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Poised for Harvest, Braced for Backlash by Timothy Miller

Posted on December 24, 2011

What are the true implications of the Holy Spirit backing up the gospel with power? What if you only had a short amount of time to train new disciples due to an outbreak of persecution? What would you need to deposit in a first round of disciples in order to catalyze a rapidly-expanding, New Testament-caliber movement whose adherents stay faithful to Jesus through trials and opposition? Drawing on his experiences in the Muslim world and other ministry contexts, Tim Miller examines these questions and more in Poised for Harvest, Braced for Backlash.

This book is a clear, succinct...

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The Radical Cross by A.W. Tozer

Posted on December 24, 2011

The Radical Cross is a powerful compilation of A. W. Tozer's inspired impressions on the cross of Christ. Arranged thematically, this thought-provoking book discusses The Radical Cross and its promises, its price, its purpose, its pain, its provisions and its paradox. It is a book that will challenge you to make the cross your own and to live the passion of Christ.

I'd highly recommend this book as a discipleship tool.

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The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim

Posted on December 24, 2011

One of the best known and most important references on the life of Christ ever written, Alfred Edersheim's The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah is a storehouse of information on the background of the New Testament. This classic work successfully portrays the streets, the marketplaces, the religious conflicts, the people, and the places of Jesus' earthly ministry.

Edersheim arranges Jesus' life in chronological order. I've slowly progressed through this entire book, and it has opened up the gospels and the life of Christ to me in a way that causes me to love Him even...

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Deception and the Preeminence of Jesus

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on December 24, 2011

The same question Jesus asked His disciples 2,000 years ago is the same one He is posing to us today. "Who do you say that I am?" Answering this question correctly is essential for the believer, especially because of the hour that we live in.

In this teaching, Josh highlights the identity of Jesus and His equality with God as the primary issue of deception at the end of the age. Currently we are witnessing four general negative trends today that must be viewed as nothing short of a full-blown crisis in light of the coming delusion spoken about in the Scriptures.

Our only...

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Deception and the Preeminence of Jesus

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on December 24, 2011

The same question Jesus asked His disciples 2,000 years ago is the same one He is posing to us today. "Who do you say that I am?" Answering this question correctly is essential for the believer, especially because of the hour that we live in.

In these notes, Josh highlights the identity of Jesus and His equality with God as the primary issue of deception at the end of the age. Currently we are witnessing four general negative trends today that must be viewed as nothing short of a full-blown crisis in light of the coming delusion spoken about in the Scriptures.

Our only...

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The Glorious Destiny of the Church in Martyrdom, part 2

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In light of the Day of the LORD being near, patient, enduring faith in God, His Messiah, and the restoration of all things is the foundation of the church's mission in this age. The church is called to faithfully witness to Jesus and the judgment to come, which is essentially amnestic in nature, as we represent the kindness and longsuffering of the Lord towards the wicked.

This amnestic witness is best typified in martyrdom, which the church must embrace wholeheartedly at the end of the age as wickedness comes to its fullest expression. The scriptures plainly declare that...

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The Glorious Destiny of the Church in Martyrdom, part 1

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In light of the Day of the LORD being near, patient, enduring faith in God, His Messiah, and the restoration of all things is the foundation of the church's mission in this age. The church is called to faithfully witness to Jesus and the judgment to come, which is essentially amnestic in nature, as we represent the kindness and longsuffering of the Lord towards the wicked.

This amnestic witness is best typified in martyrdom, which the church must embrace wholeheartedly at the end of the age as wickedness comes to its fullest expression. The scriptures plainly declare that...

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The Glorious Destiny of the Church in Martyrdom

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In light of the Day of the LORD being near, patient, enduring faith in God, His Messiah, and the restoration of all things is the foundation of the church's mission in this age. The church is also called to faithfully witness to Jesus and the judgment to come, which is essentially amnestic in nature, as we represent the kindness and longsuffering of the Lord towards the wicked.

This amnestic witness is best typified in martyrdom, which the church must embrace wholeheartedly at the end of the age as wickedness comes to its fullest expression. The scriptures plainly declare that...

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

Jesus said that the "gospel of the kingdom" would be preached before the end of the age (Matthew 24:14), but in the West, "the kingdom" is ambiguous, spiritual, "supernatural", and "invading".

Most modern believers base their understanding of "the kingdom" on an unbiblical worldview, dichotomizing "natural" and "supernatural". However, the scriptures speak clearly of "the kingdom of God" being the hope, anchor, and reward of the righteous.

In Session 6 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan brings clarity to the confusion that an unbiblical worldview has...

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

Jesus said that the "gospel of the kingdom" would be preached before the end of the age (Matthew 24:14), but in the West, "the kingdom" is ambiguous, spiritual, "supernatural", and "invading".

Most modern believers base their understanding of "the kingdom" on an unbiblical worldview, dichotomizing "natural" and "supernatural". However, the scriptures speak clearly of "the kingdom of God" being the hope, anchor, and reward of the righteous.

In these notes for Session 6 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan brings clarity to the confusion that an unbiblical...

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The Gospel of the Resurrection

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

The resurrection of the body is a doctrine held by the normal churchgoer in the West, but is mostly retained in rhetoric and not believed with unyielding certainty as it was in the early church. Most believe in a resurrection, but believe in an ethereal, "heavenward" resurrection where we will play a harp on a cloud in a never-ending worship service.

The resurrection of the body and the restoration of the earth to its original glory is the hope of every believer. The Holy Spirit is the "down payment" of our resurrection and testifies to the coming Day through signs, wonders, and...

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The Gospel of the Resurrection

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

The resurrection of the body is a doctrine held by the normal churchgoer in the West, but is mostly retained in rhetoric and not believed with unyielding certainty as it was in the early church. Most believe in a resurrection, but believe in an ethereal, "heavenward" resurrection where we will play a harp on a cloud in a never-ending worship service.

The resurrection of the body and the restoration of the earth to its original glory is the hope of every believer. The Holy Spirit is the "down payment" of our resurrection and testifies to the coming Day through signs, wonders, and...

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The Gospel of the Christ

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In modernity, "Christ" has been used as an expletive. Christians often perceive it simply as Jesus' "last name". However, a right understanding of "the Christ" is rooted in Genesis 3:15 and the promise of the "seed". The Messiah is one who would restore humanity's relationship to God and restore creation to its original perfection.

Further developments of this anointed deliverer would be seen through the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants.

The surprise to the Jewish people, however, would be that the Christ must suffer before entering into His glory.

In this...

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The Gospel of the Christ

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In modernity, "Christ" has been used as an expletive. Christians often perceive it simply as Jesus' "last name". However, a right understanding of "the Christ" is rooted in Genesis 3:15 and the promise of the "seed". The Messiah is one who would restore humanity's relationship to God and restore creation to its original perfection.

Further developments of this anointed deliverer would be seen through the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants.

The surprise to the Jewish people, however, would be that the Christ must suffer before entering into His glory.

In this set of...

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Biblical vs. Western Theology

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

Modern Western Christian theology has developed in tandem with the Western worldview, which incorrectly divides existence into two distinct realms - "natural" and "supernatural". Because of this unbiblical dichotomy, two streams of thought have developed regarding salvation and sovereignty - that God is "saving souls for an ethereal heaven" (float on a cloud and play a harp), and/or God is attempting to regain dominion over the world through the church (transforming society and taking dominion).

In session 3 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan teaches on the...

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Biblical vs. Western Theology

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

Modern Western Christian theology has developed in tandem with the Western worldview, which incorrectly divides existence into two distinct realms - "natural" and "supernatural". Because of this unbiblical dichotomy, two streams of thought have developed regarding salvation and sovereignty - that God is "saving souls for an ethereal heaven" (float on a cloud and play a harp), and/or God is attempting to regain dominion over the world through the church (transforming society and taking dominion).

In these notes for session 3 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan...

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The Biblical vs. the Western Worldview

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

A worldview is the way we look at the world, how we interpret the events that happen within the world, and what our function in the world is. Modern Western Christians have a worldview that is significantly different from the worldview described in the Bible and understood by the biblical authors.

In this session, John Harrigan walks through Genesis 1 and describes the worldview of the Bible, comparing and contrasting it to the modern Western worldview based on Greek philosophy.

Because one's worldview affects the way scripture is interpreted, this session is highly...

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The Biblical vs. the Western Worldview

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

A worldview is the way we look at the world, how we interpret the events that happen within the world, and what our function in the world is. Modern Western Christians have a worldview that is significantly different from the worldview described in the Bible and understood by the biblical authors.

In these notes, John Harrigan walks through Genesis 1 and describes the worldview of the Bible, comparing and contrasting it to the modern Western worldview based on Greek philosophy.

Because one's worldview affects the way scripture is interpreted, this session is highly...

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The Biblical Nature of Truth

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In this teaching for Session 1 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan outlines the three-fold nature of truth - truth of heart, truth of mind, and truth of lifestyle.

The judgment of the Day of the LORD is first an evaluation of the heart based on the standard of the cross of Christ. In this light, we must guard against hypocrisy and a lifestyle like the Pharisees.

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The Biblical Nature of Truth

by John Harrigan
Posted on December 23, 2011

In these notes for Session 1 of the Biblical Theology Seminar, John Harrigan outlines the three-fold nature of truth - truth of heart, truth of mind, and truth of lifestyle.

The judgment of the Day of the LORD is first an evaluation of the heart based on the standard of the cross of Christ. In this light, we must guard against hypocrisy and a lifestyle like the Pharisees.

John's notes give numerous scriptures to support his points.

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Renewing our Pursuit in the Knowledge of God

by Dana Candler
Posted on December 23, 2011

How can we know what God is like? How can we be satisfied in Him? The knowledge of God and seeing what His heart is like is what keeps us on the journey to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.

In this teaching, Dana Candler reminds us that our pursuit of God and who He is must be centered in the words and life of Jesus.

Dana gave this teaching in Kansas City in January 2011.

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Pray-Reading the Scriptures

by Mike Bickle
Posted on December 23, 2011

Often times believers say that praying and reading the Bible is boring or see it as just another duty they have to perform to be a good Christian. Other believers see Bible study as an important rigorous exercise, but fail to use it in prayer.

The Bible was meant to enhance our conversation with God, and in fact be some of the main "conversational material" with Him in our prayer lives.

In this set of teaching notes, Mike Bickle breaks down methods to "pray-read" the Bible in a very simple, practical way.

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The Priesthood of Humanity

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on December 23, 2011

Genesis 2 says that God set Adam in the Garden in Eden to "tend and keep" it. Contrary to our modern assumption, God created Adam with much more than farming in mind. Adam's primary created purpose was that of a priest - ministering to God in a sanctuary.

Rightly understanding Adam as the model for all of humanity's created purpose as priests brings clarity to the reason for the increase of night and day prayer across the globe today.

From the assimilation of God into our worldview to the purpose of our worship, Josh develops and traces this biblical foundation established...

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The Priesthood of Humanity

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on December 23, 2011

Genesis 2 says that God set Adam in the Garden in Eden to "tend and keep" it. Contrary to our modern assumption, God created Adam with much more than farming in mind. Adam's primary created purpose was that of a priest - ministering to God in a sanctuary.

Rightly understanding Adam as the model for all of humanity's created purpose as priests brings clarity to the reason for the increase of night and day prayer across the globe today.

From the assimilation of God into our worldview to the purpose of our worship, Josh develops and traces this biblical foundation established...

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Living for Eternity, Looking for our King

by Dwayne Roberts
Posted on December 23, 2011

In light of the promises of the age to come, how then shall we live in this age? We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and His evaluation of us on that Day will be the thing that matters most above everything else in our lives.

In this provoking teaching, Dwayne Roberts calls us to examine our lifestyle and message in light of that Day.

Dwayne gave this teaching in Kansas City in March 2011.

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The Beauty of Jesus as the Servant of All, Part 2

by Stuart Greaves
Posted on December 23, 2011

In scripture, the only trait Jesus proclaimed about Himself was that He was humble (Matthew 11:29). The very first thing John the Baptist proclaims about Jesus is that He is a "Lamb", a servant who would die for the sins of the world.

The incarnation of Jesus openly declares to us all that God is a humble servant. Even in judgment at the end of the age, He will be acting as a servant.

Looking at the humility of the Godhead produces a longing to be like Him and empowers us to walk in the same manner. In these two sessions of notes, Stuart Greaves develops these truths...

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The Beauty of Jesus as the Servant of All, Part 1

by Stuart Greaves
Posted on December 23, 2011

In scripture, the only trait Jesus proclaimed about Himself was that He was humble (Matthew 11:29). The very first thing John the Baptist proclaims about Jesus is that He is a "Lamb", a servant who would die for the sins of the world.

The incarnation of Jesus openly declares to us all that God is a humble servant. Even in judgment at the end of the age, He will be acting as a servant.

Looking at the humility of the Godhead produces a longing to be like Him and empowers us to walk in the same manner. In these two sessions, Stuart Greaves develops these truths powerfully...

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The Beauty of Jesus as the Servant of All, Part 2

by Stuart Greaves
Posted on December 23, 2011

In scripture, the only trait Jesus proclaimed about Himself was that He was humble (Matthew 11:29). The very first thing John the Baptist proclaims about Jesus is that He is a "Lamb", a servant who would die for the sins of the world.

The incarnation of Jesus openly declares to us all that God is a humble servant. Even in judgment at the end of the age, He will be acting as a servant.

Looking at the humility of the Godhead produces a longing to be like Him and empowers us to walk in the same manner. In these two sessions of notes, Stuart Greaves develops these truths...

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The Beauty of Jesus as the Servant of All, Part 1

by Stuart Greaves
Posted on December 23, 2011

In scripture, the only trait Jesus proclaimed about Himself was that He was humble (Matthew 11:29). The very first thing John the Baptist proclaims about Jesus is that He is a "Lamb", a servant who would die for the sins of the world.

The incarnation of Jesus openly declares to us all that God is a humble servant. Even in judgment at the end of the age, He will be acting as a servant.

Looking at the humility of the Godhead produces a longing to be like Him and empowers us to walk in the same manner. In these two sessions of notes, Stuart Greaves develops these truths...

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Glorifying Jesus through Costly Discipleship

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 23, 2011

The call to "follow" Jesus has been severely watered down through the passing centuries. In today's culture, "following Jesus" can simply mean upholding certain moral standards or having zeal for certain causes. In modernity, the gospel has turned into a message self-affirmation for the glory of man, not self-denial for the glory of Jesus.

In these notes, Stephen Venable walks through each phrase of Jesus' call to discipleship in Luke 9, describing the normal lifestyle of the believer - self-denial, suffering, yet filled with unspeakable joy for the glory of Jesus.

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Glorifying Jesus through Costly Discipleship

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 23, 2011

The call to "follow" Jesus has been severely watered down through the passing centuries. In today's culture, "following Jesus" can simply mean upholding certain moral standards or having zeal for certain causes. In modernity, the gospel has turned into a message self-affirmation for the glory of man, not self-denial for the glory of Jesus.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable walks through each phrase of Jesus' call to discipleship in Luke 9, describing the normal lifestyle of the believer - self-denial, suffering, yet filled with unspeakable joy for the glory of Jesus.

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The Glory of Jesus and Suffering

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 22, 2011

The circumstantial ease of the West has contributed to a false understanding that suffering is not normal to the Christian life. Jesus often spoke otherwise.

Jesus is seen as glorious through the alleviation of suffering and the display of His power, but is also seen as glorious through the restraint of His power. We glorify Jesus in the midst of suffering by rejoicing in Him, and we glorify Him in the midst of ease when we shed tears of longing for Him.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable presents a biblical theology of suffering with the glory of Christ as the backdrop,...

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The Glory of Jesus and Suffering

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 22, 2011

The circumstantial ease of the West has contributed to a false understanding that suffering is not normal to the Christian life. Jesus often spoke otherwise.

Jesus is seen as glorious through the alleviation of suffering and the display of His power, but is also seen as glorious through the restraint of His power. We glorify Jesus in the midst of suffering by rejoicing in Him, and we glorify Him in the midst of ease when we shed tears of longing for Him.

In these notes, Stephen Venable presents a biblical theology of suffering with the glory of Christ as the backdrop,...

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Passion for the Life of Jesus

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 22, 2011

True passion for Jesus can only be found when our pursuit of Him is rooted in the knowledge of who He is. If our passion is for a person, the most natural thing we would do would be to devour every detail about His life that was available to us.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable clarifies the need of the hour to know Jesus deeply, and the means to know Him - the study of His life.

This teaching was given in Kansas City, MO in April, 2011.

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Passion for the Life of Jesus

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 22, 2011

True passion for Jesus can only be found when our pursuit of Him is rooted in the knowledge of who He is. If our passion is for a person, the most natural thing we would do would be to devour every detail about His life that was available to us.

In these notes, Stephen Venable clarifies the need of the hour to know Jesus deeply, and the means to know Him - the study of His life.

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Sovereignty and Prayer

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 22, 2011

God has always been and will never cease to be sovereign over His creation. He has never lost dominion over it, and thus never needs to regain it. In this extended teaching, Stephen Venable sets forth a biblical view of "sovereignty" - God's power, dominion, and authority over His creation.

Citing dozens of biblical examples, Stephen details God's rulership over His creation generally and humanity specifically.

Understanding "sovereignty" rightly has dramatic implications for a correct biblical theology of prayer, disasters, suffering, and God's purpose in these things.

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Sovereignty and Prayer

by Stephen Venable
Posted on December 22, 2011

God has always been and will never cease to be sovereign over His creation. He has never lost dominion over it, and thus never needs to regain it. In this extended teaching, Stephen Venable sets forth a biblical view of "sovereignty" - God's power, dominion, and authority over His creation.

Citing dozens of biblical examples, Stephen details God's rulership over His creation generally and humanity specifically.

Understanding "sovereignty" rightly has dramatic implications for a correct biblical theology of prayer, disasters, suffering, and God's purpose in these things...