Jesus called his followers to true discipleship, following Him closely for our benefit here and hereafter. But sometimes we find a number of internal, selfish things get in the way. We examine those things so that we can do our best to rid ourselves of them.
In this study, we look at the basic gospel teaching that we live by love towards others in all our relationships and that we need to always be giving and receiving the things that flow from it: forebearance, forgiveness, mercy and peace.
The answers that we give to fundamental questions, and the assumptions behind them, shape our whole view of life and purpose. In this study, we examine how Christianity and the secular views answer these questions in very different ways.
Where Did I From?
Why Is The World So Messed Up?
Is There A Way Out?
What Is My Purpose?
How Do I Know What’s True?
Jesus says not to bear false witness and not to make deceptive oaths. As our study of the Sermon on the Mount continues, we see who Jesus tells His disciples just to say "yes" or "no" and be fundamentally honest.
In this very plain section of Matthew 5, Jesus tells His disciples to take the command, "Thou shalt not commit adultery" completely seriously. Don't break it in your heart by looking to lust and don't break it by divorcing your wife to exchange for a new one. Don't commit adultery at all, in any way. Ever..
In the second half of Matthew 5, as the Sermon on the Mount continues, Jesus tells His disciples very plainly that they must take the law of God seriously. It doesn't matter who teaches you how to get around it, or how they teach you to get around it, you aren't to get around it. And further, you are to apply it to a high standard. While the commandment said, "Thou Shalt Not Kill," Jesus says that not killing a brother isn't enough. You aren't to oppress, demean or insult him. Rather, you are to take the initiative to make peace.
The clear message of Jesus was the He fulfilled the Law and His disciples had to take God's law seriously. He didn't break the law, and neither should they. In this lesson who look at how He fulfilled the law and His instruction that His disciples should have a righteousness that surpassed the scribes and Pharisees.
Jesus very directly said "YOU" are the salt of the earth and "YOU" are the light to the world. In this study, we examine our responsibilities in this regard and how we can do it.
The Beatitudes, the preamble to the Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, lay out a radical reversal from the worldly view of what to value. Study with us to see what Jesus says is of value to God and so must be valued by His disciples.
While we live awash in things in the most materially successful culture in history, we can't make stuff the substance and meaning of our lives. We look at the scriptures say about the use and misuse fo material things and what Jesus said to a man placed way too much attention on them.
"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." -- These are true words (although not scripture, they're actually from Simon & Garfunkle). We explore the concept that we all choose what we listen to and we choose what we disregard. The matter of salvation and life hangs one how we apply these choices.
An overview of what Jesus taught His disciplines in the Sermon on the Mount. The greater, more spiritual, more generous, truer and more authentic life that Jesus calls His disciples to.
The great grace of the gospel should lead those who receive it to endless amounts of gratitude, but often our reception and appreciation of grace depend on how much we feel we need it. If this sermon we start by examining our grief and hopelessness without the gospel so that we can truly appreciate what is given us.
A sermon by Rick Erb examining how the sower in Jesu's famous "Parable Of The Sower" spread the seed of the gospel far and wide.
The Bible talks about errors that a have a corrosive effect on truth and on people's behavior as talk that "spreads like gangrene." And it also talks about the preaching from faith the causes that grace of God to "spread to more and more people." So what is our life, and what are we spreading? Are we spreading grace of gangrene?
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In the Bible, the heart of men, that part which thinks, feels and determines, can be put to God's service or can live in rebellion to it. In this study, we examine the prophet's call to "circumcise your hearts."