Two Views of the Messiah

Read Jeremiah 23:1-6, Isaiah 9:1-7, 53:1-6, Zechariah 9:9. List the characteristics of the future deliverer that you find in these texts. What kind of “conflicting” images appear here? When looking at these passages could see how there were two views of the Messiah.In some of these passages we see a ruling king and in other […]

Paul’s Concern

What reasons does Paul give for publicly confronting Peter? Gal. 2:11–14. Paul confronts Peter because he is not practicing the truth of the Gospel. The truth of the gospel declares that Jews and Gentiles are equals. When Peter alienates Gentiles from table-fellowship he demonstrates that he does not believe the truth of the gospel. Paul […]

Persecutor of Christians

 Read Acts 6:9–15. What charges were brought against Stephen? What do these charges remind you of? (See also Matt. 26:59–61.) Stephen was charged with speaking blasphemy against Moses and God ( Acts 6:11). Stephen was also accused of speaking against the temple and against the law. The Jews  from the Synagogue of the Freedmen felt threatened by […]

Worshiping What You Know Not

Read John 4:1–24. What important point about worship was Jesus making to the Samaritan woman in verse 21? Why was He pointing her away from specific places of worship? When Jesus had an encounter with this woman she waned Him to settle the question of where the appropriate place to worship was. Jesus points out […]

Walking in the Truth

“I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father” (2 John 4, NKJV). “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6, NKJV). What important point is being […]

“With All Your Heart”

Read 2 Chronicles 25:2. What is that text saying? What important point is being made about what’s inside us? This passage presents to us the idea that one can do right yet not with the whole heart. Amaziah still had a reserve for something elsethat had partial control of his will and his desires. God […]

The Spirit and Truth

“ ‘However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth’ ” (John 16:13, NJKV). In view of what we learned yesterday, it is obvious that the work of the Holy Spirit is to point us to Christ and to help us abide in Him. “ ‘But when the […]

“I Am . . . The Truth”

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6, NKJV) Write out a short paragraph explaining what you think this text means When Jesus says that He is the way it means that He is the path thatwe take to […]