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Leaders in the local church must exhibit certain character qualifications both in and out of the home. This is Christ's design for the purpose of effective teaching of his Word.
The most important instructions gleaned from reading the three healing accounts in Matthew 8 are the manifestation of his inherent power and his uncompromised identity.
Out of the thousands of healings that Jesus performed, Matthew recorded just three particular instances in order to portray Jesus as the Christ, the Son of David, and the Son of Abraham. In this first part of consideration of these verses we consider the fact that these three miraculous events all give evidence to what true saving faith actually is.
Where does authority in the local church belong? Do elders have authority over the congregation, or should we think of them in some other way?
Paul gives two reasons why Titus was left on Crete, and the first was so that he could put in order that which remained in the local churches on the island.
The story of the prophet Jonah gives us a just a glimpse into the character of God - that he is sovereign over all things and that he is incomparably merciful. We also learn from this book that the mercy of God compels us all to repent and turn to him.