Back to the Bible is a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to leading people forward spiritually. Using media and technology, Back to the Bible meets people at their own spiritual level and walks with them daily into a living, growing and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ by equipping and motivating them to engage Scripture daily. With every 25-minute study, you'll gain a better understanding of what the Bible says, what it means and how to apply it to everyday life.
Storms are rarely, if ever, convenient. Whether they are literal or figurative storms, even the best prepared of us can be caught off-guard. Ron Moore takes us to the Sea of Galilee to witness a storm that threatened to sink the disciple's boat. And though Jesus appeared unconcerned at first, His response was both decisive and reassuring. We'll look at what Jesus said to calm the storm and learn how we can find comfort there today.
Many biblical commentators see the opening of the Gospel of John as the most comprehensive and concise description of the person of Jesus found anywhere in the Bible. So, as we journey with Jesus to learn more about Him, Ron Moore unpacks these verses to show us the man who would be our Savior.
If membership among Jesus' 12 disciples had been left up to a vote, Matthew would have never even been considered. As a tax collector, Matthew was hated by just about everyone. And then he met Jesus. Ron Moore takes us to this meeting to show God's amazing mercy on display. We'll see that God's gracious call of "follow me," is a call to everyone regardless of what lies in our past.
It was at the end of a tiring day in a boat full of wriggling, smelly fish that Peter "got it." Though he had followed Jesus for some time, it was here in the boat that Peter first grasped the person and mission of Jesus. And it drove him to his knees in worship. As Ron Moore takes us through this event, we'll hear Jesus' response, and like Peter, be encouraged to become fishers of men.
In John 3, Jesus speaks to the Pharisee Nicodemus. In John 4, Jesus speaks to a Samaritan woman. The two could not be more different. As we listen in on Jesus' conversation with the woman at the well, we'll see more clearly Jesus' heart for every man and woman. And we'll be encouraged to consider our role in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.
Nicodemus was a man who had every reason to think God was pleased with him. As a Pharisee, he was as religious as they come. But a single conversation with Jesus threw all that into doubt. Ron Moore takes us to John 3 to witness and learn from this nighttime conversation. We'll see that God isn't after religious fervor, but relational intimacy. And we'll learn how we can start that relationship today.
If we're not careful, we could dismiss Jesus' first miracle, turning water into wine, as just a party trick. But nothing about Jesus' ministry was so trivial. Join Ron Moore for a closer look at this important miracle that would make a deep and profound statement about Jesus and the ministry that would ultimately lead Him to the cross.
"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" This was John the Baptist's declaration when he first saw Jesus approaching the Jordan. But why did John refer to Jesus as "the Lamb of God"? For an answer, Ron Moore takes us all the way back to Genesis, Exodus, and elsewhere throughout the Old Testament. We'll see how this important name of Jesus means the difference between eternal life and eternal death for all mankind.
After His baptism, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. It was there, while weakened physically, that Satan tempted Jesus. As Ron Moore takes us through this encounter, we'll consider whether or not it was actually possible for Jesus to sin. And then, using Jesus' example, we'll consider several ways to appropriately handle temptation in our own lives when it strikes.
Our journey with Jesus begins at the river Jordan and Jesus' surprising request to be baptized. Baptism for us means putting away our sinful pasts and joining our lives to Jesus and His ministry. But what did baptism mean for the man who was God in the flesh? Ron Moore looks at this important event and considers what it means for us today.
If you've ever been on a road trip, you know you can learn a lot about a person by traveling with them. So, over the next few weeks, Bible Teacher Ron Moore will take us on a journey with Jesus through His earthly ministry. And as we walk with Him over the dusty roads of ancient Israel, we'll come to know Him more intimately and find a passionate desire to follow Him always.
Every person is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the consistent message throughout Romans. And as Ron Moore draws our series to a close, we'll be encouraged to find ways to demonstrate our calling in every area of our lives. Specifically, we'll look at several ways to cultivate a heart of service.
There are some who look at faith in Jesus as a kind of "fire insurance"--who see belief as nothing more than a way to escape eternal damnation. The Apostle Paul was not one of those people. In fact, as Ron Moore explains, Paul's message in Romans is to encourage believers to let their faith show in every aspect of their lives. Find out what it means to fulfill the ministry to which God has specifically called you.
There are many ideas about Christianity and spiritual life that are indisputable: the sacrificial death of Jesus, the need to spread the gospel, and others. But what about ideas that are less than certain? Ron Moore continues our study in Romans by looking at several practical ideas for resolving disputes about religious practices that arise among believers.
Life in Christian community would be one thing if we all became identical human beings after accepting Christ as our Savior. But that's not the case at all. Ron Moore helps us understand the challenges we face living and serving together as Christians in today's Church. We'll see how our unique differences, though often the source of conflicts, can be our greatest asset and source of joy.
As we approach the end of our study of Romans, Ron Moore takes us to Paul's practical advice for living. Now that we know about our need for a savior, and of the gift of salvation, how are our lives supposed to look? We'll consider both the Christian's relationship with the government and with our neighbors. Above all, we'll learn how to live a Christ-like life for all to see.
Chapter 12 marks a turning point in the book of Romans. After establishing man's need for a Savior and showing how Christ's death on the cross provided salvation, Paul answers the question: "Now what?" Ron Moore takes us through Paul's answer with a practical look at the concept of surrender. We'll see how surrendering to God is not just giving up our old lives but giving over our lives into His capable hands.
Ron Moore continues our look at Romans and the questions that arise when we try to reconcile the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. We'll look at some attempts throughout history to merge the two concepts. But, in the end, we'll be reminded that our final authority, and the basis of all our action, rests in the Word of God alone.
Of the many mysteries surrounding God and His relationship with man, one is particularly relevant: If God is in complete control--if He is indeed sovereign--why does it also seem that we have a choice when it comes to serving Him? Ron Moore begins a look at this complex question by focusing on Paul's defense of God's sovereignty found in Romans.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 is a verse many have memorized and repeat often. Ron Moore helps us unpack this verse and shows how we can claim its promise even when things don't seem to be so good.