Jesus and the Davidic Expectations

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.

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Theology of Suffering

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.

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The Apostolic Kerygma Seminar

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.

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The Prayers of the Apostles

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.

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Miracles and the God of Israel

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.

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Kingdom Conversations

This audio seminar discusses some of the controversial aspects of Jesus’ use of the “kingdom of God”. Did Jesus and the apostles speak of the kingdom along of the lines of the common Jewish apocalyptic expectations of the day? Or did they reinterpret and subvert these expectations? The answers to these questions have far reaching implications.

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Martyrdom: The Glorious Destiny of the Church

In light of the Day of the Lord being near (cf. Rom. 13:12; Phil. 4:5; Heb. 10:25; Jam. 5:8; 1 Pe. 4:7; 2 Pe. 3:3ff) patient enduring faith in God, his Messiah, and the restoration of all things is the foundation of the Church’s mission in this age. However, in context to the Day of the Lord the church is also called to faithfully witness to Jesus and the…

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Biblical Theology Seminar

This video/audio seminar gives a comprehensive but concise layout of biblical theology. Session 1 discusses the truth of heart, mind and lifestyle. Session 2 compares a biblical worldview with a hellenistic worldview by examining creation with how the heavens and earth were made. Session 3 gives an…

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History of the World Christian Movement

John discusses some of the main events which occurred throughout the course of Church history. The classes are differentiated between various historical timeframes. John’s teaching occurred every other week through a semester, so each class session reflects this.

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