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The Shepherd and His Flock. Lessons on Salvation by Faith — Lessons on the Book of John, Study #5, Part 1: The Healing of the Blind Man

Chapters 9 and 10 of John record yet another of Jesus' powerful discourses: The Shepherd and His Flock. In order to completely understand the discourse itself, however, we must first take a look at the miracle that preceded it: The healing of a blind man (See John...

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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. LESSONS ON SALVATION BY FAITH — LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #5, PART 2: Not by Works…

Last week, in The Shepherd and His Flock, Part 1, we saw that Jesus' teaching on the Shepherd and His flock is preceded by a powerful miracle: The healing of the blind man. But the man, after his healing find himself excommunicated from the synagogue by the Pharisees!...

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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. LESSONS ON SALVATION BY FAITH — LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #5, PART 3: Understanding the Sheep Pen

Last week, in The Shepherd and His Flock, Part 2, we learned that Jesus was reproaching the Pharisees of being spiritually blind. Why? Because when brought face to face with Truth, they chose to hang on to their pet beliefs. And for this Jesus said, "but now that you...

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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. LESSONS ON SALVATION BY FAITH — LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #5, PART 4: I am the Gate

Last week, in The Shepherd and His Flock, Part 3, we learned that a sheep pen was a low, open enclosure with a simple, ungated opening. The shepherd, himself, would lie down across the opening to keep predators out during the night. We also learned that sometimes many...

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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. LESSONS ON SALVATION BY FAITH — LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #5, PART 5: I am the Good Shepherd

Last week, in The Shepherd and His Flock, Part 4, we saw that Jesus is the "gate" to the sheep pen. He willingly took the fall for us, when we were the ones who deserved it, and as a result, salvation and eternal life are ours for the taking. There is just one catch:...

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THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK. LESSONS ON SALVATION BY FAITH — LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #5, PART 6: There Shall be ONE Flock and One Shepherd

Last week, in The Shepherd and His Flock, Part 5, we saw that when we follow our Good Shepherd, when we let Him lead us, not only are we assured life eternal, but we are assured that He will be our provider, our protector, and our guide throughout life. God doesn’t...

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MISCELLANEOUS LESSONS FROM JOB: STUDIES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB, #5, PART 1: Our Greatest Fear

(This 5-part study is Study #5 from the series, Studies From the Book of Job. You can access the other studies by clicking here.) Poor Job. His life was forever altered. He lost his wealth, his family, and then, even his health. His reaction? He begins to curse the...

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MISCELLANEOUS LESSONS FROM JOB: STUDIES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB, #5, PART 2: The Way to Console

(This 4-part study is Study #5 from the series, Studies From the Book of Job. You can access the other studies by clicking here.) My son had only had his driver's license for a few days when he had his first accident. He called me at work, visibly shaken. Praise God,...

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MISCELLANEOUS LESSONS FROM JOB: STUDIES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB, #5, PART 3: The Correct Way to Administer Correction

(This 4-part study is Study #5 from the series, Studies From the Book of Job. You can access the other studies by clicking here.) "With friends like that, who needs enemies!" I have heard this expression all of my life, but I can't think of any more appropriate...

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MISCELLANEOUS LESSONS FROM JOB: STUDIES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB, #5, PART 4: The Snares of Pride

Poor Job. It seems that it isn't enough to have lost his health, wealth and family, the devil continues to torment him with the "comforting words" of his "friends." As the discussions go back and forth, the friends dip deeply into judgementalism and presumption (see...

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Miscellaneous Lessons From Job: Studies from the Book of Job, #5, Part 5: The Reality of Hell

It can be said that although Job's three friends did't have a complete understanding of God, they seemed to have a very accurate understanding of the punishment of the wicked. Especially Zophar, as recorded in Job 20. Let's take a look: "The joy of the godless lasts...

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THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES: LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #6, Part 1: Introduction — The Water Spigot

(The book of John takes us through many deep discussions that Jesus gave at various times in His ministry. Please click herefor Study #1 -- Jesus and Nicodemus; Study #2 -- The Woman at the Well; Study #3 -- At the Pool of Bethesda; and Study #4 -- Bread of Life; and...

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THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES: LESSONS ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, STUDY #6, Part 2: Just Why is it that we Must Bear Fruit?

(The book of John takes us through many deep discussions that Jesus gave at various times in His ministry. Please click herefor Study #1 -- Jesus and Nicodemus; Study #2 -- The Woman at the Well; Study #3 -- At the Pool of Bethesda; and Study #4 -- Bread of Life; and...

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