Evangelism of Jesus – Study

Evangelism of Jesus – a guided self-study regarding eight different evangelistic encounters of Jesus from the Gospels:

  • The Religious: Nicodemus, John 3.1-21
  • The Immoral: The Samaritan woman at the well, John 4.1-42
  • The Sick / Blind: The paralytic, Matthew 9.1-8
  • The Possessed: The Gerasene demoniac, Mark 5.1-20
  • The Children: Brought by parents, Mark 10.13-16
  • The Rich: The rich, young ruler, Mark 10.17-31
  • The Hated: Zacchaeus, the tax gatherer, Luke 19.1-10
  • The Condemned: The two thieves at the cross, Luke 23.32-47

After reading the biblical text, space is provided to summarize what is learned about his message, method, and manner. Space is also provided for an overall summary of what has been learned from each encounter: observing Jesus’ message, method, and manner, how should we and others sincerely following him think, feel, and act.


PDF ver. 2014-03-01
7 pp 8.5 x 11″ .12 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU; edits to headers
2009-12-02: New release

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Raising Children in the Lord (Study)

Raising Children in the Lord is a self-study aimed at helping church communities to better understand their responsibilities. For each passage, word studies are suggested and space is provided to summarize what the passage teaches.

  • The Law — Deuteronomy 4.39-40; 5.16; 6.1-9; 21.18-21; 31.12-13
  • The Psalms — 17.13-15; 78.5-8; 127.5-8; 128.1-4
  • The Proverbs — 3.11-12; 13.24; 19.18; 22.6; 22.15; 23.13-14; 29.15-17
  • The Gospels — Matthew 10.21-22; Mark 10.13-16; Luke 14.25-26; 18.28-20
  • The Epistles — Ephesians 6.1-4; Colossians 3.20-21; First Thessalonians 2.11-12; Titus 1.6

Overall Summary: The study blanks provide space to consolidate ideas into a clear and concise set of principles. Further studies are suggested.


PDF ver. 2014-03-01
8 pp 8.5 x 11″ .09 mb

PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2009-12-02: New release

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Understanding Spiritual Authority

Understanding Spiritual Authority is a six-page guided bible study with the purpose of helping believers to better understand what key passages teach about the nature of spiritual authority in the church and the responsibilities of a growing Christian in light of this understanding.

Includes a study highlighting insights from Proverbs on how we should respond to reproof and instruction.

  • The nature of spiritual authority:
    1. Terms used to describe the nature of church leaders
    2. What God expects from spiritual leaders
    3. Summary of findings about the responsibilities of spiritual leaders
  • The response to spiritual authority:
    1. Terms used to describe the believer’s response
    2. What God expects from us in our attitude toward spiritual authority
    3. Summary of findings about our responsibilities to spiritual leaders
    4. Proverbs on reproof and instruction

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
6pp 8.5 x 11″ .09 mb

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2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2009-10-05: New release

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Foundations Hermeneutics / Exegesis

Bible Study Approach

“Entering the textual world through the implied reader community” — this two-page guide, outlines and diagrams how to approach the study of a passage.

  • Historical Background
    Reading the Bible as history.
    1. Critical (history of the text); Questions of authorship—author, recipients, origin, date, and occasion; give attention to both internal and external evidence; give thought to the historical-critical consensus; cf. “Critical Method Sheet.”
    2. Descriptive (history in the text). Illustrative, not polemic; place the priority on a floating rather than an absolute chronology; i.e., the “world of the text.”
      • Political. The question of time: political affairs, government institutions, and military events; cf. timeline.
      • Geographical. The question of place: topography, climate, and other environmental questions; cf. map.
      • Cultural. The question of being: intellectual, religious, social, economic, demographic, technological development, etc.
  • Literary Foreground
    Reading the Bible as literature.
    1. Genre. Outer form: The literary type it belongs to and the characteristics of that type; cf. form criticism.
      • Primary. The overriding genre; cf. comparative literature.
      • Embedded. Sub-genre or forms; cf. poetry, prophecy, speeches, annals, records, genealogies, etc.
    2. Rhetoric. Inner form: the rhetorical structure the author uses to communicate his message, noting its unique stylistic techniques and aesthetic qualities; cf. speech-act theory.
    3. Composition. Surface structure; cf. outline.
      • Narrative Context. Book, discourse, section, paragraph; cf. intra-textuality, where it is in the narrative account or argument; cf. Discourse Analysis.
      • Canonical Context. Bible, testament, writer; cf. inter-textuality, how it is used in the rest of Scripture, i.e., the use of the OT in the NT.
  • Exegesis-Theology
    1. Diagram the syntactical structure. Resolve any textual problems, parse all finite and non-finite verbs, and lay out relationships between principle, coordinate, and subordinate clauses. Cf. verbal spine and subject change.
    2. Construct a tentative outline. Sketch the basic structure of the author’s train of thought, with special attention given to genre, literary conventions, and rhetorical rhythm.
    3. Interpret the clauses. Define the key words, make grammatical / syntactical observations, and note such features as word order and emphasis. Clauses must be understood in light of sentences, sentences in light of paragraphs, and paragraphs in light of larger wholes.
    4. Re-engage the historical and literary context. Correlate the contextual materials. There is no meaning apart from context, only several meanings; we must grasp the whole before we can make sense of the parts.
    5. Survey the secondary literature. Note its contribution to a clearer understanding of the text. Cf. reference works, commentaries, journal articles, etc.
    6. Develop the theological meaning.
    7. Establish the dispensational context, interact with the meaning matrix, and re-contextualize the literary shape for its theological significance.
    8. Prepare an exposition. Design it around the theological meaning; include an introduction, transitions, and a conclusion. Feel free to interact with your faith tradition. Cf. historical, biblical, and systematic theologies.

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PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2013-01-22: Added ‘cf. Discourse Analysis’
2012-2008 (7x): Changes to text and SKU
2007-11-28: New on site

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