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 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.
How does Jesus work faith in Nathanael's heart? What verbs constitute the disciples' motto? In this session the teacher explores Nathanael's encounter with Jesus and: - talks about regional prejudices; - highlights the miracle of reading one's mind; - unpacks John 1:50 and emphasizes three key verbs; - uses an illustration about flying in the dark to show how the Bible can help us see in the darkness; - explains the connection between Nathanael and Jacob's ladder.
In this section of the lecture "Church Structures" Craig Ott looks at the main features of the traditional western church and explains how it tends to operate. This type of churches are called "elephant type church" because they are large, strong and solid. There are also "rabbit type churches" which are small but quick to reproduce. So what if we took the best of both? What would happen if we mated an elephant with a rabbit? Is it really possible to have the best of both? Craig Ott thinks that everything is possible with God. Such churches are called cell churches or networked house churches.
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".
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.