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Apostles As Sheep Among Wolves

Matthew 10:16-23

by Alan Sherban

Persecution is a significant theme in the book of Matthew, and in his sermon to the Apostles Jesus explicitly says that he was sending his Apostles to be persecuted by the wolves. Yet this in no way brings into question the fact that Christ is the Good Shepherd of his sheep, for even in the midst of persecution he accomplishes good purposes for his people.

Finding Christ's People in the Cities of Israel

Matthew 10:11-15

by Alan Sherban

The mission of the Apostles as given in Matthew 10 was one of seeking and finding the sheep in Israel who belonged to Jesus.

Mission Basics

Matthew 10:5-10

by Alan Sherban

Before explaining the detail of Jesus' sermon to the Apostles, Matthew recorded the Lord's overview of the basics of the mission in verses 5-10. In this overview Jesus told the Apostles where they were to go, what they were to say, and what they were to give as they fulfilled this mission which was ripe with redemptive purpose.

The Apostles' Sermon

Matthew 10:5-42

by Alan Sherban

Matthew 10 contains a sermon by Jesus that is often overlooked (possibly because it is overshadowed by the greatness of the Sermon on the Mount a few chapters earlier). But this sermon to the Apostles is rich in truth and is practically helpful for us even today.

The King and All of His Men, Part 2

Matthew 10:1-4

by Alan Sherban

Much can be learned from observing the Lord's deliberate grouping of the Apostles. In this lesson we take note of the fact that they are always grouped in Scripture into 3 different groups of 4 men, and that each group reveals something important about how Christ uses his servants in his ministry.

The King and All of His Men, Part 1

Matthew 10:1-4

by Alan Sherban

The Lord of the harvest has authority and power to bring in his harvest by whatever means he wills, and so Jesus calls to himself the Twelve apostles whom he will send out into the world.

The Sovereign Ministry of Jesus

Matthew 9:35-38

by Alan Sherban

The ministry of Jesus was (and is still) unlike any other human ministry to the world. This is because his ministry was one of greatest power, of deepest passion, and of sovereign planning.

How Not to Respond to Jesus

Matthew 9:32-34

by Alan Sherban

Captive to darkness, the Pharisees came to the wrong conclusion about Jesus. But worse than that, they sought to spread their destructive error to the crowds gathered to be healed by Jesus.

Jesus Is Our Only Hope

Matthew 9:18-31

by Alan Sherban

Towards the end of Matthew 9 we find a final set of three miracles which portray Jesus as the only hope for sinners.

The Nature of the Call of Christ, Part 3

Matthew 9:9-17

by Alan Sherban

Christ calls his disciples to joy and to newness. Apart from these and the other marks of his call that we find in Matthew 9:9-17, we cannot be certain that it is truly the commanding call of Jesus that we have followed.

Jesus Came to Call Sinners

Matthew 9:13

by Alan Sherban

Jesus stated that his purpose for coming to earth was to call sinners. If we ask the question, "Why did Jesus come to call sinners?" then we can look to the whole of Matthew's gospel for the answer, in which he gives us 5 reasons why it is only sinners whom Jesus came to call to be his disciples.

The Nature of the Call of Christ, Part 2

Matthew 9:9-17

by Alan Sherban

Not only is the call of Christ to discipleship a call to conversion, it is also a call to obedience, to evangelize, and to be healed.

The Nature of the Call of Christ, Part 1

Matthew 9:9-17

by Alan Sherban

Jesus calls all his disciples to follow him, and his disciples will follow. But his call is not an undefined and open-ended call; Matthew 9:9-17 indicates that it is a call marked by 6 specific characteristics.

Jesus, Strong in Power, Part 3

Matthew 9:1-8

by Alan Sherban

The healing of the lame man as recorded in Matthew 9:1-8 evidences the fact that the saving power of Jesus is stronger than any sin that might tempt us to doubt his ability to save.

Jesus Strong in Power, Part 2

Matthew 8:23-9:8

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is not only stronger than any natural force or circumstance, but he also demonstrates the fact that he has unassailable power over the supernatural realm.

Jesus Strong in Power, Part 1

Matthew 8:23-9:8

by Alan Sherban

The second set of three miracles in Matthew 8-9 reveals to us that Jesus is more powerful than any potential threat to our souls.

What Jesus Demands of His Disciples

Matthew 8:18-22

by Alan Sherban

Knowing more facts about Jesus isn't the chief goal of Matthew's Gospel. He rather would have his readers realize that the truth about who Jesus is means that he must be followed on his terms.

Jesus the Healer, Part 2

Matthew 8:1-17

by Alan Sherban

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.

Jesus the Healer, Part 1

Matthew 8:1-17

by Alan Sherban

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.

Judging the Sermon

Matthew 7:24-29

by Alan Sherban

The conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount is a clear and helpful illustration that distills the entirety of the Gospel of the Kingdom down to its essential truth. We must know the preacher for who he is. We must comprehend the sermon for what it says. We must understand the choice which lay before us.

Judging the Judge

Matthew 7:21-23

by Alan Sherban

Jesus is the judge of all mankind, yet there are those who will appeal his verdict on the last day. His reply will be a final and sobering cry of justice that he never knew them.

Judging False Teachers

Matthew 7:15-20

by Alan Sherban

The second warning of the Sermon on the Mount has to do with a danger which poses a great threat to the souls of mankind. We all must beware of false teachers, for they disguise themselves in order to deceive in order that other might join them in the fire and destruction that awaits them.

Judging the Way to God

Matthew 7:13-14

by Alan Sherban

Only one way leads to life, Jesus says. It's the way that is restricted, exclusive and hard. And after one finds this gate to God, it also must be willingly entered.

Judging God's Word

Matthew 7:12

by Alan Sherban

Continuing in his teaching on good judgment, Jesus uses a well-known principle for righteous living to help us understand the practicality, the principality, and the power of Holy Scripture.

A Good Father

Matthew 7:9-11

by Alan Sherban

We ought to be compelled to pray to our Father in heaven because he is essentially good. That God is good means that he never disappoints, and his goodness is in a category all to its own. Because those things are true, we ought to petition him with confidence.

A Giving Father

Matthew 7:7-8

by Alan Sherban

If we look at all the Christ calls his kingdom people to be and to do, we are left with the realization of our inherent inability. But the Lord also calls us to have right discernment about the character of God that we might ask him for the help we need. We must judge our heavenly Father to be a giving Father.

Dogs and Pigs

Matthew 7:6

by Alan Sherban

Jesus continues in his explanation of how we are to have good judgment; this time by helping us understand how to have discernment in our evangelism.

Good Judgment

Matthew 7:1-5

by Alan Sherban

Having oriented our thinking around the fact that our main pursuit ought to be the God-centeredness of the Kingdom and the all-sovereign justice of God, Jesus turns our attention to right thinking about how we judge others.

Spiritual Vision Part 3 (10 Principles)

Matthew 5:19-34

by Alan Sherban

10 Principles for Clear Spiritual Vision

Spiritual Vision Part 2

Matthew 6:19-34

by Alan Sherban

If we are to have proper spiritual vision, then we must understand the true nature of what heaven itself is, and what kind of treasure it is that we are to lay up for ourselves there.