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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)



OUR PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO DO GOOD

Proclamation:

“And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary users, that they be not unfruitful.”  Titus 3:14 (KJV)

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not to live unproductive lives.”  Titus 3:14 (NIV)

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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, to Titus, his spiritual son. Paul began this third and final chapter by telling Titus to remind the people to obey the authorities and to be ready to do whatever is good. (Titus 3:1) He also told him to tell the people not to slander anyone, and to live peacefully and always to be gentle with everyone. (Titus 3:2) Paul then reminded Titus that at one time, they were also sinful people, but Christ saved them and changed them. (Titus 3:3-8) He also told him to tell them to avoid foolish arguments. He said that they should warn disruptive people about their behavior twice, and then if they persist have nothing to do with them. (Titus 3:9-11) He ended this letter by urging Titus to meet him at Nicopolis and saying, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good …” (Titus 3:12-14)


Application:

We need to learn to do good works and then we must work at doing them. We must first learn what The Lord God considers to be good works, and then we need to work at doing that. We must also work at avoiding sinful behavior. Both of these will require a conscious effort on our part because they are contrary to our inherent sinful nature. We must actively seek to become more Christ-like. We need to pray and read The Word of God to learn what we should and should not do, and then we need to put that which we have learned into practice.

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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)


LIVE GODLY LIVES FOR CHRIST

Proclamation:

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us …” Titus 2:11-14 (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 Titus, his spiritual son. Paul began this second chapter by instructing Titus what he should teach older men. (Titus 2:1-2) He followed this with instructions on what to teach older women (Titus 2:3-5), young men (Titus 2:6-8), and slaves. (Titus 2:9-10) Then Paul told Titus that the grace of God teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness, and how to live godly lives while we wait for the return of Jesus, The Christ.

Application:

The Holy Spirit of God is within all believers and, like Christ, we are in this world but are not of this world. (John 8:23) We are travelers in this foreign land on our way to a heavenly home. While we are here, we are to promote the gospel by living godly lives. Christ gave up His life to redeem us from our sinful wickedness. (Titus 2:13-14) We should be eager to please Him to show that we are grateful. We must learn to say “No” to sinful worldly pleasures, and we must learn to live to the glory of God. (Titus 2:12-13)

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)


KNOWLEDGE CAN STOP THE SPREAD OF DECEPTION

Proclamation:

“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers … Whose mouth must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not …” Titus 1:10-11 (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, to Titus, his spiritual son who he led to a saving knowledge of The Lord Jesus, The Christ. Paul began this pastoral epistle by introducing himself (Titus 1:1-3) and then addressing and greeting Titus. (Titus 1:4) He states that his reason for leaving Titus in Crete was for him to appoint elders in every town. Paul then cites the qualifications for being an elder and overseer. (Titus 1:5-9) He then proceeds to talk about the rebellious people, who are false teachers, and the effect they are having on the people. (Titus 1:10-11) He tells Titus to rebuke them and to ignore the Jewish myths. (Titus 1:13-14) Paul says, “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupt and do not believe, nothing is pure.” The corrupt individuals claim to know God but by their detestable, disobedient, and unfit actions they deny Him. (Titus 1:15-16)

Application:

Unfortunately, everyone in the world is not a believer in Christ Jesus. Worse yet, there are those people who claim to be believers but actually are not. There are those who actively try to deceive people by presenting false doctrine which sounds good but is based upon lies. All believers need to be well informed and knowledgeable enough about the scriptures to recognize and refute false doctrine. We need to study The Word of God so that we can rightly divide that which is truth from that which is not. (2 Timothy 2:15) So that we will know for ourselves, and so that we can help those who are being deceived by the false teachers. We must be knowledgeable because the blind cannot lead the blind to safety. (Matthew 15:14) Those who do not know cannot help others who do not know. Only those who know can help those who do not know.

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)


TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH

Proclamation:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; But after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist …” 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (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 Timothy, his son in the ministry, to provide him with directions and instructions. (1 Timothy 1:2) In this fourth and final chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul tells him to preach The Word in season and out of season. (2 Timothy 4:1-2) He says that there will come a time when the people will not want to hear the truth, but that he should continue to preach it anyway. (2 Timothy 4:3-5) Paul states that the time of his death is near, and that he has kept the faith. He knows that there is a crown waiting for him in heaven. (2 Timothy 4:6-8) Paul asks Timothy to come to him as soon as he can. He states that only Luke is still with him, all of the others who had travelled with him have left him. (2 Timothy 4:9-13) He warns Timothy about Alexander the metal-worker, who had done him great harm. (2 Timothy 4:14-15) Then he asks God to forgive those who deserted him. He says God stood by him and gave him strength and allowed him to preach to the Gentiles. (2 Timothy 4:16-18) Paul ends the letter with closing salutations and a brief benediction. (2 Timothy 4:19-22)

Application:

Preachers are to preach The Word of God in good times and bad times. All of us are to speak the truth, and to tell people about the gospel, but some people will not want to hear it. They will only want to hear what they want to hear; that which makes them feel good or that which agrees with their corrupt sentiments or sinful lusts. When we meet resistance to God’s Holy Word, we are not to argue with them. We are to just shake it off like we shake the dust off of our shoes and keep on stepping for The Lord God will deal with them. (Matthew 10:14, Mark 6:11, and Luke 9:5) Let us make sure that when we speak to people that we are telling them the truth and not just telling them only what they want to hear.

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)


ALL SCRIPTURE IS USEFUL FOR TEACHING

Proclamation:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (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, to Timothy, his son in the ministry, to provide him with directions and instructions. (1 Timothy 1:2) In this third chapter of this second letter to Timothy, Paul tells him that there will be terrible times in the last days of earth and he goes on to describe the sinful activities that will occur. (2 Timothy 3:1-8) He tells Timothy to have nothing to do with such people. They will not succeed for very long. (2 Timothy 3:9) Paul tells him that he knows what he has been taught and he knows what he has been through. Then he again charges Timothy to preach and teach what he has learned. (2 Timothy 3:10-15) Paul says that all Scripture is from God and is good for teaching and for preparing the people of God to do good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Application:

The Word of God was written by men under the influence of The Holy Spirit of God and it is therefore referred to as “God-breathed.” All of God’s people should read and study The Holy Scriptures, not just preachers and deacons. Only by reading and studying it will we be able to correctly divide the word of truth and distinguish that which is false. (2 Timothy 2:15) We must have a good understanding of The Word of God in order to explain it and teach it to others. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) But hearing it and reading it is not enough, we must also be doers of The Word. (James 1:22) Jesus, The Christ, said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) We are a chosen people who have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) to work in some type of kingdom building activity. (James 2:26) We are being watched, and our actions speak louder than our words. Those who can teach, let them teach; those who can’t teach, please do something else.

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)


STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD

Proclamation:

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (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 Timothy, his son in the ministry, to provide him with directions and instructions. (1 Timothy 1:2) In this second chapter of this second letter to Timothy, Paul repeats his appeal for him to be strong in the grace that is Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:1) He encourages Timothy to join him in the suffering as a soldier. He compares it to an athlete in competition and also to a hardworking farmer. (2 Timothy 2:3-7) Paul reminds Timothy again that he is chained to a criminal, but says that The Word of God is not chained. (2 Timothy 2:8-10) Then he tells Timothy of a trustworthy old saying about dying and living with Christ; and enduring and reigning with Him. (2 Timothy 2:11-13) Paul tells him to remind the people of the things which he has been taught and to warn them about quarreling over words. Then he tells Timothy to “study” The Word of God so that he can correctly divide the truth from that which is not truth. (2 Timothy 2:14-15) He also tells him not to engage in idle conversations and to avoid those who engage in false teaching. Paul says that the people of God are made for special purposes and they should flee from the evil desires of their youth. (2 Timothy 2:16-26)


Application:

We all need to be diligent students of The Word of God. We need to know what The Bible says and know what it means. False prophets will present things which are not in The Bible and intentionally misinterpret what it does say. We need to “Study … rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) When people tell you that something is in The Bible, ask them for the book, chapter, and verse where it can be found so that you can verify it for yourself. When we know what The Bible says, we should do what it says. (James 1:22) We need to humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. (2 Chronicles 7:14) We need to flee from the evil desires of our youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. (2 Timothy 2:22) None of us will ever be perfect, but when we know better, we should do better. Let us do that which gives God glory.

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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)


IT IS WITHIN US

Proclamation:

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5 (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 Timothy, his son in the ministry, to provide him with directions and instructions. (1 Timothy 1:2) Paul begins this second letter to Timothy with a self-introduction and Christian salutation. (2 Timothy 1:1-2) He thanks God and says that he prays for him day and night. He also says that he longs to see him again. (2 Timothy 1:3-4) Then Paul tells Timothy that the sincere faith in God which he saw in his grandmother and in his mother, he now sees in him. (2 Timothy 1:5) He encourages him to fan the flame, the gift of God which is within him, which gives him power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6-7) Paul tells him not to be ashamed of God or of him in his current situation chained in prison. (2 Timothy 1:8-14) He ends this first chapter talking about those who were loyal and disloyal to him. (2 Timothy 1:15-18)

Application:

Most of us acquired our religious beliefs as children from our parents. Their instructions, guidance, directions, and examples left a significant imprint on us. We may have rebelled as teenagers and went our own different way as adults, but most of us retained our childhood training. As we read and study The Bible for ourselves we learn that some of the things that we were taught were actually taken from The Bible but we were not told that they were in The Bible. For example, the “Golden Rule” is a paraphrase of The Bible verse Matthew 7:12. Also as we grow in knowledge and holiness, we find out that some of the things which we were taught were not Bible based. None of us will ever be perfect, but when we know better, we should do better. The moment that we accepted Christ, we received the indwelling of The Holy Spirit of God and became babes in Christ. Our growth in Christ requires a continued active effort on our part but the Christian foundation is already within 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)