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“The key for pastors is making sure Bible study isn’t just a vocational responsibility,” says Kevin DeYoung, pastor of University Reformed Church, and author of Crazy Busy and Taking God at His Word. “It’s a necessity we have as Christians, and it’s what we need today in order to know God better. I have to consistently ask, ‘Lord, what do you have to teach me? What sins need to be corrected? How do I need to be encouraged? What do I need to see about Jesus Christ that I haven’t seen before?’ Hopefully, studying for a sermon is devotional as well, and the process builds up and encourages faith.”—Jessi Strong
Riad Kassis, director of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, partners his ministry with diverse organizations to enhance theological education in Bible colleges and seminaries around the world. “In the past, when missionaries came to countries outside of America and Europe, they thought that the gospel message should have one form, one format and one expression. But we believe that while the core of the gospel is the same, the message should be presented in different ways to different audiences. Our main concern is to see theological training that takes the Scriptures seriously and at the same time considers the context where it functions.”—Jessi Strong
The Sermon on the Mount—Jesus’ first major teaching in Matthew’s Gospel—tells us what it means to be Jesus’ disciple and a member of the kingdom of God. Sitting on the mountainside, Jesus speaks about selflessness, humility and what it means to seek God’s righteousness—what we know as the Beatitudes (5:3–12). His disciples should serve as His witnesses to the world and point others toward God (5:13–16). Their standard of righteousness goes beyond what was set forth in the Law (5:17–48).—Miles Custis
Mark’s opening words aren’t often heralded for their literary greatness. “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, ‘Behold I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way’” (Mark 1:1). Yet these words launch a masterful presentation of the arrival and ministry of Jesus. Starting with this first citation, Mark models his presentation of Jesus after statements found in Isaiah. As the manifestation of God in the form of a mortal man, Jesus will lead Israel out of bondage and establish an earthly kingdom that will, as the prophets foretold, include all nations of the earth.—Michael S. Heiser
There is more than one way to tell a story—even the most important story of all. The Gospel writers crafted their individual stories of Jesus using genealogies, prophecies or narratives of historical events to convey His identity and mission. While Matthew demonstrates that Jesus is the heir of the covenant promises of David and Abraham and the fulfiller of ancient messianic prophecies, Mark emphasizes that Jesus is the Messiah of a kingdom even greater than Rome. In his Gospel and Acts, Luke shows that Jesus is the Christ of all nations, whose gospel breaks down barriers between Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, and male and female.—Karen H. Jobes