Episode 012 – Everything Is Intentional

Key Passage(s): Luke 7:11-17

One thing I’ve learned about Jesus is that nothing is random. It’s utterly remarkable how his words and actions tie into the Old Testament story and then propel the overall story forward. Take Luke 7. Jesus raises a widow’s son back to life. It’s incredible. But what makes this story so fascinating isn’t only what Jesus did, but where he did it. When we understand that, we begin to understand just how intentional Jesus is with everything, including your story and mine.

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • What’s one study technique you learned by engaging this teaching?
  • What other connections, if any, came to mind in the midst of this teaching?
  • Where does your story feel random right now and you need to hold onto the reality that Jesus doesn’t do random?
  • What’s one step you can take in living out this truth this week?

For Further Study

Hagah The Text – this is a longer teaching (sermon) that goes into greater detail about the concepts explored in Teaching Series Episode 020

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  1. Roslyn Jackson April 24, 2018 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Wow! Thanks for that Brad. Very encouraging message. We have had a tough week as a family – this has been such an encouragement in the midst of pain and confusion. God does have a plan!

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Glad your found this so encouraging. I hope you’re last few weeks have been better.

  2. Susan Lutz April 24, 2018 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Love this teaching, Brad. The connections back to Elisha have always been there, thanks for helping us see them. How exciting.

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Susan. Yes, very exciting 🙂

  3. Joyce Hails April 24, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Thanks so much. I just started watching your series. What a blessing! Thanks for the Ebook as well. Joyce

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      So thrilled you started watching the series, Joyce! And I’m glad you’re enjoying the eBook as well.

  4. Carol Barrett * April 24, 2018 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Great teaching Brad. I learn so much from you. Thank you for bringing the Bible to life. I look forward to Tuesday morning with God, Brad and my coffee.

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Haha! That’s awesome. It’s always a good thing being partnered with coffee 🙂

  5. Cerese April 24, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

    What a great teaching, I loved how you made the connections from Elijah to Elisha to Jesus. Love how you brought the Old Testament through to the New Testament, that ithe Old Testament has never been done away with. The complete Bible is truly one beautiful book, A great, great teaching. Thank you Brad.

  6. Sue Christian April 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I love the connections you are making between the Hebrew Testaments and the New Testaments and your excitement it is contagious. It is a good reminder that God does have a plan for us even when we cannot feel or see it.

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      It is definitely one big, beautiful story!

  7. Amy Goward April 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    This is so good! I love learning how miraculous the bible really is and how those who disregard it just DON”T KNOW! My heart wants them to know! Keep giving us more of this!! Thanks Brad!

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      We’re going to keep it coming, Amy 🙂

  8. Bill Black April 25, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    So the call to needing Jesus isn’t about getting saved and escaping hell.
    It’s about having a legal relationship with the Father, being taught TORAH Acts 15, as Paul was directed by Peter and the apostles, to bring the TORAH blessings promised into your life and to then offer it to others around you as they see your joy and hope; thus the original form of—-evangelization!

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Yep, the biblical story is much bigger than just our individual salvation. We get to be part of God’s redemptive work to reconcile the world to Himself.

  9. Dave Deur April 26, 2018 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Thanks Brad! No randomness in Jesus. HIs intentionality is a reminder of my need to be intentional in all I do as one in whom Christ dwells.

  10. Ron Johnson April 27, 2018 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Brad, what a blessing to hear this teaching again, particularly as I am getting ready to enter a challenging time, and wondering what it may be like. Trusting that Jesus will be just as intentional in the days ahead as He has been in the past brings joy and peace. I continue to pray for you and your family.

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Ron. Hang in there. God isn’t surprised by what’s to come.

  11. Lynette Schulz April 27, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I love the picture of Jesus carrying the story forward. We’ve been encouraging our church family to do their post-it timeline. Here’s another reason for that. God is intentional and works through experiences and people in our lives and He is carrying the story forward in our lives as we are led by the Holy Spirit! Thanks for the great insights! I love how God works!

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