1&2 Timothy | Lesson 5 - The Christian and Wealth
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 5 - The Christian and Wealth (18:09)
1 Timothy 6 contains further warnings concerning false teachers in general (6:4-5) but focuses more particularly on the issue of wealth and the believer’s proper attitude toward it. Here one finds timeless, practical truth regarding ... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 1 -  Glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 1 - Glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (20:34)
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus are known as the "Pastoral Epistles" because they were written to individuals instead of congregations. These letters contain pastoral advice regarding practical matters such as church order and doctrine. 1 &... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 2 - Public Worship: Prayer and Order
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 2 - Public Worship: Prayer and Order (17:28)
Following an exhortation to Timothy to wage a good warfare in ministry (cf. 1:18), Paul turns to matters relating to the worship of the gathered church. Worship is multi-faceted, involving prayer, teaching, and ordered relationships betwee... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 3 - The Pursuit of Godliness
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 3 - The Pursuit of Godliness (19:58)
Godliness is the theme of 1 Timothy 3:1-4:16. First, Paul gives attention to the qualifications of pastors and deacons (3:1-15), which implies that godly leadership is integral to the pursuit of godly character by all. A church is only as ... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 4 - Relating Properly to Each Other in the Church
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 4 - Relating Properly to Each Other in the Church (18:34)
In 1 Timothy 5 the focus of instruction shifts from the qualifications and responsibilities of church leaders (cf. chapters 3-4) to the church as a whole and how the various groups within God’s family should relate to one another. Th... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 6 - A Call to Faithful Christian Living
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 6 - A Call to Faithful Christian Living (17:06)
Paul opens his second letter to Timothy with a summons to faithful service. The first chapter can be organized around three key exhortations found in 1:6, 1:8, and 1:13-14. Paul urged Timothy to keep his spiritual fire burning, to serve th... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 7 - Further Exhortations to Diligence
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 7 - Further Exhortations to Diligence (17:46)
In 2 Timothy 2 Paul continues to exhort Timothy regarding personal life and ministry. Several practical applications emerge from the overarching theme of faithfulness. 2 Timothy 2 answers a number of key questions. What does diligence in t... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 8 -  Faithfulness in the Last Days
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 8 - Faithfulness in the Last Days (12:52)
Christians live in a world hostile to God and characterized by moral decay. In 3:1 Paul refers to the “last days,” a phrase generally used in the New Testament to describe the time between the first and Second Coming of Jesus. ... more
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 9 - Confidence in Life and Death
1&2 Timothy | Lesson 9 - Confidence in Life and Death (15:29)
2 Timothy 4 records Paul’s final charge to Timothy, his son in the faith. The tone of the exhortation is very serious. Paul knew that his death was near, and he wanted Timothy to persist faithfully in the things of God (4:1-5). Paul ... more
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 13 - The Conclusion of the Matter
Job and Ecclesiastes Lesson 13 - The Conclusion of the Matter (16:17)
Throughout  the  book  of  Ecclesiastes  the  author  has  examined  "life  under  the  sun."  Many  observations  have  been  made  concerning  ... more
Hebrews Lesson 13: Concluding Exhortations: Guidelines for Christian Living
Hebrews Lesson 13: Concluding Exhortations: Guidelines for Christian Living (7:08)
The author of Hebrews concludes his letter with a series of practical guidelines for Christian conduct. Chapter 13 seems to pick up on the concluding exhortation of Hebrews 12, that believers should show gratitude in their&n... more
Hebrews Lesson 1: The Superiority of Christ
Hebrews Lesson 1: The Superiority of Christ (13:15)
Our knowledge of the background of Hebrews is limited. The book is formally anonymous, and we do not know precisely to whom it was written. Nevertheless, it is a profound book of vital importance to the Christian faith. Many sugges... more
Hebrews Lesson 2: The True Humanity of Christ
Hebrews Lesson 2: The True Humanity of Christ (11:40)
Hebrews 1 presents a highly exalted view of Christ. God has spoken de nitively and nally in his Son (1:1-3). He has become much better than the angels (1:4-14). For this reason, people must listen to the Son or face dire consequen... more
Hebrews Lesson 3: Be Faithful
Hebrews Lesson 3: Be Faithful (10:49)
Hebrews 3 challenges Christian to be faithful in their commitment to Christ. Jesus, who is greater than Moses, is set forth as a positive example of faithfulness. Believers are exhorted to consider Jesus (3:1) and to endure steadfa... more
Hebrews Lesson 4: Entering into God's Rest
Hebrews Lesson 4: Entering into God's Rest (10:52)
Hebrews 3:16-4:13 is concerned with entering into God's rest. The author elaborates upon Psalm 95 in order to remind the hearers of Israel's past rebellion and the subsequent consequences. Such rebellion, however, is now a present ... more
Hebrews Lesson 12: Looking Unto Jesus
Hebrews Lesson 12: Looking Unto Jesus (11:40)
Having delineated examples of enduring faith in chapter 11, the author moves in chapter 12 toward exhortation and specific application. God has proven faithful in the lives of others who have endured in faith. Since others have persevered,... more
Hebrews Lesson 5: Jesus Our Great High Priest
Hebrews Lesson 5: Jesus Our Great High Priest (10:48)
Hebrews 4:14-16 opens up the central portion of the book (4:14- 10:25) focusing upon the central theme of Christ's high priesthood. Concerning this topic, the author of Hebrews goes into far more detail than any other NT writer. Je... more
Hebrews Lesson 6: Warning Against Apostasy
Hebrews Lesson 6: Warning Against Apostasy (11:21)
In Hebrews 5:11 the reader comes to the third warning passage in the book (5:11-6:20), a stern admonition of spiritual disaster for those who turn away from Christ. The scholarly debate on this passage has been extensive. Interpret... more
Hebrews Lesson 8: The New Covenant
Hebrews Lesson 8: The New Covenant (11:39)
The focus upon Christ's priesthood continues in chapters 8-9 with emphasis upon the new covenant established by his once-for-all sacri ce on the cross. The main emphases of this section include the superior priestly ministry ... more
Hebrews Lesson 7: Jesus: Our Perfect High Priest
Hebrews Lesson 7: Jesus: Our Perfect High Priest (10:09)
Following on the heels of strong warning (6:1-8), the author of Hebrews turns to strong encouragement (6:9 and following). This encouragement to the readers is grounded in the sure promises of God (6:13-19) which leads t... more
Hebrews Lesson 9: The Sacrifice of Jesus
Hebrews Lesson 9: The Sacrifice of Jesus (9:17)
Hebrews 10:1-18 has been deemed a "theological crescendo,"meaning that the author of Hebrews reiterates key theological themes covered thus far in the book such as the exaltation, incarnation, and high priestly work of Christ... more
Hebrews Lesson 10: The Implications of Christ's Sacrifice
Hebrews Lesson 10: The Implications of Christ's Sacrifice (9:29)
Hebrews 10:19-39 draws out the implications of the once for all sacri ce of Jesus described in the previous section (note the word "therefore"). The passage divides into three sections. First, the author encourages his r... more
Hebrews Lesson 11: Enduring Faith
Hebrews Lesson 11: Enduring Faith (10:50)
Having expressed con dence that both he and his readers are counted among those who "have faith to the persevering of the soul" (10:39), the author of Hebrews now turns more speci cally in chapter 11 to the character of endur... more