Brent Karding
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Christ rejected and accepted
Luke 23:39-43
God commands you to turn from idols to the true God.
Acts 17:22-31
Jesus is sovereign over the natural and spiritual realm
Matthew 9:1-8
Faith leads to speaking.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
A humble birth and great glory to God
Luke 2:1-21
Because God is uniquely faithful, he will remove our sins.
Micah 7:18-20
Christ's Supremacy Described and Grounded
Colossians 1:15-17
Christ's Resurrection and Ours
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
God's Furious Punishment
Romans 1:18-25
God will surely set up an indestructible, everlasting kingdom.
Daniel 2:31-45
Just like Adam's sin led to death for all people, so Jesus' obedience led to life for all people.
Romans 5:12-21
To apply this text, think through the Concessive, the Negative, and the Ground (v. 7-9), asking where those things are true of you.
1 Kings 14:1-18
Remember the happiness of the Word-delighting, and the misery of the only other option.
Psalms 1
In every difficulty, cry to God, your trustworthy Savior.
Psalms 42:1-43:5
Jesus, the Father's Spirit-filled Son, inaugurated God's kingdom.
Mark 1:1-15
Paul describes how men and women should act in church, based on their specific roles.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
Dedicate yourself to the local church for the eternal glory of Christ.
Haggai 2:20-23
The gospel call to repentance gives light to people in darkness.
Matthew 4:12-17
God has given the local church the responsibility to judge its members.
1 Corinthians 5
The eternal state will immediately follow Christ's return and our bodily resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
When Jesus next returns, he will destroy death.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the day of the Lord, believers will be saved and unbelievers will be destroyed.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Our certain gospel hope of resurrection should encourage us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
This passage reveals the fact of and the reason behind God's anger.
Romans 1:18-23
The kind of faith that saves is a faith that is characterized by works.
James 2:14-26
Only those who look to Jesus for spiritual wealth, righteousness, and guidance will sit with him on his throne.
Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus promises eternal life to those who overcome; therefore, cling to the gospel and preach it to others.
Revelation 3:7-13
Those who treasure the gospel and live it out today will enjoy intimacy with Jesus now and forever.
Revelation 3:1-6
Hold tightly to holy living that flows from the gospel.
Revelation 2:18-29
God calls us to boast only in the cross, through which we participate in the New Creation.
Galatians 1:1-6:18
Jesus will destroy His enemies and give eternal life to His people; therefore, the church must not tolerate sin in its midst.
Revelation 2:12-17
It is vital to boast only in Jesus' cross.
Galatians 6:10-18
Those who are fearless in the face of death will receive life from the Victor over death.
Revelation 2:8-11
True spirituality is seen in bearing other people's burdens.
Galatians 6:1-10
You are nothing without love.
Revelation 2:1-7
Serve each other in love through the leading of the life-giving, flesh-opposing Spirit.
Galatians 5:13-26
Jesus is a king and priest who is present with His church in judgment and salvation.
Revelation 1:9-20
Only those who rest on Christ alone for justification will receive eternal righteousness.
Galatians 5:2-12
Obey this urgent revelation so you will be blessed, and rest in the sovereignty of your Saviour.
Revelation 1:1-8
God redeems Naomi - and all Israel - through the son of Boaz and Ruth.
Ruth 4:13-22
Believers must stand firm in the freedom of being God's children through faith alone in his promise.
Galatians 4:21-31
Boaz generously and sacrificially redeems Elimelech's and Mahlon's family.
Ruth 4:1-12
Paul's proven trustworthiness and godly motives should have led the Galatians to trust him, not reject him.
Galatians 4:12-20
Boaz acted with generosity again, and Ruth waited for redemption.
Ruth 3:14-18
In Christ we are God's fully adult sons and heirs.
Galatians 4:1-11
Boaz commits himself to redeem Ruth.
Ruth 3:1-13
All of God's children enjoy his covenant and promised salvation through faith in Christ.
Galatians 3:15-29
Ruth and Naomi encounter the generosity of Boaz.
Ruth 2:14-23
Gentiles are declared righteous, become the true Israel, and receive the blessing and the Spirit by faith alone.
Galatians 3:1-14
God guided Ruth to the field of a man who showed undeserved favor to her.
Ruth 2:1-13
Justification by faith, not by works, alone glorifies God's grace and accomplishes the purpose of Christ's death.
Galatians 2:11-21
Ruth committed herself to Naomi and to her God.
Ruth 1:15-22
From the beginning of church history, there has been only one true gospel.
Galatians 2:1-10
The biblical gospel is demonstrably given by Jesus.
Galatians 1:11-24
Naomi was left alone in a foreign land, suffering judgment.
Ruth 1:1-5
A bitter Naomi plans to return to her homeland, and convince her daughters-in-law not to.
Ruth 1:6-14
Reject the perverted gospel and embrace the God-accomplished and God-taught gospel.
Galatians 1:1-10
It is right for God to show mercy on whomever he desires to show mercy - and we should praise him for this!
Jonah 1:1-4:11
God is right to show mercy on whomever he chooses.
Jonah 4:1-11
God cares about Gentiles.
Jonah 3:1-10
The Lord saved Jonah because he prayed to him.
Jonah 2:1-10
Jesus' death and resurrection created Gentile worshippers.
Jonah 1:1-17
Because God is holding tightly to you, hold tightly to his Word.
2 Thessalonians 1-3
We pray for you to experience God's grace and peace.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Paul gives two final commands in the main body of this letter: pray and stay away.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
How God's sovereignty motivates our perseverance
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
You were dead, but God made you alive in Christ; therefore, remember that God has brought you near to him and made you part of his temple.
Ephesians 2:1-10
God is holding tightly to you.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
The path to eternal happiness isn't what you think: it requires joyful endurance of trials and humble obedience to God's Word.
James 1
Choose the way of life that God delights in, a Christlike life of compassion and purity, for this is the pathway to Heaven.
James 1:26-27
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Mark 11:12-25
Mark 11:12-25
Phrasing Narrative and Teaching
Published April 9th, 2021
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Mark 11:12-25
Coming from Bethany
On the following day,
when they came
from Bethany,
he was hungry.
And seeing ... a fig tree
in the distance
in leaf,
he went
to see if he could find anything
on it.
When he came
to it,
he found nothing but leaves,
for it was not the season
for figs.
And he said
to it,
“May no one ever eat fruit ... again.”
from you
And his disciples heard it.
In Jerusalem
And they came
to Jerusalem.
And he entered the temple
and began
to drive out those
Content #1
who sold
and those
Content #2
who bought
in the temple,
and he overturned the tables
of the money- changers
and the seats
of those
who sold pigeons.
And he would not allow anyone
to carry anything
through the temple.
And he was teaching them
and saying
to them,
“Is it not written,
‘My house shall be called a house
of prayer
for all the nations’?
But you have made it a den
of robbers.”
And the chief priests and the scribes heard it
and were seeking a way
to destroy him,
for they feared him,
because all the crowd was astonished
at his teaching.
On the Road Outside Jerusalem
And when evening came
they went
out of the city.
As they passed by
in the morning,
they saw the fig tree withered away
to its roots.
And Peter remembered
and said
to him,
“Rabbi, look!
Content #1
The fig tree ... has withered.”
Content #2
that you cursed
And Jesus answered them,
“Have faith
Content #1
in God.
Truly, I say
Content #2
to you,
whoever says
Content #1
to this mountain,
‘Be taken up
Content A
and thrown
Content B
into the sea,’
and does not doubt
in his heart,
but believes that
Content #2
what he says will come to pass,
it will be done
for him.
Therefore I tell you,
Content #3
whatever you ask
in prayer,
that you have received it,
and it will be yours.
And whenever you stand praying,
Content #4
if you have anything
against anyone,
so that your Father also ... may forgive you your trespasses.”
who is in heaven
James 4:3
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask z wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and It Will Be Given 7 y “Ask, z and it will be given to you; a seek, and you will find; b knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for c bread, will give him c a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, d who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will z your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
John 14:13-14
13 z Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that a the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 z If you ask me 1 anything in my name, I will do it.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9
8 i Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, j “My grace is sufficient for you, for k my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that l the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Matthew 5:25-33
25 f Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, g you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. 1 Lust 27 h “You have heard that it was said, i ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that j everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 k If your right eye l causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into m hell. 30 k And if your right hand l causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into m hell. Divorce 31 h “It was also said, n ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 o But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and p whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Oaths 33 “Again h you have heard that it was said to those of old, q ‘You shall not swear falsely, but r shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’
Romans 8:35-36
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, w “For your sake x we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Luke 21:16-18
16 You will be delivered up f even by parents and brothers 1 and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 g You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But h not a hair of your head will perish.
James 4:2
2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
FB Live notes (Nov. 3/20): Q : Chris wrote, "I am curious as to how you phrase narrative passages with sections of teaching embedded in them. Do you phrase the narrative portions as extensively as you would the content of Jesus’ teaching?" A: Generally speaking, I would phrase them the same as every other phrase. But the difference in a quotation is that I would indent each sentence that is inside the quotation as subordinate to the "he said" phrase. They would be labelled as Content. This is what I did in verses 23-25. You could even relate the sentences to each other in teaching. This is advanced Phrasing, which goes beyond what I teach in the course. But in that case, I would make both 22 and 24 Inferences of 23 - a Bilateral , in other words. You could show this by giving 23a two arrows , up to 22b and down to 24a. Then both 22b-24 and 25 could be the twofold Content of 22a, since Jesus would be saying, "Have faith and be forgiving." Or 25 could be an Explanation of 24, explaining that when you are praying like this, you need to be forgiving. I like the latter option better. For 12-21, subordinating whole sentences isn't very helpful, because most of these verses are simply relating events that happened one after the other. So instead, I used separators to divide up the narrative sections, based on the location of each event: coming from Bethany (12-14), in Jerusalem (15-18), and on the road outside Jerusalem (19-25). This works well, instead of subordinating whole phrases. ------------ So what can we learn, specifically from verses 22-25 and the Five Passes? 1. Faithful prayer gets results (v. 23). 2. Therefore, pray with faith in God! (v. 22, 24) 3. But make sure you have forgiven others (v. 25). Let's make three clarifying statements about prayer, based on some cross-references in other parts of the New Testament. THIS KIND OF PRAYER IS BASED ON GOD'S PROMISES How can we pray with "faith"? Well, we must believe God's promises . We have no grounds to believe that God will give us a brand new Aston Martin just because we "believe" he will. What does the Scripture say? What does God promise to do for us? It is for those things that we must pray. SELFISH PRAYERS ARE NOT INCLUDED James 4:3 helps us in this: praying for selfish reasons is not included in this promise of Mark 11. OTHER PRAYERS ARE PRAISED, BUT ANSWERS ARE NOT PROMISED We are encouraged to pray! See Matt 7:7-11 and John 14:13-14. We can also pray for things when we don't know if they are God's will or not, being willing not to receive them if that is his will. For example, Paul asked three times for healing, but God said "no" (2 Cor 12:8-9). Didn't Paul ask in faith? Yes - but God never promised to heal us from every disease or deliver us from every problem with no negative results for us. Matthew 5:25-33 helps in this. Jesus promises that all our needs will be met, because our Father knows what we need, and he is a good Father. But Romans 8:35-36 shows that sometimes believers do go hungry! Does this contradict Matthew 5? No - I think this is a similar distinction between Luke 21:16 and 18. You might be killed for your faith - but not a hair of your head will perish. God will provide all your needs until the time comes for you to die - and that death will give you deliverance from all problems and suffering? So we should pray for things we don't know are God's will or not, but we should still pray! James 4:2 reveals that there are some good things that Christians don't have simply because they don't ask! -------------- Let's ask God for confidence in his Word (Heart), believing his written promises (Head), and pray based on those promises (Hands).
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