This week, our lesson focused on a story about a woman caught in adultery, and Jesus’ response both to her and her accusers. (You can listen to the full lesson here.) It’s a story that teaches us a lot not only about Jesus and his mission, but about our own need for grace and … Continue reading What part do we play in the story of Jesus and the adulterous woman?
In Colossians 1:9-10, we read that Paul’s prayer for the Colossians – and for all Christians – is to live a life that is worthy of the Lord. That seems odd to us in some ways, because we understand that we can’t earn our salvation, that we are saved by the grace of God … Continue reading How can Christians lead worthy lives?
Typically, people in the world — and I include many Christians in this statement — have the same reaction when they see someone that's considered more excited about serving God than is considered "normal." They think they're nuts. Based on scripture, I suspect that's how a lot of people saw Jesus most of the time. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus put spiritual things first
Jesus is a historical (despite the protests of some) and spiritual figure who has divided people for centuries since his brief period of public ministry. It seems safe to say that no one has ever impacted the world in such a short time. No one could, except for one who came as the son of … Continue reading Lecture series: “Who was Jesus, and what does that mean for me?”
Jesus' mission on this earth was of a spiritual nature. He came to establish a kingdom that would bring Jew and Gentile together in one body — his own. He lived his life with a singular focus matched by few, if any. As we've already discussed, he came to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10). … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus was compassionate