We will finish studying the life and martyrdom of Steven. This is a soul-stirring account that gives us a good view of the Biblical faith. Then we will begin looking at another of the first deacons of the church who was a true radical for Jesus.
The final verses involved in choosing the first deacons is one point we will focus on in this podcast. This leads into the account of Stephen, who was one of those first deacons, and his life, testimony and martyrdom. We will only have time to dig into the opening thoughts of this account and the catalyst that led to his murder. This is a much needed message today.
The second bout of persecution that’s recorded in the Book of Acts is the topic of this study. We ended our last lesson with the apostles in jail. Now we will see them miraculously set free by a supernatural visitor and then they are arrested again. They are now able to testifying about Jesus to the entire Sanhedrin Council. What a great opportunity.
In this lesson we will get into some of the dynamics that made the primitive church so powerful. What the Lord has done in the past are prophesies of what He wants to do again. That thought comes from Charles Spurgeon and it is true. The Lord wants the life of the early church to be in the church of today, regardless of the culture.
We are only going to dig into two verses in this lesson. They contain some of the fruit that came out of the Day of Pentecost as seen in Acts chapter two. There are two points that stand out. The first is the power of the Holy Spirit that brought 3000 souls to Christ and the second is the devotion those early saints had for Jesus. This is a very important lesson to understand and apply to our lives.
In this lesson we will study the final words Jesus spoke to the disciples at the Last Supper. Then we will examine Jesus going to the Garden of Gethsemane and His command, which was also an invitation, for the disciples to pray with Him. Instead, they all fell asleep. There are some powerful lessons we all need to learn from this account.
In the opening of this lesson we will look at what Jesus meant by a “house of prayer.” Then we will begin digging into chapter 20 of Luke’s Gospel. The first event that happened was about some religious leaders that asked Jesus “by what authority are you doing these things.” These things refer to Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and His cleansing the Temple. This will give us a glimpse at the radical, yet loving Savior.
The first four verses of Luke 17 addresses the serious subject of stumbling people, which is to lead them to sin. This is followed by Jesus answering the important request the disciples made to Him to increase their faith. What follows is some really practical teaching on how we are to grow our faith.
We will finish studying the Parable of the Prodigal Son and chapter 15 in this lesson. This will include the father’s response to his prodigal son’s repentance, which had some profound meanings. Then we dig into the elder brother’s reaction to learning that his wayward brother had returned home after living a wild life. The elder brother wasn’t happy that the father put on a celebration for this young rebel. There are some powerful truths to glean from this message.
In this lesson we will examine what Jesus meant when He told us to make every effort to enter the Kingdom of God. We will also search out the meaning of what Jesus said about many will try to enter, but will not be able to. This is a very interesting lesson so don’t miss it.
In Luke 12:31 Jesus gave us the command to seek His kingdom. In the verses we are studying in this lesson, Jesus elaborated on what it means to seek Him and His kingdom above everything and everyone. What He taught is foundational to living out the Biblical faith, so it is of great importance that we know these truths.
In this lesson we will finish Luke chapter 10 by studying the time Jesus went to the home of Martha and her sister Mary. There is are some very powerful lessons that we can learn from this event. Then we will begin examining the first verse of chapter 11 that will take us into the important subject of prayer.
Jesus had a brief discussion with 3 men. To each of them He gave a short parable. To summarize all three discussions we could say that the overarching theme is the cost of discipleship. This is a very thought provoking and soul stirring message.
As Jesus was passing through Samaria He was rejected by a village. James and John were so angry they wanted Jesus to call down fire on them and consume the entire village. This is an interesting account that exposes the anger and prejudice that can be us and that we must get victory over it. This account leads into the next event where Jesus had a brief conversation with three men. We will only begin looking at this account. There is some good stuff in this study.
The theme of this lesson can be simply stated as “The Cost of Discipleship.” Anyone that wants to be a follower of Jesus must understand what the Lord is teaching in the verses we are studying. These truths are so important that our eternal destiny hangs upon what we do with them.
We will study in this lesson what Jesus said to a couple of John the Baptist’s disciples that were sent by the great prophet to inquire if Jesus was the promised Messiah. Then we will see what Jesus said about John after the prophet’s disciples left to tell John what they saw and heard. There are some wonderful truths in this lesson.
There are two parts to this lesson. The first is finishing Luke chapter 2 where we will look at the only Biblical account of Jesus as a young boy. The second is our returning to Luke chapter 6 where we stopped two months ago to study the Christmas story during the Christmas season. In chapter 6 of Luke we will look at one very challenging verse, which is the 24th where Jesus said, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.” Don’t miss this lesson.
This is a continuation of the Christmas story. We will finish looking at the shepherds that went to see Jesus. Then we will move on to what happens during the next month after our Savior’s birth. The first event was His circumcision and the second was His dedication in the Temple in Jerusalem along with Mary’s purification. There are some practical principles that come out in this lesson that will help anyone who wants to be a follower of Jesus.
As we study 1 John 2:11-14 we will dig a little deeper into the light verses darkness theme John used from the beginning of this epistle. He will also give some words of encouragement to dear children, young men and spiritual fathers. This is a great lesson.
Ephesians 6:18 is the verse we will study in this lesson. Paul is continuing his teaching on spiritual warfare, but takes it in the direction of prayer. This powerful weapon is an indispensable part of the Biblical faith. This message will challenge you.
This lesson is controversial. Ephesians 5:18 is the focus of this study that is on the subject of alcohol. Should Christians drink or not drink alcohol? Listen to the whole teaching and don’t get angry before you hear the entire message and prayerfully consider what is said. You can subscribe for free to The Radical Truth Podcast through iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, Blubrry, Stitcher or Tunein.
In this lesson from Ephesians 4:14-19 Paul gives some straight talk about growing up in the faith. He also makes a strong contrast between those who are mature in the faith and those who have given themselves over to sin. This message that Paul gave us nearly 2000 years ago speaks into our present situation so don’t miss it.
In Ephesians 3:16-17 we will study such topics as the glorious riches of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit that’s made available to us and what it means for Christ to dwell in our hearts through faith. This encouraging message will boost you faith.