Concordia Adult Bible Class
Summary: Dig deeper into God's Word with Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX.
For millennia now, when trouble strikes, some have been concerned that the end of the world is upon us. But Jesus clearly says that even when we “hear wars and rumors of wars...the end is still to come” (verse 6). As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we consider the challenges of motherhood – the challenges of raising children in this day and age – and the promise that Christ has everything under His control.
People have lots of questions about the end of the world. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the questions for which we don’t have answers that we forget about God’s promises which give us the answers we need the most. The Sadducees were terribly concerned about marriage after the end of the world. But in all of their questions about one woman’s marriage, they forgot about the Church’s marriage to the Lamb of God.
Everybody likes happy endings. There’s something about the hero conquering the villain or the guy getting the girl that warms our hearts like nothing else can. Jesus promises that the ending of this world’s story can be the happy ending of our stories. But with Jesus’ promise of a happy ending comes a warning: our endings will only be happy if we end with Him.
Most people have heard of a “deathbed conversion,” though many are skeptical of the genuineness of such so-called “religious awakenings.” But here is a thief who has a genuine end-of-life conversion. His story teaches us two things. First, we learn that the doors of heaven stand open to us until we take our final breath. Second, our salvation is not based on what we do, but on what Christ has done. For, even when we don’t have any time to make amends for our wickedness, Jesus can still receive us into His kingdom out of His grace through faith.
One of Jesus’ final conversations is with a man who in the crosshairs of an existential crisis. Pontius Pilate wants to know, “What is truth” (verse 38)? Interestingly, Jesus never answers Pilate’s question – not because He cannot, but because Pilate does not really want an answer. Pilate’s conversation with Jesus does not lead him to Jesus. Far too often, we have conversations with the Lord where, rather than seeking His answers, we are merely thinking out loud. What would it look like if we truly sought God’s answers to life’s biggest questions?
Jesus’ final lesson to His disciples is one of love: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35). Being that this is Jesus’ final lesson – a last will and testament of sorts – do we listen to and obey Jesus’ call of love?
Most people have had premonitions before – an eerie feeling that forebodes something to come. Of course, many of premonitions never come to pass. Jesus, when he tells the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard is serving up more than a premonition, He’s offering a prophecy. He knows He will be treated unjustly and killed. Though we cannot see into the future, there is a good chance we will all be treated unjustly at one time or another. Will we respond to injustice as Jesus responds?
We all have causes – things to which we devote our passions and energies. Some people devote themselves to humanitarian work. Some people devote themselves to their favorite team. Jesus’ cause is that of His Father’s house, that is, the worship of the one, true God, for Jesus understands, in the words of the Westminster Catechism, “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever.” Is your cause the same as Jesus’ cause?
What do you celebrate in life? In the day-to-day grind of life’s hectic schedule, celebration can easily get lost. Even in the final week of His life, Jesus participates – and indeed, hosts – a celebration. Though the crowds do understand Jesus, they celebrate Him. Even when we do not fully understand God’s ways in our lives, do we still celebrate Him?
Jesus' words are not meant merely to be heard; they are meant to be done! To hear Jesus’ words and then to reject them by our actions is utter foolishness. Where do you need to grow in doing Jesus’ words?
With great wealth comes great responsibility. This sums up Jesus’ teaching on money. No matter how much treasure we may have on earth, our primary calling is to use our earthly treasure to heavenly ends – to share and show the gospel of Jesus to people who need to hear and believe it.
Jesus’ words about “judging not” (cf. Matthew 7:1) have to be some of the most misunderstood words in the history of biblical interpretation. In this message, we look at what the Bible says about judging and when and how to judge and when and how to not.
The old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This is usually meant to be a reminder that someone who looks like little on the outside may be incredibly wise on the inside. But sadly, the inverse can also be true. Those who look righteous on the outside can harbor deep wickedness on the inside. Jesus warns us against these kinds of people and reminds us that these kinds of people can look a lot like…us.
Jesus begins His Sermon on the Mount with a word on how we are blessed by God. Now, Jesus exhorts us to be a blessing to others – but not just to any old “others,” but to our enemies. In this message, we look at some ways to bless those we like the least.
Jesus certainly does not shy away from tough topics in the Sermon on the Mount. He talks about murder and anger and making vows and loving enemies and foregoing worry. In these verses, Jesus talks about sexual morality. Like Jesus, we must never be afraid to tackle even the tough and controversial topics of our day. People need and want to know what the Lord says.