Category Archives: New Testament

Parallel NIV/Greek New Testament PDF on the word “Disciple”

I am attaching a pdf for you to download that has all the occurrences of the word “disciple” in the NIV paralleled with the Greek New Testament. There are nearly 300 occurences of this word in the New Testament!

In contrast the word “Christian” appears less than half a dozen times. In our current way of thinking one can be a Christian without thinking of themselves as a disciple but one cannot be a disciple without also being a Christian – be a disciple. A disciple is a follower of Jesus. This is how the first Christians thought of themselves and we should as well.

Parallel NIV/Greek New Testament on the word “Disciple”

One of the Most Dangerous Trends Today and 10 Tips to Counteract it

The dangerous trend is the rush to judgment without the facts. We react. We react quickly. We react repetitively. Our minds are being trained to view and respond, view and respond at such a fast rate that our accuracy is drastically diminished. How many different social media posts do you think your eyes scan inContinue Reading

A Discipleship Exercise

I want you to picture in your mind this scene from the Gospel of Matthew, “18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I willContinue Reading

From Disciple to Apostle – Their Shift is Our Shift

Jesus didn’t just teach his disciples. He also sent them out to teach what he taught (the kingdom) and do what he did (heal people). We see this in the sending of the 12 and the 72 in the gospels. In Matthew 10:1-2 we get a very interesting shift in language, ” Jesus called hisContinue Reading

Five Reasons You Need to Read The Old Testament

The more I study the New Testament (NT), the more I understand my need to study the Old Testament (OT). The Jesus’ story is a story of two testaments, not one. The Gospel is best understood when one has some comprehension of the whole Bible in order to get the full meaning of what isContinue Reading

What Does it Mean to Grieve the Holy Spirit?

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30 Ephesians 4 starts off with a discussion of unity. Paul makes it very clear that it is the Holy Spirit who unites us in Christ, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearingContinue Reading

What is the “Perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13? It Has Nothing to do with the Completion of the Bible

“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (KJV) For as far back as I can remember the popular interpretation of this verse was that the perfect was the completed New Testament.Continue Reading

Finding the Thread – Listening in John 9-11

In John 9 Jesus heals a man who was born blind…on the Sabbath (9:14). This got the attention of the local authorities who began to question the healed man. After verbally assaulting him the man defends Jesus saying, “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who doesContinue Reading

Preaching Philippians – A Reflection

This Sunday I am wrapping up a sermon series on Philippians. Philippians has long been one of my favorite books of the New Testament but I had never preached through it before. There were a few things that stand out in retrospect. First is partnership. The word for this is koinonia, often translated “fellowship” butContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 5:1-14 Elders Shepherding the Flock

In the last chapter of First Peter, Peter spends some time writing to the elders in his audience. The first word in the chapter is missed in some translations including the NIV< NRSV and NKJV – “Therefore.” This reminds us that what Peter is about to write is connected with what he was just talkingContinue Reading

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