The word “occupation” is often used in reference to the Middle East. As believers it is critical that we have a biblical view of what occupation is so that we labor with a biblical perspective towards a biblical outcome. Thankfully, the Scripture addresses the real issues of occupation.
The Biblical narrative is ultimately undergirded by the biblical covenants. The covenants are the means by which God’s redemptive plan unfolds and it is important to understand these covenant to understand biblical history, God’s present work in the nations, and the how His work in the nations will conclude.
In Zechariah God makes a dramatic prediction about a day in the future when He will pour out the Spirit on Israel, they will see Jesus, and mourning unto repentance will fill the land. It is important not to miss how central this passage is in the New Testament.
One of the most impactful parts of studying John’s life is studying how his life ended. The end of his life, perhaps more than any other part of his life, best illustrates just why Jesus referred to him as the greatest man born of woman.This is part of the series The Life and Ministry of John the Baptist.
John had such divine authority resting on him that, even though he did not do any miracles, the people questioned whether he was the Messiah simply because of his preaching. The prophetic voice had re-emerged in John, but the core of the message itself was shocking.This is part of the series The Life and Ministry of John the Baptist.
John was called to “go before the face of God” and therefore had to live before the face of God. John learned this lesson: Crowds are seducing, but the desert is where the first burns, the burning bush appears, and God speaks.This is part of the series The Life and Ministry of John the Baptist.
The announcement of John’s birth by Gabriel alone is enough to indicate the significance of his ministry because Gabriel only makes four recorded appearances in Scripture, and only announces two births – John’s and Jesus’.This is part of the series The Life and Ministry of John the Baptist.
When Jesus surveyed all of Israel’s glorious prophetic history and the great men of old like Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, and Daniel, He named John as the greatest man born of woman. Jesus assessment of John’s life demands that we study John’s life to recognize why God valued Him so deeply.This is part of the series The Life and Ministry of John the Baptist.
If Jesus is worthy of the worship of men and woman, He is worthy of the adoration of millions of children. Both the Scripture and the data tell us that ministry to children must be a primary part of our missions strategy if we are serious about winning nations and transforming societies.This is part of the series Children, Missions, and Suffering.
The love of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit is more than a concept. It is a truth that we can fully experience, and this is born out by experience. We have to consider our pastoral responsibility with regard to suffering believers, but we also have to remember that the chief shepherd of the sheep is also engaged with His sheep.This is part of the series Children, Missions, and Suffering.
While the Lord brings many to Himself as adults, the statistics show that it is much easier to bring children to Jesus than it is adults. In light of this research, we have to ask very serious questions about whether the church is putting enough emphasis on children’s ministry.This is part of the series Children, Missions, and Suffering.
Jesus wanted the children to be near to Him, and this is a major factor in how we approach children’s ministry even in difficult countries. Conversations about missions should begin by asking, “What does Jesus want?” If we take Jesus’ words about children literally then He wants them.This is part of the series Children, Missions, and Suffering.