1) Michael Agnes, Webster’s New College Dictionary (Cleveland, Ohio: Wiley Publishing, Inc.), 2007, 1152.
2) Ibid., 1429.
1) Ron Blue, Taming the Money Monster (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989, 1993), p. 6.
2) Mike Murdock, 31 Reasons People Do No Receive Their Financial Harvest (Dallas, Texas: Wisdom International), 1997, 17.
1) Larry Bates, New Economic Disorder (Lake Mary, Florida: Creation House, 1994), pp. 16-21.
2) Ron Blue, Taming the Money Monster (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1989, 1993), p. 9.
3) Ibid., p. 71.
1) Jeff Berg
Scripture Text: Luke 17:1-6
Memory Verse: “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” Proverbs 18:19
Lesson Aim: To highlight: (1) the detriment of harboring offense; and (2) how we can overcome offense.
For the purpose of this study, the term we will use for offense is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is unfulfilled revenge. It is the single most popular and debilitating weapon that the enemy uses against God’s people. It is one of the deadliest poisons a person can take spiritually. A person who cannot
Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:17-32
Memory Verse: “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Hebrews 12:15
Lesson Aim: To highlight: (1) the detriment of harboring anger and hurt; and (2) how we can overcome anger and hurt.
In this lesson we will talk about two of the most crippling impediments Christians could possibly face—anger, and hurt. Poor management of these emotions is considered most damaging. While emotions such as pride, envy, or jealousy may be just as damaging, they are less
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 13
Memory Verse: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, by your love one to another.” John 13:35
Lesson Aim: To discover biblical principles that govern how we should behave and feel toward one another.
According to the Encarta English Dictionary, relationship means the connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with one another, especially regarding the way they behave toward and feel about one another. Relationships are crucial to God. He is relational. In fact, the primary theme in the Bible is relationship—to God and to
Scripture Text: Romans 6:11-23
Memory Verse: “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:12
Lesson Aim: To highlight: (1) the damages that addiction causes; and (2) the fact that the power of Jesus the Messiah is able to deliver from the bondage of addiction.
Often times, when we hear of addiction, we immediately think of drugs or alcohol. But addiction is not limited to those substances. Addiction is the continued overuse of anything—substance or behavior—that results in the alteration of one’s mood. A person can be
Scripture Text: Genesis 41:51; 45:1-15
Memory Verse: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Lesson Aim: To highlight: (1) the damages that abuse causes; and (2) the fact that the power of Jesus the Messiah is capable of healing the wounds of abuse.
Abuse is the improper treatment of someone for selfish reasons, often to unfairly or unjustly gain benefit. There are different forms of abuse, such as: physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional. Behaviors that
Scripture Text: Mark 11:22-26
Memory Verse: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Luke 4:18
Lesson Aim: To outline the different methods available to us to receive healing.
God is eager to see the sick healed and to be released from their ailments. And so he has given us numerous methods whereby we can receive the
Scripture Text: Proverbs 4:20-24
Memory Verse: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripe ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Lesson Aim: To inform us that God has made provision for believers to walk in divine health.
Divine health (that state of being in which one is not always seeking healing, but rather is enjoying health free from illness and successfully countering the attacks of the enemy) is God’s provision for the entire body of Christ. Through the redemption purchased
Scripture Text: Genesis 39:2-6; 41:47-54
Memory Verse: “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” Proverbs 18:20
Lesson Aim: To provide biblical principles for maintaining financial health.
The last three lessons have given us a great introduction to God’s divine provision, giving His way, and defeating debt. Becoming and staying financially healthy will be an ongoing challenge, but it is achievable and sustainable.
Here are 10 principles that should guide us:
- Principle 1—Give everything back to God. It all belongs to Him. Daily
Scripture Text: Revelation 18:1-20
Memory Verse: “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
Lesson Aim: To outline a biblical perspective on debt and encourage believers on how to get out of debt.
In 1994, author Larry Bates wrote a book, The New Economic Disorder, in which he identified five deadly forces that would hit our economy: (1) the banking crisis; (2) federal debt and deficits; (3) business and personal debt; (4) recession/depression; and (5) massive, renewed inflation.1 So, just the last one remains to manifest.
Given the economic