Luke 11:29-32 - The Sign of Jonah


Our text this morning is a warning as well as a call for Thanksgiving and reflection for the great privilege and honor it is to possess the revelation of God's word. This privilege of possessing the truth of God's word cannot be expressed in words, it is priceless. Speaking to the advantage of the Jews the apostle Paul in Romans 3:2 tells us that "...the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God." However with this highest of privileges comes great responsibility as our Lord will illustrate in two stories which he takes from the Old Testament. The first example being the Queen of the South who was willing to travel great distances simply to hear the wisdom of King Solomon. The second example Jesus mentions is the men of Nineveh who gladly repented at the preaching of the prophet Jonah. Jesus uses both of these stories to humble and shame the Jews who have relatively received far greater light yet were unfaithful with the truth to which they had been entrusted. Let us consider the great riches and blessings with which we have been entrusted. Let us be careful not to despise the Word of God but rather let us delight in it ,believe it, and obey it.

Acts 19: The Ephesians - Gospel Conquers Occult


Paul, coming to Ephesus, finds certain disciples of John the Baptist who had not received the gift of the Holy Ghost, knowing only the baptism of John, but receive it through their re-baptism into Christ and imposition of Paul's hands, Acts 19:1-7. He preaches for three months in the synagogues, Acts 19:8. Many being hardened, he leaves the synagogues, and teaches daily in the school of Tyrannus for two years, Acts 19:9 - 10. He works many miracles, Acts 19:11, Acts 19:12. Account of the vagabond exorcist Jews, and the seven sons of Sceva, Acts 19:13-17. Many are converted, and burn their magical books, Acts 19:18-20. Paul purposes to pass through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, and afterwards to Rome; but, having sent Timotheus and Erastus to Macedonia, continues a little longer in Asia, Acts 19:21 - 22. Demetrius, a silversmith of Ephesus, raises an uproar against Paul, which, after some tumultuous proceedings, is appeased by the town clerk, vv. 23-41.

Acts 18: Paul Preaches in Corinth and Ephesus, Begins 3rd Missionary Journey


The conclusion of the second Missionary Journey is recorded in this chapter (Acts 18:23a) and the beginning of the third (Acts 18:23b). Paul left Athens for Corinth where he met Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:1-4); great success attended his efforts during eighteen months work at Corinth many believe and are baptized Acts 18:5-11); Jewish opposition came to a climax soon after Gallio became proconsul, but it was frustrated (Acts 18:12-17); Paul concluded the second journey via Cenchraea and Ephesus to Antioch in Syria (Acts 18:18-23a); and after some time there, he started the third journey (Acts 18:23b). Luke next included some background material on the work at Ephesus, where Paul's next great labors would occur, relating the preaching of Apollos, and the further instruction given him by Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:24-28).

Acts 17: The Gospel Preached in Greece, Paul Preaches on Mars Hill


Paul and his company, passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, come to Thessalonica, were they preach the Gospel to the Jews, several of whom believe, Acts 17:1-4. Others raise a mob and bring Jason, who had received the apostles, before the magistrates who, having taken bail of him and his companions, dismiss them, Acts 17:5-9. Paul and Silas are sent away by night unto Berea, where they preach to the Jews who gladly receive the Gospel, Acts 17:10-12. Certain Jews from Thessalonica, hearing that the Bereans had received the Gospel, come there and raise up a persecution, Acts 17:13. Paul is sent away by the brethren to Athens, where he preaches to the Jews, Acts 17:14-17. He is encountered by the Epicureans and Stoics, who bring him to the Areopagus and desire him to give a full explanation of his doctrine, Acts 17:18-20. The character of the Athenians, Acts 17:21. Paul preaches to them, Paul's sermon: Acts 17:22-31. A point of common interest 22-23, God and creation 24-25, God in His relation to man 26-27, God in His own nature 28-29 & God and His moral government of men 30-31. Some mock, some hesitate, and some believe, and among the latter, Dionysias and Damaris, Acts 17:32-34.

Acts 16: The Macedonian Call


This chapter has the continuation of the second missionary tour, relating the revisiting of Lystra and Derbe, Acts 16:1-5, the Macedonian call, Acts 16:6-10, the conversion of Lydia and others in Philippi, Acts 16:11-15, the healing of the demoniac girl, Acts 16:16-18, beating and imprisonment of Paul and Silas, Acts 16:19-24, earthquake and conversion of the jailer, Acts 16:25-33, and the concluding of their efforts in Philippi, in which Paul and Silas receive the apology of the authorities, are released, and depart from Philippi after seeing the brethren, Acts 16:35-40.

Paul's Letter to the Galations


Salvation is "In Christ" Galatians 3:26-29, Justification is by "the faith of Jesus Christ" Gal. 2:16 which leads to obedience of the believer Galatians 5:19ff 4 Q MMT "Miqsat Ma'ase Ha-Torah". "Some precepts of the torah" Catholic words. A concordance of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, leaves little doubt that the Greek Trans. is "ergon nomou". "Ergon nomou" is commonly translated in English New Testament as: "Works of the law". This Pauline phrase, Galatians 2:16 & 3:2 and Romans 3:20 & 28. Looking at Galatians and Romans in light of 4 Q MMT, Paul is using the same terminology to fight "justified" by Christ and the "blood of bulls and goats". This shows Paul was not "jousting with windmills or fighting a straw man" when he took on legalists who taught "works of the law" could be: 'reckoned for righteousness'. Catholic and liberal scholars have long suggested that Paul misunderstood Jewish teaching... they say "works of the law" No where appears in books of rabbinic Judaism of the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. Only in letters of Paul & MMT are these words found. MMT provides the "smoking gun" and shows Paul fighting legalistic theology from Qumran which had entered the Church. DSS T/Brill/1994.

Acts 15: The Jerusalem Council


False teachers circumcised, Acts 15:1. Paul & Barnabas meet apostles , Acts 15:2. inform apostles of Gentiles; Pharisees demand circumcision, Acts 15:3-5. apostles privately consider, Peter speaks to all, Acts 15:6-11. Barnabas & Paul success Gentiles, Acts 15:12. James' opinion, Acts 15:13-21. apostles & elders agree, send Judas & Silas with Paul & Barnabas to Gentiles, Acts 15:22; send letter to Church of Antioch, Syria, & Cilicia, Acts 15:23-29. Paul & company return, read epistle at Antioch, producing great joy; Judas & Silas preach, Acts 15:30-32. Judas returns to Jerusalem, Silas continues with Paul & Barnabas, teaching & preaching, Acts 15:33-35. Paul proposes to Barnabas to visit Churches where they preached; on the latter determining to take John Mark, Paul refuses, Acts 15:36-38. They disagree; & Barnabas, taking John Mark, sails to Cyprus, Acts 15:39. & Paul, taking Silas, goes through Syria & Cilicia, confirming Churches, Acts 15:40, Acts 15:41. Result of division was two Missionary works.

Elders, Evangelists and Deacons


Timothy was a native of Lycaonia. His father was a Greek, but his mother and grandmother were Jews, 2 Tim. 1:5. He was taught the scriptures from his very youth, 2 Tim. 3:15, and was probably converted during Paul's first visit to Lystra, Acts 14:8-20. He was ordained as an evangelist 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6, and, after Paul's second visit to Lystra. he spent most of his time with Paul, Acts 16:1. He did much valuable service for Paul, and was greatly esteemed by him. Acts 17:14; 18:5; 20:4; Rom. 16:21; 1 Cor. 4:17; 16:10. His name is associated with Paul in writing a number of letters, 2 Cor. 1:1; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:1. He was pastor at Ephesus and while there received these letters, 1 Tim. 1:3-4. Paul desired to have him with him when death came, 2 Tim. 4:9; 13, 21.

Acts 14: Evangelist Report on Our Primitive Church Government At Main Street


Kelly preached on our church government, introducing the leadership, and our plans for the future. The link "An Open Letter from Kelly" is an outline to the sermon.

Acts 13 & 14: Paul's First Missionary Journey Part 2


Paul and Barnabas, having preached at Iconium with great success, persecuted, obliged to flee to Lystra and Derbe, Acts 14:1-6. They preach, heal a cripple; then people, supposing them to be gods, are about to offer them sacrifices, and are with difficulty prevented by these apostles, Acts 14:7-18. Certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, coming thither, induce people to stone Paul; dragged out of the city as dead, while disciples stand around him, rises up suddenly, returns to the city, next day departs to Derbe, Acts 14:19, Acts 14:20. Having preached , he and Barnabas return to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, confirming disciples, ordaining elders in every Church, Acts 14:21-23. Pass through Pisidia and Pamphylia, Acts 14:24. Through Perga and Attalia, Acts 14:25; sail to Antioch in Syria, Acts 14:26. Having called disciples together, inform them of door of faith opened to Gentiles, and abode a long time with the Church, Acts 14:27, Acts 14:28.

Acts 13: Paul's First Missionary Journey


Acts 13 World Conquest Under Paul Begins
This chapter records the beginning of what is usually called Paul's first missionary journey or as we refer to this study in Acts as: World Conquest. First, there was the formal commission which sent Barnabas and Saul on their way (Acts 13:1-3); then there is the account of their efforts on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:4-12); next is the record of John Mark's defection after the Leadership switches from Barnabas and Paul. The movement of Paul into Asia Minor (Acts 13:13-16); then follows the record of Paul's address in Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:17-43) the record of still another sermon in the same city on the sabbath day one week later (Acts 13:44-52).

Acts 12: The End of Secular Judaism


Peter Delivered to Prison. Death to Persecutor. Herod persecutes the Christians, Acts 12:1. Kills James, Acts 12:2. And casts Peter into prison, Acts 12:3, Acts 12:4. The Church makes incessant prayer for his deliverance, Acts 12:5. An angel of God opens the prison doors and leads him out, Acts 12:6-10. Peter rejoices, and comes to the house of Mary, where many were praying, and declares how he was delivered, Acts 12:11-17. The soldiers who kept the prison are examined by Herod, and he commands them to be put to death, Acts 12:18, Acts 12:19. Herod is enraged against the people of Tyre, but is appeased by their submission, Acts 12:20. He makes an oration to the people, receives idolatrous praises, and an angel of the Lord smites him, and he dies a miserable death, Acts 12:21-23. The word of God increases, Acts 12:24. Barnabas and Saul, having fulfilled their ministry, return from Jerusalem accompanied by John Mark.

Acts 11: Cornelius, Gospel Spreads to Gentiles


Disciples were called Christians first Acts 11:26
Isaiah 9:6-7 His Name. Isa. 61:1-6 And they shall build the old wastes (places) Report to the Church. Acts 11:1-18. Acts 11:18-26 The Missionary Work of Those Scattered Abroad Acts 11:19. The Conversion of Gentiles at Antioch, Acts 11:20-21. Barnabas Sent to Antioch by the Church, Acts 11:22-24. Saul Brought from Tarsus, Acts 11:25-26. Isaiah 65:15 Jews to be cursed, Isaiah 62:1-2 New name from mouth of the Lord. After Gentiles converted Acts 11:1 Called by a new name "Christians" We don't claim to be the only Christians but simply "Christians only. Acts 11:26 cf: Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:16, Romans 16:16, Hebrews 1:4, Phil. 2:9ff, I John 3:1.Famine Predicted, Acts 11:27-28. Collections for the Relief of Jerusalem, Acts 11:29-30

The Blackest Land, The Whitest People: Acts 10:1 - 11:18


Racial Bigotry: The white verses Black race problems since the founding of our country can be compared to the same problem of the Judaizing Jews and the Gentiles in the primitive Church. This chapter is concerned with the conversion of the Gentile Cornelius, the same event also being justified by Peter and 6 witnesses to the Jerusalem Church in Acts 11. Luke's devoting so much space to the narrative of a single conversion indicates the importance of it. It was in this conversion of this Roman centurion that the issue of receiving Gentiles into Christ began to be decided. This is much like the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yes, other Gentiles had been saved prior to this; but it was upon the basis of their having first been circumcised and converted as full proselytes to Judaism. The earliest Christians most of whom were Jewish were willing to welcome Gentiles into the faith as Proselytes first and Christians later. Cornelius' baptism was the beginning of the end of that, despite the fact of the "Judaizers" continuing to advocate their old view afterward, as seen through Acts 15 and in the Pauline epistles. The final results: Notice the three verbs in Acts 11:18. First: "they held their peace." The first indicates the criticism was stifled. Second: they "glorified God." The second says for that even for a believing Jew for a Gentile to be of equal value to God was astounding. Third: that God "granted repentance..." The third is of special note by its structure (aorist tense verb) Luke points out that these believing Jews were reluctant to adopt such acceptance of the Gentiles as a policy for the future... The verb indicates that they thought this was probably a onetime deal... But for this once they conceded that God worked a moral miracle... But they were not committing themselves to any permanent principle.

Acts 9


Saul's Journey to Damascus, Acts 9:2, 26:10. The Lord Jesus Meets Him on the Way, Acts 9:3-9 & 22:9. Called to Be a Witness to the Gentiles, Acts 9:10 & 26:16-17. Baptized by Ananias, Acts 9:11-18. Paul's Account, Acts 22:3-21 & 26:10-20. Preaches Christ to the Jews in Damascus, Acts 9:19-22. They Seek His Death, Acts 9:23-24, Luke 6:22-23, II Corinthians 11:22. His Escape to Jerusalem and Meeting with the Apostles, Acts 9:25-29. Departure to Tarsus, Acts 9:30-31. Peter Heals Aeneas at Lydda, Acts 9:32-35 & 22:13-16. Raises Dorcas at Joppa, Acts 9:36-40, I Kings 17:19-23 &17:2, II Kings 4:32-36 & Matthew 9:25.

Acts 8


A general persecution is raised against the Church, Acts 8:1. Stephen's burial, Acts 8:2. Saul greatly oppresses followers of Christ, Acts 8:3, Acts 8:4. Philip the deacon goes to Samaria, preaches, works many miracles, converts many persons, and baptizes Simon the sorcerer, Acts 8:5-13. Peter and John are sent by the apostles to Samaria; they confirm the disciples, and by prayer and imposition of hands they confer the Holy Spirit, Acts 8:14-17. Simon the sorcerer, seeing this, offers them money, to enable him to confer the Holy Spirit, Acts 8:18, Acts 8:19. He is sharply reproved by Peter, and exhorted to repent, Acts 8:20-23. He appears to be convinced of his sin, and implores an interest in the apostle's prayers, Acts 8:24. Peter and John, having preached the Gospel in the villages of Samaria, return to Jerusalem, Acts 8:25. An angel of the Lord commands Philip to go towards Gaza, to meet an Ethiopian eunuch, Acts 8:26. He goes, meets, and converses with the eunuch, preaches the Gospel to him, and baptizes him, Acts 8:27-38. The Spirit of God carries Philip to Azotus, passing through which, he preaches in all the cities till he comes to Caesarea, Acts 8:39, Acts 8:40.

Acts 7


Stephen the 1st Christian to Suffer Martyrdom This great chapter is taken up entirely by the account of Stephen's defense before the Sanhedrin and his martyrdom which climaxed it. Actually, Stephen's address was not so much a defense of himself as it was an epic survey of Jewish history as related to their rejection of the promised Messiah; and, while it is true a complete refutation of the charges against himself as apparent in this master oration, it is the glorious figure of the risen Lord which dominates every word of it. It is only natural that in an address which touches so many historical events the destructive critics have worked overtime searching. None of the so-called "contradictions," however, are of any importance; but a few of them will be noted for the purpose of showing the amazing weakness of such criticisms. Those great experts on Jewish history who sat in the Sanhedrin found no fault whatever with the history cited by Stephen; the only thing they objected to was his application of it! The name "Stephen" means "wreath" or "crown", and it is appropriate that the first to win the martyr's crown should have worn such a name.

Acts 6


This very short chapter narrates the preliminaries of Stephen's martyrdom, noting that it occurred following a period of great growth and prosperity for the new faith (Acts 6:1), that Stephen's rise to prominence was a result of his appointment as one of the seven chosen to administer the distribution of food to the needy, an appointment brought about by complaints of neglecting the Grecian widows (Acts 6:2-7), and that his popularity, ability in debate, and fearless proclamation of the truth resulted in a Pharisaical plot against him, leading to his arrest (Acts 6:8-15). Many things of very great significance come to view in this little chapter: there was the first instance of the laying on of the hands of the apostles; there appeared the first violent opposition of the Pharisees; there occurred the first expansion of the church's organization beyond that of the governing apostles; there was a second threat to the unity of the disciples, deriving from the allegations of neglect of a certain class receiving charity; and there was the exceedingly significant record of The 1st Summary "a great company of the priests became obedient to the faith"

Acts 5


The hypocrisy of Ananias & wife Sapphira, their awful death, Acts 5:1-11. The apostles work many miracles, Church of Christ is increased, Acts 5:12-16. The high priest and the Sadducees, being incensed against the apostles, seize and put them in prison, Acts 5:17, Acts 5:18. The angel of God delivers them, and commands them to go to the temple, and proclaim the Gospel, Acts 5:19, Acts 5:20. The high priest, having gathered the council together in the morning, sends to the prison to have the apostles brought before him, Acts 5:21. The offers return, and report that they found the prison shut, and the watch set, but that the men had got out, Acts 5:22, Acts 5:23. A messenger arrives in the meanwhile, and says that the apostles are preaching in the temple, Acts 5:24, Acts 5:25. The captain and officers go and bring than before the council, who expostulate with them, Acts 5:26-28. The apostles defend themselves, and charge the council with the murder of Christ; and assert his resurrection from the dead and ascension to the right hand of God, Acts 5:29-32. The council are confounded, and purpose to slay the apostles, Acts 5:33. Gamaliel gives them seasonable and prudent advice, Acts 5:34-39. The council agree to it, but, before they discharge the apostles, beat them, and command them not to teach in the name of Jesus, Acts 5:40. They depart rejoicing in their persecution, and continue to preach Jesus Christ, Acts 5:41, Acts 5:42.

Acts 4 - Psalm 2


After being threatened by the Jewish High Court The Apostles returned to the Church and they went to their knees in prayer to God Acts 4:23 -31 This Psalm is Remarkable for its eloquent change of persons. It is like a heavenly stage play with different people who speak. Psalm 2:1-2 The Prophet Speaks & foretells of the coming Messiah or Christ. How do you know this prophecy is of Christ? An inspired Apostle tells me, I am tracking this Psalm correctly cf: Acts 4:25 ff. Psalm 2:3 The Enemies Speak Psalm 2:4-5 The Prophet Answers the Enemies Cf Luke 21:20 Psalm 2:6 God Speaks cf: Hebrews 12:22. Psalm 2:7 The Messiah Speaks cf: Son Luke 1:31, Matt 3:13ff, Matt 17:5ff, II Peter 1:15, Acts 13:33, Romans 1:3-4, Hebrews 1:1-6 & Heb. 5:5. Psalm 2:8-9. God Answers the Messiah cf: Revelation 2:27, Rev. 12:5 & Rev, 19:15. Psalm 2:10-12, Prophet encourages Enemies to submit to God & His Messiah cf: Heb. 6:1.

Acts 4


Revelation 12:5, Acts 4:1, Peter's sermon was interrupted by Sadducees. Matthew 27:65-66, Luke 22:4, Luke 22:52-53. One Acts main purposes is to show Jews who rejected and crucified Jesus continued rebelling against God. 9th hour, Acts 4:2-3, Acts 3:1, II Corinthians 5:17. Many believed, Acts 4:4. Sanhedrin, Acts 4:5-6. By what power, Acts 4:7. Respect, Acts 4:8, Matthew 10:17-19. Peter addresses head-on, Acts 4:9-10. Cornerstone, Acts 4:11, Matthew 21:42, Psalm 118:22, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-17, I Peter 2:4-9, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 9:33. Saved, Acts 4:12. Not schooled, Acts 4:13. Man healed, Acts 4:14. Could not deny, Acts 4:15-16. Not speak of it, Acts 4:17-20. Threatened, Acts 4:21-22. Let go, Acts 4:23-24. Inspired, Acts 4:25-26.

Acts 3


Luke, Author of Acts, chooses "wonders and signs" for an example to Theopolis. Another sign, Mark 16:17. The people marveled, Acts 3:9. Your God will come, when? Then! Isaiah 35:4-7. One Way, Isaiah 35:8, John 14:6. We will come Home, Isaiah 35:9-10, Hebrews 12:22-24, I Corinthians 2:9. Beautiful gate, Acts 3:10. Solomon's Porch, 3:11. Glorify God, not servant, Acts 3:12-13. Chose Barabbas, Acts 3:14-15. His faith healed him, Acts 3:16. Ignorance, Acts 3:17-18, Mark 12:7. Obey the Gospel, Acts 3:19 and 2:38. Second Coming, Acts 3:20-21, II Peter 3:12. Prophet like unto Moses, Acts 3:22-23. Prophecy, Acts 3:24. Sons of Abraham, Acts 3:25, Galatians 3:16. Jew first - then Gentile, Acts 3:26.

Nehemiah: Man Of Prayer


(Nehemiah 1:4) Nehemiah displays great concern over the ruins of the city of Jerusalem. He has a zeal and a passion, for both God's honor and the honor of God's people. (Nehemiah 1:5) He appeals to God's covenant with his people. (Nehemiah 1:6) Nehemiah diligently calls upon the name of the Lord in this hour of distress. He confesses both his sins and the sins of the people. (Nehemiah 1:7) He confesses that they have broken God's law and disregarded his commandments. (Nehemiah 1:8-9) Nehemiah appeals to God's covenant and promises to forgive his people. (Nehemiah 1:10-11) He brings to God's attention the fact that those in the city of Jerusalem are His people, and once more pleads for God to hear his prayer.

The Five-Fold Worship of the Church


Worshiping God is our duty: cf: John 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12:1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:15-26, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Preaching: Mark 16:15-16, I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2, 3:14 & 4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13, I Corinthians 5:7 & II Chronicles 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Luke 11:1-13, & Giving: I Corinthians 16:1-2 & II Corinthians 9:6-9, Malachi 3:7-12

Acts 2: A Fellowship of Believers is Born


Acts 2:36 is point of whole sermon "Lord" Greek-Kurios, YHWH-Hebrew Unspeakable name of God, & "Christ"-Greek Christos, Hebrew Messiah or Anointed One. Acts 2:37 No faith was produced by demonstrations of the spirit Acts 2:1-21. Only with preaching of Gospel, Acts 2:22-36 faith is produced. Cf Rom 10:17. Acts 2:38 contains 2 imperatives & 2 promises. Dependence of the clause, remission of sins, relies upon both imperative verbs, repent & be baptized. 2 promises, remission of sins & gift of Holy Spirit. Act 2:39 conditions are for whole Christian Age. Act 22:16, 2:40-42, Ex 32:25-28, II Tim 2:2, Ro 15:26, Prayer I Cor 11:23:31, Lk 18:1, Lk 11:9-10 Worship began 2:43-46 sharing their wealth Act 5:42, Ro 16:3:5I Cor 16:19, Phim. 1:1-2, 2:47 baptized believers added by the Lord to "the Church.", Dan 2:44, Mt 15:9, Col 1:18,Mt 1616-18, Act 20:28;30, II Tim 2:2 & 15. Great falling away II Peter 2:3 Reformation II Th 2:3 Restoration Jn 17:20-21 I Cor 1:10, Ep 1:22-23 & 4:3-6 Christians Only Acts 11:26, I Peter 4:16, II Peter 1:3, II Tim 3:15, II Peter 1:20 Seed Lk 8:11 & 15 Lord's Supper Ac 20:7 Immersion Mk 16:15-16 Church is Christ's Bride.

The Measure of a True Disciple


His teaching is Bible which is Inspired by God II Tim 3:16. Jesus tells us to search the Scripture, John 5:39. Preach with gentleness and Humility, I Pet 3:15, II Cor 10:1. Love like Jesus, Mk 8:34. Jesus' Instruction: Mt 28:18-20. Jn 2:19. Hell created for Satan not man, Mt 25:41. Disciple an adherent, Eph 5:1-2. Student trains to be like Teacher, Lk 6:40. Conform to Son's Image, Ro 8:29. Truly His disciples, Jn 8:31. "Doer" of the Word, Jam 1:21-25. Do the Will of God, Mt 7:21-27. Jesus is my Rock, Ps 18:1-2.Love one another, Jn 13:34-35. disciple's love visible to the world, Ro 12:1. Left His Glory in Heaven for us, Col 1:15. Submit our lives to Him, I Cor 2:19. Bear Fruit, Jn 15:8. He gives us strength, Phil 4:13. Hell not prevail, Mt 16:18. Be an example, Phil 4:13. Prompt people to glorify God, Mt 5:16, I Pe 2:12. Save the Lost, Lk 19:10. Produce Fruit, Mt 24:13. Jesus The Vine, Jn 15:1-2.Our Father's Business, Lk 2:49.Save Lost Lk 19:10. Serve God, Jsh 24:15. Jesus comes first, Lk 14:25-26, Mt 10:34-37. Jesus to servant, Phil 3:7. Blessings, Eph 1:3. Conquers Death. Jesus is Light, Jn 8:12 & will give you rest, Mt 11:28. Perfect Sacrifice, Jn 3:16.Obey, Lk 9:23-25. Follow Him, Lk 14:27. Persecution, II Tim 3:12, Blessing, I Cor 2:9. Practice precepts, Jn 14:16, I Tim 2:5. Grow, II Pet 3:18. Do His will, Mt 7:21. Forsake all else, Lk 14:33. Rewards Ps 139:18, Act 17:31, Re 21:1-8, Ho 2:16Jn 14:27, Phil 4:7, Ps 45:5. Begin, Mk 16:15, Gen 2:17. Confess, Ro 10:13,. Live Faithful, II Cor 5:17. Smitten, Is 53:4-5. Salvation, Ro 10:13. Baptism, Act 2:38, I Pe 3:21, Act 22:16, Jn 3:5, Gal 3:26, Col 2:12, Jn 3:5, Mk 16:16, Ro 6:3-6.

The Blessing of Water


The Great Commission, Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:15-16. Simon the sorcerer heard the Word and was baptized, Acts 8:4-13. The Ethiopian eunuch was baptized, Acts 8:27-39. Those who the Holy Ghost fell on were baptized, Acts 10:34-48. The Philippian Jailer was baptized, Acts 16:25-34. Crispus and his house believed and were baptized, Acts 18:1-8. I noticed how baptism works a good work in us and for us. We are openly raised from the dead as Christ triumphing over death (sin), Colossians 2:8-15. Baptized into Jesus Christ into His death, buried with Him, raised up with Him and live with Him, Romans 6:3-10. Baptized into the body, the Church, I Corinthians 12:12-14. Those baptized into Christ have put on Christ, Galatians 3:26-27. Those baptized into Christ are new creatures, II Corinthians 5:14-17. A Spiritual Metamorphosis needs to take place in our lives. Baptism now saves us, I Peter 3:18-22. Invitation: Hear - Romans 10:17, faith cometh by hearing. Believe - Hebrews 11:6, without faith it is impossible to please. Repent - Luke 13:3, Except you repent - ye shall all likewise perish. Confess - Matthew 10:22-33, confession. Remain Faithful - Revelation 2:10 - be faithful until death.

The Good Ground: Luke 8:4-15


In I Cor 3:6, Paul refers to God's people as "God's field." In Old Testament, we see that the heart of man is compared to soil, with the capability of being either hard or soft (Jer 4:3-4). This is the idea which is conveyed in our text and Jesus reveals to us that there are four types of soil representing the hearts of four types of people. There is the ground that is along the path which represents hard hearts (Luke 8:12). The shallow soil along rock is good for a little while and represents those who are quick to believe yet there is no depth of soil. Consequently, they fall away in times of testing (Luke 8:13). The soil which is full of thorns represents those who while hearing the word are choked out and do not produce fruit (Luke 8:14). "As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience." Luke 8:15

Acts 2 - Pentecost: Peter Preaches the First Gospel Sermon


Acts 1:26-2:14 The Apostles are Baptized in The Holy Spirit evidenced with the sound of a "Rushing Mighty Wind" and, "Tongues like as of Fire" Fellowship called "The Church" is born. Acts 2:17 Last days cf: Joel 2:28-32. Acts 2:20 "day of The Lord"; is coming destruction of Jerusalem & final judgment day cf I Cor 5:5, II Cor 1:14, I Thess. 5:2, II Peter 3:10. During Christian Age "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". This chapter will teach us how to call. Acts 2:22-24 This is the greatest speech in history. Peter makes 7 points Acts 2:25 cf Psalm 16:8-11. Acts 2:26-28 cf: Heb. 12:2, Heb. 2:17, John 9:4. Acts 2:29-30 cf: Matt. 22:41:46, Psalm 132:11. Acts 2:31-35 cf: Psalm 110:1. Acts 2:36 is point of whole sermon "Lord" Greek-Kurios, YHWH-Hebrew Unspeakable name of God, & "Christ" - Greek Christos, Hebrew Messiah or Anointed One. Acts 2:37 No faith was produced by demonstrations of the spirit Acts 2:1-21. Only with preaching of Gospel, Acts 2:22-36 faith is produced. Cf Rom 10:17. Acts 2:38 contains 2 imperatives & 2 promises. Dependence of the clause, remission of sins, relies upon both imperative verbs, repent & be baptized. 2 promises, remission of sins & gift of Holy Spirit. 2:39 conditions are for whole Christian Age. 2:40-42 Worship began 2:43-46 sharing their wealth 2:47 baptized believers added by the Lord to "the Church."

Acts 1: World Conquest


Most verses 3rd person: "they did "or "he did ". Some use 1st person plural, "we". Acts 16:10-18, 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1, 28:16, "we" alerts us to fact author is eyeball witness. Purpose in writing Lk -Act: words & deeds of Jesus in Lk & World conquest by Gospel in Act. Introduction Lk 1:1-4 states purpose. Lk/Act shd be considered 1 work in 2 parts. Read Lk 24 w/Act. Threads tie Luke and Acts together: Both addressed to Theophilus, Act 1:1A Former treatise Lk 1:1-4. Act 1:1B. Jesus didn't practice what He preached. He preached what He practiced. "Do & teach" Lk 24:19. Act 1:2A Taken up Lk 24:51. Act 1:2B Commandments Mk 16:15-16 & Mt 28:18-20. "To whom" whom is an antecedent that refers back to nearest noun "Apostle" in verse 2. Act 1:3A "Many infallible proofs" Lk 24:36-43. Act 1:3B Kingdom Lk 24:46-47. Act 1:4 Wait for promise Lk 24:49. Act 1:5 Apostles baptized w/Holy Ghost Matt 3:11-12 & lesson on Jn 13, 14, 15, & 16. Act 1:6 Jesus promised Kingdom to come during life of apostles Mk 9:1. Is this the time? Act 1:7 Jesus says don't worry about time stay focused on job, I Thess. 5:1ff. Jesus promised Kingdom would come w/Power Mk 9:1, Act 1:8A Jesus says Power comes w/Holy Ghost upon Apostles. Act 1:8B Apostles to be eyeball witnesses unto earth, Act 1:21-22, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32, 10:39-41, 22:14-15, 23:11, 26:13-16, II Pet 1:13-21. Act 1:9 view from earth, Dan 7:13-14, view of Heaven. False teachers say Daniel vision 2nd coming, says Son of Man coming to Ancient of Days. Dan 7:13-14 teaches Christ received Kingdom? At Ascension to Father Act 2:30-32: 1:10-11 Will come same way He went Rev 1:7.

Preaching the Gospel to all the World in Every Generation


Preach the Gospel, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16. Preaching: The evangelist is to herald or announce the "Good News"... you announce "News" you do not teach news. The Evangelist is to read, reason, state, illustrate and prove the great gospel facts, Luke 24:44-49, II Timothy 3:12-17, Preach The Word, II Timothy 4:1-5, Acts 20:27. Your words are not inspired God's word is inspired and after announcing the "Good News" Evangelist is to "teaching them to observe all things whatsoever" Christ and the Apostles taught us. II Timothy 2:2. Apostles would complete their World Wide Mission, Psalm 19:1-14. Apostles and 1st century Church did it, Mark 16:20, Acts 28:22, Romans 1:8, Romans 10:14-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Colossians 1:23, I Thessalonians1:7-8. Giving our money is a blessing, Malachi 3:8-10, Acts 2:42.

The Cross of Christ


The great need for the Church today is not new and better ideas or more church growth schemes, but rather a return to the old paths which are given to us in the Bible. (Jer 6:16) (Acts 2:42) We must make it our great ambition to lift up Christ in the preaching of the Cross, the foundation of all Christian Doctrine! (Rom. 3:23-27) (1 Cor 2:2,15:1-4) God is Holy (Is. 6:3)(Habakkuk 1:13). Man is sinful (Gen 6:5) (Rom 3:10-18). God is just and is a righteous Judge. (Gen 18:25) (Ps75:7) How can God be "Just and the justifier"? ( Rom 3:25)(Pr 17:15) Jesus is our substitute, propitiation, and Passover Lamb. (1 Cor 5:7)

The Great Commission


Christ Commissions His Apostles - Mark 16:14 He appears to eleven & rebukes their unbelief, Luke 24:36-43 & John 20:19-23. Mk 16:15-16 Gospel all the world, Matt 28:18-20 & Luke. 24:44-49, Acts 1:4-8. Mk 16:17 cf. Mk 16:14-17. "The Eleven" Apostles are the antecedent of "them" in Mark 16:17. Antecedents always refer back to the nearest named noun. Cast out devils cf: Acts 5:16, Tongues Acts 2:1-4, Mk 16:18 Serpents cf: Gen 3:15, Ps 91:11-13, Luke. 10:17-19, Acts 28:3-6 & Rom 16:20, Heb. 2:3-4, Mk 16:19 Received into Heaven Luke 24:51 & Acts 1:9, Psalm 110:1, Eph. 1:19-20, Heb. 1:3 & v:13, Heb. 10:12-13, Mk 16:20. Gospel preached everywhere cf Matt 24:14, Prophecy Psalm 19:1-9, Rom 10:14-18, Col 1:5-6, Col 1:23 & I Thess. 1:7-8.

Is World War III Approaching? Is This The "End of Days"? What does the Bible Say?


The doctrine of Christ's resurrection according to the Scriptures is The Gospel. I Corinthians 15:1-4, What Scriptures? Isa. 53:8-10. Jesus the resurrected Christ, seen by over 500 witnesses plus the Apostles, I Cor. 15:5-7, Paul's Apostleship, I Cor. 15:8-10, II Cor 11:23-28. All the Apostles preached & believed the same things, I Cor 15:11. There is a Judaizing false teacher at Corinth I Cor 15:12. On the contrary, Paul says "but now is Christ risen" & first-fruits are proof of a coming great harvest, I Cor 15:20. Christ the second Adam, I Cor 15:21-22. There is order in the Resurrection, I Cor 15:23. At the end of time, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom, the people of Christ or the Church of Christ, to God, I Cor 15:24. Greater & different degrees splendor in Resurrection, I Cor 15:41-44. Second coming of Christ in Power & Glory is one event, John 6:40, Resurrection of the dead at the last day, John 6:40, Matthew 25:31-36, dead raised I Thess. 4:13-18, cf: John 6:40, I Cor 15:50-57, cf: John 6:40, II Pet 3:1-18. The work of the Lord, I Cor 15:58,.

"Easter" - Luke 24: "He is Risen"


Women coming early to sepulcher on 1st day of the week, bringing spices, find stone rolled away, & tomb empty, Lk 24:1-3. They see a vision of angels, announce Christ's resurrection, Lk 24:4-8. Women return & tell this to the eleven, Lk 24:9, Lk 24:10. They believe not, but Peter goes & examines tomb, Lk 24:11, Lk 24:12. Christ, unknown, appears to two of the disciples on the way Emmaus, & converses with them, vv. 13-29. While they are eating together, he makes himself known, & immediately disappears, Lk 24:30, Lk 24:31. They return to Jerusalem, and announce his resurrection to the rest of the disciples, Lk 24:32-35. Jesus appears to them, & gives them many infallible proofs of the reality of his resurrection, Lk. 24:36-43. He preaches to them, gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, & commissions them: Lk 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, & ascends to heaven in sight, Lk 24:50, Lk 24:51. They worship him, & return to Jerusalem, Lk 24:53.

Harmony of the Gospels: The Crucifixion of Jesus


These verses are chosen for the fullest account. This is much like the earliest known harmony the Diatessaron by Tatian in the 2nd century, and variations based on the Diatessaron continued to appear into the Middle Ages. A Gospel harmony is an attempt to collate the Christian canonical gospels into a single gospel account. Gospel harmonies are constructed and studied by scholars to establish a coherent chronology of the events depicted in the four canonical gospels in the life of Jesus, to better understand how the accounts relate to each other, and to evaluate their use of different words. You should, however, read all 4 Gospels to Understand the complete account.

Triumphal Entry


Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass, in fulfillment of the prophecy of: Genesis 49:10-11 & Zechariah 9:9; He Expels money changers, Matthew 21:12 in fulfillment of Malachi 3:1-7, blind & lame healed, Matthew 21:14 cf: Isaiah 35:5, Parables of 2 sons & vineyard Matthew 21:28-41, The stone cf: Psalm 118:22ff, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-15, Acts 4:11ff, Romans 9:33, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Peter 2:5-9 & Romans 12:1-2. Royal & Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem: Mark 11 Official Entrance into Jerusalem. Mark 11:1-11 cf: Genesis 49:10-11, Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 9:9-11, Psalm 118:25-26 & Malachi 3:1-5; The Barren Fig Tree Cursed. Mark 11:12-14 cf: Hosea 9:10, Matt 23:23, Matthew 7:15-20, Jeremiah 11:1-3, Isaiah 65:15; The Second Cleansing of the Temple. Mark 11:15-16 cf: Jeremiah 7:30, Ezekiel 8:15-18, Isaiah 52:11 & Isaiah 56:7; Indignation of the Jewish Rulers. Mark 11:17-19 cf: Psalm 69:9, John 11:47-50; Faith, The missing Figs of Israel. Mark 11:20-26

Home Churches: How to Set Up a New Testament Church in Your Home


Worship with reverence & fear Hebrews 12:28-29 & James 4:7-10 All Christians Priests I Peter 2:5-9 If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21 ... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, ... the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation ... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area ... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world & build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.

Home Churches: The Five Things we Do to Worship God


The 5 Fold Worship of the Church Worshiping God is our duty: cf: Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, & John 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12: 1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:15-26, I Corinthians 11:23-32; Preaching: Mark 16:15-16, I Corinthians 1:18, II Timothy 2:2, 3:14 & 4:5; Singing: Matthew 26:30, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13 & II Chronicles 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Luke 11:1-13, & Giving: I Corinthians 16:1-2 & II Corinthians 9:6-9

Home Churches: How to Set Up a New Testament Church in Your Home


Worship with reverence & fear Hebrews 12:28-29 & James 4:7-10 All Christians Priests I Peter 2:5-9 If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21 ... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, ... the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation ... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area ... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world & build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.

The Priesthood Of all Believers: All Christians are Priests


Worship with reverence & fear Hebrews 12:28-29 & James 4:7-10 All Christians Priests I Peter 2:5-9 If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21 ... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, ... the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation ... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area ... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world & build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.

Worship God with Reverence and Fear


If the Church of Christ does not exist in your community, you should start now Worshiping in your home and asking others to come meet with you. As Jesus said Luke 14: 21... Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. The Church of Christ is not a building, the Church of Christ is the people of Christ who have come to Christ biblically in the appointed way. The Church of Christ is not a denomination, it is the one true fellowship you read about in Romans 16:16 If the Church in its true form exists where you live, it might not be advisable to start a new congregation... on the other hand if there is not a Bible believing faithful congregation in your area... or if you just don't fit and you have stopped assembling then you have the responsibility to begin worshiping God properly yourself and thereby establishing the Church in your home Jesus did not commission us to go into all the world and build gothic cathedrals or church buildings.

God's Word: Inspiration of the Bible, Part 4


The Bible is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between the Old & New Testament: Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, Heb 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. The Old Testament is divided into three groups. The Law: The 1st 5 books of Moses known as the Torah & Pentateuch. The Prophets: 21 books - major & minor Old Testament Prophets. Writings: 13 books of poetry, history and psalms. The New Testament consists of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts - The 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles (written by the apostle Paul), 8 are called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews was written by an unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book, it's Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Tim 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Pet 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible completely differ from societies of the ancient world. The Bible is NOT simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: The Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.

God's Word: Inspiration of the Bible, Part 3


The Bible is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between the Old & New Testament: Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, Heb 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. The Old Testament is divided into three groups. The Law: The 1st 5 books of Moses known as the Torah & Pentateuch. The Prophets: 21 books - major & minor Old Testament Prophets. Writings: 13 books of poetry, history and psalms. The New Testament consists of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts - The 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles (written by the apostle Paul), 8 are called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews was written by an unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book, it's Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Tim 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Pet 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible completely differ from societies of the ancient world. The Bible is NOT simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: The Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.

God's Word: Inspiration of the Bible, Part 2


The Bible is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between the Old & New Testament: Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, Heb 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. The Old Testament is divided into three groups. The Law: The 1st 5 books of Moses known as the Torah & Pentateuch. The Prophets: 21 books - major & minor Old Testament Prophets. Writings: 13 books of poetry, history and psalms. The New Testament consists of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts - The 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles (written by the apostle Paul), 8 are called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews was written by an unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book, it's Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Tim 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Pet 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible completely differ from societies of the ancient world. The Bible is NOT simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: The Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.

God's Word: Inspiration of the Bible, Part 1


The Bible is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between the Old & New Testament: Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, Heb 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. The Old Testament is divided into three groups. The Law: The 1st 5 books of Moses known as the Torah & Pentateuch. The Prophets: 21 books - major & minor Old Testament Prophets. Writings: 13 books of poetry, history and psalms. The New Testament consists of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts - The 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles (written by the apostle Paul), 8 are called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews was written by an unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book, it's Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Tim 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Pet 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible completely differ from societies of the ancient world. The Bible is NOT simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: The Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.

In Christ: Part 4


How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Cor. 1:30, 1 Cor. 3:1, 1 Cor. 4:15, I Cor. 15:22; II Cor. 1:20-21, II Cor. 2:14, II Cor. 3:14 , II Cor. 5:17, 19 & 21; Gal. 1:22, Gal. 2:16, Gal. 5:6; Eph. 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Eph. 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Eph. 3:6 & 10-12; Phil. 1:1, 14 & 26, Phil. 2:1 & 5 , Phil. 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Col. 1:2 & 2, Col. 2:3-7, Col. 2:9-14; I Thess. 4:14-17; II Tim. 1:9, II Tim.2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how to get into Christ.

In Christ: Part 3


How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Cor. 1:30, 1 Cor. 3:1, 1 Cor. 4:15, I Cor. 15:22; II Cor. 1:20-21, II Cor. 2:14, II Cor. 3:14 , II Cor. 5:17, 19 & 21; Gal. 1:22, Gal. 2:16, Gal. 5:6; Eph. 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Eph. 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Eph. 3:6 & 10-12; Phil. 1:1, 14 & 26, Phil. 2:1 & 5 , Phil. 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Col. 1:2 & 2, Col. 2:3-7, Col. 2:9-14; I Thess. 4:14-17; II Tim. 1:9, II Tim.2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how to get into Christ.

In Christ: Part 2


How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Cor. 1:30, 1 Cor. 3:1, 1 Cor. 4:15, I Cor. 15:22; II Cor. 1:20-21, II Cor. 2:14, II Cor. 3:14 , II Cor. 5:17, 19 & 21; Gal. 1:22, Gal. 2:16, Gal. 5:6; Eph. 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Eph. 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Eph. 3:6 & 10-12; Phil. 1:1, 14 & 26, Phil. 2:1 & 5 , Phil. 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Col. 1:2 & 2, Col. 2:3-7, Col. 2:9-14; I Thess. 4:14-17; II Tim. 1:9, II Tim.2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how to get into Christ.

In Christ: Part 1


How important is being In Christ? Make a list of the blessings in Christ or in Him cf: John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, Rom. 12:5; I Cor. 1:30, 1 Cor. 3:1, 1 Cor. 4:15, I Cor. 15:22; II Cor. 1:20-21, II Cor. 2:14, II Cor. 3:14 , II Cor. 5:17, 19 & 21; Gal. 1:22, Gal. 2:16, Gal. 5:6; Eph. 1:4, 7, 10, 11 & 13, Eph. 2:6, 10-14 & 19-22, Eph. 3:6 & 10-12; Phil. 1:1, 14 & 26, Phil. 2:1 & 5 , Phil. 3:3, 9-10 & 14; Col. 1:2 & 2, Col. 2:3-7, Col. 2:9-14; I Thess. 4:14-17; II Tim. 1:9 , II Tim.2:1& 10 All teach in Christ or in Him; Galatians 3:27 & Rom. 6:3-6 teach how get into Christ.

The Seed Lesson Condensed


In 274 AD during a time of persecution of the Church, in order to expose Christians, Aurelian Caesar proclaimed December 25th, the time of the winter solstice, as the birthday of the sun god Sol Invictus. To avoid persecution Christians simply decided to take the day off too and call it the Birth of Jesus. Therefore, Christmas - Christ-mas is a Catholic holiday. The Seed Galatians 3:16, Genesis 1:1-3, Genesis 3:15, Genesis 12:1-4, Genesis 15:1-6, II Samuel 7:12-14, Psalm 22, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53:1-12 cf: I Corinthians 15:1-3

The Birth of Jesus


Luke's epistle to Theophilus, Luke 1:1-4. The conception and birth of John Baptist foretold by the angel Gabriel, Six months after the angel Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary, and predicts the miraculous conception and birth of Christ, Luke 1:26-38 The decree of Augustus to enroll all the Roman empire, Luke 2:1, Luke 2:2. Joseph and Mary go to their own city to be enrolled, Luke 2:3-5. Christ is born, Luke 2:6, Luke 2:7. His birth is announced to the shepherds, Luke 2:8-14. They go to Bethlehem, and find Joseph, Mary, and Christ, Luke 2:15-20. Christ is conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary, espoused to Joseph, Matthew 1:18. Joseph's doubts are removed by an Angel, Matthew 1:19, Matthew 1:20; by whom the child is named Jesus, Matthew 1:21. The fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah relative to this, Matthew 1:22, Matthew 1:23. Joseph takes home his wife, Mary, and Christ is born, Matthew 1:24, Matt. 1:25.

Christ's Born of a Virgin to Sacrifice His Body for Sin


The seed (Child) of the woman will walk all over Satan Genesis 3:15, He will enter the world through a young Jewish virgin cf: Isaiah 7:14 Hebrew al-maw' a damsel from aw-iam kept out of sight. Today nonbelievers say God used wrong word should have used beth-oo-law to deflower a virgin but Mary remained a virgin until the birth. God has used same word to describe a virgin before cf: Genesis 24:16 & 43. The eternal God of the universe stepped into human history when this child was born cf: Isaiah 9:6-7 This messiah is the great I AM the self existent one cf Exodus 3:14 & John 8:58 The mystery of our Lord's glorious incarnation is found in the opening of the Gospel of John 1:1- 5 & 14. His birth makes possible the forgiveness of all sins. King David looked forward to the day that God would create a body for the messiah to be a sin offering. II Samuel 12:10-12, Psalm 51:1-3, Psalm 38:1-5 & 17-18, Psalm 32:1-6, Note the Progress of David's thinking: God could save me, God would save me if I asked & Now: God has forgiven me! Psalm 40:1-8 Sacrifice of Messiah's body Promised: Cf: Hebrews 10:4-14, Psalm 40:9-17 & Psalm 139:1-24 God's Glory, Majesty and Infinite Knowledge of all things.

Report to the Church on our Works


The duties of an evangelist is outlined in the books of I and II Timothy and Titus Preach the Word, Mark 16:15-16, II Timothy 2:2, II Timothy 3:15-4:5 Feeding the Poor Romans 12:"18-21, Matthew 25:35 Jail and Hospital Chaplains, Matthew 25:36 Faith, the Indispensable quality of an evangelist, Hebrews 11:6 Members were first added to the Original Church, Acts 2:41 & 47 Members were first multiplied to the Original Church, Acts 6:7, 9:31, 12:24 Churches were added, Acts 16:5 & 19:20 Churches were multiplied.

I Corinthians 13: The Love Chapter


Charity is an old English word for love. Love to God and our fellow man is the sum and substance of all true Christianity; so that without it, the most splendid eloquence, the gift of prophecy, the most profound knowledge, faith by which the most stupendous miracles might be wrought, benevolence the most unbounded such , and zeal for the truth, even to martyrdom, would all be unavailing to salvation, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. The description and praise of this grace, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Its durableness; though tongues, prophecies, and knowledge shall cease, yet this shall never fail, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10. Description of the present imperfect state of man, 1 Corinthians 13:11, 1 Corinthians 13:12. Of all the graces of God in man, charity, or love, is the greatest, 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Faith, The Faith & The Faith of Christ


The word "faith" is often applied subjectively to one's inner trust with reliance in Christ or God to save us or what one believes a synonym for "belief". But in other contexts, especially with the Greek article we translate with the word "the" "the faith", Greek: "tees PIS-te-os". It is used in the objective sense, meaning the body of truth, the whole system of religion that is taught, believed and practiced by New Testament Christians, the pattern for true Christianity. Christianity is contrasted with the Mosaic law system. It is unfortunate that most translations drop the Article "the", in Gal 3:23-27. We do not become the "children of God" by "the law" but by "the faith" "tis pisteos". It is "the faith" because there is only "one faith" cf: Eph 4:4-5. The way, The path cf: Prov 4:18, Isa 35:8, Jer 32:39 Mat 7:13-14, John 14:6 Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, Acts 13:7-8, Acts 14:22, Acts 16:5, Acts 24:14, Romans 1:5, Romans 14:1, I Cor 16:13, II Cor 13:5, Gal 1:23, Eph 4:5 & 13, Col. 1:23, Titus 1:13, I Tim 4:1, I Tim 6:21, Phil 1:27. This shows that in the New Testament times there was a clearly defined system of belief and practice which is identified over and over as "the faith".

Psalm 23: In Memory of Ginger Lawson


The Lord is the Shepherd of His people; therefore we may infer that we shall not want, Psalm 23:1. How He guides, feeds, and protects us, Psalm 23:2, Psalm 23:3. Even in the greatest dangers we may be confident of His support, Psalm 23:4. His abundant provision for us is compared to a great banquet, Psalm 23:5. The confidence we may have of His continual mercy, and our eternal happiness, Psalm 23:6.


Kelly's wife, Ginger, graduated from the flesh to the spirit on Friday, October 28, 2016. Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 6. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the poor at Main Street Church of Christ. Please join us in prayer for Kelly and his family for comfort and strength in the Lord during this time of joy and sorrow.

Speak where the Bible Speaks, be Silent where the Bible is Silent


II Peter 1:3 Silence as a Rule of Language. II Tim. 2:2 How God wishes to be Obeyed-careful obedience Deut 2:4, 4:15, 6:17, 12:23, 24:8. Jesus obeyed Rule of Silence Jn 4:34, 5:19, 5:30, 5:36, 7:16, 8:26-29. Conscientious obedience demonstrates love Jn 14:31, 16:12-13. Do not add to God's Word Deut 12:8, 4:2, 12:32, Prov 14:12, 30:5-6, Rev 22:18-19. Early 2nd generation church fathers recognized this principle Didache 4:18 ...Adding nothing & taking nothing away.", Epistle of Barnabus 19:11 Thou shalt keep those things which thou hast received neither adding to them or taking away from them. Tertullian "Any doctrine not as old as the apostles is thereby condemned by the silence of Holy Scripture." When people act w/o Authority Lev 9:23-24, 10:1-3, I Sam 13:8-14, 10:8, Lev 1:7, I Chr 13:9-10, 15:2, 15:12-15, Jer 23:16, 23:26, 23:32-34, Mat 15:14, Col 2:20-23, Acts 15:1-2 & 15:24, Heb 1:5. Jesus subjected Himself to the rules Heb 7:14, Exo 28:1, II Jn 9. Never presume to act or speak in hushed silence of God Exo 17:5, Num 20:8-12. Today, Change Movement people ask, "Where does the Bible forbid us to do so?" II Pet 3:15-16. How can such men be learned in Scripture?

Church History - Part 3:  The Restoration Movement


The Restoration Movement seeks to restore the church described in the bible & the unification of all Christians cf: John 17:20-23 & I Cor 1:10, in a single body cf: Eph. 1:22-23 & 4:3-6, patterned after New Testament church. We are neither Protestants, Catholics, nor Jews, but Christians only cf: Acts 11:26. The movement developed from several different efforts to return to apostolic Christianity. During Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe & John Huss called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity. At the heart of the Reformation was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church. Barton W Stone began at Cane Ridge, KY, & his group called themselves simply Christians cf: I Pet. 4:16. Another group began in Pennsylvania & West Virginia & were led by Thomas Campbell & his son Alexander. They called themselves Disciples of Christ. Elias Smith & James O'Kelly led similar groups. These groups sought to restore the whole Churches of Christ on the pattern set forth in the New Testament, II Pet 1:3, "we speak where the Bible speaks & are silent where the Bible is silent" & both groups believed that the creeds of men kept Christianity divided. In 1832 they joined in fellowship with a handshake. We are united in the belief that: Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, Matt 16:13ff that Christians should celebrate the Lords Supper on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7 & that immersion in water is a part of salvation, just like belief, faith, confessing Christ and repentance Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, Rom 6:3-6 & Gal 3:27.

Church History - Part 2:  The Protestant Reformation


"The Great Falling Away" under Roman Church brought about "the Dark Ages" in which most teachings of the New Testament were changed by "Church Councils" which changed the Worship and Practice of the New Testament Church into the teachings of Men cf: Matthew 15:8-9. During Middle Ages dissenters such as John Wycliffe 1384 & John Huss (burned at the stake in 1415) called for restoration of a primitive form of Christianity. Martin Luther, a catholic priest began his protest against Rome in 1517. The Scriptures were forbidden to common man in their own language and men were burned alive for having Bibles or preaching. At the heart of the Reformation was emphasis on "scripture alone" (sola scriptura). William Tyndale published his Bible in 1530 and was burned at the stake by Rome. The Church of England began in 1531. Miles Coverdale's Bible was published in 1535, Matthew's Bible was published by John Rogers in 1537 and he too was burned alive. The Great Bible was published in 1539, The Geneva Bible in 1560, The Bishops Bible in 1568 and the King James Version in 1611. Our Baptist friends began in 1609-11. English Puritans also sought to restore a pure "primitive" church.

Church History - Part 1:  Roman Catholicism


Church History-Great falling away-Catholics: Catholic 606AD Boniface III took the title of Pope (pappas) or Universal Bishop of Roman Catholic Church. Col. 1:18, Matt.16:16-18, II Tim 2:15, Matt. 23:9, Eph 2:8. Matt 6:7. Shortly Rome made laws: Latin to be only language of scriptures. Call no man Father cf: Matt 23:9. Saved by grace not works cf: Eph 2:8. Mary not mediator between God & man cf: I Tim 2:5. Ask in Jesus' name not Mary's cf: Jn 16:23-26. 'Our Father' & 'Hail Mary' vain repetitions cf: Matt 6:7. Hell has no halfway house called Purgatory cf: Lk 16:19-31. No such thing as separate priesthood cf: I Pet 2:5. Bishops must be the husband of one wife cf: I Tim 3:1-7 & Tit 1:5-8. Celibacy is a doctrine of devils cf: I Tim 4:1-3, Pope is anti-christ cf: Col 1:18. Anti-christ has been here all along cf: I Jn 2:18-19, I Jn 4:1-3 & II Jn 1:7. Pope led great falling away & is man of sin cf: II Thess 2:1-12. Rome sold indulgences & built St Peter Basilica making merchandise of people's sins cf: II Pet 2:2-33.

Figures of Speech Describing the Church of Christ


3 Figures of Speech Describing The Church of Christ: We have studied that the church is described as both the kingdom of God & the temple of God. The church is also described as the flock of God cf: The Messiah or Christ will be a gentle Shepherd Isa. 40:10-11, The Lord will save the flock of His people Zech. 9:9, 11 & 16, Beware: Matt 7:15, Jesus quotes the prophet about Himself & the flock Matt 26:31-32, Luke 12:32, Luke 15:4-5, John 10:1-18 & Acts 20:28 The Church is also described as the body of Christ cf: One body with many members I Cor 12:12-27, one body Rom 12:4-5, the Church is called the Body Eph 1:22-23, There is but one body therefore, one Church Eph 4:4, Eph 4:11-15 & Eph 5:23, Col 1:18 & Col 1:24 & the Church of Christ is also described as the Bride of Christ: Isaiah 62:2-5, II Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7, Rev 21:2 & Rev 22:17

Hebrews 9: The Church of Christ is the New Testament Temple of God


Acts 2:37-47: God gave pattern for Old Testament temple I Chron 28:10-19; David wanted God to have a house I Chron 17:1-14; when it was built, God's presence, which had been manifested at the tabernacle, came to fill the temple I Kings 8:6-21; Old Testament temple was a shadow of New Covenant Heb 8:5 &10:1; there was a worldly sanctuary Heb 9:1 cf: I Pet 2:5, I Cor 3:16 & 6:19; Heb 9:2 there was a tabernacle cf: Ex 25:8-9; wherein was the candlestick cf: Rev 1:20 & Matt 5:14 & Jn 8:12; & table of showbread cf: Lev 24:5-9, only priests could eat & only priests should eat from Lord's Table today cf: I Cor 11:23ff. Heb 9:3 second veil was torn at death of Christ cf: Matt 27:51. Heb 9:4 golden censer of incense stood before veil cf: Lev 16:12, which was a shadow of prayers of saints now having direct access to God cf: Rev 8:3-4 & 5:8. Heb 9:5-6 the first tabernacle was accomplished the service of God by the priesthood. We now have a priesthood of believers. cf: I Pet 2:5-9, Rev 1:6. During Old Testament period God received blood sacrifices from dead animals. Since sacrifice of Christ Heb 9:11-12 God is pleased to receive our bodies as living sacrifices cf: Rom 12:1-2.

Ephesians 6: The Christian Warfare


Mutual duties children and parents; of servants (slaves) & masters. Warfare of the Saints. Armor of God. Sword of the Spirit. Constant prayer. Ephesians 6:1 Children obey parents in Lord, Eph.6:2 honor father & mother, Eph. 6:3 cf: Exo. 20:12 That thou may live long, Eph. 6:4 fathers nurture children, Eph. 6:5 servants be obedient, Eph. 6:6 do will of God, Eph. 6:7 give service w/good will, Eph. 6:8 you will receive what you do; Eph. 6:9 masters treat servants well God's your Master, Eph. 6:10 be strong in the Lord, Eph. 6:11 put on the whole armor of God, cf: I Pet. 5:8-9; Eph. 6:12 wrestle against rulers of darkness cf: Eph. 1:21, John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11, II Cor 4:4 & Eph 2:2; Eph. 6:13 take unto you the whole armor, Eph. 6:14 loins girt cf; Isa. 22:21-23 & breastplate of righteousness Rom. 1:16-17,3:21-22 & Phil. 3:9, Eph. 6:15 feet shod w/gospel of peace, cf: Isa. 52:7 & Rom 10:15-18; Eph. 6:16 shield of faith cf Rom. 5:1 & Heb. 11:1ff, Eph. 6:17 helmet & sword, cf: Isa 59:17, I Thess. 5:8, Mark 16:15-16, Heb 4:11-12, Rev. 1:16; Eph. 6:18 praying always, cf: Luke 18:1, Luke 11:9-10 & Luke 21:34-36; Eph. 6:19 prayers to open mouth boldly, cf: Eph 1:9-10 & 3:9-11; Eph. 6:20 ambassador in bonds, Eph. 6:21 so that you know how I do, Eph. 6:22 comfort your hearts, Eph. 6:23 peace & love w/faith, Grace be with all them that Love Lord Jesus Christ Eph. 6:24.

Ephesians 5


Eph 5:1 refers God's kindness found in Ephesians 4:31-32 Imitators forgiving one another as God forgave us 5:2 imitate Christ who offered Himself as a sacrifice cf: Genesis 8:2, Lev. 1:9 & II Cor. 2:15; 5:3 certain sins strictly forbidden--fornication--uncleanliness--covetousness are banished; 5:4 no loose life, words or thoughts 5:5 such are virtually an idolater cf: I Cor. 6:9-11 & I Cor. 6:16-17 Gal.5:19-21 5:6 let no man deceive you 5:7 don't share their sin 5:8 cf: John 1:4-5, Matt. 5:14-16 & I John 1:5 heathens darken others 5:9 walk as children of light cf: Gal. 5:22-25 5:10 walk acceptable to God 5:11 reprove & rebuke 5:12 secret sins are shameful 5:13 bring true character to light 5:14 sleepers not converted Isaiah 60:1-2, Isaiah 26:19, Romans 6:4-6 & Colossians 2:12 5:15 be wise 5:16 use every opportunity to study 5:17 be not unwise 5:18 wine common intoxicant 5:19 singing Greek psallo--direct object--heart, instead of pagan revelry 5:20 thanks in song coming through Christ 5:21 submit one to another 5:22 wives submit to husband 5:23 organization must have a head 5:24 be in subjection 5:25 husbands love wives 5:26 example to Christian husbands 5:27 holy & without blemish 5:28 man who loveth wife loveth himself 5:29 nourish & cherish flesh as church 5:30 members of body, flesh & bones 5:31 two be one 5:32 great mystery 5:33 he love wife/she reverence husband.

Ephesians 4


Ephesians 4:1 Practical duties because our glorious privileges in Christ urged 4:2 Walk or live humility--don't seek repay or get even. 4:3 Unity commanded cf: John 17:20-21 & I Cor. 1:10-13. 4:4 one body cf: Rom 12:5, I Cor 12:12-12-13, Eph 2:16, Col 1:18, Eph 1:22-23 & 4:4. 4:4-6 We learned that The Church has 1. Unity of the Head 2. Unity of The Spirit dwelling in church (saints) 3. Unity of Hope (expectation) 4. Unity of The Faith 5. Unity of ordinance for admission 6. Unity of The Father 7. Unity or organization of One Body. 4:7 special offices & gifts 4:8 Quotes Ps. 68:18 captives are sin & death, gifts as a conquering King; 4:9 Christ Divine descended from heaven & ascended to heaven as Psalm teaches. 4:10 @ God's right hand above heavens Heb 4:14 & 7:26 4:11 various offices 4:12 helping Saints to higher & holier lives. 4:13 full unity when all know Christ alike. 4:14 children easily deceived 4:15 Never give in to false doctrine rebuke w/ love 4:16 all brethren work harmoniously 4:17 Paul returns to the exhortation of verses 1-3 vanity unenlightened 4:19 given over to sin 4:20-21 ye learned Christ 4:22 New man 4:23 cf Rom 12:2 4;24 cf: John 3:3-5; 4:25 speak truth 4:26 cf: Ps 4:4 Quotes Septuagint version 4:27 under fit anger--easy tempted 4:28 honest labor antidote 4:29 cursing forbidden 4:31 these grieve Spirit 4:32 cf: Matt.5:7, Matt. 5:43-46, Matt. 6:12, Matt. 6:14-15, Isa. 1:18, Heb: 8:12 & Col. 3:13.

Ephesians 3


Ephesians. 3:1 For this cause/glorious work of Cross making Peace & bringing gentiles nigh cf: Eph. 2:14-22, verb for which I Paul is subject not given until V:14 the in-between verses are parenthetic, Paul writing as Prisoner in Rome because of hatred of Jews cf: Acts 22:17-23; Eph. 3:2 cf: Acts 22:21; Eph.3:3 cf: Gal. 1:12, Eph. 1:9 & Eph. 2:11-13; Eph.3:4 ; Eph. 3:5 Hebrew prophets glimpsed did not understand cf: Gen. 22:18, 26:4, 28:14 & Isa. 42:6-7; Eph. 3:6 Jews & Gentiles equal in gospel cf: Gal. 3:14 & Acts 13:46-48; Eph.3:7 make known God's gracious plan; Eph. 3:8 great trust granted to unworthy cf: I Cor I5:9, Phil. 3:6 & I Tim. 1:13; Eph 3:9 Jews & Gentiles God's plan kept hidden; Eph 3:10 made known by preaching gospel cf: I Pet. 1:12; Eph. 3:11 plan & purpose God in all ages proposed fulfill in Christ cf: II Tim. 1:9, Titus 1:2, I Pet. 1:20, Eph.1:4 & 11; Eph. 3:12 Jew & Gentile come boldly God through Christ; Eph. 3:13 not discouraged by Paul chain; Eph.3:14 Now verb--verse one given he resumes thought cf: Eph. 3:1; Eph. 3:15 Idea God Father all families earth; Eph. 3:16 Paul states things prays for Ephesians # 1 Petition strengthened in inner man, Eph. 3:17 #2 Christ dwell in your hearts by faith; #3 rooted and grounded in love; Eph. 3:18 unless in love could not understand; Eph. 3.19 one Paul paradoxes know something of love of God but could never know infinite; Eph.3:20 God is able to do above all we can conceive; and Eph.3:21 Lit: all generations of the age of ages.

Ephesians 2


Ephesians 2:1 Sin separated us from God but Christ has made us alive. 2:2 Satan's energy leads us to willful sinful life. 2:3 Both Jew & Gentile dead in trespasses & sin w/a sinful mind (Pride)2:4 By nature does not mean born that way cf: Rom 2:14, Children not sinful cf: Matt 18:3 & 19:14; Resurrection to a new life due to God's rich mercy & Love for all His children. 2:5 We are planted in likeness of His burial & raised in likeness of His resurrection; 2:6 Risen up thoughts above Col. 2:12 we are to live with our mind in heavenly things Col 3:1 with our thoughts above Col. 3:2; 2:7 In all future time 2:8 The definite article the is found in the Greek before "faith" our works do not merit 2:10 We abound in good works 2:11 Remembrance of what God has done should make us grateful, circumcision heart cf: Rom 2:28-29; 2:12 Not being race of Abraham gentiles had no knowledge of the covenant promises of Christ. 2:13 The means that brought us near to God is the blood of Christ. 2:14 Who has brought peace between us & God cf: Rom 5:1; 2:15 Old Covenant ended @ cross & New Covenant began cf: Matt 26:26-30; 2:16 When sinner fixes mind on bleeding savor Goodness of God leads him to repentance. Rom 2:4; 2:20 cf: Corner stone on both walls joined them together Isa. 28:16, Matt 21:42-44 cf: Ps 118:22-23, Acts 4:11-12 & 1 Pet 2:7-8 cf:I sa. 8:13-15; 2:22 cf: 1 Pet 2:5 & Rom 12:1-2.

Ephesians 1: Paul's Love Letter to the Church


Saints Cf: I Cor. 1:2, "In Christ" a term used over 30 times in book of Ephesians. Eph.1:V2 "Grace" (Greek Charis) "Peace" (Hebrew Shalom) shows the make up of the Church; V:3 "Blessed" word for eulogize/praise V:4 Hath (Past tense verb) all spiritual blessings God with held none. V:4 Chosen does not mean that God chose us & rejected others but rather before In the Beginning God chose a plan to have a people unto Himself as adopted children & that people is the Church of Christ. Holiness is proof that we are in Christ. V:5 Predestinated means God foreordained the plan according to His sovereign will. V:6 Resulting in God's praise; V:7 We are sold into bondage of sin & bought back with the price of Jesus blood cf: I Peter 1:19; V:8 Fully shown in His Grace & Mercy; V:9 Beyond human comprehension until revealed V: 10 Fullness of time Last Age cf: Gal.4:4 & Heb.1:1-2 gathered into one family Body united w/Christ as the head of all angel & human; V:11 Everlasting life cf: I Cor. 2:9; V:13 Sealed like a calf is branded V:14 Earnest money/down payment seal the bargain V:17 Revelation is God's plan for redeeming mankind in the Church V:18 cf: I John 1:5 V:19 Power = vigor, strength & dominion V;20 If a dead savior can save us from sin / a living savior seated at God's own right hand is more powerful cf: Ps. 110:1-4, Mark 16:19 Heb.4:14ff & Heb.8:1.

The Church of Christ is the Kingdom of God


"... and the Lord added unto the Church such as should be saved" [Acts 2:47]. Jesus uses the words "Church" and "Kingdom of Heaven" interchangeably [cf: Matt. 16:16 & 18]; Matthew uses term "Kingdom of Heaven" [cf: Matt. 13:31] and Mark and Luke use the term "Kingdom of God" for the very same verses [cf: Mark 4:30-31]. The Kingdom was promised to come during the lifetime of the Apostles [Mark 9:1]; John the Baptist and Jesus both preached "repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" [Matt. 3:1-2 & 4:17]; We are taught to "seek ye first the Kingdom of heaven and His righteousness... " [Matt. 6:33]; The Idea of a coming Kingdom began with King David [cf: II Sam. 7:12-16]; and was carried forward by Isaiah in Jerusalem in Isa. 2:1; in the Last days in 2:2 [cf: Acts 2:17 & Heb. 1:1-2]; Mountain of the Lord's house [cf: I Tim. 3:15]; all nations [cf: Matt. 28:18-20]; V;3 "from Zion shall go forth the law" [cf: Matt.22:37, James 1:25 & 2:8]; word of the Lord from Jerusalem [cf: V:4]. The peaceful nature of the kingdom of God is taught in figurative language as in Isaiah 11:1-10. "How do you know preacher these verses are the church age and not some 1,000 year reign?" Well, Paul uses them in Romans 15:12 and says they have already happened. Has the Lion laid down with the Lamb in your life? Have you exchanged your sword for labors of Love?

The Worship of the Church


Marching orders for the Church Mark 16:15-15. True worship must be in Spirit and truth cf: John 4:23-24; The Church began on the day of Pentecost 30AD cf: Acts 2:37-47; We are not very mighty or fancy but we depend on God cf:1 Cor. 1:26-27; First example of Worship cf: Acts 2:42; The Church is a Priesthood of All Believers cf: I Peter 2: 5-9; Christians can worship anywhere cf: Acts 2:46; Churches in Homes cf: Acts 5:19-21, Temple & house to house Acts 5:42, a school Acts 19:8-10; Assembly taught Acts 2:42 & Worshiping God is our duty cf: Heb. 10:25, Acts 2:42, & John 4:23-24. Lord's Supper: Exodus 12: 1-15, 22-27 & 29-30, Matt. 26:17-30, Mark 14:15-26, I Cor. 11:23-32; Preaching: Mark 16:15-16, I Cor. 1:18, II Tim. 2:2 & 3:14-4:5; Singing: Matt. 26:30, I Cor. 14:15, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Heb. 2:12, James 5:13 & II Chron. 29:25-30; Praying: Acts 2:42, Luke 11:1-13, & Giving: I Cor, 16:1-2 & II Cor. 9:6-9

On Pentecost - Peter Preaches 1st Gospel Sermon:


Fellowship called "The Church" is born. Acts 2:17 Last days cf: Joel 2:28-32. Acts 2:20 "day of The Lord"; is coming destruction of Jerusalem & final judgment day cf I Cor 5:5, II Cor 1:14, I Thess. 5:2, II Peter 3:10. During Christian Age "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". This chapter will teach us how to call. Acts 2:22-24 This is the greatest speech in history. Peter makes 7 points Acts 2:25 cf Psalm 16:8-11. Acts 2:26-28 cf: Heb. 12:2, Heb. 2:17, John 9:4. Acts 2:29-30 cf: Matt. 22:41:46, Psalm 132:11. Acts 2:31-35 cf: Psalm 110:1. Acts 2:36 is point of whole sermon "Lord" Greek-Kurios, YHWH-Hebrew Unspeakable name of God, & "Christ" - Greek Christos, Hebrew Messiah or Anointed One. Acts 2:37 No faith was produced by demonstrations of the spirit Acts 2:1-21. Only with preaching of Gospel, Acts 2:22-36 faith is produced. Cf Rom 10:17. Acts 2:38 contains 2 imperatives & 2 promises. Dependence of the clause, remission of sins, relies upon both imperative verbs, repent & be baptized. 2 promises, remission of sins & gift of Holy Spirit. 2:39 conditions are for whole Christian Age. 2:40-42 Worship began 2:43-46 sharing their wealth 2:47 baptized believers added by the Lord to "the Church."

Pentecost: The Apostles & The Apostles Only are Baptized with Holy Spirit


Pentecost The Apostles & The Apostles Only are Baptized with Holy Spirit: Baptism of the Holy Spirit is mentioned only once before in Matthew 3:11-12, where John the baptizer tells us it is to come. Luke 24:49 Jesus says it is a promise of the Father & they will have "power from on high" & in Acts 1:8 Jesus says that the power is "The Holy Ghost". Acts 1:20-26 the vacancy of Judas filled. Acts 1:21-22 The qualifications to be an apostle are listed, Apostles must be eye witnesses of the ministry death burial & resurrection of Jesus. Acts 1:26 & 2:1. Chapter & verse divisions were not in the original Bible. Here we have unfortunate chapter break. Acts 2:1 must be read with 1:26 to understand who's being spoken of. "they were all with one accord" The word "they" is an antecedent. Antecedents always refer back to the last-named noun. Which is: "Mathias & he was numbered with the eleven apostles." Thus "Apostles" is the antecedent of "they" in Acts 2:1 Many make the mistake thinking that the 120 in Acts 1:15 is spoken of in Acts 2:1. Acts 2:2 "as of a rushing mighty wind" It was not a rushing mighty wind, it was the same sound. Acts 2:3 "cloven tongues like as of fire" Similarity denies that it is the same. It was not actual tongues of fire, it was "like as of fire". Acts 1:4 the result of this baptism is the apostles' speaking in tongues, languages they had not studied cf: Acts 2:1ff. Acts 1:5-21 cf: Joel 2:28-32.

Acts 1


Acts is written in 3rd person but some chapters use first person plural, "we". Act 16:10-18, 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1, 28:16, "we" alerts us the author is eyeball witness. Purpose of author writing Books Lk & Act set forth words & deeds of Jesus in Luke & World conquest by the Gospel in Acts. Introduction Gospel Lk cf: Luke 1:1-4 states Luke's purpose. Luke & Acts 1 work in two parts. Read Luke 24 with Acts 1. Several threads tie Luke & Acts together: addressed to Theophilus cf: Acts 1:1A Former treatise cf: Luke 1:1-4. Acts 1:1B. He worked a miracle & taught from it. "Do & teach" cf: Luke 24:19. Acts 1:2A Taken up cf: Luke 24:51. Acts 1:2B Given commandments cf: Mark 16:15-16 & Matt 28:18-20. "To whom" antecedent that refers back to nearest named noun which is word "Apostle". Acts 1:3A "Many infallible proofs" cf: Lk 24:36-43. Acts 1:3B Kingdom of God cf: Lk 24:46-47. Acts 1:4 Wait for promise cf: Lk 24:49. Acts 1:5 Apostles to be baptized with Holy Ghost, Acts 1:6 Kingdom to come during lifetime of apostles, Mk 9:1. Act 1:7 Don't worry about time, focus on job. Kingdom of God will come with Power cf: Mk 9:1, Act 1:8A Power when Apostles baptized with Holy Spirit. Act 1:8B Apostles witnesses to uttermost parts of the earth, Acts 1:21-22, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32, 10:39-41, 22:14-15, 23:11, 26:13-16, II Pet 1:13-21. Act 1:9 A view from earth & Dan 7:13-14, is a view of same event in Heaven at His Ascension to the Father cf: Acts 2:30-32. 1:10-11 He will come from Heaven same way He went cf: Rev. 1:7, Acts 1:12-14 Apostles named, Acts 15-18 Prophecy Judas Zech 11:10-13, cf: Mt 26:14-16 & 27:3-8, Act 1:19 cf: Jer 7:29-32, Act 1:20 cf: Ps 69:25 & 109:8, Act 1:21-26 States the qualification to be Apostle showing the office of Apostle was limited & not transferable.

Introduction to Acts


Most of Acts is written from the standpoint of the 3rd person. The story moves along "they did" or "he did". A number of verses are first person plural, "we". Acts 16:10-18, Acts 20:5-15, Acts 21:1-18, Acts 27:1, Acts 28:16, thus, the "we" alerts us to the fact that the author is an eyeball witness to the "we" sections in the book of Acts. Purpose author writing Books Luke & Acts report words & deeds Jesus Luke & World conquest in Acts. Introduction Gospel Luke cf:Luke 1:1-4 states purpose. Luke & Acts one work in two parts. Read Luke 24 with Acts 1. Several threads tie Luke & Acts together: Both addressed Theophilus cf: Acts 1:1A cf: Luke 1:1-4. Acts 1:1B. cf: Luke 24:19. Acts 1:2A cf: Luke 24:51. Acts 1:2B cf: Mark 16:15-16 & Matt 28:18-20. "To whom" antecedent refers back to "Apostles" Acts 1:3A cf: Luke 24:36-43. Acts 1:3B cf: Luke 24:46-47. Acts 1:4 cf: Luke 24:49. Acts 1:5 Apostles to be baptized with the Holy Ghost Acts 1:6 Acts 1:7 cf: I Thess. 5:1ff. Acts 1:8A & Acts 1:8B The apostles to be eyeball witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth, Acts 1:21-22, Acts 2:32, Acts 3:15, Acts 5:32, Acts 10:39-41, Acts 22:14-15, Acts 23:11, Acts 26:13-16, II Pet 1:13-21. Acts 1:9 Is a view from earth & Daniel 7:13-14, is a view from Heaven.

The Thief on the Cross & Baptism


How was the Thief on the Cross Saved without being Baptized? 3 Men Crucified - 1 Died in Sin, 1 Died to sin & 1 Died for Sin Read: Luke 23:13-47 Re-read 23:39-42 (1) Who said he wasn't baptized? CF: Mark 1:4-5 (2) The thief on the cross died under the Law of Moses, Heb 9:16- 17, & Christ was not yet dead when He pardoned him such as the pardoning of the sinful woman, Lk 7:37-50 & the man Mt 9:1-7. (3) You can't obey the Great Commission that's not yet given. Mark 16:16 Jesus Said: "he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned". Our Catholic friends who practice infant baptism teach: "he that is baptized & saved shall believe" Our Baptist friends teach: "he that believeth & is saved should be baptized". Universalists teach: "he that believeth & is baptized shall be saved, & he that believeth not, shall be saved also." Acts 2:1-6 & 2:22-47.

The Great Commission


Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, who goes and tells disciples, Mk 16:9-11. He appears also to two disciples going into the country, who also tell it to the rest, Mk 16:12, 13. Afterwards he appears unto the eleven, and commissions them to preach the Gospel to all mankind, Mk 16:14-16. promises to endue them with power to work miracles, Mk 16:17, 18. He is received up into heaven, Mk 16:19. And they go forth to preach and work miracles. Mt 28:18-20 He gives them a commission to preach the Gospel throughout the earth; to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; and commission to teach "all truth" to converts promises to be with them all ways, Mt 28:18-20 Jesus himself appears to them, and gives them the fullest proof of the reality of his resurrection, Lk 24:36-43. He preaches to them, and gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, Lk 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, and ascends to heaven in their sight, Lk 24:50, 51. They worship him, and return to Jerusalem, Lk 24:52, 53.

Resurrection of Jesus, He "is Risen" Luke 24


The women coming early to the sepulcher on the first day of the week, bringing their spices, find the stone rolled away, and the tomb empty, Lk 24:1-3. They see a vision of angels, who announce Christ's resurrection, Lk 24:4-8. The women return and tell this to the eleven, Lk 24:9, Lk 24:10. They believe not, but Peter goes and examines the tomb, Lk 24:11, Lk 24:12. Christ, unknown, appears to two of the disciples who were going to Emmaus, and converses with them, vv. 13-29. While they are eating together, he makes himself known, and immediately disappears, Lk 24:30, Lk 24:31. They return to Jerusalem, and announce his resurrection to the rest of the disciples, Lk 24:32-35. Jesus himself appears to them, and gives them many infallible proofs of the reality of his resurrection, Lk 24:36-43. He preaches to them, gives them the promise of the Holy Spirit, and commissions them: Lk 24:44-49. He takes them to Bethany, and ascends to heaven in their sight, Lk 24:50, Lk 24:51. They worship him, and return to Jerusalem, Lk 24:53.

Judas Betrays & Sells his Lord for 30 Pieces of Silver


Judas sells his Lord for money cf: Zechariah 11:7-17 "Beauty/Covenant" God had to die to break covenant cf: Colossians 2:14 & Jeremiah 31:31ff; The Sanhedrim Resolves on Christ's Death Mark 14:1-2 cf: John 11:47-50; The Anointing of Jesus at Bethany Mark 14:2-9 Judas Sells His Lord for snitch money 30 pieces of silver the price of a slave Mark 14:10-11 cf: Zechariah 11:10-17, Matthew 26:14, Matthew 27:1-10 & Acts 1:15-20 both are the end of Judas. He hung himself & finally fell down upon the rocks & busted like a watermelon. Zechariah 12:10 cf: John 19:31-36 cf: Exo. 12:46; Zech 13:1 cf: John 3:1-8 cf: Acts 2:38, Zechariah 13:6-9 cf: Matthew 26:31, John 10:12-13, Matthew 26:14.

A Harmony of the Gospels: The Crucifixion of Christ from the Four Gospels


These verses are chosen for the fullest account. This is much like The earliest known harmony the Diatessaron by Tatian in the 2nd century, and variations based on the Diatessaron continued to appear into the Middle Ages. A Gospel harmony is an attempt to collate the Christian canonical gospels into a single gospel account. Gospel harmonies are constructed and studied by scholars to establish a coherent chronology of the events depicted in the four canonical gospels in the life of Jesus, to better understand how the accounts relate to each other, and to evaluate their use of different words. You should, however, read all 4 Gospels to Understand the complete account.

The Passover: A Shadow of the Lord's Supper


Hebrews 8:5 & 10:1. The Importance of taking the Lord's Supper every first day of the week will be explained in today's lesson. Exodus 12:1-51, Passover a shadow of the coming substitution-al death, burial, & resurrection of Christ commemorated by The Lord's Supper. Cf: I Corinthians 5:7-8. Jesus eats the Passover with His disciples, which is often called The Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark's account of the Last Supper is Mark 14:22-26. Luke's account of the Last Supper is Luke 22:14-20. Jesus refers to eating His flesh & drinking His blood, John 6:53-58. The apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians to examine themselves and take The Lord's Supper properly. I Corinthians 11:17-33. The Early Church is described as continuing steadfastly in partaking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 2:42. They assembled upon the first day of each week to break bread by taking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 20:7.

The 2nd Coming of Christ, Resurrection Judgment & the End of the World


Christian Age marked by a Great falling away, cf: II Thess. 2:1ff, Man of Sin or Lawlessness, many antichrists, cf: I John 2:18-19 and False Prophets, II Peter 2-3; watch & pray, Luke 21:34-35, Matt. 24:42-44, Mark 13:35-37. The times of the Gentiles, Luke 21:20-24, precedes 2nd coming. Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Type or Shadow of the 2nd coming, Matt. 24:27-31; Angels & a trumpet, ; the Resurrection of Dead, Job 25-27, Isaiah 26:19, Daniel 12:2-3, Matthew 25:31-46, John 11:25-26, John 6:40; final Judgment, John 6:63, 12:48, 5:21-30, II Corinthians 5:10; The End, Jude 14-15, I Cor. 15:24-26. Christians will be Caught Up to meet the Lord in the air, I Thess. 4:13-17. Changed and given Immortal bodies, I Cor. 50-55 and I John 3:2; Earth burned up in Flaming Fire, II Thess. 1:7-8, II Peter 3:7-13; Great White Throne of Judgment, Rev. 20:11-15; New Heaven & Earth, Rev. 21:1-4, 21:16.

Is Jesus Coming Soon? Revelation 22:12


In 70AD Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be Fulfilled. When you study the Olivet address in the 3 synoptic Gospels side cf: Matt.24, Mark 13 & Luke 21 Luke makes it plain the abomination of desolation is when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole cf: Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then ye know the desolation there of is nigh. Jesus plainly teaches a long period of time between the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and His 2nd Coming in Power and Glory. Other highly learned brethren such as J.W. McGarvey, B.W. Johnson's Peoples New Testament Commentary, and James Burton Coffman's Commentary have a slightly different understanding of the 2nd Coming of Christ regarding: Matthew 24:27-31 when compared to Luke 21:20-24. Matthew 24:34-51.

Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem: Matt. 23:27-39


Most teach the 24th chapter of Matthew is talking about the end of the world when Jesus plainly says these things would take place in that generation meaning 40 years Matthew 24:34. It was 40 years between His crucifixion in 30 AD & destruction of Jerusalem by Titus of Rome in 70AD. What we have is use of figurative language such as Isaiah 13 where God describes the destruction of Babylon in the same figurative language: a metaphor. Jesus uses this metaphor to describe the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD cf: Isaiah 13:10 with Matthew 24:29. Matt 24:1-11 cf; II Cor 11:13-15, Matt 24:12-14, cf Mark 16:20, Rom 10:13-18, Colossians 1:5-6, Col 1:23 & I Thess.1:6-8, Matt 24:15 cf: Daniel 9:1-2 cf, Jer. 25:10 & 29:10 & Daniel 9:24-27 The abomination of desolation was when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem & showed their idolatrous standards (like a flag) with an eagle upon a pole. The word coming often used Old Testament describe God Coming in Judgment cf: Isaiah 13 same language used for Babylon, Ezekiel 32:1ff same language about Egypt & Joel 2:1ff uses the same language to prophecy destruction of Judah by Babylon & destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD Note after Spirit poured out, Joel 2:28-32.

The Character of the Scribes and Pharisees


The Pharisees and Herodians question him concerning the lawfulness of paying tribute or Taxes to Caesar, Matthew 22:15-22. The Sadducees question him concerning the resurrection of the dead, Matthew 22:23-33. A lawyer questions him concerning the greatest commandment in the Law, Matthew 22:34-40. Jesus asks them their opinion of the Christ, "What think ye of Christ whose Son is He?" and Jesus confounds them with the question: Matthew 22:41-46

The Parable of the Inauguration and Marriage of the King's Son: Matthew 22:1-14


The Robe of Righteousness & not strange apparel is required cf Zephaniah 1:7-9; Righteousness; All our Righteousness are as Filthy Rags, Isaiah 64:6. None are righteous cf: Romans 3:10-20; Change of righteousness is to be provided, Isaiah 61:10, Zach 3:1-9, Luke 15:22, Righteousness of God Romans 1:16-17; 3:21ff, Revelation 19:8ff & Rev. 21:2ff. The Character of the Scribes & Pharisees: Matthew 22:14-Matthew 23:21 Pharisees & Herodians question Jesus; Matthew 22:15-22; Sadducees question Resurrection, Matthew 23:33; A Lawyer's question concerning great commandment, Matthew 22:34-40; Whose son is Christ? Matthew 22:41-46; The character of the Scribes & Pharisees Matthew 23:1-7; Disciples exhorted to humility, Matt 23 8-12; Different woes pronounced against Scribes & Pharisees & hypocrites an interesting word meaning actor in Greek, Matthew 23:13-21. Today you will see pulpits full of actors who put on a show neglecting God's word.

The Chief Priests and Pharisees Silenced Matthew 21:23-46


Matthew 21:23-27 Priesthood Questions Jesus' authority. Jesus asks concerning the Baptism of John. There was no safe response, so they refused to answer. How can we expect to know more when we won't take action based on what we have? cf Psalms 119:32. The parable of the two sons. Israel is pictured as the vineyard of the Lord cf Isaiah 5:7. These responses are the responses of God's people through out the ages. The parable of the wicked husbandmen Matthew 21:23-46 Here Israel is pictured as a vine. Many pastors in Israel's history have destroyed the vineyard cf. Jeremiah 12:10. The Prophets had come to claim the peaceful fruits of righteousness. But, anger and greed had captured the hearts of the husbandmen cf: Hebrews 11: 32-39 The land owners Son comes to the vineyard the day before riding upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass cf Matt 21:1 ff Kill the son and the vineyard is ours cf: John 11:47-50. V:41 They condemned themselves God cast away Israel cf: Romans 11:15 V:42 cf: Psalms 118:22, Isaiah 28:16 V: 44 cf: Isaiah 8:13-15. V:45 cf: I Peter 2:5-9

The Lord will Suddenly Come to His Temple: Mark 11:1-26


Christ rides into Jerusalem upon an ass, in fulfillment of the prophecy of: Genesis 49:10-11 & Zechariah 9:9; He Expels money changers, Matthew 21:12 in fulfillment of Malachi 3:1-7, blind & lame healed, Matthew 21:14 cf: Isaiah 35:5, Parables of 2 sons & vineyard Matthew 21:28-41, The stone cf: Psalm 118:22ff, Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah 8:13-15, Acts 4:11ff, Romans 9:33, Ephesians 2:19-22, I Peter 2:5-9 & Romans 12:1-2. Royal & Triumphal Entrance into Jerusalem: Mark 11 Official Entrance into Jerusalem. Mark 11:1-11 cf: Genesis 49:10-11, Revelation 19:11-16, Zechariah 9:9-11, Psalm 118:25-26 & Malachi 3:1-5; The Barren Fig Tree Cursed. Mark 11:12-14 cf: Hos. 9:10, Matt 23:23, Matthew 7:15-20, Jeremiah 11:1-3, Isaiah 65:15; The Second Cleansing of the Temple. Mark 11:15-16 cf: Jeremiah 7:30, Ezekiel 8:15-18, Isaiah 52:11 & Isaiah 56:7; Indignation of the Jewish Rulers. Mark 11:17-19 cf: Psalm 69:9, John 11:47-50; Faith, The missing Figs of Israel. Mark 11:20-26

The Parable of The One Sin God Won't Forgive


Jesus heals, Pharisees see - sign Jesus sent from God, Pharisees attribute miracles to Devil, Mt 12:22-37. This is a sin you cannot commit today. On Forgiving: Mt 18:21-22 forgive Every Time you are asked, Heb 8:12, Gen 4:24, Col 3:13. Forgive before praying, Mk 11:25-26. Which servant are you? Owing God un-payable debt, Mt 18-24. Gold of Ophir - Finest, I Chr 29:4-7. Canít pay for your sins, Mt 18:25, Ro 3:10-19. Self-Righteous fallen from grace, Ga 5:4. Confess debt, Mt18:26, Ps 51, Isa 64:6. Loosed from debt - Godís way, Mt 18:27, Isa 61:10-11. Fellow-servant owed tiny amount, Mt 18:28, Rom 2:1 & 6. Begged but he would not forgive him, Mt 18:29-30. He forgot Ro 3:23! King found out, Mt 18:31-32, Ps 130:3-8. Grace for Grace, Mt 18:33, 5:7, Lk 17:34, Eph 4:32, Jm 5:9. To torture, Mt 18:34, Ps 88. Forgive from your heart, Mt 18:35, 6:12 & 14-15, He 8:12, Zec 3:1-4, Lk 15:22, Ro 1:16-17. Live by Faith, Ro 6:3-6.

Matt 19:13-20:19: Reward of Discipleship


We must be converted and become as little children. Matt 19:16-26 the parable of the Rich Young Ruler who went away sorrowful cf: Mk 10:24. Matt 19:27-30 What is the reward for a life-time of service? It just doesn't get any better than inheriting eternal life cf: I Cor 2:9. What Christ has accomplished in the Gospel is for all, so first or last is irrelevant. Matt 20:1 The Kingdom of Heaven - we have a Divine Teacher, cf: John 6:44-45, Heb 1:1-2 Who calls all who come to the Vineyard. John 6:44, I John 4:10 Jesus, the propitiation for our sins. Matt 20:2. If it's the first hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matt 20:3 If it's the third hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matt 20:4 Jesus promises what is right. Matt 20:5 If it's the 6th hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. If it's the 9th hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matt 20:6-7 If it's the last hour of your life, come to the Vineyard. Matt 20:8-16 What Jesus has accomplished in His life, death, burial & resurrection is for all who come. The Lord is the same now and forever. Come To The Vineyard.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son and The Elder Brother


If a woman would search for a token of her beloved that hard how much more should the Shepherds of Israel be seeking the lost. The Parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-24. This would be the horror story of all horror stories to an orthodox Jew... they could not imagine a worse sinner & they sure would not receive such a sinner home as the Father did... put a ring on his hand... Giving a ring was in ancient times a mark of honor and dignity. See Genesis 41:42; 1 Kings 21:8; Esther 8:2; Daniel 6:17; James 2:2. Luke says "neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment" In every point of view, the anger of the older son was improper and unreasonable. Now, surely the Scribes & Pharisees could identify with this son cf: Romans 3:10-19. The Elder son received a double portion; Deuteronomy 21:16-17. Luke 15:24 Was dead - Lost to all good - given up to all evil. Luke 15:28... He was angry - This refers to the indignation of the scribes and Pharisees. Luke 15:32 this amiable father returns him his own unkind words, but in a widely different spirit.

The Lost Sheep Luke 15:1-7 & The Lost Coin Luke 15:8-10


Luke 15:4, search for the Lost one: Ps 79:13, 100:3; Mat 15:24; Ps 23:1, God is The Shepherd; John 10:11 & 14. Luke 15:5, REJOICE at the finding of the Lost: Isa 40:10-11, 46:3-4, carry you until I have white hairs; I Pet 2:25. Luke 15:6, told friends & neighbors. Luke 15:7, The joy will be over the one that was Lost: now Found: Ps 16:11, 89:15-16, 132:16; Isa 12:1-3. Elders guide us: Act 20:28-30; obey them: Heb 13:17; Protection: I Pet 5:1. Luke 15:8, drop everything & look for the Lost coin: Hos 2:19-23; Jer 3:11-13; Ps 18:28, 23:6; Ex 30:20. Luke 15:9, told friends & neighbors. Luke 15:10, Joy if a Sinner repents: Heb 12:2; Rev 5:9-10; wearing white linen (righteousness), Rev 19:6-9.

The Healing of the Man with Dropsy, Parable of the Great Supper


Luke 14:1 The Chief Pharisee gives a supper on the Sabbath day, Luke 14:2, a man dropsy Luke 14:3 a question of law for the Doctors of the law Luke 14:4 Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, Luke 14:5 cf: Isaiah 35:4-10, Luke 14:7-10. A parable regarding social graces, Luke 14:11 Humble yourself. Luke 14:12-14, cf, I Peter 5:5, Whosoever will let him come, Luke 14:12-14 Who you should invite to a banquet, cf Isaiah 55:1, Revelation 22:17 & Isaiah 58:6-12, Luke 14:15. This is just another empty Pharisee hypocrite ritualistic saying. This man was at the Messianic banquet & didn't know it cf: Mark 1:14-15. Luke 14:16. A certain man is: obviously God, Bade Greek: kal-he-o. They had replied RSVP cf: Exodus 24:7, & Joshua 1:16-17, Luke 14:17, Jesus is the servant, cf; Isaiah 42:1-7, God has made divine preparation, cf: Psalms 31:19, Isaiah 64:4-7, Luke 14:18 They refused the clear call of God through Jesus His servant just as their fathers had all His Old Testament Prophets, Psalms 81:11, Isaiah 65:12, Jeremiah 7:13, Isaiah 53:1, Bought ground ridiculous. Luke 14:19 Another silly excuse, Luke 14:20 A legal excuse cf Deut. 24:5, Luke 14:21, Servant came & showed God these things, When? cf: Daniel 7:14-15 & Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:22, There is always room for another, John 14:1-2, Luke 14:23, Compel Greek "bend their arm till it aches" God is serious.

The Sower, Tares, Mustard Seed, Leaven, Treasure in the Field & Pearl of Great Price


Matthew 13:1-24, The Parable of the Sower, The Tares 13:24-43: The Tares (darnel-Greek) are counterfeit wheat cf: Beware of False prophets & wolves in sheep's clothing Matt.7:13-29, Matt. 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ, Treasure is you personally cf: Ex 19:5, The field is the world cf: Matt 13:38 & John 3:16-17, A Man is Jesus cf: Matt. 13:37, Found is Jesus' purpose cf: Luke 19:10 & Isa 65:1, He Hideth cf: Ps 17:8, 27:5 & 31:19-20, "For the joy thereof" is explained in Heb. 12:2, "Selleth all that He hath & buyeth that field" What were you bought with? Look it up! I Peter 1:18-19 "...the precious blood of Christ". Memorize I Peter 1:18-19 The Church is liken to a "Pearl of Great Price" which when we hear the Gospel we give up everything...

Matthew 13: The Parable of the Tares


The Sower is Jesus, the Seed is the Word of God, the Field is the World, the Soil is the Human Heart, Fowls are Satan, Wayside is a Hard Hearted Disciple, Stony Ground is shallow hearted disciple, Thorns are the sinful disciples, Good Ground is the honest & good heart cf: Luke 8:15 that hears the Word of God & keeps it. Matthew 13:1-23, The Seed is the Word of God, cf: Deut. 4:2, 31:24-26, Joshua 1:7-9, Proverbs 30:5-6, Rev 22:18-19, don't believe your preacher above what is written I Cor. 4:6, teach only according to word I Pet.4:11, II Cor 5:7, Rom 10:17, 14:23, Heb. 1:1-2, I Pet. 1:10-12, II Pet. 1:19-21. Parable of the Tares: Matthew 13:24-43: The Tares (darnel-Greek) are counterfeit wheat cf: Beware of False prophets & wolves in sheep's clothing Matt.7:13-29, Matt. 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ, Treasure is you personally cf: Ex 19:5, The field is the world cf: Matt 13:38 & John 3:16-17, A Man is Jesus cf: Matt. 13:37, Found is Jesus' purpose cf: Luke 19:10 & Isa 65:1, He Hideth cf: Ps 17:8, 27:5 & 31:19-20, "For the joy thereof" is explained in Heb. 12:2, "Selleth all that He hath & buyeth that field" What were you bought with? Look it up! I Peter 1:18-19 "...the precious blood of Christ". Memorize I Peter 1:18-19

Matthew 13: The Parable of the Sower


The Sower is Jesus, the Seed is the Word of God, the Field is the World, the Soil is the Human Heart, Fowls are Satan, Wayside is a Hard Hearted Disciple, Stony Ground is shallow hearted disciple, Thorns are the sinful disciples, Good Ground is the honest & good heart cf: Luke 8:15 that hears the Word of God & keeps it. Matthew 13:1-23, The Seed is the Word of God, cf: Deut. 4:2, 31:24-26, Joshua 1:7-9, Proverbs 30:5-6, Rev 22:18-19, don't believe your preacher above what is written I Cor. 4:6, teach only according to word I Pet.4:11, II Cor 5:7, Rom 10:17, 14:23, Heb. 1:1-2, I Pet. 1:10-12, II Pet. 1:19-21. Parable of the Tares: Matthew 13:24-43: The Tares (darnel-Greek) are counterfeit wheat cf: Beware of False prophets & wolves in sheep's clothing Matt.7:13-29, Matt. 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ, Treasure is you personally cf: Ex 19:5, The field is the world cf: Matt 13:38 & John 3:16-17, A Man is Jesus cf: Matt. 13:37, Found is Jesus' purpose cf: Luke 19:10 & Isa 65:1, He Hideth cf: Ps 17:8, 27:5 & 31:19-20, "For the joy thereof" is explained in Heb. 12:2, "Selleth all that He hath & buyeth that field" What were you bought with? Look it up! I Peter 1:18-19 "...the precious blood of Christ". Memorize I Peter 1:18-19

Mountain Moving Faith & Prayer


The Commands of The Great Commission, Mark 16:15-16, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:45-47, II Timothy 2:2. Need to return to the good old way, Jeremiah 6:16. Have faith in God, Mark 11:22. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, Hebrews 11:1. James 2:26 Moving the mountain along with All of Jesus' works was accomplished through Jesus' oneness with the Father, Mark 11:23. Easier for camel to go through eye of needle, Mark 10:25. Believe and you shall have, Mark 11;:24. Forgive first, Mark 11:25-26. Never cease until you receive an answer, Luke 18:1-8. Of the Pharisee and the publican, Luke 18:9-14, How to repent in prayer Psalm 51:1-17. After which you must come to God in the appointed way by believing Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and the Gospel and be baptized for the remission of your sins cf: Acts 2:38-39.

Lord Teach Us to Pray


Christ teaches his disciples to pray, Luke 11:1-4, This is how to pray not what to pray for vain repetitions such as Shema Israel cf: Deuteronomy 6:4 or our Fathers :are forbidden Matthew 6:5-8, because of our relationship with God Ephesians 2:19-22. Praise the Lord, Psalm 113:3. Shows the necessity of importunity in prayer, Thy Kingdom come - the Kingdom of God did come on the day of Pentecost in AD 30 cf: Daniel 7:13-14, Colossians 1:13, Jesus was raised to sit on David's throne Acts 2:29-30, Jesus is a King now Rev. 17:14 & 19:16, Why don't we pray? Do we view God as an reluctant neighbor? Luke 11:5-8 ; The Parable of the 3 fold prayer Luke 11:9-13, Psalms 121:1-3. The parable of the importunate widow, Luke 18:1-8. Of the Pharisee and the publican, Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 51:1-17.

The 70, A Lawyer's Question and The Good Samaritan


Christ appoints seventy disciples to go before him, two by two, to preach, heal, etc., Luke 10:1-12. Christ pronounces woes on Chorazin and Capernaum, Luke 10:13-16. The seventy return, and give account of their mission, Luke 10:18 cf: Rev. 12:8-9; Luke 10:19 cf: Gen. 3:15, Gal. 3:16, Matt. 4:6, Psalm 91:11-13, Mark 16:18 & Romans 16:20 . Christ rejoices that the things which were hidden from the wise and prudent had been revealed unto babes, and shows the great privileges of the Gospel, Luke 10:21-24. A Lawyer's Question: how he shall inherit eternal life, and is answered, Luke 10:25 Cf: Deut. 6:4-8 & Lev. 19:18 Luke 10: 26-29. The story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30-31 cf: Num. 19:11 Luke 10:32 cf: Exodus 23:4-5. Luke 10:33 Cf John 4:19-20.Luke 10:34-35 cf: Deut.10:19; Luke10:36-37. Who's the "certain man" you can go to?

John the Baptizer - Forerunner of the Messiah


Luke 7:1-10. Raises a widow's son to life at Nain, No prophet has raised the dead since Elijah. Luke 5:12ff Jesus heals a leper, that is a testimony to the Priesthood cf: Leviticus 13-14 Luke 7:11-17. John the Baptist hears of his fame, and sends two of his disciples to inquire whether he is the Christ, Jesus' response is His works prove Who He the Messiah cf: Isaiah 35,42 & 61. Luke 7:18-23. Christ's character of John, Luke 7:24-30. The obstinate blindness and capriciousness of the Jews, Luke 7:31-35. A Pharisee invites him to his house, to investigate this rabbi from Nazareth. A sinful woman anoints his head with oil, and washes his feet with her tears, Luke 7:36-38. The Pharisee is offended, Luke 7:39. Our Lord reproves him by a parable, and vindicates the woman, Luke 7:40-46; and pronounces her sins forgiven, thereby claiming Divinity Luke 7:47-50. Jesus said "Shalom" only to the woman

The Shepherds of Israel


The miraculous draught of fishes at the lake of Gennesaret, Luke 5:1-11. Christ heals a leper, Luke 5:12-14. No leper has been healed since Naaman the Syrian by Elisha in II Kings 5. Healing a leper requires great work of the Priesthood Lev. 13-14. His fame being published abroad, he withdraws to the desert, Luke 5:15, Luke 5:16. He wants to heal the religious leaders Luke 5:17 cf: Isa. 42:1ff He heals a paralytic person, at which the scribes and Pharisees murmur, but the people glorify God, Luke 5:17-26. He calls the publican Levi, who makes a feast for Christ, to which he invites a great number of publicans and others, at which the scribes and Pharisees murmur, and our Lord vindicates his conduct, Luke 5:27-32. The question about fasting answered, Luke 5:33-35. The parable of the new piece of cloth put on the old garment, and the new wine in old bottles, Luke 5:36-39

Jesus was Born to Save Us from Hell


The Hebrew word She-owl is translated into Greek as Hades & into English as Hell. All these words mean the same place which is the place of the dead. During Old Testament times it had 2 parts, torment which was the place of the unbelieving dead, separated from Abraham's bosom, the place of the believing dead. The Rich man & Lazarus cf: Luke 16:19-31; The Rebellion of Korah in which Korah went down alive into the pit took place about 1,447 BC cf: Numbers 16:26-40; Later King David wrote Psalm 88 about 1,000 BC so it had been about 500 years since Korah went down alive into the pit & Psalm 88 is a psalm of Korah in Hell. Korah has been dead almost 500 years & hasn't figured out yet his situation is permanent. Romans 2:1-12 cf: Matt 10:28 and Matt 25:31-46.

Jesus' First Sermon: The Lord's Anointed


Luke 4:16-30, Isaiah 61:1-11, In the Old Testament Prophets, Priests & Kings were anointed. The word anointed Hebrew Maw-shee-akh (Messiah) which we translate in the New Testament as Christ cf: Psalm 2:1ff, Christ the King Psalm 45:1ff, The Anointed one to be cut off Daniel 9:24-27; Jesus read Isaiah 61:1ff in His first sermon Luke 4:18-30. Note: Jesus left the word vengeance out when He reads Isaiah 61 in His first sermon & later explains that the vengeance will be in the coming destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD cf: Luke 21:22, Acts 4:23ff; Acts 10:38ff shows us Christ was Anointed with the Holy Spirit cf: Hebrew 1:8-9; Now we are anointed with the Holy Spirit at our baptism Acts 2:38-39, thus we are anointed II Corinthians 1:21, not to work miracles see Romans 8 as an example of the Holy Spirit in us.

Transmission, Preservation, Canonization & Translation of the Scriptures


The Bible teaches about it's self: do not add to the word or take away Deuteronomy 4:2, cf: meditate on or think about the word Joshua 1:7-8; Every word of God is pure or true Proverbs 30:5; Preach and teach according to the law and the testimony which is His word Isaiah 8:20; God's word will accomplish it's task Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 13:3-4, 8, & it is Jesus who sows the seed 37-38 cf: Luke 8:11 the seed is the word of God. The word is Spirit and life John 6:63; the word will judge us John 12:48; the Old Testament was written for our learning Romans 15:4; The Old Testament teachings are examples to us to admonish us II Corinthians 10:11; do not think or believe men above what is written I Corinthians 4:6; all scripture is inspired or God breathed II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21 holy men of God spake as they were moved or carried along by the Holy Spirit; God spoke in times past to the Jewish fathers by the prophets hath in these last days spoken to us by His son Hebrews 1:1-2; God throughout history has come to people in the roll of the book Hebrews 107 & do not add to the Book or take away from the book Revelation 22:18-19

The Scriptures


It is used to describe books of the Holy Bible Hebrews taught Christ brought a new & better Testament, Heb 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. OT is divided into three groups: Law, 1st 5 books of Moses known as Torah & Pentateuch. Prophets, 21 books - major & minor OT Prophets. Writings - 13. The NT of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts: 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles. 8 Epistles called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews written by unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book. Its Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Tim 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Pet 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible are completely differ from ancient world. It is not that the Bible is simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false. A fallen Titan named Atlas doesn't really hold the world on his back... it's a lie.

The Bible


It is used to describe books of Old & New Testaments. It comes from Greek biblos meaning book. Difference between OT & NT Hebrews taught that Christ brought a new & better Testament, Heb 7:22, 8:6-13, 9:15. OT is divided into three groups: Law, 1st 5 books of Moses known as Torah & Pentateuch. Prophets, 21 books - major & minor OT Prophets. Writings - 13. The NT of 27 books that naturally divide into 4 parts: 4 Gospels, Acts, Epistles & Revelation. Epistles are 21 books of teaching. 13 are Pauline Epistles. 8 Epistles called General Epistles written by other Apostles/Prophets. Hebrews written by unknown writer. The Bible is a remarkable book. Its Teachings Divinely Inspired. Non-believers account for the Bible on natural rather than supernatural grounds. The doctrine of Inspiration asserts that Bible revelation did not & could not originate in the mind of man. The Bible claims to be "inspired" meaning "God breathed" cf: II Tim 3:16. It claims Holy men of God "spake" "carried along" by Holy Spirit, II Pet 1:20. Scriptures did not originate in the human mind. They are not a human product & cannot be accounted for on natural grounds. Bible miracles are contrary to ordinary human experience, but they are not contrary to reason. With God, miracles & the extraordinary are not contrary to reason. It isn't that the Bible is different from other religions because man evolved in his thinking & became better. Concepts found in the Bible completely differ from societies of the ancient world. It is not that the Bible is simply a better revelation than Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian, or Roman religion. Truth is: Bible is altogether true while others are altogether false.

The Passover: A Shadow of the Lord's Supper


Hebrews 8:5 & 10:1. The Importance of taking the Lord's Supper every first day of the week will be explained in today's lesson. Exodus 12:1-51, Passover a shadow of the coming substitutional death, burial, & resurrection of Christ commemorated by The Lord's Supper. Cf: I Corinthians 5:7-8. Jesus eats the Passover with His disciples, which is often called The Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark's account of the Last Supper is Mark 14:22-26. Luke's account of the Last Supper is Luke 22:14-20. Jesus refers to eating His flesh & drinking His blood, John 6:53-58. The apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians to examine themselves and take The Lord's Supper properly. I Corinthians 11:17-33. The Early Church is described as continuing steadfastly in partaking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 2:42. They assembled upon the first day of each week to break bread by taking of The Lord's Supper cf: Acts 20:7.

Overview of the Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5‑7


Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-16, Avoid anger Matt 5:20-21, God looks upon the heart Matt 5:27-30, Avenge not but rather Love Matt 5:38-45. Matt 6 Avoid outward shows of righteousness Matt. 6:1-4 Lord's Prayer Matt 6:9-13 Forgiveness of other necessary Matt. 6:14-15. Our Lord warns against rash, harsh judgment, Matt. 7:1-5. Shows holy things must not be profaned, Matt 7:6; fervent prevailing prayer, Matt 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal w/each other, Matt 7:12. Exhorts people to enter in at the strait gate, Matt 7:13, Matt 7:14 the Way & the faith cf: Greek "tees pis-te-oos" objective Gal. 3:23-27, Eph. 4:4-5, Prov. 4:18, Isa. 35:8, Jer. 32:39, Matt. 7:13-14, John 14:6, Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, 13:7-8 cf Acts 2:42 & 20:7, 14:22, 16:5,24:14, Rom. 1:5, 14:1, I Cor.16:13,, II Cor. 13:5, Gal.5:22, Gal.1:23, Eph. 4:13, Col. 1:23, Titus:1:13, I Tim. 4:1, 6:20-21, Phil. 1:27, ; beware of false teachers, known by their fruits, Matt. 7:15-20 Wolves in Sheep's Clothing Matt.7:21 no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. house upon a rock, Matt. 7:24, Matt. 7:25. house, on sand, Matt. 7:26, Matt. 7:27. people are astonished at his doctrine, Matt 7:28-7:29.

False Prophets: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing - Matthew 7


Our Lord warns against rash, harsh judgment, Matt. 7:1-5. Shows holy things must not be profaned, Matt 7:6; fervent prevailing prayer, Matt 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal w/each other, Matt 7:12. Exhorts people to enter in at the strait gate, Matt 7:13, Matt 7:14 the Way & the faith cf: Greek "tees pis-te-oos" objective Gal. 3:23-27, Eph. 4:4-5, Prov. 4:18, Isa. 35:8, Jer. 32:39, Matt. 7:13-14, John 14:6, Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, 13:7-8 cf Acts 2:42 & 20:7, 14:22, 16:5,24:14, Rom. 1:5, 14:1, I Cor.16:13,, II Cor. 13:5, Gal.5:22, Gal.1:23, Eph. 4:13, Col. 1:23, Titus:1:13, I Tim. 4:1, 6:20-21, Phil. 1:27, ; beware of false teachers, known by their fruits, Matt. 7:15-20 Jer.7:8-13, 7:17-20, 7:28-32, 23:1-6 23:15-17, 33:14-17 cf: Acts 2:30-33, Heb. 1:13, Ezek. 34:1-12, 34:22-24, Zech. 11:15-17, II Cor. 11:13-15, II Tim 3:1-7, II Pet 2:1-3, 3:3-9, Matt 7:15-16 no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. house upon a rock, Matt. 7:24, Matt. 7:25. house, on sand, Matt. 7:26, Matt. 7:27. people are astonished at his doctrine, Matt 7:28-7:29.

Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 7: The Way, The Faith


Our Lord warns against rash judgment & uncharitable censures, Matt. 7:1-5. Shows holy things must not be profaned, Matthew 7:6; gives encouragement to fervent persevering prayer, Matthew 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal w/each other, Matthew 7:12. Exhorts people to enter in at the strait gate, Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14 the Way cf: Greek "tees pis-te-oos" objective genitive Gal. 3:23-27, Eph. 4:4-5, Prov. 4:18, Isa. 35:8, Jer. 32:39, Matt. 7:13-14, John 14:6, Luke 18:8, Jude 3, Acts 6:7, 13:7-8 cf Acts 2:42 & 20:7, 14:22, 16:5,24:14, Rom. 1:5, 14:1, I Cor.16:13,, II Cor. 13:5,Gal.5:22, Gal.1:23, Eph. 4:13, Col. 1:23, Titus:1:13, I Tim. 4:1, 6:20-21, Phil. 1:27, ; beware of false teachers, who are known by their fruits, Matt. 7:15-20. Shows no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. parable of the wise man who built his house upon a rock, Matt. 7:24, Matt. 7:25. foolish man built his house, on sand, Matt. 7:26, Matt. 7:27. Christ concludes his sermon, and the people are astonished at his doctrine, Matt 7:28-7:29.

Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 7


Our Lord warns men against rash judgment and uncharitable censures, Matthew 7:1-5. Shows that holy things must not be profaned, Matthew 7:6; gives encouragement to fervent persevering prayer, Matthew 7:7-11. Shows how men should deal with each other, Matthew 7:12. Exhorts the people to enter in at the strait gate, Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14; to beware of false teachers, who are to be known by their fruits, Matthew 7:15-20. Shows that no man shall be saved by his mere profession of Christianity, however specious, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 7:23. The parable of the wise man who built his house upon a rock, Matthew 7:24, Matthew 7:25. Of the foolish man who built his house, without a foundation, on the sand, Matthew 7:26, Matthew 7:27. Christ concludes his sermon, and the people are astonished at his doctrine, Matthew 7:28, Matthew 7:29.

The Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 6


For one farthing given to a poor man, a man is made partaker of the vision: where it renders these words, Psalm 17:15, I shall behold thy face in righteousness, Of alms-giving, Matthew 6:1-5. Of prayer, Matthew 6:6-8. The Lord's prayer, or model according to which Christians should pray, Matthew 6:9-13. Of forgiveness, Matthew 6:14, Matthew 6:15. Of fasting, Matthew 6:16, Matthew 6:17. Of laying up treasures, Matthew 6:18-21. Of the single eye, Matthew 6:22, Matthew 6:23. The impossibility of serving two masters, Matthew 6:24. Of contentment and confidence in the Divine providence, Matthew 6:25-32. Directions about seeking the kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 6:34.

The Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5:1-48


Christ begins his sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:1- 5:2. The beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12. The disciples & Christians the salt of the earth, and light of the world, Matthew 5:13-16. Christ is not come to destroy, but confirm and fulfill, the Law and the Prophets, Matthew 5:17-19. Of the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, Matthew 5:20. Interpretation of the precepts relative to murder, anger, and injurious speaking, Matthew 5:21, Matthew 5:22. Of reconciliation, Matthew 5:23-26. Of impure acts and propensities, and the necessity of mortification, Matthew 5:27-30. Of divorce, Matthew 5:31, Matthew 5:32. Of oaths and profane swearing, Matthew 5:33-37. Of bearing injuries and persecution, Matthew 5:38-41. Of borrowing and lending, Matthew 5:42. Of love and hatred, Matthew 5:43-46. Of civil respect, Matthew 5:47. Christ's disciples must resemble their heavenly Father, Matt. 5:48.

The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-12


Blessed means: happy cf: Ps 1:1ff; Poor in Spirit (discouraged) Matt 18:3ff; Mourn (sorrowful) cf: II Cor 7:10, Meek (gentle & lowly) Greek word used to describe a wild animal trained for service such as a horse fit for the bridle and saddle cf: Matt 11:28-29. Hunger & Thirst after Righteousness cf: Matt 6:33 & John 6:35; Merciful cf: Isa 58:6-7 & James 2:13; Pure in Heart cf: Proverbs 4:23, Acts 15:9 & Ps 51:10-12; Peaceful cf Isaiah 9:6ff, Romans 12:18ff; Persecuted cf: II Timothy 3:12, Rejoice cf: Romans 8:17; The Sermon on the mount is the heart of Jesus' teaching. Blessed is not in unfortunate condition itself, but in the glorious reward to come. Heaven is so superior to anything on earth that anything that increased our longing for heaven is a blessing.