The following lessons (study notes) can be freely download. You may use them with no charge, wholly or in part. If you do use them, a kind acknowledgement would be appreciated (ElderP67@rwoodupc.org). These lessons express the doctrine, teachings and beliefs of the Ravenswood First United Pentecostal Church and should be treated as such.
All of the lessons listed below are in Word 2003 format (.doc files), not audio. Audio for some of these lessons can be found here.
May they be a blessing to you.
The Most Expensive Meal In History
What is the most expensive meal you have ever eaten? $10's. $100's, $1000's? We have all eaten what we thought was an expensive meal, but nothing compares to the "meal" eaten in the garden. It cost more than Adam and Eve ever wanted to pay. And it literally bankrupted them.
The Power of One
One... A pretty insignificant number. But all through history we've heard how one person has made a huge impact on society. This lesson will show how you, as one, can have a significant influence on those around you. Winning the world seems like a monumental task, but it can be done, ONE soul at a time.
Three Little Words
Books have been written about these, but words have a huge impact on our lives and those around us. This lesson explores the effect that simple three word phrases have on our Christian walk.
Are You Playing Horseshoes
Similarities between the game and church. However, close doesn’t count when it comes to God,
Baptism - Are You All Wet
Baptism - one of the fundamental doctrines of the Church, However, there is much controversy and diversity concerning this topic. This lesson looks into what the Bible and history have to say about this subject. You should download and read "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth" first.
What people think about us is important, but what God knows is even more important.
Freedom, it’s a choice you have to make. You can choose to be bound by things in life, or you can choose to be free of them with the help of God.
Idols of Your Heart
Ever notice how people with “secret” sin in their lives appear to act “normal”? What is "really" in your heart?
I Told You So
“I told you so…”. Interesting words. We’ve all probably said them one times in our lives. We usually say them to someone who now has a mess in their lives. But, you may be surprised by what "I told you so".
Praise vs. Worship
They are closely related, but there is a difference between Praising the Lord and Worshiping Him. Praise is for what He does, but we worship God for who He is.
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
When we study the word of God, we must be careful to do it correctly. Why? Because our souls and the souls of others depend on it This lesson will aid you in studying the Word of God correctly.
Six Lessons From Acts 9
Acts 9 is an interesting chapter. It is a wonderful story about the conversion of a big time sinner, Saul. What can we learn from his conversion?
A lesson about how various Olympic events can relate to matters of the soul.
The Healing Power of Faith
We all know about prayer, faith and healing. but have you experienced it? A look into various studies and articles of how faith effects the well being of oneself.
The Path to Perfection
“Path to Perfection” is not about being flawless, but more about perseverance and determination….. determination to finish.
The Power of Persuasion
In recent years, psychologists have devoted a great deal of attention to the skills involved in persuasion, both in a personal and a business context. The Bible also talks a lot about persuasion. We look at various examples, including the sadness of being “almost persuaded".
The Seven Deadly Sins
Actually, there is no Biblical list of seven deadly sins, for God has made it abundantly clear throughout scripture that any and all sins are deadly and will result in our eternal damnation. Nevertheless, these sins are some of the more “popular” sins which man has much difficulty in overcoming, and so we will take a brief look at them in order to understand how they war against the Spirit, and how we may overcome them in with God’s help.
The Sin of Procrastination
There is an old proverb, "Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today." The procrastinator turns that saying around in a weak effort to be amusing and says, "Never do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow." But we must be clear-- that while it is one thing to procrastinate with the business of this world which may be eternally inconsequential, it is quite another thing to procrastinate with the business of the Lord where there are eternal consequences.
THINK Before you Speak
How serious do we take God’s hatred of lying lips? When it comes to speaking, “Make your words sweet, because you may have to eat them”. A look into how we need to control our tongue, it's effect on us and others, and ways that it can be controlled.
A parallel look of how an oil that accomplishes three separate things with one application is similar to God's plan for our lives.
Time to Get Out of Your Rocking Chair
We sit around in rocking chairs, always moving, but getting nowhere. What does God think about this activity?
What Are You Prayng For?
Prayer is a powerful tool, but when we pray, do we pray "expecting"? You have to believe that God can answer prayer
What is Your Purpose In The Church?
We are now children of God. With that privilege, come responsibility. We are not called just to be part of God’s family, but He desires us to be as great an influence as possible to the world. Whatever our talents may be, if used and dedicated to God, they will be assets to his kingdom.
What is Your Stance?
What is your position on various spiritual topics?
Why do You Go to Church?
No other activity can ever replace what you will get by meeting with fellow believers in God’s house. Compelling reasons why we should attend the House of God.