What did the Jews of Jesus’ day mean when they talked about “the Son of David”? In other words, what were their expectations concerning the Davidic Covenant? Moreover, what were the implications of the incarnation concerning these expectations (cf. Lk 1:32-33)? In this teaching, I explain the four primary elements of the Davidic Covenant found in 2 Samuel 7, their affirmation in the New Testament, and their continued applicability today.
The apostle Peter tells us, “do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Pet 4:12). How do we understand and deal with suffering in this life? Is it something normal for Christians, or is it something strange? And why does God allow suffering in our lives? The Bible’s answers to these questions are found in its narrative of redemptive history. The story we live by determines how we relate to suffering and trials.
This audio seminar outlines the worldview and essential elements of the apostolic proclamation/kerygma. Beginning with a theology of creation, judgment, messianic hope, and Jewish election, this seminar examines how the apostles understood the crucifixion and resurrection of the Jewish Messiah, which was then confirmed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The prayers recorded in the New Testament reveal the heart and soul of the apostolic witness. We pray what we believe. We pray what we desire. We pray what we love. The apostles loved the Cross and the Parousia. The apostolic prayers instill within us that which holds ultimate and eternal significance. They inspire holy ambition. And they spur us on to take up our cross and wait for his Son from heaven.
The New Testament is filled with accounts of signs, wonders, and miracles. But what did they mean to the first century Jews who were following Jesus? Many teach that miracles and the gift of the Holy Spirit meant that God was spiritually reinterpreting and realizing the hope of Israel. I disagree. In this teaching I work through a number of miracles in the Gospels and show how they actually reinforce the hope of Israel. The God who still works miracles is still the God of Israel.
This is a dynamic course taught by John. In 15 different class settings, John teaches on the subjects of cruciform-apocalypticism, jewish expectations of the age to come, the sacrificial system alongside the grace of God…