The Certainty of Judgment
Amos spoke against Israel's sin at a time of religious decline, emphasizing the universality of God's reign over the nations. He warns of the absolute certainty of God's judgment.
The Lion of Judah
Amos insists that the church loses the centrality of the Word of God to its eternal peril.
Epilogue Part 2: Two Disciples, One Calling
The path of discipleship is to follow as the Lord sovereignly leads us.
Epilogue Part 1: Peter Restored
Through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, God wants to restore and recommission and send out His people even when we have failed.
The High Priestly Prayer
In contrast to the world's man-worshipping glory, John shows us a new category of glory reflected in the cross. John uniquely connects Jesus' suffering with glory. The cross is not the condition of glory. The Cross is God's glory. In giving the Father glory, Jesus reveals the nature of the Father's glory. We're being transformed from one degree of glory to another.
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The most mature Christians have often suffered greatly and yet experience great joy. The Comforter helps us and guides us in our persecution. Persecution cements the truth together with the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
As we see spiritual success in Christian mission, we are reminded of our total dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit.
Christ: The Way and the Truth
We do not need to be troubled by problems in the world because of who Christ is.
The Seventh Sign: Life From the Dead
The purpose of the signs are that we might believe on Christ and have life by His name.
Hearing the Master's Voice
By our inherited sinful nature, we are blind and deaf; we need to be born again in order for us to hear the voice of the shepherd. Power is the capacity to achieve a purpose. God's purpose is to win a covenant people for Himself. When Christ seemed powerless on the cross, His life was most powerful in accomplishing God's purpose. Jesus is working with the Father for the eternal security of the sheep; we need to listen to Him.