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Greater Works Than These

Copyright © 2019

by
Jim Kerwin

An excerpt from the forthcoming book
The John the Baptist Experience

Leaping deer, a photo by jmrocek, under license from 123RF.com at https://www.123rf.com/profile_jmrocekIn prophecy, when do deer walk
and when do they leap?1

When the imprisoned John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus, he had one question in mind: “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3 nasb2)

Jesus didn’t answer them directly at first. He believed in “show and tell,” and Luke tells us what John’s two disciples saw with their own eyes:

At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind.

Luke 7:21

With the long day’s ministry over, the Lord approached John’s two representatives.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, [continue reading…]

The “Judicial Adventures” of Paul the Apostle

Copyright © 1994, 2019

by
Jim Kerwin

A Look at Roman Law in Acts

“Moving in a Roman World”

The student of the New Testament is con­stant­ly made aware that he is moving in a Roman world,”2 and awareness of the Roman en­vi­ron­ment is the first step toward un­der­stand­ing its significance and influence on the second volume of Luke’s magnum opus and on the life of Paul. By providing the serious Bible student a primer of [continue reading…]

The Original Aromas of Christmas

Copyright © 2018

by
Jim Kerwin

Burning frankincense, image used under license from https://www.123rf.com/profile_fotomemAll our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King!
1

Your dieting resolve may be challenged as I enumerate the following list: pumpkin pie, gingerbread, Christmas cookies, roasted turkey and stuffing, eggnog, hot apple cider with cinnamon. Those are all holiday edibles, but I mention them not so much for their waistline-destroying properties as for their aromas. I can quickly add to the list of Christmas aromas from non-edible sources: the fragrance of a fresh pine tree, wreaths of pine branches, and seasoned oak burning in the fireplace. I would even add the tantalizing scent of “chestnuts roasting on a open fire,” but then we’d probably be back to derailing ongoing diets.

Those of you outside North America no doubt have your own aromatic reminiscences of Christmas. In any case, if you’re like me, you have a sort of mental database of aromas, of scents, of fragrances that you associate with Christmas. In fact, if one of those aromas registers on your nostrils, it may trigger events from your childhood, or certain Christmases that were special, or maybe certain Christmases that were difficult. I can’t think of another holiday that has such fragrant associations.

Decades ago, over the Christmas holiday I was on a short-term missions trip to India. On Christmas morning I arose before dawn to [continue reading…]

The Powerful Message Behind Jesus’ First Sermon

Copyright © 2018

by
Jim Kerwin

The Importance of Context

a scroll of the Hebrew scripturesWhat is “the acceptable year of the Lord”?1
 

Every time there is a “first” in the Scriptures, it is good to take note of it, because often the Holy Spirit is laying down a special foundation, or principle, or doctrine. I believe this is true in the case of Jesus’ first recorded sermon, which is found in Luke chapter 4.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me
because He anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
19to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Part of what I teach leaders when I come to Latin America is the importance of context when they are reading and studying and teaching and preaching God’s word. The two most important points are these:

  1. Every time we come to the Scriptures, as we are reading we must ask ourselves, “What is the context of this verse, this passage, this chapter, this book? What is the context within the text, and what are the historical, cultural, and original language contexts? What do I need to know to fully understand the passage like the first readers did?
  2. The greatest context is that of the entire Bible, which is why I encourage all Christian leaders – indeed, all Christians – to read through the Bible cover to cover at least once every year.

Let’s think about the context of Jesus’ message in Luke 4. In the previous chapter, Luke 3, Jesus was water-baptized by John; immediately the Spirit of the Lord [continue reading…]

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew
Chapter 10:
The Cost of Doing Kingdom Business
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

In our in-depth Bible study in the Gospel of Matthew, Pastor Jim Kerwin
of Finest of the Wheat Teaching Fellowship looks at Jesus’ commissioning
of the Twelve Apostles in

Matthew 10

and what the Lord warned them about
The Cost
of Doing Kingdom Business
.

 

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 6
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 11
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Pastor Jim Kerwin finishes up his series called The John the Baptist Experience
by exploring the fear of God and how the Holy Spirit uses it to prepare our hearts for the coming
of Jesus. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 5
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 10
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

The Scriptures say that God created Man in His own image.  That truth plays a key role
in understanding the importance of repentance, as you’ll hear in this fifth message
of the series, The John the Baptist Experience, taught by Pastor Jim Kerwin. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 4
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 9
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

In Pastor Jim’s careful exploration of “The John the Baptist Experience,”
we find that the Scriptures teach us a surprising truth—that God’s moral law
is part and parcel of proclaiming the uncompromised and uncompromising New Testament Gospel. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 3
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 8
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Pastor Jim continues exploring Matthew chapter 3 and the “The John the Baptist Experience” by focusing on the New Testament’s
consistent theme of true and deep repentance.  (Notes used during the live Bible study can be downloaded
here.)

 

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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 2
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 7
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

As we consider the “John the Baptist Experience,” it is important to understand
the prophecies about John in Isaiah and Malachi.  Pastor Jim Kerwin continues a multi-week
Bible study on John the Baptist as he continues teaching through the Gospel of Matthew. 
(Notes used during the live Bible study can be
downloaded here.)

 

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This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Bible Study In The Gospel Of Matthew (audio)

The “John the Baptist Experience,” Part 1
In-Depth Bible Study
in the Gospel of Matthew, Week 6
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Why did John the Baptist need to prepare the way for Jesus and His ministry?  And if a
“John the Baptist experience” had to precede Jesus’ first coming, is such an
experience necessary before He can return a second time?  Before He can truly come to an
individual?  A church?  The Church?  Pastor Jim Kerwin looks at all
of these questions in the first part of a multi-week series in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter
3.  (Notes used during the live Bible study can be
downloaded here.)

 

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Seven Words from the Cross: Jim Kerwin

Seven Words from the Cross
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

A careful reading of the Crucifixion accounts in all four Gospel accounts reveals that Jesus
spoke from the Cross seven times.  What were those words and why are they significant to us as
Christians?  Jim Kerwin introduces those brief, poignant, revealing utterances of the dying Savior.

 

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The “Rejected Blessing” Interviews
on WAVA-AM
with host

Ray Greenley
of Living Water Radio
and his special guest

Jim Kerwin


'The Rejected Blessing' is now available from www.RevivalClassics.com.  Click on the image to be taken to the Revival Classics site.

The Rejected Blessing
is now available in small-book form from

Revival Classics
.

Ray Greenley, pastor of National Prayer Chapel and host of Living
Water Radio, interviews Bible teacher and historian Jim Kerwin, author of
The Rejected Blessing
Their discussion explores some aspects of the Azusa Street Revival, the heart-preparation work
God laid as groundwork for that revival, and what God must do in His people
before He can send another great outpouring. (Posted here on Finest of the Wheat with the
permission of LivingWaterRadio.com and National Prayer Chapel.)

 

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The Disciple Jesus Loves: Jim Kerwin

The Disciple Jesus Loves
an Audio Bible-Teaching Message
by

Jim Kerwin

Why did the Apostle John refer to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”

(John 21:20)? 

And how does our understanding of God’s love affect our faith?  Jim Kerwin explores these
questions, providing some helpful answers for those who are seeking God for sanctification.

 

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