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Topic: Jesus' Ministry

Episode Topic Audio

2021-04-28
Jesus as Savior & Messiah to the Jew: Could you direct me, as a Jew, to more information in regard to understanding Jesus as Savior? [Psalm 110:1].



2020-12-23
Believe His Works: How are we to understand Jesus when he said if you have a hard time believing in me, then believe in what I am doing? [John 10:38].



2020-12-18
The Good News from Jesus: What did Jesus tell people about His sacrifice, and what the good news was?



2020-12-15
God's Emotion: Is God emotional and is He capable of lashing out? [Exodus 33:3].
Pharisees Wanting to be Baptized by John: Why would Pharisees want to get baptized by John the Baptist?
Jesus Supporting His Mother, Mary: Was Jesus supporting his mother, Mary? And why him instead of his brothers? [Luke 8].

2020-09-25
Jesus' 3.5 Year Ministry: Could you tell me where the Bible indicates that Jesus' ministry was 3.5 years? [John 5:1, Luke 13:6-9, Isaiah 5, Daniel 9:26-27].



2020-09-21
Greeks Who Wanted to See Jesus in John 12: Could you explain a John 12 passage wherein Greeks wanted to see Jesus? [John 12:20-21].



2020-09-09
Why Jesus Didn't Want People to Understand His Parables: Could you clarify why Jesus indicated that he didn't want people to understand His parables, if He wants everyone saved? [Mark 4:12, Mark 4:34, Isaiah 6, Matthew 13].



2020-07-29
Day of Rest Continues: Is the day of rest (the 7th day) referred to in Hebrews 4, still continuing even until today? Can you reconcile that wilt John 5:17? [Hebrews 4, John 5:17, Genesis 2:1-3].
Teaching in Public School: What do you think about a committed Christian taking a job as a teacher in a public school?


2020-07-23
Baptism of Jesus & Baptism of Repentance: Was the baptism of Jesus and the baptism of John's repentance the same baptism?
Born Again Before the Holy Spirit Came: Were people born again before the Holy Spirit came?
Thief on the Cross - Born Again: Was the thief on the cross born again?

2020-07-15
Jesus as an Apostle: I don't normally think of Jesus as an apostle, so could you help me sort Hebrews 4:1 out? [I John 4:4, Hebrews 3:1, John 20].



2020-07-13
"Day Off" for Jesus & the Prophets: Did Jesus or the prophets ever take a "day off"?
Jesus at Capernaum: When Jesus was waiting at Capernaum, was it a time for rest and relaxation, or was He waiting for a specific timing?
Prophet (Elijah) Rest and Depression: Was the prophet, Elijah, who struggled with depression, needing "time off"?

2020-07-07
Jesus Emptied Himself: How did Jesus lay aside God's nature (Kenosis Theory) and still perform miracles and what does that mean for us today regarding miracles?[Philippians 2:5-7, Matthew 12:28, Luke 4:14, Acts 1:2, John 5:19, Matthew 24:36 ].



2020-06-17
About Jesus: Regarding what we know about Jesus life-did He read the scriptures regularly in temple, participate in the Bar Mitzvah, and was He a stone mason rather than a carpenter?



2020-06-17
Missing Years of Jesus: What is you take on the missing years of Jesus?



2020-05-08
Jesus and His Sense of Humor: Do you think that Jesus was funny, since God created humor? [Matthew 7:3-5, Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25].



2019-07-29
Lazarus: If the story of Lazarus and the rich man is only a parable, then does it follow that only Jesus could have been the one to tell it? [Luke 16:19f].



2019-07-23
What the Disciples Knew about Jesus: In light of the miracle of the calming of the sea, did the disciples know that Jesus was God? [Matthew 16:16, Psalm 107:23f].



2019-07-17
Your Sins Are Forgiven: When Jesus said, "Rise up and walk", wasn't it easier to say that, than to say "Your sins are forgiven"? [Matthew 9:5-7, Luke 5:23-25]



2019-07-05
Miracles of Jesus: Why did Jesus command people not to tell others about His miraculous works, especially since He was doing it in public? [Matthew 9:5-6, 17:9, 12:28].



2019-05-03
Foreknowledge & Freewill: If God knows everything we will do, how is that freewill? Open theism discussed.
Two Witnesses (Revelation): Did Jesus know everything? Can we know absolutely who the two witnesses were in Revelation?


2019-04-23
Savior: Is God the Father my savior, or is He my Creator, & Jesus my Savior?



2019-04-23
Healing, Signs & Wonders: It seems like there are many references to Jesus healing intermittently throughout the New Testament, is there any reason for the randomness of this? [Matthew 19:2].



2019-04-10
The Gospel: Did Jesus & His apostles actually preach "the gospel"? Since Jesus had not yet died, nor resurrected, did the disciples even know what the gospel was? [Mark 16:20, I Cor 15:1-4] The Kingdom of God=the gospel [Mark 1:4 & 15] Is Paul reducing the gospel to only the death & resurrection of Christ?



2019-04-08
Jesus' Ministry Timeline: How is the length of Jesus' ministry (39 days) calculated?



2019-03-25
Tell No Man: Why did Jesus not want some things told to others ("tell no man") [Mark 7:36]?



2019-03-22
Wedding Wine Miracle: When Mary told Jesus about running out of wine at the wedding, why did He address her the way he did and what did Jesus mean by "my hour is not yet come." Why did He ultimately end up performing the miracle? [John 2].
Praying to Mary: What about praying to Mary?


2019-03-14
Jesus the Son of God: How do I understand the relationship or overlap of the Father and Son, and how His omnipresence and omniscience worked?
Jesus before age 30: What was Jesus doing the first 30 years before His ministry started?


2019-02-27
"Sent by the Father": Why do you suppose that gospel of John refers to Jesus being sent by the Father so many more times than the other 3 gospels?



2019-02-20
Jesus' Childhood: Why is there no documentation about Jesus from 12 yrs old to 30 years old?



2019-02-18
70th Week: Why would the Messiah make a covenant for only 1 week? [Daniel 9:27]
The Millennium: Could the book of Revelation be revealing a millennium? [Revelation 20]


2019-02-13
Homosexuality: Can you be a homosexual & be saved?
Jesus being Indignant: Why in the NIV does Mark 1:41 say that Jesus was "indignant" at the leper? [Mark 1:41]


2019-02-07
Anthropomorphism of God: Sometimes God acts like He doesn't know something or that He's sorry for doing something. Do these give credence to the fact that He might not know everything? [Genesis 6:6,
Righteous People Don't Need a Savior: So was Jesus saying that the righteous people don't need a Savior? [Luke 5:31-32]


2018-12-20
Binding the Strong Man: What does it mean that Jesus bound the strong man of the house? [Matthew 12:27-29]
The Binding of Satan in Revelation: Discussion about the binding & loosing of Satan in Revelation. [Revelation 20]


2018-11-28
Jesus the last Prophet: Was Jesus the last prophet?



2018-11-06
Finding Faith on Earth: Was Jesus being rhetorical when He asked, "Will there be faith on earth"? [Luke 18:8b]
Malchus' Ear being Healed: When Malchus' ear was cut off & healed, shouldn't that have impressed them enough to not want to arrest Jesus?


2018-11-01
Cursing the Fig Tree: Why did Jesus curse a fig tree? [Mark 11:12-14]



2018-09-24
Noah's Ark a parallel to Jesus Christ & the Gospel: Jesus and the cross reflected in the Noah's ark & the Pitch, is that a good parallel legit? [Genesis 6:14, I Peter 3:20-21]



2018-09-13
"What Would Jesus Do?": "What would Jesus do?", pondering the significance of that question, but wouldn't the more accurate question be, "What would Jesus have ME do?"
Calvinism & Arminianism: What percentage of John Calvin's teaching do you disagree with (besides Calvinism itself)?


2018-09-06
Book of Enoch & Judas: I learned about the books Enoch & Judas.
Prayers: Is it okay to say the prayers from the Old Testament or only the New Testament?
No Place to Lay His Head: the Son of Man having no place to lay His head. [Matthew 8:20]

2018-08-20
Jesus in India as Youth: Did Jesus go to India in His youth?
Lot Offering Daughters: Why did Lot offer his daughters to the men at the door? [Genesis 19]


2018-08-08
Baptism: Do I have to be baptized? If Jesus were to come today & wasn't baptized, would I be saved, especially according to Romans 10:9-10? [Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10]
Jesus & His Disciples Baptizing: Why didn't Jesus & His apostles carry out baptism? [John 4:1-2]


2018-07-20
Jesus' Words on Paper: Did Jesus know His words would be written down?
Paul's Writings: Do we rely too much on Paul's writing? Paul's insight and directives as binding? He was the chief advocate for the Gentiles?


2018-06-26
Jesus Emptying Himself: Did Jesus lay down His divine power completely, including His healing power, it coming from the Father? [Philippians 2:7-11]



2018-06-20
The Law & the Prophets & the Law of Jesus: Can you give me the distinction between the "law of Moses" & the "law of Christ"? Wasn't the Law of Christ even more stern? [Matthew 5:19]



2018-06-12
Passover Meal-Jesus' earlier one & Jewish Leaders traditional one: Jesus & His disciples appear to have eaten the Passover on the first day of unleavened bread, different than when the Jewish Leaders had theirs. Why the different times? [Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7, John 18:28]



2018-04-13
Jesus not Sinning & Calvinism: Did Jesus sin when He stayed at the temple in Jerusalem when He was 12 years old? Didn't God sin when He flooded the whole world & killed everyone?



2018-04-10
Jesus' Rearing (Education): Did Jesus have to learn things as He grew even though He was omniscient?



2018-04-10
Rich Young Ruler: When Jesus was talking to the Rich Young Ruler, is there a reason He specifically listed the 5 commandments that He did? [Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30]



2018-03-15
Prediction of Jesus: Is the chute referring to Mary? I know the branch is referring to Jesus. Is the Holy Spirit wisdom? [Isaiah 11:1-2, Proverbs 8]



2018-03-13
Jesus' first Miracle & Wine: Was Jesus' first miracle the turning water into wine & are Christians allowed to drink alcohol?



2018-03-02
Truing to Get Jesus Politically Motivated: Were people trying to get Jesus polictically involved? [Luke 13:1-8]



2018-02-28
Images of God: People thinking God (Jesus) needs to look a certain way.
Parable of the Sower: In the parable of the sower, are they all Christians being talked about?
Tribulation: Is there going to be great tribulation in the last days? (I think Steve forgets to answer it.)

2018-02-16
Jesus Learned Obedience: What does it mean when the bible says, Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered? [Hebrews 5:8]



2018-01-15
"Ye are gods": I was talking to some Mormon friends the other day, & they were pointing to me a verse in Psalms that talked about gods plural. What is being said there? [Psalms 82:6]
The Wedding Feast of Cana: Mormons have told me that Jesus married 3 people at the wedding where He made water into wine, marrying Mary Magdalene, Martha & the other Mary.


2018-01-12
Paul & Jesus' Gospel Different: I've been told that Paul differed in his faith from Christ, that he really attempted to sabotage the movement. Is that true?



2018-01-05
Greatest Revival: Do you think we are about to have one of the greatest revivals that has ever taken place?
Numerology in the Bible: Don't we have to believe in Numerology?
Jesus' Innocence: Wouldn't Jesus having had sex compromised His innocence?

2018-01-02
Jesus Secretive about His Ministry: In the book of Mark, why does Jesus want his miracles to be so secretive?
Mark's Use of Immediately: Why does Mark use the word “immediately” so frequently?


2017-11-30
Who do you say that I am?: "Who do you say I am?", what did Jesus mean by that? Why did He ask that? [Mark 8:39, Matthew 16:13]



2017-10-27
Parallels in Jesus, Adam & Barabbas: There seems to be parallels in the Garden of Eden & Garden of Gethsemane, the guards spear in Jesus' side & water & blood came out, & seeking a counterfeit "son of the father" in selecting Barabbas instead of Jesus. [John 18, John 19]



2017-09-11
Holy Spirit gone from the Flood until Jesus: Did the Spirit of God leave humanity from the time of the flood until Jesus Christ, the dove leaving the ark & never coming back, but, returning when Jesus was baptized? [Genesis 8:12, Matthew 3:16, Mar 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32]



2017-09-01
Blind Man or His Parents Guilty of Sin: Who sinned, the blind man or his parents? [John 9]
Jesus Breaking the Sabbath: Why was Jesus breaking the Sabbath just for healing on the Sabbath?


2017-08-14
Using Rabbinical Literature in Jesus' Time; The rich man & lazarus, rabbinical literature, Jesus used familiar literature for His audience.



2017-07-12
Jesus' Ministry only 3 Years: Why did God only have jesus' ministry last 3 1/2 years?



2017-07-05
Comparison of Buddhism & Teachings of Christ: Buddhism & teachings of Christ comparison.



2017-05-26
Jews First, Gentiles Secondary: Jesus really went to the Jews first & then the Gentiles?
Family Symbolic of Trinity: Would the family be a good explanation, analogy, for the Trinity?


2017-05-22
Fulfilled Law & Law for Today: The law has to be being for today because of what 2 Timothy 3:16 says, & they didn't have the New Testament then, so it HAS to be referring to the law! [Matthew 5:17-19, 2 Timothy 3:16]



2017-05-19
Jesus Never Declaring He was Christ: Jesus never said He was the Christ, how do I refute that to my friend? I gave him some evidence but he still said He never said it. [John 4:25-26]



2017-05-18
Building the Church: "upon this rock I will build this church", is this an ongoing thing or something that hasn't been fulfilled yet?
Unity of Faith in the Church: Has Jesus' prayer been answered yet that the church would become unified as one to glorify God?


2017-05-01
Information about Jesus other than the Bible: Is there anywhere else besides the Bible that has an account of Jesus being born, His ministry, His death & resurrection?



2017-03-20
The Thomas Jefferson Bible: What do you think about the Jefferson Bible? How could he take all the miracles of Jesus out of the Bible? How do you counter it?



2017-03-13
2 Steps to Heal: Why did Jesus make it take 2 steps to heal the blind man?



2017-03-03
Turning Over the Tables of the Money Changers: During the moneychangers turning of tables, did Jesus exhibit physical violence?



2017-03-02
Not Seeing Death Til These Things Happen: This generation not seeing death until He came back, what did Jesus mean here? [Matthew 16:28]
One Taken, One Left: One taken & one left scenario, what did He mean here? [Matthew 24:40-42]


2017-02-16
Jesus Baptizing Himself: Why didn't Christ Himself baptize people? [John 4:1-2]



2017-01-30
Claiming Jesus' Power: Bill Johnson, in his book, "When Heaven Invades Earth", says that Jesus performed the miracles by being in right communion w/ God, not because He WAS God, & since there's no cancer in heaven we can say no cancer down here as well, & what does it mean that He emptied Himself? [Philippians 2:5-8]



2017-01-18
Debating Seventh Day Adventists about the Sabbath Keeping the law, especially the Sabbath, Adventist say we absolutely have to keep the Sabbath, that it says it in Acts & so on.



2017-01-17
Jesus Cursing the Fig Tree: why did Jesus curse the fig tree (matt 21:19-21)?



2016-03-29
Mosaic Law Severity & Jesus' Mercy: There seems to be a disparity between the severity of the penalties in Leviticus & the loving forgiveness of Jesus



2016-03-25
Wine or Grape Juice: Was the miracle Jesus performed of turning water into wine, was that only grape juice or real wine? [John 2:1-12]



2016-03-11
Some of Jesus' Listeners not Discerning: Why would Jesus not want some people to see or hear or know what's going on? [Isaiah 6, Matthew 13:13-14]



2016-03-09
High Standard of Sermon on the Mount: Is Jesus actually saying we can do everything He said in the Sermon on the Mount? Or is He simply showing the disparity between His holiness & our sinfulness and inability? [Matthew 5-7, John 8:31, Matthew 28:20]



2016-02-24
Man at Pool of Bethesda: The miracle at pool of Bethesda, was the man saved or did he just get healed? did he know that he was turning Jesus in to the authorities? [John 5]



2016-01-27
Tithing: what do churches make the mistake about saying you have to tithe?
Mary's Knowledge of Jesus' Miracle Capability: Did Mary know about Jesus' ability to turn the water into wine?


2015-12-31
Reconciling Scripture [Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 4:11]: How do we reconcile Jesus saying He'll provide everything we need, but then Paul saying we might go hungry & be beaten & so on? [Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 4:11]
Reconciling Scripture - Meat Sacrificed to Idols: In Revelation it seems to be a big deal about eating meat sacrificed to idols, but not a very big deal to Paul. How do you reconcile those 2 things? [Revelation 2:14, 1 Corinthians 8:9-13]


2015-12-04
Rabbi, Teacher & Lord: Did the disciples call Jesus "Rabbi" verses "Lord"? When did "Rabbi" or "Teacher" change to "Lord"?



2015-11-23
Stoning: The Romans would not allow the Jews to carry out the death penalty?
Jesus & the Law of Moses: Were they trying to trap Jesus into saying they needed to keep the law of Moses when they brought the adulterous woman to Him? [John 8:1-11]


2015-11-02
Jesus breaking the Sabbath: I don't care about the Rabbi's version of what work was or not but what actually constituted as work on the Sabbath in the Old Testament? [John 5:18]



2015-10-22
The Golden Rule: What is the origin of the Golden Rule? Did Jesus actually say that? Did He say it on the Sermon on the Mount? [Matthew 7:12]
Reincarnation: If reincarnation isn't real, why is there such disparity in humans, even among family members? We don't really know why from a Bibilical perspective? [Matthew 25:14-30]


2015-10-19
Jesus verses Paul - Calling Somebody a Fool: Should we ignore Paul & his letters since he seems to be going against what Jesus said about calling people fools? [Matthew 5:21-22, 1 Corinthians 3:18, 15:36 2 Corinthians 11:16, 11:23, 12:6, 11, Galatians 3:1-3, Titus 3:3]



2015-09-23
The Lordship of Jesus: Since Jesus was all about healing, will He heal me?



2015-09-17
God of the OT & NT: Why did God seem so much harsh in the OT more than Jesus, also God, was in the NT?
Christianity & the LGBT community: Why are Christians so harsh to other people, including to the LGBT community?


2015-08-26
Alcoholic Consumption: People tell the caller that Jesus only made UN-fermented wine when He did the miracle at the wedding. They suggest that Jesus would not sin by drinking alcohol. But caller thinks it might be just about not getting drunk.



2015-08-21
Tongues & Prophecy: What about speaking in Tongues privately, just speaking to God privately & not publicly? [1 Corinthians 14]
Jesus & Tongues: Jesus was really into praying, but did He ever talk about speaking in Tongues? [Mark 16:16-17]


2015-08-11
Abandoning Judaism to Follow Jesus: Did Jesus tell the Jewish people to abandon what they believed & to follow Him?



2015-08-06
Jack Gregg: Are you related to a Jack Gregg who I worked for for 20 years?
Jesus Becoming Aware of who He was: When did Jesus become aware that He was the Son of God?


2015-08-05
Jesus Being a Racist: Caller was reading an article saying that Jesus was a racist because He used a racial slur. [Mark 7:27-28, Matthew 15:26-27]



2015-07-30
The Mosaic Law & Jesus: Did Jesus follow the Mosaic Law to the letter? [Galatians 4:4]
One Jot or Tittle: Not one jot or one tittle would change, Jesus said, that He only fulfilled the law. What does Steve say? [Matthew 5:17-19]


2015-07-28
Jesus as the Bread of Life: Doesn't Jesus make it seem like we wouldn't die if we ate His bread? [John 6:43-51]



2015-07-23
Last 2 verses of the OT: What do the last 2 verses mean about sending Elijah the prophet in the Day of the Lord? [Malachi 4:5-6]



2015-07-16
"Who do you say that I Am?": Why did Jesus so often say not to tell anyone about Him or something He did, yet in other places He wants to proclaim who He is? What were the disciples preaching since Jesus hadn't been resurrected yet? [Mark 8:27-30, Matthew 11:1]



2015-07-10
Forgiveness: Just because you forgive someone doesn't mean you have to be their best friend afterwards.
The Crippled Beggar at the Temple: How many times did Jesus, if at all, pass this crippled man? Jesus knew he was going to be healed eventually but just not by Him. That gives comfort to the caller. [Acts 3:1-10]


2015-06-02
Jesus Starting His Ministry at 30: Why did Jesus start His ministry the age of 30? He was perfectly perfect before that, so why THAT age? Why did He maintain a low profile until then by being a Carpenter? [Luke 3:23]



2015-05-07
God of the OT in contrast w/ Jesus of the NT: People think there's a complete contrast between the God of the OT & the God of the NT, having character trait differences.



2015-03-27
Believing in Jesus & once you do: A caller asks a litany of questions about following Jesus, in relation to the following verses. [john 14:23, 1 john 2:3-4, 1 john 3:8-9]



2015-03-18
Different Crowd Reactions to Jesus: Why were they angry & why were they amazed? Caller is stumped by Luke 4:22-32. [Luke 4:22-32]



2015-03-16
Jesus Turning Water in Wine: Jesus reaction to His mother seemed like He was a little angry at her for asking, & wondering if anyone heard Him say that, & after all that, He ended up performing it anyway. [John 2]



2015-03-09
Demons Crying Out: How did they have the authority beg Jesus not to torment them? [Mark 5:7]



2015-02-19
Jesus Knowing who He was: When did Jesus know who He was? Did Mary have an understanding of who He was? [Luke 2:52]



2015-02-10
Miracles & People's Lack of Belief: Jesus DIDN't do miracles or COULDN't do miracles because of people's unbelief, is that true? [Matthew 13:58]
Coming in the Clouds of Heaven: Son of Man of coming in the clouds of heaven. [Luke 21:27]


2015-02-06
Jesus Emptying Himself: Did Jesus give up Deity while He was down here? (Kenosis theory) [Philippians 2:7]



2015-01-23
Jesus & His Marital Status: Would it have been wrong for Jesus to take a wife & have children, & if it wouldn't have been, why did He chose not to?



2015-01-15
"Greater Works": What greater works was Jesus talking about that we would do? [John 14:12]



2015-01-13
Jesus giving up Deity: Jesus was 100% God & 100% man, but didn't He divest Himself of His Deity?



2015-01-08
Jesus & Eastern Religions: Wouldn't Jesus have been aware of all the Eastern Religions during His day?



2013-02-11
Steve's Lectures & Books about Eschatology: Do you say the same stuff in your book about the 4 views of Revelation that you say in your 14 lectures, When Shall These Things Be? Do you have any more books written besides that one? (Answer: 3 views of Hell & 2 books on the Kingdom of God.)
70 Week Beginning: When does the 70th week begin? At the beginning of His ministry or the right before His crucifixion? [Daniel 9:27]
Fleeing from the 70 AD Siege: If all the people fled there'd be none left, all Israel & Christians leaving. Do you & Hank agree with each other about the events of 70 AD?

2013-01-21
Jesus Teaching the Trinity: Why didn't Jesus teach the Trinity Himself why He was down here? [Matthew 13:16-18]



2013-01-18
Give unto Caesar: Give unto Caesar, Jesus wasn't necessarily saying to pay taxes but was being evasive answering questions like He did elsewhere. [Mark 12:17, Mark 11:33]



2013-01-08
Putting Away Your Wife: How do you reconcile Ezra saying to put away your wives & Jesus telling us not to? [Ezra 9-10, Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:8-9]


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