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Author: Evan Bartholomew

10
Jul

How’ve You Been Acting

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example…” — I Timothy 4:12 Explanation: The Bible is saying that even though you are young, you can do something that is really special. You can set a good example for people. Discussion: What does it mean…

04
Feb

Armor of God

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the…

04
Feb

Calling On Jesus’ Name

Romans 10:9-13 – Many people teach that all one has to do to be saved is to “Call on the name of the Lord.” – This is neglectful of other scriptures that would contradict this teaching. (Acts 2:38, I Peter 3:21) – Is taken out of context. Context – The…

04
Feb

Listen Up

Opening Question: What do you think is the key to being a good listener? Question: Why is it hard to be a good listener? James 1:19-21 – James is telling everyone that they should take note of this. – People should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow…

04
Feb

What’s Your Escape?

Opening Question: What do you do to cheer yourself up when you’re down — or when you need an escape? I Samuel 16:14-23 – Saul disobeys God in chapter fifteen. – His consequence is that God’s spirit is taken away from him, and now he’s feeling tormented in his life. Question:…

17
Jan

Giving Under Compulsion

II Corinthians 9:7 – People mistakenly take this to mean, “If I’m not happy about giving, I shouldn’t give.” – This interpretation would contradict many scriptures, including the very core message of discipleship — denying self. (Luke 9:23) – What Paul is actually saying is, “If you’re not happy about…

17
Jan

Breaking Through

Opening Question: What is the most valuable thing you’ve ever broken in your life? Mark 2:1-12 – Jesus was teaching in a house. Everyone wanted to hear what He was saying. So they crowded around Him, to the point where there was no more room. – It’s at this point,…

03
Jan

Head Coverings

I Corinthians 11:3-16 – It sounds like the Bible is saying that women must cover their heads when they pray. – This is a very misunderstood scripture. – There are two possible interpretations: Cultural Modesty I Corinthians 11:2 – The word “teachings” in Greek is paradoseis. It means can also…

01
Jan

Liar Liar Liar

Opening Question: What is something that people commonly lie about? Question: What do you think influences people to lie? – Going to look at three different types of liars. – All three types of liars are going to be from the book of I John. I John 1:5-10 Question: What…

01
Jan

Marijuana A Sin?

Drug Use: Proverbs 31:4-7 – Drugs, alcohol, and specifically, marijuana, can lead to poor decision making. – These substances can damage our memories and lesson our senses. – However, alcohol was encouraged for those “who are perishing” or “are in anguish”. Example:  Most Christians would not have a problem with someone…

31
Dec

How Smart Are You?

Opening Question:  If you could learn one thing and become a master of it by the snap of your finger, what would that one thing be? – Going to talk about being smart today! – The Bible has some interesting perspectives on what it means to be smart. Question:  What…

28
Dec

The Perfect Gift

Opening Question:  Describe your idea of the perfect gift. Question:  What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten? Question:  What do you think makes a gift a good gift? Acts 17:24-25 – God has given all mankind life and breath.  Those are some very good gifts!  There’s nothing more valuable than…