Being Fully Human: Lesson 4

How Creation Shapes Our Understanding of Vocation In Lesson 1, we explored God creating us in His likeness and image.  Today, we examine this again, but this time to understand how God’s creation of us shapes our vocations of service.  Genesis 1:27-28: So God created mankind in his own image; in his own image God […]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 14: Two Parables in a Vineyard Setting

The Unusual Vineyard Owner: Matthew 19:30-20:16 Immediate Setting In Matthew 19:16, a man approached Jesus: “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”  Jesus then brought up God’s Law (vs. 18-19), to which the man responded, “I have kept all these.”  So, Jesus told him something He knew he couldn’t do, “Go, sell […]

Being Fully Human: Lesson 3

In His Body, Christ Redeemed Us, Bringing Us into His Body To save us, Jesus became incarnate, which means the eternal God also became fully human by His human birth.  As both God and man, He considered it necessary to become a physical being to save us physical beings.  In His human nature, He became […]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 13: Two Parables on What Someone’s Prayer Reveals

The Parable of the Unjust Judge: Luke 18:1-8 Background in Luke Luke 17: 11-18: 8 is a significant unit focused on the “end times” with four major parts: Jesus heals the ten lepers: 17: 11-19, Jesus answers a question by some Pharisees about the coming of God’s Kingdom: 17:20-21, Jesus instructs His disciple on the […]

Being Fully Human: Lesson 2

Our Lord’s Physical Redemption Equals a Physical Salvation Last week, we learned the Hebrew term for “soul” [nephesh] or “spirit” [ruach] refers to the whole person as a living being.  Human beings live as souls—we do not “have” souls.  This association is so close we even find nephesh being used to refer to someone who […]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 12: Two Parables on Forgiveness

The Parable of the Two Debtors: Luke 7:36-50 Background in Luke Before Jesus tells this parable, we find an unnamed woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee.  This is early in Jesus’ public ministry.  She washes His feet with her tears and dries them with her hair, kissing His feet and anointing them. Though […]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 11: The Parable of the Lamp

Intro Earlier, in both Mark 4 and Luke 8, Jesus told The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:9, Luke 8:5-8) and then explained it (Mark 4:10-20, Luke 8:9-15).  He did this to prevent a misunderstanding about “the mystery [Greek, musterion, mystery; Latin, sacramentum] of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10).  On the heels […]

Being Fully Human: Lesson 1

The Beginning: The Physicality of Our Creation and Being Read Genesis 1:1-3a, 6a, 9a, 11a, 14a, 20a, 24a, and 26a What is common in how God creates what exists?   Read Genesis 1:27-28 What is different about the creation of man?   What is different from what God gave Adam and Eve to do than […]

The Parables of Jesus, Lesson 10: An Exploration of Salvation and Damnation

Intro In the last Lesson, in “The Parable of the Final Judgment” or “The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats,” many in the class left perplexed.  For the parable didn’t answer many of our questions. The parable did make clear: Salvation is 100% God’s doing. “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit […]

The Parables of Jesus, Lesson 9: The Parable of the Final Judgment

Intro In the last Lesson, we studied The Parable of the Ten Virgins and The Parable of the Talents, which all deal with being prepared to meet Jesus.  They both dealt with our Lord’s return on the Last Day and its significance.  Today, we learn what happens after Christ’s return—in a parable. We can understand […]