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Life of Christ (2007-2009)


If there is any one study worth the time you can give it, this is the one.  Meet the Master; you will never be the same again. 

An earlier version of this series (yes, we've done it twice) is found here.

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Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 1, John 1:1-18

The Incarnation

 A discussion of the supreme miracle, the incarnation of the Word of God.

Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

On This Wise

 The accounts of the birth of Christ

From all four Gospels

 John The Baptist

 Overview of the life and ministry of John the Baptist

Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13

Temptation of Christ

 The temptation in the wilderness.

John 1:29 - 2:12

First Miracle

 The calling of the first disciples and the miracle of water becoming wine at Cana in Galilee

John 2:13 - 3:36

Born Again

 The first cleansing of the Temple, followed by Nicodemus' visit by night.

John 4:5-42

The Woman at the Well

 Christ offers the sinful woman living water

Matthew 9:9-17, Mark 2:13-22, Luke 5:27-29

Call of Matthew

 Call of Matthew. Discussion concerning the "church as health club for saints" and "church as hospital for sinners."

John 5

Equality with the Father

Jesus declares His equality with God the Father.

Matthew 5:1-12


 Blessed are the ...

Matthew 5:13-48

Heard It Said

 From the Sermon on the Mount, salt and light, turn the other cheek.

Matthew 6:1-18

Secret Saint

 Christ's teaching on prayer, including the Lord's Prayer.

Matthew 6:19-34


 Treasure - and where your heart is.

Matthew 7

Golden Rule

 Judge not; ask, seek and knock; the narrow gate.

Luke 7

Faith to Doubt

 The centurion of great faith; the widow of Nain; the doubts of John the Baptist.

Matthew 11:20-30, Luke 7:36-50

Rest for the Weary

 The basis for judgment; rest for the weary; the sinful woman.

Matthew 12:22-50

Looking for a Sign

 Liar, lunatic or Lord?

Matthew 13:1-52


  Various parables which describe the nature of the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 4:53 - 5:43

Traveling Healer

 Stilling the storm; demon possessed man and the herd of swine; Jairus and the women who touched His garment.

Matthew 10

Sending The Twelve

  Sending forth the twelve apostles, the first time.

John 6:22-71

Bread of Life

 The bread of life; discussion of predestination and free will.

Matthew 15,  16:5-12


  Is it really true that our only tradition is that we have no traditions?

Matthew 16:13 - 17:21

Who Is This Man?

 Prophecy of Christ's death; the Transfiguration and life to come.

Matthew 17:24 - 18:14

Greatness In The Kingdom

 The two-drachma fishing expedition; the little child as model.

Matthew 18:15-35, Luke 9:57-62

Cost of the Kingdom

  Church Discipline; the Duty of Forgiveness; First Place - or no place.

John 8:1-11

Taken In Adultery

 The woman taken in adultery.

John 9

Man Born Blind

  Christ opens the eyes of the man born blind; the eyes of the Pharisees remain shut.

Luke 10:25-37

Who Is My Neighbor?

 The Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:38 - 11:13

Dishes and Prayer

 Mary, Martha and dishes, plus Jesus' teaching on prayer (short version of the Lord's prayer)

Luke 12:1-34

Wealth and Worry

 Advice to rich fools: shoot the camel.

Luke 12:35-59

Waiting for the End

 What the Christian should be doing while waiting for the return of our Lord.

Luke 14

Costly Banquet

 A primer on banquets, both now and at the return of our Lord.

Luke 15:11-32

Prodigal Son

 The greatest short story ever told, a tale of humble repentance and extravagant welcome home

Luke 16:19-31

Lazarus & Rich Man

 A discourse on Lazarus & Dives, taken largely from the homilies of St. John Chrysostom

John 11

Resurrection & Life

  The raising of Lazarus; the great confession of Martha, "better for you that one man die for the people"

Matthew 19:3-12

Divorce and the Church

  Christ's teaching on the subject of divorce. Reader beware.

Matthew 19:38 - 20:28 and parallel passages

 Who’s Who

 Jesus blesses the little children; the rich young ruler and servant leadership (James and John ask to be at His right and left hand)

Luke 18:35 - 19:28 and parallel passages

 On The Verge

  Bartimaeus, Zacchaeus and the Parable of the Ten Minas.

Luke 19:28-41, John 12:12-25

Passion Week - Beginning

 The Triumphal Entry, Cleansing the Temple; Inquiry of the Greeks.

Matthew 21:23-32

Nature of Authority

 "By what authority?" A discourse on the dimensions and source of authority, including that of Christ.

Matthew 22:15-22

Christians and Kings

 "Render unto Casar"

Matthew 22:23-46 and parallel passages

 Testing Jesus

  The "seven brothers" problem; the greatest commandment and why does David call him Lord?

Matthew 24:1-44


 The Olivet Discourse.

Matthew 26:1-16 and parallel passages


 Jesus anointed at Bethany; Judas agrees to betray him

Luke 22:24-34, John 13:1-30

Not Like That

  The disciples argue among themselves as to who is the greatest; Christ washes the disciples' feet; the betrayal by Judas and the denial by Peter.

1st Corinthians 11:23-32

Lord’s Supper

 Discourse on symbolic communication in the Lord's Supper; its nature as a covenant; self examination and its consequences

John 14

Oneness of God

 The problem of one way; the oneness of the Trinity; the oneness of Christ and His church

John 15:1 - 16:4

Church and World

 The true vine; the church and the world; love one another

John 16:5-15

On the Holy Spirit

 A discourse on the Holy Spirit

John 17

High Prayer

 Christ's High Priestly prayer.

Matthew 26:31-46

Garden Prayer

  The scene in the garden of Gethsemane.

Various Scriptures


 The trials of Jesus Christ before his Crucifixion.

Various Scriptures

 The Cross

  "Take up the Cross" - what the Cross meant to Christ; how the Apostles viewed it; what we should do about it.

Various Scriptures

 Defending the Resurrection

 A look at the apologetics of the Resurrection

Various Scriptures


 Great Commission, Waiting in Jerusalem, Ascension

These lessons were originally delivered in 2007 - 2009.