In Mathew 9 we meet a ruler who asks Jesus to bring back to life his dead daughter and a woman who has suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years. What can we learn about faith and God's priorities from these encounters with Jesus? In this session the teacher: - explains the differences between chronic and acute diseases; - talks about two kinds of faith; - pays attention to the situations where people try to teach Jesus what death is.
In Mathew 15 Jesus happens to be in the district of Tyre and Sidon. There a Canaanite woman, a mother of a demon possessed girl, comes to beg Jesus for mercy. How does Jesus respond to her plea? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - emphasizes Mathew's purpose in recording the genealogy of Jesus; - takes a moment to comment on terrible sufferings of people in the world; - briefly talks about the doctrine of election.
In Mathew 8 we read about the encounter of a gentile, a professional officer of the Roman army, with Jesus. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - highlights what amazes Jesus in the centurion; - discusses the issue about the fate of unbelievers who didn't hear the gospel; - explores key biblical passages; - shares an interesting illustration about the power of the Sun.
We come to the place in John 4 where Jesus has revealed to the Samaritan woman who He is. In a very short time He teaches her who she is and who God is. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - talks about an effective evangelistic presentation; - explains the goal of evangelism; - highlights three marks of true conversion; - shares an important principle about harvest.
We continue our discussion of the ways Jesus shocks the woman at the well. She can see that He is a prophet, and she asks a theological question. In this session the teacher: - talks about two parts of Christian life; - explains why the woman wants to talk about religious controversies; - unpacks the answer Jesus gives about worship.
In John 4:10 Jesus begins to speak about living water to the woman at the well. What is her response? Why does she respond in such a way? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - highlights the water motive in the Gospel of John; - compares doing evangelism with teaching a new language; - talks about C.S. Lewis and the importance of asking the right question; - gives an example of how Jesus is greater than Jacob.
In John 4 Jesus has an interview with the woman of Samaria. This encounter is important for a number of reasons. In this session the teacher: - talks about the model for evangelism; - provides the historical background to explain the relationship between Samaritans and Jews; - encourages believers to treat unbelievers as human beings who have something to offer; - emphasizes the apologetic value of this encounter.
When Nicodemus stops talking, Jesus goes on. He explains how a person has to be born again before he becomes a candidate to see the Kingdom of God. In this session the teacher: - briefly explains the doctrine of regeneration; - emphasizes how counterintuitive God is when he tells people to look at the serpent in Numbers 21 and when He sends His Son to die for sinners; - talks about life and death.
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.
When Jesus comes to Nazareth, He begins to teach in the synagogue. At first people like Him, then they try to kill Him. In this session Ronnie Stevens talks about the encounter Jesus has with his neighbors and: - explains the difference between patriotism and nationalism; - unpacks Luke 4 and explains why all people in the synagogue are filled with wrath; - highlights a great lesson we can learn about God.
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 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 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.
No matter what methods you adopt to plant a church, we need to remember that it is a spiritual ministry. And it must be done in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit and should be based on preaching the Word of God. Church planting will face spiritual and human opposition. In this section of the lecture ""Biblical Foundations of Church Planting"" Craig Ott: - highlights a couple of important points; - explains the spiritual dynamics in church planting; - talks about the importance of prayer in church planting and reads from Colossians 1:9-10; - explains the tension between God’s responsibility and human responsibility; - gives some application questions on biblical foundations of church planting.
Kingdom communities have three dimentions: worship, evangelism&discipleship and compassion. It is good for a church plant to have compassion ministry and yet you need some priniciples to follow to do it right. In this section of the lecture "Evangelism and Discipleship" Craig Ott shares some important guidelines from the article "Compassion Pre-Evangelism: The Master Key to the Town".