John 15:1-16:4 is the heart of Jesus’ last conversation with His disciples. First we have Jesus’ promise: “Abide in Me and you will bear much fruit” (John 15:1-11). Then Jesus’ command: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12-17). Finally, Jesus’ warning: “in the world you will face persecution” (15:18-16:4). Jesus shows us how to live in Him (15:1-11), in the church (15:12-17), and in the world (15:18-16:4). Check out recorded explanation of this passage below.
Why did Jesus insist on washing Peter’s feet and only his feet? Check out this explanation of John 13:1-17, 34-35.
The “Love Chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13. So well known, yet so profound. Listen to this concise exposition and discover what kind of love truly makes the “world go round.”
Last week we heard Jesus’ command to love our enemies. The picture above of the Mennonite Dirk Willems, who in 1569 saved his persuer at the cost of his own execution, embodies that love. Today we listen to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan and his teaching on loving our “neighbor” as ourselves. For a concise explanation of this parable, click below:
In this Sunday’s lesson we have the heart of Jesus’ teaching about Christian conduct: “Love your enemies.” “Pray for those who abuse you.” “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” What does it all mean? To enjoy a concise exposition of this passage, click the recording below:
Today’s lesson brings this series about Joseph and his brothers to a conclusion. Today we see how tough love and godly sorrow produce the fruit of true repentance and genuine forgiveness. True repentance and genuine forgiveness, in turn, are the foundation of reconciliation and wholeness of life. For a concise exposition of today’s lesson, click below:
In today’s lesson Joseph confronts his brothers. This is a story of tough love and godly sorrow that lead to redemption and reconciliation. For a concise exposition of this lesson click below:
Today’s Scripture lesson continues the themes begun in Genesis 37-39. By meditating on Genesis 40-41 we begin to see how even the things Joseph suffered were the result of God’s faithfulness. God’s bringing salvation through Joseph’s suffering foreshadows Christ and assures us that we can trust God. For a concise exposition of this passage, click below.
In James 3:13-18, James entices us to desire the “wisdom from above.” He describes the beauty of this God-given wisdom by contrasting it with false “wisdom” that is “earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.” Then, in James 5:7-12, James encourages us to remain faithful in this chaotic world by assuring us of Christ’s return and the mercy of the Lord. Click below for an explanation and application of these passages.
James exposes the terrible destruction caused by the untamable human tongue. But he also offers a solution. For a concise exposition of this Sunday’s lesson from James 3:1-12, check out the podcast below. Maybe you will discover James’ (and the Bible’s) answer to this problem?