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Life of Christ (1996-1998)


In late 1996 we began the most important of all studies in the Scripture:  the life of Christ.  The series went on through April of 1998- from which you can observe that we were not using anyone's quarterly.

The teacher arbitrarily chose to begin the study at the baptism by John.  This seemed convenient at the time, as it avoided studying Christmas in September.  No significance should be attached to this;  we do in fact believe in the Incarnation (praise the Lord!).

Later Note:  A new series on the life of Christ is available here.

Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 9:9-12, Luke 3:21-22

On Declaring War

Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist.

Matthew 4:11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-12


 The temptation of Christ in the wilderness.

John 1,2

Secret of Discipleship

The call of the first disciples (John 1:35-51); Water into Wine (John 2:1-12)

John 2:13 - 3:21

The Radical Jesus

The radical nature of the life and call of Jesus.

John 4:1-42

Woman at the Well

 Personal evangelism demonstrated with the woman at the well.

Luke 4:1-31


 The rejection of Christ in his hometown, Nazareth.

Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20

Follow Me

 Follow Me - Christ calls his disciples.

Mark 1:21-28


Miracles, their propriety and their relationship to the creating God.

Matthew 9:1-14

Authority Over Sinners

 How Christ has authority to forgive sins - and call the sinner.

John 5

Father And Son

The relationship between God the Father and Jesus the Son; the Trinity.

Matthew 5:1-12


 "Blessed are..."

Matthew 5:13-20

Salt and Light

 The salt of the earth, the light of the world.

Matthew 5:21-48

You Have Heard

 You have heard it said... but I say to you...

Matthew 6:1-18

Hidden Life

The hidden nature of prayer; the Lord's Prayer.

Matthew 6:19-34

Wealth and Worry

How the disciple is not to worry over the material things of this world.

Matthew 7:1-6

On Judgment

 How the Christian is not to judge.

Matthew 7:7-29

Christian Life

How do I live the Christian life?

Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10

On Doubt

The Roman centurion of great faith; John the Baptist in doubt, contrasted and compared.

Luke 7:36-50

Sacred Feet

The prostitute washes the feet of Jesus.

Matthew 13, Mark 4:3-32, Luke 8:5-15

Nature of the Kingdom

Various parables - sower and the seed, wheat and tares, mustard seed, yeast, treasure hidden in the field.

Matthew 8:23-34, Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 4:36 - 5:20, Luke 8:22-39

Nature of Power

The calming of the sea and the Gerasene demoniac; the ruler's daughter.

Matthew 10

Want Ad

Sending out the disciples, persecution - the servant is not above the master.

Matthew 15-16, Mark 7:1-30

Inner Life

The life of prayer, study, meditation and devotion.

Matthew 16:13 - 17:9, Mark 8:31 - 9:10, Luke 9:22-36

Who Do You Say I Am?

The nature of the Christ in daily life and in the Transfiguration

Matthew 17:24-27, Mark 9:33-50

First Place

Which of the disciples will be in first place in the kingdom?

Matthew 18:15-35

Church Discipline

 The art of restoring a fallen brother.

Matthew 8:19-22, Luke 9:57-62

Wholehearted Devotion

Wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ.

John 7

Christ In Public

Christ's public ministry; Living Water.

John 8:3-11

Tiger Trap

 The woman taken in adultery, Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner.

John 8:12-59

Argument With Pharisees

 The "Light of the World" discourse to the Pharisees.

Luke 10:1-24

Two By Two

Jesus sends out the seventy-two to the world.

Luke 10:25-37 Jericho Road  The parable of the Good Samaritan.
Luke 10:38-11:13 Dishes and Prayer  Mary and Martha; the Lord's Prayer.
Luke 12:13-34 No Pockets in a Shroud The parable of the foolish rich man.

Luke 12:35-39

Art of Waiting

How we should wait patiently for the Lord's return.

John 9

Born Blind

The story of the man born blind.

John 10

Good Shepherd

Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Luke 11:14 - 12:12

Kingdom Divided

"A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand."

Luke 13:22-35

Narrow Door

How the Christian must strive to enter by the narrow door.

Luke 14

Cost of Discipleship

Just where do you sit at a banquet?

Luke 15

Greatest Short Story

 The story of the Prodigal Son; or is it the loving Father? Or the self-righteous Brother?

Luke 16

Money and Hell

 The story of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Dives)

Luke 17:1-10

Forgiveness, Faith, Humility

 The necessity of forgiveness - and why we need faith to accomplish it.

John 11


The raising of Lazarus from the dead.

Luke 17:11-37

Kingdom of God

The kingdom of God is within you - and coming again.

Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:1-12


 Jesus' teaching on divorce, allowing it only in case of adultery.

Matthew 19:13 - 20:16, Mark 10:13-31, Luke 18:15-30

Rich, With Children

The little children come to Jesus; the rich young ruler likewise - and there is a connection.

Matthew 20:17-28, Mark 10:32-45, Luke 18:31-34


Two disciples reach for the top spots in the kingdom - and the other ten resent it.

Matthew 20:29-42, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35 - 19:28

Good, Bad & Ugly

Blind Bartimaeus; Zaccheus and the parable of the talents.

Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-16

Triumphal Entry

Jesus enters Jerusalem and presents himself to the people as Messiah and King.

Matthew 21:12-17

Righteous Anger

The second cleansing of the Temple by Christ.

Mark 11:12-14, 19-26

The Unusual Miracle

The withering of the fig tree.

John 12:20-50


 The Greeks approach Jesus; he deals with the rationalism of that age

Matthew 21:23 - 22:14

Religious Fakes

 By what authority; the parables of the two sons, wicked tenant farmers and the marriage feast.

Matthew 22:15-22

Church & State

How we are to "render unto Caesar."

Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-40

Resurrection of the Dead

The Sadducees confront Jesus with their pet "proof" that there can be no resurrection.

Mark 12:28-37

Hear, O Israel

Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 23


Jesus pronounces seven woes upon the hypocritical Pharisees.

Mark 12:41-44

Art of Devotion

The Widow's Mite - extravagant living toward God; of great cost to the giver; no practical value the world can see. The imitation of Christ.

Matthew 24:1-44


The Olivet discourse, in which Christ teaches concerning his return, as seen in the various views of prophecy.

Matthew 25, Mark 13:33-37

Five Parables

 The parables of the doorkeeper, the servant in charge, the wise and foolish virgins, the talents, and the sheep and the goats.

Matthew 26:1-16, Mark 14:1-11, Luke 21:37 - 22:6


An examination of Judas - and the betrayer who lurks within each of us.

Luke 18:1-17

Prayer For Children

On the subject of persistence in prayer; the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. The Pharisee and the tax collector.

Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-20


Preparation for the Last Supper; dispute over who is the greatest; washing the disciples' feet.

Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:14-20

Lamb Slain

The institution of the Lord's Supper.

John 14

Upper Room

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

John 15

Last Commandment

The last commandment, that we love one another, "abiding in the vine."

John 16

The Spirit

Jesus promises the Counselor, the Holy Spirit.

John 17


The great high priestly prayer of Jesus.

Matthew 26:30-56, Mark 14:26-52, Luke 22:39-53, John 18:1-12

In The Garden

The scene in the Garden on the Mount of Olives, where Jesus prayed and was arrested.

John 18:13-40, Matthew 26:57 - 27:26, Mark 14:53 - 15:15, Luke 22:63 - 23:25


 The various trials of Jesus before the Crucifixion.

Matthew 27:27-46, Luke 23:27-43, John 19:29


The Crucifixion and the Seven Last Words.

Various Scriptures


 The central fact of the Christian faith.

John 21


 Jesus restores Peter to fellowship after the Crucifixion.

Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-59, Acts 1:6-12


Christ ascends bodily into heaven.