Article Series

The Gospels for the 21st Century

For centuries many scholars and teachers have misunderstood and led others to misunderstand the practice of early Christians. How did the earliest followers of Jesus practice the faith He delivered? How should Christians today follow their leader? In this series we examine the life and times of Jesus Christ by weaving the four Gospel accounts into a single compelling story—a story that will at times surprise you and probably change your perceptions of original Christianity.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 1: Humble Beginnings

Part 1

Humble Beginnings

David Hulme

Feared by a king and sought by wise men, the young Jesus was already having an impact—just through news of His birth. 

George Washington - der Mann, der nicht König sein wollte

Part 2

From Water to Wine

David Hulme

Vision continues its series on the life of Jesus Christ and the lessons it contains for society today.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 3: Spreading the Word

Part 3

Spreading the Word

David Hulme

Following the silencing of John the Baptist, Christ’s ministry commences with a private disclosure of who He is. For the first time Jesus openly said who He was. Yet He did not tell it to His own people but to a Samaritan woman.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 4: A Richer Vessel

Part 4

A Richer Vessel

David Hulme

As His ministry continued, Jesus showed that fulfilling the will of God requires more than an outward show of religion.                               

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 5: A Platform of Truth

Part 5

A Platform of Truth

David Hulme

At the heart of one of the most famous oratories of all time lie enduring values and principles that can lift us out of today’s maze of moral confusion.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 6: Face to Face

Part 6

Face to Face

David Hulme

In concluding the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus unmasked hypocrisy, encouraged sound judgment, and revealed the substance of godly character. 

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 6: Judging by the Fruits

Part 7

Judging by the Fruits

David Hulme

As He traveled the countryside performing miracles and healing the sick, Jesus Christ taught the importance of being known by your everyday deeds and actions.

RIddled with Truth

Part 8

Riddled With Truth

David Hulme

Did people grasp all the implications of Jesus’ teaching? Surprisingly, they were not intended to, since Jesus often deliberately obscured His meaning.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 9: Taking Hold of Life

Part 9

Taking Hold of Life

David Hulme

As Jesus’ popularity grew, crowds clamored to see or touch Him. They looked to Him to provide for their physical needs, but He wanted to give them much more.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 10: Clean Hands, Clean Heart

Part 10

Clean Hands, Clean Heart

David Hulme

Jesus taught that true religion demands a deep commitment to spiritual values rather than to ritual customs.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 11: Words of Wisdom

Part 11

Words of Wisdom

David Hulme

Whether He was instructing His disciples or facing His enemies, Jesus conveyed the essential qualities of godly behavior.           

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 12: The Shepherd's Voice

Part 12

The Shepherd’s Voice

David Hulme

Blindness comes in different forms. It can be physical or spiritual. Jesus demonstrates the loving nature of His leadership as He heals a blind man, commissions 70 more to help Him proclaim the gospel, and teaches His disciples to pray.

Gospels, Part 13: Inside Out

Part 13

Inside Out

David Hulme

Jesus responded to criticism from religious leaders by setting a new standard for personal behavior.                

The Difficult Way

Part 14

The Difficult Way

David Hulme

Jesus points out to His disciples that living a godly life requires sacrifice and action.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 15: The Helping Hand

Part 15

The Helping Hand

David Hulme

Jesus taught that people need a genuine change of heart to solve their problems. Only then will they recognize those things that are truly important in life.     

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 16: Present and Future Values

Part 16

Present and Future Values

David Hulme

The disciples still had a lot to learn about their Master and about humility. Attaining spiritual riches requires that we be wholly invested in something other than the physical.                                   

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 17: The Rejected Stone

Part 17

The Rejected Stone

David Hulme

Jesus’ popularity among the people crescendos upon His arrival in Jerusalem, strengthening the resolve of the religious authorities to kill Him.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 18: A Change of Rulership

Part 18

A Change of Rulership

David Hulme

Its the final week of Jesus life on earth. After sidestepping traps set by the religious leaders of the day, He responds to questions about the end of the world.                 

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 19: Buried Treasure

Part 19

Buried Treasure

David Hulme

In the last days before His crucifixion, Jesus gives His followers some keys to staying faithful until His promised return.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 20: Connected to the Vine

Part 20

Connected to the Vine

David Hulme

As Jesus concludes His final Passover meal with the disciples, the peace in the upper room stands in stark contrast to the violence about to unfold outside.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 21: It Is Finished

Part 21

“It Is Finished”

David Hulme

Jesus’ death has been interpreted and portrayed in many ways through the ages. Yet the real story is much more powerful than anything art, literature, television or film has had to offer.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 22: Full Circle

Part 22

Full Circle

David Hulme

The accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ continue to reach out with profound relevance to us, who desperately need the Gospels for the 21st century.