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This lesson develops the concept of Christian growth in relationship to the purpose of the church.  Using selected verses from Romans 12, Ephesians 4 and other sections of scripture, the main points covered are: 1) growing as Christians, 2) two specific ways to grow as Christians, and 3) evidence of personal growth.  The lesson concludes with the encouragement to Christians to always strive to look more like Jesus, and with an invitation to anyone who is not a Christian to come to Jesus.

This lesson explores the necessity of dealing with the troubled waters that life can bring.  Beginning from the lyrics of the 1970’s song “Bridge over Troubled Waters” and moving through relevant scriptures from Job, John, James, and Hebrews, the ideas explored include: 1) the reasons for troubled waters in life, 2) remembering that God never leaves us, 3) trusting in God’s timing, and 4) remaining faithful through the troubled waters.  The lesson concludes with 3 godly principles and an invitation to come to Jesus who is our “Bridge”.

This lesson uses the text in Matthew 9:35-38 to explore the need to build a bridge to reap the harvest of souls waiting to be gathered.  The three main points discussed are: 1) Envisioning the harvest, 2) Building a bridge to the harvest plan, and 3) the urgency of reaping the harvest.  The lesson concludes with the encouragement for disciples to get serious about participating in the harvest, and to those who are not yet followers of Jesus, to come and be a part of God’s family.

This lesson explores the reality of who we are, what Jesus has done for us, and how our response to his gifts of mercy and grace should move us to share our faith.  Paul’s first letter to Timothy and related scriptures in Acts and Romans are used to illustrate the main points covered, which are: 1) we all need encouragement, 2) we are all guilty of sin and need mercy, 3) Jesus is the source of mercy and grace, making all things new when we are in him, and 4) our response should be to serve him and share our faith.  The lesson ends with an invitation to follow Jesus and be transformed into a new creation.

This lesson is based on the text of Hebrews 10:19-25 and explores the principle of the importance of the assembly.  The two main points covered are why the assembly is important and what results from the togetherness that is foundational for the Christian life in Christ.  The lesson details some of the many benefits of Christian fellowship, including how attitudes of concern, peace, cooperation,warmth, forgiveness and love spur us to action in prayer, unity, hospitality and submission.  This should produce the need for involvement and ultimately induce all members of the body to fulfill the mission to go into the world and teach about Jesus. The lesson concludes with an invitation to follow Jesus.

This lesson explores the parallel concepts in the actions of our American founding fathers with the actions taken to become a Christian. The main points covered are: 1) the bold declaration, 2) the high price paid, and 3) the great reward reaped.  The lesson concludes with the question of to whom have you pledged your allegiance and an invitation to pledge it to the Lamb by being baptized into Christ.

This lesson is derived from Acts 9:36-42, using a character study of Tabitha (Dorcas) to develop the concept of service as a bridge to the community.  The three points covered are 1) She was devoted to being a disciple of Jesus, 2) She devoted herself to serving, and 3) She devoted herself to helping the hurting.  The lesson concludes with the encouragement to get involved serving our community, and with an invitation to follow Jesus and become a Christian.

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