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Audio Studies

  • Choices in Life…

    By Mark J Ward

    This lesson is based upon an article written several years ago, “Peanut Butter Religion”. There is a copy of it elsewhere at this site for your consideration.

    We have so many choices, of great importance and consequence in our lives! How do we approach such life-impacting decisions? One easy solution (well, not so easy, but easy to recommend) is that we simply ask, “What would please God concerning this question/issue/choice?”

    Please listen to the audio of the lesson preached in Jesup, GA on Sunday, November 15, 2020 (along with reviewing the outline/handout). If you have comments or questions, please send them in by using the questions area on this site…

    [CORRECTIONS to the audio file: In reviewing the lesson, I realized that I needed to correct the following: (1) at ~10:15 into the lesson, I should have clearly distinguished between the ‘error of the fathers‘ of the folks that Joshua was talking to and then the ‘errors of those present’ when in Joshua 24:15 he instructed, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”, (2) around ~11:08 in the lesson, I attributed previous studies about Elijah and the contest on Mt. Carmel that was covered fairly recently in our Wednesday night study as being in the NT rather than in the OT, and (3) later in the lesson, ~24:15, I referenced the “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” passage as Ephesians 6 when I should have said Ephesians 4. If you see others, please let me know. Thanks!]

    May we always put “Pleasing God” as our first and foremost thought in every choice that we are about to make. It CAN make a huge difference with regard to our eternal destiny!

    As always, THANKS so much for reading and listening!

    Peanut Butter Religion/Choices We Make – Jesup, GA – 11/15/2020

    CLICK HERE for the outline/handout of the lesson.

  • Honor…

    This is a sermon with outline preached at the Walnut Street church of Christ in Jesup, GA on Sunday, October 18,2020. Please enjoy studying along, searching the Scriptures as the lesson progresses, by listening to the audio and viewing the outline available below.

    Word Study – “Honor” – Mark J Ward – Walnut St. church in Jesup, GA 10/18/2020

    CLICK HERE for Handout/Outline of this lesson (pdf)

  • The Godhead…

    Who is “God”? Are there “three Gods”? Is the Holy Spirit God? Is Jesus Christ God? What about the “trinity”? What does the Bible teach about just what type of God is revealed in the Bible? This is a sermon with charts preached at the Walnut Street church of Christ in Jesup, GA on Sunday, September 27,2020. Please enjoy studying along, searching the Scriptures as the lesson progresses, by listening to the audio and viewing the charts available below.

    An Overview of the Godhead – Mark J Ward – Jesup, GA

    CLICK HERE for Handouts/Charts of this lesson (pdf)

  • What is Sin? Part 2

    This is lesson two in a two-part series preached at the Beavercreek church of Christ in the Dayton, Ohio area on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Did you know that some activities for people under the law of Moses that were mandatory then, are forbidden now under the law of Christ? And, that other activities, that were mandatory under the law of Moses are now optional (i.e. liberties/freedoms) today? How can we tell? How do know what is right and wrong for the individual and the local church today? Please listen to the audio and follow along with the charts used, if you like! Thanks! – mjw

    What is Sin? – Part 2 – Beavercreek church of Christ – 9/20/2020

    CLICK HERE FOR CHARTS (pdf)
    CLICK HERE FOR HANDOUTS with page numbers (pdf)

  • What is Sin? Part 1

    This is lesson one in a two-part series preached at the Beavercreek church of Christ in the Dayton, Ohio area on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Who determines what sin is? How are we to understand what sin is? What are the various ways in which a person can sin? Please listen to the audio and follow along with the charts used, if you like! Thanks! – mjw

    What is Sin? Part 1 – Beavercreek, Ohio – 9/13/2020


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  • Placing membership in a local church….Part 2

    This lesson covers New Testament passages that illustrate the responsibility of Christians to “identify with” a local congregation. What is God’s will concerning placing membership in a local congregation?

    Placing Membership in a Local Church – Part 2 – Jesup, GA

  • Placing membership in a local church….Part 1

    What is local church membership? Is it necessary? What is the relationship of the elders of a local church to the “flock” which is “among them”? What shepherd (in real life) doesn’t know which sheep are in his flock? (Doesn’t this teach us that the flock’s membership must be “defined”?) Please consider the following audio lesson on this important topic. Thanks! – mjw

  • What is Sin?

    Is sin just a disease? Does God specify all the sins in the Bible by naming them? How can we know what sin is? Sin separates us from God and all have sinned according to the teaching of Romans 3:23. Please consider the following audio lesson (and link from the “Charts” below to view the slides as the lesson progresses. May God richly bless you in your study and consideration of the teaching. -mjw

  • Remembering Lot
    Remembering Lot – Walnut St (Jesup, GA) church – 2015 Jesup Sermon Series

  • The Power of Example
    Mark J Ward 2015