THE BUILDING (39)
This lesson contains many details concerning the dimensions and building of the Ark as well as its use as a "type" for the church. (Genesis 6:14-22)
The church is the physical presence of Jesus Christ in the world today. In this lesson we will examine the New Testament in order to determine what the inspired text says the church should be like and how it should function.
Setting Our Spiritual Goals
This lesson looks at the goals that the church, which meets inside the building, should have.
Ministering to the Minister
It was a congregation whose "prime" had passed. The attendance was half of what it used to be as empty pews marked the places where entire families once sat. The singing only echoed the full voices that had previously stirred the building with sweet praise.
Good vs. Godly
After David, the king Israel, had consolidated his kingdom he desired to build a permanent temple for the Lord in Jerusalem. We read in 1 Chronicles 17:1-4, however, that the prophet Nathan revealed to David that God would not permit this because David had the blood of war on his hands. In the end, God's servant told David that the building of the temple would be completed by his son, Solomon.
In this lesson we will demonstrate how the very first verse of the Bible refutes the major philosophies that try to explain man's existence without reference to God. (Genesis 1:1)
In this lesson Mike reviews 5 things that every Christian must do in order to develop this virtue.
God tells us that Satan is actively trying to ruin us. In this lesson, Mike reveals the many tactics Satan uses to destroy God's church.
In this lesson Mike examines Jesus' response to those who rejected Him. A response that will pronounce a judgement on the religious leaders of that time as well as a long prophetic discourse about the destruction of Jerusalem and His return at the end of the world. (Matthew 23:1-25:46)
Prime 45m Class
This section of the epistle describes the proper response to God's offer of salvation and the blessings attached to it, the first of which is to maintain the unity of the Spirit. (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Prime 35m Class
In this biographical study Mike looks at the character and ministry of one of the most influential ministers of the Apostolic age. (I Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Lesson #26 looks at two fascinating source events that explain the origins of all the different nations and languages in the world today. (Genesis 10:1-11:32)
In chapters 20 and 21 of Genesis, we read about Abraham's continued walk of faith and a description of the people who were the source for the religion of Islam. (Genesis 20:1-21:34)
Prime 40m Class
As the title suggests this lesson will briefly look at what type of men should have the important responsibility of church leadership. (I Timothy 3:1-7)
Prime 45m Class
In this lesson, we get a "close-up" view of the final preparations for the impending flood and physical details concerning the cause and destructive power of this cataclysmic event. (Genesis 7:1-24)
In this section of this epistle, James performs a spiritual check-up on his readers. (James 4:1-10)
This lesson demonstrates how grace produces a new sobriety in one's soul and the natural spiritual outcome of this new influence. (I Peter 1:13-2:10)
In this session, Mike examines the basic attitude and habits all Christians must have in order to grow spiritually.
Prime 24m Class
In this lesson, Mike continues to answers the most asked questions about the Churches of Christ and how it is different from other churches claiming Jesus as Lord.
Prime 43m Class
After a long period of silence Jacob's story picks up again as his sons cause trouble and we see Jacob in the familiar role of being on the run. (Genesis 34:1-36:43)
In this lesson, Mike reviews the attitude that the church should have towards their leaders, and begins explaining the role and qualifications for those who want to serve as deacons. (I Timothy 3:8-13)
This opening session examines the core activity of public worship - communication with God, and how this essential component can be enhanced by learning the language of communication with God.
Prime 40m Class
A review of C.A. Schwartz's book "Natural Church Development" and its application to the New Testament ministry system being studied from Acts chapter 2 in this seminar.
Prime 55m Class
In this lesson, Paul outlines the actual order of events that will take place when Jesus returns. (I Thessalonians 4:13-5:3)
Mike continues the study on King Hezekiah with a look at this leader's greatest victory coming at his nation's worst moment.
Parables are lessons that use physical things and situations in the material world to explain or mirror principles and situations that exist in the spiritual or unseen world. These three parables are excellent examples of this teaching method. (Matthew 13:44-46; 18:21-35)
Prime 37m Class
This sermon examines the character and faith of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:21-24;39-41)
Mike discusses the first and foundational passage preserved that would eventually serve to denounce various false ideas invented by sinful men through history.
Prime 27m Class
The Bible refers to Jesus in ways that describe His sovereignty (e.g. Lord of the Harvest, Lord of the Sabbath, etc.). In this lesson Mike will explore Jesus' Lordship over the most hopeless of situations in our lives. (Matthew 9:36-38)
Paul concludes his teaching on grace by describing the final results in a person's life after being saved by faith in response to God's grace.
Church growth is tied to church leadership. In this introductory lesson, the various Biblical roles of leadership are identified and compared to one another.
Prime 32m Class
Paul outlines proper conduct in public worship with regard to the Lord's Supper. (I Corinthians 11:17-34)
Prime 34m Class
The two things that the Church of Christ is known for by those who are not members are the fact that we don't use instruments of music in our worship, and we require all to be baptized by immersion. Baptism is not a modern religious invention, it has a history as long as Christianity itself and in this lesson, I'd like to review that with you.
Paul demonstrates why the human body is the perfect figure to represent how the church functions and grows. (I Corinthians 12:12)
In this lesson, Paul explains what is the proper use and purpose for the spiritual gifts they have received including the gift of preaching (prophecy). (I Corinthians 14:1-4)
A lesson teaching how the various spiritual gifts are to be used in a public worship setting. (I Corinthians 14:5-40)
Mike reviews the main reasons why people fall away from the faith and how this tendency can be reversed in a person's life. (Matthew 24:9-13)