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Did You Think To Pray? (2 Kings 1)

We noted at the beginning of our study that the break between 1 & 2 Kings is an arbitrary division. The Hebrew copies of the scripture keep these books as one but were later divided due to their size. The reason that this is important to note is so that you will not think that we have a new theme or new teaching segment when you come into 2 Kings. In fact, you will notice that the book breaks in the middle of Ahaziah’s reign, the son of Ahab. So our study will come from the end of 1 Kings 22 and then continue into 2 Kings 1…

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It’s Not About Me

What do you think of when I ask you what 1 Corinthians is about? You might think of a church with a lot of problems. The other thing you might think about is that the majority of the book seems to be dealing with answering the questions that the Corinthian Christians sent to the apostle Paul. Many of the chapters begin by saying, “Now concerning the matters about which you wrote” or the simple phrase, “Now concerning” (cf. 7:1; 7:25; 8:1; 12:1; 16:1; 16:12). But it is really easy to miss the purpose statements and key themes that are found in the New Testament. Books like 1 & 2 Corinthians are often avoided because we fail to recognize what the letter’s purpose is. When we do not know what the purpose is, then we will fail to read the letter in the proper light. For example, 1 John was written so that you may know you have eternal life (1 John 5:13). In the same way, the apostle Paul is writing to a messed up church that has a lot of problems and a lot of questions. How does a church get messed up like this? What is the key problem that has led to the troubles in the church? What is Paul going to teach them so that they can solve these difficulties? The answer to these questions is the theme of the book…

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How To Destroy Your Life (1 Kings 22)

The scriptures are full of wisdom of how to keep ourselves from destroying our lives. In fact, God is trying to keep us from destroying ourselves by giving us his laws, his ways, and his teachings. But 1 Kings 22 is going to show us how to destroy our lives. This is going to be shown through the lens of Ahab’s life. We had hoped in 1 Kings 21 that Ahab’s repentance was going to be long-lasting and now he would devote himself to following the Lord. But even after humbling himself after hearing the decree of destruction for himself and his dynasty, Ahab returns to his old ways. Ahab returns to life as it was before. So we are going to consider how to destroy our lives by seeing how Ahab ruins his life after his repentance…

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Hope When Crushed By Trials

Our theme this year is Hope Starts Here because if there is any year where we need some hope and encouragement, it is this year after the year we had in 2020. We have been looking to the scriptures on how to have hope in a variety of circumstances that we face in life. In today’s lesson we are going to consider how to have hope when crushed by trials. Trials are probably one of the most important times in life when we need hope and spiritual courage. The scriptures even tell us that this is the case.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)…

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