Exodus 17:1-7: The Rock is Christ

Water from the Rock

The hymn writer, Augustus Toplady, best-known for “Rock of Ages,” grew up in a religious English family.  Contrary to his upbringing, he later left the Church as a young man.  The Lord, however, guides in mysterious ways, using his brother, who decided to visit friends in Ireland.  So, Augustus went along.  At a religious gathering, […]

Romans, Lesson 20: The True Israel includes Gentiles

Olive Tree with Grafted Branches

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find: Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along Within this section focusing on Israel, we find a chronological arc:  Israel’s past (9:1-29): God’s fidelity to Israel revealed itself through Him choosing Israel. […]

David, Lesson 4: Sinner and Repentant

Bathsheba2

David unites both north and south.  The capital is now Jerusalem, but Israel is still not without rancor.  The former king, Saul, is dead; yet, some of his sons still survive.  How will David deal with their threat to his rule?  2 Samuel 21 reveals further information, which took place earlier in the chronology of […]

Mathew 8:23-27: Jesus Saves Amid Our Storms of Life

The story is your story, soaked into the fabric of your being.  The sun warms your face, but the sound of distant thunder echoes in your ears.  At once, gray skies banish the blue, and the gloominess of clouds sends away the brightness of the sun. A howling wind drives away the calm, and smooth […]

Romans, Lesson 19: Jesus Comes to You in the Word and Does the Doing

Pantokrator in interior dome of Church (610x406)

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find: Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along Paul still deals with the question, “How do we understand the role of Israel in the New Covenant?”  Today’s lesson delves into Paul’s second […]

David, Lesson 3: As King

David before the Ark

David’s days as the privately anointed king on the lam are over.  During those years, several psalms describe where David was and how he was doing: Psalms 34, 52, 54, 56, 57, 63, 142. The Philistines killed Saul, allowing David now to step into his role as king.  Not all will be easy, for Saul […]

Romans 1:8-17: The Gospel is Jesus

The Gospel is Jesus

We use different words to describe faith.  We trust the 911 operator will direct our call to the closest fire station.  We rely on the bank manager to keep the ATM filled with enough money when we drive up to withdraw 20 bucks.  We believe a close friend will not betray a confidential conversation.  Faith […]

Romans, Lesson 18: Not unto Us, but God

Mercy and Compassion

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find:   Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along   Has God’s Word Failed?  A Look into the Past Read Romans 9:6-9 “counted”: Greek, logizmai, credited, “reckoned.”  This is the same word […]

David, Lesson 2: A Man Fleeing for His Life

David and Abigail

Relations between Saul and David worsen while it grows stronger with Saul’s son, Jonathan.  Jonathan talked some sense into his father and his pursuit to murder David stopped.  Still suspicious, however, Saul again tries to kill David, the “rival” to his throne.  David was not safe at the royal court or any permanent residence.  He, […]

Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old

Worshiping with the Saints and Angels (610x351)

This lesson is part of individualized instruction in adult catechesis.  A deeper understanding of the origins of Christian worship and how it developed was desired.  Here it is. Cultural Assumptions in Worship Today, many in the Church assume if God doesn’t forbid something, we may incorporate such a practice into worship.  Such a view is […]