One Book Wonders Lesson 3: Encouragement of Hospitality
One Book Wonders Lesson 3: Encouragement of Hospitality (19:23)
3 John is a personal letter written to Gaius concerning the actions of one named Diotrephes. John offers words of encouragement and words of warning. In this vein, 3 John is very similar to the 1 and 2 John. The theme of walking in... more
One Book Wonders Lesson 2: Walking in the Truth
One Book Wonders Lesson 2: Walking in the Truth (15:31)
2 John is one of the shortest epistles in the New Testament. The language and style is much the same as 1 John. The basic theme of this brief letter is faithfulness to the truth in the midst of false teaching. Believers are exhorte... more
One Book Wonders Lesson 4: Beware of False Prophets
One Book Wonders Lesson 4: Beware of False Prophets (18:48)
The emphasis upon spiritual maturity and stability in 2 Peter 1 prepares the way for the issue of false teachers in chapter two. One cannot respond appropriately to the threat of false teachers apart from a firm grounding the in Word of Go... more
One Book Wonders Lesson 5: Forgiveness and Reconciliation
One Book Wonders Lesson 5: Forgiveness and Reconciliation (17:02)
This brief letter is a correspondence written by Paul to a slave owner named Philemon. The implication of the letter is that one of Philemon's slaves, Onesimus, robbed his master and fled to Rome. Somehow Onesimus came in contact w... more
One Book Wonders Lesson 1: A Proud Nation Brought Down
One Book Wonders Lesson 1: A Proud Nation Brought Down (16:46)
Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament, yet the strong, prophetic message of this little known prophet merits careful study. Historically, the setting of the book reaches back to the discord between Jacob and Esau (see G... more
Galatians Sermon 1 | the Truth of the Gospel
Galatians Sermon 1 | the Truth of the Gospel (21:16)
Paul  wrote  Galatians  to  defend  the  true  gospel  of  salvation  in  Christ  alone  by  counteracting  Judaizers  who  taught  that  Gentil... more
Galatians Lesson 3: The Story of Paul (Part 2)
Galatians Lesson 3: The Story of Paul (Part 2) (13:19)
In Galatians 1,, Paul established his independence from the Jerusalem apostles (see especially 1:16-20). He did so because the validity of the gospel he preached was directly tied to the legitima... more
Galatians Lesson 4: Stand Firm for the Truth of the Gospel
Galatians Lesson 4: Stand Firm for the Truth of the Gospel (20:25)
Becuase religious pluralism permeates our culture, Christians need to know what they believe in order to stand frm for the truth of the gospel. The frst century was no diferent. The book of Galatians r... more
Galatians Lesson 5: Faith
Galatians Lesson 5: Faith (17:13)
In this lesson we see Paul's message continues: the law contrasts with faith and it is only by faith that one can follow Christ. more
Galatians Lesson 6: No Longer Slaves But Sons!
Galatians Lesson 6: No Longer Slaves But Sons! (20.21)
Parts of this section of Galatians are tedious and difcult to interpret but the essential thoughts are clear. First, Paul discussed the character and function of the law. Second, Paul reasserted ... more
Galatians Lesson 7: No Turning Back
Galatians Lesson 7: No Turning Back (21:44)
Paul’s theological argument, which turns personal, becomes even more intimate. Paul warns the Galatian Christians that they are distorting the Gospel (although a true believer cannot lose h... more
Galatians Lesson 8: Christian Freedom (Part 1)
Galatians Lesson 8: Christian Freedom (Part 1) (16:35)
In this section Paul ends the doctrinal portion of Galatians by allegorizing the story of Abraham. Likely the Judaizers made many references to Abraham (the father of the Jews) and to Moses (t... more
Galatians Lesson 9: Christian Freedom (Part 2)
Galatians Lesson 9: Christian Freedom (Part 2) (16:26)
In Galtians 5, the focus shifts from a discussion of the basis of our relationship with God (justifed by faith) to the nature of the Christian life and the believer's responsibility under Christ.. In chapt... more
Galatians Lesson 10: Life in the Spirit
Galatians Lesson 10: Life in the Spirit (17:10)
Who or what regulates the Christian's behavior? The answer lies in the reality of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Those who are led by the Spirit are not under the law (5:18). ... more
Galatians Lesson 11: Responsible Christian Living
Galatians Lesson 11: Responsible Christian Living (22:23)
  Here, in Galatians 6, we see that the practical concerns of a Spirit-led life include such things as loving consideration of others, sharing our material resources, doing good deeds, and h... more
Galatians Lesson 2: The Story of Paul (Part 1)
Galatians Lesson 2: The Story of Paul (Part 1) (20:23)
As in the letter opening, Paul affirms the divine source of the gospel he preaches. His remarks imply that the Judaizers were accusing him of pleasing men. Paul responds that his only aim was to please God, the mark of a true ser... more
John Lesson 5: Jesus: the Source
John Lesson 5: Jesus: the Source (12:53)
John 4 records a second extended conversation between Jesus and one in need of salvation. The contrasts between this encounter and the dialogue of Jesus and Nicodemus are striking. In John 3 Nicodemus sought Jesus. He was a well-re... more
John Lesson 6: Jesus the Savior of the World
John Lesson 6: Jesus the Savior of the World (12:15)
In John 4:39-54 Jesus extends his ministry to the Samaritans as a result of the testimony of the Samaritan woman and then returns to Galilee where he performed his rst miracle of turning the water into wine. In Cana, Jesus perform... more
John Lesson 7: The Authority of Jesus
John Lesson 7: The Authority of Jesus (12:15)
Since Jesus was God in the esh, there was an inherent authority in all that He said and did. This authority is more explicitly revealed in John 5. Here, Jesus' authority extends over disease, life, and judgment. Also, in John 5 a ... more
John Lesson 8: Jesus: The Bread of Life
John Lesson 8: Jesus: The Bread of Life (12:39)
John 6 records yet another "sign" performed by Jesus, the feeding of the 5,000. This is the only miracle of Jesus documented in all four gospels. In John, the sign is followed by a speech from Jesus highlighting its signi cance. Th... more
John Lesson 9: Jesus' Teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles
John Lesson 9: Jesus' Teaching at the Feast of Tabernacles (12:06)
The events narrated in John 7-10 occur during the Feast of Tabernacles. This festival was the most popular of three great Jewish feasts (the other two being Passover and Pentecost) according to the rst century Jewish historian Jos... more
John Lesson 10: What is Genuine Faith?
John Lesson 10: What is Genuine Faith? (11:32)
The teaching of Jesus in John 8 continues against the backdrop of the Feast of Tabernacles. One of the major features of the feast was the lighting of giant candelabras. The light illuminated the temple and commemorated the pillar ... more
John Lesson 11: The Healing of a Man Born Blind
John Lesson 11: The Healing of a Man Born Blind (8:59)
The sign recorded in John 9 points to Jesus as the "light of the world" (cf. 8:12, 9:5). A man healed physically of blindness (cf. 9:1-7) also receives spiritual sight when he believes in Jesus (cf. 9:38). On the other hand, the Ph... more
John Lesson 12: Jesus the Good Shepherd
John Lesson 12: Jesus the Good Shepherd (9:51)
Sometimes chapter divisions in the Bible are unfortunate because we often fail to recognize the close connection that exists between sections of Scripture. John 10 stands in a close relationship to John 9. In John 10, Jesus describ... more
John Lesson 13: Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
John Lesson 13: Jesus the Resurrection and the Life (11:03)
There are two major emphases in John 11. The rst is the death and resurrection of Lazarus, the seventh and climactic "sign" of Jesus. It is the most dramatic and most fully developed of all the miracle stories in John. Also, inste... more
John Lesson 14: The Close of Jesus' Public Ministry
John Lesson 14: The Close of Jesus' Public Ministry (9:04)
The record of the public ministry of Jesus closes in John 12. From this point forward in the Fourth Gospel everything moves rapidly toward the "hour" of Jesus' death and exaltation. Chronologically, the events of John 12 are less t... more
John Lesson 15: Jesus Models Humble Service
John Lesson 15: Jesus Models Humble Service (9:04)
John 13 marks a turning point in the Gospel of John. The next ve chapters describe events that occurred on the eve of Jesus' arrest. Prior to a concentrated time of teaching (John 14-17), Jesus instructed his disciples in the area... more
John Lesson 16: Comfort in the Midst of Despair
John Lesson 16: Comfort in the Midst of Despair (10:20)
John 14 has proven to be a favorite passage of Scripture for Christians facing di cult times because of its words of hope and comfort. In context, Jesus uttered these words to his disciples on the eve of his arrest. Their world was... more
John Lesson 17: The Vine and the Branches
John Lesson 17: The Vine and the Branches (9:27)
Jesus continued to instruct his disciples before his arrest and emphasized three vital relationships: their relationship to him (15:1-10), their relationship to each other (15:11-17), and their relationship to the "world" (15:18-25... more
John Lesson 18: The Opposition of the World to Jesus and the Aid of the Holy Spirit
John Lesson 18: The Opposition of the World to Jesus and the Aid of the Holy Spirit (9:06)
The reader of John's Gospel knows early on that there would be opposition to Jesus (cf. 1:9-11). Hostility toward Jesus noticeably comes into view in John 5 (cf. 5:16-18) and intensi es thereafter. This aggression of the world reac... more
John Lesson 19: The Lord's Prayer
John Lesson 19: The Lord's Prayer (10:25)
Jesus ended his instruction to the disciples in 16:33 with thevictorious proclamation, "I have overcome the world!" After this, Jesus prayed. John 17 is known as the "High Priestly Prayer" or the "Lord's Prayer." It is commonly div... more
John Lesson 20: Jesus Betrayed and Denied
John Lesson 20: Jesus Betrayed and Denied (10:19)
In this lesson, you will study the arrest of Jesus and his denial by Peter. It is important to note that these events immediately followed Jesus’ high priestly prayer (John 17). John paints a very intense and dramatic scene. Jesus wa... more
John Lesson 21: Jesus Unjustly Condemned
John Lesson 21: Jesus Unjustly Condemned (10:22)
The Jewish council did not have the legal right to put Jesus to death, so the case was brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. John emphasizes the interview between Pilate and Jesus and gives more detail than the other g... more
John Lesson 22: Jesus Crucified and Buried
John Lesson 22: Jesus Crucified and Buried (9:58)
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, which is exactly what he did when he died upon the cross. Today’s lesson covers the cruci xion and burial of Jesus. On the cross, Jesus uttererd amazing words and ful lled prophecy. ... more
John Lesson 23: The Resurrection
John Lesson 23: The Resurrection (9:14)
  The Christian faith (1 Cor. 15:1-5) stands or falls upon the historical reality of the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection separates Jesus from all other religious leaders and declares and pr... more
John Lesson 24: The Restoration of Peter
John Lesson 24: The Restoration of Peter (8:47)
John 20:31 reads like the conclusion to the Gospel of John. However, another chapter follows that serves a very important purpose. The emphasis of John 21 is Peter's restoration to costly service. The disciple who denied Jesus is g... more
John Lesson 1: Who is Jesus?
John Lesson 1: Who is Jesus? (15:49)
The Gospel of John has to rank as one of the favorite of Christians throughout church history. The message of the Fourth Gospel, as it is sometimes called, is clear and powerful. Its claims concerning the person of Jesus are... more
John Lesson 2: Witnesses to Jesus
John Lesson 2: Witnesses to Jesus (11:56)
The remainder of John 1 focuses on several "witnesses" to Jesus, those who discovered who he was and declared their great discovery to others. In this passage, we observe how John the Baptist answered the questions of the re... more
John Lesson 3: The Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry
John Lesson 3: The Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry (13:20)
John 2 records the beginnings of Jesus' public ministry. Two key events are documented: the changing of water to wine and the cleansing of the temple. The first was a more private display of Jesus' glory for the benefit of H... more
John Lesson 4: Jesus: The Way to New Birth
John Lesson 4: Jesus: The Way to New Birth (12:59)
Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 marks the beginning of a number of encounters with people of diverse backgrounds, social standings, and needs. These dialogues reveal that Jesus truly "knew what was in man" (cf. ... more
Galatians Lesson 1: The Truth of the Gospel
Galatians Lesson 1: The Truth of the Gospel (17:28)
Paul wrote Galatians to defend the true gospel of salvation in Christ alone by counteracting Judaizers who taught that Gentiles had to become Jews in order to be saved. In other words, the Judaizers taught that in order to r... more
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