Sermons by Cecil May
Lesson 5 1 Peter 1:22-2:1, Be Loving Love one another earnestly. “Having purified your souls by obedience to the truth.” (1:22a), and “Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding world of God.” (1:23), a resulting command flows: “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart.” (1:22b).
Lesson 4 1 Peter 1:13-21, Be Holy The thematic verse for this section of 1 Peter is a quotation of Leviticus 11:44. “Be holy for I am holy.” (vs. 16). In conjunction with this call, God has made us a covenant with us, empoweres us, supplies a model, and provides a safety net. “Be holy” means “behave”.
Have you ever received star treatment? Have you enjoyed an occasion at which you were made the center of attention and all your wishes were catered to? You felt that you were great because you were treated as though you were great. Every phrase in 1 Peter 1:10-12 tells Christians, though we are exiles and strangers in the world, that we are at the center God’s focus in…
A simile is a word picture that uses comparison to show similarities between two different things. In the word picture, likenesses between the two things are emphasized; that is, how one thing is “like” another. Proverbs 25:11-20 contains series of similes.
Proverbs 23:19-35 Wisdom for Living Well with Others All of Proverbs 23 is a warning about gorging and gluttony whether the thing being consumed is food (vs. 1-2), riches (vs. 4-5), or land (vs. 10-11). Then, beginning in verse 19, a heartfelt appeal is made, as from a loving parent to a child, to not gorge or be a glutton of wine and strong drink. “Listen my child and…
Proverbs 16:20-33 Wisdom for Living Well – Class 7 The book of Proverbs is full of sayings about the tongue and our choice of words. This section is especially rich in proverbs on that subject. The first step to good speech is good listening, especially to the words of the Lord (16:20). For definition and discussion, here are some positive descriptive words and…
Wisdom for Living Well with Others – Class 6 Proverbs 16:1-19
Wisdom for Living Well with Others – Class 5 Proverbs 14:20-35
Wisdom for Living Well with Others – Class 4 Proverbs 11:20-31
Read and discuss each of the proverbs in 10:1-12.