Titus: Introduction – Titus 1

Read the Passage: Titus 1 Authorship and Date – As with the book of 1 Timothy, the book of Titus was written by Paul after his first Roman imprisonment, which […]

Paul’s Last Words – 2 Timothy 4

Read the Passage: 2 Timothy 4 Ministry Exhortation (4:1–5) As Paul had been doing throughout his two letters to Timothy, so here in 2 Tim. 4:1–2 Paul again exhorted Timothy, […]

The Word of God – 2 Timothy 3

Read the Passage: 2 Timothy 3 Rejection of Truth (3:1–9) In 2 Tim. 2:14–19 Paul had warned Timothy about the inevitable presence of false teachers in the church. After illustrating […]

Concluding Exhortations – 1 Timothy 6

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 6 Greed and Contentment (6:1–10) While Paul does not give many specific details about the false teachers in the Ephesian church, we can learn about […]

Widows and Elders – 1 Timothy 5

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 5 Older Widows (5:1–10) 1 Tim. 5 begins with Paul’s instructions to Timothy on how to generally interact with church members as the pastor of […]

Confronting False Doctrine – 1 Timothy 4

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 4 Practical Marks (4:1–5) Earlier in this letter, Paul wrote about the false teachers in the Ephesian church, as he generally described their errors (cf. […]

Church Leadership – 1 Timothy 3

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 3 Characteristics of Pastors (3:1–7) Paul wrote this letter to give instructions regarding church order, which included church leadership (cf. 1 Tim. 3:14–15). As Paul […]

Prayer and Gender Roles – 1 Timothy 2

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 2 Spiritual Intercession (2:1–7) Evidently, one of the challenges Timothy needed to address in Ephesus was that the church had ceased to regularly pray for […]

Samson and Delilah – Judges 16

Read the Passage: Judges 16 Samson’s Deliverance (16:1–3) Previously, we studied the life of Gideon, who was the fifth judge of Israel and is described in Judges 6–8. In today’s […]

The Call of Gideon – Judges 6

Read the Passage: Judges 6 Oppression by Midianites (6:1–10) After the victory of Deborah and Barak over Jabin and Sisera, the Israelites enjoyed forty years of peace (cf. Judg. 5:31). […]

Cycles of Oppression – Judges 3:7–5:31

Read the Passage: Judges 3:7–5:31 Mesopotamian Oppression (3:7–11) In studying Judges 1-3 we noted that the book of Judges narrates Israel’s disobedience, deteriorating faith, and military defeats. While the events […]

Judges: Introduction – Judges 1:1–3:6

Read the Passage: Judges 1:1-3:6 Authorship and Date – The book of Judges is technically anonymous, although Jewish tradition holds that the prophet Samuel wrote this book. If this is […]

Jesus’ Crucifixion – Mark 15:24–47

Read the Passage: Mark 15:24-47 Some Mocked (15:24–32) Mark 15:1–23 records Jesus’ trial before Pilate and subsequent scourging. Note that, for his own literary purposes, Mark conflates Jesus’ various trails […]

Jesus’ Last Passover – Mark 14:1–31

Read the Passage: Mark 14:1-31 Preparation (14:1–16) As Mark 14 begins, it is Wednesday evening of the Passion Week. Mark 14:1–2 reports that, having failed to cause Jesus to stumble […]