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Christian Life Lessons from Baptist Preacher
Rev Wendell


Bible-Based Life lessons

After prayerful consideration, Rev. Wendell Wharton has expanded his Bible-teaching ministry and developed a series of Bible study lessons, which he refers to as "Life Lessons." These Christian life lessons are Bible-based mini-sermons, which explain a Bible verse in a manner that makes it easy to understand. Each of the Life Lessons is composed of three paragraphs.  They each begin with a quote from The Word of God (Proclamation), which is followed by a summary of the chapter from which the verse was taken to provide the context in which The Bible scripture was applied. (Explanation) Then each lesson ends with a brief discussion which relates the verse can be applied to our current situation today. (Application) To God be the glory!!!

The purpose of these Life Lessons, and the inspirational scriptures from which they were taken, is to encourage and challenge each of us to live a more Christian life. They are intended to provide daily devotional, thought-provoking, and inspirational words to live by. They will also educate, enlighten, enrich, and facilitate a better understanding of God's Holy Word. You can read these Bible-based lessons by visiting Rev. Wendell's FacebookLinkedin, or Twitter pages, as well as his blog. On his blog site, there is a listing of all the Life Lessons that he has posted since he began this effort in June of 2010. Below are copies of the recently posted Life Lessons.



"God is our refuge and strength ..." Psalm 46:1 (KJV)



A BELIEVER'S FOUNDATION IS JESUS CHRIST

Proclamation:

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation … For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation … every man’s work shall be made manifest … and fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work aide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved …” 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (KJV)

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"... Except I shall see in His hands the print of nails, and put my finger into the print ..." (John 20:25)

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This is for "Footprints In The Sand"
(Poem, Author Unknown)
A person walking on the beach with God leaves two sets of footprints in the sand except during the times when God is carrying them.

Explanation:

These words were written by the apostle Paul, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God. Paul began this chapter by telling the believers in Corinth that they were still “worldly, mere infants in Christ” quarreling and jealous, and he had to feed them The Word of God as milk for they were not ready for it as solid food. (1 Corinthians 3:1-3) It was not important which leader they followed for all of them were servants, vehicles which brought them The Word of God. (1 Corinthians 3:4-5) One of them planted the seed and one watered it but only God made it grow. (1 Corinthians 3:6-9) Then he told them that he given them the foundation, Jesus Christ, and they should be careful what they build upon that foundation. All that they built, their work in this life, would be judged and tested with fire. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) Only those things which gave God glory would pass through the fire. He ended the chapter by telling them that their body is God’s temple. The Spirit of God dwells within them and they should be careful how they treat that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)


Application:

Only what we do for Christ will be counted in the end. As believers we will pass through the fire on Judgment Day but our work and efforts here on earth which did not glorify God will be burned up. Only those things which gave God glory will survive the fire and we will receive a reward for them. Everything that we have done in our lives from the moment we accepted Christ will constitute our works, and only that which glorified God will be counted in the final tally. As believers, it is on Christ the solid Rock we stand and build our house. (Luke 6:48 and 1 Corinthians 10:4)

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"... The Spirit of God descending like a dove ..."
(Matthew 3:16)



"But God commendeth His love toward us ..." Romans 5:8 (KJV)


UNIMAGINABLE GREAT THINGS AWAIT US

Proclamation:

“But as it is written, ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.’ But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit, for The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (KJV)

Blessings

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
(Romans 10:9-10)

Holy Word

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
(Matthew 5:16)

Explanation:

These words were written by the apostle Paul, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God, in a letter to the believers in the church at Corinth. Paul began this chapter by telling them that he only spoke to them about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, The Christ. He said that his message and his preaching were not full of enticing words or reflective of human wisdom, but they were a demonstration of the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) He declared God’s wisdom and power and said that no man has seen, or heard, or imagined what The Lord God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:6-9) Here Paul quotes from the Old Testament scriptures. (Isaiah 64:4) Then he said that it is by The Spirit of God that he preaches and not by anything that he learned from man. (1 Corinthians 2:10-14)

Application:

It is possible to learn some things by what we see or by what we hear. However, there are certain things which can only be learned and understood through the aid of The Holy Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10-13) This is why we as believers should prayerfully read and study The Word of God. There are things in The Bible and in life that we will need help in order to understand. However, there are some things which will never be understood by non-believers. (1 Corinthians 2:14) Certain things are only for those who love The Lord and who wait on Him. “Wait, I say, on The Lord.” (Psalm 27:14) “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) For The Lord gives wisdom; out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 22:6) We will all be enlightened, as the song says, “by and by.” Only God can reveal to us what He has in store for us.

Prayer

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
(2 Chronicles 7:14)



"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of The Lord;
and in His law doth he meditate day and night." Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)


THE MESSAGE FROM THE CROSS IS LOVE

Proclamation:

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel; not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (KJV)

Bible

"... Did ye never read in the scriptures ...?"
(Matthew 21:42)

Bow Your Head

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
(Psalm 51:10)

Explanation:

These words were written by the apostle Paul, under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God, in a letter to the believers in the church at Corinth. Paul begins by introducing himself and Sosthenes, a believer who is with him. He Greets them with a formal salutation and then tells them that he thanks God for them. (1 Corinthians 1:1-4) He says that they have been enriched in every way. They do not lack for any spiritual gift, and they eagerly await the coming of The Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:5-9) Then Paul says that he had heard that there was disagreement and division between the believers in the church at Corinth based upon which leader they were following. (1 Corinthian 1:10-12) His message to them was that they should on one accord. Christ was not divided, and His message was clear. He told them that they should focus on the message of the cross. He said that the world may think that the message of the cross is foolishness, but those who are saved know that it is the love of Christ and the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:13-18) Then he told them that God made foolishness of the wisdom of the world. The Jews wanted signs and the Greeks wanted wisdom, but he preached Christ crucified; for the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom. (1 Corinthians 1:19-31)

Application:

The cross symbolizes the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It divides mankind into two groups, believers who are saved and non-believers who are not saved. The message of the cross should not divide saved people, it should unite them. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) It was out of His love for us and His obedience to God, The Father, that Christ stayed on the cross. (Matthew 26:42 and Luke 22:42) While suffering on the cross He showed His love by forgiving those who crucified Him and those of us who made His crucifixion necessary. (Luke 23:34) The fear and reverence of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalms 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10) Those of us, whom God has called to believe, know that all power and wisdom come from God. (1 Corinthians 1:24-25)

Prayer Requests

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
(Psalm 150:6)



"Be strong and of good courage, fear not,
nor be afraid of them; for The Lord thy God,
He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee,
nor forsake thee." (Deuteronomy 31:6)


BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD

Proclamation:

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ … and by good words and fair speech deceive … But yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Romans 16:18-20 (KJV)

Bible and Rosary

"In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God."
(John 1:1)

Woman reading the Bible by the sea

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
(Romans 15:4)

Explanation:

These words were written by the Apostle Paul under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God to the believers in Rome. Paul begins this final chapter of Romans by naming the thirty-five believers who were with him as companions, and who also sent greetings to the believers in Rome. (Romans 16:1-15) He encourages them to greet one another with a “holy kiss.” Then he urges them to “watch out for those who cause division” in the church. Who with smooth talk and flattery will deceive many naïve believers. (Romans 16:16-18) He said that they had heard of their good works and he wanted them to be knowledgeable regarding The Word of God for themselves and not to mix it with that which is evil. He said that soon The Lord God would put Satan in his place, but they were to resist the devil until that happens. (Romans 16:19-20) He ends the letter with salutations and a benediction. (Romans 16:21-27)

Application:

There are those who belong to church congregations, but they are not there to serve The Lord. They are there to serve themselves. They corrupt the church by deceiving the heart and mind of believers. (Romans 16:18) We need to be careful regarding what we hear, just because it was said in church does not make it true. We need to compare what we hear with The Word of God before accepting it because people will attempt to deceive us. (Jeremiah 9:4-5 and Mark 13:5) We need to resist the devil, and those doing his work, by submitting ourselves to The Lord God and His Holy Word. (James 4:7) We also need to study The Word of God so that we can correctly discern that which is true in what we have heard. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Bible Study

"And they said one to another, 'Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?' "
(Luke 24:32)



"I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy works ..." (Psalm 139:14)


THE BIBLE GIVES US HOPE

Proclamation:

“For whatsoever things that were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of The Scriptures might have hope. Now The God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus; That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:4-6 (KJV)

Hands holding a cross

"Thus will I bless Thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name."
(Psalm 63:4)

Woman reading the Bible

"Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
(Psalm 119:105)

Explanation:

These words were written by the Apostle Paul under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God in a letter to the believers in Rome. Paul begins this chapter by stating that the strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak. Let each of us please his neighbor and edify them. (Romans 15:1-2) He states that The Scriptures were written for them and for future generations to come in order to teach and to encourage believers. Then he prayed that God would give them the same attitude towards each other as Christ had towards them so that they could glorify God in unity. (Romans 15:4-6) Christ ministered to the Jews so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be fulfilled, and so that the Gentiles might glorify God as it is written in Psalms 18:49 (Romans 15:8-11) and in Isaiah 11:10. (Romans 15:12-13) Paul told them that he wrote boldly to them because of the grace that God had given to him to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. (Romans 15:14-16) He said that he would not speak on anything except what Christ has done through him to help the Gentiles become obedient to The Word of God. (Romans 15:17-22) He told the believers in Rome that he plans to stop and see them on his journey to Spain, but now he is on his way to Jerusalem to give to them the contributions from the people in Macedonia and Achaia. (Romans 15:23-27) Then he asked them to pray for him and his safety from the non-believers in Judea. (Romans 15:23-33)

Application:

The Bible was written and passed down through the ages for us and for future generations to come. It has been translated into almost every language so that all people of the world can be exposed to it. However, we are not only to read it, but we are to behave as it teaches. (Romans 2:13 and James 1:22) It also encourages us and gives us hope because it tells us that in the end we will win because The Lord God is with us. The Bible is also the instruction manual for living a Christian life. It teaches us how to treat fellow believers and how to treat others. The more you read it, the more you will learn from it. When the end comes, we win.

Congregation during worship

"They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, 'Be of good courage.' "
(Isaiah 41:6)



"For The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:5)


DO NOT BE A STUMBLING BLOCK

Proclamation:

“So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more; but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” Romans 14:12-13 (KJV)

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This is for "Footprints In The Sand"
(Poem, Author Unknown)
A person walking on the beach with God leaves two sets of footprints in the sand except during the times when God is carrying them.

Explanation:

These words were written by the Apostle Paul under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God to the believers in Rome. Paul began this chapter by stating that those believers who are strong in the faith should not do anything that would distress those who are weak in the faith. (Romans 14:1-9) Then he said that we must all give an account of ourselves to God. Don’t judge someone just because they do things differently. Don’t put anything in front of our brother which would cause him to stumble. It is better for us to not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything else that would cause our brother or sister to stumble and fall into sin. (Romans 14:21)


Application:

We should conduct ourselves in such a manner that we avoid any behavior or action which is wrong, or even appears to be wrong. (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Even if we know it to be right, we should avoid it if that behavior would cause our brother to stress out because he thinks that it is wrong. We live our lives not just for ourselves alone. What we do affects those around us. Not only should we avoid sin and things which appear to be sinful, we should also avoid things that our less-knowledgeable brother thinks is wrong, at least while we are in his presence. We who are strong in the faith should not do anything that would cause those who are weak in the faith to stumble and sin, or to wound their feelings, or to bother their conscience. Just because we can do something does not mean that we should do it. We should be mindful of the feelings of others, and the effect that we have on them.

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"... The Spirit of God descending like a dove ..."
(Matthew 3:16)



"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions." (Psalm 51:1)


THE DAY OF SALVATION IS NEARER THAN WE THINK

Proclamation:

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; and let us therefore put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:11-12 (KJV)

Blessings

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
(Romans 10:9-10)

Holy Word

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
(Matthew 5:16)

Explanation:

These words were written by the Apostle Paul under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God to the believers in Rome. Paul began this chapter by telling them to obey those who had governing authority over them because God has established them. (Romans 13:1-2) He also told them that the one’s in authority were God’s servants for their good. If they do wrong, the servants can also be agents of God’s wrath. Paul told them to submit to the authorities not only to avoid punishment, but also to have a clear conscience by being obedient. (Romans 13:4-5) That is why he tells them that they should pay taxes and pay their debts. (Romans 13:6-8) Then he encourages them to fulfill the law of love. (Romans 13:8-11) Here, he says that the day of salvation is near. It is time for them to put off their evil ways, put on the armor of God, and to clothe themselves in Jesus, The Christ. (Romans 13:12-14)

Application:

As the old saying goes, “Wake up, it’s later than you think.” The end of our time on this earth is almost here. We all need to humble ourselves, and turn from our sinful ways and pray, and seek His face (2 Chronicles 7:14) while we can for once the day of salvation comes, and the grave has called, it will be too late. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) We need to seek Him while He can still be found (Matthew 7:7) because there will come a time when it will be too late to seek Him. (Proverbs 1:28) We need to put on the whole armor of God now. (Ephesians 6:11-18) Don’t put off for tomorrow that which should be done today, for tomorrow is not promised to us.

Prayer

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
(2 Chronicles 7:14)



“Fear thou not: for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee ..." Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)