Contributed on May 13, 2010
A look at one of Jesus more difficult teachings and why it's worth our obedience.
- Our first reaction to reading Jesus’ words here is likely to be disbelief. “Is He serious? You’ve got to be kidding me!” - Which leads us to our first question. . . What Was He Thinking? Is Jesus naïve, stupid, or insightful? - Matthew 5:39-42. a. Is Jesus ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2010
A look at the difficult command to love our enemies.
What “Love Your Enemy” Is. . . And Isn’t: - Matthew 5:44. a. It is not excusing their actions, - Often those who are our enemies have done things to us that have hurt us. Many people misunderstand Jesus’ command to forgive as a call to excuse their ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2010
What did Jesus mean when He called us to be perfect?
A Supremely Baptist Excuse: “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” This is something that we love saying and we mean it as a way to emphasize that there is no way to earn your way to heaven. That is absolutely true – salvation can only come by grace through faith. Too ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2010
How to give in a way that will invite reward from God.
When It Comes To Giving, What Is The “Reward In Full” That We’re Hoping For? Either less private guilt or more public praise. - Let’s look at two of the biggest “rewards”: a. Less private guilt. - Sometime we give out of sense of guilt: the homeless ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2010
A look at the surprising, scary words of Christ that few will be saved.
“Everyone Goes To Heaven, Right?”: One of the most telling, surprising, shocking statements that Jesus ever made is that only a few find salvation. - Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:22-30. - You could say that this section (along with vv. 24-27) is the “invitation” of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. He ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2010
A look at the two foundations and four popular lies about final judgment.
1. Myth: “The line dividing heaven and hell is. . . who claims Jesus’ name.” - Matthew 7:24, 26 – “puts into practice,” “does not put them into practice.” - Focus: empty religion. [a, c, g, o] - There is a lot of empty religion out there. - And, as I’ve shared before, one of the ...read more