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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.

A Refresher on Baptism - Part 1

by Alan Sherban

Part 1 of 2 on the topic of believer's baptism as taught in the New Testament.

A Refresher on Baptism - Part 2

by Alan Sherban

Part 2 of 2 on the topic of believer's baptism as taught in the New Testament.

Baptism Testimonies

by Alan Sherban

Baptism Testimonies for Cheryl Kuhlman, John Flood, and Joseph Derkin.

Love God

Deuteronomy 6:4-6

by Alan Sherban

The Shema holds three critical elements: the context, call (or content), and the consequence of the command to love Yahweh our God.

Don't Take the Bait

Matthew 4:8-11

by Alan Sherban

Satan offers a deceptive bait to Christ to try to entice him to a suffering-less route to having his kingdom. But, as will always prove true, supreme love for the Father conquers all temptation.

Do Not Put the Lord to the Test

Matthew 4:5-7

by Alan Sherban

The second of the three temptations of Christ in the wilderness had to do with whether or not he would test the Father by not waiting upon his divine ways and timing.

Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone

Matthew 4:1-4

by Alan Sherban

A look at the first of three temptations that assailed Christ, in which the tempter asks Jesus the question, "Did God really say that you must obey him?"

The Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11

by Alan Sherban

4 Questions:

Why did Jesus need to be tempted?

How could the Spirit lead Jesus to be tempted?

Could Jesus have fallen to temptation and actually sin?

How was Christ's temptation a real temptation?

The Kingdom of God

by Alan Sherban

A look at the importance of God's Kingdom purposes on earth, and how Scripture teaches us that its future implementation will unfold. Also, how is it that the Church and the Kingdom interact?

The Perfect Righteousness of Christ

Matthew 3:13-17

by Alan Sherban

The foundation of our salvation is the doctrine of justification. And the foundation of the essence of justification is the righteousness of Jesus. God's declaration of his pleasure in Christ following his baptism demonstrates that Jesus alone possesses obedience of divine quality sufficient to justify and assure his people.

The Incomparable Righteousness of Christ

Matthew 3:13-17

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is righteous to a degree that none else can ever compare. He is righteous to the extent that God the Father is pleased with him. As such, he then verifies his claim to be Messiah and to be the only Savior of the world.

The People of God

by Alan Sherban

A Biblical Theology of the topic, "The People of God." How has God dealt with his people in the past? And what are his purposes for them in the future?

Fire - The Test of the Way of the Lord

Matthew 3:10-12

by Alan Sherban

There is coming a day when all ways to the Kingdom will be tested. Those which were taken apart from the direction of the King will be destroyed, but the travelers of the narrow way of repentance will be preserved.

The Way of the Lord Narrowed Part 2

Matthew 3:9

by Alan Sherban

John the Baptist tells the religious leaders of Israel that inheriting of the promises of the Kingdom of Heaven has to do not with their physical connection to Abraham, but rather with a person's spiritual connection to Abraham in faith.

The Way of The Lord Narrowed Part 1

Matthew 3:7-8

by Alan Sherban

The Pharisees and Sadducees come to John the Baptist only to find out that their own thoughts about entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven do not fit within the actual way of repentance that John proclaimed.

The Way of the Lord is Prepared

Matthew 3:1-6

by Alan Sherban

There is a connection between the overall message of John the Baptist ("Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand") and the fact that his ministry served to prepare the way of the Lord, as prophesied in Isaiah 40 and other OT texts.

Fullness of Joy in Christ

Psalm 16

by Robert Troutman

Embracing God's Word for the New Year

Nehemiah 8:1-12

by Alan Sherban

As we enter a new year filled with uncertainty of events but yet with certainty of trial and temptation, we look to God's Word for equipping so that we might find our way in joy and success.

The King Embraces Obscurity

Matthew 2:19-23

by Alan Sherban

The last of Matthew's 5 stories which present Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. This time we see how his identification with the obscurity of the village of Nazareth fulfills what was foretold about the suffering and rejected anointed one.

The Exiled King Will Return

Matthew 2:16-18

by Alan Sherban

As Israel was exiled and would return, so the Messiah King was exiled from Israel in Herod's fury only to return again. And thus mourning is replaced with joy.

Faithful Israel Will Come From Egypt

Matthew 2:13-15

by Alan Sherban

The circumstances surrounding Jesus' rescue from the fury of Herod demonstrate the faithfulness of God and the faithfulness of Joseph, and present the child Jesus as Faithful Israel who would be the shining manifestation of God's glory on earth.