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Righteous Giving

Matthew 6:2-4

by Alan Sherban

True righteousness in giving (or in anything else for that matter) is that which occurs as the natural result of a heart which has been so inclined by God's power and grace. In that way, the left hand doesn't even know what the right hand is doing.

Beware of Hypocritical Righteousness

Matthew 6:1

by Alan Sherban

Jesus issues a compelling warning to those who would consider themselves a part of his Kingdom: A lifestyle of unbroken hypocritical self-righteousness may leave a person deceived as to their true spiritual state.

Declared to be the Son

Romans 1:4

by Alan Sherban

The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation for his presentation to the universe as the Son-of-God-in-power. Most importantly we should regard his resurrection and ascension as the means by which Christ receives his rightful exaltation.

Kingdom Love

Matthew 5:43-48

by Alan Sherban

The last of six examples of kingdom righteousness comes with four empowering reasons as to why we should love even our enemies.

Kingdom Rights

Matthew 5:38-42

by Alan Sherban

Jesus explains how the principle of an "eye for an eye" prompts us to think about our rights as Kingdom citizens in a way that isn't natural to mankind. We are to be those who value what's best for the Kingdom higher than our personal rights.

An Audience of One

Matthew 5:33-37

by Alan Sherban

Jesus uses the example of making oaths to illustrate the fact that true kingdom righteousness recognizes God to be our supreme audience, in whose view we live our lives.

God Defines Marriage

Genesis 2:24

by Alan Sherban

Jesus uses an example of divorce and remarriage in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:31-32) to depict an aspect of true Kingdom righteousness, but it's such an important topic that we need to pause in order to understand our Lord's view of what marriage is.

Making His Deeds Known

Psalm 105:1

by Alan Sherban

How can we give thanks to the Lord? How do we call upon his name? How can we make his deeds known among the peoples?

Future Glory for Present Courage

Romans 8:31-39

by Alan Sherban

The prospect of our future glory leaves us with present reasons to have courage in the face of our sufferings.

Future Glory

Romans 8:18-30

by Alan Sherban

Paul contends for the fact that our present suffering is not worthy to even be compared to the glory that will be revealed. If this is true, our perspective on the trials of this life should filter through the lens of God's good purposes for future glory.

An Introduction to Spiritual Warfare (Sunday Evening Series)

Ephesians 6:12

by Alan Sherban

This is a survey of what Scripture teaches us concerning what spiritual warfare is. We overview the fact that every Christian is engaged in battle, who it is that we fight against, and the ground upon which this battle rages.

The Righteousness of Purifying Others

Matthew 5:31-32

by Alan Sherban

This text is most often thought of as Jesus' instruction on divorce and remarriage, for good reason. But it is far more than this; in this example he illustrates the fact that Kingdom righteousness has to do not only with personal purity, but also with the purity of those whom our actions affect.

The Pursuit of Pure Desires

Matthew 5:27-30

by Alan Sherban

Jesus indicates that those who are a part of his Kingdom will be characterized by fighting against the desires of the flesh. So how can we find success in engaging in this battle which the Christian's new heart longs to do?

The Radical Defense of Pure Desires

Matthew 5:29-30

by Alan Sherban

Not only is true righteousness concerned with defining pure desires the way God defines them, but it is also concerned with the positive quality of aggressively and radically fighting against all which would intend to pollute them.

The Radical Definition of Pure Desires

Matthew 5:27-28

by Alan Sherban

In his second example of the kind of righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus hits right at the heart in dealing with the righteousness of pure desires. External measuring-up to the letter of the Law isn't what God is after - he wants heart-level desire for what is right.

The Righteousness of Peace

Matthew 5:21-26

by Alan Sherban

The kind of righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees is one which is illustrated by 6 examples that Jesus gives at the end of Matthew 5. The first example teaches us that kingdom righteousness is a righteousness of peace.

Christ Exalted in Glory

Revelation 1-2

by Nathan Machel

One of the clearest pictures we can have of the person of Christ is what we read in the book of his Revelation. The end of the matter is that Jesus Christ is in himself worthy and glorious above everything.

Union With Christ

Colossians 1:27

by Alan Sherban

Our union with Christ is the facet of what Scripture teaches us about the Savior which is foundational and integral to every single element of our salvation. It is important to remember at Christmas time that Christ came not only to be with us, but more intimately he came to be in us.

The Death of Christ

Galatians 3:13

by Alan Sherban

There was nothing that was potentially accomplished in the death of Christ - no results are left conditional upon what man does. His righteousness was fully completed, the world at large was objectively blessed, and his people were effectively redeemed.

The Humanity of Christ

Philippians 2:6-8

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is not only very God of very God, but also became fully man at his birth. In this sermon we discuss how to rightly understand his humanity, and also why a correct understanding of his humanity is so important.

The Deity of Christ

John 1:1-3

by Alan Sherban

In this sermon we answer three important questions concerning the deity of Christ. What does Scripture say about his deity? Why is his deity so important? And why is the deity of Christ helpful for the Christian?

He Is Not Silent

Psalm 19:1-14

by Danny Gumprecht

The grace and goodness and mercy of God is displaying in that he has most clearly revealed himself to his creatures. He has done so through his creation and through his written Scriptures, and these forms of revelation demand a necessary response from the creature.

The Call To Praise

Psalm 117

by Alan Sherban

Thanksgiving Service - God's command to bless all peoples by bringing them to praise him will most certainly be accomplished through Christ. It is the joy of his people to now offer him acceptable thanks in anticipation of this eternal duty of praise.

Kingdom Entrance Clarified

Matthew 5:20

by Alan Sherban

Underlying the necessary righteousness for entering the kingdom of heaven is an efficient call - a new birth, which provides the life and power a sinner needs to evidence a righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees.

Kingdom Greatness Described

Matthew 5:19

by Alan Sherban

The second way Jesus has come to make the glory of the Kingdom promises of the OT clear is by describing Kingdom greatness. Such greatness is attained, Jesus says, by esteeming highly the connection between God's Kingdom and God's commandments.

Kingdom Promises Affirmed

Matthew 5:17-20

by Alan Sherban

One of the amazing aspects of Jesus' ministry was his connection to the Old Testament Scriptures. As he teaches concerning the Gospel of the Kingdom, he makes it clear that his Kingdom is one in the same to what was foretold long ago in the ancient texts.

Soli Deo Gloria

Romans 8:28-39

by Alan Sherban

In case there is any confusion concerning the true nature of Justification, the idea of Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be glory) will clearly illumine the fact that he alone is glorified in that he alone accomplishes and applies everything the sinner needs, apart from any cooperation.

Solus Christus

2 Corinthians 5:21

by Alan Sherban

The foundational doctrinal distinctive of the Reformation is Solus Christus, which is essentially an orthodox understanding of the Christian's union with Christ. Apart from being united to Christ, there is nothing but the just wrath of God upon us all. But in Christ we have all sufficiency for being right with God.

Sola Gratia

Ephesians 2:1-10

by Alan Sherban

New life, faith, justification, and the whole of our salvation is completely a work of God's grace alone. The purpose of this is so that we might not boast, but might instead be to the praise of his glory.

Sola Fide

Romans 4

by Alan Sherban

Justification refers to God considering a sinner to be fit for fellowship with him, and he grants this status solely upon the basis of the person and work of Christ, through the means of faith alone apart from any human work at all.