Concordia Adult Bible Class
Summary: Dig deeper into God's Word with Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX.
Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? Exhaustion leads to emptiness. But Jesus can fill us with His strength. We should turn to Him and draw from His Word.
The disciples are scared of everything! They are scared of a storm and then, when Jesus calms the storm, they are scared of Him. Fear can be paralyzing. But Christ calls us not to fear and instead to live by faith in Him.
The story of David and Absalom is one of the saddest in Scripture. A father is estranged from his son and does not realize what he has lost until his son dies and David cries in despair, ““O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son” (2 Samuel 18:33). Rather than living with regret, we are called to repent of our sins and start anew.
The burdens of life can become overwhelming. The apostle Paul, no matter how stressful his life may be, knows the secret to overcoming stress: finding strength in Christ (cf. Philippians 4:13). Christ can help us bear the burdens of stress we cannot bear by ourselves.
How do you share the gospel in a society riddled by relativism and pluralism? Paul encountered just such a challenge in Acts 17. In Paul’s speech at Athens, we take a look at some of the techniques he used to minister to people who saw no apparent value in believing in one God and Savior.
The places that need the gospel are nearly limitless. Jesus’ desire, as demonstrated in Acts 1, is that his gospel go out to “the ends of the earth” (verse 8). Where is God calling you to share the gospel – in a place near or far?
Sharing the good news takes time! A person does not always believe after only a single conversation. Such is the case when Paul shares the gospel with King Agrippa. As we share our faith, then, we must be patient, knowing that God works through his Word, even if God’s Word takes many years or even decades to bear the fruit of faith!
In Mark 4:1 it says, “The crowd that gathered around Jesus was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.” Jesus was a popular teacher when in Galilee. But in Mark 5, he enters into the region of the Decapolis – pagan territory. Only one man comes out to meet him – and he is a demoniac at that. But Jesus heals him and tells him, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you” (verse 19). Jesus wants the good news to be shared with everyone – pagans and believers alike.
The old saying goes, “You take two steps forward and one step back.” Setbacks are simply part of life. But they are not reasons to give up! In Jesus’ story of the prodigal son, the son believes his sin has cast him out of his father’s good graces…permanently. But as he learns, even the most serious setback of sin is no match for his father’s love.
Always worrying about what other people think of you can be paralyzing. It can keep you from doing the right thing and lead you to do the expedient thing so others will think well of you. It can also lead you to manage your image to impress others rather than getting honest about your failures. Success comes when you live not to please others, but God.
Hard work is great! But sometimes, working hard only wears us out and leads us to failure. In these instances, we do not need to put in more hours or apply more elbow grease. Instead, we need to find a different way to work. This is the lesson that Jethro teaches his son-in-law Moses.
Weekly Bible studies from Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX.
Sometimes, we have to learn how to accept an answer that is “no.” Other times, it behooves us to ask again! Consider Abraham. He won’t take “no” for an answer…even from God! He haggles with God with the hope that God’s mercy will triumph over His judgment. And though God still destroys Sodom and Gomorrah, God proves to be delighted that Abraham won’t take “no” for answer when it comes to mercy.
If you’ve watched enough football, soccer, or basketball games, you’ve probably seen someone make a goal…for the other team. It’s a highly embarrassing mistake. After all, a player reaches the goal. It just happens to be the wrong one! Sometimes, the reason we fail is because the goals we have aren’t right. Take Samson, for instance. He had goals of revenge. But this wrongheaded goal was his undoing at the hands of the Philistines.
In light of the terrible shooting in New Haven, Connecticut, we take some time to process our grief and address some of the questions on the hearts and minds of many.