Matt Williams

Jesus’s Transfiguration, Last Days of Jesus DVD

By Matt Williams Apr. 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

... The Old Testament background is very helpful for understanding the deeper meaning of the New Testament scriptures. In the transfiguration account, we read in Matthew 17 that Jesus “was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” We remember that in the Old Testament, after Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God and receive the ten commandments, his face “was radiant,” and he wore a veil (Exodus 34:33-35). Matthew 17 is showing us that Jesus is the new (but better) Moses ...

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Resurrection of Jesus: Last Days of Jesus DVD

By Matt Williams Mar. 28, 2017 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

... Understanding the Jewish background of the first century helps us to understand the biblical story with a greater depth and appreciation. For example, most modern Christians mistakenly assume that the early followers of Jesus expected Jesus to resurrect from the dead. But that is far from the truth ...

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Last Days of Jesus: An Interview with Matt Williams

By Matt Williams Mar. 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

Up until about ten or fifteen years ago, Bible scholars mostly wrote for other Bible scholars, rather than for the church. In creating these Bible studies, I wanted to take the knowledge that we Bible scholars know and deliver it directly to the church in a creative and understandable way ...

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Applications for the Parable of the Prodigal Son

By Matt Williams Aug. 10, 2011 8:48 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament

Two years ago I taped a DVD Bible study on the Parable of the Prodigal Son in a series called Deeper Connections, "The Forgiveness of Jesus," with Zondervan Publishing.  I thought it would be fun to post the application section on the blog. May we live out forgiveness as taught by Jesus.

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SHAME REMOVED; HONOR RECEIVED, PART 3

By Matt Williams Jun. 17, 2011 5:36 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Evangelism, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

SHAME REMOVED; HONOR RECEIVED, PART 3

          --Jesus' interactions with people in the Gospel of John...and today

This is the third part of a series that looks at events in the Gospel of John in which we find Jesus interacting with various people who need help—physical help and spiritual help.

In John 4, Jesus speaks with a Samaritan woman. It is interesting that John records this interaction right after his interaction with Nicodemus. The Samaritan woman could not be more different than Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a male Jew, a Pharisee, a member of the Jewish ruling council, and was Israel’s teacher (3:1, 10).  He was the epitome of the best of the best that Israel had to offer.

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Shame Removed; Honor Received, Part 2

By Matt Williams May. 2, 2011 7:34 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament

Jesus' interactions with people in the Gospel of John...and today

This is the second part of a series that looks at events in the Gospel of John in which we find Jesus interacting with various people who need help—physical help and spiritual help. As we look closely at these individuals, we will often see that they are dealing with shame, though this theme is usually hidden in the historical background of the first century. Thus, over the course of this series, we will explore how Jesus interacts with them not only to take away their shame, but also to raise them up and give them honor!

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Shame Removed; Honor Received, Part 1

By Matt Williams Mar. 28, 2011 6:50 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament

          ▶Jesus' interactions with people in the Gospel of John...and today

I would like to begin a series that looks at stories in the Gospel of John in which we find Jesus interacting with various people who need help—physical help and spiritual help. As we look closely at these individuals, we will often see that they are dealing with shame, though this theme is usually hidden in the historical background of the first century. Thus, over the course of this series, I will explore how Jesus interacts with them not only to take away their shame, but also to raise them up and give them honor!

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