The Life of Christ According to the Gospels – Prologues

Matthew 1.1 – “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

Mark 1.1 – “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Luke 1.1-1.4 – “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.”

John 1.1-1.18 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

Of these, John’s is the most recognizable. I once had a seminary professor state that whenever he was asked by someone unfamiliar with the Bible where they should start reading, he always answered the Gospel of John. His stated reason was because no other book in the NT thoroughly outlined and explained the deity of Christ. One writer stated, “Unlike the three Synoptic Gospels, John’s purpose is not to present a chronological narrative of the life of Christ but to display His deity.” And John certainly did this from the beginning.

Here are a couple videos detailing John’s prologue:

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The Life of Christ – Welcome

Join us as we spend time over the next few weeks studying the life of Christ! Besides the four Gospels, we will be borrowing from Darrell Bock’s “Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels” and Gregory White’s “NET Bible Synopsis of the Four Gospels.”

The goal is to study each of the major events of the life of Christ, and to examine how each of the Gospels recorded these events….to review the people, places, and circumstances that surrounded Christ’s life, from the perspective of each of the Gospel writers.

The hope is to have a more thorough understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus, so that we are better equipped to conform to His imagine.

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Does It Help Us Run?

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The Amazing Edward Kimball

If you have never heard of Edward Kimball, then you are not alone. Many people have never heard his name before, and therefore do not know the very interesting story of the chain of events he started many years ago.

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The story begins in 1854, when Kimball, who taught a Sunday school class, went to visit a 17-year-old boy from the class. The boy was working in a shoe shop in Detroit. The boy did not know Christ and seemed to have little interest in the Sunday school that he was forced to attend.

So Kimball hesitantly set out to talk with the boy and to let him know that he was worried about him, and that he needed Christ. (This is evangelism.)  

In the basement of that shoe store that day the boy was led to Christ. The 17-year-old boy’s name was D. L. Moody.

We now know that he went on to become one of the greatest evangelists in the world, and he shared the gospel with 100 million people. Moody also founded the Moody Bible Institute and the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. His name is well known in the Christian community, even today, more than a hundred years later.

However, Kimball’s spiritual dominos were just beginning to fall. The rest of the story goes like this:

• Sunday School teacher Edward Kimball helped lead Dwight L. Moody to Christ;
• J. Wilbur Chapman attended a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in Chicago in the 1870’s and received personal counseling and an assurance of his salvation from Mr. Moody. He later became a friend and coworker of D. L. Moody, hiring a former baseball star named Billy Sunday as an advance man for him;
• Billy Sunday held an evangelistic campaign in Charlotte in 1924 and a men’s prayer and fellowship group, known as the Charlotte Businessmen’s Club, grew out of those meetings. It was this group that invited Mordecai Ham to Charlotte to hold evangelistic meetings in 1934;
• Mordecai Ham preached a sermon where a 16 year-old young man now known as Billy Grahamwent forward and received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior

It is pretty amazing that one can trace Billy Graham’s ministry back to that shoe store basement. But that is God, and that’s how He works. We know that nothing is impossible through God. What we do not know, however, is what would have happened if Edward Kimball would have walked passed that shoe store.

The most amazing part of the story, even if it had just stopped with Moody, is that it all began with a layperson. Kimball was a Sunday school teacher, not a pastor, and not a great theologian in his day. (He admitted to being hesitant and feeling awkward.) But the Great Commission is not a mandate for “professionals” only. Every Christian has a stake in evangelism.  After all, we may never be the next Billy Graham, but we may end up being the next Edward Kimball.

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