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From modern day politics, sports, and culture to the mindset of the church towards "heaven", the resurrection, and the Kingdom of God, the Greeks have had a significant effect on the way that we perceive the world.
The Bible was written by Hebrews, but we tend to view it through Greek glasses and come away with wrong understanding as a result. In this teaching, English author and teacher David Pawson speaks on the influence that Greek philosophy and culture has on the church beginning early after Jesus' ascension all the way up through modern day. His simple and easy to...
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.
Jesus heads north to Galilee after John the Baptist was imprisoned, but first passes through Samaria. Unlike His reception in Jerusalem, Jesus was joyfully received by the Samaritan people. This episode discusses the significance of Jesus' exchange with the woman near Jacob's well.
In today's culture, "Christ" is often a synonym for "Jesus" or perhaps His last name. "Messiah" is a synonym for "Savior" and often just means "the one who died on the cross for us". While there is some measure of truth to those things, "Christ" and "Messiah" have largely been misunderstood. You may be surprised when you find out what the Bible is really saying when the scriptures use those words!
This video is a supplement to Episode 21 of Opening Up the Gospels. Watch the original episode...
In 166BC, the Jews revolted against their Greek oppressors in a time historians call the Maccabean Revolt. After the Jews violently fought and regained control of Jerusalem, leaders would be set in place over the next century that would cause Israel to stray from the Lord, setting the stage for a Roman takeover in 63BC. Learn more in this episode about what happened and why it's significant to the life and message of John the Baptist and the broader story of the Gospels.
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.
The significance of John's message to the nation of Israel is only heightened when we see that he is baptizing. Yet it is important to remember the audience of his proclamation was not Gentiles, but the Jews, the physical descendants of Abraham. This episode examines the importance of baptism and how offensive it would have been for John to call the Jews to be baptized.
January 6, 2010, 6am set, Justin Rizzo leading, I'm playing keys. We're praying for California's college campuses, and we get into a cool groove with the horns. Earlier in the cycle, Justin gets on the talkback mic and asks me to try to come up with a sound he first described like "lasers", but then said "well, not lasers, but you know what I mean". I found a sound that worked, but I also found a laser sound.
There was a particularly light mood in the prayer room that morning.
The funny moment is where the laser sound blares at 0:41. The remainder of the video is the rest of...
The Gospels offer no record of Jesus' life and words between His visit to the Temple at 12 and the start of His ministry at 30. What did the living God do during these years of silence? For those with ears to hear, the silence is deafening - for it is in these years that we find the premiere example on how we ought to live as we patiently wait for Jesus' return.
Growing in the knowledge of God and in passion for Jesus is not mysterious, though for many believers the process remains vague, ambiguous, and ethereal. If the full disclosure of God is seen in the person of Jesus, the most natural way to grow in the knowledge of God is to look at the life of Jesus.
The four gospels give every Christian entrance into His life, which is the foundational substance of our relationship and intimacy with Him. Jesus is not an object to acquire information about, but rather a Person to be known.
In this teaching, Josh discusses the necessity...
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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...
Upon His return to Galilee, Jesus enters his hometown of Nazareth and stands up in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Reading from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, Jesus identifies Himself as the one who will accomplish the things written. The Jews, in utter disbelief, attempt to throw him off of a cliff. This episode develops the importance of Jesus' words and actions in this scene.
In February 2010, I visited College Station, Texas where Justin Rizzo and I led worship for a prayer conference. I was "the band" for the weekend, producing all of the background accompaniment (bass, drums, keys, electric, and even some background vocals) for our worship times and prayer meetings using my laptop and Ableton Live.
This video is just a small demonstration of the power of Ableton Live.
I'm posting this to hopefully encourage you up and coming houses of prayer and musicians who are looking to have prayer meetings with more than just a guitar or piano. A "big"...
Upon heading into Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, Jesus dines with a member of Israel's ruling council, the Sanhedrin. At the meal, He rebukes them for taking the places of honor at the table and not seeking humility as they should. This episode examines the events from Luke 14.
The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross finds its roots in the Old Testament's sin-bearing sacrificial system. Jesus became redemption, propitiation, and recompense for those who put their faith in Him. The New Covenant also finds its roots in the "old" covenant made with Israel at Sinai. Though the people of Israel have rejected Jesus, a day is coming when "all Israel will be saved".
This is Session 7, part 3 of the class Faith, Hope, and Love -...
In this premiere episode of my weekly video series, Opening Up the Gospels, I talk about the first of four reasons why I'm doing a series on the life of Jesus as seen in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John instead of other hot topics like grace, prayer, or hell. I discuss what it means to actually have a relationship with Jesus and how it must be based on real, substantial knowledge of His life and words. As Christians, we ought to treasure the details of His life simply because we confess that we love Him.
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...
It’s Passion Week and I haven’t written here in a while, so I figured I’d give you a little bit of what the Lord has been speaking to me. Since the beginning of this year I’ve been intensely focused in studying the gospels and the life of Jesus. Through my study, I’ve realized that the gospels cannot simply be another item on my Christian checklist. If Christianity is biblically defined as conformity of my life to Jesus' life, than the story of His life can never be exhausted of its relevance for growing in intimacy with Him and becoming like Him. The story of His life is important to...
The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?
Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single individuals, and His inner core of disciples were constantly astonished by Him.
After Jesus calms the storm, He heals a demonized man in the region of the Gerasenes. Upon His return to Capernaum, He also heals Jairus' daughter and the woman with the issue of blood. These dramatic miracles occur very close together and continue to show forth Jesus' power and authority to the Galileans.