The birth of Jesus stands as a pivotal moment in the history of the world, marking a dramatic turning point in God’s plan to redeem creation from sin and death. Much to the world’s surprise, redemption had arrived . . . in the form of a lowly baby. Aimed at stirring your affections for Jesus, our guest will lead us on a journey through the Gospels’ birth narratives, clearing away common misconceptions, making messianic connections, and setting the stage for Jesus’s later life and ministry.
One of the greatest expressions of worship and adoration was written by George Handel. He called his oratorio Messiah. During the Christmas season, we often hear it sung or played but many listeners do not realize that the entire text of this musical masterpiece is drawn from Scripture - and it includes many of the Old Testament passages that shaped Israel's hope for their Redeemer. Join us to learn how to enhance your enjoyment by playing a recording of significant sections of the Messiah as part of your Bible study.
Dr. Andreas J. Köstenberger is cofounder of Biblical Foundations and theologian in residence at Fellowship Raleigh. Previously, he served as Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director for Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored, edited, or translated close to fifty books, including God, Marriage, and Family; A Theology of John's Gospel; and the commentary on 1-2 Timothy and Titus in the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series. He also serves as editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Douglas Connelly (d. 2023) (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) was the author of more than twenty LifeGuide® Bible study guides with over 150,000 copies sold, as well a number of books. He was senior pastor most recently at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after serving twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan.