Jesus wasn’t concerned with the popular customs of Jewish piety, but he was concerned for a person.

We can trust that God, who knows our hearts, is able and willing to help us even in the midst of our shame.

As we make disciples, we must communicate care and concern along with content.

As we make disciples, we must discern what points in a person’s worldview can be used as a bridge to a biblical worldview. This requires that we be bold yet respectful.

Holiness is not about preserving traditions, but about preserving people.

Resources Used

I. Howard Marshall, New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel (Downer Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), pg. 512.

Gerald L. Borchert, John 1–11 (New American Commentary Vol. 25a; Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1996), pgs. 199–200.

Walter A. Elwell and Phillip W. Comfort (eds.), Tyndale Bible Dictionary (Wheaton: Tyndale, 2001), pg. 1154.

John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck (eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Vol. 2; Dallas: Victor, 1983–1985), pg. 284.

D.R.W. Wood and I. H. Marshall (eds.), New Bible Dictionary (3rd ed.; Downer Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1996), pg. 406.

D.A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer and G. J. Wenham (eds.), The New Bible Commentary (Downer Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1994), pgs. 1033–34.

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Publication date: February 29, 2012