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.
What can we learn from the most famous encounter of Peter with Jesus in Mathew 16? In this session Ronnie Stevens: - highlights two incredible things about Simon Peter; - argues that Judah is a false disciple; - addresses the controversy about apostolic succession; - encourages students to tell the truth about Christ and the work of Christ.
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.
Miracles of Jesus are not a random act of power. Miracles back up His claims, teach lessons, illustrate truths and tell stories. What is Jesus teaching us through the miracle in Mathew 15 In this session Ronnie Stevens: - explains the meaning of the word 'dog' in Mathew 15; - encourages the students to proclaim the message in the midst of suffering; - talks about the way our faith grows; - shares interesting examples and illustrations about faith and suffering.
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.
David Shenk begins this last lecture with the message to the church in Philadelphia from Revelation Ch. 3 to explain what can open the door for Christians to minister among the Muslims. Some interesting insights and illustrations from personal life help us understand that message better.
Depression is always a spiritual issue, no matter what its cause. It can be a person's sinful response to something that's happened or it can be the experience of ...
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.
The placement of the Judah and Tamar episode in Genesis 38 appears inexplicable at first sight. But we can see two great things in this terrible narrative.
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.