A weekly podcast featuring the Bible based teaching of Chuck Wallington in a Life Group Class conducted on Sundays at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg
In two of the most notable stories from the Book of Daniel, we can see illustrated how Daniel and his three Hebrew friends responded to what many consider to be “history’s greatest test” or the ultimate question of the ages.
As culture shifts, tests will come to those who follow God and His Word. Passing those “tests”, will ultimately result in a “test-imony” to culture, and lives will be impacted.
In this lesson, we look at how we, as believers, should respond to a culture that attempts to disregard and even attack our values and beliefs.
We begin a new series based on the best-selling book, The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm & Love Well In a Culture of Compromise. In this initial installment, we look at the not-so-subtle attempts of culture to redefine who we are.
How Did Jesus Spend His First Easter Sunday? There is tremendous promise and power in the scriptural truth of what Jesus did on (and where He spent) that very first Easter Sunday. You’ll find great encouragement when you understand, what happened with Jesus between His early morning meeting with Mary near the garden tomb, and that evening when He a…
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We begin our look at Passion Week by examining why Jesus had to suffer so, and what His suffering brought about for us as His followers.
We wrap up our look at Hebrews 12:1-3 as we examine why Jesus was willing to “endure the cross, scorning the shame”. It was all because of His love for you!
In the 2nd installment of 3 on the passage from Hebrews 12:1-3, we examine "fixing our eyes on Jesus" so we can finish the race
We continue with our series on encouragement with the first of three weeks of diving into the passage from Hebrews 12:1-3 on the supremacy of Christ.
In today’s session, we look at the encouragement we have because God’s gift of the Holy Spirit resides in every believer.
In this session, we take a look at how fellow members of the family of God are used to support, strengthen and encourage us when the day is long, the burden is heavy and we grow weary.
We begin a new series on encouragement today with our first session looking at where our hope comes from and where our focus needs to be.
Former Congressman, attorney and author, as well as devoted church member, Trey Gowdy, addresses questions how believers should respond to the current political climate and our culture moving forward.
You Are Here…Where Are You Headed? We take a deep dive into Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed, and use it to help us ascertain where we are spiritually, and where we want to go next.
Praying Under Pressure-Part 2 We continue our study of Jesus’ prayer for His disciples from John 17, as we examine six prayer requests Jesus prays for us in this great prayer.
Praying Under Pressure In John 17, we find the longest recorded prayer of Jesus with His Father. It is a prayer that was prayed under the immense pressures of the night He was betrayed and arrested. In this session, we’ll look at several things we can draw from Jesus’ opening words of this powerful prayer.…
How To Handle the Hard Stuff Life is hard, and to many, it is seeming to get harder and harder. Jesus told us (2,000 years ago!) it would be this way…but that He had it covered. Discover what He had to say about this topic in this Life Group lesson.
How To Deal With Disappointments Maybe the last year didn’t work out the way you hoped it would…maybe the New Year has not started out as you’d hoped. Regardless, God’s Word gives us great instruction on how to deal with life’s disappointments, and we examine these teachings in this Life Group session.…
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #11 (S.O.A.P.) We wrap up our study of God’s “Top Ten” (Commandments!) with the last two, dealing with not being honest and wrong desires Pray for Roy and Deneen Griffin and the whole Griffin family.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #10 (S.O.A.P.) In this session, we examine the 8th Commandment (You shall not steal), which emphasizes the principle of trust in our relationships.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #9 (S.O.A.P.) Like the topic of “murder” in our last session, the prohibition against committing adultery may seem to most believers like it is one commandment they would never consider breaking; but this commandment applies to far more than we may think
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #8 (S.O.A.P.) The next installment in our series on the 10 Commandments (When Life Fails, Read the Directions) deals with the one Commandment most Christians think they would never break.
How Should a Christian Vote? In this week’s session, we look at how our faith should impact our interest, involvement and choices in the upcoming election.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #7 (S.O.A.P.) Each of the Commandments are designed to help us with our relationships; both vertical (with God) and horizontal (with one another). But the 5th Commandment deals with some of the most important relationships of all…those in the home.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #6 (S.O.A.P.) We take a look at the one Commandment that most Christians tend to disregard or overlook the most, and how significant and important it really is for all of us.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #5 (S.O.A.P.) What does it mean to take the Name of the Lord in vain? How are we supposed to treat His Name? This week’s session covers the third Commandment from God’s “top 10”.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #4 We begin several week look into the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20); God’s rules for relationship. This session looks at the first two Commandments.
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #3 We wrap up our study of Exodus 14, the children of Israel at the Red Sea, with Part 2 of “What To Do When You Feel Trapped”. We can learn a lot from a bunch of Israelites vacationing on the beach, when their lives are turned upside down by their enemies bearing down on them.…
Exodus-Finding God In the Wilderness #2 In this week’s session (and next week’s), we’ll look at 10 “life principles” to follow when you feel like you’re trapped. In Exodus 14, the children of Israel find themselves “between the Devil and the Deep Blue (Red!) Sea”. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’ll find encouragement from their experience!…
We begin a new series walking through the Book Of Exodus. This session looks at how God called and used Moses, despite his flaws and failures.
In this week's session, we examine one of the most well known passages of Scripture in the Bible, The Shepherd's Psalm...Psalm 23.
Psalms-Session #1 (S.O.A.P.) We begin our read through selected Psalms this week, and focus our study on “The Psalm of the Two Ways”…Psalm 1 with this initial study.
Ruth (S.O.A.P.) In this session, we review the beautiful Old Testament picture of God’s grace as represented in the “love story” of Ruth and Boaz.
Esther (S.O.A.P.) We cover the entire remarkable story of Esther in one session tonight and look at how God moved in the background throughout, putting everything in place to carry out His good and perfect will.
1 Samuel 21-26 (S.O.A.P.) In this session, we examine the episode from 1 Samuel 22 where David finds himself in a “cave of despair”, and what we can learn from his experience to help us when we face difficult and overwhelming circumstances.
1 Samuel 15-20 (S.O.A.P.) This week’s study looks at an episode from 1 Samuel 15, where King Saul learns a hard lesson about the cost of partial obedience to the Lord’s commands.
1 Samuel 9-14 (S.O.A.P.) We dive into chapter 9 from 1 Samuel in this session, and look at how the providence and provision of God is at work in every situation, even when are unaware of it.
1 Samuel 1-8 (S.O.A.P.) We begin our study of the Book of 1 Samuel, filled with great stories across all 31 chapters. This week’s initial session covers chapters 1-8.
Mark 11-16 (S.O.A.P.) This week we dig into two events from Holy Week as recorded in the closing chapters of Mark’s Gospel covering what it means to worship the Lord, and when Jesus told a man he was “not far” from the Kingdom of God.
Mark 7-10 (S.O.A.P.) We examine the three critical “life questions”, drawn from Mark’s Gospel, chapters 7-10 in this week’s lesson.
Mark 1-6 (S.O.A.P.) A look at several incidents from the first six chapters of Mark, and why the Pharisees rejected the Messiah, when Jesus should have been so obvious to them.
The Gospel of Mark (S.O.A.P.) We launch our Summer series with a study of the Gospel of Mark, and the introduction of a daily Bible reading and prayer model called “S.O.A.P.” Check it out now, for full details and an introduction to John Mark’s account of the life and ministry of Jesus.
Hello, My Name Is…JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH (The Lord Is There) & IMMANUEL (God With Us) We conclude our series on the Hebrew names of God with two of the most reassuring ones; both dealing with God’s Presence in our lives. Hello, My Name Is…(Week 12) Jehovah-Shammah (The Lord Is There) & Immanuel (God With Us) May 31, 2020 Wallington SS Class ANNOUNCEMENTS …
Hello, My Name Is…JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU (The Lord Is My Righteousness) Of all the gifts God has offered to us, none is greater than His offer to credit Christ the Son’s righteousness to our account. What a blessing, what a name! Hello, My Name Is…(Week 11) Jehovah-Tsidkenu (The Lord My Righteousness) May 24, 2020 Wallington SS Class ANNOUNCEMENTS E-ma…
Hello, My Name Is…JEHOVAH-ROHI (The Lord My Shepherd) We’ve all read, possibly even memorized that great passage Psalm 23. It begins by introducing us to Jehovah-Rohi, the Lord, our Shepherd. We’ll take a verse-by-verse look at these encouraging verses in this week’s session. Hello, My Name Is…(Week 10) Jehovah-Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd) May 17, 2…
Hello, My Name Is…JEHOVAH-MAKADESH & JEHOVAH-RAPHE) God reveals Himself as both our Sanctifier and our Healer in Leviticus and Exodus. Join us as we explore these two meaningful names in this week’s study. Hello, My Name Is…(Week 9) Jehovah-Makadesh & Jehovah-Raphe May 10, 2020 Wallington SS Class ANNOUNCEMENTS E-mail your PRAYER REQUESTS ( walli…
Hello, My Name Is…JEHOVAH-SHALOM & JEHOVAH-NISSI (Week 8) What does it mean that the Lord is our peace, and our banner? We’ll examine this as we look at two more of the significant Hebrew names of God from the pages of the Old Testament. Hello, My Name Is…(Week 8) Jehovah-Shalom & Jehovah-Nissi May 3, 2020 Wallington SS Class ANNOUNCEMENTS E-mail…
Hello, My Name Is…EL SHADDAI (Week 7) God tells Abraham (in Genesis 17)…I am the all-sufficient One, all you will ever need; and in the process He discloses another powerful and precious name for Himself: El Shaddai! Hello, My Name Is…(Week 7) El Shaddai (The All-Sufficient God) April 26, 2020 Wallington SS Class ANNOUNCEMENTS SOUP KITCHEN (mail …
Hello, My Name Is…EL ELYON and EL ROI (Week 6) This week, we cover two of the ancient Hebrew names of God, both of which are derivatives of Elohim, one focusing on God’s might, the other on God’s love and care over us. Hello, My Name Is…(Week 6) El Elyon (Most High Ruler) & El Roi (My God Who Sees) April 19, 2020 Wallington SS Class ANNOUNCEMENTS …