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Christ reveals Himself to us when we step outside our comfort zone.
Mark 6:45-52
Jesus challenges us to let Him work the impossible through us.
Mark 6:30-44
Oh the depths of sin! Thank God that were sin abounds, God's grace super-abounds (Rm 5:20).
Mark 6:14-29
O Lord, may deliverance and healing accompany our preaching repentance.
Mark 6:7-13
Be encouraged! We are partakers of the coming glory, and we will be rewarded when Christ returns!
1 Peter 5:1-4
Mark considers healing "a few sick" as "no miracle"!
Mark 6:1-6
When we fear, Jesus says, "Do not be afraid, only believe." When we then throw ourselves into his arms, He says, "Your faith has saved you."
Mark 5:21-43
Jesus is clearly lord over the powers of darkness.
Mark 5:1-20
No matter how big the storm is, I need never to fear, when I am in Jesus' boat.
Mark 4:35-41
Regardless of how insignificant it appears or how hidden the progress, the success of the kingdom of God is assured.
Mark 4:26-34
There is none like You, O Lord!
Jeremiah 10:6-16
Our attitude towards the truth determines how much truth we receive.
Mark 4:21-25
The word is properly sown.  All hear the word.  The problem is with the soil.
Mark 4:10-20
Listen to this!
Mark 4:1-9
It is amazing to me that Jesus' own family thought He had lost His senses.
Mark 3:20-35
Mark lets us know again that preaching includes confronting the powers of darkness.
Mark 3:13-19
Jesus - a Messiah for all peoples
Mark 3:7-12
Lord, reveal where I am just as hard-hearted as the Pharisees, and have mercy on me.
Mark 3:1-6
An example of how new wine requires new wineskins
Mark 2:23-28
The kingdom of God is the new normal.
Mark 2:18-22
Revival brings joy.
Psalms 85
Hard-hearted religion slanders love and grace
Mark 2:13-17
Physical health and spiritual wholeness are closely intertwined.
Mark 2:1-12
Disobedience hinders the expansion of God's kingdom.
Mark 1:40-45
Jesus' preaching ministry included confronting the powers of darkness.
Mark 1:35-39
A healing leading to service
Mark 1:29-34
Jesus taught with authority, the scribes didn't.  May we follow Jesus' example.
Mark 1:21-28
Is my obedience immediate and am I learning to be a "fisher of men"?
Mark 1:14-20
The way of victory is paved with trails and temptations.
Mark 1:9-13
Light instead of darkness. Joy instead of gloom. Freedom instead of oppression.
Isaiah 9:1-7
John the Baptizer's baptism of repentance for the forgiveness pointed to the coming Messiah.
Mark 1:1-8
Differing convictions on the non-essentials enrich our fellowship and are glorifying to God.
Romans 14:1-12
Outline of Paul's second letter to Timothy
2 Timothy 1:1-4:22
The God's work is teamwork - in this short passage Paul mentions 8 people, one household and "all the brothers" in Rome.
2 Timothy 4:19-22
Amazing! Paul is in prison with a death sentence hanging over him, and all he can think about is completing the call to preach the gospel!
2 Timothy 4:16-18
Assistance should be both physical (the cloak) and spiritual (the parchments).
2 Timothy 4:9-15
First we run the race, and then comes the awards ceremony!
2 Timothy 4:6-8
We are to deal with spreading myths, legends and untruths in the church by preaching the word with great patience.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
All you need is scripture.
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Difficult times will come through evil men, but they will not make progress.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Cure for Fear and Instability: Come and behold God's works, cease striving and get to know Him
Psalms 46
The honorable approach to deal with false teachers is to use kindness, patience and gentle correction.
2 Timothy 2:20-26
God's seal: He knows His children, and He keeps them faithful.
Call to Focus on the Truth
Remember Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Geteiltes Leid ist halbes Leid.
2 Timothy 2:1-7
I want people like Onesiphorus to be on my team!
2 Timothy 1:15-18
To minister we need love, power and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:6-14
Come and see.  Come and hear.  Come and worship.
Psalms 66
Thank God for faithful mothers!
2 Timothy 1:3-5
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
Psalms 56
All who are seeking peace find it in Christ Jesus through His grace and mercy.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
How can we repay the lord for all His benefits?  We can't.  We can only glory in His free salvation and worship Him.
Psalms 116
Let our focus be on learning truth and not dealing with false teaching.
1 Timothy 6:20-21
Outline of Paul's Letter to Titus
Titus 1:1-3:15
I want to be like Tychicus - a faithful believer Paul could send where ever there was a need.
Titus 3:12-15
He saved us so that we would be made heirs!
Titus 3:1-11
The motive for godly behavior is to bring honor to God.
Titus 2:1-15
We must first walk the walk if we want to defend the talk.
Titus 1:5-9
For with you is the fountain of life.
Psalms 36
Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me.
Psalms 35
Outline of Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
Ephesians 1:1-6:24
When ministering, we should not only give information but also comfort hearts.
Ephesians 6:21-24
We wield the sword of the Word of God through Spirit-led prayer.
Ephesians 6:10-20
Draw near in faith, hold fast to hope, consider love.
Hebrews 10:19-25
As to Christ, as slaves of Christ, as to the Lord
Ephesians 6:5-9
Children need Christian discipline and instruction without provocation.
Ephesians 6:1-4
The basis of Paul's teaching to wives and husbands is his understanding of the hidden, but now revealed truth in Genesis 2:24.
Ephesians 5:22-33
The days are evil, therefore live right, know God's will and be filled with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:15-21
There should not be even a hint of impurity among us.
Ephesians 5:1-5
List of sins which disrupt "the proper working of each individual part" necessary for "for the building up of the body in love". (Eph. 4:16)
Ephesians 4:25-32
It is the teaching of truth that leads to sanctification and truth is in Jesus.
Ephesians 4:17-24
Verse 16: The whole body...causes the growth of the body!
Ephesians 4:7-16
The brother who differs with me is in the same body, has the same Spirit, the same hope, the same Lord, the same faith, the same Father.
Ephesians 4:1-6
It is the indwelling of Christ through the Spirit that helps us comprehend the love of God and fills us with the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-21
We, being God's church (made up of both Jews and Gentiles), proclaim God's wisdom to the heavenly powers.
Ephesians 3:1-13
Christ establishes peace between humans by bringing humans into peace with the Father.
Ephesians 2:11-22
God, by His rich grace, has done three things for us: 1) made us alive with Christ, 2) raised us up with Him and 3) seated us with Him.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Having a spirit of wisdom and knowing God reveals to us that God has our past, future and present under His control.
Ephesians 1:15-23
We have been chosen and adopted into a mighty family.  Our sins have been forgiven and an inheritance awaits us.
Ephesians 1:3-14
Never underestimate the results, no matter how small the start, when God is at work.
Zechariah 4
A Christian = a saint = one faithful to Christ
Ephesians 1:1-2
Outline of John's first letter
1 John 1:1-5:21
Confidence in Prayer
1 John 5:13-21
Both the objective historical facts and the subjective witness of the Spirit testify about Jesus.
1 John 5:6-12
One can know a child of God because they love God and observe His commandments.
1 John 5:1-5
O God, let your love be perfected in me.
1 John 4:16-21
Acquire knowledge and testify boldly.
1 John 4:13-16
When we love one another, God's love is perfected in us!
1 John 4:7-12
At the core of false teaching is a false theology regarding Christ.
1 John 4:1-6
It is possible to have assurance that we are in the truth, and this assurance gives us confidence in prayer.
1 John 3:19-24
John Stott, "Jealousy-hatred-murder is a natural and terrible sequence."
1 John 3:11-18
Sinlessness is a result of Christ's first appearing.
1 John 3:4-10
What does seeing Him have to do with becoming like Him?
1 John 3:1-3
The question "Who is Jesus?" is what divides antichrists from true Christians and decides their eternal destiny.
1 John 2:18-29
Those who know God should not love the world.
1 John 2:12-17
We stumble when we leave the light because in darkness we cannot see where we are going.
1 John 2:3-11
Confession of sin brings forgiveness and sanctification because God is faithful and righteous.
1 John 1:5-2:2
The proclamation of Jesus results in true fellowship.
1 John 1:1-4
Jesus - a Messiah for the Gentiles and the Jews
Luke 2:22-35
The Great Shepherd announces to shepherds the birth of the passover lamb.
Luke 2:8-20
Every Christmas is a reminder of God's faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham.
Luke 1:67-79
God's sent Jesus because of His mercy He had promised to Abraham.  He is faithful and keeps His promises!
Luke 1:46-55
Outline of Paul's Letter to Philemon
Philemon 1-25
Christian work is team work.
Philemon 22-25
In verses 14 to 16 Paul shows Philemon how God has turned a bad situation to good for all involved.
Philemon 8-21
When God talks to us about suffering, He begins by addressing us as His beloved.
1 Peter 4:12-19
Our faith becomes effective through true knowledge.
Philemon 4-7
The church: Prisoners, brothers, beloved people, fellow workers, sisters and fellow soldiers living in the grace and peace of God.
Philemon 1-3
Outline of Paul's letter to the Colossians
Colossians 1:1-4:18
Above all, put on love.
Colossians 3:12-17
We can lay aside all anger, evil speech and lying due to the fact that all racial and social barriers have been torn down in Christ.
Colossians 3:5-11
Walk worthy; remain steadfast; give thanks.
Colossians 1:9-14
May the gospel constantly be bearing fruit and increasing in my life.
Colossians 1:3-8
Lord, help me to labor in prayer for my people.
Colossians 4:7-18
Pray for open doors to be able to clearly speak the mystery of Christ and then, when it comes, speak graciously.
Colossians 4:2-6
It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
Let us walk as children of light.
Ephesians 5:6-14
Let us live a life that matches the spiritual reality of our salvation.
Colossians 3:1-4
In Christ we grow with the growth that comes from God.  Who then can rob us of our prize?
Colossians 2:16-23
Rooted, built up and established - The result of Christ's work in us.
Colossians 2:6-15
The goal of our preaching is to present every man complete in Christ to Christ for Christ.
Colossians 1:24-2:5
Outline of Paul's Letter to the Philippians
Philippians 1:1-4:23
The halls of power cannot prevent the spread of the gospel.
Philippians 4:21-23
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." - Jesus in Acts 20:35
Philippians 4:15-20
Three ways to "continue in the faith": 1) be firmly established, 2) be steadfast and 3) do not be moved away from your hope.
Colossians 1:15-23
Faith in God results in contentment.
Philippians 4:10-14
The fact that the Lord is near encourages and motivates us in our daily walk.
Philippians 4:2-9
Our mindset determines our walk.
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Let us march together toward Christ.
Philippians 3:12-16
Paul’s Goal: to gain Christ, to be found in Him and to Know Him.
Philippians 3:1-11
Epaphroditus: An example of one, who did not look out for his own interests, but for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:25-30
Let us seek the interests of Christ.
Philippians 2:19-24
Rejoice in the sacrifice!
Philippians 2:12-18
What brings you joy? For Paul it was the church walking in the unity of Christ.
Philippians 2:1-11
Standing firm in the light of opposition confirms the gospel and is a sign of satan's defeat.
Philippians 1:27-30
Regard, respect, serve.
1 Timothy 6:1-2
I am impressed with Paul's ability to see God's hand in a very difficult situation.
Philippians 1:12-18
To live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:18-26
The goal of refuting false teaching should include the restoration of the false teachers to sound faith.
Titus 1:10-16
Lord, help me to grab hold of true life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Consider the boldness of Paul's statement about those who disagree with his teaching!  How intolerant!
1 Timothy 6:3-10
Is the public reading of the scriptures an important aspect of our church services today?
1 Timothy 4:11-16
Let us remain steadfast in our faith.  Christ is coming!
1 Timothy 6:11-16
What are our reasons for thanksgiving in prayer?
Philippians 1:3-8
The peace of Christ is so much greater than the Pax Romana.
Philippians 1:1-2
Our future blamelessness starts now as we are filled with Christ's fruit of righteousness.  We are to live now like we will be later.
Philippians 1:9-11
Outline of Pauls first letter to Timothy.
1 Timothy 1:1-6:21
As leaders let us work hard at preaching and teaching.
1 Timothy 5:17-25
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27)
1 Timothy 5:3-16
In the "household of God" we are to relate to each other as family.
1 Timothy 5:1-2
The marks of a good servant of Christ: the study of God's word, personal application of that learned, and the teaching of others.
1 Timothy 4:6-10
It is a demonic lie to think that one can achieve inner holiness through outer abstinence.
1 Timothy 4:1-5
The church is the household of God - a reference back to 1 Timothy 3:4-5 (an elder must be one who manages his own household well).
1 Timothy 3:14-16
The qualifications for church servants arise out of the fact that they are looked up upon and thus must serve as good examples.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
There are important similarities between "managing a household" and "taking care of the church of God".
1 Timothy 3:1-7
Paul's extremely challenging to understand and apply instructions to women.
1 Timothy 2:9-15
Wrath and dissension block prayer.
1 Timothy 2:1-8
The means for fighting the good fight is through keeping the faith and being morally pure.
1 Timothy 1:18-20
Paul found mercy because God wanted to demonstrate His prefect patience to sinners.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Let us teach the "the gospel of the glory of the blessed God"!
1 Timothy 1:8-11
The goal of our instruction must be love!
1 Timothy 1:3-7
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Psalms 34
We have peace through God's grace and mercy.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
Let us soften our hearts by uniting what we hear from God with faith (Hebrews 4:2).
Psalms 95
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Psalms 33
True blessedness and joy come in an intimate relationship with the Lord.
Psalms 32
My times are in your hand.
Psalms 31
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Psalms 30
In the midst of the greatest storm or disaster, the Lord rules as king.
Psalms 29
A heart that trusts in Him received His help.
Psalms 28
Paul's structured approach to teaching sound doctrine - instruction, theological basis, command to teach and dealing with opposition.
Titus 1:1-3:15
We seek God's face because He first draws us to Him.
Psalms 27
Lord, I love the place where your glory dwells.
Psalms 26
He pardons my iniquity for His name's sake.
Psalms 25
Seek the glorious King in worship.
Psalms 24
The goodness of the Lord leads us to continually worship Him.
Psalms 23
But you, O Lord...
Psalms 22
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
Psalms 126
Through God's covenant loyalty we will never be shaken.
Psalms 21
But we will boast in the name of the Lord.
Psalms 20
Let us work towards the fulfillment of the vision of the nations streaming to the Lord!
Isaiah 2:1-5
The revelation of God's glory is available to all through that which He has made.
Psalms 19
He trains my hands for battle.
Psalms 18
Verse 15 is the psalmist version of Mt 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Psalms 17
True life is fullness of joy, which is found in God's presence.
Psalms 16
Outline of the Crucifixion and Resurrection According to Matthew
Matthew 26:3-28:20
Outline of the Gospel According to Matthew
Matthew 1:1-28:20
Jesus promises to be with you "the whole of every day".
Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus is alive!
Matthew 27:62-28:15
His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death — Isaiah 53:9
Matthew 27:55-61
It was the will of God and not the nails that held Jesus to the cross.
Matthew 27:38-54
Jesus, King of the Jews, is crucified.
Matthew 27:31-37
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. -- Issaiah 53:7
Matthew 27:11-30
God's will is accomplished in the midst of betrayals, mock trials, false witnesses, beatings and denials.
Matthew 26:47-27:10
Jesus' desire to do God's will overcame the deep distress of the coming crucifixion.
Matthew 26:36-46
The Lord's Supper - a living proclamation of Jesus' death until He comes again.
Matthew 26:20-35
In the midst of the scheming of evil people, one sees here God's hand at work.
Matthew 26:1-19
Outline of the fifth discourse in Matthew's gospel
Matthew 24:1-26:2
Jesus concludes His discourse by predicting His crucifixion in two days time.
Matthew 26:1-2
Faith in Christ is demonstrated in how one treats His children.
Matthew 25:31-46
Being read for the Parousia means diligently using everything He has entrusted to us for His glory while we wait.
Matthew 25:14-30
It is not possible to "share" preparedness for Jesus' coming.  Each person is responsible to be prepared.
Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus expects us to be diligently working for Him while we wait for His return.
Matthew 24:45-51
The Lord expects us to be alert and ready for His coming.
Matthew 24:42-44
Those not ready will be taken be surprise when Jesus returns.
Matthew 24:36-41
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)
Matthew 24:32-35
The elect can be found in every corner of the earth.
Matthew 24:29-31
Protection against false witnesses is the true witness of Jesus: "Behold, I have told you in advance."
Matthew 24:22-28
The signs of the destruction of the temple
Matthew 24:15-21
Want to see Jesus come back? See that the Gospel is preached to all nations!
Matthew 24:4-14
God's view of things is often different than man's view.
Matthew 24:1-2
Outline of the Fifth Narrative in the Gospel According to Matthew
Matthew 19:3-23:39
Jesus wants to protect you. Are you willing?
Matthew 23:37-39
According to Jesus the main emphasis of scripture is on justice, mercy and faithfulness.
Matthew 23:13-36
The greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:1-12
Christ: son of David and son of God
Matthew 22:41-46
Without love of God and fellow man, we are nothing.
Matthew 22:34-40
Many questions are answered when we understand the scriptures and the power of God.
Matthew 22:23-33
Followers of Christ must submit both to governmental authority and to God.
Matthew 22:15-22
The invitation to join the kingdom is very broad, but not all enter in.
Matthew 22:1-14
Our God is a longanimous God who, in the face of violent rejection, sent His beloved Son!
Matthew 21:33-46
It is better to say no to God, repent and then obey than to say yes and disobey.
Matthew 21:28-32
Further revelation is withheld from those that reject revelation already given.
Matthew 21:23-27
Do we appear to be fruitful when really we are barren?
Matthew 21:17-22
True worship involves Christ-centered prayer and caring for the weak.
Matthew 21:12-16
Jesus fulfilled prophecy to the smallest detail.
Matthew 21:1-11
Let us be moved with compassion as Jesus is.
Matthew 20:29-34
Leadership in the kingdom is servant leadership.
Matthew 20:20-28
The third passion prediction of Jesus in Matthew's gospel
Matthew 20:17-19
God is not fair.  He is compassionate.
Matthew 19:30-20:16
"We have left everything and followed you." - Peter
Matthew 19:23-29
An example that one cannot server two masters
Matthew 19:16-22
We are to become as children.
Matthew 19:13-15
Every marriage is a living memorial to God's creation of humankind as male and female, made for each other.  Divorce destroys this memorial.
Matthew 19:3-12
Outline of the fourth discourse in Matthew's gospel
Matthew 18:1-19:2
Conclusion of the fourth discourse of Jesus as recorded by Matthew.
Matthew 19:1-2
Compassion and Forgiveness Go Hand in Hand
Matthew 18:21-35
Disciples and Discipline - The Goal Must Always Be to Restore
Matthew 18:15-20
You are of great value to the Father.
Matthew 18:10-14
Humbleness (Mt 18:1-4) is a great medicine against causing others to stumble (Mt 18:5-9).
Matthew 18:5-9
We must become like children.
Matthew 18:1-4
Outline of the Fourth Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 13:54-17:27
Jesus shows us how to humble ourselves, not insisting on our rights.
Matthew 17:24-27
Do we only see the suffering or God's promises in the suffering?
Matthew 17:22-23
"And nothing will be impossible to you." -- Jesus
Matthew 17:14-21
The fulfillment of God’s will and suffering can go hand in hand.
Matthew 17:9-13
Listen to Him!
Matthew 17:1-8
Consider the value of the soul.
Matthew 16:24-28
Let us set our minds on God's interests.
Matthew 16:21-23
It is only through revelation that we can really know who Jesus is.
Matthew 16:13-20
Our faith is expected to grow through encounters with God's provision for us.
Matthew 16:5-12
Those demanding a sign are without excuse.
Matthew 16:1-4
Jesus is aware of both our physical needs and spiritual needs.
Matthew 15:32-39
Jesus heals the many.
Matthew 15:29-31
Great faith impresses Jesus.
Matthew 15:21-28
Defilement originates in the heart
Matthew 15:10-20
Is our focus on traditions or God‘s word?
Matthew 15:1-9
Jesus was more than willing to be among the crowds and care for their needs.
Matthew 14:34-36
Peter, having been trained to do what Jesus does, walks on water.
Matthew 14:22-33
"He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them" - Lord, give me your compassion.
Matthew 14:13-21
Power in the hand of a weak ruler kills the last old testament prophet.
Matthew 14:1-12
"It is sad that every time in the NT somebody is “scandalized” by someone, that someone is Jesus." - D. A. Carson
Matthew 13:54-58
Outline of Jesus' Third Discourse Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 13:1-53
The end of Jesus' third discourse as recorded by Matthew.
Matthew 13:53
When we teach, let us bring out of our understanding and revelation the "whole purpose of God".
Matthew 13:52
Let us teach God's word so that our hearers understand it.
Matthew 13:51
God will separate the bad from the good.
Matthew 13:49-50
God will separate the good from the bad.
Matthew 13:47-48
Some find the kingdom by "chance", while others find it after diligently seeking for it.
Matthew 13:44-46
"The righteous will shine forth as the sun."
Matthew 13:36-43
What we know of God, we only know because He has chosen to reveal Himself.
Matthew 13:34-35
"For who has despised the day of small things?" Zachariah 4:10
Matthew 13:31-33
Regarding evil, the "what to do?" question is more important than the "why?" question.
Matthew 13:24-30
Understanding the word sown is the key to fruitfulness.
Matthew 13:18-23
Hard hearts block ears from hearing and eyes from seeing.
Matthew 13:10-17
One type of seed. Four types of soil. Four different results.
Matthew 13:3-9
Here is an example of Jesus being "ready in season and out of season".
Matthew 13:1-2
Outline of the Third Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 11:2-12:50
You demonstrate that you are part of Jesus' family when you do the will of the Father.
Matthew 12:46-50
It is not enough to turn from evil.  One must turn to God.
Matthew 12:43-45
There is never enough proof but always enough revelation.
Matthew 12:38-42
There is no possibility of neutrality in the spiritual world.
Matthew 12:30-37
Jesus - Stronger than the Strong Man.
Matthew 12:25-29
The attitude of the heart determines one's view of reality.
Matthew 12:22-24
Jesus, hope of the nations
Matthew 12:15-21
It is lawful to do good.
Matthew 12:9-14
I desire compassion, and not sacrifice.
Matthew 12:1-8
Lord Jesus, I am feeling weary. I come to you and accept Your yoke. Please grant me Your promised rest.
Matthew 11:25-30
Godly punishment is based on the amount of revelation received and rejected.
Matthew 11:20-24
Do my deeds prove right the wisdom of God?
Matthew 11:16-19
The kingdom of God is forcefully advancing!
Matthew 11:7-15
"Report what you hear and see." - God wants us not only to hear about Him but to experience Him.
Matthew 11:2-6
Outline of Jesus' Second Discourse as Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 10:1-11:1
Let us continue to preach and teach the gospel of the kingdom.
Matthew 11:1
Be bold! God promises to receive all those that receive the gospel when you preach.
Matthew 10:40-42
Outline of the Second Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 8:1-9:38
What a paradox! One must lose one's life to find it!
Matthew 10:34-39
Another version of Jesus' statement, "I am the way".
Matthew 10:32-33
God will bring justice.  Therefore let us boldly proclaim the gospel.
Matthew 10:26-31
A disciple is not above his teacher.
Matthew 10:24-25
In the midst of persecution, Jesus says, "Do not worry."
Matthew 10:16-23
When we preach, let us preach about the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 10:5-15
Let us minister in the authority Christ has given us.
Matthew 10:1-5
May we develop the same wholistic ministry Jesus had.
Matthew 9:35-38
It is so tempting to reject the move of the Holy Spirit among Christians theologically different from us.  Do not do it!
Matthew 9:32-34
Jesus demonstrates He has the messianic authority recorded in Isaiah 35:5-6.
Matthew 9:27-31
Jesus demonstrates His authority over death
Matthew 9:18-26
"I desire compassion, and not sacrifice." - God
Matthew 9:9-17
Jesus has the authority to forgive sins.
Matthew 9:1-8
"They preferred pigs to persons, swine to the Savior." (D. A. Carson)
Matthew 8:28-34
As long as Jesus is in your boat you need not fear.
Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus' answer to over-eager and under-eager followers.
Matthew 8:18-22
"He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases."
Matthew 8:14-17
True authority comes from being under authority.
Matthew 8:5-13
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Matthew 8:1-4
The One with the authority to judge the human race taught and then commands us to teach.
Matthew 7:28-29
Two foundations - Jesus says build on the rock.
Matthew 7:24-27
Two groups of people - Jesus says do the will of the Father.
Matthew 7:21-23
Two trees - Jesus says Beware of the Bad One
Matthew 7:15-20
Two paths - Jesus says take the unpopular one.
Matthew 7:13-14
Want to fulfill the law and the prophets? Here's how!
Matthew 7:12
Prayer: How much more will the Father give what is good to those who ask!
Matthew 7:7-11
Dogs, swine and the gospel of Christ.
Matthew 7:6
How human it is to rationalize away our own short-comings and sin.
Matthew 7:1-5
Eight Reasons Why Worry Is Futile
Matthew 6:25-34
Let my eyes be singly focused on You Lord and not on the mammon of this world.
Matthew 6:19-24
The degree to which we are able to forgive others indicates the degree to which we have experienced God's forgiveness.
Matthew 6:14-15
"All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent." - Teresa of Avila
Matthew 6:7-8
First heaven, then earth
Matthew 6:9-13
When fasting, which reward will it be?
Matthew 6:16-18
When praying, which reward will it be?
Matthew 6:5-6
When giving alms, which reward will it be?
Matthew 6:2-4
Only those things done exclusively for God bring their appointed fulfillment.
Matthew 6:1
The law points to the perfection of the Father.
Matthew 5:48
"To return evil for good is devilish; to return good for good is human; to return good for evil is divine” - Alfred Plummer
Matthew 5:43-47
The righteousness taught by Jesus requires a self-sacrificing response to evil and generosity in meeting the needs of others.
Matthew 5:38-42
Convince others you are telling the truth by a good reputation and not by many solemn words.
Matthew 5:33-37
Let marriage be held in honor.
Matthew 5:31-32
Make a covenant with your eyes.
Matthew 5:27-30
One root cause of murder is anger.
Matthew 5:21-26
The whole law and the prophets point toward Jesus.
Matthew 5:17-20
The goal is always the glory of God.
Matthew 5:13-16
Teaching is an important element in making disciples.
Matthew 5:1-2
Jesus gives us eight keys to happiness.
Matthew 5:3-12
Outline of the First Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 3:1-4:25
The strategic choice of Capernaum as His headquarters allowed Jesus to reach out to the whole Roman province of Syria.
Matthew 4:23-25
The call of Christ demands an immediate response.
Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus, as the all-nations Messiah, begins His ministry in a region populated by Gentiles.
Matthew 4:12-17
By resisting the temptation of the devil, Jesus chooses God's calling as the suffering servant.
Matthew 4:1-11
After the baptism of Jesus, God confirms that Jesus is His chosen servant as prophesied in Isaiah 42.
Matthew 3:13-17
The coming of God's kingdom demands repentance, marked by good works, or brings judgment.
Matthew 3:7-12
The right response to the arrival of God's kingdom is radical repentance.
Matthew 3:1-6
Outline of Birth and Early Childhood of Jesus as Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 1:18-2:23
God confirms His Messiah through prophecy.
Matthew 2:19-23
The final tears are shed before the new covenant, promised by Jeremiah, is established by Jesus.
Matthew 2:16-18
Immediate and exact obedience regardless of the cost or inconvenience
Matthew 2:13-15
Here we see three responses to Christ: 1. Worship Him. (Magi) 2. Ignore Him. (Priests) 3. Try to kill Him. (Herod)
Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus' conception, birth and naming fulfilled Old Testament prophecy.
Matthew 1:18-25
Jesus, being the son of David and the son of Abraham, establishes God's Kingdom and ushers in God's salvation.
Matthew 1:1-17
In restoring Israel, God is also concerned about taking a people for Himself from among the nations.
Amos 9:11-15
The more severe judgment: a famine of God's word.
Amos 8:4-14
Israel called to know that God has the power to bring about the judgment He has announced.
Amos 9:1-10
The certainty of the Lord's calling was Amos' defense.
Amos 7:1-8:3
Israel's complacency and decadent lifestyle stifled compassion, justice and righteousness.
Amos 6:1-14
Pursue the weightier provisions of the law.
Amos 5:18-27
God is not silent.  He declares His thoughts to man.
Amos 4:1-13
The Lord has spoken!  Who can but prophesy?
Amos 3:1-15
To catch his hearers' attention, Amos first proclaims the Lord's judgment on seven of Israel's neighbors.
Amos 1:3-2:5
We can fight sin be meditating on God's faithfulness.  Here Israel did not do this.
Amos 2:6-16
Israel cast down and silenced justice because they forgot that the Lord is the Lord of creation and human history.
Amos 5:1-17
Five commands, which, when followed, will bring about the presence of God in our lives.
2 Corinthians 13:11-14
God's authority given to us is for building up and not tearing down.
2 Corinthians 13:5-10
The weakness of submission produces life through God's power.
2 Corinthians 13:1-4
A leader's goal should always be to build up the church.
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
A true sign of a good leader is the willingness to expend himself for the people he leads.
2 Corinthians 12:14-18
Let us support our leaders, so that they are not forced to have to defend themselves.
2 Corinthians 12:11-13
Power is perfected in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Let us not try to appear to be more than who we really are.
2 Corinthians 12:1-6
When slandered, Paul defends himself by mentioning his weaknesses.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Paul's credentials set a very high bar regarding dedication to the cause of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:21-29
False teachers can only spread their teachings where they are tolerated.
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Appearances can be deceptive.  We need to bear the fruit of righteousness, not just say the right words.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
The battle to maintain simple devotion to Christ is a battle of our minds.
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Let us boast in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Lord, help me to be genuine in all circumstances.
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
How do you fight and what are your weapons?
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Generous giving brings glory to God.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Let us not allow covetousness to ruin generous giving.
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
A wonderful example of being above reproach in finances before God and people.
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
We are to give according to our ability to ensure that no one has lack.
2 Corinthians 8:8-15
What is your response to great affliction?
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
There can be much joy during much affliction.
2 Corinthians 7:2-4
We are called to holiness because we are God's people, and therefore we are God's people when we live holy lives.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
A minister's duty: an open heart despite rejection.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
The Gospel: God made Christ, who knew no sin, to become sin for us so that we might be righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:10
One for all so that all may be for one.
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
When we die, we will be with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
There is glory through suffering.
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5
The saving faith of the Old Testament and the saving faith of the New Testament are the same.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
Seeing the hope and faith of Christians not succumbing to affliction produces life in the observers.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
In these verses there are at least 13 points for ministers of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
Let God continually polish our mirror so that we can properly reflect His glory.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
As ministers of the New Covenant, we proclaim a glorious message!
2 Corinthians 3:7-11
God has made us (past tense) adequate as servants of the new covenant.
2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Let Christ write His letter in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
Let us preach the word of God as from God in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
How leaders are received reflects the spiritual state of a church.
2 Corinthians 7:13-16
Lord, help me be open to severe correction designed for my good.
2 Corinthians 7:8-13
God is a God who comforts the depressed.
2 Corinthians 7:5-7
Walk, work and speak righteousness.
Psalms 15:1-11
A life without God leads to moral corruption.
Psalms 14:1-7
True faith continues to trust in the Lord even when it appears as though He has forgotten us.
Psalms 13:1-6
What God promises will come to pass because His words are pure.
Psalms 12:1-8
When the foundations are destroyed, the righteous should take refuge in the Lord!
Psalms 11:1-7
Paul, while preaching the Gospel, searches for Titus, first in Troas and then in Macedonia.
2 Corinthians 2:12-13
Church discipline must always be restorative.  There is always the danger that Satan may find a way to use it to sow division and dissent.
2 Corinthians 2:5-11
Paul is confident, that even in relational difficulties, we are all united in joy.
2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4
God establishes us in Christ, having anointed and sealed us and having given us the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:15-22
Let us conduct ourselves in holiness, godly sincerity and in the grace of God.
2 Corinthians 1:12-14
Affliction mixed with hope and prayer results in deliverance, which in turn brings glory to God.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Comfort in suffering becomes effective through patient endurance.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Grace and peace come from God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:1-2
We can take courage in the truth that God has heard and will continue to hear our prayers for help with the purpose to deliver us.
Psalms 10:1-18
In times of trouble, we can appeal to God as our righteous judge who is a stronghold for the oppressed.
Psalms 9:1-20
God uses the insignificant to silence His enemies.
Psalms 8:1-9
David appeals to the righteous Judge for deliverance.
Psalms 7:1-17
God delivers us from deep anguish because of His lovingkindness.
Psalms 6:1-10
The answer to adversaries is God's presence and His leading.
Psalms 5:1-12
When leaders turn to worthless desires, David prays, and God's answer is great joy.
Psalms 4:1-8
In the midst of many adversaries, David expresses his trust in the Lord.
Psalms 3:1-8
God's response to the rebellion of the nations is to laugh.
Psalms 2:1-12
Those that love the law of the Lord will be blessed and will prosper, but the wicked will perish.
Psalms 1:1-6
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1 Corinthians 15:12-19
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1 Corinthians 14:37-40
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First Discourse: True Discipleship
Matthew 5:1-7:29
Outline of Jesus' First Discourse as Recorded by Matthew
Published July 1st, 2017; Updated August 23rd, 2018
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Outline of Jesus' First Discourse: True Discipleship - Matthew 5:1-7:29 A. INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST DISCOURSE 5:1-2 B. DISCIPLESHIP: CHARACTERISTICS AND BLESSINGS 5:3-12 i. Lack towards God 5:3-6 ii. Virtues towards Others 5:7-10 iii. Further Exposition on Persecution 5:11-12 C. DISCIPLES IN THE WORLD 5:13-16 i. Salt 5:13 ii. Light 5:14-16 C'. DISCIPLES AND RIGHTEOUSNESS 5:17-7:12 i. Principles of Righteousness 5:17-20 A. Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament 5:17 B. Reason 5:18 A'. Disciples Should Keep and Teach the Old Testament 5:19 B'. Reason 5:20 ii. Common Understanding of the Law Versus Kingdom Truth 5:21-48 a. Murder and Reconciliation 5:21-26 A. Common Understanding 5:21 B. Kingdom Truth 5:22 C. Application 5:23-26 b. Adultery and Purity 5:27-30 A. Common Understanding 5:27 B. Kingdom Truth 5:28 C. Application 5:29-30 c. Divorce and Remarriage 5:31-32 A. Common Understanding 5:31 B. Kingdom Truth 5:32 d. Vows and Truthfulness 5:33-37 A. Common Understanding 5:33 B. Kingdom Truth 5:34-36 C. Application 5:37 e. Revenge and Self-Sacrifice 5:38-42 A. Common Understanding 5:38 B. Kingdom Truth 5:39-42 f. Hatred and Love 5:43-47 A. Common Understanding 5:43 B. Kingdom Truth 5:44-47 g. Summary 5:48 iii. Common Religious Practice versus Kingdom Piety 6:1-18 a. Introduction 6:1 b. Fulfilled Giving of Alms 6:2-4 A. Common Practice 6:2a B. Reward 6:2b A'. Kingdom Piety 6:3-4a B'. Reward 6:4b c. Fulfilled Prayer 6:5-6 A. Common Practice 6:5a B. Reward 6:5b A'. Kingdom Piety 6:6a B'. Reward 6:6b d. Unfulfilled Prayer 6:7-8 e. The Model Prayer 6:9-13 1. Introduction 6:9a 2. Heaven 6:9b-10 3. Earth 6:11-13a 4. Doxology 6:13b f. Forgiveness 6:14-15 g. Fulfilled Fasting 6:16-18 A. Common Practice 6:16a B. Reward 6:16b A'. Kingdom Piety 6:17-18a B'. Reward 6:18b iv. Earthly Riches Versus Kingdom Treasure 6:19-34 a. God or Mammon 6:19-24 1. Treasures: in Heaven or on Earth 6:19-21 2. Eyes: Clear or Bad 6:22-23 3. Masters: God or Mammon 6:24 b. Do Not Worry 6:25-34 1. Do Not Worry - Life Is More Than Physical Needs 6:25-30 2. Do Not Worry - Seek First the Kingdom 6:31-33 3. Do Not Worry - Take Each Day as It Comes 6:34 v. Worldly Relationships Versus Kingdom Relationships 7:1-6 a. Judging Others 7:1-5 1. Principle 7:1-2 2. Explanation 7:3-4 3. Application 7:5 b. Discerning Others 7:6 vi. Encouragement to Pray 7:7-11 1. Command 7:7 2. Reason 7:8 3. Argument 7:9-11 vii. Summary of Righteousness 7:12 B'. DISCIPLESHIP: CALL TO COMMITMENT 7:13-27 i. Two Paths - Take the Right One 7:13-14 ii. Two Trees - Avoid the Bad One 7:15-20 iii. Two Groups of People - Only One Will Enter the Kingdom 7:21-23 iv. Two Foundations - Build on the Right One 7:24-27 A'. CONCLUSION OF THE FIRST DISCOURSE 7:28-29
Matthew 5:1-7:29
A. Introduction to the First Discourse
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
B. Discipleship: Characteristics and Blessings
A. First Set of Four: Our Lack towards God, Begin with "π"
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
A'. Second Set of Four: Response to Our Lack
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
B. Additional Exposition on Persecution
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
C. Disciples in the World
A. Salt
“You are the salt of the earth;
but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
B. Light
“You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand,
and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
C’. Disciples and Righteousness
A. Principles of Righteousness
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Disciples Should Keep and Teach the Old Testament
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
B1. Common Understanding of the Law Versus Kingdom Truth
“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’
Murder and Reconciliation
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good- for- nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’;
Adultery and Purity
but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
“It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’;
Divorce and Remarriage
but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’
Oaths and Integrity
But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’
Vengeance and Self-Sacrifice
But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
Hatred and Love
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Summary of Common understanding Versus Kingdom Truth
B2. Common Religious Observance Versus Kingdom Piety
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Introduction to Common Practice Versus Kingdom Piety
“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Fulfilled Giving Alms
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Fulfilled Prayer
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
Unfulfilled Prayer
So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
“Pray, then, in this way:
The Model Prayer
‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
Fulfilled Fasting
But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face
so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
B3. Earthly Riches Versus Kingdom Treasure
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
God or Mammon
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Do Not Worry
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
B4. Worldly Relationships Versus Kingdom Relationships
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
Judging Others
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Discerning Others
B5. Encouragement to Pray
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
A'. Summary of Righteousness
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
B’. Discipleship: Call to Commitment
Two Paths - Take the Right One
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Two Trees - Beware of the Bad One
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits.
Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
So then, you will know them by their fruits.
Two Groups of People - Only One Will Enter the Kingdom
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Two Foundations - Build on the Right One
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them,
A. Hear and Act
may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
B. Foundation - Stone
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;
C. Storm
and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
D. Result - Did Not Fall
Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them,
A'. Head and Do Not Act
will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
B'. Foundation - Sand
The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;
C'. Storm
and it fell— and great was its fall.”
D'. Result - Great Fall
A’. Conclusion of the First Discourse
When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching;
for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
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