Concordia Adult Bible Class
Summary: Dig deeper into God's Word with Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX.
There are a whole host of false beliefs into which our world buys. “All faiths lead the same God.” “God would never want me to be unhappy.” “What I desire is who I am.” James says that false teachings are dangerous. In this message, we confront some of our culture’s most prevalent false teachings and deconstruct them with the truth of Scripture.
In a world obsessed with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it can be tempting to spend our lives on what is trivial rather than on what is meaningful. In a world where trivial information is being fired at us constantly, how can we minimize distractions and wholeheartedly devote ourselves to what really matters?
Everyone lies. Parents. Kids. Bosses. Coworkers. Politicians. It’s become accepted. And yet, as Christians, we are called to tell the truth. In a world where lying is accepted and expected, how can we be truth-tellers, even when telling the truth is difficult?
Paul calls Timothy his son. But He knows that Timothy is only his son in the faith because of the legacy of faith left to Timothy by his mother and grandmother. He encourages Timothy to fan into flame that faith. What legacy are we leaving for our children?
Moses and Aaron disobey God. As a discipline, they are not allowed to bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land. From God’s discipline of Moses, we can learn some lessons about disciplining our own children.
We are called to share what God has given us with others. When we share what we have, we not only share of ourselves, we share Christ in our actions!
Everyone needs rest. Rest teaches us to rely on God, who continues to take care of us even when we are not taking care of business. Rest leads to replenishment, which allows to better steward our responsibilities.
Work apart from God can become a meaningless and exhausting burden. But when we see work as a gift from God, our work begins to reflect His eternal works. In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon invites us to see our work as a gift from God.
As Christians, others are to know us as people who love (cf. John 13:35). In Romans 12, Paul talks to us about what love looks like in practical terms. Does our love look like biblical love?
When God reveals His identity to Moses, He simply calls Himself, “I AM.” We can be tempted, when we speak of our identities, to speak of them in terms of our accomplishments. “I am successful.” “I am rich.” “I am good.” But before any of those identities, we need to be content to simply say, like God, “I am.” Just the fact that we exist – that God has made us – is special in its own right. Before we speak of our accomplishments, we must give thanks for our creation.
Fear of the future is common. An old man named Simeon notes that Mary’s future will be a difficult one as she has to watch her Son die. Simeon himself is nearing death, and yet he does not fear the future, for He has seen God’s Savior. We too do not need to fear the future when we face the future with Jesus.
The normal hustle and bustle of the holiday season is stressful enough in and of itself. But when sometime unexpected comes up – whether that be a big bill, a health crisis, or a problem at work – the effects can be overwhelming. Mary is met by an angel with a completely unexpected announcement – that she will be the mother of the Messiah! Her response of faith is precisely what we need to face life’s unexpected challenges.
Christmas is a time for family! Families come in from all over to be together during the holidays. The family you grew up with in the past, however, can sometimes become frustrating in the present. In this message, we see that every family has its warts and flaws, but by grace, even a bad family experience in the past can be used according to God’s good purposes.
Pastors Bill Tucker and Zach McIntosh take questions live from attendees of Adult Bible Class.
Kindness can be difficult, especially when someone is not kind to you! David sought to be kind to Nabal, but was repaid with scorn. When we feel slighted in our marriages, how can we respond with kindness rather than with retaliation?