John's audience, like we are today, was being overwhelmed by know-it-alls. These arrogant folks mistreated others and denied basic tenets of the gospel based on godless philosophies and reasons. In this lesson, we see how John reassured the brethren about what they knew that was true and how they knew they should treat one another.
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Many religious leaders of Jesus' day gave charity, said prayers and fasted in a way to make sure everybody knew about it and gave them proper credit for it. But doing things to burnish your reputation and show yourself off while during religious duties were not the way of God.
Matthew 7, verses 1-12, can be summed up as living with a generous spirit, just as God does for us. The teaching about this kind of life concludes with the “Golden Rule.” The golden rule can never be followed, can never really be applied to our lives, while we give off a judgmental attitude to those around us. In this lesson, we consider Jesus' saying, "Judge not, that you be not judged."
The most basic truth in the world is the Christ is risen, so is Lord, and that He calls us to salvation and service. We consider what these truths mean for us daily.
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Jesus taught them about earthly and heavenly treasure and clearly said that you cannot serve both God and Mammon.
The first king of divided Israel set that nation on a course of continuous religious apostasy by changing the worship of God. He told the people would make things more convenient and pleasing to them. In this study, the parallels to this and religious errors of today are pointed out.
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.