Christian Witness (Matthew 5:10-16)

Those who enter the kingdom of God do so through repentance and faith. God welcomes them into His kingdom; giving them a new heart that hungers and thirsts for righteousness (Matt 5:6). The Beatitudes, as we learned earlier, describe the character of a Christian; namely, what Christ is developing in them. In our next sectionContinue reading “Christian Witness (Matthew 5:10-16)”

The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with eight blessings[1] that describe the character of those who have entered the kingdom of God. While it is impossible in this life for any one disciple to perfectly meet these descriptions, they are nonetheless Jesus’ description of a Christian. What does Jesus mean when He says someoneContinue reading “The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)”

Shadow to Substance: Persecution (Luke 21:7-19)

As we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke we now come to a section of Scripture (Luke 21:5-38) where Jesus teaches about the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. and of the coming end of the world.  In verses 7-19, Jesus is preparing His disciples for their upcoming persecution before the TempleContinue reading “Shadow to Substance: Persecution (Luke 21:7-19)”

Lambs Among Wolves (Luke 10:3)

This Sunday morning we will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke in Chapter 10 verses 1-3.  It reads: After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “TheContinue reading “Lambs Among Wolves (Luke 10:3)”