This final phase (sections 53-184) can be seen to have three sub-parts: Apprenticeship beginning in Section 53; Training beginning in Section 70b; and Anointing beginning in Section 143; however the overall theme and principle of Phase five is Missional. The Gospels are replete with stories from these last 15 months in the life of Christ (and into this present moment). It begins with the appointing of the first twelve apostles, includes scores of miracles, the parables of Christ, many teachings to his disciples, his trial, crucifixion, resurrection, later appearances, and the Great Commission. Disciples in this phase have a lifestyle which is renown. The fruit and followers from years of ministry humbles their heart by the knowledge of the grace and Truth of God which saved and transformed their life, and among them some are called to significant roles and international ministry. Simple or immense their ministry aims to honor Christ alone.
As we study this parable about grace its important to see it in the context of our lesson last week in §124a when Jesus first answered the rich young rulers question about how he might live eternally, and Peter’s question about their own future life, role and reward. It is in that context that Jesus offers his disciples another parable – a stern lesson. This is a suitable lesson for today as so many struggle to understand the justice and grace […]
It can be disturbing to see the holiness of God. In today’s lesson we learn of a man who was wealthy, young, religious, and moral yet he knew something was missing in his life. His habits may have resulted in his success but he knew that his soul was vulnerable and had not reached its potential. In our study today we will examine the condition of our own soul, our mindset and, and devotion.
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Section 124a […]
Interesting that after 3 years of traveling with Jesus that it would be the disciples themselves who would try to prevent the children of the village from approaching Jesus. Sometimes its difficult for us to shift gears, He had just finished teaching them more about love, marriage, divorce and forgiveness. Though Jesus is still intent on reaching Jerusalem he’s not about to pass up an opportunity to pass reach out to the children and impart a blessing to […]
Today’s lesson is designed to embolden Jesus’ disciples and each of us as we face trials, delays and persecution. Jesus affirms the action and attitudes of prayer and humility as essentials to victory, justice and peace. God doesn’t require us to clean ourselves up or pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps before we come to him, but instead to come humbly to him, reliant on his grace, confident of his faithfulness not our own. This […]
Jesus still committed to his mission is most certainly aware of the crucifixion he will endure – and also the victory he will secure. While He taught the disciples that we can not know in advance the day He’ll return, He also gave clear instructions as to what we should be doing until that day and the Holy Spirit to empower every believer in that endeavor. Don’t let fear drive our away from today’s message but let […]
You’d think that gratitude would come naturally to most, especially to those who have no hope or other recourse, but the human heart and mind is at times fickle. In today’s study we will consider our own readiness for gratitude and what preoccupies our mind.
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Section 120a | Healing of ten Lepers while passing through Samaria and Galilee
Traveling through Samaria and Galilee
11 As he was on his way to Jerusalem, he was passing along the borders […]
It was the winter of A.D.30 – just months before Jesus’ triumphal entry and his own crucifixion that we read the story of when Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. The story is one of devotion and destiny – not only Jesus’ but also of Lazarus, his sisters, and the disciples – especially Thomas.
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Section 118a | Sickness and Death of Lazarus
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from […]
Among the parables of Christ, this passage warms the hearts of most – if not convicting their souls. But convicting or consoling Jesus is certainly calling us all to action and he is vividly illustrating to the very peers of Nicodemus the same message he shared nearly two years before as recorded in John 3:16 – that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Jumping forward in time once again from last Sunday’s Gospel reading which recounted the story of the day Jesus came to John for his baptism (Phase 1 Sections 21-23), today’s Gospel reading comes from Mt 11:2-11 (Phase 5a, Section 57) nearly two years later wherein we read more of John the Baptist’s relationship to the Kingdom. The 3rd Sunday of Advent is the Sunday we light the pink candle of joy.
Stir up your […]