“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
“If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out.”
(1) Luke 14:26; (2) Matthew 10:34; (3) Matthew 5:48; (4) Mark 9:47
These types of phrases are frequently taken out of context to use as arguments or reasoning against Christ’s love for His people. He does not shy away from the truth or difficult lessons. Learn the true meaning behind these seemingly harsh or difficult teachings through reflection and discussion questions in Jesus Said What?
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Pastor Chris Kennedy keeps this foundational rule of the Bible in place throughout the entirety of this book. He pushes you to ask questions such as these when reading jarring statements: “What else does Jesus say on this topic?” “What does the Old Testament say?” As you continue in your reading and look at His words in the greater biblical context, you’ll come away with a better understanding of His real intentions.
You will learn about these techniques to understand Christ’s teaching style in the Bible
Parishioners and students of all ages always ask their pastors and teachers to untangle the startling statements of Jesus. With the rod of “Context is king” and the staff of “Scripture interprets Scripture,” Pastor Kennedy confirms that the Righteous One never preaches unrighteous behavior and comforts with the King of kings’ forgiveness and guidance.—Rev. Dr. David Coe, associate professor of theology and philosophy, Concordia University, Nebraska, author of Provoking Proverbs
Chris Kennedy tackles Jesus’ tough sayings with courage and clarity. Piqued curiosity about some of Jesus’ most challenging words is transformed into a deeper connection with the Savior of the world. If you crave a greater understanding of Jesus’ teaching, pick up this volume. You’ll walk away with a changed heart too.—Rev. Michael W. Newman, president of the LCMS Texas District, author of Hope When Your Heart Breaks and Getting Through Grief
The words of Jesus have been the focal point of discussion and debate since He said them! Chris takes teachings of the Savior that can be challenging or a cause for alarm and approaches them in a way that not only helps to find depth in their understanding and application but makes them approachable to all people.—Pastor Ted Doering, Narrative Lutheran Church, Round Rock, Texas, author of Walking Together and coauthor of Myth of the Millennial
Chris Kennedy hits head-on some of the most misunderstood sayings of Jesus with the clear purpose of coming to understand our Savior even better. This book both challenged and encouraged me. Chris does not shy away from providing some hard truths that we need to hear, yet he seasons them with grace—much like Jesus did. With thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter, this book is an especially valuable mentoring resource for seasoned Christians to walk through with new Christians. —Donna Snow, founder and CEO of Artesian Ministries, author of more than twenty Bible studies.