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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.
The love of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms us by both leading us to abide in God and driving out our fear of judgment. (Exposition of 1 John 4:7–21)
We are inundated with influencers. Because of this, we need desperately for God’s word to help us with our skills of discernment to distinguish between truth and error. (Exposition of 1 John 4:1–6)
The righteousness of God’s people has always attracted persecution from the world. Even so, righteous love gives us confidence before God. (Exposition of 1 John 3:11–24)
Christianity is a religion of hope. Not perpetual prosperity and comfort, nor gloom and doom, but hope—hope centered in the gospel of Jesus. (Exposition of 1 John 2:28–3:10)
We avoid loving the world by learning to love Jesus Christ more. To enable us to love Jesus, God gives us the anointing of his Holy Spirit. (Exposition of 1 John 2:15–27)
Faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone. The Apostle John teaches us that true, genuine, saving faith always produces growth. (Exposition of 1 John 2:7–14)
The world’s curse does not diminish Jesus. Jesus can take the curse of the world because his kingship is not of the world. (Exposition of John 18:28–40)
We have learned much about Jesus from his signs and his teaching, but Jesus most fully reveals his true identity at the cross. (Exposition of John 18:1–27)
As Jesus goes to the cross, he prays for true unity in his church: Jesus intercedes for the unity of his church in the gospel. (Exposition of John 17:20–26)
After praying for his own glorification, Jesus prays for his disciples. Here, Jesus intercedes for the sanctity of his people. (Exposition of John 17:6–19)
In the High Priestly Prayer, Jesus intercedes for the full acceptance of his sacrifice. In v. 1–5, Jesus prays for himself. (Exposition of John 17:1–5)
Jesus promises us that neither his sorrow nor our sorrow will be in vain. At the sorrow of the cross, Jesus brings forth joy. (Exposition of John 16:16–33)
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.
Access the complete set of Bible studies from Philippians here.
Our model of humility for the cruciform mind comes from the One who emptied himself in order to take the form of a servant on his way to the cross. (Exposition of Philippians 2:1–11)
In the midst of uncertainties, turmoil, suffering—and the looming shadow of death some day—how does the Christian stand firm in confidence? (Exposition of Philippians 1:19–30)
What is the source of the Christian’s joy? Not circumstances, but the progress of the gospel. (Exposition of Philippians 1:12–18)
God created human beings not simply for relationships, but for fellowship—that is, spiritual commonality in Christ. (Exposition of Philippians 1:1–11)
Read the introduction for my forthcoming pastoral commentary on Paul’s letter to the Philippians: Have This Mind: A Primer on the Cruciform Life.
When it seems that Laban will defeat Jacob, God intervenes to stop Laban from harming Jacob. God conquers the enemies of his people at the darkest hour. (Exposition of Genesis 31:22–55)
The flight of Jacob from Laban foreshadows God’s call to his church: God calls his church out of this world into his holiness. (Exposition of Genesis 31:1–21)
Our oppressors falsely believe that they control us. Instead, God plunders the oppressors of his people. (Exposition of Genesis 30:25–43)
The story of Jacob’s household vividly portrays the free grace of God, for God remains faithful to his faithless people. (Exposition of Genesis 29:31–30:24)
God is not deceived; we reap what we sow. Even so, God fulfills his promises through discipline. (Exposition of Genesis 29:1–30)
Through Jacob’s Ladder, we learn that God generously blesses his people to make us into a generous blessing. (Exposition of Genesis 28:1–22)