Bible Ethics

Far too often we dwell on the things we feel are prohibited to us because we are Christians. But the motivating factor behind righteous living should be that Jesus said, "Be holy because I am holy." This l58-page course by John and Sara Miles clarifies the reasons behind the rules which were made to help believers enjoy serving God and being holy as He is holy.

Knowing that you are somebody is important. It helps you feel good inside. It also helps you do things.

The Bible tells us about a man named Gideon who thought he was not important. He was hiding from the enemy that had invaded his country. When Gideon had given up all hope for his people, God sent an angel to encourage him. The angel had this message: "The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man" (Judges 6:12).

Many countries have a saying such as "like father, like son." An interesting thing about families is the likenesses between members.

This lesson reminds us that just as a child watches his earthly father and copies what he does, we should be aware of what our Heavenly Father does so that we can become like Him.

Have you learned to ride a bicycle? If so, you know that as a learner you had to remember to do many things at the same time. You had to push the pedals and guide the handlebars, while keeping your balance and obeying the rules of the road. These are things that the expert rider does without thinking, but you could not do them.

This lesson shows how God, the expert, can help you become more and more like Him.

This month we have to get new driving licenses. To do that we must first pass a test on the signs and rules which car drivers need to know. Right before us on our desk is a booklet called Rules of the Road.

God, the Creator of all men, has rules too. He desires that His children know and follow all of His rules. That is why He revealed His rules through Moses and through His Son Jesus Christ.

The Bible is not a magical object that tells us "yes" or "no" for every decision. It is a guide to use, for God has given us the right to make decisions. He treats us as His children, not as His slaves just to be ordered about!

In this lesson we will learn about the principles or standards which are found in Scripture. These principles can help us as we face difficult decisions in our daily lives.

Human like to think they know how to run their own lives. But they barely understand the most obvious things about themselves—their minds, emotions, even bodily functions. The One who created all men does understand them. He has given instructions and advice on how to live life properly. Sometimes people think that the Creator is unfair or strange in what He says. Yet is He not the One who ought to know what is best?

The church is the body of Christ with Jesus Himself the head. We Christians are members or parts of the body. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul shows how important each part is to the whole, how each part is concerned for the others, and how all parts suffer or are content together.

In this lesson we will see how the law of love is applied through the principles of service and stewardship in the church.

What would you do if you owed a friend more money than you could pay? In the region of Africa where we lived, there was a simple way. A bag of salt was sufficient to cancel all debts.

The world needs our saltiness, our light, and our message. Our purpose in life is to represent the grace and justice of God to the world, so that the world will know and be saved.