How do we encounter Jesus in His teaching? How does the Sermon on the Mount represent who Jesus is? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - highlights the counterintuitive nature of what Jesus says and does; - quotes John Stott's words about the Sermon on the Mount; - talks about the messianic expectations of Jews; - explains the first goal of an evangelist.
How is it to our advantage that Jesus Christ had to ascend after His resurrection? Are we more blessed than the people who had the advantage of seeing Jesus and listening to Him? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - talks about the ministry of the Holy Spirit and our dependence on Him; - explains why it was better for Jesus to leave; - highlights the difficulties we have when we encounter Jesus; - encourages us to teach others what it means to be a disciple.
In Mathew 3 Jesus begins His ministry and presents himself to John to be baptized by him. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - talks about John's encounter with Jesus in his mother's womb; - describes an important event of the baptism of Jesus Christ; - dwells on the topic of hypocrisy; - explains why John wanted to stop Jesus from being baptized; - compares baptism to death; - briefly explains the doctrine of Trinity.
We need one another to learn about Jesus what we couldn't learn about Him ourselves. In Luke 2 Simeon meets Jesus in the temple and tells amazing things about Him to His parents. In this session the teacher: - talks about Simeon's prophecy and the encounter of Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus; - explains the importance of the cross; - gives the examples of people who understood the idea of suffering on the road of following Christ; - shares a quote about the childhood of Jesus.
In Luke 2 Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple teaching scholars after the Passover. Jesus asks and answers questions to the amazement of His listeners. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - highlights that Jesus asks questions not to learn but to teach; - gives reasons why Christ is unique; - briefly explains the doctrine of incarnation; - tells a story about John McArthur.
The heart of Christianity is the Cross but in this last session Ronnie Stevens looks at the time after the resurrection of Jesus in John 20. This chapter has a tremendous apologetic value when we talk to people who do not believe that Jesus raised from the dead. Ronnie Stevens explores the encounter of Mary Magdalene with Jesus at the tomb and shares his answer to the question: "Why didn't Mary recognize Jesus after His resurrection?"
Jesus looks at the scene of death and He is very sad. In this encounter with Jesus Martha and Mary are going to learn more about His ministry. In this session the teacher: - talks about the emotions of Jesus in John 11 and explains why He wept; - unpacks the account of a miracle in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial; - encourages students to do the ministry Christ gave them.
In John 11 we read about the crisis in the family of the best friends of Jesus. He comes to the house of Martha and Mary, the house of mourning and devastation. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - discusses one of the greatest accusations against God; - talks about a book written by C.S. Lewis; - explains why knowing Greek is critical for this account; - explores the topic of death in more detail.
In Luke 19 Jesus honors a dishonorable person, a tax collector in Jericho. He reminds us of who we are and what we are supposed to do. In this session the teacher: - provides a historical background that helps to understand the account of Zacchaeus; - explores the truths about Jesus and Zacchaeus; - explains why people needed law; - uses interesting examples to illustrate the main points.
In Luke 5 we come to the Sea of Galilee where so many lessons are taught by Jesus. Why do Peter and others leave the business of fishing and begin to follow Jesus? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - explains the difference between teaching and training; - explores the account of Peter and other fishermen obeying the words of Jesus; - talks about two categories of God's attributes and His vision for us.
Muslims believe that Muhammad was the first one to memorize the revelations received from Gabriel. And the Angel brought it down in Arabic so that the Arab people might understand but it can't be translated. David Shenk explores the Quran to understand why Muslims think that the Bible is corrupted and interpretes what the Qur'an says.
In Mathew 19 Jesus has an encounter with a rich young ruler. They talk about the way to obtain eternal life. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - shares three shocking or counterintuitive things Jesus says in this story; - talks about the way we teach people to do evangelism and compares it to the way Jesus does evangelism; - encourages students to give up what they don't want to give up to be true disciples of Jesus.
In John 3 we read one of the most famous encounters with Jesus in the New Testament. Why is the narrative about Nicodemus so important? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - talks about the interview Jesus has with Nicodemus; - explores key passages about new birth, baptism and salvation; - explains the reasons that divide denominations.
Jesus is baptized in Mathew 3 and he is tempted by the devil in chapter 4. How can we profit from the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness? In this session the teacher investigates an unusual encounter of Jesus and: - talks about the authority of Scripture and the importance of fellowship; - shares his position on whether Jesus could sin; - explains the devil’s tactics in tempting Jesus; - encourages us to be ready to resist the opposition.