Spiritual Grit

Lee Campbell
1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Developing spiritual grit involves making God your central concern, setting godly goals and persistently pursuing your godly goals.

Failure to Discipline: The Wisdom of the World Strikes Again

Patrice McCormac
1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Church discipline is not unloving because its goal is to motivate the the one in the wrong to repent.  It is loving because it protects the integrity of the spiritual community before the eyes of the watching world.

The Dawn of a New Era

Scott Risley
1 Samuel 1-3

As the time of the Judges comes to a close, Hannah, a faithful servant of the Lord, as promised, offers her only child, Samuel, to the Lord to be His servant. Eli, an unfaithful priest, was unwilling to discipline his sons or show tough love. Samuel, when God calls, answers with, "Here I am!"

God Identifies His Man

Dennis McCallum
1 Samuel 1-3

God used Hannah, a barren and powerless but profoundly faithful woman to overturn and transform a corrupt system in Israel, leading to the transitional figure of Samuel.

Living Diligently for God

Conrad Hilario
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

Paul reminds the Thessalonians to discipline the lazy among them. Paul presents himself as a model to follow in living diligently for the Lord. He cautions them to not treat the lazy as an enemy but as brothers and sisters needing loving but firm admonishment.

Final Instructions

Dennis McCallum
2 Thessalonians 2:15-3:18

Paul gives final instructions to the Thessalonians to not live an unruly life but to work hard so as to be able to share with others and thus help spread the Word of God.

Listening to Pauline Shame

Te-Li Lau
2 Thessalonians 2:15-3:18

In this session, we contrast the current culture's understanding of shame with the Pauline framework and suggest ways for how we might rehabilitate our fractured understanding.

Church Discipline

Ryan Lowery
1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Paul calls the Corinthian church to discipline a specific member out of the church, with the hopes of future redemption. Explained in this passage, church discipline should be used rarely and only in response to serious, unrepentant sin committed by believing Christians.

Three Practical Guidelines for Prayer

Gary DeLashmutt
James 5:13-20

James has three practical guidelines for prayer. He encourages the cultivation of the habit of ongoing individual prayer. Involve other Christians in your prayer life. And pray for straying Christians.