The 3-Minute Cheat Sheet for Understanding Paul’s Letters

Galatians: Against the Judaizers (A.D. 49*) The main theme is justification by divine grace through faith in Jesus Christ—against the Judaizing doctrine of meritorious works of the law. In other words, Galatians insists on Christian liberty from any doctrine of salvation that requires human effort in addition to divine grace. […]

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Will Your Church Reach the Next Generation? 9 Questions to Help You Find Out

How important is it to you personally that your church continue to have positive impact for future generations? How confident do you feel that your church is effectively reaching (or will continue to effectively reach) the next generation—those who are younger than the average age of your community? What indicators […]

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How Cultural Backgrounds Can Shed New Light on Familiar Bible Stories

Your congregation has heard many Bible stories dozens of times. But are the people in your care missing key behind-the-scenes details into the biblical world that would deepen their understanding and appreciation of Scripture? The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible is packed with expert insight into the customs and culture […]

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Assessment: Jesus & You (How are You Different or the Same?)

Take this quiz at the beginning of a Bible study and again at the study’s end. The goal: assess change in your image of Jesus and yourself. Work quickly. There are no “correct” answers. Part 1: What Do You Think of Jesus? Please answer each question with a “yes” (Y) […]

Assessment Jesus and You