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Sola Scriptura

Romans 10:17

by Alan Sherban

The Bible and the Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters concerning the souls of mankind and the Church of Christ. We know this perhaps most vividly from the fact that by no other means can we be saved than through the Word of Christ.

What Do You Live For?

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

by Alan Sherban

Mankind was made to worship. Whether it be the worship of self or the worship of God, every one of us makes value judgments about what is worth living for and what is not worth living for. King Solomon traced down every pursuit in life and found that there is only one thing that makes us truly human -- and that is to live a life fearing God such that we keep his commandments.

I Give You Jesus

Acts 3:1-19

We may not have the means to meet the world's desire for alms, but we do have that which will satisfy the heart of man for all eternity. We give the world Jesus.

Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16

by Alan Sherban

The blessed and valued purpose of the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven is to be salt and light to the world.

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

Matthew 5:10-12

by Alan Sherban

Christian persecution is not only a certain reality in this world for those who are a part of the Kingdom of Heaven, but it also is something which indicates how blessed Christ's people truly are.

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9

by Alan Sherban

Because of experience and theology, we know that peace is a needed reality in our world and in our own lives. And Jesus teaches that those in his kingdom are known for seeking to bring about the most important kind of peace - peace between God and sinners.

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8

by Alan Sherban

It takes little work to understand that all people are not pure to the standard of the purity of God. So how is it that impure hearts can become pure? And how can the purified heart know it is pure? Then what does it mean that the pure in heart will see God?

Blessed Are the Merciful

Matthew 5:7

by Alan Sherban

The mercy of God towards sinners is unfathomable, and is based upon the propitiatory work of Christ. But it is only extended toward those whose hearts have been regenerated such that they are characterized by showing mercy.

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6

by Alan Sherban

The heart of the kingdom citizen longs for righteousness. Not as a requirement for entrance into the kingdom, but as a necessary evidence of the fact that they have been given a new heart by God.

Blessed Are the Meek

Matthew 5:5

by Alan Sherban

What is meekness? And how is it that we can be meek?

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4

by Alan Sherban

Those in the kingdom have come to rightly perceive their spiritual brokenness (Blessed are the poor in spirit), and consequently find themselves responding to such a condition in true spiritual mourning.

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3

by Alan Sherban

Who is Jesus referring to when he speaks of the poor in spirit? How do we know if we are the blessed ones who have the kingdom of heaven?

Kingdom Lessons From the Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37

by Glenn Webster

The context of the parable of the Good Samaritan provides the framework that helps us know why Jesus told the parable. The context and the parable give understanding of God's righteous requirement for entry to His kingdom, and man's need for Christ.

Kingdom Blessedness

Matthew 5:3-12

by Alan Sherban

Jesus issues 8 pronouncements of blessing upon those who manifest the character attributes of those in his kingdom. But what exactly does he mean when he calls such persons blessed? Happy? Fortunate? No, it's something far more glorious.

Jesus - Prophet, Priest, and King

Hebrews 10:19-25

by Nathan Machel

Jesus is God's ultimate revelation, the supreme king, and the only priest who can save. How are we to respond to him?

One Perfect Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:1-18

by Nathan Machel

The Day of Atonement was the highest, holiest day for Israel. Jesus fulfilled it, surpassed it, and brought it to an end.

A Precise Kind of Road Part 3

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

The precise kind of road that the King calls for his disciples to walk upon in life is not only marked by repentance, by righteousness and by ridicule, but it is also characterized by radical living, by recognizing reality rightly, and by reflecting upon truth so that we treat others righteously. And, lastly, the King's road is one of restriction - there is only one way to God.

A Precise Kind of Road Part 2

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

The precise road that Christ calls his disciples to follow is one marked by repentance, righteousness, and ridicule. We are to be a Christian counter-culture.

A Precise Kind of Road Part 1

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

How it is that our righteousness and assurance fit together, and the beginning of 7 facets of the precise kind of road that Jesus calls us to follow.

A Perfect Kind of Righteousness

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

The second necessary reality that the Sermon on the Mount calls us to accept is the need for a perfect kind of righteousness. As opposed to our natural self-righteousness, the perfect righteousness of those in the Kingdom demonstrates that they are like the Father.

A Paramount Kind of Revelation

Matthew 5:1-2

by Alan Sherban

One of the most obvious and compelling threads to the Sermon on the Mount is the emphasis on Jesus as the authoritative giver of divine revelation. We either become his citizen by accepting his words as being the very Word of God or we reject his revelation to our everlasting peril.

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:1-7:29

by Alan Sherban

What makes the Sermon on the Mount unique? What exactly is the Sermon on the Mount? Find the answers to these questions and hear it read in entirety in our introduction to this great text.

The Walk of the Church

Ephesians 4:1-24

by Alan Sherban

Having seen how the Church is the fullness of Christ on earth, and how the Church must exist and function to the glory of God, we see now from Ephesians 4 how the Church is to practically walk in evidence of their subjection to Christ.

How the Church Glorifies God

Ephesians 2-3

by Alan Sherban

A survey through chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Ephesians leads us to realize 4 ways in which the Church is to evidence subjection to Christ, as we know is our defining characteristic from Ephesians 1:22-23. The culminating evidence is that the Church is to the glory of God.

Why Do We Follow Christ

Matthew 4:23-25

by Alan Sherban

The powerful miracles of Christ drew unparalleled crowds of people. Yet it is not the experience of witnessing his miraculous power that held true disciples - not then and not now.

Follow Christ

Matthew 4:18-22

by Alan Sherban

Those who participated in the ministry of Jesus were uniquely called to such a vocation, and they willingly left everything behind to follow him because that's what those who truly are his disciples do.

The Glory of the Resurrection of Christ

Philippians 2:9-11

by Alan Sherban

Although the resurrection of Christ impacts the lives of every Christian intimately, it is first and foremost the supreme manifestation of his personal glory. May we never fail to regard his glory as our chief pursuit.

The Word of the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18

by Alan Sherban

The most polarizing thing in the world is what Paul calls the word of the cross. Our response to what Jesus actually accomplished on the cross determines which one of two completely opposite groups we belong to.

The Fullness of Him Who Fills All in All

Ephesians 1:22-23

by Alan Sherban

As glorious as is the blessing of being a true believer, and as glorious as is the honor to Christ of his resurrection and ascension, the Church exists to complete the fullness of both Christ and his body on earth.

The Ministry of Christ - Part 1

Matthew 4:12-17

by Alan Sherban

The ministry of Christ is unlike any other. Matthew's Gospel previews the Lord's public teaching and miracles by giving 7 aspects of what his ministry was like.