Matthew 6:2-4by 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.
Matthew 6:1by 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.
Romans 1:4by 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.
Matthew 5:43-48by Alan Sherban
The last of six examples of kingdom righteousness comes with four empowering reasons as to why we should love even our enemies.
Matthew 5:38-42by 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.
Matthew 5:33-37by 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.
Genesis 2:24by 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.
Psalm 105:1by 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?
Romans 8:31-39by Alan Sherban
The prospect of our future glory leaves us with present reasons to have courage in the face of our sufferings.
Romans 8:18-30by 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.
Ephesians 6:12by 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.
Matthew 5:31-32by 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.
Matthew 5:27-30by 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?
Matthew 5:29-30by 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.
Matthew 5:27-28by 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.
Matthew 5:21-26by 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.
Revelation 1-2by 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.
Colossians 1:27by 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.
Galatians 3:13by 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.
Philippians 2:6-8by 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.
John 1:1-3by 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?
Psalm 19:1-14by 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.
Psalm 117by 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.
Matthew 5:20by 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.
Matthew 5:19by 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.
Matthew 5:17-20by 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.
Romans 8:28-39by 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.
2 Corinthians 5:21by 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.
Ephesians 2:1-10by 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.
Romans 4by 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.