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The Hope of Glory

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on September 27, 2013

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
(Colossians 1:27–28 ESV)

"Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a phrase that is becoming increasingly misunderstood, especially in some Charismatic circles in the body of Christ today. It's important to have clarity on what this phrase means from the Bible,...

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Episode 8 - Introduction to Mark's Gospel

Posted on September 24, 2013

Mark is the shortest, most succinct, and most action-packed Gospel out of the four. In this episode, I cover Mark's author, the date it was written, and some of the major themes and literary style of the book. The most important point we should understand for the purpose of this series is that Mark is chronologically arranged and focuses on Jesus' ministry in Galilee and the last week of His life before the cross in Jerusalem.

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Bitterness, forgiveness, and saving faith

Posted on September 22, 2013

The horrors of sin in this present evil age have ensured that we've all been wronged, taken advantage of, used, or manipulated by someone else in our lives. The fleshly mind responds vehemently to accusation, seeks retaliation on those who have wronged us, and ensures as many people as possible know that we've been wronged.

But Paul said: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)

Paul says that being forgiven by God should shape the way that we deal with others who have wronged us. If Jesus, the...

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Episode 7 - Introduction to Matthew's Gospel

Posted on September 17, 2013

Who wrote Matthew and when was it written? What are some of the key themes of Matthew's Gospel? In this episode of Opening Up the Gospels, I give a very brief overview of some of the important points we should understand as we seek to construct a chronological narrative of Jesus' life from the Gospels. The most important point to know about Matthew's Gospel is that it is arranged thematically and topically, not chronologically.

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50 Questions to Ask in Prayer During Gospel Meditations

by Josh Hawkins
Posted on September 10, 2013

This 1-page document lists fifty questions to help aid anyone in prayerfully pondering the Gospels and the life of Christ. These questions were referenced in Episode 6 of Opening Up the Gospels. For more, be sure to watch the video.

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Episode 6 - Pondering the Life of Jesus, Part 2

Posted on September 10, 2013

In episode 5 of Opening Up the Gospels, I introduced Biblical meditation and a prayerful pondering of Jesus' life as the way for His life and words to become more real to us. In this episode, I give some practical tips on meditation and how to dialogue with Him about His story. I also share a story of how Jesus touched my heart as I talked to Him about the scene in John 2 and the Wedding at Cana.

Also be sure to check out 50 Questions to Ask in Prayer During Gospel...

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Episode 5 - Pondering the Life of Jesus, Part 1

Posted on September 3, 2013

When Jesus performed a miracle or taught with authority during His two-year ministry, the crowds were continually filled with awe and wonder. Our overfamiliarity with the stories often leaves us bored and disconnected instead of inciting similar feelings of awe and wonder. How does the life of Jesus move from being a fairy tale to real history in our minds? In the next two episodes, I'll expound upon biblical meditation and prayerful pondering of Jesus' life and words.