We were determined to live in victory. We see all throughout Scripture that God has given his people every resource we need to be victorious. Furthermore, God is our victor.
The passage of Scripture used in this lesson is Ecclesiastes 3:1-14. Solomon, in certain words, says that the passions and desires to achieve, to accomplish, to be beautiful are woven by God into the heart of man. However, Solomon also concludes that all these things are “meaningless.” Solomon only finds value in these things when he takes his eyes off himself and puts God first. This lesson seeks to identify true achievement, true accomplishments, and true beautiful; all of which are found in Christ and when we strive in Christ.
Everything gets old. This is the unchanging thing about life; the clock keeps on ticking. However, some things are valued differently in their age. some things maintain or even increase in value. These are the things that we keep, we restore, we hold close. On the other hand, some things, when they get old, are meant to be thrown away.
It is all too easy to get distracted by the things of the world. The things God gave us as blessings and things to enjoy in this life become distractions. We miss the mark when we try to find meaning of life in those things rather than the one who gave them. As we will see in this brief overview of Ecclesiastes, it is important to keep your eyes on God.
We all have our reasons why we do things and why we go places, and the funny thing is, we often think we are the ones in control. In this lesson, I challenge you to consider the possibility that you are a part of a grand plan of God. Yes, he allows you to make plans and do things in life, but that fits into the bigger picture. This is a beautiful thought, to know that we are part of the plan of God.
Last week, we looked at what I believe to be the main reason we don’t pray as we should; we don’t know WHY. In this lesson, we are going to go just a little deeper. Even if we know that we should pray, many of us struggle with what seems like the many “unanswered prayers.” And if we don’t think God answers prays, it does not matter if we know “why” we need to pray, we will not. In this lesson, we will look at how God answers prayers, we will look at the idea of praying according to God’s will, and we will finish by talking about those mountains that won’t move.
God tells the people in Second Chronicles 7:14; “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This was written to a people long ago in a different culture than ours. However, our land is in need of healing and we need forgiveness. The question I ask myself and all who listen is: “Why don’t we pray more?” I propose three reasons in this lesson why we should pray: 1. We have needs. And if we feel we are doing alright, we know many who have needs who we should be praying for; 2. We are blessed. It is easy to forget God when we are blessed, but we must not forget God; 3. The great cloud of witnesses as seen in Hebrews 12. So many Godly men have gone before us and have proved that prayer is a vital part of life. Let us become a praying people; a people who seek God in our trouble, in our good times, without ceasing.
One of the most important elements to the purpose of God in our lives is to conform us to his image. In fact, the whole word of God is constructed around the very nature and ethics of God. As we read Romans 8:28-30, we learn that one of the things that is vital to coming to glory is first allowing God to transform us.
Before the foundations of the earth, God foreknew us. Romans 8:28-30 indicate that those who God foreknew, he also did predestine. In this lesson, we are going to talk about “predestination” and also the idea of “election.” We are going to wrap the lesson up by talking about these two topics in the light of “grace.”
There have been many arguments over the doctrine of predestination. This is “lesson one” of a series going over the difficult issues pertaining the Scriptures on this topic. I am not approaching this topic as a polemic against any known doctrines I may find to be in error, nor is this lesson intentionally purposed to offend anyone. I intend to only preach the Word of God and the truth therein. I pray that you are blessed by this study and that your walk with God is strengthened.
Brian Poe is the preaching minister at Dexter Church of Christ in Dexter, MI.