Billions of people across the world have heard of Jesus Christ, but how many are truly acquainted with the key locations in which he walked, ministered, and lived? In the second edition of Peter Walker's established text, readers take a pilgrimage though the Holy Land, discovering for themselves the rich historical aspects of Jesus's world. Following the chronology of Jesus's life and ministry, drawing especially on the Gospel of Luke, In the Steps of Jesus guides readers through Bethlehem, Nazareth, and the desert to Jesus's final journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Each chapter gives particular attention to the work Jesus did in the location--placing his ministry within its original historical and geographical context--and raises questions on the archaeology, authenticity, and recorded evidence of later pilgrims and historians. This new edition takes into account the archaeological discoveries of the last fifteen years to provide an up-to-date guide to the Holy Land of today. Using maps, timelines, and boxed features to highlight special topics of interest, In the Steps of Jesus serves as an expert introduction to the most prominent sites of the New Testament.
In the aftermath of the waves of discipleship programs that have swept over the church in the last 30 years, clergy, and laypersons alike are more confused than ever about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. What should a disciple of Jesus look and act like today? What is the relationship between discipleship and salvation, between discipleship and sanctification, between discipleship and ministry? How were disciples of Jesus different from other disciples in the ancient world? How did the early church carry out Jesus' agenda in "making disciples of all the nations"? In Following the Master, Michael J. Wilkins addresses these and many other questions that perplex the church today- not by offering another discipleship program or manual but by presenting a comprehensive biblical theology of discipleship. Following the Master compares other forms of master-disciple relationships in existence in the ancient Judaism and Greco-Roman world, traces Jesus' steps as he called and developed disciples, and Mediterranean world as it followed Jesus' command to make disciples. Following the Master lays the groundwork necessary for developing biblical discipleship ministries in the church, on the mission field, and in parachurch ministries. It is essential reading for all pastors, students, and Christian workers.
I suppose there is almost no one who would deny, if it were put to him, that the greatest possible attainment a man can make in this world is likeness to The Lord Jesus Christ. Certainly no one would deny that there is nothing but character that we can carry out of life with us, and that our prospect of good in any future life will certainly vary with the resemblance of our character to that of Jesus Christ, which is to rule the whole future.
Musing in the Footsteps of Jesus beckons you to interact with the real and imaginary characters involved in events of Jesus's early ministry. Witness the life-changing effect on a tent maker and his two young sons as Jesus receives baptism in the Jordan River accompanied by the voice of God introducing him as his beloved son. Be with Jesus in a cave for forty days, preparing for the attack by Satan and his airborne, warring angels. Marvel at how a bear and an owl contribute to Jesus's survival. Enjoy the sense of humor of the fishermen who joke of the Messiah as their big catch. Later, as Jesus's full-time disciples, they cheerfully confess they are the ones enmeshed in a net. The wedding in Cana turns comical when a renowned chef finds the wine unworthy of his recipes. Jesus's new wine proves to be the best wine ever to touch the gourmet's palate. A Pharisee ruler comes to Jesus at night. As the schooled priest asks Jesus of the secrets of heaven, the man's conflicting thoughts reveal his character and spirituality. The woman at Jacob's well appears to be a repentant sinner yearning for a Messiah. The vision Jesus sees of her past explains why he tells her, before all others, that he is the Christ. When a rich man asks Jesus how to get to heaven, Christ answers that he must part with his riches and serve him. The man leaves with a sad countenance. Hear the mystical voice from a whirlwind, see the rich man's fanciful flight on a horse to the moon, and you will understand why he chose to obey Jesus and serve him. This storyteller prays these dreams will increase your hunger for deeper understanding of the Holy Scriptures.
In this highly engaging book, Peter Walker uses his expertise in Biblical studies and his wide experience of leading tours around the Mediterranean to bring the world of Saint Paul vividly to life. Following Luke's account in the Book of Acts and using evidence from Paul's own letters, he reconstructs the apostle's wide ranging travels and describes the many places Paul visited as a visitor might encounter them today. In doing so he helps us to appreciate the issues that Paul confronted and to understand the motivation that drove him on. Superbly illustrated with colour photographs, maps and street plans, and supplemented with more detailed material in a series of boxed features, this book offers a splendid, rounded portrait of a most extraordinary man and of the world in which he lived.
How can we find the way? Since the world began people have always looked for a way out of their problems - often without success. Many have claimed they have the 'solution' to all life's problems and promise to bring hapiness and meaning to life. However, when confronted with this very same questions, the Lord Jesus answered firmly, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life". "In The Footsteps of Jesus" is an easy-to-read book that will not only help people find their way out of their problems, but also teach them how to get the most out of life. And most importantly, how to live forever.
Threshold Bible Study is a thematic Scripture series designed for both personal study and group discussion. The thirty lessons in each study may be used by an individual for daily study over the course of a month or they may be divided into six lessons per week, providing a group study of six weekly sessions. Through the spiritual disciplines of Scripture reading, study, reflection, conversation, and prayer, readers will cross the threshold to a more abundant dwelling with god. ideal for bible study groups, small Christian communities, parish leadership teams, adult faith formation, student Scripture-study groups, RCIA teams, and indivdual learning. About Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus Because Jesus entered our world in the human condition, our faith has deep roots in the physical places where he was born, walked and talked, laughed and wept, where he suffered, died, and rose again. Though a bodily pilgrimage unites these hallowed places with the sacred texts associated with the life of Jesus. This geography of salvation can fill out the written gospels with tangible reality.Here we can imagine Jesus with his disciples along the lake, teaching on the mountainside, praying in the garden, and dying in the cross.