Teaching Resources

The book of Jonah

A couple of resources from the Bible Project: This video gives a detailed overview of the book, while this Q&R podcast is designed as companion to the video. At 6:30 they deal with the question of whether Jonah is a real person or whether the story is a parable. This is a question we discussed briefly in the first week of our series.

A simple, easy-to-read commentary from The Gospel Coalition.

In this episode of The Bema Podcast, the hosts celebrate the literary genius of the book of Jonah.

The Ridley Certificate is now free! Every subject! This subject, Understanding the Bible, uses the book of Jonah to examine how to helpfully interpret the biblical texts.

How to apologise. In this video, Bruce Burgess from Peacewise has a conversation on The Pastor’s Heart podcast about how to make a great apology.

Easter

The Resurrection – Undeceptions podcast with John Dickson and Richard Baukham.

There are sophisticated, academic arguments for the resurrection of Jesus. It’s not just a matter of accepting it on faith. The modern industry of Christian apologetics doesn’t get us much closer to the historical reality of Jesus’ resurrection – but there are solid, investigative ways of examining this seemingly miraculous event.

Feeding of the multitudes

This podcast delves into the symbolism of the numbers the gospel writers use in telling the story of Jesus and his disciples feeding thousands of people. For Jewish readers, familiar with the symbolism, they point to a deep understanding of who Jesus is in relationship to Moses and the OT law. This story is told in all four gospels, in the podcast they focus on Matthew’s telling. Start listening at 22:10 for their focus particularly on the feeding of the multitudes.

Teach us to Pray series

Throughout the series we will be praying the Lord’s prayer together. You might like to memorise it:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Or how about in Japanese?

Resources

Book: A Praying Life by Paul Miller. A deeply honest book that encourages us to pray honestly and boldly without any sense of performing for God or other people.

Website: 24-7prayer.com is a site rich with resources for people of all experiences. They have easy to use apps for individuals, groups and families. There are courses on prayer, including a whole course on unanswered prayer! Encouraging stories from around the world. This group sees God regularly do amazing things and they communicate it all in a very down to earth style which is easily digestible for most people, even those new to faith.

Book and Podcast: Tyler Staton has written a book called Praying Like Monks Living Like Fools. It is perhaps a little more philosophical and intellectual than A Praying Life but still deeply practical and personal. To accompany the book he made a six part podcast where he interviewed friends about prayer including an Aussie! The podcast should give you a good sense of Tyler’s style, it’s designed as an intro to the book.

Lent series based on the Lord’s Prayer by Common Grace Australia. Common Grace are a mission partner of Plentylife. Each week has a short video reflection from a different Aboriginal Christian Leader with discussion questions and prayers to help you engage more deeply.

Lent series based on The Lord’s Prayer by Tearfund Australia. Has a special focused on current-day justice issues around the world.

The Church on Mission series

Two fascinating podcast episodes about the Sadducees and the Pharisees, to prominent groups in the New Testament.

An article about the unusual miracles in Acts 19:11-12.

The Bible Project have made a series of videos summarising the two books written by Luke, the Book of Luke and the Book of Acts. Great to watch by yourself or with your family. They also recorded a podcast to alongside it where the hosts discuss their research for the video in depth.

An article to help us start thinking about whether Acts is Descriptive or Prescriptive for the way we live as Christians today.

A full list of resurrections in the bible. Related to our teaching on Acts 20:7-12.

Resurrection Appearances series

A helpful article on the different uses of the word ‘love’ in John 21. A great read if you like to understand a bit about the original languages the bible was written in.

A great podcast from John Dickson about how trustworthy the four gospels (the biographies of Jesus in the bible) are.

Who wrote the gospel of John? Tradition says it was John the son of Zebedee (one of Jesus’ 12 disciples) but with writings thousands of years old, there will always be some uncertainty. This article gives a brief summary of the most commonly held views on the authorship of the book. It’s a good starting point if you’d like to learn about this sort of thing more.