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While there are many books written about Christian discipleship, there are not nearly enough books on discipleship that primarily expound the Bible itself. The Apostle John wrote three letters, however, with the main purpose of helping disciples to grow.

That You May Know: A Primer on Christian Discipleship is an enriching study that will lead you through John’s teaching on following Jesus as a disciple.

This book is more than a commentary and more than a topical book on the subject of Christian discipleship. Instead, this is a primer on Christian discipleship written as a careful reading of God’s word in 1, 2 & 3 John. It’s ideal for your own individual devotional reading or as a helpful resource for your group Bible study.


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Bible Studies: The Gospel of John

John 21:1–25: The Shepherds of Jesus

In John 21:1–25, John closes his Gospel with a humbling reality: Jesus entrusts his flock to faltering shepherds. (Exposition of John 21:1–25)

John 20:19–31: The Commission of Jesus

Jesus is risen from the dead, but he will soon ascend to the Father. How, then, will the world come to believe in him? (Exposition of John 20:19–31)

John 20:1–18: The Resurrection of Jesus

After dying on the cross to finish his estate of humiliation, Jesus rises from the dead to begin his estate of exaltation. (Exposition of John 20:1–18)

John 19:28–42: The Death of Jesus

At his death, Jesus finishes his work in order to become the firstfruits of a new creation—he ends his estate of humiliation in order to begin his estate of exaltation. (Exposition of John 19:28–42)

John 19:16b–27: The Crucifixion of Jesus

To gain his heavenly kingdom, Jesus must give up every worldly good: worldly purity, worldly possessions, and worldly parent. (Exposition of John 19:16b–27)

John 19:1–16a: The Kingship of Jesus

Jesus’ royal power is not of this world. The kingdoms of this world rage against Jesus, but they cannot harm his kingship. (Exposition of John 19:1–16a)

Bible Studies: Paul's Letter to the Philippians

Studies from my forthcoming pastoral commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Have This Mind: A Primer on the Cruciform Life.

Philippians 4:10–23: Generosity

Being conformed to the cruciform mind of Christ requires not only our lives, but even our wealth. (Exposition of Philippians 4:10–23)

Philippians 4:2–9: Peace

As those who have received peace with God through Christ, we should seek peace with others and with the world through prayer. (Exposition of Philippians 4:2–9)

Philippians 3:12–4:1: Perseverance

Christians have every reason to stand firm in perseverance in the midst of cruciform suffering: we have the hope of glory in Christ. (Exposition of Philippians 3:12–4:1)

Philippians 3:1–11: Righteousness

Sinful human beings cannot become righteous through keeping the law. We need the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to us by grace, through faith. (Exposition of Philippians 3:1–11)

Philippians 2:19–30: Servanthood

The soaring theology of the Christ hymn inspires more than our worship—it inspires our tedious, unnoticed, selfless servanthood. (Exposition of Philippians 2:19–30)

Philippians 2:12–18: Sanctification

God calls us to struggle and strive toward our sanctification, but he promises that he will be the One to accomplish the work. (Exposition of Philippians 2:12–18)

Bible Studies: The Book of Genesis

Genesis 25:1–18: The Completion of Abraham

Abraham’s death teaches that in order to fulfill his promises completely, God does not fulfill his promises immediately. (Exposition of Genesis 25:1–18)

Genesis 23:1–20: The Commerce of Abraham

Sarah dies before the fulfillment of God’s promises, but death is not the end. Genesis 23 anticipates the resurrection. (Exposition of Genesis 23:1–20)

Genesis 22:1–24: The Cure of Abraham

In Abraham’s test of sacrificing Isaac, we learn that God heals our innermost injuries by calling us to sacrifice our most precious possessions. (Exposition of Genesis 22:1–24)

Genesis 21:22–34: The Callings of Abraham

God accomplishes more than we realize through our ordinary, mundane callings. God sanctifies us through our vocations. (Exposition of Genesis 21:22–34)

Genesis 21:1–21: The Casting-Out of Abraham

Our Enemy tells us that God withholds good from us. On the contrary, God cares for our needs more than we do. God fulfills his promises. (Exposition of Genesis 21:1–21)