'Equip' Tagged Posts

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Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage

No matter how challenging your marriage is, you can find help. Discover potential marriage separators, and do what you can to avoid them in your relationship. Mark 10:2–10 ESV 2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus…

Protecting from Pornography

To fight against lust, we must have a plan to protect ourselves from pornography. Using scriptural insight and practical wisdom, you can find hope with this struggle. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28). The Current Reality Pornography is sexually explicit material that dehumanizes, objectifies, and degrades people for the purpose of sexual arousal. In the United States, 25,258 users are…

Making a Spiritual Growth Plan for 2021

You will not grow by accident. To have the blessed life that Jesus spoke about in the Sermon on the Mount, we must follow Him on the path of discipleship. We must keep growing. Evaluating Your Spiritual Position You are entirely unique, and you will never be in this exact same spiritual situation again. Widespread methods can never address all of your particular needs. You won’t make much spiritual progress by accident, so you need to develop a prayerful plan.…

Intro to the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon in the history of the world. It has been translated and quoted and treasured more than any other. Before starting a thorough study, here is some information that will help you grasp the truth contained within the sermon. Reason for Studying the Sermon Matthew 5-7 archives the greatest sermon in the history of the world. Jesus preached it to a mixed congregation of the disciples and the curious. As Jesus gathered His growing followers together, He taught…

The Power of Humility

When it comes to governmental leadership, we often believe that most is accomplished through some type of conquering force. Jesus was a different type of King and setup a different kind of Kingdom. The People’s Plan John 6:1-15 Since Jesus was able to meet the people’s needs in a miraculous way, they hoped He would bring about the restoration of the Jewish kingdom. They were eager to free themselves from a Roman ruler, and Jesus seemed to be the best…

The Ending of Hostility

As the United States continues to further the philosophical divide, the greatest point of conflict has to do with how all citizens respond to God. As all nations rage against God, He has a sovereign plan to deal with every single one. Psalm 2 The Nations Are Hostile Toward God (2:1-3) Every nation throughout history has portrayed a deep hostility toward God’s authority. The human heart is seeking independence from God’s presence. The Nations Are Humorous to God (2:4-6) The…

The Changing of Majority

While the standard of morality within the United States continues to drift, Christians are left facing a different spiritual landscape. With the changing of the majority’s beliefs, we must adapt to ensure biblical faithfulness in rebellious times. The State of the Union The Moral Majority was founded in 1979 as a way to represent political activism from a religious viewpoint. As a legitimate political force, it strongly encouraged conservative values in civic arenas. With losses among key battleground issues, the…

The Slide of Morality

Our culture changes the standard of what is acceptable by the year. As our culture moves further from biblical morality, the church must clarify the ideal and define our approach. The Claims of Postmodernism Postmodernism, also referred to as relativism, is the notion that there is no absolute truth. “There is no absolulte truth!” Well, is that statement absolutely true? “All truth is relative!” Apparently, all truths are relative except when it comes to that specific phrase. “That might be…

The Loss of Civility

With growing political animosity, authorities and citizens alike have discarded common civility. As tempers flare, insults fly, and resistance increases, Christians must stand out as people who can disagree respectably. Civility – formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech The Growing Frustration As conservative citizens see the rapid pace at which the country is changing, fear turns into rage. As liberal citizens seek to defend their beliefs to a level of mass acceptance, any such resistance is met with…

The Pressure of Popularity

With increasing pressure to fall into particular political camps, how are Christians supposed to navigate faithfully? We cannot give in to any cultural system, no matter how widely accepted, if it contradicts the truths of Scripture. The Problem Authentic followers of God are typically the ones holding the minority opinion throughout history. Just because something is popular does not mean it is right. We must beware of the tendency to adapt our beliefs to align with the culture. The Prophet…

The State of Disunity

Equip Course – The Divided States of America As we navigate this contentious election season, how are Christians supposed to respond? In light of the state of disunity within the United States of America, disciples of Jesus must prove themselves to be different from society. Where Are We? The founding of this country was based on obtaining certain freedoms, but the degree of those allowances have been consistently debated. The United States of America are aligned by certain commonalities, but…

Crucifixion

While Jesus’ death seemed like a shocking defeat to his followers, the crucifixion of Christ was God’s plan all along. By studying the context of the event, we can understand what Jesus truly accomplished. Download Handout – 11 – Crucifixion Video Audio Fulfilled Prophecies “They have pierced my hands and feet” (Ps. 22:16) “Mourning for whom they have pierced” (Zech. 12:10) “Pierced hands and feet, no broken bones, cast lots for clothing” (Ps. 22:16-18) “Pierced for our transgressions” (Isa. 53:5)…