The Prayers of the Apostles

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.

Miracles and the God of Israel

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.

Apostolic Succession

Apostolic Succession

Paul summarized his role as an apostle: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). This sacrificial death in light of the coming resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12ff.) is the faith with which the apostles were “entrusted” (cf. 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 5:19; Gal. 2:7; 1 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 1:11; Tit. 1:3)…

Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus is quite perplexing (akin to Peter’s reinstatement). Jesus’ declaration that one must be “born again” is a cornerstone of modern evangelicalism (at the end of his life George Whitefield said he preached on John 3:3 no less that 5,000 times!). However, the traditional evangelical explanation is…