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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
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
Outline of Jesus' First Discourse as Recorded by Matthew
Matthew 5:1-7:29
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 15:1-11
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1 Corinthians 14:37-40
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1 Corinthians 14:34-36
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1 Corinthians 14:26-33
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1 Corinthians 14:20-25
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1 Corinthians 14:6-19
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1 Corinthians 13:8-13
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1 Corinthians 13:4-7
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Fourth Narrative: Opposition and Ministry
Matthew 13:54-17:27
Outline of the Fourth Narrative in Matthew's Gospel
Published March 8th, 2018; Updated August 23rd, 2018
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Outline of the Fourth Narrative: Rejection and Ministry 13:54-17:27 A1. Rejection 13:54-14:12 i. Jesus Is Rejected by His Hometown 13:54-58 ii. Herod Hears about Jesus 14:1-12 B1. MINISTRY TO THE JEWS 14:13-36 i. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 14:13-21 ii. Jesus and Peter Walk on Water 14:22-33 iii. Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret 14:34-36 A2. Rejection 15:1-20 i. Jesus Argues with the Pharisees over Traditions 15:1-9 ii. Jesus Teaches on Defilement 15:10-20 B2. MINISTRY TO THE GENTILES 15:21-39 i. Jesus Heals a Canaanite Woman‘s Daughter 15:21-28 ii. Jesus Heals the Many 15:29-31 iii. Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand 15:32-39 A3. Rejection 16:1-12 i. The Jewish Leaders Demand a Sign 16:1-4 ii. Jesus Warns His Disciples about the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees 16:5-12 B3. MINISTRY TO THE DISCIPLES 16:13-17:27 i. A. Peter Confesses that Jesus Is the Christ 16:13-20 ii. B. Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection 16:21-23 iii. C. Jesus Teaches on Costly Discipleship 16:24-28 iv. D. The Transfiguration 17:1-13 v. C'. Jesus Delivers a Boy from Demonic Oppression 17:14-21 vi. B'. Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection 17:22-23 vii. A'. Peter Learns about Jesus and the Poll Tax 17:24-27
Matthew 13:54-17:27
A1. Rejection
He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue,
so that they were astonished, and said,
“Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
And they took offense at Him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
A. News of Jesus' Ministry Reaches Herod
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,
and said to his servants,
“This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
B. Herod has John Imprisoned
For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.
For John had been saying to him,
“It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.
B'. Herod has John Beheaded
But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,
so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.
Having been prompted by her mother, she said,
“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
Although he was grieved,
the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.
He sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
A'. News of John's Death Reaches Jesus
His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus.
B1. Ministry to the Jews
Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself;
and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said,
“This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus said to them,
“They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”
They said to Him,
“We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
And He said,
“Bring them here to Me.”
Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds,
and they all ate and were satisfied.
They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets.
There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
A. Jesus Prays
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
B. Jesus Walks on Water
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
B'. Peter Walks on Water
Peter said to Him,
“Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
And He said,
And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out,
“Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him,
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
A'. Disciples Worship
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying,
“You are certainly God’s Son!”
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;
and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.
A2. Rejection
Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
“Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
And He answered and said to them,
“Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.’
But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,”
he is not to honor his father or his mother.’
And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.
‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
A. Defilement Comes Not from Without but from Within
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them,
“Hear and understand.
It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man,
but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
B. First Request: What about the Pharisees?
Then the disciples came and said to Him,
“Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?”
C. First Response: They Are Blind Guides
But He answered and said,
“Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.
Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
B'. Second Request: Explain the Parable
Peter said to Him,
“Explain the parable to us.”
C'. Second Response: Defilement Originates in the Heart
Jesus said,
“Are you still lacking in understanding also?
Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
A'. Defilement Comes from Within and Not from Without
These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”
B2. Ministry to the Gentiles
Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.
Request for Help - No Answer!
And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying,
“Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon- possessed.”
But He did not answer her a word.
Request to Send Her Away - Only Sent for the Jews!
And His disciples came and implored Him, saying,
“Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”
But He answered and said,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Request for Help - Children's Bread not for Dogs!
But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying,
“Lord, help me!”
And He answered and said,
“It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Request for Crumbs - Healing!
But she said,
“Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus said to her,
“O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there.
And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.
So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said,
“I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry,
for they might faint on the way.”
The disciples said to Him,
“Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?”
And Jesus said to them,
“How many loaves do you have?”
And they said,
“Seven, and a few small fish.”
And He directed the people to sit down on the ground;
and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.
And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
And sending away the crowds, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan.
B3. Rejection
The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
But He replied to them,
“When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’
Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.”
And He left them and went away.
And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread.
A. Teaching
And Jesus said to them,
“Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
B. No Understanding
They began to discuss this among themselves, saying,
“He said that because we did not bring any bread.”
A'. Teaching
But Jesus, aware of this, said,
“You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?
Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?
Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?
How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?
But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
B'. Understanding
Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread,
but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
B3. Ministry to the Disciples
A. People's View of Jesus
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
And they said,
“Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
A' Disciples' View of Jesus
He said to them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
B. Promise to the Disciples
And Jesus said to him,
“Blessed are you, Simon Barjona,
because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you,
but My Father who is in heaven.
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
B'. Warning to the Disciples
Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.
Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying,
“God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.”
But He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind Me, Satan!
You are a stumbling block to Me;
for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
A. Call to Follow Christ in this Life
Then Jesus said to His disciples,
“If anyone wishes to come after Me,
he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
B. Reward and Punishment at the Judgment
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it;
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
C. The Value of the Soul
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
B'. Reward and Punishment at the Judgment
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels,
and will then repay every man according to his deeds.
A'. Promise to See Christ in this Life
“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Jesus Is Transfigured
A. Jesus Alone with Peter, James and John
Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
B. Jesus Is Transfigured
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
C. The Disciples are Terrified
Peter said to Jesus,
Mark states that Peter said this because the disciples were terrified.
“Lord, it is good for us to be here;
if You wish,
I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
D. Listen to Him!
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said,
“This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well- pleased;
listen to Him!”
C'. The Disciples are Terrified
When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified.
B'. Jesus Comforts the Disciples
And Jesus came to them and touched them and said,
“Get up, and do not be afraid.”
A'. Jesus Alone with Peter, James and John
And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.
Jesus Explains the Return of Elijah
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying,
“Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”
A. Question about Elijah
And His disciples asked Him,
“Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
B. Elijah Has Come
And He answered and said,
“Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
but I say to you that Elijah already came,
and they did not recognize him,
but did to him whatever they wished.
So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
A'. Understanding about Elijah
Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.
A. Request
When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying,
“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill;
for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.”
B. Response
And Jesus answered and said,
“You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you?
Bring him here to Me.”
And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
A'. Question
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
B'. Answer
And He said to them,
“Because of the littleness of your faith;
for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
[But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”]
And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them,
“The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men;
and they will kill Him,
and He will be raised on the third day.”
And they were deeply grieved.
When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the two- drachma tax came to Peter and said,
“Does your teacher not pay the two- drachma tax?”
He said,
And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying,
“What do you think, Simon?
From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll- tax, from their sons or from strangers?”
When Peter said,
“From strangers,”
Jesus said to him,
“Then the sons are exempt.
However, so that we do not offend them,
go to the sea and throw in a hook,
and take the first fish that comes up;
and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel.
Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”
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