Discipleship begins with the spiritual practice of questioning – John 1:35-42, Part 2

After hearing John the Baptist declare two days in a row that Jesus is the Lamb of God, in John 1, verse 37 we read that John’s disciples stop following John, and they start following Jesus.  Jesus hasn’t uttered a word.  And because of that, the scene strikes me as humorous.  The two disciples justContinue reading “Discipleship begins with the spiritual practice of questioning – John 1:35-42, Part 2”

The backstory of John the Apostle…continued – Gospel of John Into, Part 3

The fisherman we met in the first post of this blog series on the backstory of the Apostle John, brothers James and John, crank out the daily grind of trying to make ends meet in a job that is not very profitable.   Day after day goes by.  A week here a week there.  People areContinue reading “The backstory of John the Apostle…continued – Gospel of John Into, Part 3”

4 Faulty Viewpoints About Work – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 3

Each follower of Jesus, no matter their station in life, is called to work as unto the Lord.  Working unto the Lord means that we will avoid a faulty view of work. There are at least four faulty views to avoid. The first faulty viewpoint is when people think “working as unto the Lord” is justContinue reading “4 Faulty Viewpoints About Work – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 3”

Current Events – The Failure of Ravi Zacharias, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I told the story of Ravi Zacharias’ moral failure. How did this happen?  The reasons are typical for leadership failure.  There was a decades-long lack of accountability.  Zacharias had too much control and authority in his organization.  He was alone in many ways.  He was also extremely intelligent and convincing, able toContinue reading “Current Events – The Failure of Ravi Zacharias, Part 2”

What do we have to do to become followers of Jesus? – Acts 15, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This series of posts on Acts 15 is written by guest teacher David Hundert. Thanks, David! The series of five posts begins here. How do people become disciples of Jesus? What do they need to do? This was a hotly debated question in the early church, as the good news about Jesus expandedContinue reading “What do we have to do to become followers of Jesus? – Acts 15, Part 2”

How bamboo can help you understand your role in the mission of God – Acts 13, Part 5

Right about this time every year in my family’s backyard, we have bamboo that grows like mad.  In a matter of just a few days, a stalk can grow a couple feet.  It’s so fast, I sometimes wonder if I stare at it if I’ll see the motion of the growth!  Bamboo is also persistentContinue reading “How bamboo can help you understand your role in the mission of God – Acts 13, Part 5”

God designed you for mission – Acts 11:19-30, Part 4

What were you created to do? Do you know? What gifts, abilities and aptitudes do you have? Are you using them for a mission in the world? In this post we learn about how God wants all to be on mission, and how he has equipped us for mission! In the previous post, we learnedContinue reading “God designed you for mission – Acts 11:19-30, Part 4”

Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2

How are you dealing with being stuck at home these past two months? Feeling frustrated? This week we’re studying Acts 11:19-30, and what we read there could help us move from frustration to purpose. So grab a Bible and and read that passage. Did you notice there are three sections in the passage?  There isContinue reading “Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2”

Breaking down walls that keep us from accomplishing the mission of Jesus – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 5

Are there any “walls” you’ve allowed to keep you from fulfilling the mission of Jesus? This week as we have been studying Acts 9:32-11:18, we’ve seen how God appears to Peter in a dream, telling him to go to a non-Jew named Cornelius. In Acts 10:17-23, God’s dream to Peter comes true, as men fromContinue reading “Breaking down walls that keep us from accomplishing the mission of Jesus – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 5”

What Jesus wants his followers to do – Matthew 28, Part 4

Do you ever wonder if you are doing what Jesus wants you to do? Have you felt confused or concerned that perhaps you aren’t doing the right thing? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us wonder, but often life is so busy, or we get stuck in a rut, that we don’t take theContinue reading “What Jesus wants his followers to do – Matthew 28, Part 4”