This eight-session small group Bible study, Life and Ministry of the Messiah, from noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan, is volume three of the 12-part That the World May Know series. In it, Vander Laan illustrates how Jesus’ call to follow him turned the world upside down. Journey back to the time of Jesus. Marvel at the magnificence of Herod’s palace. Scramble among the ruins of Qumran. And wonder at the simplicity and wisdom of Jesus’ parables. In the Life and Ministry of the Messiah, you and your group will discover how the events of Jesus’ day impacted his life, ministry and communication…and then you’ll learn how it affects yours. Filmed on location in Israel, That the World May Know is a unique video series that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers.
In Session 1, “In the Shadow of Herod,” you will study the life of King Herod and compare it to the life of Jesus and explore the risks people faced when they chose to believe in Jesus as Messiah.
In Session 2, “My Rock and My Fortress,” you will discuss the metaphor of God as your fortress and learn how to fully place your trust in him.
In Session 3, “The Time Had Fully Come,” you will study the Essenes, their lifestyle, and the Dead Sea Scrolls and learn what God’s careful preparation of the Messiah’s coming means to your life.
In Session 4, “No Greater Love,” you will learn about the city of Korazin, Jewish marriage customs in Jesus’ time, and discern how you can prepare for Jesus’ return, living as Jesus’ bride.
In Session 5, “The Rabbi,” you will study the synagogue ruins at Gamla and the Jewish Zealots who lived there and discover how the freedom that Jesus taught differed from the freedom the Zealots desired.
In Session 6, “Language of Culture,” you will study the city of Sepphoris built by Herod Antipas and how Jesus delved into his culture on many levels.
In Session 7, “Misguided Faith,” you will study the Crusader’s fort in Jerusalem and the damaging consequences of the Crusades that Christians still deal with today.
In Session 8, “Living Water,” you will study the oasis of En Gedi in the Judean Wilderness and learn how the “living water” of God compares to water from old or broken cisterns from En Gedi.