More from the Good Shepherd (John 10:22-30)

Given that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, what does this mean for our own lives, given we are to walk as Jesus walked and imitate His character? This lesson examines Jesus’, Paul’s, and Peter’s expectations for us as shepherds, whether of our family or our local church, and addresses the gap between the Biblical role of shepherd/elder/overseer and the reality in many churches today. Our lesson also takes a fascinating look at the history of the Feast of Dedication (in which Jesus participates in John 10). We conclude by tackling Jesus’ statement “no one can snatch you out of My hand”, which has been used by many to teach unconditional eternal security (“once saved, always saved”).

I Am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-21)

What did Jesus mean when He announced, “I am the Good Shepherd”? Was this simply an illustration He came up with on the spot, or was He pointing back to prophecies or foreshadowings from the Hebrew Scriptures? In this lesson we consider five good shepherds in the Old Testament, as well as five significant prophecies about a good shepherd to come. Taken together, they provide a multi-faceted picture of the personality and mission of Christ.

A Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)

In the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus famously tells the woman that He does not accuse her. This has been used to justify a “Who am I to accuse anyone?” attitude of tolerating sinful lifestyles in the modern church. In this lesson we take a deeper look into this story, to get a clearer picture of who Jesus is: willing to extend mercy; yet insisting on repentance. We also consider an example of how this story was used to challenge and instruct leaders in the early church.

Abraham Enters Canaan and a Meeting with Melchizedek (Genesis 12-14)

At age seventy-five, Abraham and his wife Sarah obey God and leave their homeland, to embark on a great mission to an unknown land. We learn of the many important promises God gives to Abraham as well as how Abraham conducts himself along their journey....

What True Greatness Looks Like

What does spiritual greatness look like?  What makes a great church leader?  What makes a great Christian?  In this lesson, the case is made that the twelve apostles exemplified greatness -- men who Jesus poured himself into and who went on to spread Christianity throughout the then modern day world.  Were the twelve apostles really the bumbling spiritual fools as they are so often characterized?  This lesson opens our eyes to the true Christ-like character of the twelve and calls us to imitate their example, if we hope to see the Gospel spread as it did in their day.  

1 Corinthians 9:1-23 - Winning as Many as Possible: Self-Supporting Ministry and Becoming All Things to All Men

In this passage, we are inspired by Paul's example to win people to Christ. Paul puts forth his example as a self-supporting minister (as a tent-maker) and his commitment to "become all things to all men" that he might "by all means save some." What does this example look like? Why does Paul choose this lifestyle? What lessons can we learn from Paul to put into practice in our churches and individual lives?