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How To Defend Your Faith
The Basics - This class is designed to help you defend your faith against questions from non-believers or comparisons by those people of religions that may claim Christ as their leader, but do not follow carefully the teaching of the New Testament.
Only One Church Saved?
In this lesson, Mike explains the history and attitude behind the most asked question for members of the Church, Why do you think you're the only ones going to heaven?
Questions About Baptism and Forgiveness
Mike answers questions concerning which baptism is the one true baptism found in the Bible, and when forgiveness is applied.
Principles of Personal Evangelism
In this lesson, we see how to share your faith with people of different religious backgrounds. We also examine four principles of evangelism found in the New Testament.
Using Pattern Theology to Answer Questions
In this lesson, Mike reviews the arguments used to support the inspiration of the Bible and how to answer questions concerning the faith using the device of pattern theology.
Is Church Attendance And Baptism Mandatory
Mike deals with the often used arguments against the necessity of regular worship and the importance of a proper biblical baptism.
What Other Religions Teach About Salvation
In this lesson, Mike will review the beliefs of the 11 major world religions concerning salvation and compare these with the teachings of Christianity on this important subject.
In this lesson, Mike answers questions regarding the Biblical pattern for church organization and function, and how this is different from the structure of many churches in the modern era.
Garden of Eden and Noah's Flood Questions
This lesson is devoted to miscellaneous questions concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; dinosaurs; the population of the world before the great flood, etc.
How Can God Die If Jesus Is God
In this last lesson in the series, Mike will be answering more miscellaneous questions posed in the survey. This includes questions about lent, various church rituals and our state of mind in heaven.
Grace For Beginners 1
Grace For Beginners Series - Whats So Good About The Good News. This lesson will examine the mistaken ideas that many have concerning the concept of grace as well as the core reason why the "Good News" is truly good.
Grace For Beginners 2
The True Plan of Salvation - This lesson explores the common misunderstandings of how grace and faith work in the salvation of one's soul.
Grace For Beginners 3
God's Most Precious Gift - This lesson describes the actual benefits in one's life produced by God's grace.
Grace For Beginners 4
No Grace, No Gospel - This lesson examines other mistaken images used to explain the concept of grace and reviews the stories of King David and Paul the Apostle to demonstrate how God's grace actually worked in producing their forgiveness.
Grace For Beginners 5
My Grace Is Sufficient - Paul describes how God's grace empowered him to deal successfully with the thorns in his life.
Grace For Beginners 6
The Impact of Grace - The final lesson in the Grace for Beginners series examines the very real changes that the grace of God produces in our everyday lives.
Life of Jesus 1
The introductory lesson reviews references from each gospel. The purpose and advantages of a sequential study of Jesus' life as well as the 7 major categories the events are divided into.
Life of Jesus 2
Part 2 - The Boyhood of Jesus. This chapter will attempt to review the life of Jesus in chronological order fitting all the events into sequence. In the last chapter we looked at an overview of the 7 major periods in His life. In this chapter we will begin by outlining the information dealing with the period of His youth.
Life of Jesus 3
Part 3 - Beginning of His Ministry - In the last chapter we began with the first major section of Jesus' life – the period from just before His birth to a time when He was twelve years old.
Life of Jesus 4
So far we've covered 22 of the approximately 187 events of Jesus' life in chronological order. The last chapter reviewed what Jesus did during His early ministry around the northern area of Galilee where He was raised. In this chapter we begin with Jesus' appearance in Jerusalem and watch as His ministry starts to build momentum.
Life of Jesus 5
So far Jesus has spent most of His time in the northern part of the country with only short periods on visits to Jerusalem. After spending the first Passover of His public ministry in Jerusalem, Jesus returns home once again. During the year between the second Passover to the third, the Lord will minister exclusively in the area of Galilee near His original home and the homes of many of His Apostles.
Life of Jesus 6
In the last chapter we reviewed the activity of Jesus beginning from the second Passover in His ministry to the third. This would be the second year of His public ministry. We noted that during this time He spent most of His time in the northern part of the country near His hometown and the area where most of His disciples lived.
Life of Jesus 7
In the last chapter we finished the events recorded during Jesus' second year of ministry. During this time we see that He is immensely popular, but has made some deadly enemies: the Pharisees and religious leaders want to kill Him, even some of the disciples are leaving because of the demands of His teaching.
Life of Jesus 8
We were describing events that took place between the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th Passover in Jesus' public ministry. During this final phase Jesus was spending more time in and around Jerusalem, going into the city to teach and then returning north when the situation became too dangerous.
Life of Jesus 9
We continue with our work on the section of Jesus' ministry that spans from the 3rd Passover to the beginning of the last Passover week. During this period Jesus will spend much time in and around Jerusalem teaching and dealing with the Jewish religious leaders. In the end, they will reject and threaten Him and He will once again retreat to the northern territory before He makes His final entry to Jerusalem to suffer and die and then be resurrected.
Life of Jesus 10
In this our 10th chapter of the life of Jesus we will review the events that took place in the final phase between the third Passover and His final week. We've seen Jesus' pattern of movement as He comes into Jerusalem for the major feasts to teach and proclaim His identity with miracles and pronouncements on His deity, then retreat back to the safety of the northern region when things became too dangerous for Him in Jerusalem.
Life of Jesus 11
We are entering into the sixth section in our outline – last Passover to the crucifixion. In the last chapter we saw the Lord making His way from the northern countryside one final time, teaching and performing miracles along the way. The last scene was at Simon the Leper's home with Lazarus, Martha and Mary along with His Apostles sharing a fellowship meal. This meal was eaten in Bethany, only a few miles from Jerusalem and the powerful enemies that awaited Him there.
Life of Jesus 12
In the last chapter Jesus has come to Jerusalem and confronted all of the religious leaders there. They have rejected Him and He has pronounced judgment on them and the nation of Israel by describing the events that will take place when Jerusalem will be destroyed some forty years into the future. The last scene sees Judas plotting with the Jewish leadership to betray Jesus into their hands.
Life of Jesus 13
In this last chapter we will cover the events of the seventh period of Jesus' life that include His resurrection, appearances and final ascension.
Ephesians for Beginners 1
A review of the Apostle Paul's life and ministry and the circumstances leading up to the writing of this epistle.
Ephesians for Beginners 2
A study of the issue of re-baptism focusing on the first converts of the church at Ephesus.
Ephesians for Beginners 3
This lesson examines the historical and social settings in which the church at Ephesus was established.
Ephesians for Beginners 4
Paul begins his letter by describing the incredible blessings given by God to those who believe in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians for Beginners 5
Beginning in chapter two Paul begins to describe the universal nature of the church as it existed in the past, present, and future.
Ephesians for Beginners 6
Paul explains the universal nature of the church by outlining the way God has brought together the most disparate groups of that era - Jews and Gentiles.
Ephesians for Beginners 7
The Apostle describes God's efforts to reach out to the Gentiles in order to save them.
Ephesians for Beginners 8
This section of the epistle describes the proper response to God's offer of salvation and the blessings attached to it, the first of which is to maintain the unity of The Spirit.
Ephesians for Beginners 9
Paul continues to describe the proper response of the saved to God in the form of righteous living.
Ephesians for Beginners 10
This section builds on the previous two by adding piety as a true response of the church to God because of His blessings.
Ephesians for Beginners 11
Paul adds an ordered life as another response from those who receive God's blessings of salvation.
Ephesians for Beginners 12
This section concludes the letter by establishing faithfulness as the crowning glory in the believer's proper response to God's offer of salvation and the blessings that come with it.
Galatians for Beginners Part 1
This first lesson in this series contains the background information on the history of the Galatians church, Paul's reason for writing this letter, and the general division of the topics that the Apostle addresses in his epistle to these people.
Galatians for Beginners Part 2
In this lesson Paul describes the false teaching that was being promoted by certain teachers at the Galatian church and the dangerous consequences that would result.
Galatians for Beginners Part 3
Paul recounts his own personal history of faith and early work as a missionary establishing churches throughout the Roman Empire. He also describes an important confrontation with another Apostle over the very issues that existed in the Galatian church.
Galatians for Beginners Part 4
Paul continues to describe his own conversion to Christianity from Judaism and his early contact with the Apostles at Jerusalem as a way of establishing his legitimacy as a teacher and Apostle.
Galatians for Beginners Part 5
Paul goes into detail describing the core idea of the gospel message, that we are saved by a system of faith and not by a system of law which the false teachers were promoting.
Galatians for Beginners Part 6
The Apostle rebukes and questions his readers for their foolish and dangerous attempt at returning to a system of law/works in order to obtain salvation and sanctification.
Galatians for Beginners Part 7
In this lesson Paul establishes the main argument of his letter to the Galatians, that spiritual blessings have always been obtained through a system of faith and not through a system of merit.
Galatians for Beginners Part 8
In this section Paul will explain how freedom, like all other spiritual blessings, is obtained through a system of faith and not law.
Galatians for Beginners Part 9
In his final appeal to the Galatian Christians, Paul encourages them to reject the soul-killing teachings of the Judaizers and live as free men according to the teachings of the Holy Spirit.
Christianity for Beginners 1
This first lesson in the series reviews the reasons why Christians believe in a Supreme Being. This idea is looked at from both a philosophical and theological perspective.
Christianity for Beginners 2
In this lesson we will examine the Christian religion and see how it compares to the other major religions in the world.
Christianity for Beginners 3
This lesson examines the history of Bible authorship, how the Bible was organized into its present form, and some key reasons why Christians believe that it is inspired by God.
Christianity for Beginners 4
The Christian faith is based on the person of Jesus Christ. In this lesson we will look closely at this person in order to more clearly define His true nature and character.
Christianity for Beginners 5
This lesson lays out the simple yet powerful plan that God has initiated to save mankind from eternal condemnation due to personal sin and how Jesus Christ fits in to this plan of salvation.
Christianity for Beginners 6
The church is the physical presence of Jesus Christ in the world today. In this lesson we will examine the New Testament in order to determine what the inspired text says the church should be like and how it should function.
Christianity for Beginners 7
A final lesson describing the new motivation and lifestyle that God has designed for those who are followers of Jesus Christ.
Kingdom Parables 1
In this first lesson, Mike will briefly review the history of thought concerning the King and the Kingdom, from the Old Testament prophets to New Testament times.
Kingdom Parables 2
Once people heard Jesus' teachings many turned away from Him because He was not describing the "kingdom" that they had hoped would come.
Kingdom Parables 3
In this parable, Jesus tells the story itself and then the true meaning of the story as it relates to the kingdom.