Gospels: Jesus. Lesson 4. Gospels: The Twelve Apostles. Lesson 5. Gospels: Other Important People. Lesson 6. Acts: Birth of the Church. Lesson 7. Acts: Ministry of Paul. Lesson 8. Epistles of Paul: Saved by Grace.
Lesson 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
Lesson 9. Lesson Sometimes he calls people whose lives manifest impeccable moral behavior, but he also calls people who do despicable things such as David. God calls whom God calls. To what does God call us? He calls some to pastoral ministry. He calls some to teach in seminary or to write scholarly commentaries.
But he also calls some to be carpenters or plumbers or schoolteachers or whatever. He calls all of us to love God and neighbor. The Gospel of John begins with these words:. The Greek word epiphaneia means an appearance. In the New Testament, it means a divine appearance or a manifestation of the divine will. We use the word Epiphany to speak of the Wise Men coming to the baby Jesus—an early manifestation or appearing of the Lord to Gentiles.
There is a great chasm fixed between the living and the dead so that the dead person cannot reach across the chasm relate to the living—and the living cannot bridge the chasm to relate to the dead. It is this second kind of death—this spiritual death—that Christ brought to an end with his death and resurrection. The Greek word aphtharsia means incorruptibility. Our bodies are corrupted by disease, injury, and death. As I get older, I experience this happening.
I think of it as dying by inches—slow death. Then death brings about the final corruptibility.
We have dealt with that by paying embalmers and cosmeticians to restore the appearance of life and to delay the decay. They do a wonderful but superficial job, and have no power to restore life itself. But Christ reveals the twin blessings life and incorruptibility—not for the life we know on earth, but for the life that we shall experience after death.
Christ chose him—called him—appointed him to preach, lead, and teach. As noted above, Paul endured suffering for the sake of the Gospel Acts , 28; ; , 19; ; ; ; ; 1 Corinthians ; 2 Corinthians ; ; 2 Timothy ; Paul called for Timothy to be unashamed see v. The focus here is on Christ rather than on doctrine. Paul knows Christ. He encountered the risen Christ on the Damascus road Acts 9 , and has served him faithfully ever since. Paul is using the language of a banker.
The deposit or trust in question could be that with which Christ has entrusted Paul—or Paul could be talking about the service that he has rendered to Christ. Paul is convinced that Christ will safeguard his deposit or trust until Christ comes again. The Greek word logos word means word, but can also mean that which is conveyed by a word. When that happens, we severely compromise our witness. The same is true when we become overly concerned with programs or administrative details. I have seen too many people leave the church because of conflict with other people.
We had two big programs every week—one on Thursday evening and the other on Sunday evening. We would have people present for each meeting. The pressure to produce interesting programs was enormous. Paul uses this phrase often Romans ; 1 Corinthians ; Galatians ; 1 Timothy In this instance, it is through Christ that we receive faith and love—and it is Christ who enables us to express faith and love to others.
For the word partheke , see the comments on verse 12d above. In that case, Paul was trusting Christ to safeguard the partheke that Paul entrusted to Timothy. Now Paul asks Timothy to safeguard that trust. But Timothy is not on his own to accomplish this. The Holy Spirit dwells in him and us , and will make it possible for him and us to do this.
The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words hast, shineth, etc.
Bassler, Jouette M. The crucial question each of us must answer today is, "What is the source of Jesus' power and authority? Lesson The Parable of the Sower. This lesson marks the introduction of Parables and why they are an important teaching tool. We address in detail two parables: The Sower and the Wheat and the Tares noting their message for us today.
A list of all of Jesus' parables is included along with their scriptural references. Lesson Christ is the Bread of Life.
Biblical Studies (NT)
The important highlights in this lesson include: Why Jesus fed the five thousand; Peter walking on water, and an increased understanding of Jesus' sermon on the Bread of Life. Lesson Thou Art the Christ. Reading: Matthew — Lesson Become as Little Children. We conclude with Mary and Marthea and the importance of choosing the good part. Reading: Matthew 18; Luke Lesson The Light of the World.
Apostle Paul: Writer of Most of the New Testament
Here the focus is on the events that occurred during the the Feast of the Tabernacles. These include the woman taken in adultery and Jesus witness to all that he is, the Light of the World. Lesson Parable of the Good Shepherd. Lesson addresses: Healing of the Blind man; the Role of the Shepherd in contrast to the Hireling herder; the Parable of the Good Shepherd; the Feast of Dedication and the increased hatred toward Jesus and his departure from Jerusalem to Bethabara.
- Paul's Resumé!
- Two Men Ten Suns.
Lesson The Rich Man. Reading: Mark ; ; Luke ; ; Each addresses something that has been lost. We conclude with one of ten lepers being healed who then returns and gives what the other nine kept for themselves. Reading: Luke The focus is on the parable of the Unjust Judge and the Widow; the healing of a blind man, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
The common thread is the need for help and assistance when there was no one else to whom the individual could turn. Reading: Luke , ; ; John Lesson Woe unto You, Hypocrites. We now begin the last week of Jesus' mortal life. Our attention is on the events that occurred and the messages Jesus taught during the first three days of his final week, Sunday, April 2, to Tuesday, April 4, A. These three days mark the conclusion of Jesus' public ministry. Reading: Matthew ; John Lesson What is the Sign of Thy Coming?
This is a continuation of the events that occurred on Tuesday, April 4, A. They include: the Olivet Discourse; Three more parables and the judgment that will occur at the time of the commencement of Christ's Second Coming. Reading: Matthew ; Joseph Smith-Matthew. The concluding events of Tuesday are important pieces in bring about the final death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, April 5, marks Jesus' remarks being addressed mainly to the twelve. Reading: Luke ; John Lesson This is Life Eternal. Lesson explores: The events in the Upper Room include persecution of the apostles; Our Lord's discourse on the Comforter and his mission, concluding with the Intercessory Prayer. These events occurred on Wednesday evening, April 5, A. The events of Wednesday evening, April 5, A.