This week's Scripture passage is Luke 17. (Click here for a PDF of this week's study.) In verses 1-4, Jesus warns us about being a temptation to sin to others. We are to live our lives in such a way to encourage, serve and help others rather than doing anything that might cause another to stumble or sin. He also commands us to rebuke each other when we sin and to forg...Keep Reading
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For some people, sharing the gospel seems like an intimidating task. “Who do I share with? How will they respond? What do I share?” Pastor Todd shares 5 steps to being on mission that are attainable for everyone. Take heart Christian! Sharing the gospel is not as scary as you think. Take a look below and ask yourself, where am I at in these 5 steps? We encourage you to take practical steps in your everyday life to partner with the work God is doing around you....
Revelation tells one epic story from start to finish. It's a story of loss and sin and judgment. It's a story of renewal and salvation and glory. It's a story of dragons and beasts and lions and thrones. No summary is sufficient, but this is the song of the Lamb. ...
This church was known for suffering. Smyrna is the Greek word for myrrh, a flagrant perfume used in burial. Many believe that this church represents the martyrs of all the ages and the sweet-smelling fragrance of their faithfulness until death. There was no rebuke for this church and because they were faithful until death, their lampstand has never been removed. Christianity has never completely left this city. It is the only one of the seven cities still in flourishing condition....
What do we know about Ephesus? Paul spent between two to three years teaching in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-10). In his farewell letter to the Ephesian elders, he gives a clear warning to look out for "savage wolves" and men who would speak "perverse things.” Ephesus was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. There were 14 temples dedicated to idolatrous pagan gods, but none rivaled the Temple of Artemis, the Greek goddess who was heartily worshiped by the Roman Empire during this time. ...
We understand that the church Jesus was building was a people for Himself. Sin created a chasm between us and a holy God. By God’s grace, that chasm has been closed! We’ve been justified by Christ’s death on the cross and are now part of His church because when God sees us, He sees Jesus’ righteousness. Our identity now becomes one who is a citizen of the Kingdom of God. The way we live must align with what God has called us to. Let’s take a look at how we live as members of Jesus’ church....
In Luke 16, Jesus continues His teaching; confronting the Pharisees and instructing His disciples. He teaches two parables concerning the faithful, righteous use of money, gives insight into the Law and His Kingdom, and makes a short but powerful statement about divorce, remarriage, and adultery....Keep Reading
By teaching these 3 parables in this chapter, Jesus demonstrates that God not only receives sinners, but He intentionally seeks them out! And that there is great rejoicing when even one sinner repents! ...Keep Reading
In John 10, Jesus continues to reveal more of His identity, His mission, and His motives....Keep Reading
In Luke 14, Jesus again confronts the hard hearts of the Pharisees. He also deals with pride, apathy, and lukewarm commitment disguised as busyness. He also teaches that those originally invited into the Kingdom will not respond (Israel), and therefore others (Gentiles) will be invited and will respond. He does this by way of parables, showing that His gospel is to be pre...Keep Reading
In Luke 13, Jesus continues His ministry, with His intention to go to Jerusalem one final time. (v. 22, 31-35). Also confirmed in Luke 9:51 where He 'set His face’ to go to Jerusalem....Keep Reading
Spring 2021 Bible Reading Plan, Week 7: John 9 - Jesus Heals a Man of Physical & Spiritual Blindness
This week's Scripture passage is John 9. (Click here for a PDF of this week's study.) John 9 is a tender, fascinating and insightful account of Jesus' powerful Sabbath day encounter with a man blind from birth. The chapter begins with Jesus and His disciples meeting the blind man and then Jesus healing him. The chapter ends with the man healed from his spiritual blindn...Keep Reading
Spring 2021 Bible Reading Plan, Week 6: Luke 12:35-59 -Living Obedient, Ready & Expecting His Return
In Luke 12:35-48, Jesus commands us to live a life ready, filled with faithful stewardship and service and prepared for His return. ...Keep Reading
In Luke 12, Jesus gives us some tremendous promises but also some very direct warnings and sobering teaching. This week we will cover verses 1-34. ...Keep Reading
This week's Scripture passage is Luke 11. (Click here for a PDF of this week's study.) We have a special Prayer Night this week on Friday February 26, from 7:00-8:00pm. Our focus will be the importance of being united in and devoted to prayer, particularly in the advancement of the Gospel in El Paso, our region and the world. We will be focusing on prayers of the early...Keep Reading