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 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.
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.
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.
In the beginning of John 1 Jesus is introduced as Logos, the Word of God, the explanation of God and the meaning of God. In the second half of John 1 Jesus is presented as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. In this session Ronnie Stevens: - explains how Jesus answers the needs of the Jews and the Greeks; - talks about Isaac and his question in Genesis 22; - explores the theme of receiving a new name; - shares three orientations to discipleship.
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.
In Mathew 11 we find John in prison. His suffering is so great that he has doubts even though he has heard God speak from heaven. What can we learn from that account? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - speculates about John's expectations; - explains what Jesus means in verse 11 when he speaks about John the Baptist; - talks about two fantastic experiences we will have in heaven.
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 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 7 Jesus is eating in the house of one of the Pharisees. A sinful woman comes to the house and anoints His feet. Jesus is full of grace and mercy while the Pharisees are not. In this session the teacher: - emphasizes the fact that Jesus blessed a lot of women in His ministry; - shares one of the most perfect models of worship in the New Testament; - unpacks the parable Jesus tells to teach the Pharisees a lesson.
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.
In this section of the lecture "Planting Healthy Reproducing Churches" Craig Ott continues to share some important principles for healthy development. The third guideline emphasizes the importance of assimilating new people into the ministry and leadership. He uses a diagram to show what happens if this assimilation is unhealthy and what should happen at different stages of healthy assimilation.
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.