Concordia Adult Bible Class
Summary: Dig deeper into God's Word with Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX.
A crackling fire is often part of a picturesque Christmas gathering. But, as we know, fire can be dangerous. It certainly was for Peter. It was around a fire where Peter denied his Lord. But Peter’s toughest moment eventually proved to be a turning point in his faith. Our toughest moments can be turning points in our faith, too.
Enjoy hearing the origin story of some of your favorite Christmas songs and carols, along with with a devotion from Pastor Tucker!
One of the most common images in the Old Testament for the Messiah is a branch. In Isaiah 11, from what appears to be dead wood comes a new, living branch. Are there things in our lives that are “dead wood”? Even when we feel as though something is lost, Christ can bring new life!
Hannah’s deepest desire was to have a child. When the Lord blesses her with a son, she is so thankful that she dedicates him to Him. When we live thankfully, we also live generously, for we want to share our bounty and blessings with others, honoring the Lord who has given everything to us.
Paul is clear that we should “give thanks in all circumstances” (verse 18). There is not a moment in our lives when we have nothing to be thankful for. When we do not live thankfully, we are outside of God’s will and are, as Paul says in verse 19, of quenching of the Spirit.
Sometimes, we get so caught up worrying about what we have stored up, we forget that, no matter how much or how little we may have on this earth, God has something fantastic in store for us – nothing less than a crown of righteousness. In a world that test and try our faith, we can be confident that our faith will be vindicated when Christ returns.
The first principle of stewardship is this: no matter what we may store, it ultimately belongs to God. Any store house is finally God’s house. To help us understand this, God has given us a tithe. In the tithe, we not only give to God, we give back to God, since everything we have comes from Him in the first place. When we give back to God, we learn that God continues to give us what we need and even beyond what we need.
It feels like we’re becoming more obsessed with politics and elections. And even if we don’t care about politics much, we know someone who does! And their obsession can become our frustration. In a nation that is so divided, so scared, and so angry, how can the Church be different?
Grace is when God gives us what we do not deserve. In a culture that works on merit, that can be difficult for us to accept! Yet, even if grace goes against our cultural senses, it is a deep spiritual need – for each and every one of us.
Dr. Jeff Kloha continues in our study of Philippians.
Part 5 of this study of Philippians focuses on the message of hope, centered in the resurrection of Jesus and God’s “call from above.” This resurrection hope shows us how to forget the past and to look constantly to the future glory that we have in Christ
Christ humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross. He gave all. Paul says we are to have this same mindset. Before we can challenge others, we must give to them. What are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of others?
This week, Dr. Kloha continues his study of Philippians in chapter 2, looking at who Jesus is the and model He provides for us.
In Philippians 1, We learn how hardships even as severe as persecution and imprisonment can be evidence of God at work for the Gospel. A key theme is to recognize our calling as “citizens of heaven” who live each day, no matter the circumstance, by the power of the Gospel.
Philippians begins with encouragement to the church to live in hope in Christ in the midst of social and political challenges. The long and warm relationship between Paul and this church is emphasized. A key theme in the opening of the letter is that to live with Jesus Christ as “Lord” has both personal and political implications: How do Christians live with Jesus as Lord in a world with many “gods” and many “lords”? These teachings introduced in chapter 1 will be woven through the rest of Philippians.