. Watch Br. John Ajami's recommendation on what's the most important thing to remember before time gets away!
We've all sat somewhere but our minds were somewhere else. It was probably wandering to a place where you'd rather be, or maybe to something you're worried about. We call it a wandering mind. But it's probably really the heart! In this message, Br. Paul Palmer Jr. (aka Uncle Paulie) encourages us to make sure our heart is really right with God, especially if we're fooling others that it is!
Paul Palmer Jr.
Evening Optional Bible Study
God begins with New Birth - John 3:3-8, Romans 7:22-25; 8:1-6
Life and the food for life - John 5:25; 6:51-63; 2 Corinthians 3:17, 18
The voice of the Shepherd, the flock kept together by the Shepherd - John 10:1-18; Ephesians 4:7-16; Matthew 10:24,25
The Father's discipline/chastening producing much fruit - John 15:1-11; Hebrews 12:1-11